Saturday, 1 March 2014

#2014BloggersChallenge - What's the best nail hardening varnish?

It's #2014BloggerChallenge time! Our prompt today is nails! be sure to check Gaby's blog and the other bloggers responses to this prompt!

There's nothing more unsightly than split and brittle fingernails. You don't want anyone else to see them but your hands can be pretty hard to hide! Sure you could cover them with a bright varnish, but if they're splitting like mine, even nail varnish won't hold together long enough! And let's face it, damaged nails and chipped varnish just looks....nasty!

Over the last 6 months I've tried and tested 3 nail varnish hardeners; Barry M, Sally Hansen and Rimmel...so let's take a closer look shall we?



Rimmel Nail Nurse £3.23

Picked this up on a whim when I needed a third product (Superdrug had a 3 for 2 Rimmel offer on at the time). There's 4 in the Nail Nurse collection, I went with 'Stronger Nail' as it was the only one they had but sounded like exactly what I needed. It's designed to be used as a base coat and helps to protect your nails from cracking, splitting, peeling and breaking. It's enriched with calcium and keratin. Pink in colour it goes on clear - but there is a very finely ground shimmer which I wasn't expecting. This gives the varnish some texture making it a not-so-perfect base coat. Rimmels Nail Nurse did nothing for my nails. I think this is more of a preventative product than a 'come to the rescue' product. If you're wanting to avoid nail damage then this could work better for you. If you're already suffering nail damage I'd skip this one. The others in the Nail nurse collection sound interesting and there is one called Nail Rescue that supposedly hardens your nails in 14 days, I'm keen to try it but so far nowhere near me stocks it!



Sally Hansen Hard as Nails £4.95

 
Sally Hansen has to be the goddess of nail care. I picked up the Advanced Hard as Nails on recommendation from a colleague at work. She said it had worked miracles on her nails - and I was in the market for a miracle. Made with nylon and retinol, it protects and strengthens fragile nails, as well as smooths ridges. The nylon is suppose to help further prevent chips, splits and peeling nails. I applied 2 - 3 coats to bare nails, then a colour top coat. The varnish itself is so smooth, it makes the prefect base-coat. This really did work wonders on my nails. I pretty much kept it on my nails 24/7, re-applying every 3 - 4 days, or sooner if my colour chipped. In a few weeks my nails had finally stopped peeling and where beginning to feel much stronger. The smooth formula also makes it a great top coat. Somehow, I lost the varnish. No idea where it went but I was without it for some time. My nails where in such good condition I didn't worry too much about it - but then they quickly started to fall apart again - disaster! This is definatly a product you have to stick with and make a part of your regime for good if you want to continue to see results!





Barry M Basecoat, top coat and hardener £2.95

Barry M has been my go-to for nail varnish for sometime now. The colours always go on smooth and it's always on offer in either Boots or Superdrug! Years ago I discovered their basecoat, top coat and hardener varnish and it was love at first brush stroke.Surprisingly it's not fortified with anything fancy (correct me if I'm wrong) but it has always worked wonders on my nails. My nails always look glossy and smooth when used alone, and as a top coat - wow, if you want some shine on those nails just pop a quick coat of this on! I also think that my coloured varnishes last a lot longer when I use this as a top coat! When I lost my Sally Hansen varnish I went to buy another but my local Boots didn't have any in stock. As I made the obligatory wander up and down every aisle (you know you do this too) I spotted a lone bottle of this on the Barry M stand....it must have been a sign that this particular bottle was just destined to come home with me - so in my basket it went!

After much trial, error and testing of the above, I'd have to say it's a tie between Sally Hansen and Barry M. Both of them have really helped to strengthen and smooth my nails - and with continuous use they keep them strong and much tidier looking! One of the biggest revelations on this nail care journey has been switching from regular emery boards to a glass nail fail...but there will be more on that in a later post!

Have you used any of the above or can you recommend me a nail hardener to try?

Until next time,

14 comments:

  1. I use the Barry M one, I have quite strong nails anyway, but when you send your husband out to get a clear nail varnish this is what he comes back with! I must say he did quite well! Thanks for recommending the nail kit. I'm just looking at it now and am probably going to get it! xx

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    1. You won't regret getting the Konad nail kit! Its amazing!

      Sarah :)

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  2. I must admit I've never tried any nail care other than a bit of hand cream (luckily, it's because I've never needed it). I'll keep your picks in mind if I ever need a nail hardener! :)

    ~Becca // rjtmisti.blogspot.com

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    1. Always good to know what you need if ever the case arises! My nails used to be pretty strong, it's only in the last year or so they've started getting weak

      Sarah :)

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  3. I love the Barry M hardener, it's amazing! x

    underbluelights.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Isn't it? And for that price too! Bargains and a miracle worker!

      Sarah :)

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  4. I defo need to try these, my nails get so brittle!

    www.skinandroses.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. They're worth a try, hopefully they'll work out for you!

      Sarah :)

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  5. I haven't used any of those yet, and I can't really suggest you any. My nails are pretty good naturally themselves, although they grow fast and I have to file them a lot. I'm looking forward to when I can read your post on the comparison between glass and emery nail files. I have the emery one, but I'm debating about switching!

    Check out my version of this blogger challenge: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/notd-city-of-bones.html?showComment=1393778886070

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    1. I'm so glad I made the switch from emery to glass, the post about that will be up soon! I'll check out your response to the challenge too :)

      Sarah :)

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  6. I haven't used any of the mentioned but I'm deffinitely in need of them. I'm currently using a normal base coat from the Italian brand Deborah but I'll switch to the Barry M or Sally Hanse as soon as I run out. Great review, very helpful, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Glad it's helped you out, you won't regret buying either of those brands! Currently painting mine with Barry M as I type hehe! It's awesome!

      Sarah :)

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  7. My nails are awful as I have had acrylics on. I have been using the Sally Hanson mainly and the Barry M as a top coat and it is making such a difference!
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    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/11580441

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    1. Those two are such a great match! Barry M is such a super shiny top coat too!

      Sarah :)

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