I know thi is kind of trite stuff...

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I know thi is kind of trite stuff...
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Wed, 09-04-2013 - 6:38pm

But just wondered whether you like to paint your nails or go for a manicure (or pedicure for that matter)?

For most of my life I didn't have nice nails...I chewed them...a nervous habit that I finally broke only a number of years ago.  Lately I've been enjoying applying nail polish on my nails.  Considering I never had nice nails until more recently in my life, this is an indulgence for me.  Sometimes I have gone for a pedicure and manicure but this summer I just did my own.  (A bit of a challenge to bend down and deal with my toenails, let me tell you!).  Our climate is so dry here that I have to apply cuticle oil regularly to keep my cuticles in decent shape...aside from trimming the cuticle every so often. 

My  nails are fairly soft, so actually regularly applying nail polish, even clear stuff is helpful to keeping them harder and less prone to break.  I don't like them to get too long, but a bit of length is nice.   

How about you?  Do you have nice nails, and do you like to paint them?

Shirley

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Wed, 09-04-2013 - 7:35pm

 I have never had a manicure or a pedicure.

Because of the risk of breaking my nails at work (and the pain associated with doing so).  I keep my finger nails short.  In my previous job (food service)  I was not allowed to wear polish at work so it has been years since I have had any polish on my fingers.   I think that they are nice, just short and going by how quickly they grow I think they are quite healthy.

Last summer I bought some polish with the intention of keeping my toe nails polished. I think I used it one time.  Just too lazy.  My toes nails are pretty ugly. I have this habit of dropping boxes on  them at work.  I have lost 3 nails because of inury.  Right now I have a big bruise on my big toe under the nail on my left foot from stubbinhg it at work.

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Wed, 09-04-2013 - 9:25pm

I have ok nails; I prefer them short - long nails wouldn't be 'me' anyway, nor would a mani or pedi or polish on either.  Never had one of either. Maybe being in a lab or on a production line or clean room or just an engineer/physicist in general doing techy stuff makes me not interested. 

My mom told me the story of wearing clear polish on her nails one time as a teen and her dad (from Poland) told her it looked like she had pork chop grease on them!  She used to paint her nails when I was growing up but it was never anything I cared for.

Sue

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Wed, 09-04-2013 - 10:24pm

I am like Suzy

Plus, wearing nail polish is not allowed in the cleanrooms I work in. Even though we have gloves on, it is still not allowed.

I am not one to go and get a manicure and pedicure or any girly things.

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Wed, 09-04-2013 - 10:24pm

I am like Suzy

Plus, wearing nail polish is not allowed in the cleanrooms I work in. Even though we have gloves on, it is still not allowed.

I am not one to go and get a manicure and pedicure or any girly things.

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Registered: 11-24-1997
Wed, 09-04-2013 - 10:56pm

Please don't be jealous or envious but I used to have beautiful long hard fingernails that NEVER broke off!  My Mom used to call me Fu Man Chu because I kept my nails long for years until my 30's!  I've kept them short since.  As for nail polish, I wore polish as a young adult (before kids) and never wore polish again until recently when I started in real estate.  I think part of avoiding nail polish is because I have vitiligo on my hands and it has spread so polish would just make it more visible.  However, at this point in my life, I can't control the vitiligo but I still wear polish meaning I don't care what other people think as much.

Kathy

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Thu, 09-05-2013 - 2:20pm

I hate painting my own nails, but I LOVE mani's and pedi's.   I love being pampered for a hour or so.  For the last 20 years, I wore gloves at work, and washed my hands 20 times a day, so mani's never lasted long, and were kind of a waste.  But I always get them for a special occasion, when I want to feel dressed up. 

Because of my bunions & hammer toes, I wear sandals CONSTANTLY, and I want my toes to look nice.   Plus, I cannot get to my feet without dislocating a knee or hip, so I am happy to have someone else trim my nails and sand off my callouses.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 09-05-2013 - 4:06pm

The only time I've had nice nails was for about 6 months in the late '80s when I tried acrylic nails. They looked great--polish doesn't chip off of acrylics as quickly as on natural nails-- but required too much upkeep (fills) and expense so when it was time to replace them I removed them instead. 

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Thu, 09-05-2013 - 5:01pm

Full disclosure:  I am the queen of vanity when it comes to hands.  There, I have admitted it.  I change my polish every week, have over 30 bottles in my bathroom closet, and have even had Fraxel done on my hands to reduce brown spots ($500 and worth every penny).  I keep hand cream in my purse, briefcase, office, bathroom, kitchen - you name it.

I was a nail-biter growing up, until I got my first summer office job at the age of 18.  My hands were then too busy for me to bite my nails, and suddenly they were long enough to polish. I started polishing them and have hardly stopped since - though I didn't get a manicure in a salon until I was 27 or a pedicure for another 10 years after that.  I still do most of my manicures at home unless I'm going for a pedicure (every other week for 6 months of the year).

I keep them short, with emphasis on "well groomed" - no nail art, colorful French manicures, glitters, chipping, or truly garish colors - I still can't bring myself to wear purple, blue, yellow, lime or bright green, though I wear metallics of every color, and one of my favorites is a pinky-purple chrome.

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Fri, 09-06-2013 - 11:03am

I'm happiest in a tshirt/sweatshirt & jeans but I can be a  & dress up when the mood hits. But I love having a mani/pedi. When I worked, I had one ever 3 to 4 wks & just touched up my fingers in between. It was so relaxing & always gave me a lift. I have no excuse now to spend money on this & so I do it myself but not on a regular basis. My daughter does love to have her fingers & toes painted so she got everything she needed to do shellac on her fingers. She will do mine if I visit & the baby is sleeping. It's great as it lasts about 3 wks. I have always stayed with the neutral colours or the occasional french manicure but for DS2's wedding we found a green that matched my dress perfectly. So I'm thinking I will be more daring on my toes in the future.

Dee

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Fri, 09-06-2013 - 12:34pm

I tend to favour pinks and not too dark colours for nail polish.  My nails are not so perfect in some ways and I find the darker colours aren't as flattering for my nails.  And I like a bit of frost or sparkle to the polish...not as keen on the cream polishes.  I can keep my feet well enough free of callouses and the like, but it's dealing with my toenails that I find harder to do (harder to reach down that way...ugh..must be the tummy that gets in the way!).  I sometimes opt for a pedicure (for the summer) but this year I just managed to do one on my own (as I said with some effort!).  I wish my toenails were larger and more nicely shaped (everyone has such different sort of toenails - or at least those I've seen in sandals!).  Ah, but this is just vanity speaking...not that it's important at all.  But I am happy to have finger nails that look nicer than the bitten ones I had many years ago! 

Shirley