August 30, 2011

GI 'till the day I die!

No, not gastrointestinal!!! Government Issue. Not a lot of people know what GI stands for in the military setting. I'm serious, it's Government Issue. Anyhow, back in 2005 when the Army was issuing ACUs to everyone in our unit, I was less than a month before getting off active duty. So, it was a bit of a shock when my unit told me to pick up my new boots and uniforms from supply.

Anyhow, a few days ago I pulled up my ACUs out of a box in my garage and thought to myself, 'I think I have the colors to make this pattern.'  I was close, but not really exact. I only did one nail as an accent because I wasn't too happy with the result I was getting. Then when I topped it with some matte top coat, it bubbled :(

But here's the result of that lonely night:

 You can see in sunlight that the colors are not exact.

But the night before when I had freshly applied this, I thought, whoa, those colors are exact matches!

So I guess you could say doing your nails at night can make you think you've got something down packed, when in fact it's not :( Regardless, this was a fun attempt at copying my GI uniforms :p

I used OPI Uh-Oh Roll Down The Window as the base color, Sally Hansen Creamy Olive and Sally Hansen Polished Pearl for the designs and Essie's Matte About You for the accent nail.

I hope you're all doing well and having a great week so far!


  1. I love this green-I wonder how it compares to China Glaze Westside warrior?? My brother used to wear these GI fatigues for fun! Was NOT in the military!

  2. Hi Fingers, thanks for stopping by :) You know, I have that Chg. Guess that'll be my homework for tonight, swatch Westside Warrior and Toxic, I mean Uh-Oh Roll Down The Window on the same hand.

    Thanks for the idea, I'll have that post up tomorrow!! :D

    Have a nice day!

  3. That's amazing you got it to match so perfectly. Now I'm curious, are military people allowed to wear nail polish?

  4. Thank you Jackie S. and DesertNails8 :D

    To answer your question, as far as I know (regulation may have changed since 2005 when I got out), female soldiers are allowed to wear nail polish and makeup. It says nails can't be longer than a certain length and must be polished neatly and complement the uniform. So no chippies or neons. Plus, I believe the regulation also lists certain colors that are prohibited.

    Of course, there's also unit restrictions as well. I worked in a hospital so I wasn't allowed to wear nail polish at all due to hospital regulations. It's been my experience though that makeup and nail polish that is considered acceptable while in uniform will vary as it's interpreted differently person to person. So it's allowed but what exactly is allowed is usually Unit's discretion :)

  5. This looks great!

  6. This is a great take on decent looking army fatigue polish art. Gr8 job!