Nail Tek III – Treatment Review

On my continued quest to improve my nail health, I decided to look into the Nail Tek line of products.  I found the display at my local CVS and read over the available formulas: Nail Tek I is for healthy nails, nope; Nail Tek II is for soft, peeling nails; and Nail Tek III is for dry, brittle nails.  My nails are paper-thin, brittle, and bendable; making manicures chip within 2 days, and tips and corners snap off.  The top layers of my nails peel off in large sheets leaving visible dents.  I can’t go a week without having to chop my nails down to match the broken or peeling nail.

Figuring I need as much help as I can get, I chose Nail Tek III “Protection Plus.”  The instructions are simple: use Nail Tek as you would your normal base and top coat; follow with a coat of Nail Tek daily.

The Nail Tek formula is smooth and glides right onto the nail without running into the cuticles.  It dries in minutes, and doesn’t cause any bubbling; even when I put it over slightly wet nail polish, because I’m impatient.  The formula works great as a base, it really grips the color, and as a top coat with great shine.  After just two weeks of using Nail Tek III, I have noticed a significant improvement in my nails.  I have actually had to file my nails down to keep them from getting too long.  They no longer peel, they bend and break less, and feel stronger.  I have only had one corner break off my left middle finger, and that was my own fault in the kitchen.  I’m just blown away at how well this product works, and how quickly!

With these results, I would say Nail Tek III is my new Holy Grail product!  Never in my life have my nails been in such great condition.  When this bottle runs out, I think I’ll try the Nail Tek Foundation III to see how it compares.  All in all, I would highly recommend this product to anyone out there having trouble growing their nails, or nail breakage, and peeling!




Tough Cookie – Treatment Review

I’ve been looking for a product that will help my weak nails get stronger.  Ever since I was young, my nails have been paper-thin, soft, they peel, and bend backwards.  I have realistic expectations for any strengthening product; due to genetics, I know my nails will never be iron strong.  Orly is a brand I trust, so I browsed their offering and came home one day with Tough Cookie.  Tough Cookie by Orly contains extracts from the African Okoume tree; it claims to strengthen nails and help them grow within 2 weeks!  Just apply one coat on clean nails (can be used as a basecoat for color), and one coat on top each day for 5 days; remove and repeat after 5 days.  Easy enough, right?

I applied Tough Cookie as a basecoat, and waited for it to dry (it doesn’t dry smooth, more of a tacky, rubbery feeling).  I applied my first coat of nail color and it bubbled within minutes.  I removed it all and started over with a thinner basecoat of Tough Cookie.  After that dried to a tacky finish, I applied my nail color, waiting for it to dry fully between each coat, and finished off with another coat of Tough Cookie.  The darn stuff bubbled within minutes!  Frustrated, I just left it and wore a bubbled, tacky feeling manicure for the first day.  The following day, I applied another coat of Tough Cookie as directed.  Three hours later, it began to peel off of my nails.  Not chips mind you, whole fingernail-sized sheets.  And repeat… I went through this routine for four days, re-doing my manicure each day only to have it peel off the next.

I was done, too frustrated to try again.  I don’t have hours to baby my nails, and I certainly don’t want to re-do my manicure daily.  I can’t comment on how well this strengthens or assists growth, because it wouldn’t stay on my nails longer than a day.  I wouldn’t recommend this product to anyone at this time.  I may try this routine out again in the winter time, maybe humidity had something to do with the results I had.