I am admittedly not a huge 'nail person', the closest I get to a nail care routine is usually a base and a top coat, and the closest I get to a manicure is a classic, all ten fingernails coated in one shade nail polish, no bloody 'accent nail' which I hate by the way, and no nail art cause I'm lazy like that and totally untalented in this regard.
Until a couple of weeks ago, products like cuticle creams and oils and all that jazz, were completely foreign concepts to me, that was until the Sally Hansen Fairy (PR) sent me the Vitamin E Nail and Cuticle Oil and the new Salon Manicure Cuticle Eraser and Balm. Now, that can only mean one thing ladies and gents, for the sake of reviewing and blogging I was about to venture myself into the world of nail caring, and I must admit I'm fitting quite well in it, for I now have a proper nail care routine to brag about.
ESSENCE NAIL POLISH REMOVER
I ran out of my usual L'Onglex nail polish remover sometime before Christmas, and whilst shopping in Penneys/Primark (as you do!), I found this Coconut & Papaya bad boy staring at me from a basket near the shop's counter. And so, I thought I'll give it a good, warm home. And I'm glad I did!
This my darlings, smells of coconut I kid you not, it leaves the most gorgeous smell of coconut on your nails after using it. It removes every bit of stubborn nail polish, leaving my cuticles and nail surface feeling and looking fresh and clean, and properly moisturised, there's not a dry patch in sight with this product I tell you. I am actually blown away at the quality of this remover. It comes in a 150 ml bottle, and it costs about 3/4 Euro if I'm not mistaken. I will never be without this product, like ever!
SALLY HANSEN SALON MANICURE CUTICLE ERASER+BALM
After removing my nail polish, I take this 'lovely looking yoke' also known as the Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Cuticle Eraser and Balm.
Now what this is, it's a 2 in 1 formula with white tea and cucumber that both exfoliates/removes excess cuticles while moisturising the skin for a health and smooth looking nails. I'm no expert in nail care as I've already confessed above, but I think this yoke is working. Let me explain.
It has a thick and slightly sticky consistency, that to my surprise sinks into the skin within ten seconds whilst rubbing it along the nail bed. My nails look instantly more smooth and moisturised, I can see it working therefore I enjoy using it. I like to see instant results with my products, and with this, it's exactly what I get when using it. Win, win!
This retails at 9.95 Euro and comes in a net weight of 8g, in a cute looking plastic jar. The brand recommends daily use with this, but I only use it circa 3 times a week, whenever I remember to do so.
SALLY HANSEN VITAMIN E NAIL & CUTICLE OIL
This is a cuticle oil. Since I only ever tried one other oil from Ciate, there's not really much I can say about this here. As any other oil, it does not sink into the skin as fast as a cream, but it moisturises well and helps my nails looking healthy and nice (I'm running out of adjectives as you can probably tell).
It's a natural essential oil complex with Vitamin E, Wheat Germ, Apricot Kernel, Aloe and Panthenol goodness and I apply it again 3 times weekly (although it should be applied daily), at night before going to bed. It retails at 5.95 Euro.
SALLY HANSEN COMPLETE CARE 4-IN-1 TREATMENT
I reviewed this product a while back here and as you can probably tell from the pic above, I really went to town with it (half gone or half left - depending on how you view it!). It is my go-to base coat and it started to get a bit thicker in consistency now, but it's still as good as it initially was.
CIATE SPEED COAT FAST DRYING TOP COAT
I love this product, it indeed helps my nail polish to dry faster, avoiding the unwanted 'texture marks' on my freshly painted nails, and it's my go-to top coat. I'm pleased with it and while I haven't tried the much coveted Seche Vite, this is doing the job really well for me.
A FRESHLY PAINTED RESULT
...And we're done!
Do you have a proper, full-on nail care routine?