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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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

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream

Hi beauties, 

Today I have Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream. I ordered this a few months ago while I was having the most awful eczema flare up and wanted to treat it with more natural ingredients rather than the mineral oil based crap my GP prescribed which was not only revolting to use, but it made my skin drier.

Egyptian Magic has only six ingredients: Olive Oil, Bees Wax, Honey, Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Bee Propolis. It is a firm Balm that you need to warm up until it emulsifies into an oil and then you can spread it over your skin. A little goes a long way so do be careful with how much you get out of the pot! I use a small spatula and to cover my lower back and down to my legs where the eczema is (it stops mid-thigh) I use around a 50p piece amount and it covers that area. I use Body butter first and use Egyptian Magic to seal it in.

This is a fabulous balm which really does help heal skin. You can use this in so many ways, there are 20 uses for it on their website! You can use it as a makeup remover, lip balm, moisturiser, eye cream, face mask, hair conditioner, baby balm, nail and cuticle balm and the list goes on.

You also get a lot in the pot, 118ml so it’s lasted me for such a long time. If I am wearing my pain killing patches then I’m only using the Balm in the evening. I’ve had mine for 3 months and I’ve not hit the halfway mark yet. I’m not using it quite so much at the moment, as the balm has got my skin in fabulous condition. I bought my pot from an ebay store for £10.00, it is available in Boots but at £29.00. If you have tricky skin and are looking for a natural alternative to the utter rubbish that GP’s prescribe, Egyptian Magic would be a great option.

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

Nail Rehab Strengthening Treatment


Hi beauties,

I’ve been testing a nail brand that is new to me Nail HQ. It’s a British brand, one I had heard of before but never seen in my local stores.

The brand have 3 treatments, Hardner, Stregthener and Growth. The brand very kindly sent me their Growth Treatment to try along with their Cuticle oil. Growth has Biotin, Caffeine and Pentavitin which helps to retain moisture in nails, to reduce breakage and splitting.

I used Growth as a base coat and used my colour as normal, it is a fab base coat definitely holding onto colour as well as my beloved Nail Envy, it really seems to grab the colour like a matte base does.

I also found that my nails were less dry! Due to all the polish changes I do my nails are drier and although I use a lot of oil and lotions the polish remover does naturally remove some this. I used Growth for about 4 weeks and during this time I did not have any breaks or peeling at all, moisture seemed to stay in my nails for longer too. I’m very impressed with this product and would definitely recommend it to someone with a drier nail plate.

I was very surprised and perhaps unfairly so as Nail HQ products are extremely reasonably priced, Growth is at £6.99 which in my opinion is a bargain. I will be completely honest (as I always am) and say I didn’t use the Cuticle oil as it contains mineral oil and as you guys know, that is an ingredient I don’t use.

I would like to say a big thank you to lovely Giulia at Catalyst PR and Nail HQ for the opportunity to try Growth, it’s a wee gem! Nail HQ products are available at Amazon, Tesco and Superdrug.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx