Keep Madonna Claw At Bay With Mavala, Sally Hansen, Roger & Gallet, B-Line and Garnier

By Emma | August 27 2012 | 25 Comments

Hand and Nail Care

We all know why it’s important – think of Madonna as a cautionary tale – but lots of us are still neglecting our hands.  I say lots of us, because I’m hoping for company here on the naughty step.

hand and nail care

Hand and nail care are just not as much fun for me as make up or hair stuff or skincare.  But I’ve vowed that one day, I will be in control of my cuticles. And I think I’ve finally found the right products to get me there.

Mavala Cuticle Remover

ONE Mavala Cuticle Remover

Ragged cuticles are a definite barrier to grown up, ladylike chic. In fairness, they’re not my only barrier, but we’ll look past that for now. This product is a weekly treatment that softens cuticles and allows them to be pushed back, for a more groomed appearance. It’s simple, effective and gives satisfying results; it’s €8.04. (Find more Mavala here!)

Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Cuticle Pen

TWO Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Cuticle Pen

I have several cuticle oils and they mostly end up gathering dust at the back of a drawer somewhere. But whether it’s the marzipan scent, the shiny pink packaging or the fact that I keep it in my pen mug at work, in my direct line of vision, there’s something about this product that ensures I actually use it. It makes quite a dramatic difference to my nails and is €5.95, from selected pharmacies and shops nationwide. See what else we recommend here.

Roger & Gallet Citron Liquid soap

THREE Roger & Gallet Liquid Soap in Citron

There’s no point slathering on lotions and creams if you’re using a harsh handwash that dries out your hands and nails. This one, from Roger & Gallet (€15.25), is gorgeous – it’s gentle and suitable for all skins, including sensitive, and can be used on the body as well as the hands. Made using a traditional cauldron method, the shea butter in the formula nourishes while it cleans. And the scent? It’s YAMMY!

B-Line Beauty Skin Treat Hand Serum

FOUR B-Line Beauty Skin Treat Hand Serum

If you’re really concerned about the effects of aging on your hands, then this Skin Treat Hand Serum could be the answer. It’s expensive, but very good – it has an instant lightening, tightening cosmetic effect, as well as a longer term impact on reducing visible sun spots.

The ‘Before’ shot’s on the left; the results are more impressive than these pics convey!

Light and silky, it absorbs almost instantly and, after a few days use, my hands seem softer and smoother. I wish I’d had it for my wedding, when what felt like hundreds of photos were taken of my pudgy little paws. Order from the UK via; the price works out at around €59.

Garnier Intensive 7 Days Hand cream

FIVE Garnier Intensive 7 Days Hand cream

Perhaps because of the uninspiring packaging, I wasn’t expecting this to feel as lovely as it does. It’s deeply nourishing, which encourages me to slather it on as often as I remember. And it seems to be doing the trickthere are some heavyweight ingredients that claim to keep your skin hydrated, even after washing. This is €4.49.

Sally Hansen Complete Care 4-in-1

SIX Sally Hansen Complete Care 4-in-1

This brush-on strengthener is a really effective treatment for thin, peeling nails. Mine aren’t fixed yet, but they’ve definitely turned the corner. The formula is moisturising and contains vitamins and minerals to coax nails back to health. Can also be used as a smoothing base coat, glossy topcoat and  growth treatment, so it’s working hard for its €10.95 price tag.

What are you using to care for your hands and nails?

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25 Replies to "Keep Madonna Claw At Bay With Mavala, Sally Hansen, Roger & Gallet, B-Line and Garnier"

  • Gracie says:

    Thanks for this post. I am guilty of not taking care of my hands and sadly it visibly shows signs of aging :( People are usually surprised when I tell them my age, looking at my face. But they can take one look at my hands and probably think that I’m older than my mother.

  • I love hand creams.. after years working in a hairdresser my hands are in an awful state with dermatitis so I have gotten into the habit of using hand cream every time I wash my hands .. I use Soap&Glory hand food

  • SLH says:

    I totally ignore my hands, and despite the amount of hand creams I have in the kitchen, bathroom, handbag, desk, etc, I never use them.

    I think the “Madonna claw” might motivate me.

  • LynnieDoll says:

    I have hand creams everywhere, in my bathrooms next to the kitchen sink to try and remind me to use them after every wash. I stil forget sometimes, but 90% of the time I use one. I love L’Occitane hand cream, really nourishes.

  • Cait says:

    I love hand creams. Years of working in a lab has resulted in me having tubes of hand cream everywhere. I don’t usually like Lush but their Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter is amazing. Really really rich so I only use it before bed!
    The Sally Hansen pen is the absolute best though. It’s the only way I usually remember to treat my cuticles. Emma can I ask where you got it for €5.95? Last time I was in Boots it was more like €9.95 so I didn’t get a replacement as I was broke!

  • PinkPanther says:

    I love Laura Mercier hand creams, especillay the pistachio one. It has no SPF though which I think must be the most important thing in fighting off Madonna hands.

  • ZsaZsa says:

    I don’t give my hands as much attention as I should. The only thing I really use to look after my hands is hand cream and even at that I have to leave it around the place so that I will see it and use it. The Garnier Hand Cream is great! I wasn’t expecting much from it myself, but it is one of the best ones I’ve tried recently, and its just as good as some of the more expensive.

  • Freckles says:

    Such a timely post!! Am in serious need help for my cuticles :-)

  • Melanie says:

    Brilliant timing – used lumpy dregs of OPI Nail Envy half an hour ago & while it worked, it’s bloody expensive at €22 every 6 weeks! Going to hunt out Sally Hansen 4-in-1 this afternoon

  • littlesis says:

    I’m not as concerned with my hands as I was about the state of my peeling, brittle nails until the lovely CherrySue suggested the OPI Nail Envy.
    This stuff is really amazing, I had tried Essie’s Billionails and some Sally Hansen stuff but the OPI is really a wonder product!

  • Carky says:

    This post sent me straight over to the kitchen sink to put on some handcream! I like Clarins/Soap & Glory/Bliss for day time and Lush Lemony Flutter/C for Carrots at night time.

  • Great post Em, I have an unreasonable obsession with hand and nail products so love to see what everyone else is using.

    Delighted OPI is working for you too LittleSis, there honestly is no comparison. If anyone was looking to give it a lash I saw at the weekend that Beauty Emporium are going to stock it for €19.99. I’ll be stocking up at the RDS show this September though (2 for €10).

    The only way I could remember to use hand cream is by keeping a tube stood beside my PC in the office. It makes a phenomenal difference to cuticles and to nail growth if you massage each nail bed firmly when rubbing it in. Sally Hansen is my fave but Kiehl’s Ultimate Hand Salve is gorgeous too & there’s always a tube of Soap & Glory’s Hand Food knocking around my bag (told you, obsessed).

  • hermanspottypants says:

    Helping hands hand serum from barbara daly is my new wonder product. Goodbye clarins. Yep its that good.
    Cuticle trimmers from tweezerman are the best. I have overactive cuticle growth.

  • Ladyjane says:

    I often wondered what the Elizabeth Arden eight hour creams were like for hands. garner is currently beside my bed and the mango one in my work pocket. I will buy anything reasonably priced if it’s worth a try my hands are so damaged from washing them in work all the time. And that’s not mentioning the sting when I put alcohol gel on em!

  • LightPinkPearl says:

    Talking about the Garnier hand cream being that good…. I recently had the brilliant idea of going all Clinique (I adore them for some reason), and not to look elsewhere for anything. Yeah right. A couple of days ago I wanted some pick me ups and so I grabbed some Maybelline and Garnier stuff….

    Why is it that my skin, make up etc looks better with cheaper stuff??? Why??? Honestly, there is a visible difference *_*
    And why is it that I always jump back and forth between high end and low (spending more money)??? For the thousandth time low end has proven itself to me. Its really time to end this obsession. My Maybelline eyeshadow looks better than my Clinique. End of story.

    Anyone else with this experience?

  • Margo says:

    The best way to avoid Madonna claw hands is to apply SPF to your hands every day! I’m sure they make hand creams with SPF. Seriously, like for your face, suncream is the best age prevention tool for your hands (And your decolletage!). It may not seem worth it when you’re young but it will prevent crepey skin and sun spots for longer. I’m guilty of forgetting this a lot though…

  • *Aisling* says:

    Oh god, I feel so guilty reading this! I used to be really good with hand cream but I’ve kind of neglected things of late – and it shows! Bought some Aveda Hand Relief at the weekend and it’s already made such a difference

  • I can’t help sniggering whenever I see the name of that Aveda product. It’s my inner 14 year old dirtburd!

    Also, yes, SPF is v important – a good tip I heard is when you’ve applied SPF to your face to rub the remainder on your palms on to the backs of your hands…

  • *Aisling* says:

    Hahah Emma I know! I said to your one behind the counter – oh and can I have some Hand Relief. We both burst out laughing!

  • SundayGirl says:

    Cait I picked the Sally Hansen cuticle pen up in Superdrug today for around a fiver and I noticed it was around the same price in Doc Morris Pharmacy too!

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