The Gel Nails Experiment

20140403-130324.jpgThis what my nails usually look like. The cuticles are ragged. If there is polish, it will be clear and peeling. I’m not the froo-froo type with hair “done”, tailored clothes and Jimmy Choo shoes. Oh, no. In fact, just the other day at the track meet, my friend, Alice, commented, as I was throwing on Superman’s sweatshirt, how she didn’t own anything like that. Huh?!? You don’t own a big ole, comfy sweatshirt? You know what? I don’t think I’ve ever seen her in a t-shirt and shorts either! She cares about her appearance and has pride in her self-esteem. She actually dresses herself in an attractive, adult outfit every day. She always looks nice. Huh. That’s a thought.

Saturday, Superman, Thomas and I are getting on a cruise ship with some folks in his business. As I decide what I’m going to pack, I actually see my hands for the first time in a while and realize they are atrocious!

20140403-131807.jpg But let’s get serious….how else should they look, when I use them as a screwdriver, scraper and pry bar?

Superman deserves better than this! He needs his woman to have hands and feet like she cares about herself. I check out the new nail trends on Pinterest.

20140403-132217.jpgSo, I see that it doesn’t matter how many colors you use.

20140403-132313.jpgCreativity is key.

20140403-132339.jpgIf I had long nails, I would like this look. I think it’s very pretty.

20140403-132944.jpgBless her heart! She’s got her work cut out for herself. After putting away the Black and Decker rotary sander to smooth away the callouses, rough skin and thick toe nails, she used the Dremmel for a final polish. I was so embarrassed that I hid behind a People Magazine.

I decided to get Gel Nails for my manicure, in hopes that it would help make it last through the cruise. I was happy to hear that this was not the same procedure where you ended up with thick talons. I asked Chrystal, my nail tech, how long she thought this might last. She said “If you no do handyman stuff, you will make it to two week. If you do DUI (hopefully, she meant DIY) I don’t know. One day? Two day!” I jokingly asked her what she meant? She replied, “Your husband afford you go on cruise, he afford you to have tool. Use them!” Ok, ok, I got it. Use the tools, not my nails.

Chrystal is very gentle with the whole process and I complement her on it. You see, because when I do it I shove the cuticles back, then basically rip them out with the cuticle scissors, (which aren’t as sharp as they should be after I’ve used them to open plastic packaging and to cut string.)

20140403-134939.jpgHere we are with my French-sport look. If I had known, I would’ve gotten an American-sport, which Chrystal says is less white. I’m sure I’m so last year, or a decade ago with my white tips, but they do look clean and polished. I’m curious of how long these gals will look this way.


20140403-135246.jpgSam is checking out my newly sanded down feet. I wonder if she likes the color?

20140403-135609.jpgWell, I notice that although my nails look pretty, my kitchen table needs some work! You’ll be glad to know, I did NOT start scraping the goop off with my newly gelled nails! I’m feeling a little more grown up already.

Hope you have a great day!


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