Category: Nail Care

Back to natural nails – Bliss Kiss Pure Nail Oil

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Less than three weeks ago I received my first Bliss Kiss Pure Nail Oil order and I’ve been using it daily since then. I ordered the Starter/Refill Kit and grip pads for opening the oil pen. I’ve seen so many convincing photos and read so many great reviews that I was very excited to try this product myself.

As you probably know, I’m going back to natural nails after having gel nails for over a year so my nails are not in a best possible condition and I can use all the help I can get. On this blog post you can see two week result on my left hand cuticles after using Pure Nail Oil.

Today I’ll show you the before photo along with the first three days of using Pure Nail Oil on my right hand nails. After I received the package I immediately removed my manicure and went for naked nails for three days. Pure Nail Oil comes with good instructions and I tried to follow those as well as I could.

The before photo is taken right after I removed my manicure so the nail polish remover probably added some extra horror dryness on my cuticles. I also hadn’t used cuticle remover for a bit and that shows as well. You can see the damaged part really well on my ring finger nail and it really looks like it could use a serious amount of moisturizing. That is what I’m trying to grow out and have healthy nails. There’s also some gel left on my index finger nail. These photos were taken over two weeks ago and this coming Sunday I’ll show you one month of growth on my right hand nails and you can also see the condition they are in now after using Pure Nail Oil for three weeks. But that is for Sunday’s post :)

Regardless of how bad my nails and cuticles look in the “Beginning” photo they were moisturized daily using lotions and CND Solar Oil. This is just how easily drying my skin and nails are. Use nail polish remover once and all the moisturizing goes out the window.

So here is the horror I started with…

 

Pretty, eh? :P
No, not really ;) So you can imagine how much Pure Nail Oil my nails and cuticles took in during these first three days. During day one I kept applying the oil like once an hour and it all went in so fast. After a couple of minutes my fingers and nails didn’t feel oily at all. So I kept adding the oil all the time and I was stunned how fast it absorbed. I didn’t use a huge amount at a time, just a drop.
The difference between Pure Nail Oil and Solar Oil was clear to me from the first application. Compared to Solar Oil this one absorbs super fast. Solar Oil also make my skin and cuticles feel kinda rough during application where as Pure Nail Oil makes them feel nice and smooth. Pure Nail Oil also makes my finger tips silky smooth. With Solar Oil I always need to use cuticle balm/cream to get the soft result. Pure Nail Oil is enough alone.
So needless to say I was excited already after day 1. The next morning I took “Day 1” photo before applying the oil. So in this photo it’s been about 12 hours since the last application of Pure Nail Oil and I have washed my hands at least a couple of times.

Quite a difference! My nails and cuticles looked different and they felt so smooth and well moisturized. During day two of naked nails I kept applying the oil quite often. Not as many times as the previous day but it was quite a few times then too. Still the oil kept absorbing fast and it was obvious my nails and cuticles still needed some extra care.

So here’s the result on the morning after “Day 2”. Naturally not such a dramatic change anymore but I was still able to see and feel improvement. This photo was also taken in the similar situation as the previous one, about 12 hours after the last application of Pure Nail Oil.

 

 

So I continued applying the oil for the third day. Now I didn’t really need to apply the oil as often as day one and two. I used just a drop of oil for each hand and massaged it in a few times during the day. I left my nails naked for the night so I could take my third and final photo the following morning.

And here’s my three days result of using Bliss Kiss Pure Nail Oil. I can still see clear improvement on the condition of my cuticles and compared to the “Beginning” photo the change in just three days is HUGE!

 

 

Since the three days of nail nakedness I’ve been keeping my nails polished and I’ve applied Pure Nail Oil on my cuticles a few times a day. I drop a tiny bit of oil on my thumb and then press my other thumb against it. Now I have a small amount of oil on both my thumb finger tips and I just rub it on all of my cuticles. So a little drop few times a day takes you a long way with Pure Nail Oil.

My manicures on my right hand now last up to three days which is long enough considering the condition my nails were in. The tips still have damaged part to grow out too. After I remove the manicure I apply oil on my nails and massage my nail beds and cuticles till the oil is absorbed. Sometimes I add another drop and repeat the massage. After all the oil is absorbed I wipe my nail with Cleaner liquid (alcohol) and do my next manicure.

Only time will tell if Pure Nail Oil is the answer I’ve been looking for to help my easily peeling and breaking nails. I will know for sure after all the gel and damaged parts have grown out. Right now I’m extremely happy with Bliss Kiss Pure Nail Oil and it’s hands down the best nail oil I have ever tried. NailCareHQ.com has a sale coming up first week of July and I really need to stock up on this oil so I never run out of it :D

 

 

***Pure Nail Oil was purchased by me. I don’t benefit from clicking any of the links on this post.

Back to natural nails – Growing out the UV-gel layover

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Wow! It’s been 3 weeks since my last post. I’ve been battling some minor health issues and low hemoglobin level. Cos of that I’ve been extremely tired. After taking my antibiotics and iron supplements I’m feeling a lot better again and I’m almost back to normal. I’ve still been posting photos on my IG and FB so some of you might know what I’ve been up to anyways :)

Today I’m going to show you how the nail growing project is going on my left hand. I still have the gel layover on my left hand nails and I’ll leave it be till it grows out or falls out, which ever comes first. I keep filing the length off once a week so I can keep them nice and short and have minimal stress on the gel layover.

Two weeks ago I also received my Bliss Kiss Pure Nail Oil order and I’ve been using it ever since. You can see a nice improvement on my cuticles and the part of my natural nails that is showing is looking nice and moisturized too. This is most definitely the best nail oil I have ever used and there will be a whole post about it coming soon.

So here’s the three week progress on my left hand. This first photo was taken June 1st.

 

 

And this photo was taken today, June 21st. You can see a good amount of growth (could always be more and faster if you ask me) and I’m happy with the way things are going at the moment.

 

 

So this is how my left hand is doing. I’ll have a post up about the right hand and one month growth next weekend. Next week I’ll also have a review of Bliss Kiss Pure Nail Oil for you plus some swatch photos of course!

 

 

***Kiss Bliss Pure Nail Oil purchased by me. I don’t benefit from clicking any of the links on this post.

Back to natural nails – Beginning of the nail growing project

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Since I filed my nails shorter I’ve started to miss the feeling of my own natural nails. Also at the moment I find maintaining the gel layover a little bit too time and energy consuming. That lead to a decision of starting this “Back to natural nails” project. I’m going to start by growing out my right hand nails first. While they grow I keep the left hand nails in swatch photo condition and covered with gel. I’m trying not to fill the left hand nails anymore either and just file the gel layover thinner as the nails grow. I might have to use soak off gel polish to cover the growth line when I’m swatching.

My right hand nails are almost gel free now. There’s a tiny bit of gel left on the index and thumb finger nails. Those parts will either grow out or peel off, time will tell. A bit over half the length of the nail bed is now grown out (hopefully) healthy and the other part is quite damaged by gel and the removal of the layover.

Of course it’s going to be annoying for me to have ultra nubbins on my right hand and normal nails on my left hand. The polish won’t match most of the time either. I’m usually very particular about both hands having the same length and shape nails. Now I just have to believe it’ll be worth the trouble tolerating the situation for a bit and hopefully have my own natural nails back growing nice and healthy soon enough.

I’m going to be using some of the products I’ve already used before and found them working great for me and I have also received some new products to test.

I also just ordered Kiss Bliss Pure Nail Oil Starter/Refill Kit from NailCareHQ.com. I’ve heard great things about this product so I can’t wait to try it on my own nails.

This is where I’m starting from:

 

 

As you can see, my nails are super short and not in a great condition. I’m trying to keep them as short as possible minimizing the risk of bad tears and breaks. One of the new products I’m trying is Duri Rejuvacote. I’ve read great reviews of this product and I’m pretty excited to try it. Though I’m not going to use it as the instructions recommend, as a base coat and a top coat. I don’t see a point in doing that. So I’ll use a couple of coats under my base coat, polish and top coat.

I also don’t believe there’s a base coat/treatment on this earth that will fix damaged nails. Once your nail is damaged it’ll remain so until the damaged part grows out. I’ll just hope this product, used in balance with others will help my nails grow stronger in the future. So I’m not expecting a miracle healing for my paper thin nails while using this product.

Since I’ve noticed that excessive use of nail strengtheners/hardeners will do me no good I will also use other treatments like Essie Nourish Me and Sally Hansen Nail Rehab base coat. I try to keep a good balance using different products. Most important product to try and use will be the Kiss Bliss Pure Nail Oil once my order arrives.

 

I also need to take care of my cuticles and hands so for that I’m going to rely on familiar products like LUSH Lemony Flutter and Charity Pot. For cuticle removal I like to use Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover. It works great for me and I use it about once a week.

I’ll be using CND Solar Oil on my nails and cuticles until the previously mentioned Bliss Kiss Pure Nail Oil arrives.

 

Naturally there’s other products I use too but I’m not gonna start photographing and listing every single thing here right now. Those products will probably appear on future posts as the nail growing project moves along.

Another important thing is to always keep my nails polished to protect and give them some extra strength. First of all I will always keep my nails moisturized with nail oil. For my manicures I’ll be using 1-2 coats of Duri Rejuvacote/Essie Nourish Me/Sally Hansen Nail Rehab (switching between these three), then a coat of Glisten & Glow Stuck On Blu! base coat, 2-3 coats of nail polish and HK Girl top coat.

 

So this is the beginning of my “Back to natural nails” project. I’ll post regular updates with photos and info on how these products are working for me. This is a project that will take months instead of weeks and require a lot of patience so you might see some crying and whining about this on my social media sites ;) As well as nubbins swatches and possible broken nail disaster photos :P

I’ll leave you with a Dollish Polish teaser (since you can’t get this polish anymore). This is Lipstick Around Your Dipstick from Dolly Does Polish collection.

Cos them nubbins need some love and awesome nail polish too:

 

 

 

 

***Duri Rejuvacote, Sally Hansen Nail Rehab, Stuck On Blu! and HK Girl top coat were received for free. Other products mentioned on this post were purchased by me. I don’t benefit from clicking any of the links on this post.

 

Essie Nourish Me report – I give up…

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Last time I said I’d let my nails grow length for 2 weeks and see what happens then. Well, I know now and I give up for now. Already after a week and a half my right hand nails started to fall apart completely and I was right back at where I started from. I think I might be lacking something in my diet or the two pregnancies that were quite close to each other really took their toll on my nails. Either way, I don’t think a product that can make my nails better exists right now.

I still strongly believe that Nourish Me is an excellent product that can help many of you out there that are suffering from peeling and dry nails. This even worked on my hopeless nails as long as I didn’t try to grow any length on them. Truth is though that length of my nails is a big deal for me and right now I want more than I can naturally get so I decided to use uv-gel to make my nails stronger. It’s easy for me cos I already have everything I need to do that and I can do it myself. I already applied the gel coating on my right hand nails but now I’m getting greedy and I want to use tips to get the length on my left hand nails immediately. Later I would let the tips grow out and only coat my natural nail with gel.

So this is how my base coat test ends this time. I don’t have the patience to try anymore. I do not blame Nourish Me for this disaster. I think the blame lies elsewhere at the moment and I will continue using it again after I get tired of having gel on my nails. I hope my little test and reports gave useful information and maybe someone else can find the help they are looking for from Nourish Me :)

 

Left hand nails still looked ok after  a week and a half. Now they are starting to peel too.
Do I need to say anything here? :(
Thin coat of UV-gel to protect my right hand nails.

 

Essie Nourish Me – 4 weeks after

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It’s been four weeks since I started using Essie Nourish Me base coat and the results are impressive as you might have seen from my previous week reports. The condition of my nails keeps getting better and this week I managed to file off all the damaged part from my left hand nails. There might still be a tiny bit of weaker part left on the right hand nails. I filed a good amount of off my nails before taking these photos and I’m hoping to finally be able to start the length growing project. I’m not gonna file anything off for the next two weeks just to see how the tips react to growing them out a bit. So next Tuesday I won’t be writing my usual week report but I’ll be back with some news in two weeks.

Here are the photos of how my nails look now after four weeks of using Essie Nourish Me hydrating base coat.

 

Left hand nails are now in a very good condition.
Right hand is looking pretty good too.

Essie Nourish Me – 3 weeks after

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Here I go again with my weekly Essie Nourish Me report. It’s been three weeks and the peeling is almost grown out. This time you can see a tiny bit of peeling on the tips of the nails but since the tips are already weak and thin I decided to not buff those out anymore. I don’t think those are new peels, they are just left over from what I didn’t get off with my last buffing. Looks like I might be able to file them off with the length next week though. I’m hoping that after two or three more weeks my nails are gonna be healthy again and I can start growing a bit of length on these too.

I now have a tear on my index finger nail too. That happened when my hand slipped from a frozen car door handle. Oh well, it’ll grow out too while I’m growing out the peeled parts.

I will continue these weekly reports until the peeling has stopped and my nails are good as new again. After that I’ll still post about the nail growing project and let you know if Nourish Me can help on the nail growing project and keep the tips from peeling and breaking even when I don’t file off the length every week.

 

 

Essie Nourish Me – Two weeks after

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It’s time for another Essie Nourish Me week report and it’s still looking good. My nails seem to be getting better,  the tips look less dry and there has been no chipping. I’ve been using this almost daily, at least every other day. So I don’t have experience on how well this works if you only use it e.g. every four days. I only use this as a base coat and always apply two coats before the nail polish.

At this time I’ve been able to buff away 99% of the peeled parts and my nails look nicer again. Of course the tips are still weak and thin but every week I can file off more of the damaged part while new and hopefully healthier nail keeps growing. I’d like to remind that the badly peeled parts of my nails you can see on the “Before” photo haven’t been magically glued back on to my nail plate. I have buffed those away and my tips are now much thinner than usual. It seems that Nourish Me is working and it has stopped the peeling.

Next week we’ll see if there’s any more peeling or is this hydrating base coat really working good enough to keep the peeling away. I’m hoping for the best!

 

 

Essie Nourish Me – One week after

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Here’s a quick report and first test results using Essie Nourish Me base coat. I have now used Nourish Me for about a week and I’ve changed my manicure almost daily. On the photo you can see there has been immediate results for the better. There’s still some peeling left but it has stopped moving up the nail bed. I’ve been able to buff away almost all of the peeled part from my middle finger. Still some left on the ring finger. Of course the tips are now weak from all the buffing and peeling so I have to wait for the damaged part to grow out. At least now there’s some light at the end of the tunnel for my nails and I hope this is the product that will stop my nails from peeling.

I’ll get back to this again next week and yes, there will be photos too :)

 

Right hand nails

 

Testing Essie Nourish Me – Before pictures

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My nails are in quite a bad shape cos of the freezing weather we’ve had here lately. I’ve been using OPI Natural Nail Strengthener and Poshe Nail Strengthening Treatment Basecoat but they don’t seem to be helping the problem at all. There’s also some gel nails damaged part left on the tips the nails. My nails seem to be very dry, peeling badly and breaking easy. I decided that it’s about time for me to try something new (to me) and I picked up Essie Nourish Me Intense Hydration Basecoat from a local store. I’ll report back in the future with photos and let you know if this worked for me or not.

At the moment I use Body Shopin Hemp Hand Protector cream and Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream every night. I also apply Creative Solar Oil under my nails and wear cotton gloves over all of these. I avoid washing my hands after putting on the creams and oils at nights. During the day I use lighter hand creams as needed. I use acetone free nail polish remover and always wear gloves when I go outside. After all this moisturizing, oiling and taking care of my hands and nails my nails are still in a bad condition. Right hand nails are especially bad.

 

Label on the Finnish package

 

Left hand nails
Left hand ring finger still has some damaged part left from gel nails removal
Right hand nails are in a horrible condition

 

I can only hope this Essie hydrating base coat does the trick for my nails. Above you can see the photos taken before I used the Essie base coat for the first time. Those were taken right after nail polish removal, before any moisturizers. I will only use this base coat from now on and keep my nails on this length till they appear to be in a better condition.
Thumbs up that this will work! I’d really like to finally grow some length on these nails.

The neverending nail growing project

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My nail nail growing project has finally reached a point where I’m starting to be really happy with the lenght of my nails. Of course I’ve had to file them shorter every now and then cos of peeling and things but now I have pretty healthy and good looking nails. My nails just happen to be so thin and they break really easy so this is sort of the max lenght I can grow them in to without breaking. I still want to try and grow them a tiny bit longer just to see if I can ;)

On the side of my index finger nail you can see a toiletpaper-superglue fixing attempt cos the nail already started to tear. I also had to fix the middle finger and the right hand index finger nails too. I’ve been able to grow them for 3 weeks with the fixing now and soon I have to file the broken parts off. I just hope my other nails will stay without breaking and tearing.

I started my nail growing project in May by removing acrylic nails. After that my nails were in a terrible condition.