Seche Soft Cuticle Softener Therapy

Hi beauties

Today I have Seche Soft Cuticle Softener Therapy, this is a daily use cuticle remover. I usually use a Cuticle remover once a week, but noticed that at least 2 cuticles that are quite tough so I wanted to test this out to see if this is a better solution.

Seche Soft is a light lotion that sinks in very easily, I try and use it at least once a day. It’s hydrating but unfortunately does have a slight tacky feeling once applied. It does help to minimise the cuticle, it has AHA’s to help loosen the skin, making it easy to push the cuticles.

I wouldn’t repurchase Seche Soft, I found the tacky after feeling really off putting. I used it for a few weeks and then got fed up with it! So I’m still looking for a decent cuticle remover. I bought mine from Nail Polish Direct for £18.95.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Eness Nourishing Hand Cream

Hi beauties

Today I have a handcream from Eness, a brand I hadn’t heard of before. I think this may have been in a Glossybox I got, but it’s been a couple of months and I can’t actually remember! Eness is a ethically responsible company using sustainable ingredients, they also support The Save the Rhino trust in Namibia which was set up to save the black rhino.

Eness concentrate on hand and body care products as well as candles and reed diffusers.

I have really enjoyed using this Hand Cream, it’s extremely nourishing without being greasy. You don’t need to use a lot and it smells absolutely gorgeous. It’s fragranced with Ylang Ylang essential oil which I love. It has a fresh, clean, comforting smell. It does linger but I don’t mind that at all! I slather this on at night all over my hands, rub it into my cuticles and then put cotton gloves on and go to sleep. In the morning I have beautifully soft and conditioned hands.

This hand cream is gorgeous and one I would definitely repurchase, it’s fantastically affordable too at £6.50 for a 100ml tube. If you live in the Birmingham area you can pop into their store in Canon Street, if not then you can buy online at http://www.enesscosmetics.co.uk.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Crabtree and Evelyn Gardeners Nail and Cuticle Therapy


Hi beauties,

This has been one of my favourite recent beauty finds, it truly exceeded my expectations. After I chose the Gardeners Hand Therapy in my You Beauty Box and Crabtree & Evelyn sent me an email about their sale I went to the website to have a browse. 

I found the above product with 30% off, the Gardeners Nail & Cuticle Therapy and thought I would try it. I love the fragrance which is Green Clover, Lavender, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. It’s a sexy, herby, male sort of fragrance that I really love it has a cologne sort of scent, so if you are after something floral this is definitely not for you.

The formula is a light cream that you rub into your nails and cuticles, only a small dot is needed as it is quite concentrated. It contains Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5) and Keratin for strengthening and conditioning. I used it twice a day as directed, in the morning and evening and it wasn’t long before I saw results. As a polish addict it means that my nails aren’t always in as good as condition as they look, polish remover even the non-acetone kind tends to take its toll on your nails. Usually I don’t like my nails to be naked for any length of time because I am susceptible to breaks, it wasn’t intentional (I was being totally lazy and couldn’t be bothered to polish!) but I ended up testing this for 2 weeks on my naked nails. Not one break in that time and indeed since! My nails feel more durable (I had also been cleaning during that time with no gloves – I hate marigolds lol) and still flexible so I didn’t get the over-hardening you can get with some strengtheners. 

This is a fabulous product if you don’t like using the paint-on kind (Nail Envy and similar) it is easy to use and you get the benefits very quickly. Even within a couple of days my nails felt stronger and I did not worry about having them naked. I am still using the product now when I am wearing polish. My cuticles are ridiculously soft and easier to push back and my nails look glossy and healthy. I would recommend this to anyone, I usually just use hand cream around my cuticles (a habit I developed years ago) Nail and Cuticle Therapy is superior. 

Just as a side note I used it after I applied cuticle oil, I used it as a replacement for hand cream. I would still use oil, but if you don’t like using oils or if you are a chap you may want to use this on its own. I think you would still get brilliant results using it alone, I don’t think it is dependant on anything else. 

I paid £7.00, the regular price is £10.00 which to be honest I think is a great price for a generous 15ml size. Such a small amount is needed it should last a decent amount of time. You can find the Gardeners range at http://www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Apothaka Natural Skincare

Hi beauties

I’m excited about this post as it is a brand that I have discovered recently.  Apothaka Skincare has been created by the beautiful Natasha, not only is she beautiful, she has a stunning pair of hands and nails that are incredible! I have nail envy, so when I found out she has created a nail and cuticle oil I had to buy a bottle.

The nail oil’s main ingredient is organic Jojoba which is very similar to sebum in our skin. The oil is able to penetrate the nail plate adding much needed hydration without greasiness. That’s what I really like about Jojoba oil, it’s light, you only need a tiny amount and it literally disappears into your nails. 

Full ingredients are: Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) oil*, Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) oil, Macadamia ternifolia (Macadamia) nut oil*, Squalane (Olive squalane) / olea europea, Borago officinalis (Starflower / Borage) seed oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Helianthus annus (Sunflower) seed oil, Citrus limonum (lemon) oil, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil, Commiphora myrrha (Myrrh) oil. Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool. (*Organically produced ingredient. Natural constituent of essential oils listed).

The nail Oil smells beautiful with the essential oils of Lemon, Lavender and Myrrh, so fresh and comforting. I find this Oil so easy to use because it sinks in so easily and quickly. Apothaka has very quickly become my favourite cuticle oil. It’s enjoyable to use and the results are great, my nails are flexible but don’t snap and they feel so much healthier because of the moisturisation. I cannot recommend this highly enough. I also love the component, which is a glass bottle with a rollerball, it dispenses just enough oil on each nail and the bottle is UV protected to protect the ingredients. I bought the above bottle for a very reasonable £9.95 which for a hand made, hand blended oil I think is very affordable. 

As a treat, Natasha very kindly enclosed a sample of her Rejuvenating Facial Oil for Normal/Combination skin. Natasha had good skin for many years but it was when she was in her late 30’s she began to experience breakouts and scarring. As someone with an oily skin type and have had my own share of breakouts in my teenage years and beyond (I can still get the pesky little buggers!) I know how frustrating and demoralising it can be.

Natasha found that the acne type spot treatments on the market were incredibly drying, so curious about ingredients she started to do a lot of research. After finding the benefits of plant based ingredients on the skin and after adding to her knowledge with a series of courses in natural skincare and the use of essential oils, Natasha was finding very positive results using oils in her skincare routine she started making products for her friends and family. After finding out how they were benefitting Apothaka was born.


There are two types of the Rejuvenating Facial Oil, Normal to Combination and Normal to Dry so choose either depending on your skin type. The smell is heavenly, sandalwood and geranium, it’s warm and comforting with a floral lift. The oil sinks in easily and you need so little just a few drops will cover your face and neck.

Full ingredients for Normal to combination: Cannabis sativa (Hemp) seed oil*, Carthamus tinctoris (Safflower) oil*, Squalane (Olive squalane) / olea europea, Macadamia ternifolia (Macadamia) nut oil*, Oenothera biennis (Evening primrose) oil, Hippohae rhamnoides (Sea buckthorn) oil, Ubiquinone (Co-enzyme Q10), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Helianthus annus (Sunflower) seed oil, Santalum spicatum (sandalwood) oil, Boswellia carterii (frankincense) oil*, Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil*, Bursera delpechiana (linaloe wood) oil, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool. (*Organically produced ingredient. Natural constituent of essential oils listed.)

This is a beautiful Facial Oil that I really love using (so much so I’ve given away other oils I had open that I stopped using in favour of this!), and I will definitely be buying a replacement for the very generous sample Natasha sent to me. The package as you can see was also so pretty and with a handwritten note which I really appreciated. It is the little things that make you feel special! 

Natasha’s products can be found at http://www.apothaka.com and I’m so pleased to say that the brand recently won a Beauty Shortlist Award 2017 as an Editor’s Choice for the Facial Oil. So well deserved!!

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Nails Inc Ridge Filler with Collagen 

Hi beauties,


I’ve got a fab product today Nails Inc Ridge Filling Base Coat with Collagen, which I’m sure you will agree is a bit of a mouthful!

I got this as part of a set from QVC and I had not tried any of the Collagen formulas, as far as I know it is still exclusive to Q. I need base coat as I have horrendous ridges (or nail wrinkles as I heard them described on the presentation…!) so I need something that will fill in the little critters.

It goes on very easily, leaving a slight matte finish, this makes polish last longer, I had a manicure on my nails for 6 days and that’s a record for me. Only marginal tip wear with no major chipping. If that wasn’t impressive enough I haven’t been using Nail Envy at all as my base, I liked this one so much I find myself reaching for it all the time! 

In the time I have been testing, I have had zero breaks. Which I can’t believe, but in saying that it’s totally unfair to Nails Inc. I like to think I have good nails but in reality as a polish wearer and changing that at least twice a week leaves them dry no matter how much I oil my nails and cuticles. This Collagen Ridge Filler has made my nails feel strong but still flexible, it’s a reasonably thick formula (but still dries quickly) so you really feel like your nails have a protective coat on.

I’m a huge fan of this product and I would definitely recommend not only for the fabulous, smooth cosmetic look but for the treatment benefits too. I do still love my Nail Envy but I do hear from readers that it hasn’t worked for them, I think this would be a great alternative to try. Nails Inc Ridge Filling Base Coat with Collagen is available in various sets from http://www.qvcuk.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Liz Earle Superbalm

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Hi beauties, 

I have a gorgeous multipurpose product today Liz Earle Superbalm. I have been using this for many years now, but I haven’t got round to blogging about it before now, shame on me!

Superbalm is really that, a super balm! It’s a multi use product I use for all sorts of problems from dry cracked lips and heels to dry cuticles, eczema patches and I’ve even used it on my face before for extra hydration. 

This is a natural based product and as it is from Liz Earle no mineral oil in sight! The ingredients are: Hazelnut seed oil, Shea butter, Rosehip seed oil, Beeswax,  Candelilla wax, Avocado oil, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Carnauba wax, Neroli flower oil, Vitamin E, Camomile flower oil, Lavender oil, Echinacea root extract. 

The balm was the first product in the Superskin range before the beautiful Concentrate oil was created, it has the gorgeous signature Camomile, Neroli and Lavender scent which I adore. A couple of swipes around the jar and the balm melts into a lovely oil texture that is easy to use. Apart from the obvious uses, I have also used the balm on my face underneath my moisturiser, balms are very popular now and I think a great inclusion into your skincare routine. 

Superbalm comes in a gorgeous 30g pot and like all Liz Earle products, a little goes long way. I always get months worth of use out of one pot, it’s available from http://www.lizearle.com online and in stores at £17.25.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

CND Cuticle Away

Hi beauties,

I have CND Cuticle Away Cuticle remover today, which I’ve been looking at for a while but I had so many others in my manicure drawer but they were not as effective as I would like.

Cuticle Away uses Sodium Hydroxide to break down excess skin and calluses, it also has a moisturising agent in as well as an Aloe Vera base. I have really stubborn and dry cuticles, I do Oil frequently as well as hand cream but I have found that they have got worse over the last year. So much so, I’ve actually damaged my nails in trying to scrape the hard skin away.

Cuticle Away is a Gel, very easy to use and no discernible smell. You put a small bead around the cuticle and rub in and the directions say leave for one minute. I find I need to leave it for much longer, between 5-10 minutes. After that I remove the excess with a hoof stick and then I wash my hands. This is one of the most effective treatments I’ve used, it works without me having to dig and scrape and ultimately damage my nails. It also comes in a huge 177ml bottle.

I use it every time I change my Polish now, unfortunately I can’t get away with only doing it once a week lol. But even when I do use it longer than the recommended time it doesn’t take that long. I would much rather remove the dead skin more often so that my nails and cuticles are well cared for, and they both look neat and tidy.

I’m very impressed with Cuticle Away, I bought mine from a store on eBay for about £6.00 so excellent value as you only need a very small amount. It is a salon product and I’m not surprised as it’s fantastic so I’m glad I’m able to use it as part of my manicure routine at home. A definite must-have.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx