The Foundation of Me and Nail Polish

I wanted to start off my first post by introducing everyone to who I am and why I am writing this blog.

I wasn’t always obsessed with nail painting, in fact I didn’t start painting nails at all until this year. However, since I have discovered nail painting, I’ve become completely obsessed with it and I am always painting my nails with new colors and designs. I am a teacher by day, and my students love to see what new nail designs I have painted every week.

Before I get ahead of myself, let me tell you a little about my past. I was a really shy girl when I was young. I wasn’t great at making friends, although I did have a few really great friends that stood by my side through thick and thin, and I was always a little different from everyone else. Because I was really shy, I also really hated talking to new people and I would get really anxious. When I was in situation where I was feeling pressured or anxious, I would rely on my nervous tic, which was to gnaw at the skin around my fingernails. After a few year of just gnawing at the skin, my bad habit started getting worse. After accidentally biting of a piece of nail while gnawing away at my skin, I kept biting at it because the jagged edge irritated me. From that day on I started not only biting at the skin, but biting my nails as well. Soon I had bitten all my nails down to the tips. My parents and grandparents tried everything to get e to stop biting my nails. The tried pulling my hand out every time they saw me to it, scolding me, bribing me with money (they did this twice, and I made off with a bunch of money, only to relapse as soon as they stopped the bribes). I even tried everything. I wore a rubber band on my wrist that I snapped every time I started biting (supposedly I was learning through pain or something), covered my nails with nail polish that was supposed to help stopped the biting (which also didn’t really work as I didn’t really have nails to cover in the first place), and bandaging my nails so I couldn’t get to them (only I could because I just took the bandages off…LOL). Nothing worked and I mean NOTHING. I resigned to the fact that I was just a weak person who would always bite my nails.

In the summer of 2010 I spent the first half of the summer working at a summer camp dedicated to teaching students Chinese. The schedule of camp was insane (between writing lesson plans, making props, and endless meetings) to be honest, I didn’t really have time to bite my nails. Since my hands were always doing something, I couldn’t spare a minute of my time to put them in my mouth. By the time camp was over, my nails had started to grow out. I was determined not to ruin my achievement and was very diligent that entire summer not to bite my nails, even after traveling to Taiwan that summer to visit relatives. In fact, one of the last things I did was to get my nails done before leaving Taiwan. Because my nails were not long enough, I had to get acrylic nails glued on. These nails stayed on for a good two months before one of them finally popped off, and I ended up soaking my hands in hot warm to remove the rest. After taking the acrylic nails of, my nails were yellow, extremely brittle and I went right back to biting them all off.

After suffering with horrible looking nails, I made a resolution in 2012 that I would stop biting my nails for real this time. I failed, again, but finally stopped biting my nails towards the end of the year. It took a lot of willpower, but I finally did it. After spending a boring afternoon painting my new nails with a friend, I started discovering my love for nail polish. I started accumulating a bottle here and a bottle there, picking up an occasional bottle with I stopped into a Target, CVS, or Walmart for other things. Pretty soon I had approximately 10 bottles in different colors. After a while, I was getting bored with just one color, so I started looking online for good ideas. My first nail art design was a white and turquoise polka dotted manicure using Essie Turquoise and Caicos and Essie White. It was a big hit with my friends and students and I was hooked. Since then, I have tried to do a different nail design every week and am always looking online for new inspiration and techniques.

My purpose for starting this blog is to show how I do my nails, the different designs I’ve tried and some tips and tricks that I have learned along the way. I also hope this blog will be an inspiration to others who are still biting them nails that you too can have beautiful nails one day.

Finally I wanted to apologize for this extremely long and rambling post. I promise I will try to keep my posts in the future short and sweet!!

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