Finger Food


I'm convinced that when my fingers are freshly manicured, I'm a daintier version of my naked-fingernail self. I wear high-heels with grace, I gesticulate with elegance, I instagram my breakfast in style. Ahem seriously though, my nails au naturel are awful. They peel, flake, chip and do pretty much everything else that wallpaper inside a haunted house does. People always tell me that polishing them only makes them worse, but trust me, my nails were bad waaay before I started wearing nail polish. 

Here are the things I've been using in my mission to strengthen my fingertips. When I'm good about moisturizing my nails and cuticles, they're less prone to damage, so to hydrate, I've been using one of my favorite hand creams, the L'Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream with Shea Butter. It's rich enough to use as a nighttime hand cream but absorbs quickly enough to wear during the day. When I'm having a Desperate Housewives marathon, I'll multitask by massaging some of the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream into each nail bed. Another great thing to keep in your handbag and whip out during downtime is the protein-infused Julep Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum. I've talked about this before here; you paint the base of each nail and presto!, nourished nails. 

I'm a little on the fence about the OPI Original Nail Envy Nail Strengthener because it contains formaldehyde, and I try as much as possible to avoid nail polishes that contain this ingredient. OPI makes a formaldehyde-free "Sensitive Skin" version which I wrote about here, but I don't think it's as effective. A couple of coats will work as a buffer against further nail damage, so it works if you need a quick fix. 

And as for the pills in the corner... don't worry, those are BioSil, a supplement for hair, skin and nails that contains silicon, which helps your body produce collagen. The claim is that this supplement can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, thicken and strengthen hair, strengthen nails and promote healthy bones and joints. Sounds like a miracle pill, don't you think?

Any tips for pretty fingertips?


  1. LUSH's Lemony Flutter is also a great alternative for Burt's Bees!

    xo, alison*elle

  2. My nails are exactly the same as yours, I am always wearing nail polish to cover them up! xxx
    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

  3. I haven't given my nails any love and care for a while because of exams, I'm going to be having a manicure session earlier. Like you said, I always feel better when I've got pretty nails! I really recommend Soap and Glory Hand Food hand cream, it's amazing!

    Charlotte xo

  4. My nails are flaking like no tomorrow! They used to be so strong!

  5. My nails are pretty similar to yours. I already use a couple of these products but will definitely be checking the rest out!

    Katie x |

  6. i have the same OPI nail strengthener! my nails were so damaged after i removed my hard gel nails last month.. and it was definitely a life saver :) i also like rubbing argan oil into my cuticles, it helps so much with the dryness!

    rachel x

  7. I love the Burt's Bees cuticle cream- an absolute must for a perfect manicure!

  8. I'll definitely have to try out those supplement pills, they sound pretty damn good! I have the burts bees cream and I really love it, I find it makes an almost immediate difference to my nails xx

    Visit The Other Side Of Cool

  9. I've wanted to try the burt and bees product for ages!

  10. I really want to try nails envy because my nails are so weak at the moment :(

    Kah-Feh Yen

  11. I love the dates l'occitane hand cream, it smells sooooo good

  12. I totally agree, I feel so much daintier and more lady-like when my nails look lovely. I like the sound of the BioSill supplements, they sound like they'd be really great for me!

    Sophie | An Arrangement of Notes

  13. I want to try that Burts Bees cuticle oil...their products always work well for me. I have been using Nail Envy on and off for about a year now and the formaldehyde makes me nervous too (especially since its use is banned in a few countries now). Probably won't repurchase for that reason alone.

  14. Great items for your finger tips :D I incorporate cuticle oil as well

  15. I'm really trying to make my nails stronger, what I'm doing seems to work for a while, but they still end up breaking!! I will take some of your tips on board!
    I have been using cuticle oil and hand cream as well as biotin ( vitamin to strengthen )
    Thanks for the lovely post
    Madeleine In Wonderland

  16. I swear by Nail Envy and L'Occitane hand cream as well!


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