May 082011
 

Like many women, my hair and skin has tended to be oily for nearly all of life.  I remember the horror of my reaction when I went to the Shu Uemura boutique in San Francisco and was given a sample of their gorgeous cleansing oil.  Why would anyone with oily skin put more oil–on their face?   Yet the boutique’s associate had glowing, absolutely clear skin and he swore that his was oily too.  I began using Shu Uemura’s oil religiously.  I learned that Shu Uemura had personally developed it as an effective way to break down the chemicals in heavy theater makeup and sunscreen gently, without clogging pores.  Followed by a toner, it works beautifully.

I was also caught up in the Moroccan Oil craze.  My one (and only) bottle, now half-full (half-empty?) is in the photograph above. I bought it without reading the ingredient list (what an idiot).  As Beauty and the Brains points out here, the product ingredient list includes more than oil and some silicons.  In fact, I thought it would be interesting to compare the ingredient list with Leonor Greyl’s hair oil:

  • Moroccan Oil:  Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Butylphenyl, MethylPropional, Argania Spinoza Kernal Oil (Aragan Oil), Linseed (Linum Usitatissimum) Extract, Fragrance Supplement, D&C Yellow-11, D&C Red-17, Coumarin, Benzyl Benzoate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone
  • Leonor Greyl Huile de Palme:  Natural Oils (97%) – Fragrance

Some difference, huh?  I find Leonor Greyl’s works well as a deep conditioner, or for use as a tiny whisper to tame frizz and condition my ends.  Although the $48 is expensive, the bottle is quite large, there are virtually no fillers.  So a little goes a very long way.  I’m secretly hoping Liz steals my Moroccan Oil so I don’t have to deal with the heartbreak of throwing it away.

I’m working my way through Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse (sold for around $30 on Beauty.com) as well, although it looks brand new.  It absorbs almost immediately, without leaving any little stains on my keyboard or clothing.  On legs and arms, it adds a touch of condition and sheen.  After using this for several weeks, creams feel too heavy and take too long to absorb.  L’Occitane used to sell as a comparable product, the Buriti oil, but it seems to have disappeared from their website.  As you can see, I haven’t used much of mine because I got it late last summer and neglected it since falling in love with Nuxe’s.

There are several gorgeously scented summer oils that add sheen and condition the body, together with deeply heady fragrances. I remember ordering these two–Tom Ford Black Orchid and Estee Lauder Azuree–after reading about them on Blogdorf Goodman.  Although I don’t use them frequently, they are a gorgeous addition to a summer conditioning routine.

I’m gradually learning more about oil-based skin care products (you may have seen my Rodin Olio Lusso review here).  Although I had long avoided these as an option, I’m finding that I love their benefits.  I have not experienced a single break-out from any of them.  If anything, they allow my skin to cleanse and moisturize well without chemicals.  They are lightweight, effective and pleasant (and sometimes downright gorgeous).  Although I’m not likely to re-buy Moroccan Oil, I’ve enjoyed the others tremendously.

 

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Apr 042011
 

Nuxe is very popular line sold in France, it is available at nearly all pharmacies and beauty stores.  As a bit of background, selling a product in a pharmacy does not necessarily classify a product as a “drugstore” line the way that we categorize products in the U.S.  Some French pharmacy products can reach up (or perhaps even over) the 100 euro price mark.  Fortunately, Nuxe is not one of the more expensive drugstore lines.

I’m a firm believer in the thought that if I wanted to know the skincare secrets of the French, I have to know a little bit more about the skincare that they actually use.  Nuxe is well known as an affordable, effective skincare line.  Perhaps one of the most popular Nuxe product is the Huile Prodigieuse, which is sold in both the clear version that you see pictured, and a shimmery version that can be used to add gold shine bits over a summer tan.  This sells for around 20 euros for a large 1.6 ounce bottle, and is available for shipment to the U.S. here on Le Guide Sante.

As a dry oil, Huile Prodigieuse is intended to be used on the face, hands, body and hair to add moisture.  There is a very light, pleasant scent that seems to fade after an hour or so.  The product is made in France, and the label reads that it is 98% of natural origin.  I’ve used the clear version for the last several days, and find that application after a shower or bath helps me feel very pampered and with very soft skin.  Although this is not the shimmery version, Nuxe’s Huile leaves the skin with a slight, moisturized sheen.   It absorbs in about five minutes, and leaves no color on the skin.  I was not surprised to see men buying Nuxe products in the stores, including some items from their summer bronzer line.

When I first arrived in France, I bought an inexpensive hand moisturizing cream from Sephora, called Sephora Nourishing Hand Cream in Hard Candy (around 7 euros).  I strongly prefer the Nuxe Huile Prodigiuse, as there is no “creamy residue” feeling afterwards.  Nuxe’s oil dries down so that the skin on my hands feels like….actual skin.  Not cream-coated skin.

Nuxe’s Huile Prodigieuse is a good, everyday and very well-priced moisturizing product.  I like that it’s no-fuss, works everywhere and does not break out my skin.  It provides a nice, light, moisturizing feel on the skin.  Highly recommended.

 

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