Monday, 26 October 2015

Hands and Nails: The Essentials





I don't know about you, but every time the colder months roll around, I find myself with seriously dry hands and brittle nails. For some reason, if my hands and nails aren't in good condition it bothers me throughout the day, because you obviously use your hands a lot. I've found a nice bunch of products that I'm currently using most days to keep my hands in tip top shape, because let's face it - lizard hands and flaky nails aren't the best look. Two of these are new finds and two of them are old favourites, but they're all pretty stellar products!

Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil - Okay, first and foremost, this stuff smells amazing! This is seriously one of the best smelling products I have ever smelled and after I was gifted this by my sister, I spent a solid evening just inhaling the scent. So. Good. Anyway, not only does this smell lovely, it does some serious repair on the nails too. Although my nails are quite strong, I find that they always peel and it is so annoying because any nail polish you apply over the top will look uneven and weird. I spent ages looking for nourishing nail varnishes and other products that promised amazing results but nothing really cut it. This was the only thing that seemed to really go to the root of the problem and add some much needed moisture back into my nails. This is basically an oil treatment and not an actual nail polish, which I actually like because I've yet to find a nail polish that actually does anything for the condition of my nails. I tend to apply this in the evening, when I don't have anything else to do other than settle down with a cup of tea and a YouTube video. Try anything more than that and your belongings will end up looking like they've been caught in an oil slick- trust me.

Eve Lom Cuticle Cream - This is another product aimed at nourishing your nails and cuticles, but this one is a bit pricier than the Essie. I was slightly confused by this at first, because I've never owned a cuticle cream before so I wasn't quite sure what to expect. Turns out this is basically an ultra-thick and heavy cream that you use much the same way as its oil counterpart. I would say that this is perhaps slightly more nourishing than the oil, because it sticks around for longer due to the very thick texture. In terms of the scent, however, it is on the complete other end of the scale. I'm not quite sure how to describe the scent of this, but it's certainly not something I'd spend an evening sniffing *sobs*. But aside from the not-so-nice smell, this really does a great job at giving your cuticles a hydrating boost. With it being a cream rather than an oil, it's also slightly less messy to use, but then again that could just be down to me forgetting that I have oil on my nails half the time and getting it everywhere - whoops.

Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex Hand Cream - I'll admit it: I'm a bit of a hand cream junkie. It's also not my fault though, because a very large proportion of my hand creams are bought for me by my mum, this one included. Due to that, I have tried a lot of different formulas, some with a more gel-like texture and some that are so thick, you can barely squeeze them out of the tube. My preference lies somewhere in the middle. The thin gel textured hand creams do almost nothing for me and the thick ones you seem to still be washing a layer of grease of your hands four hours later - no thanks. This is the type of formula that packs a serious punch moisture-wise, without leaving behind that film that makes your mitts feel gross for hours. I'm a massive fan of how smooth this leaves my hands, without feeling oily or unpleasant at all. This also boasts younger looking hands after 11 days of consecutive use. Now, I'm only 22 and I'm not quite sure I can vouch for my hands looking any younger since using this, but it certainly sorts dry hands out very well! Also: this smells lovely - very important.

Soap & Glory Hand Food - I'm pretty sure this hand cream doesn't need an introduction, this is a firm favourite for loads and loads of people. With good reason too - this stuff is affordable, moisturising and it smells incredible. Apparently I rate products massively by their scent. This is another hand cream that just applies like a dream - it sinks in so quickly and leaves you to get on with your tasks without worrying about leaving greasy streaks on everything. I've been using this since I was about 15 - that's a solid 7 years of repurchasing! I usually have the big tube of this by my desk for me to use in the evenings and I'll chuck a small tube in my handbag or uni bag for on the go application. I can't recommend this hand cream enough - love.

So there we have it, four of my favourite products to slather my hands in when they're feeling a little worse for wear. Can you tell that I take hand care very seriously? Hopefully this has given you some ideas if you're someone that struggles with dry hands in the winter like I do! Plus, when your hands and nails aren't in good condition nail polish just looks horrible and that's reason enough for me to jump into action - priorities. 



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  1. I've never used a cuticle cream before nor have I ever used any products aimed for cuticles. These look interesting and I've been wanting to try some things out for my nails so I'll have to get some of these for the next time I do my nails.

    http://perfectshadeofmauve.blogspot.com/

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    1. It took me a while to start using cuticle products too, but they can really make a difference! xo

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  2. I love the sound of the cuticle oil! The only cuticle treatment I've used before is the Burt's Bees lemon one, which is also really nice :)
    I get super dry hands in the winter too, and am totally addicted to the Burt's Bees Almond & Milk cream at night and Body Shop Hemp hand cream throughout the day.

    Misia xx | gowashyourface.com

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    1. Burt's Bees have some great handcare products, I've been meaning to try their hand cream! xo

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  3. My poor nails are in a state. Let's just say some nail polish picking happened and they are peeling :/. I bet that rich lotion will help the regrowth period though.

    Chelsey | www.chelseythornton.com

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    1. I know exactly what you mean, for some reason picking off all my nail polish sometimes seems like a better idea than just removing it properly! These products are definitely useful for situations like that! xo

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  4. Soap and Glory hand food is such a life saver at this time of the year! The apricot cuticle oil sounds so good as well, my nails could probably use some tlc at the moment! xx
    Chasing Belle 23

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    1. Soap & Glory Hand Food is definitely an autumn and winter staple for me! The apricot cuticle oil smells amazing! xo

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  5. I've heard such great things about that Essie cuticle oil! I don't even own any cuticle oil (oops). I'm gonna have to pick that one up now!

    Foundations of My Life

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    1. I hope you like the Essie cuticle oil if you get it! It honestly smells so good! xo

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  6. I have the same problem! My knees and elbows gets really dry too!
    I like the Essie cuticle oil! I've been using it for a long time :-)

    http://snapsnpixels.blogspot.com/

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    1. Dry skin seems to just be much worse during the colder months. The Essie cuticle oil is such a great product! xo

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  7. I don't really use cuticle oil/cream, I am just too lazy to do something to my nails except painting them. I really should start taking care of them. S&G hand food is one of my favourite, it doesn't only smell good but also makes my hands so soft :)

    www.elabellaworld.com

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    1. It's taken me a while to really start taking care of my hands and nails but it's worth it because your nail polish ends up looking so much better when your nails are in good condition! I totally agree, Soap & Glory Hand Food smells amazing and leaves my hands super soft! xo

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