Thursday, March 31, 2011

Naked nails, oh my!

For the first time in weeks, my nails are naked. Well, sort of.

After weeks of constant polish, and of course the inevitable picking the nail polish off once it chips, my nails are in terrible shape. Every nail on my right hand broke or peeled, with my pointer finger down to the nub - seriously - no white tip at all. My left hand looks like its in decent shape, at least with nail polish on. But with the polish off you can see the peeling that my nails are so often sporting. Time for growing healthy nails.

Recently, I bought a Sally Hansen gel nail treatment, VitaSurge Strength Gel. I actually thought it was a strengthening topcoat, but it's really a gel treatment.


This is a new product from Sally Hansen, and I had a coupon so I thought I'd try it. The bottle says to use daily for 5 days. I'm currently on day 2, so I'll check back in 3 more days to see how my nails are holding up.

Even though the product is not opaque and you can see the applicator from the bottle, I was still a bit surprised at the doe-foot applicator.

Doe-foot applicator

It wasn't something I'd expect to see in a nail-polish shaped bottle. It is a gel treatment with little globules suspended in the blue gel. You simply rub the gel onto each nail with the applicator. When you're finished, you can use your fingers to get the rest of it rubbed in well. The formula has a very strong scent of roses, but very fake smelling roses, almost like Tea Rose perfume. I don't mind the smell, but it is strong and those with delicate olfactory nerves may want to take caution.

Little globules suspended in the blue gel

As it was drying, it left this very tacky, gooey residue on my fingers, and even when it is dry, you can still feel a layer of film on the nails. I'll still use this daily and see if it actually hardens my thin, week nails in 5 days. Somehow I'm doubting it, but I'm willing to try!


  1. I have the same problem! If i see a chip, I start picking. While I have gotten much better at this, it has caused my nails to peel horribly. I tried Orly's Nailtrition, and this did make my nails feel stronger, but it made the peeling worse. I got Sally Hansen Hard as Wraps a few days ago as it promises to help peeling and strengthen. Curious to hear how this treatment worked for you.

  2. Hey, just found your blog and love it!

    After just a few days of nail color wear, my natural nails become very yellow - much more yellow than your nails are in the above photo. Do you have a great basecoat that helps prevent yellowing?

  3. Thank you!

    Up until recently, I've only used Orly Bonder - because I've really liked it. I've recently been trying a few others, I've picked up Gelous from Sally's, but I'm not enjoying it as much. I'm still early into it, though.

    I don't know which BC are good for preventing yellowing, though!


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