Advent calendar gift from OPI

Every advent this Christmas OPI Sverige (OPI Sweden) has had a giveaway that has lasted from Sunday to Thursday. This Thursday the last winners were announced and I was one of them! I got the prize on Friday, so talk about fast shipping!

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Here’s what I got: OPI Breakfast at Tiffany’s Style icons, On the go kit and Cocktail party.

The Style icons consists of mini sized bottles of Apartment for TwoGot the Mean Reds, I Believe in Manicures and Rich & Brazilian.

The On the go kit consists of Nail Envy Bubble Bath, Avopolex High Intensity Hand & Nail Cream and Avoplex Cuticle Oil to Go.

The Cocktail party consists of six mini sized Avojuice’s in the scents; Holly red, Sparkling mimosa, Vanilla lavender, Ginger lily, Sweet lemon sage and Cran and berry.

I was really happy to get the Avojuice’s and get to try out the new scents, but mostly I was really happy that I got the On the go kit. I loooove both the Avoplex hand creme and cuticle oil, and use them on a daily basis so they will be used up pretty soon.

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My favorite hand creams

I have tried a lot of hand creams, and I like to try new ones when the old ones are empty. But I have a few that I always end up buying again and again. Avoplex from OPI and Many many mani from Essie are two of them.

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Both hand cremes smell lovely and they sink into the skin really fast while still keeping the hands moisturized. They are my favorite hand cremes to use during the day, since they don’t leave your hands greasy. The only downside is that I can’t find Many many mani anywhere in Sweden, so I always have to stock up when I’m abroad.

Which hand creme is your favorite?

Empties #6

This time it’s all about the hands, feet and nails. A few of these products are old favorites that I always have at home, and some of the products are just meh…

Burt’s Bees – Peppermint foot lotion

Why does almost all foot creams smell of peppermint? I wish that this foot cream would have been a bit more moisturizing and nourishing. I like the Coconut foot cream from Burt’s Bees much more. My boyfriend hated the scent of this product so he is really happy now that it’s all used up, and I’m not allowed to buy it again…😉

Burt’s Bees – Lemon butter cuticle cream

First of all, this cuticle cream smells divine! I’m a sucker for lemon so this is just right up my alley. I keep this next to my bed, and use it every night before I go to bed. It is just great for dry cuticles. This is a product that I always have at home.

OPI – Natural nail base coat

This is my favorite base coat. I don’t know how many bottles of this I’ve used up by now, but it’s a lot.

OPI – Avoplex Nail & cuticle replenishing oil

Avoplex is my go to cuticle oil. I love everything about it. I always have one at home, one at work and one ‘on the go’ version in my handbag.

Dermalogica – Multivitamin hand and nail treatment

I really did not like the scent of this hand creme, it smells like seaweed. I’m glad that it was just 15ml and that I got it in a gwp. I can’t really say if it is good or not, since it took me like eight months to use it all up. And no it’s not super economical, I just didn’t want to use it, that’s why it took so long.

Empties #1

A few of my products just happened to runt out at the same time, so I thought I’d share with you what I think about them. And if I will I purchase them again…

L’Occitane – Shea butter hand cream

I really liked this hand creme! It has a nice subtle smell and it moisturizes your hands without leaving them feeling greasy. This size (30 ml) is perfect for the handbag, or just to try the product like I did. I’m pretty sure I will purchase this hand cream again and I probably would’ve already done it, if I didn’t have so many new hand creams at home already. 🙈

OPI – Nail Envy

I always use one coat of Nail Envy before I use a base coat, and I think that works good for me. It keeps my nails strong and since I practically have two coats of base coat, that protects my nails from staining pretty well too. I had already purchased a new bottle before I ran out of this one.

OPI – Avoplex cuticle oil to go

This one I keep in my handbag and it’s the perfect size and design to use ‘on the go’ as the name applies. Avoplex is my favorite cuticle oil, I don’t know how many bottles I’ve used up by now, so of course I had already purchased a replacement for this one.

Essie – many many mani

This is a (quite) new favorite for me. I love the smell and how easily it sinks in to the skin, you can read more about it here. I even had to cut the tube in two to be able to get it all out! I haven’t found this hand creme anywhere in Sweden yet, so I’ll make sure to buy it next time I’m abroad (which will be in three weeks).

Have you tried any of these products?

 

Holy Grail: Cuticle oil

A very important step in getting beautiful and healthy nails is to use cuticle oil! I know that some may think that a cuticle oil is a bit expensive, but it’s really not because it will last for a very long time. I use mine several times during the day and it lasts for months. Since I’ve started to use cuticle oil regularly I’ve seen a big difference with my nails.

Last spring my nails were short and kept breaking and peeling. I tried a few different nail strengtheners with mixed results. I also started to use cuticle oil much more than before and that made my nails (and cuticles) really happy. You have to be patient though, because it takes time before you see a difference!

My favorite cuticle oil is Avoplex from OPI. I have one bottle at home, one on my desk at work and in my bag I have an Avoplex cuticle oil to go. I like the smell of the oil and how it feels on my cuticles, I doesn’t leave me greasy but it still moisturizes.

OPI Avoplex nail & cuticle replenishing oil

Which is your favorite cuticle oil?