Let’s face it: life doesn’t always turn out according to plan (or, in my case, ever). Anyone who’s spent time on the internet knows all about the “Expectation vs. Reality” memes, because they are so instantly relatable.

Twitter user Mai Tai recently had her own version Expectation vs. Reality experience when her nail job didn’t quite go right…

It wasn’t long before others started chiming in about their own less-than-stellar nail jobs.


The struggle, it seems, is very real.

Just when you think it can’t get worse…

… it does.

Yowza. Those are *not* great.

But don’t get too discouraged, because there were also plenty of people who got just what they wanted and then some:

Oh, my!

I’ll have what she’s having.

It just goes to show, not all nail technicians are created equal (and also probably avoid the one that Mai Tai went to).