For me it is very important to keep my hands and cuticle moisturized all the time, especially during this cold climate which often leaves my skin very dry. Although I already have a couple favorite hand and cuticle care products, I am always looking to try new moisturizing prodtcs, and today I am going to share with you once of the recent additions to my nail care routine - Bali Spa Oil by El Corazon.
Bali Spa Oil is a rich and thick cuticle oil, enriched with vitamins and enzymes. The oil has a nice minty scent which I loved, and thanks to it's thick consistency it leaves the skin around the cuticle moisturized for a long time. This oil is thicker compared to other I've tried before (like OPI's and Essie's) but I think this allows it to stay on the skin for a longer time. I prefer to apply it before bed to avoid the oily feeling during the day when I have to use my hands (obviously).
After reading the instructions, I though this is a product that combines cuticle oil and some sort of cuticle remover, because the instruction were to push back the cuticles, then apply the oil and after a while to push them back again. But after using this product for the first time I realized that for me it mostly moisturized the cuticles and the nail bed. I did notice that the thin skin on the nail bed was less visible (because it was well moisturized) but I don't think this product will replace the cuticle remover I occasionally use.
I have been using the Bali Spa Oil every day for the past week and I feel that it left my cuticles and skin very soft and moisturized, this tick and rich oil is exactly what I need to keep my nails and cuticles looking great during this season. I really liked this product, although it felt a bit too oily for me, but I find that it's best to apply it before bed to avoid this feeling and to get the nourishing effect overnight.
Another new product I got to try recently is this professional glass nail file from El Corazon. I have to admit, so far I have been using mostly cheap cardboard files, and they worked well for me. I decided that it would be nice to have a professional glass file in my nail acessory kit, and I'm glad I got to try it because I could actually feel the quality on my nails.
This is a high quality glass file with a fine grit on both sides and a pointy edge. There are several sizes and shapes of nails files that El Corazon offer to their customers, I chose the 135mm size which seemed to me very convenient size to carry in my makeup bag, yet large enough to use a professional nail file for a complete manicure.
Thanks to it's fine grit, I get a perfect and smooth finish while shaping my nails.
Another thing I like about this file it that it can be cleaned and completely sterilized (even in boiling water or rubbing alcohol). I think this is great because I always wash thoroughly my nail files after each use (which in most cases ruins the cardboard nail files I used so far, but not this one!).