I've just bought Nail Envy and some OPI minis - tell me they will transform my poor nails!

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mirai Sun 26-May-13 07:19:56

I bit my nails when I was a child; I managed to stop all through uni then started up again the night I had a big row with a dick of an ex-BF!

Anyway... ever since then I have continued to bite, sometimes I manage to stop biting for a week or two and while they do grow they are so weak that I can even bend them. shock sad

SO, I have just bought some Nail Envy and the OPI Euro Centrale mini collection as a treat..

Please tell me that soon my nails will be looking long, strong and beautiful!! I've never tried OPI before so this is all new to me smile

LulaPalooza Fri 14-Jun-13 12:32:13

At the last count I had 135 but have been given a few more since and got some free with a magazine.

Plus I have a box of tools and stuff for nail art. YY to snipping cuticles (although apparently you're not supposed to. Whatevs.)

I have been totally suckered in by the nail polish industry, man.

mirai Sun 16-Jun-13 10:39:17

I've just ordered the OPI Little Teasers set! grin

hollyisalovelyname Fri 05-Jul-13 17:31:56

Mavala has worked for me. Justinbieber thank you. I finally have long(er) nails. Used the Mavala and then had a Shellac manicure on my still short nails.... Voila 3 weeks later- long(er) nails.

bigTillyMint Fri 05-Jul-13 17:34:55

I have crap nails, but I am an OPI convert! Love the base/top coat - it does make it last so much better, and I have a couple of colours, but I am itching to buy more. Where are you ordering from, mirai?

mirai Fri 02-Aug-13 06:58:26

I am just updating to say... I am still not biti my nails, which is amazing and a very good thing! However as a few people warned, the Nail Envy did indeed make my nails flake and peel. Unbelievable but there you go.

So, last weekend I bought the Mavala Scientifique and in just one application it has worked wonders with the peeling. I don't know what's in it but it's fab.

That said, the OPI polishes themselves I still think are marvellous, especially if you always use a top coat, the colours are great and it doesn't chip for a few days at least!

I wear OPI Nail Envy when I'm not at work (I can't wear any nail product, wear latex/vinyl gloves and wash my hands 35-40 times a day at work) so my nails have a rough life smile

I'm at home with the DC this week, so the NE has been doing it's job but next week I'll need to remove it and file my nails.
It'll go back on with a passion before I go on holiday (yes) . I want to paint my own nails rather than use falsies.

I use Avoplex oil
I've tried NE Matte but I found that peeled.

Colours- I love "Aphrodites Pink Nightie" (it's on my toenails at the moment)
The Minnie Mouse ones are nice.

And if you are ever tempted by the glitter ones- they are fine as a top layer over colour. But I wore the Rainbow (from the Muppets Collection). A 3-4 layer coat looked fantastic. But it peeled off in chunks. Then was almost impossible to remove.

Onesleeptillwembley Fri 02-Aug-13 11:02:52

Buying a buffer worked for me, just use it when watching tv at nights. I had terrible nails - they're not perfect, but are unbelievably better. I've spent a fortune in my time, and this is the only thing that has worked. Also, always have an emery board handy, or you'll bite snagged nails and then carry on. I also rub on a bit of baby oil before sleep.
Buffer and wax - £7 in larger Boots and M&S, £5 in Superdrug.

CointreauVersial Fri 02-Aug-13 13:07:16

I'm a couple of weeks into Nail Envy treatment, having read this thread. It certainly seems to be helping a little, but I'm very bad at remembering to reapply every two days (and if you don't, it starts to peel off from the base of the nail). I guess it works by preventing/overpainting any peeling/flaking bits, and making the tip of the nail thicker/stronger, so I'm probably not getting the best out of it if I keep forgetting to reapply.

I love the thick/shiny finish, though.

I'll give it a few more weeks, then I might try the Mavala if it's good. Sally Hansen did nothing.

valiumredhead Fri 02-Aug-13 15:05:24

You need to rub in coconut oil ever day,I have proper long, strong nails with no splits!! Flexitol nearly worked but coconut oil is the BESTgrin

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