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I really like wearing both acrylic and gel nails (including biosculpture) but also use a nail oil even when I am wearing any nails - however for the purpose of this review it should be noted that I have only used this oil with acrylic nails.
The idea of using a nail oil with acrylics is to help them last longer as it prevents them drying out and beginning to lift at the sides, plus by regularly massaging the oil in it helps to keep the nail bed healthy.
This nail oil was very reasonably priced - approximately £5 - and has so far lasted for 3 weeks with only a 1/5 of the bottle used when I am applying it at least 3 times a day. In that respect it can certainly be said that the oil is value for money because it lasts so well. It is also very good in terms of preventing lift as my nails have lasted very well over the last couple of weeks.
One thing I would comment on would be the brush - when I bought this the bristles on the brush were all stuck together and it was much like applying the oil with a stick rather than a brush! Whilst the bristles have softened over time and it is now slightly easier to apply it is still not as good as I would have expected. Now, as I have only bought this once I don't know if it is a one off fault or a problem with the product generally. However, as I do expect to buy this again I will report back!
So, yes, this is a very good product for anyone who wants to get real value for money from their acrylic nails and I would purchase again.
**The discovery of nail oil***
This is a review of Sally Hansen's Cuticle and Nail Oil. I first discovered nail oil when I had a set of acrylic nails for a holiday about three years ago. Someone I knew had a permanent set on and said nail oil was the best way of getting extra staying power from the falsies whilst caring for your own nails underneath.
I paid around the £5 mark for this bottle of nail oil and have used it ever since, despite never having the acrylics put on again! The oil comes in a bottle shaped just like a nail varnish bottle and has a brush in the lid. You can see through the bottle to the purple coloured oil so you know how much you have left.
***How to use it***
One bottle lasts absolutely ages, a little bit of the product goes a very long way. You're supposed to brush it onto the cuticle and massage into the nail. It feels really greasy but sinks in pretty quickly and conditions the skin around your nails.
***How does it work***
I wondered how it worked with the acrylics but it just seemed to sink through them and made the nail feel more like my own if you see what i mean. When they were soaked off my nails were lovely and long underneath but sadly weakened by the acrylic and broke off after a few days. However, I continued with my nail care routine - including nail oil - afterwards and for the first time ever was able to grow my own nails to a lovely length.
***Make it a part of your routine***
The application only takes a few minutes and is well worth a try if you're wanting to get your nails in tip top condition. It does have a light fragrance but it's quite pleasant and not very strong smeling. I use my nail oil most days, usually just before I go to bed.
**Does it work?**
I do think the oil helps strengthen nails and used in conjunction with other products like clear nail varnish and a good nail file, I have nails to be proud of. I have tried other brands too and find that for the cost, Sally Hansen's is one of the best on the market.
I got this when I last had acrylic nails put on which was about a year ago now! The girl who did them said it helps if you use nail oil when you have them on as it helps keep your cuticles healthy and helps the acrylic nails last for longer. I'd never even heard of nail oil before so wasn't sure what to look out for in Boots. Anyway I went to the nail care section and there were a few different nail oils. I ended up getting this one because Sally Hansen was the only name I recognised and I knew it was a trusted brand for nail care. Also I thought it looks the most appealing. It was £6.60 for the 13ml bottle. Despite buying it when I had acrylic nails on I have continued to use it on my normal nails ever since buying it.
It comes in a nice bottle, it is a pretty average shape with a nice silver lid and although the bottle is clear it looks good as you can see the nice pale purple colour of the oil through. It has a small clear label on with small white writing saying "Sally Hansen, Diamond Strength cuticle and nail oil." Overall the bottle looks nice and professional and gave me a good first impression of the product.
***What it promises...
Its main claim is to stop dry and brittle nails, but it also mentions the following on the official site:
- Promotes healthy nail growth.
- Helps heal problem cuticles with grape seed oil, lavender and protein.
- Instantly absorbed formula helps boost skin's natural recovery by deeply infusing dry cuticles and nails with maximum moisture.
The nail oil is a pale purple colour and has a lovely lavender smell to match. I'm not usually a bit fan of lavender but this is quite a toned down scent and suits the product well. I was worried it would be really oily and make my fingers feel greasy but it isn't like this at all. It is actually a bit like a dry oil, as it dries onto your nails almost instantly, so afterwards they just feel smooth rather than greasy.
It has an applicator brush just like nail varnish, except it is a little bit thinner. It looks nice because the bristles are white, almost clear looking which to me made it look quite professional and expensive. When I apply it I just dab a little bit onto the bottom of each nail and rub it into the skin at the bottom of the nail and the skin up the sides of my nails. I find one dip of the oil leaves enough on the brush to do one hand, so you really don't have to use much at a time. I then rub it in with a finger on my other hand. It is quite relaxing when rubbing it in, and even though I said it dries well, it does stay oily long enough for you to massage it in and spread it evenly.
Even though it's only applied on a small area of skin you can feel the difference as soon as you put it on. I find the cuticles on my nails do dry out, particularly when I have used nail varnish remover. And as soon as you apply this you can feel the difference and the area feels much more hydrated. I usually apply it once a day which is enough, and I also use it when I'm doing my nails and filing them etc.
When I had the acrylic nails on it did definitely make a difference, they didn't dry out as much at the bottom when they started to grow out. And my nails felt a little bit stronger than normal after I had removed the acrylics. And in terms of my normal nails it has made a massive difference, they have started growing stronger and longer and it also adds a nice shine to my nails making them look healthy. Because I don't use a lot each time and the effects last all day, the bottle has lasted ages and I've still got about half of it left after a year, so its definitely worth the money.
I think this is a really good nail care product. It is ideal for people whose nails break easily, or just need a boost. It lives up to everything it claims to do and is really good quality, as well as lasting for ages making it good value. It is well worth 5 stars.
Helps heal problem cuticles with grapeseed oil, lavender and protein /