Saturday, 16 January 2016

Treating Weak & Brittle Nails



If you're not new around here then you know that I often express concern over my weak nails. I try and test so many products to see what works for me and what doesn't quite often, because I love nail polish and my hands feel pretty basic and naked without it. Since summer, when I reviewed the Dadi's Oil, I actually had the chance to experiment with a few new products because I started taking my mani-care more seriously. 

I have found four things that I wanted to share with you but I'd also love to know what has helped you personally since I'm always up for new discoveries.


The Tough Flex Base Coat is my newest addition. This base coat is like no other. Yes, it helps the longevity of your nail polish, but if you apply it on its own it heals your brittle nails whilst also making them look all pretty due to the gentle glossy finish. It contains keratin which is the best ingredient when it comes to healing and strengthening. After a couple of days I was ready to wear a new nail varnish again. 

I like the fact that it dries quickly but it improves the quality of my nails visibly even after one use. Many base coats don't protect nails from the actual product you then apply on top so they do become weaker over time. With this little gem here I feel like I get a real bulletproof but lightweight wall, like a good coat on a rainy day. 


Knight in Shining Armour and Bloom Boost were in the most recent Ciate advent calendar - which was AMAZING. I tried both over the holidays because after working during the mad sales, my hands would always feel extremely dry and my nails would look dull and break or split really easily. 


Bloom Boost is a nail illuminator and it enhances the natural colour of your nails whilst bringing out the white on the tips. "Did you get a french manicure" "No, it's just a top coat" is what I've been telling my friends, which is kind of true? I just had to let them believe for a few days that my nails were THAT good naturally. Sorry gals, if you're reading, 


Knight in Shining Armour is a proper over night treatment. It's enriched in marula oil for hydrating, brightening, and revitalising results. It also contains urea, an extremely efficient nail moisturiser that penetrates deeply to rehydrate. I apply it in the evening before going to bed and then wash it off in the morning. It can be a little challenging to remove if you apply more than one coat so use it sparingly and within a few days you'll see results. 




Last but certainly not least is a product that could really fit in any winter post but I decided to feature it here since I've mainly been using it on my hands. I discovered the amazing proprieties of Jojoba oil not too long ago and I totally understand now why it's such a sought-after product in the beauty world. By applying it on a regular basis you can top up on your skin’s natural wax esters in order to hydrate, plump and nourish the skin. 

Whilst doing some research I read that jojoba is rich in several other vitamins and nutrients; vitamins A & D for anti-aging, vitamin E which hydrates, protects and reduces redness, and omegas 6 & 9 which promote the skin’s absorption of essential vitamins. If that wasn't enough (I swear this could go on and on for half a day) this oil is also rich in antioxidants to help cleanse and protect the skin, and it is hypoallergenic, so is suitable for even the most  sensitive skin. 

When it comes to that I let my mum test it because she is very sensitive and her hands can get irritated easily. I can happily report back to you all that it is indeed perfect even for the most delicate people. The product helped me with my dry cuticles and it tackled all the dry patches and flaky areas that I tend to get throughout winter. It's the bomb! 

I'd love to know how you take care of your nails and if you too work in retail, there's a post on beauty essentials I suggest you to read which will help you out if you suffer with dry hands, stress and more. I mean come on, I'm not the only unlucky student tackling the sales as well now, right? 

XOXO

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27 comments

  1. I have such brittle nails this post is super useful for me - I've saved it so next time I go beauty shopping I can pick some of these out

    Steph - http://nourishmeclean.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for reading and for saving it! I'm sure at least one of those products will help. They're all AWESOME xx

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  2. You and me both suffer from awfully brittle, weak nails! I've been saying for ages that I'll do something about if as it bums me out having short nails all the time because they keep breaking. Definitely going to try out these products (finally!)

    Elesaurus | elesaurus.com

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    1. haha I'm actually glad I'm not the only one cause most of my mates have great strong nails and I'm like WHY.

      Good luck ;) Let me know how you get on x

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  3. My middle daughter has got awful nails no matter what we do they break will be trying these on her nails see they help

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    1. I hope they'll work for her. It' awful when your nails break so easily :/ xx

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  4. I am using the new Barry M nail care kit and it is proving to be pretty effective on my nails x

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    1. Ohhh thanks for the suggestion, will check out out next time I'm in Boots x

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  5. I'm going to suggest this to my other half, it sounds ideal for her as she has brittle nails. Thank you!

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    1. Aww I'm sure she'll appreciate you thinking of her and suggesting the post! I hope they'll work on her nails too xx

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  6. Since working in retail, my nails are breaking much more easily. It's awful! Great post :)

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    1. AHHH SOMEONE ELSE WITH THE SAME PROBLEM! Retail is hard work!
      Thanks for reading xxx

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  7. I need this ive been getting extentions since I was 14 I'm 22 now my nails need a break! Thank you for sharing this, visit me whenever you got time http://its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk/ !! Kisses, Dominica S.

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    1. Ahhh I only had acrylics once and they ruined my nails completely so I stay away from extensions and stuff like that. But glad this helped :) xx

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  8. My nails are so weak. Thanks for sharing this post.

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    1. No worries, thank you for popping by and reading :) x

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  9. These look really good! My nails are generally really good, but I've been seeing some cracking on my thumbs (just the thumbs!) of late, which is a bit annoying. I especially love the sound of the Ciate products!

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    1. Yeah I experience just the thumb and the index finger nails breaking which is so odd!

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  10. My nails are always breaking, so I've been looking for products to help. These all look great, I will have to give them a try :)

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  11. This is such a great post, my nails are always in need of a little bit of love so I am definitely going to check these out! xx

    Charli | Beauty and Lifestyle Blogger at CHARLI B

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  12. I love the sound of the Jojoba oil! I swear by OPI Nail Envy on my nails, although since I've not been wearing nail polish very often they are in much better condition anyway :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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  13. this is such a helpful post, I recently got my acrylic nails off and they're in need of some serious TLC!

    http://claresloves.blogspot.com/

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  14. At the moment I have acrylic nails, so I don't have to worry my nails braking so much, but I do love a good nail oil and use one daily x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  15. My nails have been really suffering of late this so this was a great post to come across - time to invest in some TLC for them I think!

    Emma | HarmonyBlaze.co.uk

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  16. I can't stand having bare nails. I always have to have some form of colour or shine on them. I really need to up my nail care. These seem like some great products to try out. Thanks for sharing them x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. You basically wrote this post for me, I know it! So helpful xx adaatude.com

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  18. I am a nail biter, so my nails are always paper thin..combine that with 7 years of acrylics they are a mess. The plan of action this year is to stop biting and start growing!

    Laura x x x

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