Well, I said I was back- and then I didn’t post for a month! I’ve posted a few manis on Instagram, but for the most part I’ve been letting my nails stay mostly bare for the past month.
The reason? I’ve often expressed my love for Duri Rejuvacote, both here on the blog and in various groups and forums- and a few months ago, a representative from Duri contacted me about doing a review. I could have made this a basic review saying how great Rejuvacote was- but I opted to go a bit further. I spent the entire month without wearing a ton of polish, letting Rejuvacote do it’s job and strengthen my nails without much else, to give a pretty honest before and after view of how well it works for me.
I used Rejuvacote for the first time ever back in the beginning of August. I had acrylic nails in May, and my poor nails were absolutely destroyed from the experience. They were paper thin (if you tapped on a nail, I would feel a zing), and because of that they were growing out in a slightly flattened shape.
This is what my nails looked like when I began using Duri Rejuvacote- itty bitty down-to-the-quick nubbins. It was impossible to grow them any longer because they would instantly break. (This photo was from a post at the end of July)
I began using Rejuvacote daily- the instructions tell you to apply Rejuvacote as a base coat on clean nails, apply polish (if desired), and use Rejuvacote as a topcoat. You reapply Rejuvacote daily as a topcoat for 7 days, remove, and repeat. Most of the time, I don’t wear polish this long- so I would often be applying a fresh coat every few days. Duri Rejuvacote was on my nails at all times, with or without polish.
Here are my nails 1 month later (August 31). While still short, you can faintly see the significant increase in free edge. It took some time to reach this point, because my nails were so brittle to begin with. At this point they were significantly stronger and thicker, and would no longer break with every bump.
Prior to this, I was never able to grow my nails more than a tiny bit before breaking. My nails finally suffered a pretty major break while doing some serious preparations for my son’s birthday party- in the middle of October. That’s 3 months as a housewife/mom of 2 small kids (meaning I use my hands a lot, especially with housework stuff) with no breaks!
After that I slowed down a bit with blogging and my nail length became less of a concern- I stopped using Rejuvacote religiously- and my nails became steadily weaker and weaker. One month ago, they would break or chip at the smallest bumps and dings. But I wasn’t blogging as much so I kept my nails short, though I have truly missed longer nails.
Starting April 10, I began using Duri Rejuvacote daily once more. I will admit, I’ve missed application days here and there. I had 1 bad break 2 weeks into this, and cut my nails down again- so what you’re seeing is actually closer to 2.5 weeks of growth, rather than 4. But I didn’t take fresh ‘before’ pictures after I cut them 😉
What excites me more than anything- is that I’ve had my fair share of bumps and finger smashes, and all of my nails have remained intact. Well- at least on my swatch hand 🙂 I’ve had a few breaks on my right hand (but getting your hand slammed into a door frame is bound to break a nail!). This is just under 3 weeks of growth, and is the longest my nails have been since before the winter holidays- and not for lack of trying to grow them!
If it wasn’t obvious before now- I can’t say enough good things about Duri Rejuvacote. It has completely transformed my nails, and I love telling everyone about how great it is! Though this particular post is an official review, I’ve raved about this product many times in the past here on the blog.
I’ve purchased Duri Rejuvacote from Amazon.com, but it was recently launched at Walmart stores in their newly revamped nail sections! You can find this there or online for a suggested retail of $9.98. If you need any help growing your nails or even giving them some extra strength, be sure to check it out- you won’t regret it!
*Some polishes or nail care items in this post were provided to me for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own*