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My Nail Care Regime

January 26, 2014

I thought I'd share a bit of a back-story about my nails today. Since I can remember, I have had a nail biting habit - it's horrible and I'm not proud of it. In the past few years it's become a habit of picking my nails rather than biting them which is just as bad. It tends to be either when I'm bored, or stressed. 

I have tried and tried to stop this habit. From good old Stop N Grow to painting them every day - and the same thing happens. They grow and look lovely, and then start splitting and breaking which completely ruins my motivation and before I know it, they're short again and not looking lovely anymore. The main issue is my weak nails and how prone they are to splitting.

The breakthrough happened because of my Mum (a lot of good things happen because of my Mum, she is the best). She has made friends with her new neighbour, Hannah and Hannah knows a lot about nails. Through trying everything out there and doing friend's nails she has found some really amazing products that truly make a difference. She used these on my Mum and her nails started looking fantastic. So over Christmas my Mum introduced me to all of these amazing products and I got started on my new Nail regime. I don't want to speak too soon as it's only been a month but I think I might have cracked it.

The four products that have made an incredible difference are in the photo above. I think the star has to be the O.P.I Nail Envy - I've got the matte version as this is good as a base. You simply apply two coats and then either use a nail polish over or leave it as it is. If you just use it on it's own you can then apply it every other day for a week before removing it, however I've mostly been using it as a base coat. The formula basically works to strengthen your nails and to stop them breaking. My Mum gave me the Nail Envy but you can buy it from lots of places including a nice little duo from QVC for £17.

Alongside this, I've been using the O.P.I Avoplex Nail & Cuticle Replenishing Oil and the O.P.I Avoplex Cuticle Oil To Go. Cuticle oils are my new love- I've become a bit obsessed with using them. You just brush a bit onto each nail and massage in- it's really important to moisturise your cuticles as it helps to strengthen the nail bed, encourage growth and to soften the cuticle. I used to suffer from dry skin around my nails which led to the skin cracking and this has also helped a lot with that. I use the Replenising Oil every evening and the Cuticle Oil To Go on the train to work while I peruse the Metro. Another very important point is that the Avoplex stuff smells incredible! I bought these two products as part of a set from QVC (their website is another new obsession of mine) which I'm going to post about soon and you can view that here. You can also buy the Nail Envy and Cuticle Oil in a set for £19.50.

The final product that I've attributed to my nail success is the Leighton Denny Remove and Rectify. I don't use this as often as the other products but it's become a key part of a manicure. It naturally dissolves dry cuticle skin and also moisturises. I guess it's fairly similar to the nail oil so you might not need both but I really like using this. I bought mine from Amazon (not QVC- shocker) for £11.

So those are my top nail products at the moment- they have really changed my nails and I am so happy with them. Not one has broken since using these products, not one! 

There are some other nail/hand care products that I also really rate but I'll leave those for a seperate post.

Do let me know if you also LOVE any of these nail products and if you have any other recommendations.
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