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My nail-polish fetish

Published:Monday | May 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM
A range of my beautiful colours. - Gladstone Taylor/Photographer
Some of my favourite colours.
Some of my favourite colours.

Nashauna Drummond, Lifestyle Coordinator

I have a confession to make. I am obsessed with nail polish. No, not to drink or sniff or anything weird. My problem is that I just can't seem to stop buying them.

Every time I enter a store, their bright, eye-catching hues beckon me and in a trance-like state, I suddenly find myself in front of the nail polish stand. Whenever I see another woman, I couldn't care less what she's wearing, I look at her nails and I think, "Wow, that colour would look great on my fingers."

My love affair began about 17 years ago. I used to bite my nails a lot. Then I came up with the genius idea that if I had something 'toxic' on them, I wouldn't put them near my mouth. I started with the clear Sally Hansen Hard as Nails and it worked like a charm. My nails grew long and hard and the next logical step was decorating them with beautiful colours.

There was a point when I would change my nail colour every night. I became pretty adept at sleeping with my hands hanging off the bed to prevent them from getting smudged.

Those days are long gone, I promise, but I still keep amassing more and more nail polish. My current collection is 43 (but I'm told some persons have more). They include Blizzard Blue, Play Date, Smoking Hot, Cappuccino, Mademoiselle, Spring Breeze and Concrete Catwalk. They are from a variety of brands that include essie, Revlon, Brucci, NYX, Jordonna, Maybelline, China glaze, Kleancolor, OPI and a range of others. My favourite is Sally Hansen. I have their Hard as Nails, Hi-Definition, Xtreme Wear and Diamond Strength lines. I am yet to try their complete salon manicure. I like the brand so much because it works. Their colours are really rich and their brushes are so long it makes it very easy to apply. I have become pretty dexterous and am able to paint both hands with ease. I can also do a mean French. I prefer to do my own manicures as I think no one can do it as well as I can. My greatest pet peeve is when nail techs leave out the edges. It just looks unfinished and really bugs me. I also hate that most manicurists tend to use too many strokes. That creates lines and then they have to add more than two coats which makes it thick and easy to peel off. No offence to them; I'm just a bit particular, I think.

Another of my favourite brands is essie. They are a bit expensive but they are so easy to apply - they just glide on.

Then there's the shatter and crackle. I find that, for me, Kleancolour doesn't work very well but China Glaze and OPI work like a charm. I am currently hooked on the silver shatter as it goes great over any colour (have tried black, red and blue). One of the major advantages of the shatter look is that if you have a chip no one can tell. If I have a chip, I have to immediately remove the polish.

Despite the fact that I have 43 bottles, I am yet to buy the same colour twice. Help!

I am told that some persons have way more nail polish than I do. If you are one, share it with us or whatever happens to be your fashion obsession - nail polish or lipgloss. Send it to us at