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OPI Nail Envy — Sensitive and Peeling Nails

OP Nail Envy

OPI Nail Envy Sensitive and Peeling Nails


Back in January I got a manicure and my nails were buffed just a little bit too much. My nails can’t handle being buffed, they get thin, dry and brittle very quickly and they don’t recover until the whole nail grows out again. I had trouble growing out my nails after that manicure because my nails would break, peel or split as soon as they start growing.

I went back to using the OPI Nail Envy Sensitive and Peeling nails an old favourite, and two weeks later I had my nails at the length that I wanted them (a 5mm free edge). If they’re any longer than that, I find it hard to type on my laptop.

Before trying this OPI Nail Envy, I used to think that all nail strengtheners are the same and I thought that what I wanted was for a strengthener to make my nails hard. I’ve used several nail hardeners that were meant to harden my nails and they did, but I was very frustrated because although I had hard nails, they still chipped and broke.

I did some reading and I realised that there are several nail strengtheners for different nail problems. The problem with my nails isn’t (and wasn’t) that they needed hardening, but rather, they were peeling and breaking. That’s how I found out that the OPI Nail Envy for sensitive and peeling nails exists.

It’s described on the OPI website as:

For sensitive, thin nails. Concentrated calcium strengthens and thickens. Protects nails from peeling with Vitamin E & Kukui Nut Oil. Formaldehyde-Free.

One suggested way of using this, especially for difficult nails like mine, is to apply one coat everyday for two weeks without removing it. That sounded odd to me at first, but in practice it’s not, and it works.

I’ve been using this nail strengthener for a couple of years now and I’ve always had the same good results. I can safely say that this strengthener is one that works well for me. I’ve had a look at the OPI website to see what varieties of Nail Envy they have, and they have come out with several new ones.

First off they have coloured Nail Envy, I was very excited to see this because when I do the two week nail treatment I miss having some colour on my nails. Seems like OPI now have the solution for that 🙂

I spotted that they have a matte Nail Envy. This is fantastic especially for men who don’t want to look like they’re wearing anything on their nails.

They also have strengtheners for “Soft and Thin” nails and “Dry and Brittle” nails. I’m interested in trying the Dry and Brittle Nails one, I wonder whether It would be any better for my nails than the Sensitive and Peeling one.

The final verdict is that I’m really happy with this Nail Envy an it really does what it says on the box. I hope that you found this little review helpful.


First Impressions: OPI Avoplex Nail and Cuticle Replenishing Oil

OPI Avoplex


Today I tried out this OPI Avoplex Nail & Cuticle replenishing oil and thought I’d write a post about my first impressions.

I can do some very basic nail care, but honestly my cuticles are a pain and I never quite know how to deal with them. I sometimes go to a salon to get my nails tidied up, mostly because I can never get my cuticles to look half decent.

Recently I’ve had very dry nails and dry cuticles and somehow, my normal remedies of using the All That Jazz Cuticle balm or the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream was just not doing anything. I have previously used the Sally Hansen Cuticle oil but never repurchased that since it never did much to my nails. I decided to look for something better and came across this OPI Avoplex Nail & Cuticle Replenishing Oil.

I gave it a go a few hours before taking this picture and honestly as a first impression, I’m quite impressed. I’ve never used something on my cuticles that has worked like this, gave me the faith I had lost in cuticle oils.

I applied a small amount of this cuticle oil over my two day old manicure and I let it sit on my nails for a couple of minutes before I massaged it in. It absorbed very quickly and it left my cuticles looking moisturised and presentable. I’m impressed! Other than the Sally Hansen cuticle oil and olive oil, I haven’t used any other oils on my cuticles so I can’t compare it to other brands or salon products.

I can say that my cuticles were replenished very quickly and without much effort (especially in comparison to using the cuticle balm and the 8 hour cream which usually need regular applications over a few days to achieve the same result). It is very heavily scented. It smells flowery and citrusy, I’m not quite sure what the scent is. It is a pleasant scent but it is quite strong and I can imagine that its a scent that might bother some people.

It comes in a 15ml bottle in the same shape as most OPI nail polish bottles and it comes with a brush. I would imagine that this bottle lasts for at least a year since I only needed to use very little of it. It is an oil, so while applying it I was cautious about not tipping the bottle over and getting it everywhere. I must say, that I prefer the Sally Hansen cuticle oil pen for application over this bottle and brush style product, but this OPI  bottle contains 15ml of product while the nail pen comes with a mere 1.5ml. So with this OPI Avoplex, I got 10 times the amount of product and it worked much better on me. I’ve never got similar results with the Sally Hansen pen.

All in all, I’m looking forward to continuing to use this and I’m hoping that I can finally handle my own cuticles.