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.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Nail Stamping for Bad Ass Challenge.

Left Hand

Right hand
When the topic for this weeks Stamping Sunday challenge was "Bad Ass Nails", I knew I had to do it. This mani is definitely one that doesn't go unnoticed when I am out and about. The spikes have stayed on good since I used super glue to put them on. I couldn't spend all that time doing them just to take this mani right off after pictures. Amazingly, none of the spikes came off during the 24hrs I wore this mani. For everyday nails, I might incorporate one of these nails as an accent when wearing "manly" colors. However, I really prefer solid colors or full nails stamping images. The smaller spikes are a good size to wear. The larger spikes inflict way more damage. The skulls were made with Sugar Bubbles 006 plate. I did it as a sticker so I could color the skull in with the white. The eye ball started out as a planet earth stamp and I just filled it in with white to get a big circle. I used a dotting tool to make the pupil. I decided to use a yellow glaze over they eye to make it yellowish. I often make these type of stamping stickers ahead of time and store them in a plastic case with little compartments. The last a few weeks before they start to get brittle.

I hope you liked it for an over the top type of mani. It isn't something you would see me wearing on a day to day basis. It was more of a learning experience than anything else.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Bad blogger!

Trying a Sugar Bubbles nail tip stamp.

Batina stamping plate  images

CG Towl Boy Toy and CG Pink Voltage to give me a mood boost

Layla Ultraviolet stamped with Cheeky Wild at heart plate
My Supernatural theme nails

My first real success at stamping stickers
It has been almost a month since I posted last. 2014 has not been off to a good start. I am dealing with Heart issues that put me in the ER twice and in the cardiac unit of our local hospital. Now that I am out and home, I have had time to do a lot of nail stuff. As you can see, most of these are bright and happy. Polish either reflects my mood or is used to try and change it. Recently it is the latter. I have been trying colors and stamping that I find pretty. Given my health, I decided I don't care if they are less than manly designs. If I like it, I wear it. Some of them don't make it 24 hours before I am over them.

Given the name of my blog, I would like to make one observation about my recent girly manicures. Most people just don't care. No dirty looks or comments. If ladies I interact with like a mani they say something nice. If they don't, they don't say anything. If you want to wear polish, just do it and own it.