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post #1 of 62 Old 06-19-2014, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Red face My hands!!

Oh my, well i'm sitting here painting my nails there typical bold red yet again this week. Trying to yet again hide the dirt that has accumulate under my nails from working with horses. And I realized man I never have pretty hands lol.

My sister who is 32 is your typical more girly female. Has her nails professionally done all the time, and her hands are the typical soft.

My sister always comments on how nasty my nails and hands are!! I look at her and say "seriously I work with horses 24/7".. It's kind of hard to keep up on nails. I always have paint chipped and dirt under my nails. My hands are also pretty rough from mucking stalls and what not.

Lol maybe that's why I can't keep the men around.

Either way I sacrifice a lot to have horses and wouldn't change it for the world!!

Any else understand??

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post #2 of 62 Old 06-19-2014, 08:28 PM
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Oh yeah! Nail polish hides horse dirt stained nails, and no, us equestrians will never be asked to be hand models, LOL!
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post #3 of 62 Old 06-19-2014, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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haha waresbear, yes we will never be hand models sadly. I mean we could definitely be models in our own way...a hard working group of men and women. Covered in horse hair and dirt most of the time... but definitely hard workers.
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post #4 of 62 Old 06-19-2014, 08:50 PM
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Reminds me of the time I was getting a manicure (I rarely get a pro mani, I am pretty good at doing my own), the woman doing my nails barely spoke any English, a sweet, little Asian lady. She was working on my nails, then says to me in her broken English, "You work hard, hands look like hands of 40 year old". I thanked her, I am over 50, lol.

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post #5 of 62 Old 06-19-2014, 09:28 PM
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A nice pair of leather work gloves prevent it from being a problem in the first place....
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post #6 of 62 Old 06-19-2014, 09:36 PM
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I can't do farrier work with gloves, I find I lose the feel. I can't bathe a horse or clip a horse or brush a horse with gloves, too awkward. There is a lot of things I use workgloves for, and a lot that I can't, just too awkward.
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post #7 of 62 Old 06-19-2014, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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That is true...but doing anything with the horse and having gloves on does seem rather awk. Tho...but doing anything with the horse and having gloves on does seem rather awkward. Thou I could wear a pair to much stalls, but might make my hands all sweaty.. Hmm. I can't really handle heat. LOL
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post #8 of 62 Old 06-19-2014, 10:51 PM
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Hahaha, I had the same thing happen to me when I went to have my nails done for graduation. The lady took one look at the callouses on my fingers from outdoor work, horses, and guitar playing, the ultra short nails, and the thick skin everywhere, and she says to me, "Girl, you need to come in every week to have girl hands- they too tough and manly!"

Pft. I paint my nails to hide the dirt. And anyways, I've never had a problem with dry skin or poor nails until I went to have my cuticles (OUCH) cut and my nails fixed up. Whatever they put on my fingers to soften the cuticles caused my fingers to peel like crazy for a week! Now THAT is disgusting.

Clearly mud and manure are great for keeping my hands healthy.

As for gloves- you try wearing even the thinnest, daintiest leather gloves in 110 degree heat and tell me how you like it! LOL

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I have decidedly un-feminine hands. I have big square palms and long fingers. My hands are as large as a lot of men's.

Oddly, I have super strong nails that grow and grow and grow. They grow out quickly, too. I don't like getting my nails done professionally because I have to get them filled more often than normal.

I do, however, love to paint my nails. I have 30+ nail polish colors, plus a few different nail art colors. I also have nail polishes that give different effects (magnetic, crackle, etc). It's rare that I don't have my nails painted (about once every two or three months I'll leave them naked for a week to let them breathe).

Things I've found:
-More expensive polishes last longer than the cheap stuff and don't chip nearly as badly.
-Light colors wear longer and don't chip as badly (or as noticably) as dark colors.
-ALWAYS use a base coat and a top coat. Don't use the all-in-one stuff. Make sure your base coat is specifically a base coat.
-Regardless of how much you skimp on the cost of the polish itself, always invest in the best base coat and top coat. They can make up for a lot.
-When painting your nails, paint a thin layer of white school glue around your cuticles to keep the polish from getting on your skin. Then, when you're done, just peel off the dried glue and you'll have perfect nails.
-Don't rush. Make sure every coat you apply is thoroughly dry before applying the next coat.
-Be sure to apply dark colors more thickly. This will hide any imperfections and give you a deeper color. It also means they won't chip as quickly.
-NEVER bite your nails, even if they break. Use a pair of clippers if a lot breaks off, or a file if it's just a little. Biting leaves ragged edges, which grow unevenly, which make your nails more prone to snagging on something and breaking.
-Have fun. Do funky colors, even if you think you can't pull them off. Experiment with doing different effects and combinations.
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post #10 of 62 Old 06-19-2014, 11:40 PM
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Also buff your nails before polishing, I can make a french manicure last almost 2 weeks. Opi's line of nail polishes last the longest out of all the brands I tried. Bite my nails? After where they've been? Ewwww, never!
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