Nail Super Hero by Ciate

Nail Super Hero £9.60 is part of the Ciate treatment range (five in all) and has been formulated to strengthen weak and bendy nails, whilst hydrating them too.

The flip up cardboard packaging is quite novel, showing you just how much product you actually get for your money, although I’m not sure why the box is needed at all.

 

I’ve been using this for two months and I have seen a good improvement in the strength of my, usually very bendy, nails. They aren’t splinting or bending as much so any nail polish that I use is staying on longer. Considering I have the collagen disorder Hypermobilty Syndrome (which also seems to effect keratin) this is pretty amazing!

I like that Ciate have called this a ‘basecoat’ because when I applied four coats over the top of each other, over seven days, I ended up with a squishy, dull mess! I’ve since found out that there’s no need, as one coat lasts for up to two weeks.  It moves with the nail, rather than flaking of and dries down to a satin, rather than a shiny finish, so nail polish grips it easily.

Just what I’ve been waiting for all these years!

Rating 5/5

Chrissie

Halloween Fashion

Dangerous Affair – Ciate

Arcane Mini Skirt – Hell Bunny

Hocus Pocus TeeFairyseason

Black Velvet Dress – EMP

Bite Me Tee – Boohoo

Part Time Mermaid [or ghoul] – Ciate

Florescent Skull Print Tights – Pamela Mann

Skeleton Earrings – ASOS

Lace Trim Long Sleeve Body – Boohoo

Moon Hair Streaks – Cyberdog

Jack Reversible Hoodie – EMP

Ghost Diamante Keyring  – Newlook

Chrissie V—-V

Zoya Nail Polish in Rocky

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Cruelty free and vegan with no formaldehyde, toluene, dibuytl phthalate or camphor. I’ve used this polish in a hurry without a base coat and, unlike a lot of polishes it has not made my nails dry or brittle. With a base and top coat this polish has lasts up to four days even though my nails are oddly flexible, meaning polish is prone to cracking and breaking up but Zoya lasts.

Rocky is an opaque turquoise. It reminds me of 1950’s electric guitars and retro Smeg kitchenware but a tiny bit more toward the greener side of turquoise, which adds depth and saturation to the colour.

Chrissie

Zoya Nail Polish in Raven


This has the best consistency of any black nail polish I’ve ever used. Two were too thick and goopy and one was so thin it required three coats and then chipped the same day. This requires two coats and glides on perfectly. The brush is a descent width and the bottle is easy hold.

The colour is a very flattering shade of black. Not gloss paint black but more of a printing ink shade of black, with a subtle sheen. It also lasts around three – four days without chipping if used with a good top coat.

Zoya nail polish is free from: Camphor, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and DBP (dibutyl phthalate).

Available from their own US site or Holland & Barrett for people in the UK

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

Barry M Mani Mask

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My nails tear and bend really easily so even the most hard wearing of nail polishes flake off after a few days.

Mani Mask promises to strengthen and condition damaged nails and conceal with a semi matt finish.

This dried incredibly quickly to a silk matt finish and made my nails stonger immediately. It also evened out the white tips of my nails which can become transparent in places. As nail supplements don’t work very well due to my illnesses, I’m really looking forward to getting my nails healthier by using this instead.

The end result looks like my natural nails but better.

……It’s the end of day two now and not a single chip, virtually unheard of with my nails!

Rating ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Chrissie

The Perfect Nude Polish! Orly ‘Sheer Nude’

When I saw Cosmopolitan magazine where giving away my fave polish brand I grabbed a copy quick! There’s gold, red, hot pink and this nude to choose from. I’ve been trying to find a good nude for a while that doesn’t have a solid candy finish.

Orly Sheer Nude nail polish

 

As the name suggests this is very sheer and you just need one thin coat to get a subtle French nail effect. Any further coats will look odd. I know, I tried.

Orly 'sheer nude' nail polish

 

Positives

Classic colour and finish

Fills ridges surprisingly well

Quick drying

Has a really mild scent so no complaints from other people in the room

Negatives

it’s only sample sized :0(

 

Barry M Silk Effect Nail Paint

I’ve given myself the length of Spring to ease myself into pastels, or as I like to call them ice cream colours. As soon as I saw this range I knew I’d start with my nails. I’m still sticking with my safe blue/green pallette but the colour is a lot softer and prettier.

Barry M Nail Paint in Meadow

This goes on exactly as if you are using emulsion paint so it’s best to do two thin coats and be very aware of your brush strokes. It dries to a beautiful matt opaque sheen that looks incredibly elegant and sophisticated. It’s also incredibly long lasting and takes ages to remove. This colour will really pop with my tan this Summer.

I’m going to buy blossom next, a lovely pinky peach colour.

B. Quick one coat nail polish

B is Superdrugs own brand nail polish and all of their own brand products are BUAV (leaping bunny) approved, meaning they are cruelty-free. At only £3.32 I thought this bright peach shade with a hard candy shell-like finish would be my go-to everyday polish from now on. Wrong!

PB Quick one coat nail polish

£3.32 189 Persica

PB Quick one coat nail polish

£3.32 189 Persica

The name claims it only needs one coat. Now, this is true if you actually like an uneven streaky finish, me, not so much. I tried slapping on one really thick coat but the varnish is so gloopy it looked rounded, as if I’d just dipped my whole nail into the bottle or like I was wearing really cheap plastic false nails. Once dry however, it looked great and it dried so fast that even I didn’t have a chance to accidentally smudge it.

PB Quick one coat nail polish

Here you can see the difference between thin and thick coats.

I was starting to like this polish and was about to do a write up but thankfully decided to see how long it lasted first. I painted my nails at tea time (5.00pm) and by dinner time (1.00pm) the following day, 5 nails were chipped.

PB Quick one coat nail polish

When applying it I’d used a base coat and top coat and the only house work I’d done since was to fill and empty the washing machine, hardly an endurance test for my nails. I don’t know if the chipping is due to the solid shiny finish and other finishes in the range would do better but I’m not remotely impressed. The only reason I’m giving this goop any points at all is because it dries quickly so it makes the perfect rushed manicure.

As I’m writing this my bloke looks at these pictures and asks “Is that paint from B&Q?” “No” I reply “That would have lasted longer.”