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

(59 Posts)
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

KittieCat Sun 26-May-13 07:22:50

I'm in a v similar position. Serial nail biter, v weak nails and I'm currently using Revlon, which is good but keen to hear thoughts on OPI...

SundaySimmons Sun 26-May-13 07:30:27

Best thing for nails inbetween polish and treatments is a tiny dop of olive oil massaged into nails before bed.

I have gel nails most of the time but occasionally have a break and the olive oil works miracles.

mirai Sun 26-May-13 08:07:47

Welcome to my club KittieCat smile

Thanks for the tip Sunday!

mirai Sun 26-May-13 09:45:34

Bumping for some OPI reviews and tips! smile

mirai Sun 26-May-13 14:28:15

Well Kittie I shall be sure to come back here and let you know how I got on!! grin

KittieCat Mon 27-May-13 21:27:57

Please do! I've already tried olive oil and am now twitching about ordering some Solar Oil. Hard habit to break but I. reckon if I can keep my nails in a halfway decent state I'll be less tempted...

Snog Tue 28-May-13 07:55:05

I love OPI
Don't have nail envy but can vouch for Avoplex and the nail varnishes are very good

HotSoupDumpling Tue 28-May-13 08:02:11

Love OPI. Learning to use their base coat and top coat has made the colour look better and last way longer.

I use NE all the time during week. I have thin, bendy nails so keep them shortish. I got into NE through MN . Think what you do ( or this is what I do anyway) is apply a coat or two, then top it up every other day for a few days. When I do this my nails look great and grow. I find if I use nail varnish remover too often it wrecks my nails , so I do colour only if I'm going out. In between, when I don't have nail varnish on I rub Jessica Phenomenoil in ( essentially almond oil which is cheaper ) to keep my cuticles soft.

I've found the opposite with Nail Envy, it peels too easily once a few layers are built up on top of it, either through the every other day thing or by using it as a basecoat, this damages the surface of the nails. I have basically sound nails, my main issue is that I love to wear polish but doing it too often does damage them, whether that's the polish or the remover I don't know. I would definitely rub some sort of oil / cream in a couple of times a day.

Bertrude Tue 28-May-13 08:18:37

Can I join the crappy nails club too?

I'm not just a serial biter but I pick my cuticles too blush so most of the time my nails look awful.

I treated myself to a manicure last night to get them tidy so that I can start growing them properly for my holidays (8 weeks and counting).

I love the Opi polishes and have used them for a while on my toes, but my poor knarled hands never get a look in. The colours are fab!

Haven't seen the Nail Envy before <plots shopping trip to buy some>

mirai Tue 28-May-13 11:25:38

Ooh they've arrived! I'm going to set to work immediately. Can I use the nail envy as a base coat under another colour or would that not work when the time comes to give it another coat? Probably not huh sad

southeastastra Tue 28-May-13 11:30:12

don't get on with nail envy either, but the varnishes are fab, have on every day is octoberfest at the mo.

southeastastra Tue 28-May-13 11:30:33

to match the autumn weather grin.

I didn't like Nail Envy. Like WhoKnows, I found it peeled off really easily, usually taking the top layer of my nail with it and my nails were worse than ever after using it.

Leighton Denny cuticle oil or almond oil, applied and rubbed into my nails whenever I remembered made the biggest difference.

Casmama Tue 28-May-13 12:14:45

You could use nail envy then colour but to be honest I never found the nail envy dried properly when used on top of colour.
I would say either a double coat of nail envy then colour then topcoat but you won't get the most out of the nail envy.
Or double coat of NE. Then a single coat every two days. Remove after 1 week then start again and after about two weeks go with colour as above.

mirai Tue 28-May-13 12:43:06

Casmama I'm going with your choice, doing it the 'right way' at first and then adding some colour... which is hard now as the colours in that pack are sooo pretty, maybe I'll have to do my toes this weekend instead!

Kitty, well first impressions are that although it's dried like a clear varnish, it went on and dried a lot quicker than normal varnish does. I keep looking at my nails hoping they'll start to grow but nothing's happening yet grin

mirai Tue 28-May-13 12:44:41

Going with your advice I meant... gosh I'm so tired right now!

Snog Tue 28-May-13 12:58:44

Try Avoplex instead of Nail Envy
I also rate the OPI base and top coats

KittieCat Tue 28-May-13 15:07:06

Sending nail growing vibes, mirai!

Do update when you've had it for a bit. I'm still twitching over the Solar Oil...

BalloonSlayer Tue 28-May-13 15:16:07

Nail envy did nothing for me.

I don't bite my nails but they are so thin and weak, one or other if them would break every day, I'd have to carry a nail file around with me as I couldn't bear the constant rough ragged edges. It didn't matter what I tried, nail envy, the other brands - nothing worked.

Then I got shellac nails done! They look fabulous, for the first time in my life I have lovely nails. They have even grown massively but guess what? I have decided I don't like myself with long nails and I have to ask for them to be cut each time.

KittieCat Tue 28-May-13 15:25:02

BalloonSlayer I've been thinking about Shellac, too. Does it not ruin your nails when it is removed, though?

BalloonSlayer Tue 28-May-13 16:03:58

I don't know Kittie, I just have another lot put on.

I have known people who only have it put on from time to time - for high days and holidays etc - and their nails seem fine when it isn't on.

Mine did start to break again even with the shellac on and I googled and it said to avoid nail places where they use the hand drill to get it off. The place where I go are buggers for blasting it all off with the hand drill after a quite brief time spent with your hands in the solution. So for the last 2 or 3 times I have requested firmly but politely every time: "Please don't use the drill" and they have gone hmm but haven't used it and my nails are fine now.

KittieCat Tue 28-May-13 16:11:38

Removal with a drill doesn't sound like it'd do your nails any favours! Think I might try shellac and solar oil and see how I go, then. Minus the drill removal, of course!

LulaPalooza Tue 28-May-13 17:08:27

I found Solar OIl a bit rubbish, to be honest. it didn;t seem to make any difference to the condition of my nails or cuticles. Ordinary handcream rubbed in and left is just as effective, I think.

I was also a nail biter until 2009. I have a very short nail bed as a consequence and I appear to be going through a run of broken nails... and they always break right down at the nail bed angry

I like Sally Hansen Miracle Growth.

JustinBiebermakesmevom Tue 28-May-13 18:10:02

I found OPI Nail Envy utter pants (sorry !). Best thing I've used is a combination of Mavala and Flexitol Nail and Cuticle cream. I just use any old base coat over the Mavala and my nails are a lot better than they were about 2 months ago.



hollyisalovelyname Wed 29-May-13 00:07:08

I didn't find Nail envy good. Am trying Mavala now

I am an ex-nail biter. I was looking at my nails this morning thinking how nice they finally finally looked.

I found a couple of sets of acrylics were what I needed to get me started, they stopped me from biting/picking for six weeks and so got me over the worst bit. I think shellac would be a better way to do it, less damaging than acrylics. Anyway, I needed a few weeks when biting them wasn't an option so I was not tempted to bite them when growing them out.

Then I used Sally Hansen religiously for about a year. Now, I always try to keep them polished, whether it is with something clear or a colour. I have gel nails every now and again especially if they all break off and I want to grow them out a bit.

I carry a nail file around so when I do get breakages I can quickly fix it instead of being tempted to bite, I also find keeping them quite short and squarish helps.

I think it has taken ten years for my nails and my nail bed to properly recover. I am still very tempted to bite when I have a snaggy bit but generally I keep my fingers out of my mouth.

My nail bed is still short though which is frustrating, the white starts quite low down. I do get complimented on my nails a lot though and it is such a buzz after so many years of hiding them because I was so embarrassed.

mirai Wed 29-May-13 16:49:32

Well, if nothing else, if the Nail Envy is rubbish then I'm gonna have a ball going through all the other recommendations on here!!

Day 2, we have some growth but nothing to write home about yet... however my no.1 concern isn't really growth but getting those lovely hard, non-bendy nails that everyone else seems to have envy... Stay tuned!

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Wed 29-May-13 21:35:36

Nail Envy wrecked my nails. They just started peeling off. shock

cornypedicure Wed 29-May-13 21:48:06

nail envy did nothing for my nails
nail varnish wrecks them
I've been using evening primrose oil on my face lately and my nails have improved a lot

JonesH Thu 06-Jun-13 11:29:23

I bought this OPI nail Strengthener which I think has helped, I used to also bite my nails ALOT when I was younger, think I stopped when I was 18 but they would be brittle due to years of biting, eventually over time they got stronger, I constantly have my nails manicured so as not to be tempted to bite them, always buy the best nail polish remover that helps keep nails strong and use these nail strengtheners, but naturally your nails will improve, keep filing them and should eventually do the trick.

hollyisalovelyname Thu 06-Jun-13 18:07:02

You know that half moon on your nail. Mine are hardly there at all. I wonder why. Mavala is working for me.
Nail Envy, Sally Hansen, Nail Magic, Revlon, Dr. Lewinns and many other 'miracle' workers did nothing for my nails

I've got no half moons at all, never have had, no idea why.

valiumredhead Thu 06-Jun-13 18:21:38

Mavala really makes my nails grow but they still splitsad

Flexitol really helps though been using it a week now.

mirai Fri 07-Jun-13 11:04:48

UPDATE: Well I have stopped biting my nails, mostly because the Nail Envy has formaldehyde in so it's a rather good deterrent!

So far so good, I did one week of just NE applied as per the rules,and then I did a manicure using two coats of NE as a base then the OPI nail polishes on top, followed by NE as a top coat. They haven't budged in days, no chips either, I'm really very impressed by the polish.

However I did think the NE stuff would sort of penetrate the nail and sink in, making it stronger, but it appears not to - so basically the nails with NE on feel strong but once the NE comes off then they feel thinner/weaker. Ideally I want something to actually thicken the nail from within. Is this even possible? Is this where a cuticle oil comes in?

valiumredhead Fri 07-Jun-13 15:45:53

Mavala does that - you paint it on and it sinks straight into the nail.

primallass Fri 07-Jun-13 16:53:10

I like Nail Envy. Bizarrely what has stopped me biting them however is listening to a gastric band hypnosis app (they do a nail one too but this is working for me so I will keep going).

valiumredhead Fri 07-Jun-13 17:31:54

Ooooo what app is that?

LulaPalooza Tue 11-Jun-13 18:39:58

mirai - congratulations on being an ex-nail biter! Once you stop it's amazing how quickly nails actually grow. How are they doing now?

Anyhoo, inspired by your thread and wanting long nails again, I have been religiously painting my nails every other day with Sally Hansen Maximum Growth followed by a coat of Dior Nail Glow

They both do exactly as they say on the tin. My nails are now all the same length, just over the tips of my fingers (whereas less than 2 weeks ago I only had actual white bits of nail on two nails). Plus they are shiny with a soft pink glow and just look healthy. Hurrah.

primallass Tue 11-Jun-13 18:57:04
mirai Wed 12-Jun-13 13:07:50

Hi Lula, well I'm pleased to say there's been no more biting, I'm on the third colour of the four in the OPI set I bought and I have to say I've been really impressed with all of them. I do 2 coats Nail Envy, 2 of the colour and then seal with a nail envy on top. The colours seem to be chip proof, I don't know what I'm doing but I'm not complaining!

I'm off on hold next week so will have to have a look at that Dior Glow in duty free!! grin

LulaPalooza Thu 13-Jun-13 15:05:43

Hurrah, well done mirai!

I agree, OPI polishes are really good.

Now you just have to try to resist becoming completely obsessed by nail polish and all things nails. I failed.

valiumredhead Thu 13-Jun-13 15:24:37

Thanks prim smile

HotSoupDumpling Thu 13-Jun-13 15:29:53

On the subject of cuticle oil (and only a small hijack here!) does anyone have any good recommendations? I have huge uneven cuticles and have only recently invested in some orange sticks. But no idea what I should do with the cuticles before I have a go at diminishing them!

valiumredhead Thu 13-Jun-13 15:31:37

Flexitol cream is amazing, been using it for the last week or so and the condition of my nails as well as the cuticles have really improved.

Nails Inc oil is good too but not as good as the Flexitol, but smells nicer imo.

valiumredhead Thu 13-Jun-13 15:38:22

Btw I think it is exactly the same as the foot cream, so save yourself some money and buy a big tube of that and use it on your cuticles.

mirai Fri 14-Jun-13 06:49:05

I think it might have already happened Lula... I bought a cuticle snipper at the weekend and oh my gosh isn't it great fun snipping off cuticles?!

I've been changing my polish every few days and even did accent nails on my ring fingers last time! grin

I still have only good things to say about the nail envy, you can even see one of my nails growing above my fingertip now if you know what I mean!! Yay!

YY to becoming obsessed, I decided to declutter my nail varnish collection this week, found I had 50 coloured polishes, plus various top and basecoats. Managed to choose 15 to get rid of.

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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