Today I have a few nail care tips for you.
I get a lot of inquiries about how I take care of my nails and what happens with my cuticles so this post is probably long overdue.
This was totally unplanned tutorial/review, but two Eveline purchases made me go in depth. I love their Nail Therapy Professional line because I feel like you can’t beat their price to quality ratio. I know that Eveline isn’t the most popular brand in the States, but it generated quite a buzz here in Europe. If you want to find out more about Eveline brand, I recommend checking out their official site.
So here I am with their reformulated 8in1 Intensive Nail Hardener. I’ve already mentioned the original one in this nail care tutorial. This one should do the same thing, but without the attention-grabbing addition of Formaldehyde, but I’ll get to that later. The other product is their Express 15 Second Cuticle Remover. As a general rule, I don’t cut my cuticles so this is the next best thing that creates a clean manicure. Again, I’ll get in the depth of it later. For now, you can check out their colorful packaging in the pic below.
Don’t worry, you can substitute these two for any strengthener or cuticle remover that works for you. I chose these two because of my previous good experience with Eveline Cosmetics. Still, my tips and tricks apply no matter the products used.
Let’s start with Eveline cuticle remover because I usually use it before the nail hardener. You can peep the official info about this product by clicking here.
Magical ingredients that cause our cuticles to disintegrate are listed in the picture below to make sure you check them out to ensure you are not allergic/sensitive to any of the ingredients.
So here is what Evelin has to say officially about the product:
The description made it look like this would be suited for hydrating your cuticles because of all the oils. I, however, had a different experience.
You get 12 ml of product which seems like a small tube, but you don’t actually use a lot of it at once so you don’t have to worry.
First of all, let me say that 15-30 seconds is a really short time span. Don’t trust yourself to do all five fingers at the same time. Take it easy and do the nails one by one. Trying to do them simultaneously will result in damaged cuticles and (possibly) nails. Don’t underestimate the strength of this product.
Another tip is this: you don’t necessarily have to push back the cuticles. I didn’t. You can literally scrape them off with a wooden stick. Not all cuticles can be scraped off, but mine were pretty benevolent, so they were easy to remove.
So, how did I do it?
After removing the old nail polish, I hydrated my nails with hydrating gloves for around an hour. You can also ideally wear them overnight, but I didn’t have the time for it. I wanted to keep my nails polished (not even skipping a day) in fear of breaking them while they are unpolished.
Also, I do a lot of cleaning around the house and my hands are waaay too often in water. We all know (or at least I hope you know) that keeping your nails in water is horrible for them. They are porous and when they soak up the water they are extra sensitive for a prolonged period of time. Of course, once you polish them (or, even better, gel polish them) the “water effect” drastically reduces.
Anyway, after hydration, I washed my hands just to remove anything from my nails that could react with the cuticle remover.
I applied a small amount of remover on my cuticle and spread it with a wooden stick trying carefully not to put it on my nails. I’ve learned the hard way that it can do damage to your nails if you are not careful. On one of my fingers, it actually peeled a thin layer from my nail where I accidentally left a bit of this remover. Nothing too dramatic, but I’m just warning you not to take this lightly.
After exactly 15 seconds, I started scraping my cuticles with a wooden stick. I didn’t want to keep the remover for a longer period because I calculated at least another 15 seconds to scrape it off and remove the product completely. I was being as gentle as ever in scraping my cuticles as I’ve noticed they’ve gotten pretty mushy. Once a thin white liquid became a lot thicker due to my cuticle being mixed there (I know, eww!).
After a few scrapes, I took a tissue and wiped everything off. Being extra careful, I also washed my finger immediately after. Lo and behold, my cuticles were almost all removed and the bottom of my nail (you know that part with the half-moon) had a nice U shape.
My cuticles weren’t sore, red or irritated. I had zero adverse reaction and I’ve felt much better removing them like this instead of cutting them.
My favorite part about using this is that it gently removed the almost transparent skin that grew over the base of my nails. I never even cared about that skin until I got in the whole gel manicure trend. Doing my gel nails at home (about which I wrote a whole separate article here), I’ve noticed that my nails separated from the base of the nail first. I was expecting tip wear, but I actually got a “base wear”… kind of. After a bit of investigating on my part, I’ve realized that I have the thinnest strip of skin over the base of my nails. Gel and skin don’t really love each other so the gel couldn’t even adhere to that part properly.
My mind was blown when I saw what difference it made in the longevity of my manicures. So if you struggle with nails lifting from the bottom, I strongly advise you check out this product and ensure that you don’t have the same problem as I do.
Nowadays, I use this cuticle remover once in two weeks. I feel like I don’t need to use it more often than that because my cuticles look clean. Even two weeks is a stretch, but since I do my gel nails once in two weeks that is my ritual.
So now that we’ve taken care of our cuticles, the next step is strengthening our nails.
Like I said earlier, I’ve used Eveline 8in1 Total Action Sensitive version, but you can use whatever works for you. BUT if you want to try something new, I would recommend checking out their hardener by visiting the official site here.
I’ve been a die-hard fan of their original Eveline 8in1 Strengthener. I know that it caused allergic reactions for quite a few people due to Formaldehyde in it. They’ve also put a disclaimer saying that they don’t recommend using it after you’ve removed gel/acrylics. Luckily, I’ve never had any serious side effects from using it, unless you count light nail pain when I accidentally put a too thick layer on my nails. Once I’ve realized that I need to apply very thin layers, it’s all been good.
Even though I had no reason to retire my original 8in1, I was intrigued by the sensitive version of it. The fact that it didn’t contain Formaldehyde was a big plus. Still, I wanted to know would it perform the same.
This sensitive version was suitable for those of us who just removed our acrylic/hybrid/gel nails. That’s when your nails need extra care, so I think it is great that Eveline thought about those customers. That’s actually what drew me the most to this product. Now, about the details that the manufacturer provided. They promised a lot as you will see in the picture below.
This is supposed to regenerate and reconstruct the nail. I’m still not sure whether I believe that simply because the nail is “dead”. It should also maximally harden your nails which will, in the end, make them grow a bit longer. That is the part I’m okay with because it is obvious that harder nails will be more resilient. Then they claim how it will make your nails more flexible. As far as my experience with nails goes – harder nails meant that they were more brittle because they would break at the first hit. That’s why we use nail oils – to make our nails more flexible and less prone to breaking at the first impact.
Anyway, moving on to their next claim. It protects against cracking, breaking and splitting. Finally, some valid claims that I could believe in. Next, we have their statement about turning damaged and matte nails smooth and glossy. That is okay if you remember that by removing this polish you will remove the gloss.
Luckily, I was not blindly expecting that all their claims would be true. I bought it because I wanted a bit stronger nails after regular nail buffing due to the gel nails. I wasn’t in this because I was expecting a miracle and you shouldn’t either.
What they brag about in the ingredients is the addition of quartz. It is supposed to make your nails harder. And for a full list of ingredients, I recommend checking out the picture below. This also has 12ml of product, just like the cuticle remover.
You’re supposed to apply a layer of this polish every day for 5 days straight without removing it. It means that by the end of day 5 you should have 5 layers of this polish on your nails. After those 5 days, you are supposed to remove everything with acetone. I did this treatment only once and my nails seemed better, but I still felt like I should do it at least one more time. For reference, I’ve used the original 8in1 treatment for about a month in a row and I’ve noticed drastic improvements.
Unfortunately, I was bored to death by my plain nails and I couldn’t endure it for another 5 days, so I’ve just used it as a base from then. It replaced my “regular” bases. And let me tell you, for my unproblematic nails it was more than enough strength. I love it because I’ve actually noticed that my nails are harder. Not necessarily more flexible, but that’s what nail oils are for.
What sold me on this base for life is when I saw how well it paired with my DIY gel nails.
Here is my story:
After one particularly stressful day, I peeled off my gel nails (I know, horrible!) from my index and middle finger. I knew I shouldn’t do it, but it just happened.
What was left of my nails was a horrible brittle mess. I’ve noticed my nails were a few layers thinner. No matter how much I hydrated them, the damage was irreversible. That’s when I’ve decided it was the right time to try this treatment. Like I said, one treatment was not enough to help my nails completely, but it was a start.
In the image below you can see how my nails looked with one coat of this nail hardener. They indeed looked glossy, and they were in much better shape after one treatment. There is practically no damage visible except for the tip of the index finger where the thinning was enormous.
Also, you can check out my new and improved cuticles (or lack of them) due to their cuticle remover.
I’ve noticed how Eveline said it could be used as a base and that got me thinking – what if I broke one rule? What did I do?
I mixed regular polish with gel polish!
Well, not mixed per se. I actually put this on my nails as a base and put the gel as usual over it.
You just have to be sure the base is dry. Then I proceeded with the gel base, color, and top coat as I normally do. I did this each and every time I did a gel manicure and I can proudly say my nails are improving! The trade-off is losing a few days of wear time because regular polish is not as long-lasting as the gel is, but I think it is worth a try.
Also, my gel nails were easier to remove which was an added bonus. If you want to know how I remove my gel nails, you can check out my full article about the removal of gel nails here.
To sum this huge article up, I love and regularly use both Eveline products and I really recommend them wholeheartedly to you guys. They are each around $3-$4 where I live (converted) so they won’t affect your budget.
If you’ve tried any (or both) of these products let me know what you think of them!