My Mother in Law is an Avon Rep and knows I like nail art stuff so every Christmas I get a big bag of surprises from her.
This cuticle pen was in the batch last year and I was delighted to use it as I do use cuticle oil every day and because of this I get through quite a lot.
This pen is easy to use and mess free thanks to the way it has been designed. You just twist the end to click up the product and a little bit pushes on to the brush which you then just brush on to the nail cuticle and skin around the nail.
I massage it in afterwards with my fingers as it feels like it needs a bit of help to absorb in to the skin.
The results from this pen are brilliant, no hang nail or loose bits of skin that you want to pick at and also better conditioned nails growing from the nail bed. Oiling is essential for a healthy nail.
I received this as a gift but have looked online and you can pick up this pen with free postage from Amazon for just £3 which is a great bargain.
All in all this is a great product but with daily use it doesn't last very long as the cuticle pen only holds 9g of product but the essential ingredient of Vitamin E makes nails a lot healthier from regular use of this brilliant product. The mess free portable and travel friendly packaging wins my vote.
I frequently got my nails done on a monthly basis by a mobile nail technician until she opened her own salon on the other side of town. Since then I've taken to doing my own nails and am always looking for products that give that salon look and feel. I'm a huge fan of gel nails but they can take their toll on the condition of the nail bed. I bought this product when my nails and cuticles started to feel like they needed a bit of extra hydration.
As the picture would suggest the product looks very much like a pen with a twisty top at one end and a brush at the other. To release the cuticle oil in the middle the top of the pen needs to be twisted and the product is released through the brush. This is a very clever way of dispensing the product and makes it extremely easy to use. Unfortunately there is the possibility of over-twisting the top and releasing too much product causing it to drip or swamp the nail in cuticle oil. However, it smells that nice that it doesn't bother me!
The product instantly hydrates the cuticles. It also has a lovely lavender scent which makes hands smell like you've walked out of a salon. In the past when I've mixed different brand nail products it has resulted in the gel / acrylic manicure lifting. However, i haven't ever experienced this with the Avon Cuticle Oil. After using it on a number of occasions it prevented any evidence i'd had of dry nails and cuticles.
I regularly use this product and have found that its long lasting. It is also very often on offer in the Avon brochure so is very good value for money.
I spend a lot of time on my nails, I think due to spending years biting them as far down as I could (until they bled usually), until I have my son. Now my nails are my pride and joy. I have actually cried after breaking a nail!!! Yes, that's how serious I take them. I now spend time, filing, painting, looking after and decoration my nails in every way possible. After years of neglect, they are now being pampered daily (lucky things).
Cuticles were never things I paid any attention to before, only over the last few years have I realised that you need to look after all aspects of your nails, in order to get the whole look perfect. I used to get a cream from Avon (can't remember the name sorry) but they discontinued it, which was a great shame as it was amazing. I have been trying to find an alternative to this cream since, without much real luck. I decided to try this as I had not used an oil based product before. I was a little sceptical as I had visions of oil everywhere, it not soaking in and being covered in a horrible mess. It couldn't have been further from what actually happened. The product itself is a clear 'pen' that clearly shows how much product you have inside, this is a good idea as you then know when to buy a replacement. The plastic containers that do not allow you to see how much is left are useless really, they infuriate me, one of my little pet hates.
This cuticle oil is fortifies with aloe vera, vitamin E and botanical extracts. You obviously should take care if you are allergic to any of the ingredients; I thankfully am not and have not had any side effects from using this.
You remove the pen lid and this reveals a stiff brush made of clear bristles with which the oil is expelled. You turn the bottom clockwise and this pushes the oil through the brush ready for application onto your cuticles. If you turn it the wrong way the bottom falls off. When you first use the pen you have to turn it a few times to move the oil along the mechanism, but after this first time, a small turn is all you need. The oil itself is absorbed into the cuticle area very quickly which is the one major worry I had. It doesn't run out of the pen up your arm or everywhere either.
I used to get splits in my cuticles, which would then catch on tops, gloves etc and rip causing pain and bleeding. Now I have started taking care of my cuticles and using this I have not had this happen as often. They are also much softer and easier to move back when decorating my nails. As a quick note I do not use this if I have a catch or hangnail, as it stings and I want the area to heal before using products on it. I would defiantly recommend this to anyone looking for a good treatment for their cuticles.