I didn’t make any resolutions at the start of the year, but I have been making some as the year has progressed, and one of those resolutions relates to beauty products.
I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with beauty products, you see. I LOVE using them, but I absolutely HATE spending a lot of money on them, so when my favourites run out, I’ll often put off re-purchasing them for as long as possible – or just forget about it altogether. Not this year, though: I’m determined not to fall into bad beauty habits, which is why last week I found myself spending £17 on a bottle of Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse dry oil.
Now, I don’t know about you, but £17 seems like quite a lot to me for an oil, so when I got a sample of this in a Birchbox last year, and realised how much it would cost me to keep on using it, I was pretty horrified. Here’s the thing, though: this stuff is aaallll kinds of awesome. A holy grail, if you will. The kind of thing you write long, gushing reviews about, because – SPOILER ALERT – this is going to be a pretty long, gushing review: don’t say I didn’t warn you.
So, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse! It’s a catchy name for what is, as I’m sure you’ll have gathered, a dry oil, which can be used anywhere you like – skin, hair, furniture… er, maybe not that last one, actually: leave the furniture alone, OK? For me, it’s the “dry” part of the equation that’s the big draw, here. I’m really bad at remembering to use hand and body lotion, for instance, purely because they’re just so sticky most of the time that I can’t be bothered with them. I just don’t have the time to put lotion on my hands and then sit around for 20 minutes waiting for it to sink in: I’m much too impatient for that, so moisturising my hands always leads to me inadvertently “moisturising” my keyboard, too – and the door handle, the dog, my phone, and anything else I decide to touch right after using the lotion.
So, I don’t moisturise as often as I should, is what I’m saying. Or I didn’t, until I discovered the wonder that is Nuxe dry oil – a formula that goes on like any other oil, but which is instantly dry to the touch, leaving your skin feeling soft, smooth, and – most importantly – non-sticky.
It stands to reason that it would be £17, huh?
Well, the price might have put me off slightly, but it didn’t put me off for long. The sample I received of this was tiny, but it lasted for a good couple of months, which proved to me that this is very much a “little goes a long way” kind of product. Gotta love those, right? And, I mean, if I found a top I liked for £17, I’d think it was an absolute bargain, wouldn’t I? I’m not really sure why I don’t have the same reaction to a beauty product, but I do, and that’s something I really need to try to change – especially when the product in question is as good as this one. And it is good, too: quite apart from the fact that it dries right away, allowing you to go about your business, unencumbered by sticky hands, it’s also one of the best moisturisers I’ve used. I mostly use it on my hands and feet, and just one application leaves my skin feeling really soft: even my cuticles are looking better, and if you know my cuticles, you’ll know how much of a miracle THAT is.
If I were to nitpick over anything – which I guess I should probably do, if only to give you a break from all the gushing I’m doing here – my one tiny criticism would be the very strong smell. It’s not a BAD smell at all: in fact, it’s a pretty nice one, but when it comes to products I use constantly (this lives on my desk, so I can use it whenever I feel the need), my preference is for them to be unscented, purely because I get sick of smelling the same thing all the time. As I said, though, I AM nitpicking here, so take that as you will.
The oil comes in a glass bottle, with a plastic stopper to make sure you don’t pour out too much at once. At first I was a little frustrated by this, because it makes it harder to use it over larger areas, but it does make sense. Left to my own devices, I’d probably get through the whole bottle in a couple of weeks: at least this way I have to ration it out a little, and if I knock it over (which I WILL, and you know it), I know I won’t spill too much of it either.