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?