April Favourites

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Bonjour my lovelies,

Seeing as April has come and gone, I think a monthly favourites is in order. At the start of April, I vowed that I would flip my next to nonexistent skincare routine on its head and be a little braver in trying new things, and I did.

Enough ramble Relly, lets go…

Skincare

Disclaimer: Some of the products mentioned here are a tad pricey, sorry. I actually got the majority of these in a free gift set. I can’t find the offer online but it was the Holly Fulton for Elizabeth Arden exclusive to Boots.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Eye Cream: After trying countless drugstore brightening creams for my dark under eye circles and nothing really making a difference, I decided to give this a go. I use it morning and night, and it works a dream. My panda eyes look a lot brighter and less bug- eyed. The creamy consistency absorbs nicely into the skin and keeps my eyes feeling hydrated all day. A tad pricey at £26 but you only have to use a tiny bit, so 15g will last months.

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Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum: This is just a cream serum that claims to ‘give skin a healthy looking glow and renews skin’s clarity and texture.’ After using it just one night before bed, it quickly made its way to my evening routine. My skin feels hydrated, smooth and has a healthy glow to it. Trust me, the only glow I’m used to seeing on my skin is oil. Unlike a lot of other skin serums I’ve tried, this doesn’t break me out at all and it does its job.

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Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser: I just use this to exfoliate once a week and its kicked my trusty Garnier 3 in 1 in the butt. It’s a really creamy face wash but has very gentle particles in it. It’s not harsh on the skin by any means, its makes my skin feel moisturized, hydrated and best of all it doesn’t aggravate any pesky zits.

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Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring Serum: These came in form of little capsules, and they claim to ‘reinforce your skins natural ceramides and help skin repair itself.’ At first touch, these feel super oily, making me a little apprehensive at first, but I wouldn’t be a very good blogger if I didnt give things a go right 😉 and thank god I did. I use one of these a week before bed, and in the morning my skin looks radiant and the dry patches around my nose etc are healed.

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The last 3 products I mentioned were part of the free gift set, so I only have sample sizes, but they have worked wonders so I will be purchasing the full sizers at some point. Click here for the full size products if you’re interested.

Superdrug Tea Tree Daily Cleaner and Toner: I won’t lie, this was primarily an impulse buy, we all have them right ;). My skin has cleared up soooo much after using this nightly. It leaves my skin all tingly and fresh directly after use, and has managed to keep any looming breakouts at bay. For £2.99 this stuff is a bloody bargain.

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water: I finally ditched make up wipes, in favour of jumping on the cleaning water hype. This removes all my makeup, including stubborn Mascara whilst gently cleansing my skin. I just pop some on a cotton pad, soak my eyes for a couple of seconds then rub in circular motions across the face. It feels gentle, refreshing doesn’t break me out and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and oily. For only £3.99 for quite a big bottle, this is definitely a purchase worth pennies.

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Makeup

Urban Decay Naked Palette: I’m sure you’re all aware by now; I’m a sucker for a Naked Palette. This month I’ve tried to wean myself off Naked 2 and 3, and show my latest palette the love. I’ve been loving wearing the mid chocolate brown colour Buck through the crease with a smidge of Darkhorse, a darker brown shade with specks of gold glitter on the outer V, with Naked, the brown toned nude shade all over the lid. 12 shades of great colour pay off, consistency and lasting power, the Naked Palettes are top notch; which I’d say justifies its seemingly high price at £37.

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MAC 224 Brush: I finally did gave in, I got my very first MAC brush oh yeahhhhh! This is a tapered, dome shaped blending brush, which makes the application of eyeshadow to the crease easy peasy. The bristles are made from very soft fibres so it controls the amount of product it picks up and is gentle on the delicate eye area. The only downside is the price, at £25 for one single brush, it just makes me think, woooow I could buy a set of Real Techniques brushes for less than that.

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Oral B Braun Electric Toothbrush: This was a birthday present of my gorgeous significant other. I was still living in the stone ages with my little manual toothbrush scratching my poor gums raw. This has made my oral hygiene routine a breeze, its powerful and the head rotates, leaving my teeth looking and feeling clean and shiny, all I have to do is stand there being lazy. After 2 minutes, the brush gives you a sign to indicate that your recommended brushing time is up. It has around 20 minutes battery life, so you only need to charge it once a week. These are around £30 I think and £10 for a pack of heads which I believe last up to 6 months.

Hope you all enjoyed April, leave me a comment telling me what products have made your April awesome. Until next week, don’t forget to like/ follow/ comment and enjoy yet another Bank Holiday weekend. I’ll see you soon 🙂

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Oil Wars | How I Tackle the T-Zone

Happy Thursday lovely people,

Having skin that seems to produce more oil in a day, than Mc Donalds does in a week; it’s fair to say ‘Housten we have a problem.’ Especially with summer just around the river bend. So heres how I tackle the T-Zone.

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I’ve tried everything to tackle my T-Zone, from rubbing my skin with lemon juice before bed to mentholated talc – you name it I’ve done it. Nothing really worked, in fact things just got worse. Anyhoooz, I have finally settled into a skincare routine that seems to work for me so I thought I’d share it with you, and maybe it could help some of you with the same issue.

Face Wash

I wash my face first thing in the morning before makeup, then again before bed. I’m not really fussy about which wash I use – partly for the fact I get bored. One brand I always tend to go back to is Garnier, I just find their face washes give my skin a deep clean (especially the Pure Active range), not too harsh and are relatively cheap. During the week I just use a cream wash, but at weekend I like to use an exfoliater and mask.

What I’m using at the moment.

Clearasil Oil and Shine Balancing Wash – This is what I use during the week. I have to admit, this isn’t the best wash I have used. It doesn’t give me the same ahhhhhhhh fresh feeling that the Pure Active range does and it doesn’t seem to foam up at all – but it works; it’s not breaking me out, it’s helping combat the grease ball and it smells good. I got this on offer in Superdrug for £2.49, but if I’m not mistaken it usually retails around £4.

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Garnier Pure Active 3 in 1 – This is what I use at weekend, and I looove it. It triples up as a wash, exfoliator and mask at the same time. If you wash it straight off its just a wash/ exfoliator, but if you leave it on, the clay hardens and leaves you with a clay mask. I apply it to dry skin, leave it for 10 mins, and then take it off. Afterwards my skin feels really tingly, fresh and soft. The only thing I will say however, is that it can be quite drying so you will need to follow up with a good moisturiser and I wouldn’t use this every day. It retails around £5 which is pretty reasonable considering it works 3 jobs.

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Moisturiser

This is one I’ve struggled with in the past, all the face moisturisers I bought (including the oil free ones) would still make me oily/ break me out. However I’ve found 2 that actually work so I tend to switch between, depending how my skin feels or which make up I’ll be using.

Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser – Like all Simple products, it’s made with multi vitamins for sensitive skin and promises to ‘eliminate shine and maintain moisture levels.’ This really works for me, it doesn’t make my skin oily throughout the day, absorbs well and moisturises really well. It doesn’t break me out and makeup blends easily on top of it. This retails around £5.

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Boots Tea Tree Witch Hazel Shine Control Day Moisturiser – This doesn’t look like a moisturiser, to me it looks like a face wash until you read it. Unlike the Simple Oil Balancing Moisturiser, this is a gel formula. It promises to ‘lightly moisturise, keep skin shine free, provide a matte makeup base and calm skin’ – It does exactly that. It absorbs really quickly into the skin, visibly mattifies and the tea tree, witch hazel keeps skin clear. This doesn’t provide as much moisture as the Simple one, but if keeping oil at bay is your main goal, its perfect. This is around £3 in Boots.

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Makeup

Tinted Moisturiser/ BB Cream – The drugstore ones aimed at Oily skin, for example the Maybelline Matte BB Cream really do not work for me, they turn my skin some ridiculous shade of tangerine and look like someone has thrown a bag of flour over my face for a spot of baking. I stick to the NARS Tinted Moisturiser now though, as it’s the only one that stays on all day and doesn’t turn oily/ cakey. My advice on this front is to avoid any heavy products and allow your skin to breath under the makeup as much as possible.

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Powder – I don’t use this every day, I only use it to touch up my T Zone if I get a bit of shine/ need my makeup to last. I use the Rimmel Stay Matte powder in 001 Translucent, it’s great for touching up and doesn’t look powdery.

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That’s about all I do to my skin, its not a lot but I’ve found this routine/ these products work for me to keep my skin from looking like a fat fryer. I will do a post on my full skin care routine soon as I’ve changed it up in the last few days if anyone would be interested?

Does anybody have any tips or products that help oily skin? Let me know in the comments. Until Tag Tuesday is upon us, Happy Easter and eat your weight in chocolate. I bid you farewell, don’t forget to Like/ Comment/ Follow – you know the dance.

Au Revoir

rellysig2

 

March Favourites

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Hello there you lovely bunch,

It’s almost April already…whaaaaaat? It doesn’t seem like a month ago since I sat in this exact spot and wrote my February Favourites. My beauty products haven’t switched up too much this month, but there are a few newbies and couple of old favourites that have really stood out, so on with the March favourites.

First up…

MAC eye shadow in Woodwinked: Ooooh baby, this is one of the most hyped MAC eye shadows, and I see why. I would describe Woodwinked as a beautiful golden bronzed shade, it’s highly pigmented and blends like a dream. As you blend it out, the tone of the shadow deepens so it looks like you have taken lots of time putting shadow through your crease – when really you haven’t even bothered. Day to day, I’ve been packing Woodwinked all over my lid, blending it up through my crease with a dark brown shadow on the outer V. With winged liner, mascara and a nude pencil on my lower waterline it’s great for fresh everyday makeup.

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Herbal Essence Bee Strong Range: I picked this up at the beginning of the month because it was on a 3 for 2 offer in Boots, and I absolutely love it. It smells sooo goood. It’s aimed at damaged hair with honey and apricot extracts; and claims to ‘repair the protective outer layer of each strand of hair.’ My hair at the beginning of the month was really dry and brittle because I went through a phase of curling it. This seems to have really helped hydrate my ends. Straight after washing it, my hair feels super soft and healthy; even a friend commented on how healthy it looked. I use both the shampoo and conditioner, and also the intensive masque once a week. The shampoo and conditioner usually retail individullay at around £4 and the Intensive Masque around £5.

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Tanya Burr Lips and Nails: I did a full review YouTuber Tanya Burr’s lipgloss here. I am a little blown away by the quality of this range. The lipglosses are super creamy, pigmented and moisturising, without being a sticky hair magnet, and the nail polishes last all week without chipping. This month I added another lipgloss in Afternoon Tea, which is a gorgeous pinky nude colour to my collection, and 2 nail polishes, in Penguin Chic – a light grey colour, and Riding Hood – a very deep red. The nail polish comes in a little NARS-esque pot so they look really luxurious and the colour range/ pay off is a dream. The lipgloss retails at £6.99 and the nail polish £5.99 – you can get them from Superdrug and Feel Unique.

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NARS Tinted Moisturiser: This is another item I reviewed here a while back. This is seriously the best tinted moisturiser I have tried. It lasts all day on my skin, without turning my face into a big oily mess and doesn’t turn cakey. We’ve seen a few sunny days this month, and normally the oil practically drips off my T Zone when the sun is out, but this keeps my skin matte all day. It doesn’t break me out and gives me the very light coverage I like. It’s a bit pricey at £28, but worth every single penny – I’m in the shade Medium 1 St Mouritz.

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Rimmel Scandal Eyes Liner in Nude: I just wear this day to day on my lower waterline, but I love it. It really brightens up my eyes, doesn’t smudge and lasts all day. I usually find drugstore eyeliners quite dry and not pigmented, so I end up really tugging at my eyes, but this is really and creamy uber pigmented so I don’t have to tug – no premature wrinkles allowed here. At £3.99 a pop, it’s a bloody bargain.

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That’s all on my March favourites list, a pretty short one. What products have stood out to you guys this month? Dont forget to like/ comment and follow. I’ll be back next week with another ramble, until then, Happy April people :).

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Liebster Award

This is a very special week for me. Number 1 – tomorrow is the day I landed on earth, it’s my birthday oooh yeah, merry jigs. The other reason this week is kinda special is that I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely Kate Dixon. Thank you.
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The Liebster Award is an award for upcoming bloggers with less than 200 followers. Although there is no shiny medal for the mantelpiece, it’s a great way to get to know fellow bloggers.

So lets get started…

The Rules
• Each person must post 11 facts about themselves.
• Answer the questions that the nominator has set for you, and then select 11 questions you nominate people to answer.
• Choose 11 people to nominate and tag them in your post.
• Tell those lucky 11 that you have nominated them.
• Absolutely no tag backs.

My 11 Facts
• I live in Manchester, UK. It’s so rainy and miserable it even has a song…
• “Going back to Manchester, good to see the rain” and that’s all your getting.
• I went to the University of Salford to do Journalism and Broadcasting. I’m now a PR Executive.
• My favourite place in the UK is Huddersfield; it’s a lot more scenic than Manchester. Second to that would be Alton Towers.
• I’m half Ghanaian. I have a lot of family over there and Ghana is my favourite place outside the UK.
• A few years ago I auditioned for Total Wipeout and got through the first round.
• I have a biiig 12 year old goldfish named Gerard (after Gerard Way)…people presume we feed him steroids. We don’t before you call the RSPCA on us.

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“Please dont serve me with chips!”

 • I LOVE sweets…especially the Rowntrees Fizzy Bottles.
• I spent my childhood playing Tomb Raider and still love it to this day.
• Two places I WILL visit someday are Manhattan, NY and Abu Dhabi.
• My favourite animals are Cats including wild cats and Polar Bears.

My Questions Answered…
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Giddy, clumsy and quirky. Everybody close to can tell you a story or 2 on my clumsiness. Falling backwards into a big plant because I was pushed by 4 year old – yes A CHILD! Missing my mouth and pouring coke all the way down myself – on a date… Face palm…you name it, I’ve done it
Why did you start your blog?
I love writing, its part of my job and I love makeup and beauty – a blog is a good way to entwine the two.
What makes you smile?
Seeing the special people in my life smile, Walt Disney Classics, sweets and suprises.
What is one of your talents?
I don’t see as I have any really. Does knowing all the words to songs/ scripts of Walt Disney Classics count as a talent?
What is your favourite season?
Summer without a doubt. Not that we see much of it in UK, but when the sun does come out it’s a merry jig and Rayban occasion.
What is one piece of advice you would like to share?
Be yourself and live your life how you want to.
What is your favourite candy/ chocolate?
Hmmm now there’s a tough one, I love anything sweet; but if I have to choose a favourite chocolate, I’d have to go with Foucher Paris. All thanks there going to the significant other who got me started on them.photoCANFK8MP
What is one of your pet peeves?
Right now? The hens next door – keeping me awake.
What is your favourite book?
Quite a light read but I really enjoyed Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. It’s the follow up to Devil Wears Prada.
What are your top five makeup/ fashion products/ items?
Another tough one. I have lots and I’m always finding more, but the ones that stick out are:
• Urban Decay Naked Palettes – I know that’s 3, but they are essentially the same product and I love them all equally so they’re going as 1. Sorry.
• Maybelline The Falsies mascara – I don’t think I could ever get enough of this stuff, it makes my lashes thick, long and lasts all day.
• NARS tinted moisturiser- You could fry chips on the oil that radiates from my T Zone. A lot of drugstore BB Creams/ Tinted Moisturisers just add to the oil and/ or turn really cakey on my skin. NARS is the only tinted moisturiser that stays put and keeps my shine away.
• MAC Kajal eyeliner in Brownborder – This is one of the unsung heroes in my make up bag. I love wearing lots of eyeliner, but lots of eyeliner looks like a panda after 2 hours. This stuff doesn’t budge so I don’t have to worry about it for a few hours.
• Oil free moisturiser – This is a lifesaver for my oily T Zone, it controls the shine whilst moisturising and makes a great base for my makeup. My favourites are either the Simple one, or the Boots Tea Tree.
What is one thing on your bucket list?
I’m not going to lie, I would probably deafen all of you with my screams, but I would love to do a sky dive. Although I’m quite clumsy so there’s a very good chance ill somehow get tangled in the parachute.

And that’s my lot…

Phwaarrrr that was a looong post! Having said that it was fun to fill you guys in on things you wouldn’t know about me, it’s also a great way to build up your blogging network and find new blogs to read.
Now its your turn, I nominate…
http://thereshhour.wordpress.com
http://boujietee.blogspot.co.uk/
http://madolynblackburn.blogspot.co.uk/
http://kerryjustbeauty.blogspot.co.uk
http://chic-andcheap.blogspot.co.uk/
http://themeredithmatteo.blogspot.co.uk/
http://mykitchensthttp://strawberrysundaesblog.blogspot.co.uk
http://0ldtricks.blogspot.co.uk/
http://almostpriscilla.wordpress.com
http://lizzieworldx.blogspot.co.uk
http://teaandtan.blogspot.co.uk/

And here are your questions:
1. Describe yourself in 3 words?
2. What really annoys you?
3. What is your favourite food?
4. Name 3 places in the world you would like to visit?
5. Name one thing that you would love to do but cant?
6. What is your favourite mythical creature?
7. What are the 5 beauty items in your life you couldn’t live without?
8. Why did you start your blog?
9. What are the 2 pieces of advice you would offer to new bloggers?
10. Do you have a ritual before during or after you blog?
11. If you could change the topic of your blog, what would it be and why?

Thank you for reading this guys and I hope you enjoyed it. I will look forward to reading your responses, if you take part, don’t forget to send me a link so I can have a nosy.

I’ll be back with my usual post on Thursday, you’re lucky enough to get 2 posts this week. For now, you’ll find me feasting on birthday cake. Dont worry I’ll save you some ;).

Ciao for now

rellysig2

 

Monday Blues Mini Haul

Happy Monday you lovely bunch,

Its Monday again (sad face). I have come to the conclusion that after Friday, the next 2 days slip down some invisible black hole. Monday rolls around way to quick (curse you Monday.) This morning I got a hard slap with the Monday Blues, and the only way to rectify this was much needed/wanted retail therapy. I thought I’d do a random mini haul.
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At the start of this month, after taking tips from a fellow blogger Little Bit Soph, I swore I would curb my Boots bingeing, and only venture in there when I needed something. Guess what…I failed 😦 !

Anywhooooz, let’s get started…

First up I got the new Colgate Max White One Optic toothpaste. I’ve always wanted a brilliant white smile, but buying a kit and running the risk of having more sensitive teeth doesn’t seem worth it to me. I saw this for £2.20 on an introductory offer, so I decided to give it a shot. It claims to ‘form an invisible sheen on your teeth, which reflect blue lights to make your teeth appear whiter.’

Alongside the toothpaste, I picked up the Colgate Max White One mouthwash £1.99. This claims to work with the toothpaste and contains stain defence technology amongst all the usual stuff you’d expect on a mouthwash.
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Only time will tell if the Max White One range is worth it or a gimmick, so I will keep you posted.

Next up I got the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal eyeliner in 005 Nude. I love these beauties, they are super creamy and the only drugstore eyeliners that don’t give me panda eyes after an hour. I don’t wear much make up during the week, so I thought this would be perfect for my bottom waterline. Nude colours make your eyes appear brighter and bigger, and for £3.99, no complaints here. Win, win.
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I’m not wearing tons of make up, my eyes are just naturally this bright – wink wink…ILLUSIONS!

Last up I got the Imperial Leather Foamburst body wash £3.99. I can’t praise this stuff enough. Just one small pump is more than enough for the whole body – it foams up like craaazy so it lasts for ages. It leaves my skin feeling smooth and moisturised, and it smells…oh so good. I got the sweet vanilla and cherry blossom scent, but there are around 5 different scents to choose from.
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Have any of you guys tried the above, what do you think?

That’s my lot for today, don’t forget to Like/ Comment and Follow

Thanks for stopping by
rellysig2

Nailed It…

Shhhhh, hear that screaming? That’s my nails (or stumps) after a year of acrylic abuse, audible to everyone else, but me. Silly Relly.

Ok, so when it comes to the whole healthy finger nails thing, I’ve never been lucky. Years of biting them as a child and my unhealthy nail polish collection left them brittle, dull and full of mountainous ridges. However, I haven’t actually seen my natural nails in little over a year and things have turned downright ugly.

The Damage is Done

My nails have been buried under acrylics and drowned in nail glue. To be clear, I’m not talking salon acrylics, (I wish I was that fancy) I’m talking the Boots bare ones I could paint myself. They were only really short and the perfect shape (my nails but better). After a few months, my own nails didnt look so appealing to me so acrylics became a safety blanket. My natural nails only saw the light of day when they popped off.

I could leave a trail of nails…trains, shops, the significant others car (shhhhhh). Honestly, the bottom of my bag is like a pit for mismatched, broken acrylics.

I never took any notice of my poor nails underneath until it was too late. It wasn’t until one split down the middle (ouch, that shizz hurt) that I paid attention. I was left with nothing but tiny stumps and dry nail – beds. I finally plucked up the courage to ditch the falsies and drag myself to a doctor.

Going Eau Naturelle 

Turns out my nails (or lack of them) were just severely damaged and in SERIOUS need of TLC. In a desperate bid to regain a nail I could actually paint, I made a quick dash to Boots and bought some nail treatments to lend them a helping hand.

Cue a haul…
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Save the Nail Repair and Rescue (for very damaged nails): A treatment base coat for nails damaged by falsies, It claims to ‘contain a Bio-extender to increase the nail’s keratin resistance. Retailing at £7.95, it seems a wee bit pricey for what it is, but it works. After using this for 3 weeks, my nails have grown back quite strong and that painful split has healed. You are meant to coat your nails with this once a week; although I don’t believe it lasts that long, after 4 days it tends to peel off.

Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail and Cuticle Oil: I just coat my nails with this every night before bed. It absorbs into my nails without feeling mega oily. In the morning my nails look more hydrated and less brittle looking. I think this was around the £7 mark again in Boots, so a little pricey but you can buy it a LOT cheaper elsewhere.

Vaseline Healthy Hand and Nail Conditioning Hand Lotion: I actually had this before I got on the healthy nail hype, but this has since become my lifeline. It keeps my dry hands and bay throughout the day, the keratin keeps my nails happy, and at £3.37 its cheap and cheerful.

Holland and Barrett Advanced Vitamin – Super Nail Formula: These taste and smell RANCID but they appear to be doing the job. I just take one a day to support my nails and give them back any vitamins they lost during their nail glue blanket. This retails at £7.39.

The Outcome

It’s only been 3 weeks and my nails are alive and kicking. With fresh air and my collection of treatments, aka food for my starving nails, my stumps have grown into full nails again and my nail beds covered.

*Merry Jigs!*

I even embraced the bare necessities (the simple bare necessities 😉 ) and didnt give in to my urge to paint them. Stumps don’t look good painted, and I didnt want to give my poor deprived nails more reason to hate me.

As far as healthy nails go, I think I’ve nailed it – Pun Intended

Consider this a lesson learnt
Ladies, step away from the falsies, they do more harm than good (not to mention damage to the bank account.) Don’t leave your natural nails to split. Embrace what your momma gave you and stay natural.

Next step on the nail road is cuticle; can anyone recommend a good remover?

-ramble fin-

Ciao for now!
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