Fictionary: Manic-ure/Mani-cure

Fictionary is a column showcasing beauty-related words that don’t exist, but should.

I’m about to get really deep with you guys, etymologically speaking. Are you ready? I don’t know if you’re ready. It’s going to be META. This week, we have TWO Fictionary words in the same POST. Let’s discuss. Dabu Nail Hardener is a Def Con Five level top coat intro’d to me by my friend Erin C. via our mutual friend Chopin. It’s The Truth AND The Business, mes amies. It’ll extend any at-home mani by a full WEEK, effectively acting as a Mani-cure, saving you from having to apply a harried Manic-ure at midnight when you realized your nails look like hell after 24 hours. 

You must follow these directions, however. Apply Daby ONLY after your second coat has dried–wait an hour, if necessary. Also! Do not apply at night before you go to bed unless you LIKE sheet marks effing up your style. Follow these rules and you’re ready to Daby (Houseman). 

I don’t know what’s better. The fact that this lasts longer than the awkward state Kristen Wiig maintained throughout the tenure of the entire flick of Bridesmaids? Or that I’ve mistakenly been referring to it as DABU in my head (doesn’t that “y” look like a “u”)? Or the delightfully ridic copywriting on the package which hails it as “a magical touch for your fingernail” (singular, of course).

Daby Nail Hardener retails for $10 on

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