2.01.2013

{beauty resolution} strong + healthy nails

If you have ever asked me how I keep my nails in amazing shape {either here, or via my Instagram}, you know that my number one secret is JULEP Essential Cuticle Oil. Previously, I had tried using different {messy} gel’s and even a cuticle pusher to get rid of the cuticles that I felt were wreaking havoc on my manicures, but nothing worked until I discovered the Essential Cuticle Oil, which I now use multiple times per day, and rub all over my nails {not just on the cuticles}. P.S. my nails have never looked better.

Having had so much success with JULEP products in the past, I was thrilled to take part in their Beauty Resolution: Strong & Healthy Nails Program, wherein I tested two of their products: Julep Reveal Nail Growth Revitalizing Serum and the Julep Nail Therapy Basecoat. Long story short… I am beyond happy with the results of both; but I’ll go into further detail below.

{julep reveal nail growth revitalizing serum} I credit my high daily intake of Biotin vitamins for the rapidity of my nail growth; however, even with the Biotin, every month or two I experience breakage of a few of my nails {we’re talking big breakage, not a little chip} that results in the need to file all of my nails down {for uniformity!} and start all over with the growing process. Two weeks ago I began using the Nail Growth Revitalizing Serum and I have not encountered so much as a tear or split in my nails since. The brush that comes with this serum is reminiscent of a lipgloss wand, and applies in much the same way…with a few swipes all around the nail where it meets the skin, and underneath the nail, as well. I have seen significant growth in the length of my nails since the first application; and, as mentioned before avoided splits, chips, and tears {despite the fact that I use my hands constantly}. For me, this ranks right up there with the Julep Essential Cuticle Oil that I adore; and, when used in unison with the Nail Therapy Basecoat, truly gives you model-worthy nails.


{julep nail therapy basecoat} This is a basecoat, yes; but I find that it is an amazing tool for strengthening the nail in its entirety. This arrived in the post the day after I unsuccessfully attempted to catch a box that I had lost my grip on, resulting in the break of the nail on my middle finger {right hand}. The break caused my nail to lose some of its strength; and since I was already suffering from peeling nails on a number of my other fingers, I decided to apply this for a few days {without a nail color on top} to strengthen {and protect} them. Fast forward four days…the peeling on my nails had sealed itself, and was completely smooth; and my nails were less bend-y - the result of the strengthening power. I have tried a handful of basecoats over the past few months, but this is the first one that truly felt as if it was strengthening and repairing the nail; while, at the same time, protecting from polish stains {I wore this under Julep’s dark navy blue shade Michelle for six days, and had 0 staining once removed}.

Have you tried either of these products before? What do you use to keep your nails strong and healthy?


xoxox

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FTC Disclosure: These products were provided to me for review by Julep. All opinions expressed herein are my own.
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29 comments

ellie said...

Definitely an amazing solution for your fingernails this winter.

ellie's desk said...

Love Julep! Great post!

ivy's closet said...

Looks like a great way to get those fingernails healthy and strong.

mazzymay said...

Definitely a wonder product.

lucy and sarah said...

Love this stuff. Amazing for the fingernails.

Caitlin and Megan said...

Love your writing. Such wonderful info to know.

Ashley said...

I really need to start using a base coat. I'll have to give these a try!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i have the fastest growing strongest nails - hair on the other hand, complete OPPOSITE! ..

(ps i'm OBSESSED with bells the bigger the flare the more i love)

happy weekend twinnie name :o)

LyddieGal said...

I would really love for my nails to grow a bit faster - with your glowing recommendation, I'll have to check out this product!
Chic on the Cheap

Georgina Castellucci said...

I haven't tried any yet but may after your review! :)

Have a great weekend xo

Ewelina said...

It must be great for nails!

knockingonfashionsdoor said...

Ididnn´t know this brand, but I´ll try it, because my nails break too often!!

life is style said...

sounds great, ty for sharing :)

Jennifer Fabulous said...

Wow I seriously need to find both of these products ASAP. My nails grow fast but they are so freaking brittle. Every week, I'm tearing one or five of them and it's painful. It really sucks. I bet a product like this could help me.

Couture Carrie said...

Awesome products and review!
I neeeeed that base coat!

xoxox,
CC

london's beauty said...

I've never tried it before, :3

I try to not bite my nails, I do that too often! ><

Sherin said...

The revitalising serum sounds like such a fantastic nail product. Definitely need to try it out myself.

Sara Gerard said...

So this is the magic in the bottle that you are talking about! I bought some, but I will have to hunt down some Julep. Sephora?

Tights Lover said...

Both these product seem well worth it, since your nails always look amazing :).

zuuRich said...

You have great Ideas and a interesting blog, i really like it!
what you think, wanna follow each other?
I would be happy :-) Kisses from Switzerland

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Rachel @ The Redhead Fashionista said...

I'm going to have to look into this because my nails tend to peel. Not good! :(

Rachel Jensen {Da Paura ♥} said...

Ok you have me convinced! I'm always wondering how to continue painting and removing nail polish while keeping the nice long strong nails that I was born with! :/ I'll have to try this!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

these sound awesome! I don't do my nails much, but I think it would come in handy when I do since my nails break easy. I need to try some Julep polish though, first.

Oh to Be a Muse said...

I'm happy you did this post because I actually always wanted to know how you got your nails to look so good when you showcase a nail color. I'm going to keep this Julep cuticle oil in mind.

XxxLoveIsBeautyxxX said...

interesting! would you like to follow each other? let me know!

bridechic said...

I'm def going to have to try this! My nails break so easily and I've been trying to find something for ages to remedy the problem. Thanks!

Jessi said...

Since I know you care about your nails as much as I do, I completely trust you and am going to invest in these little gems. My biggest complaint is the peeling. Oh winter, how you wreak havoc on my beauty :P
xoxo J

Mimi said...

i've never tried any of these products before, but i really should. they sound great. :D

<3, Mimi
http://whatmimiwrites.blogspot.com/

Josie said...

This is SUCH a good resolution to make, Erika -- I really need to start taking better care of my nails.
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

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