One of my worst beauty habits is keeping my nails prepped and groomed. I love pampering my skin and body with lotions and scrubs, but for some reason my nails always get left out, either than a coat of colour. If there’s some kind of super polish that says it’s chock full of vitamins and will prevent damages like a car insurance, I’m always interested. A new line of nail treatments from England, Nail HQ, is here in Canada to give your nails protection.
Nail HQ is a line of nail treatments from England (woo~ I’m a bit biased to UK- related things) and they use a variety of ingredients in their products, such as Argan Oil or Keratin, to bring “a new generation of nail treatments.” I have two Nail HQ products on the blog today- one is the Cuticle Oil* and the other is a Growth treatment*. I tested these out for a week, so be prepared to see a picture of my nails before treatment.
These are the conditions of my nails after I removed my Essie Too Taboo nail polish.I did an abhorrent job in cutting my nails; and you can see that the white part of my nails flake around + dry and unhealthy looking cuticles. The only nail that I can cut and grow out decently is my pinky nail but no one ever notices my pinky! ;_;
One reason why I don’t post many nail polish selfies is because of my hideous cuticles. They’re thick, dry, flakey, and sadly never the centre of my attention. There was a time in my life where I was fascinated by those cuticle removers and I had so much fun scooping all that skin away (I have many weird beauty habits that I won’t go into), and then that phase passed and now my nails are as un-manicured as ever. I have been using Nail HQ Cuticle Oil Nail Therapy Treatment ($9.99) before going to bed and when I wake up in the morning, as well as after painting my nails or removing nail polish.
It’s hard to get into the habit of remembering to pampering my nails, but the cuticle oil have been slowly resurrecting my cuticles. My cuticles do dry out during the day still, so I feel like I need to keep feeding them nourishment. It is evident when I skip a day of cuticle therapy. The instructions on the packaging do mention that cuticle oil may need to be applied once to several times daily to repair severe dryness.
The price point is a bit high, as there are other competitors in the market out there; either cuticle oil or using body oils/vaseline for cuticle care. However, this treatment contains a lot of beneficial ingredients and I’ve seen improvement not only in the cuticles, but also my skin stopped cracking around it.
Unique oil therapy treatment designed to help moisturise and condition the nails and cuticle area. The non-greasy formulation rejuvenates and softens deteriorated, dry, lifeless skin. Contains Jojoba Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil and Beta-Carotene as well as Vitamins E, A and D3. These nutrients help to revitalize and restore the skin’s necessary moisture and lubrication level to help prevent cracking and peeling.
To test the Nail HQ Growth for Brittle Nails ($9.99), I had cut my nails short (as seen in the first nail selfie,) and my nails were already quite brittle too. One look at my hands and I’d think my daytime job would involve some sort of manual labour. The nails on my thumbs flake after nail polish removal so I was hoping that would improve after trying this.The growth treatment can be worn alone or as a base.
With Pentavitin “Moisture Magnet” and a unique nail strengthening complex including Biotin. These replenishing ingredients help provide the moisture balance necessary to have flexible nails and prevent brittleness and breakage. This formula also contains a unique complex designed to help moisturise, condition and strengthen nails. Acqua-Biomin/Calcium Y3 Complex and Vitamins A and D as well as Nonychosine E – to help normalize nail growth.
I wore it under Sally Hansen’s Blue My Mind/ Mermaid’s Tale with Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat. I’d like to mention that my nails barely chipped and I had my nail polish on for exactly a week! My Revlon top coat has chipped with other base polishes/nail polishes so I’m thinking that the Nail HQ treatment actually helped to prevent my nails from chipping faster. There is a noticeable distance between the base of my cuticle and the bottom of my blue polish. A google searched told me that nails grow around half a millimetre a week and I think my nail polish shifted up by around 1-1.5 mm!
After a week of using cuticle oil and having the growth treatment on my nails, it was time for the unveil! Will my nails be stained, flaking, or just the same or better?
And…after nail polish removal! Some of the blue did stain my nails, but I was surprised my nails didn’t have a yellow stain. I’ve had an issue where applying dark nail polish = yellow, rat like nails. Oh, and there was definitely less flaking/breakage. My thumb nail had one flakey bit but everything else was A-Ok.
Though changes are small, my nails have improved and here’s hoping they’re on the way to live a healthier life. Cross my fingers my nails won’t peel like an onion so much anymore. They’re actually quite dangerous; I had a flaking piece that was sticking up and it stabbed the skin of my other hand. >__>
All in all…
Nail HQ has given me some confidence that I can bring my nails back to life.
If you’re interested to test Nail HQ, check out online at Farley&Co (here for the Cuticle Oil Therapy and here for the Growth treatment), or other retailers including Guardian, IDA, Pharmasave, or Proxim.
If you’re interested in the Sally Hansen polishes, check out Blue My Mind and Mermaid’s Tale at drugstores (London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart) or online at Amazon.
Disclaimer: *Some products mentioned in the post are PR samples sent for review.