Thursday, 5 September 2013


Firstly, I'm sorry blogging hiatus! Things got preeettty hectic over here this last week. Let's start off with the fact I now have a paid job! So my beauty obsession can continue to be satisfied whilst I'm at uni. Talking about uni - I move out on the 15th, which is less than two weeks away. Not only that, but on Friday the 13th I'll be in London for New Look's Fashion Week and on the 14th I'll be in Retford for some job training so currently I'm running around like a mad hatter trying to get things sorted for moving, going for more training in Retford (which is taking up a lot of valuable time) and trying to see my friends before they all move away. So I'm currently - on my one day off from everything - trying to type up lots of posts to get posting over these next two weeks. I'll be happy once September is over, I'm in a better routine and I can get back to blogging. I also managed to break my phone which I did all my blog photography on, but I'm now back with a bigger, better phone with a camera to rival many!

Anyway, on to the post...
On the 18th I'm going along to the Relaxation Den to have my first ever manicure! Crazy right, I've been obsessed with nails since I was around 15 yet I've never had anything done. So when they asked me what I wanted, I opted for gel polish to occupy my talons. I really want this to last me all through Freshers Week, and as my nails are incredibly brittle and break so easily I thought it time to give my nails a rest from the colour and a little bit of TLC.

In John Lewis I found a box with the infamous OPI Nail Envy and their amazing Avoplex oil for just £18.80, which is the cost of the Nail Envy itself - so I popped it straight into my basket (spending ban? What spending ban?). I've been using it for a couple of weeks and I really can tell a difference in my nails and cuticles. Now I'm not going to say that my nails are now hard, don't chip and don't break because that would be a lie, they do still break off occasionally but no where near as often as before.

On Nail Envy it suggests a weekly cycle of putting two layers on the first day, miss a day, one layer, miss a day, one layer etc then removing it at the end of the week and starting all over again. I think I'm going to change this up slightly and either do two layers then one layer everyday or do two layers each time and miss days - you catch my drift!
With Avoplex, I apply this everytime I do my nails. I let it soak in for about 20 minutes and then massage in the remainder. It's quite a dry oil which doesn't really offer immediate hydration, but my cuticles have been looking much neater and better tamed since using it - I rarely have to sort them out!

I can't say much for what nail varnishes wear like over this base as I'm trying to keep them free of colour for a while, but I'll give it a go soon! If you have any tips for manicures and pedicures (I'm scared about having a pedi! I don't do feet...) then please let me know! Have you tried the perfect couple?

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  1. Omg ive been telling people about these two together for soooo long, im so glad someone else has finally blogged about them, they work so well together :D

    Following you, would love you to follow mine back.

    Frankie xXx

  2. I need to get these and I keep saying that and not doing it xx

    Lots of Love Beautyqueenuk xx

  3. I have always wanted to try Nail Envy--heard so many great things! Never heard of the Avoplex oil--I will have to try both!
    Lovely blog by the way--found you through #bbloggers chat! ♥

    Brittany's Secret

  4. Nail Envy is my HG nail base coat!
    SO GOOD!
    Estelle x

  5. I've never tried the oil but use opi matte nail envy, may take your advice on board now,sounds like what I need for my nails

  6. Ive always been such a nail care lover! would love to try out the cuticle oil! xx

  7. I need to get my hands on some nail envy - it's so raved about it's got to be good. I rely on cuticle oil (I use a Sally Hansen one at the moment,) because mine get pretty dry. Other than that I'd say give nails a break every once in a while, that usually helps mine!


  8. think it's about time I tried these out, love buying new things for my nails!
    Michelle xo - @shelleymagpie

  9. I love Nail Envy, absolutely swear by it! I really want to try Avoplex, too, but I have a couple of cuticle balms to use up first :) Great post!

    Jess xo

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