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Friday, June 27, 2014

The Nail Detox

My thoughts on nail polish are probably more profound than they should be. In fact, I've looked so far into them, I call my pensions a "philosophy." Yes, #nerd territory. At the moment, I'm feeling the nail polish vibes which are sending me to slap on the color, but, since I've been doing it so consistently, my nails have taken a hammering. They're peeling, they're brittle, and I have a rainbow of polish around the cuticle where my remover-soaked cotton ball can't reach. So, I've ordered a nail detox and about to be served.

Although I've just removed my polish, I'm throwing on another coat--of strengthener, that is. After clipping, filing, and tending to my knackered cuticles, I slap on the Nailtiques Formula 2 Nail Protein. I've tried OPI Nail Envy, but that solution didn't do anything; I think it actually made the problem worse. So, I graduated to the more heavy duty formula. It's true that I cringe a little whenever I put it on, but I just don't read the ingredients list and it's bearable. Slapping this on everyday not only provides a healthy looking sheen and pink tint--even though it's clear...c'est magique--it definitely sorts out the peeling, separating, and oomphs my tips back to good health. 

But it's not just my nails that get the attention; my cuticles deserve some, too, especially since an opaque color can disguise their bad health. But if I'm going au naturel, they need some aid. Among hand cream (either the Caudalie Hand and Nail Cream or the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask--it needs to be intense), I also throw on some more cuticle nourishment. The Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil does the job, and the best part is that you can brush it on without getting your fingers messy, so you can continue to be a functioning human being, and it also smells delicious, like apricots. My favorite, though, is the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme. It's thick, doesn't sink in too quickly, but, boy, is it fantastic. Maybe it's the enzymes in the lemon, but it's my favorite nail product and my nails look truly distressed when I go a day without application.

Forget the juices. This is a detox that doesn't ban solid food, so, like I said, you can be a functioning human being--even if my nails aren't quite at that level. 

13 comments :

  1. My nails are quite horrendous at the moment, my cuticles also always seem so angry looking but yet I use hand creams and rarely trim them as I know you have to be very careful. Maybe I need to get something more intense for my hands, I think I'll have a look at the Origins hand cream you have mentioned .

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  2. The cuticle oil sounds lovely I love that its a brush on one, I really need to look after my nails more though xx

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  3. I have recently been on a mission to strengthen my nails too. Forgive me for being uninformed, but what on earth are you supposed to do to your cuticles? Do you push them back? Leave them be? How do you make sure they are healthy? I need help!


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  4. It is, but, then again, anything from Essie receives that description. x

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  5. I think it's worth a try, although, I have to admit, I like the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream better. x

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  6. Haha! I'm currently on a polish, diet, too. Hopefully the yellowing goes away soon, x

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  7. You mean the mask I repurposed into a hand cream? Haha, it's certainly anything but chic. x

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  8. Haha! I wish I didn't have so much knowledge on them; maybe they'd sort themselves out on their own. (: I push mine back once every other week, but not on a specific schedule. Most of the time, I just leave them be, because I really can't be bothered, but I do slather them in hand cream and cuticle oil. That's the way to go! x

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  9. Hey if it works who can argue with it! :) x

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  10. The yellow is now officially gone, but my nails can't grow for jack and they're soo brittle! *whimpers* This is the longest I've been without polish on for quite some time, this recovery needs to finish up LOL

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