I’ve been on a nail kick lately.
From trying out new polishes to digging in with treatments, my nails have been getting the ring around. I’ve said many times that the state of my nails is very un-beauty blogger, but when you have so many polishes to try out, they don’t get the nourishment they need to keep them strong and healthy.
A couple of months ago I received a box from CND, one of the leaders in the nail world (you know Shellac? Well it’s only Shellac if it’s by CND; it’s like Kleenex, it’s the name of the brand, not the product). They sent me some products to help my thin, brittle nails, as well as some polishes from the Vinylux line, their at-home version of a gel manicure.
I’ve tried Vinylux many times before and was never really a fan of it since it’s billed as being weekly polish, however, it lasted maybe three days at the most. It works like any other at-home gel manicure in that you have the polish colour and then a topcoat housed in an opaque bottle. You use the sun essentially to cure the polish.
I thought I would give it another go and chose the shade Be Demure, a baby pink shade that I love sporting in the summer months. I did two thick coats of the polish with a thick coat of the topcoat. For some reason, this time around the polish has lasted about a week on me with no chips (see photo above). Maybe it’s because my nails are in better shape, or maybe I was just applying it too thin the first few times, but I’m impressed with the longevity on these, considering that I’ve never had these results before.
As for treatments, I also received their Rescue RX Daily Keratin Treatment, which is supposed to improved nail condition in one week. Jojoba oil and keratin proteins bonds to the natural nail to strengthen weakened or damaged nails while conditioning. According to their press materials, 80 per cent experienced a decrease in peeling in four weeks, so I’m excited to try this out.
As for cuticles, I also got the SolarOil nail and cuticle conditioner, which contains almond oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E. This stuff penetrates into the nails and cuticles and leaves them conditioned and supple. I finished off my mani with the Cuticle Eraser, which is a blend of alpha-hydroxy acids that micro-exfoliate cuticles and conditions the nail plate and surrounding skin. This stuff is very soft to the touch and absorbs fairly quickly.
Like I said, I haven’t had much luck with CND products in the past, even though they are a spa brand. For some reason though, this time around I’m loving what they are doing for my nails. It may have just been the condition of my nails previously, I don’t know, but it’s been a hit lately.
Have you tried CND products? What were your thoughts?
Please note, I was sent these products from PR. All opinions are my own.
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