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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Nail Reparation!

I've always had really weak nails that peel ... to the quick.  If I use regular nail polish it chips/peels within a day.  So for the past couple of years I've turned to Shellac (OPI and CND in salons, at home a Sephora/OPI Shellac as well).  But it really bothered me that the only way I could get my nails to grow on their own was through artificial means.  When I went on a recent trip, even my shellac nails chipped and I found myself hiding my hands the whole time.  I'm unsure if the recent shellac chips are an issue of unhealthy nails but it bothered me nonetheless.  

So I looked at the best two reviewed products that I could get my hands on to see if I could change the health of my nails with just over the counter helpers (and daily fish oil).

The last time Sephora had their 20% off sale, I bought the Deborah Lippmann Cuticle Oil and the Horse Power Nail Fertilizer by butter London.  

I think cuticle oil is widely accepted to be used twice daily and pro's say this is akin to using moisturizer for your skin.  Deborah Lippmann's Cuticle Oil smells lovely, like coconut oil, and was surprisingly not as messy as I would have thought...I think I can make the twice daily routine work without getting it all over clothes and my keyboard.

The Horse Power Nail Fertilizer has a dictatorial style to its instructions, which I found funny.  The net-net here is you use this once daily for 7 days, under polish or alone, and remove it on the 7th day.  Continue use for 4 weeks as is.  It feels less like a polish and more like a primer, so it dries quickly.  

So here goes the month long nail reparation!  

Week 1