My new job at The Liquidation Channel comes with a whole set of new things to learn. It’s an interesting mix. I’m hosting a live television show where I’m selling amazing jewelry, educating about gemstones and ideally entertaining viewers, all at the same time. That’s the more obvious aspect of what goes on.
But what about behind the scenes? There are just things you would never think about that you suddenly have to thing about. And with live television, you really have to roll with the punches and go, go, go.
From time to time, I’ll share with you behind the scenes snippets as I learn on the job.
First up: Your hands matter!
I have never paid so much attention to my hands. But when you are hosting a show about jewelry, your hands are on screen a lot. And I DO mean a lot.
I usually don’t even wear nail polish. I’m an au naturel girl. Now, I bring my nail polish to my manicurist. In fact I never leave home without my little kit of goodness. I didn’t just discover this kit overnight. This is the result of serious research including four trips to two different Ultas, one trip to Sephora, consulting four different manicurists, and probing all of female hosts on the channel.
Here is my Never Leave Home Without it Nail Kit of Goodness
a) Essie Super-Duper Top Coat – This top coat is amazing! I’ve had manicurists admit it is better than the top coat they typically put on your nails. ULTA finds that Super-Duper is the least returned Top Coat. What I love is that dries quickly, has great shine, and protects your nails from chipping. I happily apply it on the go if I see a nail going south.
b) Avoplex OPI Cuticle Oil On the Go – I found this one by watching one of the hosts, Michelle Stoffel, applying it at a meeting. I took at virtual snapshot and headed to the store. To quote another host,
“Cuticle Oil hides a lot of things.”
I put it on right before I go on air and throughout the day. As the weather changes, your cuticles tend to dry out. This little guy comes in a tube and brushes on easily. I’m just saying. Added bonus, it is one of Allure’s Beauty Picks.
c) Nail File & Buffer – Just in case
d) OPI nail polish in Samoan Sand -Truth be told, I am a french manicure girl but I don’t have the energy to keep up with a french. So I had to find a neutral shade that wasn’t sheer.
Do you know how long it took for me to pick a neutral shade that popped? A LONG TIME.
There are so many shades and they look different in the bottle than on your nails next to your skin tone. I hit the nail polish jackpot–I love the color. Since I started wearing Samoan Sand, I have gotten bookoo amounts of compliments on the color.
e) Neutrogena Hand Cream – I’ll admit it looks like Vaseline coming out of the bottle, but as the bottle even says, “just a dab heals dry skin.” This stuff is serious and really ideal for cold weather.
Perhaps the best thing that has happened to me is that I am forced to sit gadgetless for an extended period of time and let my nails dry.
With a pedicure, you can multi-task. But with a manicure you just have to sit. The last thing I want to do is get a smudge, so my tush sits and waits for a LONG time. Who would have thought I had it in me?
Lessons learned in the Nail Polish aisle:
- OPI tends to be thicker than Essie which I dig. Also (and who would have guessed this?) the brush is longer which stops the polish looking streaky. In other words, you don’t have to be a pro to apply it. Nice, I know. So if you see a color you like, open the bottle if you can, or look at the clear polish in the same brand and see what the brush is all about.
- Never buy the first or second polish in the row. I learned the heard way. Those are the bottles that everyone opens and tries on. Translation, it’s bound to be clumpy, runny, or create air bubbles when it dries.