Since Christmas, when E had her nails painted by her cool cousin, she has been OBSESSED with getting her nails done. Her nails had looked awesome (she had a spider painted on one – of course), but I was a little worried about what the paint was doing to her nails when a splash of varnish took off the top layer of my mum’s tablecloth…
Back in the day when I started my new job, after having Elizabeth, I had visions of painting my nails and looking like a ‘proper grown up’ in the office. I think I managed this twice (sleep always won as a priority)… But because I was breastfeeding and sticking my fingers in her mouth a lot to break her latch I wanted to wear some non (or low) toxic nail varnish. There’s lots of guidance out there about the gunky stuff in nail varnish and how it’s bad for you, so after some wider reading I decided to try the Zoya brand. Most of these brands are US based and they are hard to track down in the UK, in the end I bought some off Amazon.
When E wanted her nails done again (good to save this for a rainy afternoon) I dug out the three varnishes I have:
She was thrilled to have three to choose from, but disappointed no black to draw spiders.
I very carefully painted her nails, which was much easier once I put her hand on a surface (especially after I nearly dropped some on the carpet). Then it was my turn, she chose pink.
You’ll see the coverage on the matt colours is much better than the shiny pink. I think I’ll go for a matt when we do this again.
With nursery the next day I thought it best to clean her nails, but hadn’t quite thought things through about nail varnish remover that’s gentle. For next time, I’m going to get some gentle nail varnish remover, Boots stock an acetone free one.
An added bonus to this is she has to sit still for 15 minutes for the varnish to dry!
If she really gets into nail varnish, I’ll order some more – which I’ll just have to try out too.
It was fun painting nails with little E, but gosh she’s growing up fast.
Here’s to our next indoor adventure!