I posted my NAIL CARE ROUTINE a while back. While reviewing that post, I realized that I use a lot of 'high end' nail care products. I mean they were not the most expensive items ever, but still... So I took a walk in my local drugstores and picked up some nail and hand care products that are quite cheap and effective. After some testing, I chose to share them all with you.
Firstly, there are the S-he Stylezone Nail Serum. A simple and cheap jelly like serum that you apply on your nails and cuticles to promote your nail growth just like a nail polish. It is filled with Keratin and Vitamin E, both help with boosting your nails strength. Due to the fact it is in a jelly form, it will stay on your nails a long time before it is absorbed and it is a great way to wear it through the night and it will not end up on any of your bedding.
The other is Essence Nail Repairing Oil. In their new Spring/Summer collection, they released a few new nail care items and this one interested me the most. It is a greasy oil that helps you with your nail surface, it keeps your nail smooth and strong. It is enriched it with argan oil that keeps nails strong and durable. An extra perk is that it smells great! The nice floral scent lingers on your nails until you use something strong smelling, such as a nail polish remover.
Essence stepped it up once more and created a line of colored nail polish that is supposed to help your nails. I love that! Although, most of the line is full of pink and boring colors I managed to find this beauty named Keep Calm and Glow On. It is a dusky twilight grey purple with a strong pink shimmer. It features kukui oil which I am not familiar with. But it does make your nails stronger and supports your nails and that is always good news. I must admit my nails chipped a lot less than usual when I used this nail polish in combination with the other products in this post.
Here you can see the swatch of the Essence Keep Calm and Glow On. It took 2 coats of it for full opacity. I was quite happy to see how naturally shiny this polish is and it helped with the chipping quite a bit. My nails still did chip but in about 7 days time, which was quite long for my type of nails.
Some more extra nail care items here are the Catrice Iron Strength Nail Hardener. A type of base coat I need more than air, since I have very weak natural nails. But you have to apply it at least twice a week for a long time to see the difference. Actually that is the same as the fancy nail hardeners, only this time they are honest enough to say all that on the bottle. For me personally, it helped quite a bit with my ongoing battle with sad and brittle nails.
The other item I picked up was Essence Honey Care Hand Cream, for the only reason that I always pick up anything that is honey themed, I adore the scent that those items carry. The cream is a bit on the runny side, but it gets absorbed in the skin quickly, which makes me happy. The best part is that it contains coconut oil and shea butter which moisturizes your skin and cuticles that help make your nails strong.
Here you can see my nails and the Essence Honey Care Hand Cream that I applied. I love any type of cosmetic products that smell like honey and this one did not disappoint.
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