Today I have L’occitane 25% Shea Butter Intensive Hand Balm, this has been out for a little while and I do like the original Shea butter hand cream, so I had to try it!
Intensive Hand Balm is a richer hand cream than the original, an extra 5% Shea in the formula and it has the same beautiful fragrance of Ylang Ylang. It’s warm and comforting and it’s such a pleasure to use at bedtime to help you relax and wind down.
I like this, but I do have a big gripe, it is VERY greasy. I don’t actually use this hand cream without wearing cotton gloves as you will get residue everywhere! It’s a bit too rich, I certainly couldn’t use this during the day. Yet it’s a great intensive treatment to use at night, the gloves help it sink into your skin.
I don’t think I would repurchase this, it is expensive too at £23.00 for 150ml. I know you don’t need to use much and the standard hand cream does last me a long time, Intensive Hand Balm is just too rich for me.
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I have an offering from OPI today, Pro Spa Moisture Whip Massage Cream. Pro Spa is the new and updated Avoplex range, based on Cupuacu Butter and White Tea. Cupuacu is related to Cacao, it’s used in confectionery similar to white chocolate. It’s low melting point makes it perfect for use on the skin.
The texture of Moisture Whip is so much more thin that I expected, I thought it would be similar to a Cocoa Butter. I find it just as hydrating as a thicker texture, making it easier to use, a tiny dab being all you need!
I bought the 118ml tub which I’ve hardly made a dent in, this is perfect for daytime use. It’s non greasy and has a gorgeous fresh scent that isn’t overpowering. It’s excellent for applying to cuticles as well, I always use hand cream on my nails too, it’s a habit I’ve had for years and I can’t stop even if I tried! This size would last months, even with frequent daily use. I bought mine from eBay for the bargain price of £9.95.
I’m looking forward to trying more from the Pro Spa range, there are various other products such as a scrub, oil and serum. So keep your eyes peeled for other Pro Spa items.
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This has been one of my favourite recent beauty finds, it truly exceeded my expectations. After I chose the Gardeners Hand Therapy in my You Beauty Box and Crabtree & Evelyn sent me an email about their sale I went to the website to have a browse.
I found the above product with 30% off, the Gardeners Nail & Cuticle Therapy and thought I would try it. I love the fragrance which is Green Clover, Lavender, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. It’s a sexy, herby, male sort of fragrance that I really love it has a cologne sort of scent, so if you are after something floral this is definitely not for you.
The formula is a light cream that you rub into your nails and cuticles, only a small dot is needed as it is quite concentrated. It contains Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5) and Keratin for strengthening and conditioning. I used it twice a day as directed, in the morning and evening and it wasn’t long before I saw results. As a polish addict it means that my nails aren’t always in as good as condition as they look, polish remover even the non-acetone kind tends to take its toll on your nails. Usually I don’t like my nails to be naked for any length of time because I am susceptible to breaks, it wasn’t intentional (I was being totally lazy and couldn’t be bothered to polish!) but I ended up testing this for 2 weeks on my naked nails. Not one break in that time and indeed since! My nails feel more durable (I had also been cleaning during that time with no gloves – I hate marigolds lol) and still flexible so I didn’t get the over-hardening you can get with some strengtheners.
This is a fabulous product if you don’t like using the paint-on kind (Nail Envy and similar) it is easy to use and you get the benefits very quickly. Even within a couple of days my nails felt stronger and I did not worry about having them naked. I am still using the product now when I am wearing polish. My cuticles are ridiculously soft and easier to push back and my nails look glossy and healthy. I would recommend this to anyone, I usually just use hand cream around my cuticles (a habit I developed years ago) Nail and Cuticle Therapy is superior.
Just as a side note I used it after I applied cuticle oil, I used it as a replacement for hand cream. I would still use oil, but if you don’t like using oils or if you are a chap you may want to use this on its own. I think you would still get brilliant results using it alone, I don’t think it is dependant on anything else.
I paid £7.00, the regular price is £10.00 which to be honest I think is a great price for a generous 15ml size. Such a small amount is needed it should last a decent amount of time. You can find the Gardeners range at http://www.crabtree-evelyn.co.uk
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I’ve got a fab product today Nails Inc Ridge Filling Base Coat with Collagen, which I’m sure you will agree is a bit of a mouthful!
I got this as part of a set from QVC and I had not tried any of the Collagen formulas, as far as I know it is still exclusive to Q. I need base coat as I have horrendous ridges (or nail wrinkles as I heard them described on the presentation…!) so I need something that will fill in the little critters.
It goes on very easily, leaving a slight matte finish, this makes polish last longer, I had a manicure on my nails for 6 days and that’s a record for me. Only marginal tip wear with no major chipping. If that wasn’t impressive enough I haven’t been using Nail Envy at all as my base, I liked this one so much I find myself reaching for it all the time!
In the time I have been testing, I have had zero breaks. Which I can’t believe, but in saying that it’s totally unfair to Nails Inc. I like to think I have good nails but in reality as a polish wearer and changing that at least twice a week leaves them dry no matter how much I oil my nails and cuticles. This Collagen Ridge Filler has made my nails feel strong but still flexible, it’s a reasonably thick formula (but still dries quickly) so you really feel like your nails have a protective coat on.
I’m a huge fan of this product and I would definitely recommend not only for the fabulous, smooth cosmetic look but for the treatment benefits too. I do still love my Nail Envy but I do hear from readers that it hasn’t worked for them, I think this would be a great alternative to try. Nails Inc Ridge Filling Base Coat with Collagen is available in various sets from http://www.qvcuk.com.
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I’ve been testing a nail brand that is new to me Nail HQ. It’s a British brand, one I had heard of before but never seen in my local stores.
The brand have 3 treatments, Hardner, Stregthener and Growth. The brand very kindly sent me their Growth Treatment to try along with their Cuticle oil. Growth has Biotin, Caffeine and Pentavitin which helps to retain moisture in nails, to reduce breakage and splitting.
I used Growth as a base coat and used my colour as normal, it is a fab base coat definitely holding onto colour as well as my beloved Nail Envy, it really seems to grab the colour like a matte base does.
I also found that my nails were less dry! Due to all the polish changes I do my nails are drier and although I use a lot of oil and lotions the polish remover does naturally remove some this. I used Growth for about 4 weeks and during this time I did not have any breaks or peeling at all, moisture seemed to stay in my nails for longer too. I’m very impressed with this product and would definitely recommend it to someone with a drier nail plate.
I was very surprised and perhaps unfairly so as Nail HQ products are extremely reasonably priced, Growth is at £6.99 which in my opinion is a bargain. I will be completely honest (as I always am) and say I didn’t use the Cuticle oil as it contains mineral oil and as you guys know, that is an ingredient I don’t use.
I would like to say a big thank you to lovely Giulia at Catalyst PR and Nail HQ for the opportunity to try Growth, it’s a wee gem! Nail HQ products are available at Amazon, Tesco and Superdrug.
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