Monday, August 7, 2017

Learning to use gelish PolyGel

Working on my work area for hobbies

All ready to start doing my nails

First try using PolyGel. Need some work but a good start.

Hello Friends,

I am trying to get my hobby better organized to make practicing easier. My nail stamping polish shelf is held to the wall with magnets Bolted to the angle iron (actually aluminum).  I put a clear angle molding to keep the bottles from falling off if we have an earthquake. It is nice to have good lighting and a dedicated work space. I also use it when I work on electronics too.

Prior to getting the PolyGel starter kit, I had been learning to do traditional acrylic nails. I am still low o the learning curve with acrylic.  I can do a passable set on myself. However, not something I would post in a nail group. I do post them if I have done stamping.  The people in stamping groups are concerned about the nail art and not judging your nails. They are a great bunch of ladies and a few guys like me. PolyGel is awesome! You apply it just like a bead of acrylic but with out the time constraint to get it done before it hardens. PolyGel is workable and stiff enough to stay where you put it.  You can take as long as you want. When your happy then you put your nails under the UV or LED lamp. I don't have an LED lamp, so three minutes is the tie they say. My left hand was three minutes, but I did 4 minutes on the right hand.  I noticed the underside of the nail wasn't totally cured.  I think I will get an LED lamp soon. I have to give polyGel a thumbs up!  Now I need to get rid of the lame nail forms that don't stick good and buy some quality ones.

Paws stamping!
Remember everyone deserves to wear color on their nails if they want!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Learning to do Acrylic nails

My nails with out acrylic extensions.

Did some stamping the other day on my last set of nails.
OPI "Give Me Space" is the polish I am wearing.


My new Nail drill for doing acrylic nails.


Hello Friends,

Since starting my nail polish adventure a number of years ago, I have learned to do nail art and do a pretty good job polishing my nails.  My natural nails are very weak and always break. So, for the a while I just polished my short nails. That was fine until I got into nail art and joined groups with nail art challenges. My short nails kind of limited me on designs and gave less room for the art. This started me down the road of wanting longer nails. I had acrylics done by a local salon for a bit, but that got to be too expensive on top of my pedicures every other week. Since I am diabetic, I like to keep my feet in good shape.  I also am tall and can't reach my own feet very well to polish them myself.  This has led me to attempting to do my own nails with acrylic. I bought a starter kit from Sally's beauty supply. I watched some great YouTube videos and pay attention in nail groups. All I can say is practice, practice, practice!  I am getting better with each set i do on myself. I ordered some fake fingers to practice on, but they haven't arrived yet.  I also decided to order the nail drill shown above.  The black looks very retro and industrial, which really appealed to me. The nail drill is only needed to speed up the process, it isn't really needed. I got tired of all the hand sanding to shape the nails. That will decrease as my application gets better. The ladies on YouTube lay the acrylic down almost perfectly and require little filing. I will get a finger come out nice like that once in a while, but for the most part I have to work to get the shape right.

On the aspect of a guy wearing nail enhancements, I get a comment on how long my nails are getting from female coworkers on occasion, but nothing really negative. The compliments on polish and nail art are more the norm,  Since I have been wearing polish for at least 4 years now, people have gotten over it. The most important part is I have gotten over caring if it bothers people. I love it and it is my body. The same as people with body art and peircings. It is their body and it isn't hurting anyone.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Life and polish

Magnetic polish with stamping.

Stamping and stamping decal.
My Halloween nails

Island Girl Holo polish

The pointy nails look fierce!
Hello Everyone,

I haven't been posting much. Between obsessing about the elections, work, and my health issues,  I haven't been doing as much nail art or blogging. My skin condition has flared up again. It seems to be worse when my irregular heart beat is happening often.  Doctors today seem to only treat each symptom as an issue all to its own. We need more Dr. House types that are just a little less reckless. Meaning, looking at all of a persons health issues and seeing if there is a common cause.

Because I get tired easy, I haven't been up for any really good nail art. I still love doing it and want to get half as good as the ladies out there. I have been wearing polish pretty 90% of the time for the last 3-4 years. If I do something nice I get positive feedback. I haven't had anything negative in a couple of years.  I am happy that I made the decision to do what I love regardless of what some may think. I am sure it may limit my chances of finding a girlfriend, but I would rather not have one than hide who I am.  People have trouble separating sexual orientation from gender expression. I identify as a male, but am interested in some typically female stuff. I consider my self gender non-conforming.  I have admired pretty nails since I was a kid. I have moved from admiring others nails to wanting them myself. I am still me. I still love football and hate opera.  I feel people should dress or present themselves however feels good and natural to them. Screw the whole binary concept when it comes to people. We are not computers. Binary thinking is what is wrong with politics and religion. Life is a spectrum.

Please try and look past my gnarly skin until it heals.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Jim

Friday, June 3, 2016

Rainbow illusions

MoYou Illusions collection

Hello friends! I did this rainbow mani for a nail art challenge. I had no idea I was going to love it so much. What you put on your nails before the stamping can make a world of difference. I have used this image before and liked the results. However, with this rainbow base under the stamping, it is ten times more awesome. I painted my nails white white some cheap Sinful Colors polish and then sponged on the rainbow colors with makeup sponges. I then stamped using my old faithful white squishy stamper from FabUrNails. I have never done a rainbow mani before. I know some people think I must be gay for always having painted nails. I had figured if I wore anything rainbow, that would confirm their suspicions. I have decided that is not a good reason to not do it. People are going to think what they want anyway. I already wear any color that a women would wear. My last mani was a coral with yellow flower stamping (See Below). I will wear black with skulls on occasion, but it isn't really me. I actually really like pinks,reds, purples and all the colors in between. Nail art has made me appreciate all the hard work people put into making really special manis. Like my mani below, some of the ladies would take the time to color in parts of the flowers to add that little extra. I often don't have the patience to go that extra mile.


If anyone has any questions about stamping, feel free to ask. I had lots of help from wonderful bloggers and the Facebook stamping community. I would love to pay it forward.

Jim

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. :)