Sunday, July 15, 2012

dan likes nails

...And now for something completely different.

Lately you may have noticed that there are some nail blogs written by men. Not to be outdone, Rebecca Likes Nails will be featuring a man today. Today you are visiting Dan Likes Nails.

Truthfully I cannot remember how this collaboration was decided upon, but it was with lots of laughs and excitement and the idea that my friend Dan just wants to appear here on my blog because he is jealous of my internet stardom.
Dan has an unhealthy obsession with reading my blog and I think he secretly reads it just to make fun of me but he assures me that he is truly interested. (And when he does make fun of my nail polish collection, I remind him of the money he spends on video games and video game related items and we call it a truce.)

At first I tried to convince him to paint his own nails because I'm sure we would all like to see that mess but in the end we agreed that I would paint his nails however he desired.
He went for leopard print. (Which is clearly why we are soulmates.)

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, Dan Likes Nails.


Dan needed very little coaching to get the hand position correct because he studies my photos so intently.

When Dan sat across from me at my manicure table the first thing he said was "I don't know how to do this."
I told him that essentially he just had to hold my hand for a few minutes while I was painting and then he had to try not to smudge his nails when we were done. Simple. Who wouldn't want to hold my hand, right?

We started with a base coat of China Glaze - Sun-Kissed from the Summer Neons collection because this was his favorite from my post of all the swatches.
On his accent nail we started with OPI - Did It On 'Em because he remembered liking the colors from the Nicki Minaj collection. (I'm not kidding here, he remembered this from months ago when I posted them.)

When I painted his accent nail we discussed how the two colors were not very different. This is when he repeated the quote from this photo I reposted from Like A Candy Shop:


It was around this time in the manicure where I had to stop what I was doing and remind him of how much I love him. Boys talking about nail polish. It's too much.

He wanted blue inside his leopard spots so we used OPI - Fly to keep with the Nicki Minaj love.
The black was done with Essence - Black is Back and a dotting tool. Dan was fascinated with how I put polish on paper and dipped the tool into that to then paint onto his nails. He thinks I am a genius and I will let him continue to think that.

His accent nail also features OPI - Shatter The Scales because that is from the Spiderman collection and boys like Spiderman, so it must be appropriate for him to wear. Right?


Of course we also did a bottle-holding-shot. He likes that neon yellow.

Dan declined my suggestion that he could write the post as well but he did want to mention that he doesn't really like the shatter polish but he can "see why other people would like it." And perhaps he would like it better if it wasn't a "sparkly" shatter.

Now, be honest girls, are you impressed with his man-cuticles? I was. 
A lot of people think it is "wrong" for guys to wear nail polish but hey, it ain't no thang. Spread the polish love.

Maybe Dan will fall in love with nail art and continue to have me paint his nails. (I doubt it.)
Perhaps he would like it if I painted his thumbs glittery so they will sparkle while he is playing Mortal Kombat. (Also doubtful.)

Either way - this was a fun adventure and it has brought me many laughs. I hope you guys liked it too!

51 comments:

  1. OMG that is too funny! I have to sneak polish on my husband's toes when he's sleeping, otherwise polish is a no-go for him. Great post!

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  2. I like that the watermark is now "Dan likes nails"! Great post!

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  3. This whole post had me laughing!

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  4. I went from polish on my nails once in a while to now almost always. Now my hands look so boring with out polish. Maybe he will get hooked if he leaves it on long enough.

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    1. I was hoping you'd read this, Jim!

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  5. Haha! This post is hilarious! He's working that manicure! Go Dan!

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  6. this is very cute and very manly on his part (no sarcasm intended)! ;D
    you are a very lucky woman! :)

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  7. That is so funny! And completely adorbs.

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  8. This is hilarious! XD Got me thinking about that Man Polish blog.

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  9. Awesome post, so funny! I wish I could get my boyfriend to let me paint his nails. He did let me paint Pacman on his big toe once but that's it.

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  10. This is awesome!!! Great choice Dan! :)

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  11. Awesome. My husband would never let me do anything like this :)

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  12. Haha go Dan, what's more manly than Spiderman and Leopards! Brilliant. My other half isn't particularly bothered, but does think I am a genius and should do nail art for a living. The only nail art he's seen is mine, and I'll be keeping it that way. Genius status secure ;-)

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  13. This is SO awesome! And yes if he can remember a quote that is the hallmark of all nail polish addicts then he is definitely your soul mate!

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  14. I paint my cousins nails all the time... His mom just about kills me all the time to. I try to explain boys wear polish too, but oh no they don't. Boy, I hope he doesn't outgrow it like his brother did.

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  15. This was an absolute riot! Loved it! Looking forward to more pics of Dan's Nail Art. Now he has to do yours!

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  16. how funny! My boyfriend painted my nails before too!

    http://www.prettypleasemrsb.com/2011/07/davids-salon.html

    it's so sweet when they attempt it!

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  17. first, i love this mani! bright leopard is never a fail, i love the yellow with the blue! second, you and your boyfriend are too funny! I have been trying to get mine to let me paint his nails but he always says no :( I love how much he loves you and your blog :) very cute

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    1. I think I mislead a lot of people into thinking that Dan is my boyfriend with this post! HAHA!
      He is one of my best friends though and he DOES love me enough to do this. :)

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  18. My fiance asks me to paint his toenails. He then tells other people that he lets his daughter do it. Lol, he also liked this post. I however have made the mistake of showing him the Nailasaurus' blog, therefore I am not a genius. :P

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  19. My fiance asks me to paint his toenails. He then tells other people that he lets his daughter do it. Lol, he also liked this post. I however have made the mistake of showing him the Nailasaurus' blog, therefore I am not a genius. :P

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  20. My boyfriend does his own nails. After I got into stamping, he thought it was pretty cool, so now not only does he have his own stash of polish (mostly reds, blacks and silvers) - he's got his own image plate and everything! It's really fun to sit down and do my nails with him. We just put something on the TV and make an evening of it! :D Gotta love those open-minded men!

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  21. This is so cute, you're really lucky to have a friend like that! :D

    Also, tell Dan if your thumbs are not sparkling while you play Mortal Kombat, UR DOIN IT RONG!

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  22. I'm torn between giggling & being totally creeped out by this post!!

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  23. I love it! It makes me sad when men are afraid of doing "feminine" things because they think it will make them weaker. I think having your nails did makes you a hell of a lot more awesome...seems like Dan agrees :)

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  24. Man I wish I knew a guy who I could interact about nail polish with.. YOU'RE SO LUCKY I'M SO JEALOUS !

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  25. I am a 31 year old male (straight) and I've been painting my toenails since I was about 12. I have lots of blues, greys, and purples, and a couple of greens. Right now, they're a bright royal purple (OPI Funky Dunky) and I'm totally diggin' em. My girlfriend and I are made for each other, as we're both nail polish addicts. The topic came up on our first date, and she thought it was totally cool and unique when she got to see my painted toes for the first time. They were slate blue at the time. We share colors and do each other's toes when we're feeling generous. Our relationship wouldn't be the same without nail polish! Most guys seem to have their sense of masculinity all wrapped up in the fact that they A) watch football, and B) don't take care of themselves, so nail polish is out of the question for a large percentage of men. But I'm happy to be unique, and I'd be a huge liar if I said that having painted toenails didn't make me happy, so I'm glad that it's not a threat to MY masculinity. I'm happy to see this mini-trend gaining acceptance, and there are a ton of male nail blogs, which fortunately, have finally started to differentiate themselves from the guys who approach nail polish from the cross-dresser perspective. To each his own, but it's one thing to wear finger or toenail polish as a guy, and it's another thing to add dainty women's sandals, shave your legs, and wear women's foot jewelry. That's just a bit over the top for MY taste anyway, (unless you're a full-on crossdresser) and I have no desire to present myself as feminine. Just for the record, I have a few gay friends, and none of them have any interest in painting their nails. I never do my fingernails, because it's distracting to me, and it would be hard to paint with my left hand anyway. But my toes are painted 99% of the time, and they look naked and boring to me when they're not done. One great thing about the polarized reactions to guys painting their nails is that it quickly differentiates the interesting, open-minded people from the lame-ass conservatives. To see what I mean, check out some of the online discussions about the J Crew advertisement with the little boy with pink toenails, or the fact that Dwayne Wade recently posted a pic of his matte black painted toes on Twitter. People's heads are exploding! Good for Dan for playing ball. I'd suggest asking him to let you do his toes next time, and unless he's already brave enough to rock a bright color, maybe do something a little more subtle, like a gunmetal grey/blue, or something slate. I'm thinking he'll take off the bright yellow leopard polish pretty quickly (If he hasn't already), but maybe he'd leave on some blue or grey toenail polish long enough to get used to it.

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    1. I totally agree with you. That is why I started my bloghttp://men-can-wear-nail-polish.blogspot.mx/

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    2. I totally agree with you. That is why I started my bloghttp://men-can-wear-nail-polish.blogspot.mx/

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  26. Dan is one of my favorite people, and this has made me love him more! I was 90% positive this was the guy I know, then I read the Mortal Kombat thing and was like, "yup, this is the Dan I know"

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  27. I always justify my polish spending by comparing it to my husbands xbox game spending. :-) I love that he chose leopard print and that he remembered the colors he liked. Dan, u rock!

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  28. That's great! It's pretty cool that your husband and you share this interest.
    Honestly, I never thought this would happen to me, but my wife painted my toenails, and afterwards we both liked it! That was close to five years ago and I still enjoy wearing them painted. We've even enjoyed a few pedicures together. It's a nice way to share something in common that fun, harmless and helps us relax. I quit feeling like there was anything wrong with it a long time ago and now I just enjoy how great it makes my feet (and hers) look.
    Glad there are more open-minded people out there too. : )

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  29. That's great! It's pretty cool that your husband and you share this interest.
    Honestly, I never thought this would happen to me, but my wife painted my toenails, and afterwards we both liked it! That was close to five years ago and I still enjoy wearing them painted. We've even enjoyed a few pedicures together. It's a nice way to share something in common that fun, harmless and helps us relax. I quit feeling like there was anything wrong with it a long time ago and now I just enjoy how great it makes my feet (and hers) look.
    Glad there are more open-minded people out there too. : )

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  30. I started out painting my toenails as a prank...I do it weekly now...I love it! Fun and addictive :-)

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  31. Great post x) I'm a guy myself, and I love to polish my nails too! My girlfriend kinda doesn't approve it at all, but I keep doing it ;D

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  32. Old thread, but man I like my toes polished too. The colors on a little bit of body real estate are so cool! I like the shine though more than anything.

    To be fair though, since it's not common, most of the summer I wear pink and tan sheers. Not because I am embarrassed but because I simply do not want the conversation to be all about me. All my friends have seen the polish, and no one has commented. Kinda like the elephant in the room. Wearing a color would then though make it something else that doesn't need to be. The girls all have their multi colors, which I truly love, and to make it about me would not be right in my opinion. If anyone asks me about the shine or the pink or whatever i'm cool with that, as I just like my toes polished. But the elephant would just get too much in the way for what it's worth. For me anyway.

    One could say that since they all know I polish my toes, then what's the difference if it's moderate or bold? Fair question. But for me it is what I like and want to do vs being in someone's face. Not cool to me. But the light color and shine is cool to me and if you don't like even that well too bad in my view. I'll make accommodation but you don't get to go beyond that.

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  33. Old thread, but man I like my toes polished too. The colors on a little bit of body real estate are so cool! I like the shine though more than anything.

    To be fair though, since it's not common, most of the summer I wear pink and tan sheers. Not because I am embarrassed but because I simply do not want the conversation to be all about me. All my friends have seen the polish, and no one has commented. Kinda like the elephant in the room. Wearing a color would then though make it something else that doesn't need to be. The girls all have their multi colors, which I truly love, and to make it about me would not be right in my opinion. If anyone asks me about the shine or the pink or whatever i'm cool with that, as I just like my toes polished. But the elephant would just get too much in the way for what it's worth. For me anyway.

    One could say that since they all know I polish my toes, then what's the difference if it's moderate or bold? Fair question. But for me it is what I like and want to do vs being in someone's face. Not cool to me. But the light color and shine is cool to me and if you don't like even that well too bad in my view. I'll make accommodation but you don't get to go beyond that.

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