Monday, March 05, 2018

It's all about the nails

I see my face for a brief time, mostly in the morning when I shave, apply my lipstick, mascara and very thick foundation. I see my body at times in mirrors and I don't like what I see. But what really distresses me about getting physically old is my hands. I see them rather a lot.

Just in case you think I am serious in the first sentence, and some people do take literally what I write, I don't do any of those apart from shave. The worst I do is pluck and trim my eyebrows. I used to slightly darken them with an eyebrow pencil, but I don't even bother with that now.

I do keep my smallest finger nails longer, but not as long as they used to be when our Friend in Japan when visiting said I had claws. Well, you would expect that as being an impractical thing from a woman who prefers women. How do lipstick lesbians manage to please their partners? Lie back and think of England?

Years ago I once had a manicure at one of those places staffed by Asian people who wear face masks while on the job. I didn't like the shaping of my nails and thought I really do a better job myself.

I do pay a lot of attention to my fingernails. I keep them well trimmed, short and well shaped and I don't do a half bad job of it, but to me my hands remind me of a really old rusty bomb of a car with my nails like very expensive personalised number plates. Why am I bothering.

It does puzzle me as to how my 83 year old mother still manages to paint her toenails when I so struggle to even cut mine.

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  1. As I head out the door this morning this is depressingly familiar. Except that I don't manage to shape my nails well.

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    1. Never mind EC. We are past having our hands kissed by a charming prince.

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    2. Reminds me of a story I heard about a young actress standing in line as royal of some sort went along kissing the hands of the ladies, but when he saw her bitten nails, he put her hand down without the kiss and she never bit her nails again.

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  2. I've never cared for wearing nail polish...and very rarely have done so. It always annoyed me the times I did wear it, so I soon got rid of it. As for painted toenails, I never bothered with painting them either. I prefer natural nails, kept at a nice length.

    Of course, when I was cooking professionally painted nails were a no-no, anyway, and it was impossible to have long nails because one's hands are in and out of water all the time, for one thing. And when constantly handling and chopping ingredients no one wants to find a chopped off fingernail as an extra ingredient in their meal.

    In jobs when cooking didn't play a part I've always kept my nails at a good length. I've never been to a manicurist...I'm capable of taking care of my own nails.

    I don't pluck my eyebrows, either....and, again, very rarely have I done so. Fortunately, I've never needed to attack them.

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    1. Lee, you will never make a good gay role model. I assume you wash your hair at times. Yes, re long nails. I don't know how some people manage to do things with them, aside from pick their teeth. I am pleased that you don't have John Howard eyebrows.

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    2. You assume correctly, Andrew. Actually, I washed my hair a couple of hours ago...first time I've done so since...hmmmm...2016, I think.

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    3. It looks washed and clean in your little photo, but how old is the photo. Probably not as old as mine.

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  3. I must confess to having claws at the moment. That will be tonight's chore!

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    1. BY, you'll be leaving a little of yourself in Sydney when you return to Japan.

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    2. It's the least I can do!

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  4. This is exactly why I do not mind investing $$ in my nails. I look at them all the time, and if they are shiny and with something sparkly that cheers me up enormously.

    My nail artist is brilliant at what she does. I like french tips because with the clear part you do not notice the nails growing out as much as you do with full polish, but usually not just white tips, she does them in all kinds of colours.

    I get gel manicures which cure under a LED light, it makes my natural nails a lot stronger, and they last 3-4 weeks for most of the year. On the toes I can easily get 5-6 weeks out of them, but I tend only to get pedicures for half of the year, the rest of the time my toes are not out often enough to justify it.

    I would suggest investing in a good moisturiser for your rusty bomb and if you really want to turn it into a BMW or Mercedes, moisturising gloves put on overnight. For daytime moisturising I like the L'Occitane Verbena range, I get a cream from Scullys which is a gardeners hand cream that works great, I buy Lemon Myrtle hand cream from the local farmers markets and for night time Aldi do some (occasionally found) hand balms which are scented with essential oils that are very sticky when you put them on so perfect for gloves.

    I like to mix it up, as you can see. Generally I will moisturise my hands 3-4 times a day and I always make sure to put something on them right before bedtime. :)

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    1. Snoskred, I know. Your nails are gorgeous. I hate greasy hands so perhaps the moisturising gloves at night might be best for me.

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    2. Get thee to L'occitane, because the Verbena gel cream is completely non greasy, smells utterly gorgeous, sinks in right away and is very moisturising.

      The scent is very loud, I will say that up front, so make sure you like it first. If I use it in a car full of family they all remark on the scent soon afterwards. Me personally I love the smell because it is citrussy and fresh.

      You are inspiring me to write a post about this, just so you know. :)

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    3. This is the one I mean -

      https://au.loccitane.com/verbena-cooling-hand-cream-gel--travel-size-,23,1,1229,512224.htm

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    4. Gel, perfect, thanks. I hope it doesn't smell too girly.

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    5. There's a shop in Collins Street in town. I expect I can have a sniff.

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  5. I would really like to have my toe nails removed. They are so offensive.

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    1. Marie, so you don't generally wear thongs. Oh dear. Must point out that we call flip flops, thongs. So, do you think a lot of walking has spoilt your toe nails?

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  6. I do my own nails because of infection..... Yes I am a germaphobe where nails are involved. Many parlour's do not clean things properly!!
    I rarely have nail polish on my hands but always do my toe nails ... like your Mum! :).... Red or fuschia :)

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    1. I forget what colour Mother paints her toenails, maybe red. Her fingernails are usually a lustrous soft pink.

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  7. My fingernails grow at an amazing rate; they always have. I've noticed my hands becoming a bit wrinkly recently. C'est la vie.

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    1. Cro, how are the backs of your hands for the pinch test. Pinch the skin of a young person's hand and the skin springs back to normal immediately. For me now, it takes a little longer.

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    2. my pinch test takes a bit longer to spring back now and if you just looked at my wrinkly hands you'd think I was eighty. Permanently dry skin coupled with years of hard work will do that, even with truck loads of hand creams.

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    3. I see what you mean! Hmmmm.

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    4. River, are you saying hand creams don't work? I have oily skin, so I can't sympathise with dry skin.

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    5. I have no fat on my hands to plump them up, it's bone and skin mostly, like the scrubwomen of olden days who worked their fingers to the bone.

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  8. Never paint my finger nails it always comes off but always do the toes in summer not in winter.
    Merle...............

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    1. Funny Merle. As soon as I saw you name in comments I thought, I bet Merle paints her nails. I was wrong. You are the second who paints her toenails and not fingernails.

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  9. Take care and do not complain life is fantastic

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    1. Gosia, it is my reason for being to complain, but I am quite happy with life.

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  10. I heard that longer pinky nails are so the person has something to scoop and sniff the cocaine from, and after that I always avoided the young teller at the bank whose pinky nails were almost an inch long.
    I've never had long nails in my life, they are soft and weak, just don't grow longer than the fingertip without breaking. I barely notice my toenails and have never painted them.

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    1. River, that is interesting about nails being a cocaine scoop. I guess you do have notice your toenails at times and cut them.

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  11. I don't normally use nail polish, but like you, I feel the need to keep the nails clean and ready to be photographed, just in case. Hugs...RO

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    1. RO, good to be prepared.

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  12. I do my own nails too, I keep them short also and love wearing nail polish. Short nails are 'in' long nails are sooo over ☺ Am mega impressed that your mum can still cut and paint her own toenails at 83, hope I still can 😀

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    1. Grace, thinking about it, you just don't see long fingernails like you used to. Going the way of high heels, impractical.

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  13. I was devastated the first time a barber wanted to clip my eyebrows and "address" the hair on my ears. It was in Turkey, where they use a flame to singe the hair on your ears. "Do I need my eyebrows trimmed?", I asked my Turkish speaking barber. His friend replied in English, "Yes, a little". Devo!!

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    1. James, I was well into my thirties before hair starting growing in my nose and ears. Yuk. I expect excess hair trimming is big in Turkey.

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  14. One of the things I hate about getting older is my toenails have become "rougher".

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    1. Rougher? Yes, I suppose that is happening to mine too.

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  15. Impressed that your Mom can manage to bend and paint her toenails. I don't go into those nail salons because the smell of the chemicals they use makes me feel sick, and only paint my nails for special occasions.

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    1. Sami, if we ever meet, will it be a special occasion?

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    2. LOL, I really had to laugh at this one. Probably not, it would have to be more like a wedding or christening... That is to say I hardly ever paint my nails.

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    3. So disappointed Sami. You will not paint your nails with some glitter for me?

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  16. Ha! Yes, we both did 'nails' blogs today. I seldom get manicures anymore though I'm sure my poor nails would appreciate it if I did. My hands too,along with the rest of me, are showing signs of age.

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    1. Sandra, isn't it such fun to watch yourself slowly decay!

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  17. Oh Andrew, I imagine your hands are nice looking, still soft and fingers lithe. Mine still have some flesh to them, but are scarred from many injuries and always incurring more, scratches, bites, right now I have a sliver of shattered plate embedded in the front of my right index finger and I will have to soak it and put on magnifying glasses and use a sterile needle to get the shard out. My hands look bad and my nails are the worse for wear too I guess. It's a blessing my close up vision is not so good.

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    1. Slim fingers Strayer, but sun damage is apparent and age spots are appearing. Your are probably honest working hands. You could do, and I don't mean paint, your nails every so often. Did you crash a plate over the head of someone who was being uncooperative about getting their cat fixed?

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    2. Yes exactly, hit him acrosss his great big nose. Sounds better than what did happen. I was clumsy, drying the saucer after washing and it slipped from my hand. I tried to pick up the bigger pieces quickly because of the way those saucers shatter into so many tiny pieces and can lodge in cat feet. Instead, one tiny piece lodged in my finger.

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    3. Strayer, now I have a mental image of you having tea with a cup in one hand and a saucer in the other.

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