S.O.S. Save My Nails

S.O.S. Save My Nails 4 Weeks to Restore My Nails – Results!

If you recall, I had some serious nail issues this summer, so I decided to give them the attention they need.  So I put together a little plan (see the plan here) with what I thought would help.  After week one I definitely saw my pitfalls, being consistent!   After the 4 weeks and now 6 weeks later I have to say the results are pretty much what I wanted.

Starting:  Had to shorten all my nails due to breakage and peeling and tried to give them an almond shape to help combat the breaking corners.

mark. Get The Point Ring and mani to match!

mark. Get The Point Ring and mani to match!

Week 1:  The almond shape does look a bit better with slightly longer nails but the peeling still persisted.  Switching to a moisturizing soap definitely helped my skin!

Julep polish with the mark. Case Of Glam Clutch

Julep polish with the mark. Case Of Glam Clutch

Week 2:  Finally seeing some strength return!

Nautical Nails with Julep's August Maven Box

Nautical Nails with Julep’s August Maven Box

Week 3:  Cuticles and nails are improving, can’t ask for more!  BONUS!  They’re wearing fall’s hottest shade… check back to see the full details!

Wearing the IT SHADE for fall

Wearing the IT SHADE for fall

Week 4:  Feeling like the length is getting back to a point I’m familiar with, except for that darn middle and ring!  Cuticles are noticeably better!  (But disregard the messy polish around them haha)

Essie The Lace Is On with mark. Get To The Point Ring

Essie The Lace Is On with mark. Get To The Point Ring

BIRTHDAY NAILS!!!  As hoped, in time for my Birthday my nails were better looking, hands more moisturized and looked great with that mark. Case Of The Glam Clutch!

Party Nails For The Birthday Mani!!!

Party Nails For The Birthday Mani!!!

Successes:  I definitely have improved the strength and length of my nails.  My cuticles are much better and switching to a moisturizing soap was key!  I def didn’t experience the tight dryness I had before.

Failures:  I could not for the life of me stay consistent with taking my vitamins, applying lotion and cuticle oil.  I just did it sporadically when I thought of it.  I still have some peeling issues on my ring fingers and I was hoping for better skin appearance in my hands.

My Normal Nails in mark. Nailed It Duo

My Normal Nails in mark. Nailed It Duo

Now 6 weeks later, I’ve ditched the almond shape and went back to square or kinda squoval.  The almond shape just didn’t work on my middle and kind of my ring either.  My natural nail shape is not the best so I have to work with what I’m given.  My pointer and thumb loved it!  They naturally curl under so almond was great for them!  Catch the full details of my mani in last week’s Wear and Share Wednesday post!!!

Going Forward:  I think I’m def better at keeping the hands moisturized with intense cream and cuticle oil at night before bed.  Might not be every night but a couple of times a week isn’t bad.  Moisturizing hand soap is now a staple at my sink and vitamins too, even though I’m sure I’ll overlook them every time I’m washing my hands.  All in all, in 4 weeks I rescued my nails to a point I was pleased with!

Wear and Share Wednesday – mark. Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers in Blue Bella and Rosetta

2 Looks From The Same mark. Nailed It Duo

2 Looks From The Same mark. Nailed It Duo

Bringing you another Wear and Share Wednesday Jackie from Living After Midnight and I both styled our different looks around one item… these mark. Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacqures Duo in Blue Bella and Roesetta ($7).  The set contains two mini bottles of polish in super on trend metallic shades, a dark blue (Blue Bella) and a berry (Rosetta).   Let me just tell you, I’ve seen these shades all over the 2013 releases for fall from Essie to OPI to Zoya and so on and so on.  When mark. released this duo for ONLY $7 (cheaper than one bottle of regular polish!!) as part of the 10 year anniversary collection from mark., Jackie and I knew these were making it into a wear and share Wednesday!

mark, Nailed It Duo for a Nautical Look

mark, Nailed It Duo for a Nautical Look

Not only is it Wear and Share Wednesday but I’m also kicking off Week O’Nautical for Labor Day coming up this weekend!  Nothing is more nautical than a deep metallic blue shade like in Blue Bella, so I used that as my base.  It’s definitely a shade that needs 2 coats but the color payoff is phenom!  I then used Rosetta to make the nautical stripes.

mark. Nailed It Duo in Blue Belle and Rosetta

mark. Nailed It Duo in Blue Bella and Rosetta

The stripes were inspired by nautical military jackets, kind of like the one I’m wearing also from mark. which is also part of the 10 year anniversary collection.  This High Ranking Style Jacket ($40 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger) is a navy knit jacket with military details.  Military trends are always in style so this light weight jacket is perfect year round, but I’m especially loving it for transitioning into fall.  It’s definitely still really hot out but at night its starting to get cooler and its always cold under the blowing ac, so enter in this jacket!

mark. High Ranking Style Jacket

mark. High Ranking Style Jacket

Remember this look???… well I updated it for Week O’Nautical Labor Day Edition with the High Ranking Style Jacket ($40 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger ) the pyramid studs from All The Angles Earrings Set ($20 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger ), a navy and silver stretch bracelet from Forever 21, and silver rings (top one from a vendor in Mexico and the bottom from Tiffany and Co.) and the mark Make It Rich Lip Crayon in Peony ( which kinda matches the Rosetta shade 🙂  $10 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger )… and the mark. Tall Order Sandals but I cut them off, oopsies!

Week O'Nautical Look

Week O’Nautical Look

An inspired look from these 2 on trend nail shades def was a good idea!  If you’re starting your fall collections, start with these shades!  You can definitely wear them now and later and I promise you, you’re going to see them all over!  Get the set for only $7 at http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger  Just see how easily Jackie and I created two different looks from the same set, you know you can create a million more!

mark. Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers Inspired Look

mark. Nailed It Trend Mini Nail Lacquers Inspired Look

PS.  Wordpress apparently thinks I’m spamming you with links to my eBoutique so if you would like to shop the products used copy and paste http://www.youravon.com/aliciahessinger into your browser and shop all the new arrivals for the mark. 10th anniversary collection!

PSS.  Come back for the follow up post and see how my S.O.S. save my nails worked out!

S.O.S. Save My Nails – Week 1 Update!

Its been just a little over a week since I implemented my S.O.S. Save My Nails Plan and so far so good…

Week 1 Nails - and a mark. sneak peek!

Week 1 Nails – and a mark. sneak peek!

The Good:  I def have noticed a different in the dryness in my hands, they’re much much more moisturized.  My cuticles are also much better, I’m not so embarrassed of them, so win!  My nails definitely are a little bit longer than last week, but I wouldn’t say too much more than a normal week’s growth.  I’m kinda liking the new nail shape especially in a bright creme polish like this, Julep’s Natasha and Ginger (on ring finger).

The Bad:    I’m not really good at sticking to the plan, especially the internal part.  Considering in the last three days I’ve had Burger King, Taco Bell and McDonalds so that eating healthier thing isn’t quite working out so well.  Definitely not drinking more water like I need to, and I forget to take my vitamins.

Week 2 Hopefulls:  Actually stick to the plan!  More vegetables, more water, consistency in applying my hand cream/cuticle oil and actually take my vitamins every day!

PS:  mark. Sneak Peek!  Check back on Friday to see the full details on this new clutch, necklace and tank!  Yay!

S.O.S. Save My Nails! – 4 Week Plan To Restore My Nails

My nails have been in bad shape for quite sometime now.  They’re brittle, peel, break, snag and my cuticles… yuck!  I’ve always had nice strong healthy natural nails so I’m so over this.  I touched on it in Wednesday’s Wear and Share post but I’m going to take the next 4 weeks and really see if I can restore my nails back to what I know they can be.  Here is the Alicia plan of action to improve my nails in a month!

Strengthener:

Essie Grow Stronger

Essie Grow Stronger

Starting externally is the easiest for me.  So step one is to start with strengthening basecoat.  Essie brand polishes seem to work well for me so I decided to start with Essie’s Grow Stronger.

The Claim:  Get a fresh start. add strength, durability and superior protection against chipping. this fast drying, glossy finish formula helps put an end to breakage.  I liked this one because it said I could wear it as a basecoat under my normal polish.  Since there’s no way I’m going without polish I figured I’d give this one a go!

Cuticles and hand care:

Dawn Olay Complete

Dawn Olay Complete

I wash my hands a lot through out the day , do a lot of dishes and it’s summer so I swim like a mo fo making my hands and nails see a lot of wear and tear in addition to living in a hot and dry climate.  I need to restore the moisture and work at not loosing it in the first place, so I’m switching soap.  I’ve switched to a moisturizing hand soap (luckily we have this at work) and I’m trying out the Dawn Ultra Hand Renewal with Olay Beauty Dishwashing Soap Liquid. 

The Claim:  Get the cleaning power of Dawn combined with the hand-nurturing power of Olay Beauty. And in just 5 uses, your hands will feel even softer than before.  I’m already a fan of Dawn and Olay so we’ll see if this makes a difference and is still tough on grease, haha!

Nighttime Regimen:

To continue with the improvement of my cuticles and hands before bed each night I will be applying a killer hand cream and cuticle oil.  This will also help restore moisture after the day has taken its toll.  Moisturizers are best at night because your body temperature rises so the lotion really penetrates, plus you aren’t doing anything to wash it off, remove it.  I’m using Julep’s Rock Star hand cream.

The Claim:  Anti-aging, emollient blend of shea butter, glycerin, coconut oil, and vitamin E keeps hands hydrated, even after washing. This non-greasy, fast-absorbing formula will leave you cheering for an encore. Rock on.  Plus the scent is overwhelming as your laying there in bed and it definitely isn’t greasy!  For my cuticle oil I’m just using one that I got from a manicure a while ago.  Its just a basic mineral oil based product with vitamin e.

Internal:

Smart-Water

Nails are a great indicator of how things are functioning in the inside, so I guess that means not so well for me.  Not only am I going to try to eat better (good thing I LOVE veggies!) but I will also be taking my daily vitamins and a hair, nail and skin supplement.

The Claim:  Dietary Supplement. New improved formula with collagen/gelatin. 29 key ingredients including antioxidants C & E plus biotin 3000 mcg! Helps promote: healthy hair; vibrant skin; strong nails. Provides a combination of nutrients including vitamin C and biotin, that support the structural foundation of your hair, skin and nails. (These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.)  With any dietary supplements you should consult your doctor first.  I also make no claims to actually  really know anything, these are just things, after doing some personal research, I have made the personal choice to try and review.

In addition to eating better and taking my vitamins I’m really really really trying to drink more water.  Its not that I don’t like water its that I don’t like that much liquid, like of anything.  I pretty much have my cup of tea (or 2!) in the morning and then I’m lucky if I drink anything else for the rest of the day.  Maybe a few sips of water with my meals but really I’m just not thirsty not do I like the feeling of that sloshy feeling from too much liquid!  My plan is to drink a full 20 ounces at work through out the day and another 20 after work before bed.

So there’s my plan, doesn’t seem too hard to follow.  Join me each week as I update and review (and post a new mani look!)  Let’s see if I can get these nails of mine back to working order in time to celebrate my day of birth!  Which you know I’m already pinning a ton of looks on my Nailed It board to do for such an occasion!