I was skeptical because my nails have always been really horrible, weak, peely, bendy, and usually in pain when I would accidentally stub them against furniture, the kitchen cabinet, the car door, you name it. I have never in my life had "long nails" or even nails that could open a pop can. I'd always use a spoon or tip of a fork to push back the pop can tab because if I'd used my nails they would have bent inwards and I would have yelled #@*!
Let's go on a little history lesson. These are my poor nubbins just over four years ago:
Unfortunately I don't have a naked nail pic from ancient history because I was never caught dead without nail polish. But in this pic the polish was chipping a bit so you can get an idea of just how thin my nails were.
Until about a couple months I didn't take my nail care seriously, only my polish addiction. I finally started applying a "real" base coat (Witchcraft nail hardener) as opposed to one of those generic Sally Hansen base coats that holds the polish on longer, and began filing my nails more regularly to prevent future breaks. I also started using some generic cuticle oil I found at walmart for a few dollars. This combination of nail care definitely helped a bit with length and durability, but I was still not happy with the overall health and quality of my nails, especially after seeing all the amazing naked nails of today's nail bloggers (check out Work Play Polish and Tartofraises' natural nails... this is where I begin to die of jealousy). Instagram has many hash tagging #nakednails these days too.
So in the spirit of getting naked, here's my pre- and post-new nail care regimen photos which consisted of:
- Applying Bliss Kiss cuticle oil to my cuticles 4 - 10x daily for three weeks (I bought one of the nail oil pens for use at work - they're basically perfect and I'm so addicted I look like a crazy person in a cubicle dabbing my cuticles with oil... freak)
- Applying Bliss Kiss cuticle oil to my natural nails in between every polish change
- Applying OPI's nail envy before every mani
- Leaving only OPI's nail envy and Bliss Kiss oil on my nails sans polish overnight, twice, at some point during the three week period
And here are the results:
Wowwww my jaw is still dropping. I basically already thought my nails were freakin' awesome relative to the way they've always been for years. Seeing my nails transform as much as they did in just three weeks was like discovering hot chocolate for the first time (this only makes sense if you're addicted to that too).
My cuticles are clearly in much better health, but that I was basically expecting after all the rave review about Bliss Kiss. What suprised me most was that the actual white tips of my nails have become more pronounced with less transparent sections, and overall way thicker! I am basically doing a happy dance all the time which consists of me tapping my fingernails on the glass kitchen table while my boyfriend asks me to please shut the hell up.
For more glorious proof of my new awesome naked nails thanks to Bliss Kiss and OPI's nail envy:
|Omg can't deal, go buy this stuff now!|
|My new best friends.|
|Bliss Kiss loves me and I love it right back.|