I admit when it comes to looking after my nails I haven’t been the most dedicated as they are usually in good condition. The most care i usually give my hands is to always choose a gentle hand wash, but never really give the nail and cuticle area much thought.
That was until my nails started to peel and become very weak, the skin around the cuticles was looking dry too. It is easy to neglect your hands and forget how much hard work you do with them on a daily basis. They also show the first signs of ageing and are constantly on display. I think it is important to have well presented hands as they can be the first impression when meeting someone new.
I wanted to find a solution where the products are easy to apply, not look as though i am wearing a nail strengthening treatment and give effective results. I didn’t want it to be obvious, as so many give a high shine, glossy finish, which would be noticeable, after all I am a guy.
I decided to try OPI’s Matte Nail Envy as this product is designed to give a matte effect, which appeals to me. The product contains hydrolysed wheat protein and calcium, which help the nails grow harder, longer and stronger. You apply two coats to your bare nail, then apply one coat every other day to maintain the treatment, then at the end of the week remove with a non acetone polish remover and the process starts again, pretty simple.
I decided to team up the Nail Envy treatment with the OPI Avoplex Nail and Cuticle Replenishing Oil, to feed the skin around the nail with nutrients to moisturise and strengthen the nail. The main ingredient in Avoplex is Avocado Oil, which contains a super antioxidant called tocotrienol, which is 1000 times more powerful than regular vitamin E to feed the cuticle area. The Avocado is combined with grape seed, sunflower, sesame and kukui nut oils, to provide a powerhouse of rich therapeutic essential moisturisers. For best results it is recommended to apply at least 5 times a day, so i have been keeping mine next to the hand wash at the sink, so when i wash my hands i apply it around my nails.
I have been using OPI’s Matte Nail Envy and Avoplex oil now for just over two weeks and i have already noticed a difference. My nails now have no peeling or flaking and have taken on an inner strength, giving me stronger nails whilst maintaining flexibility within the nail.
The Avoplex oil has transformed the skin around my nails, the skin is hydrated without any stray bits of skin that has come away from the nail bed. I adore the avocado fragrance, it feels very decadent. I’ve also sneaked a little of the oil onto my toes, knees and elbows to give those areas an extra burst of hydration.
OPI are now celebrating their 34th year and continue to innovate and show how passionate they are about nails. I have known about the OPI brand for many years as I have used their fantastic nail lacquer range on female members of my family and friends. So I knew OPI was the best place for me to go, to come to my aid.
These products can be purchased from www.opiuk.com they retail at £19.50 for the Nail Envy Matte and £16.50 for the Avoplex Nail and Cuticle Oil.
However as OPI are celebrating their 19th Anniversary on QVCUK you can purchase Item 209218 – OPI 4 Piece Nail Envy Wardrobe – collection containing both the Nail Envy Matte and Avoplex Nail and Cuticle Oil, with two other versions of the Nail Envy formula for £29.98 and currently on 2 EZ payments.