Top Three Game Changers of 2011: Nails

I do not have nice nails and I am not a nail blogger. There, I said it. I really want nice nails so I'm constantly trying, but for the most part my nails are a guaranteed fail at least 40% of the time. But that doesn't mean I don't actually want nice nails. I really do. They are just weak and peel, which makes the cuticles go wonky. Then I'm too embarrassed to go to the salon to try to get them on the right path, because I have to explain why they are so crudtastic. And despite the fact that the nail technicians often don't speak my language, they still manage to admonish me for having raggedy cuticles. It's a vicious cycle.

So here are the products that have made the biggest difference in my nail life this year.


#3. Duri Rejuvacote. This continues to be an incredible nail strengthener that helps grow longer, stronger nails. I found this more than a year ago, but it's still amazing now and I still haven't found anything better.

#2. Julep Nail Polish. This product is fairly amazing, but not just for the reasons you might think. Sure, they have great polish that lasts and lasts. The colors are beautiful, of course. If you refer friends, you will get money off of your next order. And it's also big-three-free (meaning it doesn't have icky ingredients that may be harmful). There are obviously tons of reasons to try this brand. But the reason I like this line so much? The size of the brushes. They are smaller than most other polishes I've tried, which makes it easier for me to polish my nails. I'm a klutz and am TERRIBLE at this part of the process. The smaller brush makes it a total win for me. If you have issues with large polish brushes, this might just be what you are looking for. Be sure to check out the color Alfre, it's my favorite!



#1. My number one game changer in the world of nails for 2011 is the Knockout Nails At Home Professional UV Hardening SystemI've only been using it for a week or so, but I am really impressed. It's a little different than doing an at-home shellac polish. This system puts a clear coat on your nails that is similar to a shellac finish--except you can polish over the clear coat, time and time again. The color itself is changeable, while the clear base stays hard and strong. Here is a dummies' guide to how it works:
  1. Apply Cleaner.
  2. Apply Bonder.
  3. Apply Hardener.
  4. Use UV Light.
  5. Repeat.
  6. Polish.
  7. Apply Knock Out Nails top coat.
  8. Use UV light.

Done. So far, it's made my nails amazing. I'll do a full review after I've been able to try it for a few more weeks. But so far, it's an inexpensive way to have amazing nails when you normally can't. If you miss your acrylics because your natural nails are weak, this may the answer (Superfriend Xina, I am thinking of you specifically!).

Everything was sent for review. I've purchased refills of some of these items on my own as well. I will purchase refills of some of these items when the time is right.

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  1. I so want to try that at home system! Looks right up my blogging alley!

  2. I will definitely be ordering the Knockout Nail System!

  3. I didn't use a base coat either.That is what puzzles me.I was thinking it was the lack of base coat,that caused me to get the stains,but maybe it was the actual polish,Sinful Daddy's Girl,although that doesn't really make sense. I used non-acetone remover at first,but when the stains wouldn't go away,I resorted to acetone. I should be grateful though,after almost a week now,I have not had any peeling.My nails were so soft.They would peel at the slightest touch.So the hardener really does a great job.

  4. Can I ask,what type of polish and base coat do you use? The one great thing about this system is that you can use your own polish.I got my kit on Monday,used a pretty purple polish,and wasn't able remove the stains left behind after remival

  5. Really? I've worn a Liquid Leather, a very deep burgundy, gone back to clear and am now wearing some Essie super pale white. I haven't had any staining so far. I am just using non-acetone remover from Sallys. I didn't use a base coat. I did the Knockout Nails 2 layers of bonder and hardener and dried them. Then I added the polish, and in one case, a glitter, and followed up with the KON top coat, under the dryer. No staining whatsoever. What kind are you using?

  6. It sounds like it was the polish.

  7. The knockout nails was a game changer for me, too!  I can't imagine going back to doing my nails without it. I love it! You can even remove glitter polishes easily from it! I've  been doing it on my toes as well as my fingers.


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