Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Nail Strengthener Review

Wow, I've been skimpy on posts. Bare with me, it’s nearly finals week so I'm reaching that edgy – panic mode when school seems like a looming, crushing monster about to eat you. I'll be back into the swing of things once my classes are over. T.T 

Unfortunately today I don’t have a polish to show you, but I AM going to do a review of Sally Hansen’s Green Tea + Bamboo Nail Strengthener. This review will probably span over a few days, so tune in later for results and such. 

A few months ago I noticed that my nails were peeling every time I took off my nail polish. So I tried giving my nails a break, and it really didn't seem to be working. I would cut them super short past the peeling areas, and when they would grow back, they would peel all over again. Super frustrating!

So I decided to try to use a nail strengthener and see if it helps me. I picked up Sally Hansen's Green Tea + Bamboo Strengthener, and here it is:

It comes in a 0.45 fl. oz frosted glass container, and a shiny green chrome cap. The brush is kind of long and it picks up a LOT of product, so be careful to wipe the excess off before you apply it to your nails. The directions say to shake it gently, and then apply 2 coats, letting each coat dry in between application. You can use this as a base and top coat so you can still wear color on your nails, but I wanted to use it clear.

The formula is a bit like really thick nail polish, but it was easy to control, and it still smells like nail polish but not as strong. I read somewhere online that to get good results with weak nails, you shouldn't use anything with chemicals like Ethyl Acetate or alcohol in it, and unfortunately this contains both in the first few ingredients.  

I used two coats on all my nails, and although it shows the ridges of my nail the product dries pretty glossy, so this is a clean, classy look if you want to go bare. Just make sure to carefully clean out your finger-nail beds, because that shiz gets nasty if you don't.

Ahh naked nail!!

This picture is super mis-leading because my left hand isn't as damaged as my right (go figure).  But there is some definite peeling, it's just not as visible.  To show you the visible damage, I edited this photo with a swanky little arrow. The area it's pointing to isn't glossy like the rest of the nail. It's wonky from the peeling. You might have to click on the picture for full size to get the idea. 

Well, that's my initial review of the nail strengthener. I'm going to give it a week and see if there's any improvement at all. I don't want to give my opinion on the Strengthener just yet since I don't have results, but so far I found it easy to work with, and it dried relatively quickly so that's a plus. 

This product was not sent to me for review, I purchased it all by my lonesome. 

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