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.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Happy Holidays!




Happy Holidays everyone! Sorry I haven't posted in a long time. My life has bee kind of crazy. I have had problems with getting in the Christmas spirit. Living in Hawaii removes all the normal holiday atmosphere. The first two pictures are my first attempts of the season to get some Xmas spirit. The last picture is my current pedicure. I didn't do it myself, I would pass out bending over long enough to do that kind of striping!  I requested the red and white stripes with the big toes being red and rest of the toes white. It reminded me of wrapping paper.

It has been a little over a year since I started wearing my nails polished almost 100% of the time. What I have learned over this time is that people are a lot more open minded than I thought. I may get an odd look from a guy here and there, but never anything beyond that. The responses from women have been very positive. There a few places I go where they go out of their way to see what I am wearing. A funny thing happened the other day. I have been sick all week and my nails are naked and look like crap. I walk in to the hardware store and the lady behind the counter says to the other cashier "He is a manicurist and always has the nicest designs". I hid my hands so and said I wasn't wearing anything today. I need to make sure my nails look good next time I go in there!

If I don't post again before Christmas, I hope everyone has enjoys the holidays.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Monkey see, monkey do!

BB Couture Dark Tommy with Googly Eyes

I have been sick the last few days but, I was feeling up to copying a mani I saw earlier in the day by a Facebook friend named Misty. I like the way they turned out. Simple and silly. Dark Tommy by BB Couture is one of my all time favorite dark polishes. I hope they still make it because, I may need a new bottle soon. I hate having to tilt the bottle or stick the brush all the way back in the bottle to fill the brush. I tend to screw up more when the bottle gets low. You could easily find out someones favorite colors by looking to see which bottles have the most gone from them. I need to come up with an awesome mani for Halloween. What I do will depend on whether I dress up or not. Most likely I won't. I am not that creative. Beyond polish, I rarely do crafty things.

Below are a couple of other recent manis.

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New Bundle Monster stamps over a black base

OPI - Yoga-Ta get this Blue

Indigo Bananas - Maui

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Falling in love again with fall colors.

OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

Lincoln  Park After Dark  stamped with SH Firefly

I was trying out my Supernatural stamping plate.

OPI Germanicure

I have been really bad about posting on my blog lately. I get so involved in facebook that I feel that many people have already seen or heard it there. With the changing of the seasons, I have rediscovered how much I like the fall colors and some vampy dark colors. I still prefer lighter happy colors on my toes year around. I find I get bored with darker polishes on my toes before it is time for my next pedicure. It is so much easier to do my nails that I leave the toes to the professionals. I have done my nails myself exclusively all this year. I am so much better at it than I was when I started. With nails, practice does make perfect or at least acceptable!

I am starting to give thought to some halloween manis. I want to do at least one stamping mani that I hope will wow some people! My friends in Adventures in Stamping always come up with some amazing designs.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Construction and nice mani/pedi not mutually exclusive!




It has been a beautiful week for a vacation. Even though it is all construction and manual labor, I can still enjoy the world of polish. I reshaped and shortened my nails to be easier to work with. They still are a little past the ends of my fingers. This length seems to be a good compromise between pretty and functional. I'll wear gloves tomorrow when we pour the cement for my patio. I like the french for a low maintenance mani.

Update: It is a good thing I wore gloves. I had banged the end of my thumb and must have dislodged the nail. It was in my glove when I took them off.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

My attempt at Galaxy Nails





I have always wanted to try galaxy nails. I am happy with how they turned out for a first attempt,. Next time I will pick my colors better. I think Galaxy nails are a good gender neutral nail art design. They appeal to the science nerd in me. I used BB Couture Night Ops as the base color. I haven't seen them in sunlight yet. If I get a better picture, I will update this post.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Bad Ass Nails!







Each step: Base , Sponge, Stamp, and Spikes

Me after a haircut and color to hide my grey.

It is funny that the studs for the bad ass design came from a store called "Born Pretty"! I still chuckle thinking about it. Laurie from Dressed up Digits also bought the same spikes. We decided we would do a manis using them and post them around the same time. Diane, another friend is also joining in, but she doesn't blog. Lauries turned out amazing. You should check her mani out. I wanted mine to look like a distressed armor look. I hope that is how it comes across. The weather has not been very conducive to stamping, so it isn't perfect. I tell myself that it just adds to the distressed look. No one is going to say this mani is fem!

Supplies:

OPI - Skull and Glossbones for the base color
BB Couture - Briquette for the sponging
BundleMonster stamping plate BM-313
Seche Vite  topcoat