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(@krissykitty)
Trusted Member     Ohio, United States of America
Joined: 2 months ago

I got lost in the forums, but someone posted nail polish and it intihed me I do love it!!, but being in a male form well you know. In the post it said sheer transparent colors, hah when I got home from work my wife had some clear coat that mixed with her pink, got my nails painted for a song  it was a clear wit slight pink I know my nails are painted it's Suttle and no one know the difference, lol my toes are bright red, sometimes being in the closet is fun..... Krissy 

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Baroness Annual
(@fembecky)
Joined: 5 years ago

Prominent Member     Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Posts: 306

@krissykitty 

I have used OPI Nail Envy for quite a few years - it purports to strengthen nails over time, which is a bonus for me because my nails were forever chipping, splitting or breaking. In more recent years I have also used OPI Nail and Cuticle Oil. I was advised to use both to keep my nails healthy. To be honest the use of these to items has probably had some beneficial impact, though I can't say they have have made a spectacular difference!

BUT - the real fun for me was that the Nail Envy gave my nails a clear shiny appearance which I loved. I started using it several years before I retired which meant I had clear shiny nails at work over that entire period, but nobody ever made any comment.

I do like the idea of mixing a clear coat with a pale pink to give just a hint of colour. I will have to try it sometime.

On 3 separate occasions last week I was admiring the nails of a couple of coffee baristas and a sales lady in a fashion store. They all told me they were BIAB nails which is apparently some sort of new gel and, as one of the girls said, it made her nails virtually indestructible. Has anyone ever tried this?? Not the sort of stuff you can apply and remove in an instant though. It is a lengthy special process to apply and, I guess, once you have got it on you are stuck with it until you can go back to the salon to get it removed. But it did look fabulous though!

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(@loneleycd)
Joined: 5 years ago

Noble Member     Roland, Iowa, United States of America
Posts: 1881

@krissykitty My first time, I had my nails done in my college colors, red and yellow.  If you look at my profile picture that is my nails in the background.

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(@lisa55)
Honorable Member     Gloucester, Virginia, United States of America
Joined: 2 years ago

I live in clear nail polish! Once in a while my wife and I will paint each others nails. We have a wide selection of colors. We also found a matte polish that dulls down for a natural look as well, but defeats the purpose. 

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(@rickialan)
Estimable Member     North Carolina, United States of America
Joined: 4 months ago

I thought i found a color that no one would really notice. I only use it on the weekends. I happen to be paying at a store , the girl behind the register commented " I like your nail polish". I said i didn't think anyone would notice she quoted "I always look at everyone's nails. I smiled  and said thanks. 

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Hostess
(@cdsue)
Joined: 4 years ago

Noble Member     Delaware, United States of America
Posts: 1370

@rickialan I bet it felt nicee that she noticed and commented on them

XOXO
Suzanne

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(@rickialan)
Joined: 4 months ago

Estimable Member     North Carolina, United States of America
Posts: 52

@cdsue It really did.

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(@alison-anderson)
Noble Member     Middlesex county, New Jersey, United States of America
Joined: 6 years ago

I don't usually wear nail polish. I rarely have time for it to cure (not just dry, but dry all the way down), and have to take it off all too soon. And I'm really hard on my nails. I had chipped my nails already by the first day of Keystone. Although I had the polish to repair them, I never had the time or patience to do so.

I don't have a desire to paint my toenails; my feet aren't the most attractive and I don't want to draw attention to them. And even if I did, I take my socks off regularly for a Pilates class at work. I'm not going to show up one day with painted toenails.

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Baroness
(@annaredhead)
Joined: 3 months ago

Honorable Member     Cornwall, United Kingdom
Posts: 306

@alison-anderson As a former marathon runner, my toenails are battered and scarred. I have them painted most of the time and am never seen barefoot in public. So this is part of my stealth mode.

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(@candycross)
Estimable Member     Queensland, Australia
Joined: 1 month ago

I paint my toe nails however l don't paint my finger nail as l don't have time and removing the polish so often is a bit of hard work. However we are looking at getting the stick on false nails or maybe just painting my nails with clear polish, not certain which way we will go on that at the moment.

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Ambassador
(@ellyd22)
Joined: 12 months ago

Illustrious Member     Norfolk, United Kingdom
Posts: 3186

@candycross 

Removing coloured nail polish is MUCH easier if you apply a clear base coat first. It also stops the colour from soaking into the nail bed and leaving a tell-tale stain that can still be seen for several days after you've removed the polish - a particular problem with reds.

Ellie x

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(@candycross)
Joined: 1 month ago

Estimable Member     Queensland, Australia
Posts: 127

@ellyd22 so the base coat is really clear nail polish ?

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(@ellyd22)
Joined: 12 months ago

Illustrious Member     Norfolk, United Kingdom
Posts: 3186

@candycross 

Yes - it just makes a barrier between the colour and the nail, preventing the colour seeping into the nail itself. It's usually sold as 'base coat' or 'nail protector'.

The one I'm using at the moment is 'Wet n' Wild' Clear Nail Protector.

After I started using it I found that not only were stained nails a thing of the past, but also the top (coloured) coat took far less effort to remove than previously. Just soak some cotton wool in nail varnish remover and hold it against the nail for ten seconds to soften the varnish. Then one quick wipe and the varnish is gone.

Ellie x

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Lady
(@candycross)
Joined: 1 month ago

Estimable Member     Queensland, Australia
Posts: 127

@ellyd22 thanks Ellie, l will give that a try once l get down the street.  Jane x

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Baroness Annual
(@nickicd)
Joined: 3 years ago

Estimable Member     Texas, United States of America
Posts: 69

@ellyd22 Excellent advice Ellie. I do this whenever I do my nails. I love the OPI brand of polish and they make a great base coat that dries very fast.

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(@ellyd22)
Joined: 12 months ago

Illustrious Member     Norfolk, United Kingdom
Posts: 3186

@nickicd 

I should have mentioned the fast drying time - my base coat dries in 60 seconds.

One drawback of using a base coat is that gel varnishes can take a considerably longer time to harden when they're applied on top, unless they're the sort that's hardened by UV light.

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Duchess
(@rholtman96)
Estimable Member     Lincoln city, Oregon, United States of America
Joined: 1 year ago

I love the stick on false nails because I can take them off after a short while, if necessary,. and reuse them If I'm careful with the glue.

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Hostess
(@cdsue)
Noble Member     Delaware, United States of America
Joined: 4 years ago

I use clear polish pretty regularly, when we go for mani-pedis I have a little hint of pink added. I've never had anybody comment on them. I get my toenails painted in the winter months and vary the color dependent of the month I get them done. I've had red, pink and blue - also have had snowmen and hearts designs on them. They look cute. When at home I don't wear any socks or shoes most of the time. My wife likes looking at them. I feel very femme when I have them done. I've also used press on nails on my fingers which I've enjoyed. 

XOXO
Suzanne

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Lady
(@krissykitty)
Joined: 2 months ago

Trusted Member     Ohio, United States of America
Posts: 23

@cdsue I'm the same way toes to the nines! So wishing could do my fingers all the time but impractical can only wear them for a evening, I'll try the press ons thanks for the info Krissy

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(@pantyloverguy)
Estimable Member     Georgia, United States of America
Joined: 3 months ago

I do love having my nails done, my favorite is French tips using dip powder. I'm not very good at doing my own nails and seem to get the polish everywhere but on my nails. So I just go to a local shop and have them done. 

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(@rebeccabaxter)
Noble Member     Cornwall, United Kingdom
Joined: 6 months ago

I do my nails bright red but I do wonder if I'm doing them any harm. I have used nail polish fairly regularly for the last couple of months and have found that when I remove it, my nails don't look in the best condition, there are slight marks and lines that weren't there before I started painting my nails and I'm wondering if I should stop doing it. I might add that I have used two different manufacturers products -- Nailberry (not up to much, wouldn't go hard, even in sunlight as recommended) and Rimmel.

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(@ellyd22)
Joined: 12 months ago

Illustrious Member     Norfolk, United Kingdom
Posts: 3186

@rebeccabaxter 

I give my nails a sabbatical every couple of weeks, removing all of the varnish and then going over them with a nail block (one of those little blocks with sides that 'Even', 'Smooth', 'Buff' and then 'Polish'). That removes all of those annoying marks and lines that tend to build up.

Then I give them a coat of cuticle oil (which is usually almond oil) to nourish the nails themselves.

It works really well, and only takes 10-15 minutes to do both hands including the buffing and polishing 🙂

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(@rebeccabaxter)
Joined: 6 months ago

Noble Member     Cornwall, United Kingdom
Posts: 361

@ellyd22 

I've heard of cuticle oil. Before I started with all this cross dressing lark, I really never gave my nails a second thought, they were either covered in soil from the garden or oil from my bike. I often had to use a scrubbing brush to clean underneath and always had my hands in some sort of unfortunate stuff. Nowadays, I wear gloves for such things, even for the washing up (if I remember). Cross dressing is fun but it can be so inconvenient sometimes.
 
I'll get some of that oil although while I think about it, the wife might already have some somewhere.
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Baroness Annual
(@finallyfiona)
Joined: 6 months ago

Noble Member     Bedfordshire, United Kingdom
Posts: 708

@rebeccabaxter Having also read these posts before I went out into town this afternoon, I've not long returned from Tesco's with a little bottle of the stuff.  You should have no problems finding it 🙂

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Topic starter
(@krissykitty)
Trusted Member     Ohio, United States of America
Joined: 2 months ago

I'll try that oil, my hands take it tough, I love to paint my nails but as you said being a cross can be a inconvenient at times thanks for the help Krissy

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(@marleen)
Eminent Member     Cartersville, Georgia, United States of America
Joined: 3 months ago

I love painting my nails! I do every weekend. I do have some neutral colors I have used during my work week that if you look close enough it obvious I have on nail polish but I don't care. Toe nails I go with a dark color. Dark red, blue, purple... I do have my favorite brand I like and the style of polish that it is.

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Lady
(@krissykitty)
Joined: 2 months ago

Trusted Member     Ohio, United States of America
Posts: 23

@marleen OMG I'm also getting addicted to my Nails, yep neutral for the hands AND you give me wide thoughts of color!! Thanks girl Krissy

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(@reallylauren)
Noble Member     Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Joined: 3 years ago

I'm a full time girl, an intersex trans woman. I've had my own long fingernails for almost three years and they're always wearing a coat of polish.  They've been bright red, dark red, dark pink, pale pink, mauve, bright coral, a silvery color called 'Petal to the metal', clear, and a dark metallic burgundy color. My toes are almost always a bright red by Sally Hanson called ASAP.

Hugs,

Ms. Lauren M

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Lady
(@krissykitty)
Joined: 2 months ago

Trusted Member     Ohio, United States of America
Posts: 23

@reallylauren oh how I wish to be you!! Love to see some pics Krissy

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(@reallylauren)
Joined: 3 years ago

Noble Member     Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 1081

Just a quick update to my own post.  I just did all my nails in a beautiful red polish by QUO called 'Red Dress'.  I never get tired of red polish.

Lauren

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Baroness
(@annaredhead)
Honorable Member     Cornwall, United Kingdom
Joined: 3 months ago

I do wear nail polish on finger nails on an Anna day. No more difficult to remove than makeup. I've found a remover that is not acetone-based and doesn't leave the faint stain that acetone will leave. I've quite an array of colours but prefer pastel shades for fingers, usually to match my eye shadow or tights colours. Toe nails are always ruby red or dark orange and polished most of the time.

I was looking at false nails today, but to be honest, I'd rather just paint my own and keep them neat.

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Lady
Topic starter
(@krissykitty)
Trusted Member     Ohio, United States of America
Joined: 2 months ago

That is excellent!! I love the reds!! I get creative and do like French with black or blue trim ill try the remover red does tend to stain me thanks Krissy 

 

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