Unluckily for me, along with stumpy eye lashes, I also have another beauty affliction – weak nails. My mum suffers the same problem, but she has always put hers down to the fact that for years she was a hairdresser, so spent a lot of time with her hands in water, unfortunately I have no such explanation! I religiously had nail extensions for 5 years which gave me great looking nails but cost me a fortune and left my real nails in a worse state than they were in the first place.
Since I stopped getting extensions I’ve tried every lotion and potion going to try and coax my stumps into becoming beautiful talons, but I haven’t been having too much luck. I found that a combo of Soap and Glory Hand Cream and Boots No 7 Nail and Cuticle cream gave me a kick start growth-wise but they didn’t do anything much for the strength of my nails – they were still bendy and brittle.
I’ve been a fan of OPI colours for a long time (mainly because I can get them cheap with my Sally Trade Card) and I’ve picked up Nail Envy on a few occasions only to balk at the price of £15 and put it back on the shelf. Having tried Hard as Nails by Sally Hansen and been unimpressed I decided to take the plunge and invest in Nail Envy. This is one of the first products I’ve picked up without doing any research online first and I’m happy to say I’m really impressed, my nails are in the best condition they ever have been!
The instructions say that you should apply two coats of OPI Nail Envy strengthener on the first day, and then one coat every other day for one week. After a week, you remove the strengthener and try again.
I’ve been using Nail Envy for 3 weeks and I can’t stop singing the praises of this product. Within a week I was already beginning to see results, my previously soft and bendy nails became strong and flexible, and they have stopped peeling. I’ve also used Nail Envy as a base coat and I’m pleased to report that it works really well.
The verdict: If you have soft nails that are prone to breaking I couldn’t recommend this enough!!