It’s been a minute since I’ve shared a personal post here on my blog and I’ve actually wanted to share this story for a while. Not that it’s going to rock your world—although it might—but because there is more to my obsession with painting my nails than just an affiliate kick back from Olive & June*.
I’ve been painting my own nails since I was a girl. I’ve gone through phases where I didn’t paint, and occasionally I’ve had them done at a salon, but for the most part, it’s a homemade job. As an introvert, I don’t love sitting across from people I don’t know and having them touch me. That’s just never been my favorite.
But a few years back, I stumbled across an ad, probably on Facebook, for Olive & June and something about their vibe piqued my interest, so I placed my first order.
It was 2018 and I was working to grow my YouTube channel. I figured because you were seeing so much of my hands, why not give them a lick and a promise with some fresh manis, right?
I wasn’t great at painting, but I didn’t suck at it either. That said, once I started watching Olive & June’s content (lots of Instagram lives) and following their approach, I got better and better over time.
I fell in love with their polish and their culture, and like any good crafter who loves to collect, I started collecting all the colors. It was Full Set Syndrome for nail polish.
Then the pandemic hit and late in 2020, I began having some serious issues with my wrists and my mental health. I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety and needed to find some ways to carve out a bit more down time in my daily life.
And that’s when it hit me: painting my nails is down time.
When I paint my nails, I’m not actually working.
When I paint my nails, I’m not obsessing about things beyond my control.
When I paint my nails, I’m only focusing on a single task.
When I paint my nails, I’m actually slowing the f#$k down and breathing.
It’s now to the point where I literally crave mani time. I look forward to it like you would a vacation. Or a weekend. Or a large serving of french fries.
Over the past year-and-a-half, mani time is literally an act of self care and self love for me. I’m not sure if that sounds over the top, but the process of painting my nails chills me out and when I’d done, I have something pretty to look at with a simple glance down.
And seriously, once I paint them, I glance down a lot.
And it’s always the same: dude! YOU did this.
I like my hands. I always have.
I have struggled with body image during my 55 years on this planet. Strange as it sounds, my hands have always been dependable. I can have a 40-pound swing, but my hands still look essentially the same.
A fresh mani makes me feel good about me. And I’m all about finding more reasons to feel good about me.
You know how when I’m filming a card video and the excitement in my voice comes out at the end? That’s the same way I feel about painting my nails. I think life is too short to not get excited about the stuff that you love. So that’s part of why I share my manis. I want others to experience that little slice of happy, too.
The other thing I love about this company is that they actually care about their customers. The owner, who just goes by SGT, doesn’t care how many followers you have on Instagram. She just wants to help you have a little slice of this happy, too. She really is a nail fairy godmother. Needless to say, I adore her and her entire small but mighty team.
And lastly, nail polish is a little luxury.
I’ve always been fairly budget minded. Part of that is being married to my super frugal Minnesotan hubby. But I feel like an $8 bottle of polish, or even an $80 mani system with all the tools and the colors is an affordable way to give your hands and nails—and yourself—some love. A salon mani-pedi costs about the same but with this system, you have all the tools and colors for many more rounds of fresh color.
I don’t pretend to be some beauty and fashion influencer. You all know I detest bras and wear the same shirt for days on end. But my well manicured hands? They just might fool you.
So that’s the story. Painting my nails brings me joy. It brings me some much needed chill. And it also brings me a bit of affiliate income, which does not suck. I’m always working to make ends meet in my life and if there is something I truly love, I’m going to share it with my crafty community with zero hesitation.
Olive & June is a zero hesitation product.
I’ll end with a few resources here, including a video I shared that shows you their process from beginning to end. Just remember: do NOT wash your hands after you prep. That little tip alone changed my mani life.
Also, be gentle with that buffer! In the video, it might seem like I’m going ham on it, but I promise, I am keeping it gentle.
Oh, and speaking of the tools? The clean up brush is how I get those nice clean lines by my cuticles. That tool alone is a game changer.
You can do this. I promise.
So there it is.
Olive & June is not an MLM. It’s not a cult. Well… actually, it is kind of a cult. But it’s one I’m more than happy to be part of.
You can learn more about Olive & June by visiting their website, as they have lots of educational resources and info!
FOR MY COMMUNITY: As an affiliate for Olive & June, I have a code you can use to save 20% off the purchase of a mani or pedi system. Use code cathyz at checkout to save.
Thanks for stopping by!
CZ CURRENT FAVES: For the record, my current favorite colors are: Pink Sands, Cherry Crush, CV, Honest & True, Angelfish and Grape Soda.
*I have been an affiliate for Olive & June since I discovered them. I think you will love their products.