Nail Polish Knows No Boundaries: Guest Post by Joanne Crandell

Morning everyone!

Today I have a guest post by Joanne Crandell. Joanne isn’t a blogger, per se, but she does post a lot on a make up forum that was started last January called Majyk. Her user name is PearlDiva.

Joanne has a different perspective on nail polish that I thought was interesting. Read on!

Being a woman of an interesting age, I have seen fashion come and go. Low rise jeans? I wore them in the 70’s when they were called hip huggers. Leggings? As much as I love the 80’s, I will pass on those. Just because you can wear something does not mean you should.

When it comes to nail polish colors, there is no age restriction. I will admit, after age 40 I stuck to 2 colors. Taupe in the winter/fall, pearl white in the summer/spring. Then I discovered the wonder world of nail polish blogs, like Vampy Varnish. The pictures drew in me. I discovered brands I never knew existed. The colors, what wonderful colors!

I dipped my toe, all 10 and my fingers too, into greens, blues, and let us not forget glitters. I polka dotted my nails and did funky french manis. Lo and behold, I got compliments! Lots and lots of them.

Nail polish lets me have fun and express myself. It is the one fashion area I can go a little wild with and not feel like I am trying to be an age I am not.

My favorite remover is Zoya Remover+. I have used straight acetone, used the drugstore brands, nothing compares to Zoya. Not only does it dissolve the polish fast, it does not dry out my cuticles. It is the best to take glitter polish off. The pump bottle is another plus. You pump what you need, there is no waste. The bottle never leaks. It is very well designed.

The best top coat in my opinion is China Glaze Fast Forward. It dries lightening fast, definitely the fastest drying top coat ever! It gives a high shine too.

As far as polish, my top two favs are Zoya and China Glaze. They are not the most expensive nor are they the cheapest, but they proved to be the most durable for me. I don’t limit myself to those two brands. I am a big fan of Nubar, Nfu Oh, OPI, Orgasm and Lippmann. If there is a color I like, I don’t care about the brand.

Here is my holiday mani.

China Glaze Atlantis and Moulin Rouge. Atlantis reminds me of a Christmas tree with lights. Fast Forward Top Coat really brings the glitter to life.

If you have been unsure about using some colors, maybe the new year is the perfect time to try something different.

I bet you get a lot of compliments!

Three things about Joanne:

  • She is an mod on the forum
  • She is a nail polish addict
  • She lives in MD with her dog Sadie, who does not wear nail polish 😉

So what do you guys think about “older” women wearing glittery or vampy nail polish? Let us know!

Thanks Joanne!



  • January 9, 2010

    Er, I am 54 and I wear what the hell I like. At the mo it is Barry M Vivid Purple on most nails but I have seen fit to put CG Fairy Dust over one finger (R middle).
    And I will probably put GOSH Rainbow on some others if I want to pep them up and prolong wear.
    I usually do skittles because life is too short to wear one colour – how d’you ever get through your stash if you do that?
    I have a dupe for Chanel Jade. I layer over black a lot. I am waiting for Zoya Casey to arrive and I am just ordering Misa Toxic Seduction, Disco Queen and Embroidered Emerald.
    So that tells you something about a 54-year old British teacher and her tastes. I can’t bear phrases like “work-appropriate” or “seasonal”. It’s only nail colours. It’s not like I’m exposing my flabby midriff to the world or my chubby thighs! Have people nothing better to do than b1tch about nail colour? Gr.
    Rant over *big smile*.

  • January 9, 2010

    My mother will be 52 in a few weeks (eek mom, sorry I’m letting the internet know!) and has always worn muted reds, sheers, etc. A few weeks ago I got an order from Zoya that happened to contain a bottle of Ki as well as a few “mom” colours for her. Every so often I notice her eyeing the bottle of Ki, or the current mani I have on (Essie Sexy Divide with a stripe of Zoya Midori at the nail line) and sighing wistfully. I am slowly pushing her to experiment – her work environment is very chill about appearances so long as she is not meeting a client.

    Hopefully I’ll convert her soon!

  • January 9, 2010

    I think that – in any medium that leaves the personality visible – what you feel comfortable in will look good. I’ve seen redheads pull off red and pink tops that shouldn’t suit them and my best friend rocks neons that should look horrible with her colouring because she’s just so vivacious. So why should similar rules apply in regards to age?
    Though I’m certain that my style will change over the years I have no intention to shun bright or glittery polish in the future.
    Great post, Joanne!
    .-= CucumPear´s last blog ..A Bunch of Swatches =-.

  • January 9, 2010

    My mom is over 50 under 70 and she doesn’t like the flashy on her nails but lets me put all kinda polish on her toes! she loves blues and Sexy in the City is her favorite! She also can’t wear “crazy” colors to work (primary school) but finds it funny when the kids comment on her toe nail polish during “silent/nap” time and ask her what the color is! I myself probably will always be wearing a glitter at least on my toes till I can’t paint them anymore!

  • January 9, 2010

    Been a nail addict since I was 18 and that was 30+ years ago…I have a big personality and tend toward more ‘dramatic’ looks…always have… Think a cross between Pat Benatar and Stevie Nicks (you young ‘uns can look ’em up on google. :) )
    I have long dramatic fingernails and a nail polish storage box filled with dramatics like Nfu Oh 51, ChG OMG, lots of duochromes and deep rich colors. I also have basic reds and pinks…but generally go for the dramatic look.
    Yes, I express myself through the art of nail polish and nail art and I am still having a blast!
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..It begins… =-.

  • January 9, 2010

    You rock, Jen. =)

    Before I get interested in nail polish blogs, I had no idea there was trend or seasons for polish. To me, polish has always been a world of total freedom. I wear what I want, when I want, according to my mood swings. A bubble gum pink for Christmas, an almost black red in July.

    As much I was wearing bright red when I was a very young 6 years old girl, I’ll keep on wearing whatever please me when I am an old lady.
    .-= Jellynat´s last blog ..Essie – Lyford Lilac =-.

  • January 9, 2010

    A great big “thank you” to Kelly for letting me express myself on her wonderful nail polish blog. A big hug to all the ladies of an “interesting age”.

  • January 9, 2010

    Sparkles and a rainbow of colors, in makeup or nail polish or clothing, are always “age-appropriate” – for any age. Heck, there are some twenty-somethings that are so quiet and cautious that even if they wore hot pink nail polish, they’d look out of place. It’s all in the attitude!!
    .-= LiAnn – Sparklecrack Central´s last blog ..Taking a Me Day =-.

  • January 9, 2010

    Awesome post Joanne!! I agree! No matter your age, you can express your personality through color!
    .-= littletidbit30´s last blog ..Let It Snow!!! =-.

  • January 9, 2010

    Im 24 years old and i know that i will always be wearing vampy, dramatic, glittery colors no matter what age i am. I just want to tell you older ladies that the few times i see one of you wearing funky colors i find it so awesome.

  • January 9, 2010

    I love color but recently a friend told me, when she saw i was wearing For Audrey and i thought i looked great, that “those colors” only looked good on young girls. I felt that maybe she was right, i’m 47 so i should’nt be wearing this “younger”colors and i had been shy about wearing them. But after reading your comments i’m breaking out my color np! Lifes too short, my friend has a right to her opinion and i have a right to wear bright np if i want to, age not withstanding. THANK YOU ALL!!

  • January 9, 2010

    I’m 25 and my Mom is 51. We share nail polish all the time! She’s wearing BB Couture Poison Ivy today and I’m wearing CG Revvvolution. I’ve never left a comment on here before but I just wanted to let Joanne know that I think it’s fabulous that she is wearing whatever colors she likes on her nails! I wish more ladies over 50 felt confident in expressing themselves. a fun personality transcends age. one day we’ll convince mainstream media that women shouldn’t be relegated to a world of drab colors and shapeless clothes when they reach a certain age.

  • January 9, 2010

    great post, joanne!! (and thanks for the phrase “interesting age” – i’ll keep that in mind for future use…)
    i’m totally with jen, it’s only nail color, so go with whatever you like, no matter how old you are or how “inappropriate” people think it might be 😉
    my toes haven’t been w/o polish for 15+ years, i love funky french, racing stripes or polka dots in all colors of the rainbow, i adore decals and konad – and i teach junior high: one of the first things my students (as well as my co-workers) do on monday mornings is look what colors and patterns i rock for the week :o)

  • January 9, 2010

    Hurray! I am 57, wearing Emerald Sparkle right now, and like Jen, also have Toxic Seduction on order. I teach too – in an art college, and my students who paint their nails blue, or green or black refer to these as ‘Minerva-colors’. It makes me very proud!
    In any case ladies, darker colors actually make your hands look younger. (I started wearing black when I was fourteen – just to be safe, I guess.)
    Now I am going to add blue stripes over the green glitter, and I will continue to do so until I start shaking with old age!

  • January 9, 2010

    I just love nailpolish also. That and shoes have no weight/size requirement either!!

    Joanne, Love ya lady

    Thanks for the great “guest blog’!!!

  • January 9, 2010

    I worked for 8 long years in a dept where I couldn’t wear any nail polish on my fingers at all. Since they couldn’t see what was on my toes I would put whatever color I wanted on them. Now I’m in a position where I can truly wear whatever I want and I’m loving it!

    Joanne is a wonderful lady and I’ve been inspired to make many polish purchases after seeing the swatches on majyk from her and the other ladies. I’ve learned about brands I never knew existed and nail polish blogs like this one. I’ve rediscovered my love of nail polish 😉

    I say wear whatever you like :)

  • January 9, 2010

    I say, wear whatever you like on your nails! If you like it, rock it! If someone doesn’t like it, well too bad.

  • January 9, 2010

    Great post and perspective!!! I think beauty (hair, np, makeup) is all about what makes you happy and rules are lame! I love it when people wear bright colors in their makeup and np – it’s just a form of self-expression.

  • January 9, 2010

    I think nail polish is fun for all! I hope to still be sparkling when I’m in my 80s :) I’d love to convert my 65-year-old mom to nail polish fandom since I know she loves sparkles and colour, but she won’t wear any at all, not even clear.
    .-= rinni´s last blog ..I forgot to update again! =-.

  • January 9, 2010

    I’m 41 and wear whatever colors I wish. The new colors are varied,beautiful and know no age boundries. 40 sounds old when you’re young but it really isn’t. In many ways you’re more free than when you were in your twenties. Wear whatever colors you want for as long as you want and keep pushing the boundries. The ideas that you’re supposed to be demure or mature after a certain age is restricting and old fashioned. Needs to go away.

  • January 9, 2010

    I’m 26…young, but I work in a chemical factory with an all man crew…not only are these all men but mostly in their 50s men, every day when I come into work at our meeting they all ask about my nails and check them out(they currently love my China Glaze in the lime light that my 3 year old picked out LOL.)…a few of them even look at my blog ocassionaly…It helps me stand out as a girl in a men’s world when I’m wearing my work clothes…It makes me feel happy to see glitter or shine when all around I see work. Life is too short and stressful not to have fun in everything, if my clothes don’t feel soft or look pretty or make ME happy I won’t wear them…I gave my mom Watermelon Rind a few months ago when she was looking for a pink and I told her to try it…she loved it…this after she stole my CG blue sparrow as well…I think all women, every age, shape, size, or race should sparkle!!! EMBRACE YOUR INNER PRINCESS!!!!

  • January 9, 2010

    Joanne, you rock! I’m 45 and if I had to be limited to nudes and taupes and clear I wouldn’t bother polishing my nails at all. I LOVE the brights and the glitters – my only rule for what’s inappropriate is a polish that doesn’t make me happy every time I look at my nails. I’m wearing Fingerpaints Icy Iris on my fingers and Mermaid To Order on my toes and I’ve received compliments on both. It’s not about age, it’s about individual style and about what makes each person happy. As Tina said earlier, being over 40 is freeing in so many ways – I’m experimenting more now with my looks and my wardrobe than I ever did in my teens and 20s, and I’m loving it!

  • January 10, 2010

    Well… I’m going to turn 36 this year, and I wear whatever I like on my nails too! I love glitters, unusual colors (right now I’ve got RBL No More War on), and playing with my Konad supplies. I am a scientist, and contrary to what a lot of people believe, laboratories tend to be very liberal, creative places, and what is “work-appropriate” for me has been… well, ANYTHING! I guess I’m lucky in that regard. I believe that every woman should do whatever she likes with her nails – but that it’s especially great to see someone go crazy with them! Why NOT express yourself through your nails? I will continue to do what I like with them as long as I am able to…and if the long lives of my grandmothers are any indication, I’ll probably be wearing glitter to my 90th b-day party!
    .-= Jennifer´s last blog ..Cyber Monday Deals – Part Deux =-.

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  • January 10, 2010

    I’m 50 and just got into nail polish a year ago. I wasted a lot of time not wearing it. I can’t afford to wear safe, “age-appropriate” colors – I have to catch up for all the decade I didn’t wear it when I was young. Plus, those aren’t the colors I like anyway. I like the reds, pinks, glitters, vampies etc.

  • January 10, 2010

    I’m another lady of an “interesting age” (55 in 2 months).

    I finally stopped biting my nails 2 yrs ago and I’ve been enjoying all sorts of polish since then. I love most shades and always get compliment when I wear more colourful shades. Restriction about age are silly IMHO. (I’m still working on converting my 82 yrs mom to “unnatural” colurs).

  • January 10, 2010

    What a great post from Joanne. I also think that NP doesn’t have an age limit and the same goes for MU. I think you can rock a bright blue eye liner no matter what age – you just have to know how to wear it to make you look your best.
    .-= marisol´s last blog ..2010 Resolution Suggestions =-.

  • January 11, 2010

    Fantastic post Joanne!
    Nail polish or makeup should never be a matter of age only a matter of what makes you happy.

    I love all kinds of nail polish colors and finishes and I also wear them by mood and not by season. Nail polishes are such a great way to express yourself. :)

    Also I am not always in the mood to put on a full makeup look in the morning but I always can apply a nail polish in the evening and enjoy the look for a couple of days.

    Polished nails are such a great accessory. ♥
    .-= Jeanette´s last blog ..KOTD: Love Lace =-.

  • January 11, 2010

    Women of all ages should express themselves creatively regardless of if it’s fashion or beauty products…BRAVO!

  • January 11, 2010

    I say that beautiful nails know no age limit! A woman of any age should wear what she likes and what makes her feel good.