Hello! Long time no see :( It’s been a very busy year for me, with personal and work life leaving very little time for nails. However, I am glad to be back to give you an update how my nails are doing.
To be completely honest, I have totally neglected my nails since like January. I was wearing gel polish and I did the worst thing you can do – PEELED IT OFF!! It was bad, very bad ;( Do not try this at home!
So this is how my nails looked after peeling off the gel polish one unfortunate night about a month ago. In addition, I have not been pushing my cuticles for a couple of weeks.
Last week I received exactly what my nails needed, Sally Hansen Nail Care Chest, in the post. A massive box full of nails goodies to have beautiful and healthy nails.
Sally Hansen is re-launching many of their nail care products this month (March 2018).
Sally Hansen Nail Care Chest
I found some familiar and some not so familiar products in the Sally Hansen Nail Care Chest. I have definitely owned the Vitamin E cuticle oil, Double Duty Base and Top Coat (this was the very first base/top coat I used when I got into nails!!) in the past. As well as Insta-Dri Top Coat (is there anyone in the nail community who has not owned Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Top Coat at one point in their nail life!?).
Anyhow, I gave myself a lovely nurturing manicure using Complete Salon Manicure Cuticle Eraser + Balm and Instant Cuticle Remover (used each on a different hand). I really, really liked the Instant Cuticle Remover. I actually think that it may be one of the best cuticle remover I have used! It really made my cuticles soft and therefore easy to push back. I am trying to avoid nipping cuticles as I recently suffered something called ‘Median Nail Damage’ on my thumb. I was advised that it was likely caused by excessive cuticle pushing/nipping. So no more of that for me.
Here’s how my nails looked with a generous layer of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Hardner.
Obviously I still have a good while to grow the damage out, but they are already looking a lot healthier.
I also tried out Sally Hansen Nail Rehab. Nail Rehab has been created for severely damaged nails, which mine frankly are, especially my ring and index nails. I like how the Nail Rehab treatment has a tint to it, hiding the damage of my nails and making them look natural and healthy.
I am also wearing Sally Hansen Gel Shine 3D Top Coat which makes my nails look extra shiny.
While playing around with the Sally Hansen Nail Care Chest I also had a go using the Hard as Nails French Manicure Kit. It comes with a white and nude/nude shimmer polishes to create a French manicure look. The kit also contains stencils to create a perfect white tip. To be honest I struggle creating a French manicure even using a stencil, but here it is :)
Anyway, after pampering my nails for a bit I created the following look for the fest of the week. I wore OPI Madam President (OPI Washington DC Collection) and Let’s be Friends (OPI Hello Kitty Collection) with Essie Shine of the Times on my accent nails. I wore the good old Insta-Dri Top Coat as the top coat.
For the rest of the week I continued using the Sally Hansen Vitamin E Cuticle Oil, and Cuticle Rehab to moisture my poor old fingertips. My nails feel very loved today and this is how much healthier they look compared to last weekend (I am not wearing any polish on the below photo).
P.S. Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab smells SO GOOD!! I don’t know what smell it is, but I can assure you this is one of the nicest smelling products in the whole Sally Hansen Nail Care Chest.
Sally Hansen Nail Care products are easily available instore and online at ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Superdrug and Boots.
Thanks for reading!!