11 May 2014

Nail Care 101



When it comes to having nice nails I have to hold my hands up and admit that I'm a complete and utter failure in this department. Years and years of biting my nails have left me with really brittle and weak nails that take forever to grow. Every new year my resolution will be to stop biting my nails which these days I must admit I do tend to do quite well with up until I hit a high period of stress and worry which for me seems to be all the time recently. 

At the moment I'm once again trying to grow my nails to a passable length so that I can keep wearing pretty nail polishes. In order to do this I have being using on occasion the Sally Hansen Cuticle Remover which is a gel like texture that helps to dissolve any over grown cuticles. I also use cuticle sticks to gently push back my cuticles always ensuring that I have soaked them before hand so that they are nice and soft. Pushing back hard cuticles can be a little bit scary as there is a tendency to slip, this will make your cuticles quite sore and rather red so it is best to prepare them before hand. Any excess cuticles can simply be removed with a cuticle timmer as shown above however in all honesty I rarely need to use mine.

The most recent addition to my nail care routine has been the Dr LeWinns Renunail Sensitive Nail Strengthener* which is a little bit like OPI Nail Envy only cheaper whereby you apply it for four days and then remove it and repeat for a total of three treatments. So far I've noticed that my nails do seem stronger since I started using this so it has become a most welcome addition into my nail care routine. Application is nice and smooth with the overall finish being really quite natural as it is nude in shade.

Once I have painted my nails with my chosen shade of choice Barry M Grapefruit I then pop on a bit of the Nailtiques Cuticle and Skin Gel* which has become my favourite product of this type to date. In the past I've used similar products however they have always been a little too greasy taking a long time to sink in however the Natiltiques Cuticle Gel has been a pure pleasure to use. Sinking in quickly and being so smooth in texture this product has helped to improve the appearance of my cuticles which were looking so neglected. The gel also helps to repair broken skin which is something that comes in handy as I'm always scuffing my hands and nails at work.

Other than these simple actions I do believe that growing your nails really is down to will power alone if you're a nail biter. I have over time tried so many things, this time it is down to me.

What do you use to look after your nails? Nail growth tips are most welcome!

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  1. My nails grow just fine, it's keeping them looking polished that's my issue. No matter what I do, they chip terribly a day or so after being painted! I recently had Gelish, which was great as it stayed perfect for a month, but it left my nails in a sorry condition sonot sure whether to go back for more! It's also a real pain to remove.
    Mel xx

    melswallofmirrors.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Oh no that's such a shame :( I can get my polish to last a fair few days it's just having long enough nails to warrant it which is my issue xx

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  2. great post! love this photo :)

    http://dotsandlaces.blogspot.com/

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  3. I have a bottle of Nail Envy, I might try that out as an alternative when I;m finished!
    Hayley
    Water Painted Dreams xxx

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    1. Oh you should for definite, it's a nice product to use :) xx

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  4. I relate so much I'm a biter, although I do find when they're painted I'm less likely to bite :). I love the Sally Hanson cuticle remover (it's way cheap on Amazon too!) I quite like using cuticle oils too I love the Essie apricot one although Butter London's ones my fave (it smells like holiday!) x

    http://rinicawrites.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yes I'm much less likely to bite my nails when they are painted too. I'd like to try the Essie Cuticle Oil once I have used up this one I'm using at the moment, I bet it smells nice xx

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  5. I absolutely swear by Nail Envy to stop my nails peeling! I've never tried a cuticle remover gel, I tend to just soak mine and push them back :)

    Jess xo

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    1. To be honest that probably achieves the same effect :) xx

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  6. Cuticle trimming can cause infections, be careful :) Really informative post - I've never tried dissolving my cuticles, I push mine back using a hefty layer of Burt's Bees Cuticle Butter x

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    1. Oh I know, in all honesty I rarely do it as that is in the back of my mind all of the time. The Burt's Bees Cuticle Butter smells amazing, I do however find it a bit greasy xx

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  7. I have that Dr Lewinn's too - I love all there nail care products but I'm currently using the Butter London Horse Fertilizer. I'm not sure what to think of it at the moment but I had to cut my nails down for make-up jobs boo and just need something to keep them strong as I'd ran out BUT good luck it's not an easy journey but think of the glorious talons you will have xo

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    1. I'm trying I'm trying! :) That Butter London product sounds interesting...what a name for a product for use on your fingernails xx

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  8. Fab post :) I found that Rimmel's Nail Nurse and OPI's Nail Envy really helped get my nails to the length that they are, and to be quite hard too :) xxxx

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    1. Oh I have seen Nail Nurse so many times in Boots but have never really seen or looked for any reviews on it xx

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  9. I have the Sally Hansen cuticle remover, and I don't find that it does anything at all which is so frustrating! It just sits there, and doesn't work :( xx

    Gemma // Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. Oh that's a shame! When I first tried it I didn't see any benefits at all but when I use it now I can definitely see that it removes bits here and there. Maybe your cuticles are ok as they are and don't need it :) xx

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  10. Great post I really need to look after my nails more!

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  11. My nails seem to grow pretty fast but they snap as soon as they get to a certain length its so irritating! I definitely need to take better care of them I think

    Salted Roses // UK Fashion Blog

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    1. My sister is the same, I think just a nice nail hardener would do the trick :) xx

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  12. I swear by OPI nail envy, it's done wonders to my nails, they are so strong now. I use the sally Hansen cuticle remover too, it's so good and really does the trick. That cuticle gel sounds lovely, will have to take a look. I've been obsessed with Burt's Bee's Lemon Cuticle Butter, it's amazing, not greasy at all, smells divines and really makes hard skin super soft again.

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

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    1. Oh you see I found the Burt's Bees one to be a bit too greasy for me sadly, it does however smell so good! xx

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  13. I really want to try the Renunail strengthener, as soon as my nails get even the tiniest bit of length they break and flake off so I definitely need some help!

    Catherine, xo // Lady Liquor

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    1. I feel your pain Catherine, this so far works really well I just need to stop biting them to give them even the slightest chance xx

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  14. I really like the CND Solar Oil for when my nails need some TLC, it smells like almonds too :)

    Danniella x
    www.famousinjapan.co.uk

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    1. Oh now that is a new product for me, I'm going to look that up. Thanks Danniella xx

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  15. Oh no that's such a shame :( I can get my polish to last a fair few days it's just having long enough nails to warrant it which is my issue xx

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  16. Oh you should for definite, it's a nice product to use :) xx

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  17. Yes I'm much less likely to bite my nails when they are painted too. I'd like to try the Essie Cuticle Oil once I have used up this one I'm using at the moment, I bet it smells nice xx

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  18. To be honest that probably achieves the same effect :) xx

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  19. Oh I know, in all honesty I rarely do it as that is in the back of my mind all of the time. The Burt's Bees Cuticle Butter smells amazing, I do however find it a bit greasy xx

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  20. I'm trying I'm trying! :) That Butter London product sounds interesting...what a name for a product for use on your fingernails xx

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  21. Oh I have seen Nail Nurse so many times in Boots but have never really seen or looked for any reviews on it xx

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  22. Oh that's a shame! When I first tried it I didn't see any benefits at all but when I use it now I can definitely see that it removes bits here and there. Maybe your cuticles are ok as they are and don't need it :) xx

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  23. You and me both! Thank you xx

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  24. My sister is the same, I think just a nice nail hardener would do the trick :) xx

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  25. Oh you see I found the Burt's Bees one to be a bit too greasy for me sadly, it does however smell so good! xx

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  26. I feel your pain Catherine, this so far works really well I just need to stop biting them to give them even the slightest chance xx

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  27. Oh now that is a new product for me, I'm going to look that up. Thanks Danniella xx

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