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Thursday, March 12, 2009

My growing list...

While my nails are growing slowly, my list of nail polishes is growing quite exponentially. I can't keep up with all the new colors I want to try. Maybe I should warn my husband that there will be quite the haul after I have my nails back to normal.

I also need to find a new ridge filler. I don't really like the kind I have, bought at Sally's without any research. I'm thinking about trying Essie's ridgefiller, but only if I can find it cheaper at an e-tailer. But it's probably going to be at least May before I even have to bother with that. It looks like I have *maybe* a 1/4 inch of growth on some of my nails, less on others. I just keep looking at polishes so I don't have to think about how much my nails suck.
Friday, March 6, 2009

Heal already...

So it's been a week since I soaked off my acrylics and while my nails feel stronger using the ProStrong stuff and they don't hurt, I'm still waiting for they day when everything is back to normal. A few of my nails don't seem to be growing at all and that's with using SH Nail Nutrition (it's really worked on me in the past). Plus, and this is a BIG plus, my fingers are cracking like crazy. Seriously, I look like a carpenter. I've found some hand cream that seems to be helping with the dryness, but not fast enough for my liking, but hell... yesterday wouldn't be fast enough for my liking. :P I pretty much blame it on keeping my hands in acetone for an hour or more. The acrylic was not coming off, so they were in there for a lot longer than the recommended 20 minutes. The worse thing about this is that I can't buy nail polish. Well, I mean I could, but I shouldn't. I guess when (if) they get back to normal, I'm going on a huge binge.
Monday, March 2, 2009


Not that anyone is reading this, but I apologize, at least to myself, for being MIA for a month. My father was admitted to the hospital and then I got sick and then I had a series of acrylic nail based disasters that made me not feel like posting. But enough excuses.... right? Let's get it going again. If I could just find my dang camera cord and charger, I'd be in the picture business, but for now, all you get is words. Think of it as AOL circa 1997 and I'm too poor to have a scanner.

As I mentioned, I had problems with my acrylics. First off, I'd begun to suspect that I was allergic to the acrylic or something they put in it at the salon. For the past 3 fill-ins, I would have terrible itching on the skin around my nails for the first 2-3 days after application. Then there was the fact that my tech would use nail glue to "hold down" my natural nail. I've since learned that was to prevent fungus, I just thought it was to make them neater. Either way, it's kind of a dumbass thing to do when you consider that the nail glue would drip down on my fingers, so for at least the first week after my fill-in, I would have to deal with the pain of having nail glue attached to my skin. This last fill-in, however, was the straw that broke the camel's back. He ground down my natural nails (using the skinny drill bit) so hard that it caused several of my fingers to weep under the acrylic and I got an infection. Nice (and gross). So after much crying and lamenting over the fact that my beloved long, sexy nails were to be no more, I bit the bullet and ordered ProStrong (I'd heard good things about it and thought I'd give it a shot first). Well, it all finally got here on Friday and I began the task of soaking off my nails. OMG. The process took 2 hours and my nails look like they'd been in a garbage disposal after all was said and done. :( Some of the nails peeled down several layers and a few of them were bloody and bruised. As much as I liked my acrylics, never again will I have them. It's going to take me months to get my nails, not to mention the skin around them, back to normal.

Despite the hideousness of my nails, I'm still rockin' (rockin', really? maybe not) polish. Hell, I figure bumpy polish is better than bruised and peeling nails. It's really embarrasing to me, but I hope in a few months, all will be back to normal, better than normal in fact. I really hope this ProStrong does what it claims.

Aaaaand, because I'm a total nutcase, I'm craving another polish binge. Ack. There are several OPIs and ChGs that I want. I should probably wait, though, just in case my fingers fall off. ;P

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