As you may know, I’m a trained nail technician, although I don’t really work full time at the moment, but what you might not know though is that I’m a picker, particularly when it comes to my nails and skin around my nails. I was a nail biter for most of my life, managing to stop about eight years ago. Unfortunately I managed to swap one habit for another.
The most popular service I offer is gel polish, and I’ve been wearing it regularly for a couple of years myself. But gel polish and picking do not go well together and I’ve damaged my natural nails quite badly. As such, I’m giving myself a break from the gel and just opting for treatments and/or sheer polish to build up my nails strength again. What can I say? Do as I say, not as I do. Don’t pick!
Anyway, I was delighted to hear about the new No7 Nail Care and Treatments line of products and very grateful to receive a couple of the products to try out, particularly good for me while I’m taking a few months off the gel. I received the No7 Nail Cleanse and Prime* as well as the No7 Ridge Filling Base*.
I’m really pleased to see the Nail Cleanse & Prime product. As a nail tech, I’ve been using similar products on clients since I qualified. Essentially, this liquid paints on like water, it doesn’t leave a finish on your nails, but what it does do is cleanse the nail plate of oils, priming your nails for your manicure. It’s a fairly important step in the process, as it will really help with the longevity of your manicure. Oils can create a barrier between your nail plate and your polish, meaning it won’t adhere as well as it could.
I was also sent the No7 Ridge Filling Base Coat to try out. While my nails are not traditionally ridged, because of the damage I’ve done to them by peeling off gel, they are uneven and flaky. This base coat covers them all, smooths them and ensures no trace is visible at all.
I topped off both of these with a sheer colour, leaving off the top coat and I’m chip free on day three so far, which is more than I expected with my nails in this state. I’m imagining I’ll get another day or two, and if I’d worn top coat, who knows how much longer my manicure would have lasted.
Both products live on my desk for easy access and will be a must-have for the foreseeable future and I’m especially happy to see the Nail Cleanse & Prime available from a retailer consumers can purchase from (as opposed to Trade Only).
Each product in the range is £8 and also available is the Nail Strength and Glow Treatment to tackle weak nails and encourage growth, as well as a Cuticle Oil, an absolute essential for everyone, to keep nails and skin around your nails in tip top condition.
Good Job No7! The entire range is available here.
*Product received free of charge for review purposes.