So, did y’all know that fingernail polish used to be called “varnish” because that’s basically what it is? It might still be called varnish in some countries, I don’t know. Of course most nail polish isn’t clear, so the definition isn’t quite accurate, but I remember reading in old books and stories, that women “varnished” their nails rather than “polished” them. Makes sense to me.
Varnish — var·nish /ˈvärniSH/
noun 1. resin dissolved in a liquid for applying on wood, metal, or other materials to form a hard, clear, shiny surface when dry. synonyms: lacquer, shellac, enamel, glaze;
verb 1. apply varnish to. “we stripped the floor and varnished it” synonyms: lacquer, shellac, finish, japan, enamel, glaze; (Google definition)
I used to polish my nails in all different colors. sometimes I’d go nuts and put more than one color on each nail. Usually no more than two colors, but sometimes I had as many as ten color on each hand. 🙂 I had fake nails at the time because my natural nails are kinda weak and brittle and break quite easily. I really hate taking the time to polish my nails only to have them break right off within a day or so. Also, my natural nails don’t hold the varnish for long, it peels right off, sometimes in less than a day. Especially the expensive stuff. It’s so annoying. In addition, I just don’t like the feel of polish on my nails. It feels, I dunno… weird. It’s the same reason why I don’t get foofy hairstyles, because I can’t stand to have my hair all puffed up. It has to lie flat or I’ll have this uncontrollable urge to comb it.
So my nails remain clear, or rather, unvarnished. ^_^
Which was weird, because I had no problems at all with having fake nails for years and years. Like, I had the glue on nails you can buy in any big-box store like Wally World. That’s about all I could afford, because they’re not expensive, and I liked how they looked. Not only that, but I could do them myself and it didn’t take long. No going to a nail salon and dealing with people for me. Just glue them on and I was good to go. So anyway, I wore these fake nails for years, and I would polish the heck out of them. I didn’t go to the extremes of the pictures I’m posting here, but yeah, I liked painting them interesting colors. Every once in awhile, I consider getting them again, but they tend to pull on the natural nail. It used to be slightly uncomfortable but tolerable, but ever since I developed fibromyalgia, it hurts a little. I mean, it doesn’t hurt a lot, but every little bit counts. So now I have weak, bend, and unvarnished nails.
And I’m okay with that. As much as I enjoyed painting my nails, I’m okay with having plain hands nowadays.