Tuesday, December 1, 2015

A break from nail art after Halloween


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.

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.