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Well, I have to say, I am very disappointed with this one.
I first tried Nuxe as a sample from a health and beauty show, where I was given about 5 samples to try of the Nivanessque facial cream. It was then I realised that facial creams do have a point and can indeed take away my dry skin- for the whole day and without causing big whitehead spots! (I had been previously using Vaseline and E45 cream.)
So I didn't think twice when I saw this product go up on eBay. Reve De Miel, I looked up (on the Nuxe site) is a facial cream for all purposes. It's designed to sit comfortably with all age groups and be a good general purpose cream, but especially good for dry skin. Its blurb seemed to suit me fine as I was unable to get hold of my favourite Nivanessque unless I wanted to shell out £25 for it. (I got the Reve De Miel for around £10). I like Nuxe as they do not add Mineral Oils into their products. I have found through years of trial and error, that mineral oil on my face will give me angry big white head spots. Not good as they take a few weeks to totally vanish.
On arrival, I was greeted with a similar 50ml pot which all the Nuxe creams come in. A white lid and glass jar, quality feel and recyclable.
The scent of the cream was really nice too- a subtle but floral. I haven't quite placed it yet, it's not rose but its similar to rose, the ingredients in the cream is mango butter, honey, sunflower and wild flower oils. It really does smell great- and I'm not usually the type of person that likes perfumes (in fact I'd go as far to say that the only perfumes I do like are CK-One and Philosophy's pure grace, because they smell very plain and clean). Nuxe describe the cream by saying; Ultra Comfortable Face Cream leaves your skin more supple, intensely nourished, and restores its natural lipids. Roughness irritation and redness are eased with the help of natural active ingredients.
I was looking forward to trying the cream, so cleaned and toned my face as normal and applied the cream.
It's quite a dense formula- very thick and butter like- almost to the point where you question if it's for faces or a sample for your legs. But I applied after re-reading "crème visage".
The cream did sink in quite well- not as well as its Nivanessque cousin, but well enough that I couldn't really feel it 15 minutes later when I went to bed. My face was not tight, not heavy, and slightly moist to the touch but nothing more. There was a slight sheen to my cheeks. I was not happy with the sheeny shiny look, but for £10 I was not going to (or able to) complain.
But then I noticed something! As I had gone to touch the side of my face, and rolled my finger tips over my skin, I felt something on my skin roll off! I thought I had accidentally gotten something in my hair or face and so straight away went to a mirror to see if there was anything else there. Nope, nothing else there- but when I went to touch my face again, same thing happened. It seemed that the cream did not like my face!
I was/am not happy with this- this cream is fine as long as you don't touch it, and works well to moisturise your face. But who is actually able to not only not touch your face, even accidentally, but also to not let anything else touch your face- from the pillow to someone else's face... Not good!
I have since read, that the cream works well also as a masque, apply and leave on then rinse off. I did think this made my skin more supple, but to be honest, I rarely if at all use facial masques so I am unable to compare.
Buy again? Nope.
Nuxe?s honey lip balm was a product that was on my wish list for a very long time before I managed to get hold of some. It was on my wish list because I had heard that it was a great lip balm, but unfortunately, it was unavailable to buy in any of the shops in the area that I live in (it is a French brand). When I found out that Boots had started to sell the Nuxe skincare range, I was very excited, and rushed out to get some. However, it seems that I wasn?t the only one who had been wanting to try it, as it was sold out. I popped into Boots every time I was in town, and it was only after a number of visits that I managed to get hold of some (the last pot, in fact!). Nuxe?s Honey Lip Balm costs around £7, which is quite expensive, but I had to try it. Nuxe?s Honey Lip Balm comes in a heavy glass pot, just over 4cm across, and with a depth of just over 3cm. The glass pot is clear, and has the Nuxe symbol (a tree), and the name of the product written on it in green. For your £7, you get 15ml of product. The twist off lid is made of white plastic. The balm itself is a bright yellow colour, which goes on clear. The texture is a thick creamy paste. Nuxe honey lip balm is made with natural ingredients such as honey, shea butter, almond oil, vitamin E, beeswax, grapefruit oil and soybean oil (there are many other lovely sounding ingredients). It contains no mineral oils. The balm smells slightly of grapefruit, due to the grapefruit peel oil in the ingredients. Due to the natural ingredients, the balm does have a use by date printed on the pot. The packaging claims that the balm ??repairs, soothes and nourishes lips?protects from environmental aggressions?fights splitting and peeling. Lips are soft, supple and smooth?. To apply the balm, I used a lip brush. I found that
if I used too little, the balm would drag across my lips, due to the paste-like texture. However I found that when I applied enough so that it didn?t have to be dragged over my lips, the texture felt uncomfortable - slightly gritty and too thick. I had to rub the balm into my lips using my fingers, to get rid of the annoying feeling. The lip balm didn?t feeling moisturising at all to me, it just felt like a thick layer of goo. The natural ingredients may have been working wonders, but I like a lip balm to feel moisturising; I like to be able to rub my lips together when I am wearing lip balm, and for them to glide against each other comfortably. This was not possible with the Nuxe honey lip balm. Another problem was that after applying the balm in the morning, I would look in the mirror half an hour later and see that it had turned to a whitish colour in some areas (the balm goes on clear in the beginning) This means that I ended up using it only at night, as I didn?t want to go out with odd white areas on my lips. The thick waxy texture means that glosses and lipsticks can?t really be worn on top, but it does also mean that the balm lasts on your lips for a long while. As for the condition of my lips after using the balm - my lips are in a good state anyway, but I like to use a good lip balm twice a day to keep them moisturised. My lips felt horrid while the balm was on my lips, but they felt soft once the balm had rubbed off,. However, the feeling was short-lived. I noticed no positive long-term effects due to using this balm. Overall, I was unimpressed by this lip balm. I really can?t see what all the fuss is about. Maybe if your lips are really sore, you could put a thick layer on and it would provide a soothing barrier, but I personally gained no benefits from using it. I would not buy this again, but I
am glad that I have had the chance to try it out at last; that?s one item crossed off my wish list!