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I have had acrylic nails twice in my life, most recently when I got them done for my wedding two and a half years ago.
On this occasion the beautician recommended I purchase a bottle of Jessica Phenomen, and as I was in a happy, pre-wedding mood (and therefore less tight than usual) I didn't hesitate.
The idea is that this nail oil is equally beneficial to natural and false nails as it protects the cuticle area and hydrates and strengthens the nail, since it is packed full of Jojoba oil and Vitamin E.
False nails tend to separate from the natural nail after a few weeks wear and I was told this oil helps them grip the nail, meaning they last longer before they need to be filled in or re-applied. I can't say how true that is though because my falsies drove me nuts and I committed the ultimate sin of ripping them off myself when I could no longer bear them, hence I have not had them since!
But I have found this oil to be wonderful for my natural nails. I came across the remains of the bottle recently and have started applying it to my cuticles at night and have found they are now no longer stringy and tough, and in fact are invisable and soft. The rest of my nails seem to be growing well and have not broken or spilt since I started using the oil, as well as OPI Nail Envy which is a great strengthening treatment.
The treatment is presented in a glass bottle with a soft rubber top containing an internal doppler, which is squeezed to draw up the oil, and then squeezed again to release it onto the nail. The golden, honey coloured liquid can be easily controlled, but is still capable of making a bit of a greasy mess, which is why I apply it at night so it has a chance to soak in and work its magic.
I'm not sure what Phenomen is meant to smell of but to me its a combination of Sandalwood and Almond. Or maybe that's just my weird sense of smell going mad!
The bottle is tiny at 7.4ml a bottle and is costly at around £12 from most good salons. It is, however, widely available online so I'm sure it can be picked up a litlle cheaper with a bit of shopping around.
I have had the same bottle for two and a half years and while I don't use it very regularly it has retained its colour, smell and consistency and works just as well as it did at the beginning, so I think that's pretty good value really.
Over the years i have had nail extensions and they are not any good for your nails, but in my vanity i still have them and cannot see me giving them up any time soon. This product is great for natural nails or nail extensions.
So i go out of my way to make sure that i look after the cuticles and my nails even though they have false nails on. Jessica Phenomen Oil is a great help and i do not know what my cuticles would look like without it.
Not only does it intensively condition your cuticles it also soften cuticles and helps strength the nail. It helps keeps my extensions in great condition and keeps my cuticles soft, which in the winter you need as i find that my cuticles are cut and damaged in the cold weather the oils prevent this with its formulated with healing Jojoba.
Cuticles are one part of your nail that needs looking after and you need to make sure you look after them, i look at some peoples nails and the cuticles takes up quite a bit of their nail, if you look after then regularly then they are not are a problem. But if you do not they can be quite painful when you try and push them down, so i recommend that you put the oil on then for a few days before hand as it makes then softer and takes away the pain of using a hoof stick.
I apply in the evening and then cover my hand with cotton gloves to allow the oil to soak into my cuticles for the best results. I try and do this at least once a week.
The directions on the bottle recommend that you massage into your cuticles morning and night but i find that if you leave it to soak in for a few minutes and then massage in it works better, although it is time consuming.
I would never be without Phenomen oil has to be the best thing ever to touch my nails and if you i ever decide to lose the acrylic i know that my nails will be alright with this great product.
This product is worth every penny and lasts a long time as you only need a droplet on each finger and the bottle seems to never run out which is fantastic.
I have a bit of an obsession with my nails and regularly have acrylic ones in order to keep them looking perfect. One of my little pet hates is cuticles, especially when people have them growing halfway up their nail and all untidy! As such I try to take particularly good care of my cuticles by keeping them moisturised and pushed back down from my nail bed. One product that has helped me to do not only this, but to keep my hands moisturised as well is Jessica's Phenomen Oil.
It's basically a healing and rehydrating cuticle oil which aims to keep your cuticles in tip top condition through deeply moisturising and rehydrating them. It contains jojoba and vitamin E which are both designed to heal and intensively nourish cuticles which will not only keep them looking healthy but will also promote healthy nail growth. In addition to this it can be used on any dry skin areas to moisturise and rehydrate them, it's a great one for dry elbows and cracked feet.
The Phenomen Oil comes in a small glass bottle with a black screw on lid. When you remove the lid from the bottle you'll notice that it has a pipette type bottom and a squeeze-able top to it which allows you to remove the oil from the bottom and then dispense it carefully onto your cuticles. The bottle features the brand name and logo as well as the product name and the words "intensive moisturiser which clearly outlines exactly what the product is meant for.
The oil itself is a golden yellow colour in appearance, I would even go so far as to suggest that it looks the colour of urine to be precise! It has quite a sweet smell to it that smells distinctly like almonds which I actually really like, this smell also lingers for a while after application giving your hands a lovely smell. As it's an oil it's obviously a liquid but I would say that it's a little less runny than water or your typical liquid which is good as it doesn't run all down your fingers.
To apply the oil it's recommended that you squeeze the pipette type top to fill the dispenser tube with the oil, you then simply squeeze it gently over each nail until one drop is dispensed onto the nail. I find it best to apply it to one nail at a time and then rub it in, unfortunately this does mean the bottle and the lid can get a little greasy. It's recommended that you simply rub the oil into each nail and all around the cuticle bed to moisturise and rehydrate.
Once I've done all my nails I tend to rub any excess oil on my nails into my hands to use it up. It does leave your hands and nails feeling very greasy and I always have an urge to wipe them on my trousers but don't do this as you will be left with big grease stains! It's best to let the oil soak in for around 15 to 20 minutes and then you can go about your business as normal but do be aware that the oil is still on your hands and may result in some small stains.
After I applied this oil and the general greasy feeling had faded I can honestly say that my cuticles looked so much better! Prior to first using the oil they were often broken and dry looking however the oil seems to instantly fix this. Whenever I glanced at my cuticles over the next day they were pretty much invisible as there was no evidence of broken, dry or flaking skin in sight. I was really impressed with this oil and the results given by it - it also works well as a hand moisturiser!
As you can probably tell I'm going to thoroughly recommend this oil. I've been using my bottle for over six months now and am just reaching the end of it, I'll certainly be replacing it. I tend to apply it twice a week, and my mum's also pinched a fair bit, so a bottle will last you quite a while. It's not available from any high street stores but is stocked by a large amount of beauticians and spas alike where it tends to retail for around the £12 mark. It's also available online at www.shop-com.co.uk where a 7.4ml bottle will set you back £5.53 plus £2.65 for delivery which seems to be the cheapest option I came across. I wouldn't hesitate to tell anyone into their hand and nail care to purchase a bottle of this, you won't be disappointed!
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