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Barielle treatments II

Posted by manicuremania on September 22, 2009

Well my Barielle treatment test is OVER.

The cream leaves my fingers greasy as heck.

The cuticle oil is just gross. It may be fine, for a cuticle oil, but I kind of hate them. Again, oily greasy fingers.

My cuticles are in horrible horrible shape. Hard and cracked and dry.

As far as the topcoat, I have sheet marks even though I usually paint my nails hours before bedtime. Also I’ve got some chipping and general dullness. I miss my shiny shiny Seche!

I dunno about the basecoat, but I do know that I need to imediately find a different one that will protect my nails from yellowing a little more. And that’s not a knock on the Barielle basecoat, it includes my Orly Nail Armor also.

I think that these products probably aren’t necessarily bad. I just haven’t given the polish ones enough time to do anything, and the cream and oil just aren’t the type of product that I like.

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Healthy Nails Pack Review 1

Posted by manicuremania on September 14, 2009

I have such thin, peely, weak, prone-to-breakage nails! I have really been working hard lately to grow them out and I think I’ve just about hit my length limit – I just don’t think I can expect my retardo nails to get any longer than they currently are, so now I’m just working on maintaining and growing them all out to the same length. I am happy to say that with the extreme care I’ve been taking with them, most of the peeling has grown out and I haven’t had any breaks in a while!

But of course I’m always looking for products that will make my nail life easier, so I have decided to exclusively use my Healthy Nails Pack for the next while.

So, here it is:

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These came free with an order over $85 (BEFORE DISCOUNTS!) from barielle.com. I’m not entirely sure how these will work out unless I leave my nails bare of polish, which of course I simply cannot do, so I’m going to have to get creative with the instructions.

First, bare nails. I’ll post pictures weekly and update on how I feel my nails are improving. I’m also going to attempt to go without (colored) polish a couple of times a week.

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2009-9-14 left 2Well…the peeling IS mostly gone, but there is some yellowing, more than I’d thought. My cuticles look pretty healthy though. There are a few tiny spots that are remnants of my Orly strengthener stuff.

So I can see the benefit of using each product seperately for a month each and waiting to see if there’s any noticeable improvement, but I just don’t have that kind of time or patience! So I’m jumping right in – new products to replace basecoat and topcoat, plus cuticle oil and some sort of nail cream. Aaaaaaaand, GO!

Nail Rebuilding Protein will replace my basecoat. I’m totally skipping the “use 2-3 times per week for 3 weeks without additional laquers to allow nails to breathe” part. The bottle says it can be used as a basecoat…I sure hope it doesn’t cause more staining from polish.

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Clearly Noticeable Nail Thickener will be my new topcoat. I will probably also add Seche on top of that, depending on how tough it is. From the wording in the instructions I get the impression this is just a strengthening topcoat.

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Intensive Nail Renewal Oil. Eh. I’m not that cool with this, because I don’t see how softening my cuticles with oily gross oil will be any better than the pure awesomeness that is CND Cuticle Eraser. It smells like Fruit Stripes gum and the brush is TERRIBLE – all bent and uneven and hard.

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Nail Strengthener Cream. I have some issues with this one. First, how is this that much different from the cuticle oil? Second, “originally created to condition the hooves of million-dollar thoroughbred racehorses.” And third, “may be used over nail polish.” Um…I don’t think nail polish is permeable. If I put lotion of some sort on top of nail polish…it’s not gonna sink down into my nails. So basically, this is just another cuticle cream…right?

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Orly Nail Rescue – Update #2

Posted by manicuremania on August 15, 2009

I was so relieved when the Orly Nail Rescue finally came off of my nails as I removed Color Club Sexy Siren. I’m not sure if it was the soaking in acetone to remove the glitter polish, or if it’s just the light filing I give my bare nails every time I reapply polish, but I’m extremely glad it didn’t damage my nails.

So I reapplied it, may not have done such a great job cause I was in a hotel room and the light wasn’t good and I was paranoid about making a mess, plus the smell was making me dizzy (hotel rooms have awful ventilation). But I’ve noticed that it’s already sort of chipping off this time. The last application didn’t budge at all. No chips, cracks, anything like that, and that could be because I did two applications of it for more strength. It probably lasted longer because of that also.

Love this stuff though! I wish I wcould find something that would make them this strong, a treatment or basecoat, or hell, vitamins, that would do the same thing. I should do some research about how to treat the root of the problem I suppose, so that they’re stronger and I don’t HAVE to treat them for peeling and softness.

Also, I broke a nail, and this seemed to have fixed it up beautifully. Well, maybe not beautifully cause it does make my nails pretty yucky looking until I apply polish, but it worked great!

Bare nail pics:

scary!

scary!

very scary!

very scary!

I suppose those aren’t *completely* bare nails. Right at the nail line, I still had a very thin layer of Nail Rescue, and I didn’t want to put a ton of filing pressure on my nails right there to get it totally off.

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Orly Nail Rescue – Update

Posted by manicuremania on August 9, 2009

I couldn’t deal with the bubbly tips and weird wedge-like flareouts at the ends, so today I removed my polish and smoothed my nails out a lot more. I didn’t try crazy hard to get the all of the stuff off of my nails, but I did soak one in acetone for a bit and it didn’t seem to be coming off. I suppose I can give it a few days of normal polish removing and see if they get noticeably thinner. They look muuuuuuch better now than they did yesterday, but I’m still freaked out about it. Did I basically just give myself bad acrylics??? I planned on doing only the tips to protect the nails while the terrible peeling grows out, but the instructions seemed to want me to do the entire nail, so I figured, “Hey, why not.”

Sigh.

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Review: Orly Nail Armor

Posted by manicuremania on August 8, 2009

I have extremely weak and thin nails that peel like crazy, so I’m always looking out for something to help with that. Lately I’ve been doing silk wraps on the tips, but it took so long to get them on and then get them smooth enough, and I found that they did not last even close to two weeks, as I’ve heard other people claim. So yesterday I picked up Orly Nail Armor and Orly Nail Rescue (for a future review).

Product: Orly Nail Armor
Price: $5.99

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the packaging

Manufacturer Says:

Nail Armor liquid nail wrap with Ridgefiller strengthens and reinforces nails with real silk fibers.

Details: Apply two coats and use as a basecoat.

My thoughts: Once applied, I could see the fibers on my nail, but it applied with a pretty smooth finish. It left little fibers sort of hanging off the ends of my nails that I had to file off. So far I don’t see much difference between this and any other random basecoat though. My nails might feel a tiny bit stronger…maybe. I’ll update soon with my final verdict.

2 coats on bare nails

2 coats on bare nails

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