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SUZIEQUE77 SparkPoints: (9,269)
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6/1/13 9:45 A

Yesterday my husband was telling me about a guy at work who was telling him about a female colleague's "pretty painted toenails." My husband has long suspected these two (married but not to each other) were a bit too friendly if you know what I mean. But this took the cake and he told the guy he did not need or want to hear about that woman's toenails! He was telling me this at night after we went to bed. I asked him if MY toenails are painted..he said "heck no." And laughed. Then I turned the light on and showed him that they are painted...

Like I said, my husband thinks I am sexy but obviously he is not concerned whether I paint my toenails or not! I had to add this since this topic was brought up recently on this forum.

5/21/13 11:35 A

Not everybody's priorities are the same, I guess. Some people do things out of necessity (I couldn't wear nail polish as a nurse when I worked, but some people may use it because they work with the public and want a professional look), and then there are people who may just have to Keep Up With The Kardashians. Some of us feel not quite dressed without having our nails or make-up done, and there are others of us don't care what other people think, or find it perfectly acceptable to be au natural.

I don't see anyone as being right or wrong -- it's just personal preference. All this said, I actually DO notice people's looks when standing in long lines when there's nothing else to look at but the people in front of you. I don't have a foot fetish, but I sure notice the awful looking ones with the cracked heels over the manicured ones! Ugh!


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5/21/13 11:09 A

I actually am a bit more conscious of trying to have good looking nails as I age...partly because of engaging in this type of discussion. I honestly would not otherwise know that anybody out there thought having polished nails (especially toenails) was essential for basic grooming.

I am probably just as vain as anybody else here, but I think my own vanity stems from what I notice in others and would expect them to notice about me. For example, one reason I like being thin (in addition to all the health benefits, etc.) is simple vanity. I like it when my husband and even others think I am sexy. My husband does not pay much attention to, or ever mention my nails, my polish, or the chips on the polish, even though I have made a point to notice that his two ex wives have well manicured, polished nails. He thinks I'm sexy and tells me that constantly. We have been married almost 18 years and I am not exaggerating.

I, too, am annoyed by the types of things that so many people who claim to be "needy" can afford, such as manicured nails (I don't even know what that costs because I've never done it), I'm a college professor and it reminds of real life cases where a student will say he/she can't afford certain materials for the course, such as a calculator or whatever. But that same student comes to class with a huge Starbucks exotic concoction every day, and of course manicured nails.

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5/21/13 10:08 A

I don't know, maybe this is something that comes with age, but as I've gotten older, I frankly don't care what others think. As long as a person's nails are neat and clean, I don't care if they are polished or not. Yes, polished looks nice, but I see a lot of people that probably spend money on nails that could be better spent elsewhere. In fact, I specifically remember being "subjected" to a United Way campaign video we were required to see at a previous employer. One of the "testimonials" from a United Way recipient had a professionally done French manicure - kinda turned me off on how United Way chooses their so-called needy people, and I wasn't the only one who noticed this!

Personally I rarely wear polish because I seem to be sensitive to all the chemicals in it - polish simply destroys my nails; they become brittle, peel, split, etc. and after I remove the polish, my nail beds are sore for a few days, so I don't wear it mainly for that reason.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,168
5/21/13 8:03 A

It doesn't matter what kind of grooming it is....
whether it's nail polish, doing your hair, makeup, or getting dressed appropriately for where you are going....
whatever care you take to present yourself to the world reflects on the image you want to project...and it tells the world how you feel about yourself.
So if you feel comfortable about yourself au be it.
and likewise, if you want to 'dress up' or get all groomed for the world...that's good too.

SARAHF1988 Posts: 603
5/21/13 7:42 A

I think calling it disgusting is ridiculous! But I do love painting my nails and it literally makes me cringe if I don't wear it. I don't like the way my nails feel without it, but that's just me. I don't like feet at all either and painting my toenails makes them slightly less horrible. But by no means would I look at someone else with unpainted nails and think it was horrible, it just FEELS horrible for me.

The other topic shocked me when so many people said that nobody notices or that it chips off within a day or 2 anyway as (in my experience) this is simply not true. My nails last a week without chipping, I do them myself so it doesn't cost much and it makes me look much more groomed. Not to mention that I get compliments on them all the time. Those who know me will specifically look to see what I have done to my nails that week, and as I work in retail part time while I study, I get compliments on them every weekend. A lot of ladies assume I've had them done professionally and when I tell them that I did them myself they ask me how I did it. I find it bizarre to say that something that can make you feel so much better without spending much time or money can be deemed as unimportant.

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5/21/13 7:05 A

In another thread, the originator asks whether nail polish is important to you. The answers vary a lot, which is what I would expect. I am curious what makes people tick and so I want to know more more about why this is important, for those that it is.

I have expressed in my post that by my nature this would be unimportant and I did not understand that others see it as an important part of basic grooming, and the toes (with sandals) seem to be more important than the fingernails. I don't really look at others' finger nails or toenails that much and so it didn't occur to me anyone would care whether my nails are polished, and some would even think it is "disgusting" when someone goes out in sandals but unpainted toenails. For any special occasion where I really want to look my best, I use nail polish, but still don't feel people notice or care (but maybe they would notice if I didn't wear it???)

Assuming nails are not dirty or something, I don't understand this. Would the same people consider it disgusting if one does not wear certain makeup, such as eye-liner? Because I don't wear it, don't like it and I'm never going to. I wear some make up but not much, mostly just to even out my skin tone on my face.

Am I missing something? Isn't nail polish mostly just a form of make up? It can be pretty, I use it sometimes my self, but I just don't get why some people think it is sloppy, poor, even disgusting grooming when it is not worn.

What I am asking for is some honest feedback from a few of you who either feel unpainted toes, etc., are disgusting, or at least understand where that view point comes from. I am just trying to learn, not judging anyone for their views or preferences on this topic!

Edited by: SUZIEQUE77 at: 5/21/2013 (07:28)
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