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Thursday, December 16, 2010

I'm BACK with a few product reviews.

Whew....I am so excited to be back to blogging again. My nails and hands had suffered tremendously for a while, and I was nursing them back to health. I just couldn't post a picture of my stubbly nails, all different lengths, broken off, and with my hands looking rough from the onset of winter and indoor heating. Thanks be to the heavens that I have finally gotten my digits under control and that I can get back to blogging. That being said, I think it would be an opportune time to do a few product reviews on what helped me get my nails and hands back to optimal condition. Adding these products to a good nail care regimen can help to have beautiful, strong nails and healthy looking hands. After neglecting my nails I have found that I seriously could not live without CND Cuticle Eraser and CND Solar Oil.

CND Cuticle Eraser


This has to be the best cuticle treatment in a cream form that I have tried. I know there are others, but this one works well for me. It touts itself as an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) cuticle treatment that "micro-exfoliates" the cuticle and conditions the nail plate and surrounding skin. It does exactly that! When I apply this to my cuticles they immediately feel moisturized. The ingredients include glycolic, lactic, citric and fruit acids, with water and apricot oil listed as it's first ingredients. Usually within five minutes of using I can gently remove any nagging cuticles with an orange stick. The formula is thick enough to stick to my cuticles without being runny and applies easily, thanks to the nozzle-like tip. It is virtually odor-free and one 1.75oz tube lasts a long time because a little goes a long way. The directions say to use it once daily, however I tend to use it much more. Of course your mileage may vary, but using this product can only do good for your nails.

CND Solar Oil 
CND Solar Oil is next in my arsenal and I use it frequently, alternating it's use with CND Cuticle Eraser. I use it after I wash my hands and keep three bottles, one for my purse, one on my desk at home, and another on my desk at work---yeah, I love it that much! This oil is essentially a nail and cuticle conditioner containing "good for your nails" stuff, such as Vitamin E, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, and rice bran oil. There is a slight sweet odor, not unbearable or cloying, but worth mentioning. This oil penetrates instantly and offers quick moisturizing and hydrating benefits to dry cuticles and nails. The application is via brush, and just like CND Cuticle Eraser, a little bit goes a long way.

These two products have made me throw my cuticle nippers in the back of a drawer somewhere. My cuticles stay moisturized and pliable, which is essential when up against the dryness of indoor heating and bundling up in cotton or wool gloves that can strip your nails of moisture. I purchase these products from a variety of sources, but typically I can always find them at Transdesign at a reasonable price. Hopefully they will be as helpful to you.

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I am an unabashed lover of nail polish. I make no excuses for my flights of fancy over the latest colors and nail art trends. I know that the people who find this blog are probably just like me. I love gadgets, being somewhat of a nerd. I am a systems administrator that may get caught polishing my nails amongst the server racks. A geek-girl with a nail polish obsession---who would've thought it?
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