Friday, 11 August 2017

Green and Gold for Independence and EnjoyOurs Review

So it's no secret that my favourite polish is a metallic dark green that I miraculously found, you can read about it here. so I basically wear that any time I want a confidence boost. I knew I wouldn't be able to paint my nails as frequently as I am used to given the busy schedule, and with Independence Day right around the corner, the green was an absolute no-brainer.

I said there was another review in the works on my previous post, and today I'm here to deliver! I've got another item from EnjoyOurs to share with you. In case you haven't already please read my review policy here. So I'm coming at you today with some simple solid-coloured mani to give you guys some inspiration for the 14th, and to showcase the incredibly cool rings!

Check it out.

The Butter Adventures Review

I'm wearing these rings in their gold version. It's a 10 piece set that retails for $1.79 currently.  As you can see, I only have nine on my fingers, and that was for two reasons, one; because I ran out of finger space to fit the elephant ring. It was sized like a regular ring so I think I can wear it as a midi-ring on my thumb. And the second reason is because the elephant looked a little... squished.. like.. it was too short to be an elephant so I just left it out.

The Butter Adventures Review

My favourite pieces out of the whole bunch would have to be the ankh (the Egyptian symbol on my pinky) and the one with the moon on it (the top one on my ring finger).

The rings are all made of light-weight metal. I don't know if they are prone to rusting just yet, but I just to be safe, I will keep them away from water, moisturizer and perfumes so that they don't discolour or rust. The rings are sturdy enough though, so the metal used was definitely not too cheap and the rhinestones used aren't too bad either, so 9 good rings plus 1 okay-ish ring for less than $2 is definitely a good deal.

You can choose your set from out of three colours; gold, silver or bronze and you can use the code below (CDA10) for 10% off your entire order and free shipping!

The Butter Adventures Discount Code

I hope you guys like my reviews so far! I've got so many more posts I want to put out!

Have a great day everyone!
-- Mirza

Friday, 28 July 2017

Nail Stamping Review - Enjoyours Review

Hey everyone! I'm here with a new mani and a review on the items that I used to create it.

I received some items from the EnjoyOurs company to review, and as stated here, all opinions are my own. If you pop over to their website and something takes your fancy, you can use the code "CDA10" to get 10% off on your purchase.

RIGHT. So... onto the naaails!

The Butter Adventures Review BC-07
This is the plate BC-07 from their lace collection series. I looked it up on their website and here's the link to this plate, just click on the 07 option. It currently costs $2.19.

The engraved images on the plate are exactly the same as the image shown on the website. This plate has a bit of a modern-lace feel to it with the smaller images like the three crowns. I don't know what the palm trees are doing on a lace plate but I live five minutes away from the beach so the palm trees are always welcome! πŸ˜†

The Butter Adventures Review BC-07

 So after removing the plastic from the plate and sitting down to do my nails...I wanted to play up on the 'modern vibe' of the lace so I put on this corally-red base. It's the go-to shade for me when I have no idea what to do because this shade always looks good with everything in my closet.

I also picked up my one-coater gold polish to go with the red. I assumed that because it was a one-coater that it would stamp really well.....(spoiler alert, it didn't). And of course can't stamp without a scraper and a stamper so I got those too. Put everything together and you've got yourself a pretty flat-lay. (Yay, I'm picking up on the blogging things xD)

(And for those interested in the background image, its some water colour brush calligraphy I did a while ago)

Okay back to nails! I thought  that that gold polish would stamp perfectly. I thought WRONG. It stamped so sheer I couldn't even capture the image when I picked it up on my clear stamper. Sad. So I tried twice. Just in case it was a fault with the image. It wasn't. So I switched to my trusty L.A. Colors Black polish and used that. As you can see, it stamped great. The image picked up flawlessly and I absolutely love this rose print! Its just that quintessential lace print for me.

The Butter Adventures Review BC-07

 The image below is the completed mani. I used five images in total from the plate to make this mani. You can't see two out of those five images because that gold refused to stamp with a respectable amount of pigment. But I can see the gold peeking through (on the index and middle fingers) and I think that adds a little bit of its like the plate is serving its purpose LOL, making my nails look a lot more attractive in lace.

The Butter Adventures Review BC-07

Overall, I think its a really nice plate. Its something I would definitely get given my love for all things Victorian. Also, I think you would really like this plate if you liked matching your nails to your outfits! It's summer and lace is always trending! So its a win-win.

Now that the nails are done, I would like to talk about the actual parcel delivery service. It took about a month and a half for this parcel to get to me. But SHIPPING IS FREE. This is something that is so necessary for me! I live in Pakistan so getting anything shipped to me costs around $30-40. That is a scary amount and I know it's the same rate for a lot of countries so I literally do a mini happy-dance when I see the words "free shipping" on any website.

Before this one was shipped out, one of my parcels had been lost in the mail and the lovely Sherry at EnjoyOurs was kind enough to resend this parcel to me.So I just know that their customer service will be just as lovely!

Again. I'm leaving you guys a code for 10% off. Give the website a go! They've got a great variety of things on there so there's something for everyone! I have my eye on a phone accessory that's a phone stand in the shape of two hands! How CUTE!!

The Butter Adventures Review BC-07

Happy shopping guys! I hope you all enjoyed my review! There's another one in the works!

Take care,

Saturday, 1 July 2017

What They Don't Tell You About Eid

Today, I'm going to talk about the other side, the dark side of something that millions of people around the world celebrate; Eid.

Where I live, the sightings of the moon dictate the arrival of holidays. So the night the moon is sighted signifying Eid the next day, is called chaand raat (chaand = moon, raat = night). And its so sad how something designed to be happy and celebratory has become so synonymous with something so negative. Not many people know of the negatives so I'm here to blog about them in the hopes that someday it will all come to a definite stop.

Here's what you don't know about Eid:

The exploitation of labour.

Every year at chaand raat, thousands of girls are hired for henna application purposes. Some, that are fortunate enough to have contacts of their own are directly hired by these individuals and so they spend the whole day working. Then, at the end of it, they go home with all the money have earned.
Most girls, however, are not so fortunate. They are hired by salons or some other form of middle-man, that takes gives them only a percentage of the total earnings. This is ridiculously unfair. Henna application is something that's labour intensive and then giving that labourer less than half of what they have earned for the salon is ridiculous. 

As if the unfair pay wasn't bad enough, these girls come in every age  group! I've seen girls of not more than 10 years of age, sitting there in those tents and salons, working so they can make a quick buck. This is child labour. They aren't paid right. And its not as if only the really sketchy places and shady areas of town hire these under-age girls. Just this year, I saw a 15 year old working at a well known sports club. And I'm sure she wasn't the youngest girl there.

To top it all off, these girls work long hours and into the late hours of the night. The classier establishments and salons close around a standard 1 a.m. while there is no definite closing time for the other places. Those young girls are responsible for their own transport home. Those young girls live far away from those well known, classier, establishments so they get home around 4 a.m. But before they can go home, they must deal with women straight out of a nightmare. They get yelled at by women who aren't satisfied with their henna. It's a sad and ugly truth but they do encounter a few such women that will yell at them, whole-heartedly so.

They also have to deal with constant comparisons. So because people can choose which girl applies their henna, they will go around judging the girls' work. There's nothing wrong with picking the girl who's application you like most; after all, you do pay for it....but it isn't fair when people go around and voice out negative opinions. These girls are human, they have emotions. You can't tell her you think she's a horrible artist. You can't say "Oh, you're a horrible henna artist, I'm going to the lady behind you". Those girls have been working like robots, pausing only to take sips of their tea in between customers, and they sit there and take your yelling and your criticism and the antics of your little children and then take home less than half of what they earned. Well guess what? They didn't sign up for your shit.

No one's asking you to praise them for work that isn't quite what you wanted. But you don't need to be a jerk about it. But when you do like your work, or even if its not the best you've seen, please do tip your henna-girl. They come from families that aren't as financially stable as yours. They do this because they need this extra money. They might need the change to pay for their transport home. Please understand that establishments also hire girls that have zero experience with henna application Please keep in mind that this girl with zero experience...SHE'S BARELY THIRTEEN YEARS OLD. She goes to school, of course she's not as talented as that instagram artist you want her to copy. And please for the love of God, don't yell at her. You chose to have her do your henna. The hand you are dealt is on you. Even if it does look horrible, speak to the management about it and have them drop your fee. Or just be a nice person and let the henna-girl make a little more money. Your henna will fade away and no one will think less of you if your henna didn't turn out that great.



Monday, 22 May 2017

What do Pakistanis Eat? Hanifia!

I'm back with another food post, only this time I have more than just food descriptions and pictures. I've got food history and it spans all the way back to a hundred years!! Also, it's exclusive to Karachi (heheh in your face Lahore-walay πŸ˜‹πŸ˜†πŸ˜)

Right so I'm assuming the name Hanifia (hun-ee-fee-a) comes from the name "Haneef". What it actually started out as a teeny tiny shop that sold hunter beef, hunter chicken and hunter beef burgers.And according to their website...they were the first people to ever sell burgers in Karachi....err... that I'm not too sure about but I know for a fact that they were the first people in Karachi to sell hunter beef; it's what they were famous for. 

Coming towards the history bit; Hanifia started up in 1889 in subcontinental India in Simla by Al-Haj Muhammad Hanif Shimlavi. After the Independence and Partition between Pakistan and India they moved themselves and the business to Karachi, Pakistan. They have since expanded their menu and services and sell fried chicken and a variety of sandwiches and wraps.

So essentially, about 30 years ago, students from all over, frequented the small joint at New Town, Jama Masjid in Karachi and would hang out after school/university... grab a bite of "fast food" as it was known then (keep in mind McDonald's opened in Karachi in the early 2000's). At 75 paisas a burger its not hard to imagine why. As of today it costs 160 PKR (about US$2/ £1.30) and its the same one they've been selling for about 70 years..

On to the sub-par food photography!! *sarcastic yay* If you take a look at their website here you'll see some pretty pictures of their looks like something out of a commercial. It's also not how their food really looks unfortunately.

So a takeaway burger comes in a styrofoam box. I'm pretty sure the design of this box has also remained the same for the past 70 years πŸ˜•. The burger comes with the "secret" mustard sauce they created back in Simla. I can tell you for a fact that this mustard sauce does not taste like mustard at fact I don't think I know what it tastes like because my mouth feels like its burning if I try to use it as a dipping condiment. So the secret ingredient is probably red chili paste or something. AKA; not something I want to dip my burger into.

The Original Hanifia burger
And this is what the burger looks like. I got the original beef burger. So its a traditional bakery bun with hunter beef shredded and tossed into that chili mustard sauce.

What it actually looks like
So looking at the bun you're probably thinking that the bottom half is a lot thicker than most buns. This is what a traditional bakery bun looks like in Pakistan and to be completely honest I think this is the best bun to use for this burger. Its a lot denser to it doesn't get soggy as quickly...which is saying a lot because they drench the thing with that mustard sauce! Also.. as I said earlier...the sauce is really spicy so having that thicker bottom half of bread helps ease some of the spice factor.

Inside the burger hidden in the plethora of that sauce you will also find a slice of tomato and maybe two slices of cucumber. For me...its just a hassle really, because I don't like raw tomato and hate cucumber in any sandwich.

Despite its successful history as the go-to burger for young people, I don't think anyone with a low spice tolerance can eat this without feeling sick. It's pretty spicy but if you ask the guy at the register to go easy on the sauce, that helps tone it down a lot! Also, if you're really hungry or have a big appetite then just one of these burgers won't suffice as a meal. And a personal note is that a Coke really is necessary with this burger because even with a controlled amount of sauce, the burger is hella spicyπŸ’€πŸ’€!!!

And this concludes the third part of my 'What do Pakistani's Eat'. I hope you enjoyed reading about this Karachi-exclusive, "secret" mustard sauce drenched burger!


Friday, 21 April 2017

Oriental Nail Art Tutorial

A couple days ago, I had to muster up the most Oriental mani I could manage with the given theme.... navy blue and purple with white flowers. Because yesterday was my dear friend Angela's birthday. You see, us nail ladies like to surprise each other on their birthdays and the distance between us nail-friends is nothing compared to the nail parties we have! And so, we all showed up with navy blue and purple manis with white flowers for the party!

Angela lives in Singapore....So I wanted to do her country's national flower on a navy/purple base. So after some research (read: google-ing) I saw that the national flower is an incredibly cool hybrid orchid that they created out of 40 different flowers....30 of which were orchids! And this is all very cool and scientific but very hard to paint freehand πŸ˜… and I wanted a pretty mani that I could submit with confidence to a group of incredibly talented ladies and of course, for Angela!

So I decided to forgo the anxiety that comes with painting flowers freehand and to just stamp some on. Which is how I came to the Oriental bit. I figured since I couldn't do the national flower, I should at least stamp the most Oriental looking flowers I could find in my collection.

And before we get started on what I did and how I did it, here's the picture of the Vanda Miss Joaquim Orchid, the hybrid flower I was talking about:
Courtesy pixdaus
Okay now onto the nails! I used a stamping plate from Aiyoohehe. This is hehe plate number 071 which on the whole is quite appropriate for an Oriental mani. Look how angry that dragon looks!!


As I said earlier, the set theme was purple and navy blue so I smooshed the colours onto my nail using a squishy stamper that is quite worse for wear, which is why its not pictured xD

Navy blue and Purple smoosh
After the smooshy dried completely, I picked up the flowers individually on a clear stamper and placed them onto my nails. As you can see, the flowers are of various sizes so I actually used different flower images for each go 😁 The great thing about that is that you don't have to clean off the image before each use because *angel voice* you're not using the same image! Lazy stamping hack right there!

hehe-071 and a smoosh sneak peek xD

And I didn't want it to look like a Hawaiian shirt print so I didn't co-ordinate the placement of the flowers. And so this is what I ended up with! Let me know what you think of it in the comments! πŸ’œπŸ’™

Oriental Nails

I hope you liked this post/mini tutorial πŸ’“ !

Have a great day,

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Where I've been

I couldn't just not talk about the fact that I haven't been on my blog for well over a month. Its not that I didn't have stuff to write about; I have a whole list of posts that I want to write and it just gets longer with time. My absence was personal. And now I'm going to share the reason and it's kind of a long story so as I said on my previous post; I hope you've brought a couple cookies to munch on while you read this.

Right so introducing the characters in this story..... There's that cute cube of butter you see on my logo and a slighter bigger cube...but uhh...not of butter.... so... peanut butter? Yeah, Peanut Butter.

Okay then, now for the backstory of tiny Butter and Peanut Butter. They were very good friends. Met up at least once a week and Peanut Butter was like the cool older sister. Their parents were also close. But they grew apart. Now they don't talk at all. Once a year, or maybe once every two years Peanut Butter comes to visit. Butter and Peanut Butter talk and get along and share jokes and maybe a meal or two; and then Peanut Butter departs and is never heard from again, until the next year or maybe even the year after that. No texts, no calls, not even an e-mail.

Now obviously this can only go on for so long before I start to hate Peanut's guts. How could she continue to call me her little sister when I don't hear from her for years at a time? How could she come visit me and hug me and look me in the eye and tell me she'd missed me? I've known her for a good fifteen years and not only do we not know each other's favourite colours but its just as if she's forced to come down to visit me. It's that she HAS to visit, and because I'm there...she'll carry on with this facade and so will I because if I don't I'm the kid with no manners and a horrid upbringing. I would much rather prefer that she show up when she has to and completely ignore me aside from the greeting formalities. I don't want her to be fake nice to me. Its not as if I'll hate her if she doesn't continue with it, in fact I would actually be grateful.

So one day she read my blog. I was angry. There's a link to here in my instagram bio. Its not that I don't want strangers on my blog...I love it when people read my blog. But with her, I felt that it was so unfair of her to know what I'm up to and what I'm writing about when I don't know a single thing about her anymore. So I didn't write anything. That's why I had been missing for more than a month.

But I know its ridiculous that I should press pause on my life because lets face it, Peanut Butter is always going to be here a year later on one of her visits. So I decided to put this up so that if she sees this she gets the hint.....but before I could unleash this bitter rant I had to do two things:

1. Find the courage to put this up here:
This post is basically me complaining about someone in my life who has the audacity to call me a little sister one day and then disappear the next day for another couple years.
Every one I know reads my blog and its not easy admitting that to every one. And like I said before, Peanut Butter also reads my blog. And while its easy to sit behind a screen and say what ever mean things you want to on the internet, its real people that this is about. This facade has been going on for more than ten years. Its easy to just go with it instead of facing reality and permanently severing ties. That's a hard pill to swallow. So I needed time and courage to come to terms with this "confrontation" as well.
I say confrontation because I know she will know I'm talking about her when she reads this.

2. I needed a cookie. Or twenty....:
That's why I put up this blog post first.

And this is the end of today's post. I'd say that I hoped you enjoyed it....but this is something that not even I enjoyed writing. Its bitter. And I like dangerous amounts of sugar. But because this was necessary to confront, I had to bear the bitterness.

Have a good day every one!

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Brownie-Cookie Sandwich-Things

Because I couldn't decide whether I wanted to bake a pan of brownies or a batch of cookies, I thought I may as well bake a cookie that kind of tastes like a brownie πŸ˜†

Okay, time for the real story, I'm relatively new to fact I started just last summer. And I had a pretty good experience with cookies so I was a bit intimidated of actually taking the plunge with brownies....because lets be real, brownies are either awesome or they suck. There is no in-between. So in my mind I had already made my decision to make cookies.....but at heart I still wanted brownies.This right here is the actual reason why I decided to spend a good thirty minutes looking up "brownie cookie recipes".

And so I came across some recipes....and the pictures looked promising (read: utterly mouthwatering) so I read the comments on those blog posts just to see what people thought and some said the dough came out too liquid-y to form proper cookies and one of the commenters wrote that she used a lot more flour than the recipe had called for....and some recipes leaned more towards being actual brownies and not so much cookies and alas my heart was set on the perfect cookie-brownie hybrid, so I CREATED MY OWN RECIPE!

.....after reading about ten different blog posts that is πŸ˜†πŸ˜„  Just to get an idea of what to to do it and what I want in my cookies.

Read on to see how my efforts fared and if you want the recipe that's down there too!

Right. So start off with melting butter and chocolate over a pot of hot water...AKA double boiler.
I used 80 grams of salted butter....the butter I buy comes with markings of 40 grams so it was easy to know exactly how much I used. But if you use cup measurements then I know half a cup of butter is 115 grams so if you reduce about two tablespoons of butter then you'll get the same amount as 1 tablespoon of butter is about 15 grams. As for chocolate....I eyeballed about two cups. Heheheh more chocolate and no measuring worries!! Can you already tell these cookies were bomb? xD

After the chocolate and the butter completely melts, take it off the boiling water and put it on the side to cool. 

 COOLING AT THIS STAGE IS IMPORTANT. Why? Because we've got eggs right here that will scramble and be half cooked the moment you pour that hot chocolate on them.

So in a separate bowl whisk together 1 cup of granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons of floor and 3 eggs. I did it using this hand whisk thing for about five could use an electric whisk but I just think are a hassle to wash the stuff out of so I don't use them unless I really really need to.

After the egg thing gets a little fluffy and you know for sure the chocolate and butter is cool you can add the chocolate to the egg mixture.

It will thicken a bit at this point because of the flour in the egg mixture....and also because the eggs and sugar weigh down the chocolate.

Look how pretty the chocolate dots look. I would have tried marbling them but I wanted cookies as soon as possible! So give it a mix until just combined. Not more or else the flour will toughen up and you'll have hard cookies. It will start to look something like this.

Dense chocolate-y goodness. DENSE. Which means they'll be hard to stir. So ditch the whisk and grab a rubber spatula and mix through 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 1/2 a teaspoon of salt (you could use a half teaspoon more if you used unsalted butter with the chocolate) and a leveled cup of flour.

It should look something like this. It will be thick and dough-y. Just like regular cookie dough...but a lot more dense because of all the additional fat from the chocolate. Which means the cookies will be fluffy like a cookie but dense like a brownie. AKA exactly what I wanted.

 Now line a baking tray with parchment paper and scoop out heaped tablespoons and bake for about 12 minutes in an oven preheated at 180 degrees C

 They will be slightly crinkly and crisp on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside when you pull them out of the  oven. I would advise you to lift them up by sliding a fork underneath and transfer them to a cooling rack so that they don't get soggy as they cool.

This recipe made me about thirty cookies.... I ate three straight out of the oven in the name of taste-testing and research purposes.. That's why there's a fork in the picture above xD

 Now coming onto the sandwich part of the title. I had some left over buttercream frosting so I spread an even but thin layer on the back of each cookie and then stuck them on to their best matched cookies and ate three more πŸ˜…πŸ˜†

And this concludes my post. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this and I hope you try out my recipe and let me know what you think of it!

I'll be back tomorrow with another blog post. I think it would be wise if you grabbed a cookie or two to munch on while reading it!

Much love,

Monday, 20 February 2017

Butterfly Multiple-Stamping Nail Art Tutorial

The nail art community on instagram is such a swoon-worthy place. One of the great things about it is the birthday bashes you are often invited to. Us nailies like to party our own way so we sit at home (or at work😁) and think about what mani to create for the birthday girl. Or if its supposed to be a recreation.... we endlessly stalk the birthday girl in search of the perfect mani πŸ˜…

As such, I stalked Caroline and came across this multiple-stamped butterfly mani:

Courtesy Caroline @tinkerbell1970s

And I absolutely had to recreate for her birthday. And in purple for the set theme!
I chose this one because I have a stamping plate specifically for butterflies xD and the exact image of the butterfly on the ring finger on one of my other plates. 

Butterfly Stamping Plate
Salon Express Plate #18
And here's what I ended up with, and if you're interested then I have a description as to how I did it down below  πŸ˜ƒ

Butterfly Multiple-Stamping Nails
Coutesy IG: uptown.nails
Lets get started! I like to gather my supplies first, it saves me a lot of time that way, and its a lot easier to spot what I need and what I'm missing.

Butterfly Multiple-Stamping Nail Art Tutorial
Pictured above:
  • Assorted polishes (white, black, red, light purple, metallic dark purple, dark metallic gold)
  • Born Pretty Stamping Plate BP74
  • Hehe Stamping Plate 035
  • Salon Express SE18
  • Clear Stamper from Harunouta Store
  • Scraper from Born Pretty Store
Stuff I used that's not pictured above:
  • Born Pretty Stamping Plate BP76
  • Nail Polish remover
  • Cotton and Tape
  • Hehe Stamper

I started off with a pastel-y lilac base that I mattified to make the metallic polishes stand out more. 

Pastel Lilac Nails
Its okay if its a bit uneven, I find that pastel polishes and lighter colours often apply unevenly, even with multiple coats so I don't fret too much as I know the stamping will cover it. This is where the clear stamper comes handy!

Hehe Stamping plate 035
Pictured above is the plate I wanted to use for the cursive script for the first layer of stamping so clearing up my working space, I got the plate, the gold polish, the stamper and scraper in place and gave it a go on my index finger and.....

Using Hehe 035
The result of the stamp was barely visible, due to the fine cursive print etched on to the plate....which was kind of disappointing because I've used this image on this plate before here and I liked quite liked the results then.

Hehe 035

But this time, with the light base it just wasn't very clear so I decided to swap out that plate and use a different (and unfortunately non-cursive) image off  Born Pretty #76.

Born Pretty BP#76

So using the same burnt-gold polish, clear stamper and scraper I went over the tiny cursive on my index finger (because I'm lazy and matte top coat takes really long to dry) and voila! The result was a way-clearer script that stood out with its metallic-ness against the matte.


See? You can't even tell my first attempt failed xD. 

Here's a picture of the first layer on all the nails and I was super happy with how it turned out, even though it wasn't cursive.


And here's a picture of that gorgeous burnt-gold that I love. See how it has glitter in it?

Salon Express SE18

Then moving on to the butterfly part of the mani....I used this metallic-holo-purple for the main butterfly on the ring finger using the Salon Express Plate above.


I used the clear stamper for this butterfly only though. The image picked up just fine for this plate, but for the rest of the detail butterflies I used a relatively old but reliable stamper from Hehe and stamped various butterflies in that same purple and red.

Born Pretty BP#74

I didn't take separate snaps of adding on each butterfly because that's just a repetitive process and no one wants to see that many (mani) pictures xD. I also didnt take pictures of the clean-up process for the stamping plates or my nails either...but I did clean the plates with cotton and nail polish remover between each stamp and I did use tape and remover for general clean-up.


And then this is what I ended up with. I was so happy with how my nails turned out, especially because purple is one of the colours I don't favour much. And because the sun was out (as it usually is around 3 p.m.) I just had to show you guys the subtle holo that this purple polish contains.
I actually bought this polish for my mum, and she wore it about twice before it mysteriously ended up in my polish stash ...... 😺😸

 And that's it for this post guys, I hope you enjoyed reading it! Let me know what you thought of it in your comments. Have a great week everyone!

Also, I was thinking of doing a blog post comparing all my plates and stampers by brand....would you guys be interested in reading that? Let me know so I can start working on it!

Thanks !

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Probelle Nail Treatment Review

Hi guys! I was recently sent some nail treatment product by Probelle to review and I have been testing it out since last weak.

Now, if you love growing out your nails or would just like your nails and cuticles to be healthy (read: look pretty), you know that proper nail care is essential.So I was quite excited to see how the Probelle nail treatment would work out for me. And here's the scoop!

Probelle Review
Probelle is a nail-care products aside from nail polishes, they have all sorts of nail treatments for you to choose from according to your personal nail-needs. And I think that's great! Being able to cater to your exact needs is waaaaay better than trying out a generic product and hoping it works for you. For instance, if you have dry skin; you would get a moisturizer that is specifically for dry skin, wouldn't you? Its the same way for nails.

So here's what I got. A nail hardener. Because my nails are long, and the winter means increased dryness, and because nails are just prone to breaking, I really wanted to protect them from breakage... I do have a nail blog to run after all πŸ˜… Enter the nail hardener you can see pictured below.

Probelle Nail Hardener Review
I got the first bottle pictured above. And the box the comes in says it cures, repairs and restores damaged nails. It also says its Step 1 of the whole process.

Probelle Nail Treatments
The description on the catalog says "Formula 1 is a unique formula designed to cure, repair and restore damaged nails. The formula itself has proven to prevent and correct thin nails that are breaking and cracking by forming a protective barrier on the nail."

Probelle Formula 1 Nail Hardener Review
The directions for use state one thin coat everyday, and to remove it weekly, to stop them from peeling, cracking and splitting. And after the nail becomes stronger and healthier to use it as a base coat. It also says that after 4-6 weeks,it is recommended to follow up this treatment with Step 2.

The parcel comes nicely wrapped in a bubble-wrap encased box, with the catalog pictured above and shipping was quick, which was a surprise, a nice one, but a surprise nonetheless, as it ships out from Florida.
My nails before the Probelle nail hardening treatment
 The bottle is bigger than the average nail polish bottle, which was also a good surprise. The average nail polish bottle is 10 ml, while the Probelle Nail Hardener is 15 ml, so it should last you a good long month if you go by the "thin coat daily, remove weekly" rule.

Probelle Nail Hardener Nail Treatment

The treatment comes in a clear glass bottle with the regular sized polish brush. Its a translucent colour, and its a lot lighter than an average base coat. It doesn't smell like regular nail polish either, and dries super fast. I love that about this since I don't have to worry about smudging the base and then having a bald spot of a nail treatment.

Nail hardener Review- Brush, Formula

The formula does contain formaldehyde, so for all the people out there that only use the 5-free no formaldehyde stuff, I'm afraid this isn't for you. I don't think the formaldehyde does anything to alter the effectiveness of the product and none of the polish I use is 5-free so it really doesn't bother me that it contains that.
Nails before the Nail Hardening Treatment
Now I wouldn't exactly say that al of my nails were "damaged". But yes, some of my nails, had tiny cracks down the sides...which means they might break or tear off. And I wanted to prevent that...and also make them stronger overall. And the nail hardener did exactly what the description said it would do. It prevented my nail cracks from opening up and breaking off by creating a protective barrier on the nail.

Day 1 of Probelle Nail Hardener
I applied a thin coat to my nails everyday, around three p.m. to be exact...and also fair in terms of the testing period. The very first time I applied it I felt the stated barrier, that settled into my cracks to sort of join them with the rest of my nail. They did feel a lot less bendy so I could tell the "hardening" part really did work. I didn't notice them feeling any harder in the next couple days but I suppose it was only because it was a minor change from day to day.

Day 3 of Nail Hardening Treatment from Probelle

As you can see in the pictures above, the nails were shiny after the coat of the hardener. I really liked that. It made my nails look healthier and because I didn't wear any nail polish on top of the treatment, the shine made me feel a lot more confident when I went out with bare nails.

The fifth day of the week however, I applied the product as usual...but because there was residual hand cream on my nails the treatment didn't stick very well and after a while i noticed that the nails looked a lot matte-er than they usually did with the treatment on. So I guess that was a day gone to waste...and something to be wary of the next time! (I didn't even like you to begin with, stupid hand cream -_-)

Day 7 of Probelle Nail Hardener
On day 7, I have to admit I was quite happy with how my nails looked and felt. They felt less bendy and because the treatment was translucent, it concealed the yellow stains I have on my nails. An added bonus xD. All this aside, I was really anxious to see if my nails would feel the same way after I removed the treatment.

After the removal of Probelle nail hardener

They didn't. The removal of the treatment took with it the hardened feel of my nails, I did feel a bit disappointed that they were as bendy as they were before I started the treatment, but it's exactly what the box said treatment would do when its ON. The barrier stays up, until you take it off. So that's that.

What I did notice however, was that the tiny cracks on the side of my nails had shrunk. The formula DID restore that bit of my I guess it really does work! For me at least.

I also noticed throughout the trial period that the hardener did chip off like a regular polish would. Good thing for that "one coat a day" rule huh?

Also, I would like you guys to read this to know my policy about reviews, and I hope you realize that I only used this product for a week, and that your results may differ to mine based on the "damage" of your nails and the number of weeks you spend on this treatment.

And that's it for this review, I hope you guys liked it! And I hope this helps you out, should you decide to make a purchase for any kind of treatment.

Till next time!