Sunday, March 8, 2015

Gel polish as a base for nail art.


I started working with IDB gel to add strength to my natural nails a number of months ago. It has made all the difference in the world. Since I needed a UV nail lamp to do that, I also started buying some gel polishes. Most of the time I just use a clear gel topcoat to protect my nails. It has the advantage of allowing me to not have to use a base coat before applying color. That is a real time saver. I use a black gel polish sometimes. It gives me a number of options. First, it is nice buy itself because it is  a jet black and very shiny. Secondly, it is a wonderful base for so many other glitter and holo polishes. Lastly, I can do nail art and not worry about messing up. If I make a mistake, I can just wipe it away with a little acetone and the base color is still as good as new. You have no idea how many times that saves my ass. I have very poor aim with my stamper. Trying to center things is a challenge.

"Black on Black" ASP gel polish

The mani below was done for a black and white challenge in a nail art group. The base is the black mani above. I used a makeup sponge to apply the white to look like spray paint. I then stamped the dragons and skulls with black polish. I then used a matte topcoat. My goal was a stenciled graffiti look. The matte look good for guys wearing polish as well as women.

Same polish with nail art and a matte topcoat.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015



I bought a few polishes for myself before Christmas. BB Couture was having a sale and I bought replacements for two of my favorite polishes (Briquette and Dark Tommy) and "Uninvited", the polish shown below. It is a red that reminds me of bricks from old buildings on a college campus. The finish is a satin/matte. I am not sure how they classify it. The top picture was taken at night and the bottom the next day. As with many matte polishes I have worn, they tend to get buffed doing ordinary stuff (like sleeping) and become a little less matte. I wore it all day at work today while doing an annual maintenance on a dialysis machine. At the end of the day the polish looked as good as new. I was surprised how well it held up. In the past, most matte polishes were one and done. I never could get a second day without touching up. I am going to have to take another look at "The Ladies Formal collection" this came from. I have always had great luck with their polishes. I started with their men's line of polishes. I now pick and choose from either line. Women have no problem buying the mens polishes and I have no problem buying theirs. It is all just polish. I tried some dotting on my left hand and it was a total fail. I am redoing that hand so I can wear this awesome polish another day.

Indoor LED lighting

Outdoor Mornings first light

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays everyone! I have been wearing some festive polishes as Christmas approaches. I haven't done anything I am excited about yet. These are all trial and error to figure out my final xmas nails. I want to do something really good for the day before christmas. I bought a Santa hat to wear with my red Alohas shirt. I want a nice xmas mani to tie it all together.

I tried out 10.1 Polish "Elf Explosion" on my ring finger
The base is 10.1 Polish is "Silver Bells"

My pedi that I did not do myself. I enjoy getting pedis.

I love the snowflake stamp from Gals GA31 Stamping plate!
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I put a red and white glitter over the pink gel polish I tried.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Things to be thankful for.

Happy Holidays everyone! I have to say this year has been a struggle. However, it seems to be ending on a good note. My heart has been behaving since the ablation surgery. The hydroponic plants gave me a lot of tomatoes and cucumbers. Also, my love of polish has not been a real issue all year. The novelty has worn of with people and I think they realize I am the same guy (with prettier nails). The first picture is todays color. The second is what I wore to Thanksgiving dinner. The last picture is a Pendant I made for my daughter. We are both big Supernatural fans.

If you have followed me for a while, you might know I have tried acrylic and Custom nails. I developed a sensitivity to nail glue and stopped wearing the CNS nails. I am now using CND gel to add strength to my natural nails while I grow out the damage from my allergic reaction. My nails grow slow, so I used nail forms to extend them to this length. Some of the nails are actually this long and others needed help. The gel isn't that hard to do with a good UV light. I bought a 32 watt lamp on amazon for less than $30. It also works great for gel polish. I like the clear gel polish on my nails. It allows me to change colors without having to use a base coat. It saves a lot of time.

BB Couture Bullfighter

Zoya Godiva

My first nail polish pendant

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pink October

Hello Everyone!

 I have been torn about posting on my blog. If people just want to see polish pictures, they can see what I've done on flickr. I haven't had a clear vision of what to talk about until this month. I have been wearing polish on my toes for around 3 years and on my nails for 2 years. For the last year I have been wearing polished nails almost constantly. I would get questions and many compliments from women. It would seem that everyone is so used to it that it never comes up anymore. I am not complaining, it is a good thing. A friend asked me to do an awareness mani and pedi. This month I have worn the colors below, which are a lot more girly than I usually wear. I thought for sure someone would say something. Nope! This means I am free to wear whatever color fits my mood.

If you are a guy, you should realize that people don't care about polish as much as you think. If someone doesn't like it, oh well. Who you are on the inside is way more important than what you wear or put on your nails.

Nina Punky Pink for breast cancer awareness. Pardon the rain drops and dog hair!

Awareness mani 

Monday, June 30, 2014

What I have been up to lately.

Gradient stamping over a black base.

Negative space 4th mani.
Hello friends! I have been very sporadic in my postings this year. Many of you know of my health issues. I had my cardiac ablation surgery and it has helped tremendously.  I no longer have the arrhythmia that was sucking the energy out of me. I have finally returned to work and am slowly getting my stamina back. I still am dealing with a skin condition on my hands. That is why the skin on my fingers can look so dry and peeling. I have to moisturize and use cuticle oil at least six times a day to keep them looking marginal.

The first mani was inspired by ones done by the talented ladies in World of Nailcraft. I really find the contrast of the black base and colorful flowers to be pretty. I did it as part of a gradient stamping challenge. The second one was a negative space mani. I used the stars teachers stick on graded papers to mask my nail and then painted the base color. When I peeled it off, it looked like that. I then stamped some additional stars in silver. It was easy and fun to do.

I liked the flower mani enough to try and stamp my toes. I still have a hard time reaching them, but they turned out good. It encouraged me to perhaps start stamping all my toes. However, that would make the nail tech that does my pedicures sad. She likes doing nail art. I always feel bad when I say no. I usually only mess with my toes if my pedi gets chipped up before my next pedicure. I can't stand chipped up nails or toes.

I stamped my big toes to go with my nails.

I tried My hand at doing a camo design on my nails. They are done free hand so that is why they are not all the same. I guess that is good because camo should be kind of random to blend in with nature. This is something I will wear again. I like that it takes a tough guy masculine thing like camo and puts on nails.

Camo mani/pedi

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Godzilla inspired nails.

After seeing a commercial, I decided I need to do nails for going to this movie. I loved Godzilla as a kid. The old movie was cheesy, but that just made it even more fun. I decided to do these with out any using any stamping. I used a sharpie cap as a large dotting tool for the eyes and I used my small dotting tool for the nostrils. The rest was done with pieces of makeup sponge. I also used a small brush for the teeth pupils and toe nails. The right eye was the second one I did and I like the shape and shading better. This mani was really a learning experience for me. I hope you like them.

BTW, I have been struggling with a skin condition. Even with moisturizer out the wazoo, my skin gets dry and rough. I have been using cuticle oil at least 4 times per day just to keep them looking that bad. You don't want to see them when I don't keep them oiled.