I did a gradient with China Glaze Pink Plumeria and Essence Ultimate Pink. Topped off with China Glaze Fairy Dust. After wearing it for a day I got bored. So I stamped with Orly mayhem mentality using Mash 47.
I recently came across a few people singing the praises of Blue Cross Cuticle Remover. I have overgrown dry cuticles, so I rushed out and bought a bottle.
Someone commented on a thread on Facebook that they dipped their fingers in the product for two minutes. Then they would scrape away all the dead skin. Since the product is so thin and runny I thought that would be a great idea. So I dipped for two minutes then scraped away the gunk. I have to admit my cuticles never looked better. The commenter said that her fingers would “prune” but return to normal within a few minutes. I had some major pruning. However, it didn’t go away in minutes. It didn’t go away within HOURS. It was more annoying than anything, but the payoff seemed worth it. It was the best my cuticles looked in a long time.
Flash forward to the following evening. I am arriving in Illinois to visit my friend Vicky. After a hot shower I noticed my hands were peeling. I thought maybe because the water was hard or hotter than I am used to that caused the peeling. I finally concluded that it wasn’t Illinois or their water. It was Blue Cross.
Later that night while we are out drinking and being merry, I bumped my hand on the corner of the table. CRACK! There goes my ring finger nail. All the way to the quick. I have been using cuticle oil and really caring for my nails. I usually get tears or peeling, but NEVER an actual break because my nails are never dry enough to break, they just bend. Dry skin and a nail break? It has to be Blue Cross! I also got another break the next day. I am starting to think I am done with BC altogether.
So I have this huge bottle of miracle remover, but I am scared to use it. I decided to seek out reviews and possible issues with BC. I didn’t find much about people saying it dried them out - only how great it was. I did, however, see a bunch of different ways to apply the cuticle remover without dipping your fingers. Most recommended an empty bottle. I didn’t have an empty polish bottle. So I went for the next best thing - applying the remover with a nail art brush. So I try it and the results are great. I oil immediately after and don’t polish until the next day. Great, I can use Blue Cross - YAY!!!
One week later my cuticules are getting out of hand, so I break out the BC and go to work. I remove, oil, and don’t add paint. The following morning I go to prep my nails for polish and I have a huge break. My poor ring finger is a little nubbin’. I honestly don’t even know what I did that caused it to break.
So why am I telling you this really long boring story about my broken nails? Well, I just wanted to let you know why I have not posted and won’t be posting for a few days. My hands look gross and need some time to recover.