Sunday, July 26, 2009

Intro to Jess

Hello! My name is Jess (daydream222@MUA) and I am so excited to be part of this blog. I graduated from undergrad in 2008 and proceeded to take a year and a half off between undergrad and grad school. Now I am going back to school beginning in August for my Masters in Women's and Gender Studies. Yes, I am a feminist. No, I am not a stereotypical feminist. Sometimes it is difficult to be a feminist when so many other feminists (note: not ALL feminists) look down upon women loving things like fashion and makeup. The important distinction here is that I wear nail polish because I love color and because polish makes me feel pretty. I wear it for myself and no one else, and I am grateful that I can freely choose what colors I want to wear without anyone telling me what I should wear.

I think that is enough ranting for today. I will gladly take any questions about this subject! Now, onto the pictures....

My typical nail routine involves swiping my nails with Zoya Remove+ followed by Nubar Nu Nails basecoat, 2-3 coats of polish, and Nubar Diamont topcoat. All of the pictures below follow this routine.

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First up is Sephora by OPI Skinny Jeans. This is 2 coats. This picture was after 2 days of wear! SOPIs wear like iron on me.

Second we have Sephora by OPI IM Beauty. Like all yellows, this one was streaky. It only took 3 coats to even out though and the end result was very pretty. Coworkers told me it "just wasn't pretty," though I heartily disagree. This NOTD was SpaRitual Solitude on every nail but my middle nail, which I painted Precision U Rock & I Roll. Both colors are 2 coats. I love doing manis with contrasting fingers like this.

Last but definitely not least is my most recent and current NOTD, Orly Enchanted Forest. This color is to die for!!! This is only 2 coats (though I probably could have only used one). It is a beautiful blue-based green that works very well with my cooler skin tone.

And that is all for today! Thank you for looking! :)

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flinty said...

I think some feminists conflate the assholery of the beauty industry and modern mass media with the usage of makeup by individual women. It's true that a lot of women wear makeup because they have been more or less manipulated into it by these external pressures... and that's not desirable. But if a woman (or a man, for that matter) consciously chooses to wear it as a way to please herself then I have no problem with it (as opposed feeling like she has no choice but to try to be "attractive" and that she will be "less than" if she doesn't wear makeup).

Thing is, I don't have a problem necessarily with women who are afraid of being unattractive and therefore must always wear makeup. I mostly see that as an indictment of this society's skewed standards of beauty (and skewed sense of priorities).

Anyway. Nail polish and feminism = yay! Raining on our parade on either of those counts = nay.

Grace of Spades said...

I sort of feel like a dislike of the beauty industry is an older feminist thing to do... maybe this is based upon my own experiences with people my own age, but majority of my female friends consider themselves feminists and I've sort of launched a nail polish epidemic among them. I agree with Flinty that it's about when the woman makes the choice that makes it acceptable.

I'm sure people could make some sort of argument that I've been indoctrinated by mass media outlets to believe that I really do want to wear what little bit of makeup is on my face or the paint on my nails so I just think I'm happy, but that's just silly!

Jess said...

Flinty - I love your writing style! I agree 100% with your analysis.

Grace - I thought it was an "older" feminist belief too until I was shocked by so many of the beliefs of "modern" feminists I had classes with during my undergrad career. Many of the feminists I met thought that "traditional" female activities, such as being a stay-at-home-mom, or using makeup, or loving fashion, somehow degraded womanhood by engaging in activities that largely reinforce many female stereotypes. I'm really passionate about this issue so I'll write more about this soon!

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