Friday, May 6, 2016

Has it been that long?

Sorry I have neglected my blog for so long. I haven't been sure what to to talk about. Wearing polish on a daily basis has become so normal to me and the people around me that it doesn't inspire much to talk about. However, in a sense that in itself is noteworthy. The fact that it has become a non issues means that, in my current environment, I have overcome the social bias against guys wearing polish,

The biggest problem I deal with is of my own making. I enjoy doing nail art and being in a number of Facebook nail groups. Being in those groups makes me gravitate to having longer nails that are better suited for a wide variety of nails art. I have long since stopped worrying about designs being to girly. I have done camo designs and other designs that are more gender neutral. There are so many stamping patterns that are just interesting and to use a term that dates me "cool". I love some of the geometric patterns out there.


I think this design is gender neutral.

This is the length I like for doing nail art.

Camo pattern goes with my camo shorts or kilt.



Another pattern that is interesting for anyone.

I currently have no acrylic or gel on my nails. I am trying to get them a little healthier. I would love not to have to use any enhancements. However, my nails are so flimsy and they have always peeled at the free edge. The last two weeks is the longest I have gone without polish in 3-4 years. I am getting impatient. They are still peeling even though I have been oiling them many times a day. I am getting a lot better at doing acrylic nails. They can be safe and not damaging if you don't use an electric file on your nails.

I'll try and post more often.

Thanks for reading.

Jim


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A break from nail art after Halloween

Hello,

After Halloween I felt a need to step back and recharge. I also have been busy leading up to Thanksgiving. I traveled back to my hometown for the holiday. I wore the same polish for over a week. It was BB Couture Briquette. It is a nice dark gray with some fine shimmer in it. It held up for an entire week. I packed my polish and topcoat in case I needed to redo them, but I never had to get them out.

BB Couture Briquette after a week
 I decided to go with a this nice brick type of red from BB Couture called Uninvited. I choose it because I didn't want a Christmas red yet. I'll gear up for some Christmas manis soon.

BB Couture Uninvited
 A Facebook friend posted a picture of these shoes and I thought I could do some nail art that would go really well. I did them on a silicone mat. I then peeled them off and sent them in an envelope. I think they really go well with the shoes.

Nail Art I did as a decal to match a friends shoes.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Halloween 2015






I have been trying my new Bundle Monster Halloween plates over the past two weeks. I have neglected all my other plates. I am about burnt out on Halloween and it isn't here yet! I have had some breakage so all my nails are not the same length. I'll let them catch up. I am not one to chop them all off when one breaks. I get so busy with other stuff that I forget to post here.

Life as a male polish wearer has been good. It makes me happy that some people look forward to see what I have done today. Others just totally ignore it. This is how it must be for the ladies that love polish and nail art. I am traveling back to my home town for Thanksgiving. I haven't decided what to wear on my nails. They will be polished. If they weren't, I'd feel like a fraud. I am fully committed to doing what I love. Most people are on my friends list so it won't be a shock. I am more worried about having gained the weight I lost back and looking fat. My fight with my blood sugar has me taking more insulin and that seems to help me gain weight(not that I needed help). My visit will be my chance to eat all the things I have missed since moving to Hawaii. I guess I'll pack extra insulin for the trip. :)

Friday, August 7, 2015

Neon orange week

Hand made tiger stripes

Yellow stamping with BM-XL05
Hey guys,

I bought some gel polishes on clearance from Sally's. The above pictures are Orly "Melt you Popsicle". Amazingly, both photos are the same base color. The first was with lighting from behind and the second was direct lighting from above. The yellow stamping really toned down the neon. The neon with tiger stripes is the boldest mani I have worn to work. Nothing came of it. The tiger stripes garnered some positive comments from guys. They thought I was a Bengals fan. Women associated it with Tigger from Winnie the Poo.  Either way it has been a fun bold color to wear. Since it is a gel polish, I tend to wear gel for at least a week since it is more work to remove.

The best thing about a good gel polish mani is that it is very tough. For a guy that uses his hands at work, gel polish doesn't chip and looks as good as new after a week. I have a black gel I wear now and then. Go gel if you want a durable polish to wear for a couple of weeks.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Seeing Red!

BB Couture Vampire Bite inside LED lighting

BB Couture Vampire Bite in Sunlight
Hello everyone! A few weeks ago BB Couture had a sale. When I was looking to choose polishes, I was drawn to this beautiful red. Until now, it was rare for me to wear red. It is a color some women don't wear often. I have always thought reds were sexy, which made me even more apprehensive to wear it. I currently don't have a girlfriends red nails to look at, so my nails will have to do. Red is just one of a multitudes of polishes. It shouldn't be any different then wearing blue. So I have worn this red for 2-1/2 days. No one commented on my choice of colors positively or negatively, which is okay. I wear polish for me and no one else. I am not trying to make a statement . The only statement is that what I wear on my nails is my business. If you don't like it, that is your problem. I am so thankful that my work has not taken issue with it. I am not sure if I could go back to boring plain nails after all this time. It is part of who I currently am.

Any guys out there on the fence about wearing polish in public, I say polish on and enjoy adding color to your life!

p.s My 4th of July nails below.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Memorial and Turtle day

World Turtle Day 2015, pond manicure

Memorial day mani.

My daughter made me aware that today was World Turtle day. I did this turtle pond manicure for a stamping group challenge. I added it to a photo I took where I swim near my work. At first I wasn't going to do a Memorial day mani. My father served in WWII and was at Omaha beach. He was wounded 3 times during the war. They didn't think he would walk again, but he proved them wrong. I think he would appreciate nail art, since he was an artist.

Thank you to all the men and women who have served, currently serve, and those that lost their lives for our country.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A little distracted.

Hello Friends,

Facebook and all the nail and nail art groups have caused me to not post on my blog as much, I tend to share there more than here. I started my blog to share my journey into the world of nail polish as a guy. Nothing has really changed much over the past year. Anyone around me that was curious has asked their questions. I seem to be able to wear any color that the ladies wear without anyone saying a thing. It is nice to be able to choose what to wear based strictly on what I want without worry what someone will say. However, it does leave me lacking for things to talk about.on my blog. I still wear polish 24/7 and have no plans on changing that. I love polish and nail art. Here are a few recent pictures.

Trying out some Avengers stamps from FabUrNails

BB Couture Dark Tommy

Gradient Stamping for a group challenge.

I tried dry water marbling.

My Autism Awareness mani.