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Confession: I’m a nail coveter. I see girls with healthy, long, natural nails and get absurdly jealous. I don’t know if it’s genetics or calcium deficiency or just my general stubbornness, but my nails do. Not. Grow.

Here they are above in their natural state. They really don’t get much longer than this without peeling away into nothingness. I laugh when I read nail blogs that talk about VNL – it took me forever to figure that one out, because having nails long enough to have a white nail line is pretty much a figment of my imagination.

My poor nails have gotten better with regular care – I’ve been doing my nails much more regularly over the past year – and also slathering on the hand cream as much as possible. (Current love: Roger & Gallet Creme Sublime in Bois d’Orange – it’s so perfectly French.) The cream helps my cuticles to NOT look like a rabid raccoon has been nibbling on them, and regular polishing encourages me not to mess with them as much.

Another huge help has been discovering Orly’s Nailtrition.

Nails WITH
Per usual, I did a lot of research in advance of buying this. The reviews were uniformly good and I found that it didn’t disappoint. Nailtrition’s packaging states that it will “strengthen peeling nails and stimulate healthier, faster growth”.

Just for kicks, here’s a side by side comparison of my naked nails, before treatment and after a week of wearing Nailtrition:

Orly before and after

You can see they are still somewhat peel-y in the “after” picture, but much stronger looking and definitely longer. My favorite thing – other than it making my nails look overall less rabid-raccoon-y – is that it has a nice, peachy sheen that makes nails look natural and insanely healthy when on. You can see a little bit of that in the picture of the bottle above.

Nailtrition is in my regular nail rotation and I use it as a base coat, as well.

Do you have a favorite nail strengthening treatment? Have you used other Orly products? I’ve heard good things about their Bonder base coat as well so that will probably be my next nail-related purchase.