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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.
An essential part of my beauty routine is caring for my nails with my finger nails previously being inch long talons. However, following a recent accident where one of them bent back on itself, snapped and caused a nasty infection, which is now being treated with a strong course of antibiotics, my nails have been cut to a more respectable length. On a weekly basis, I will carry out a home manicure and on a daily basis I use a conditioning product. My previous choice was an Advocado Oil Pen made by Nails Inc, which was discontinued several years ago. However, being the beauty product hoarder that I am, it was only a few months ago that I exhausted my rather large stash. My research for a replacement brand led me to Avon's Nail Experts Conditioning Cuticle Pen and this review discusses my experience.
The sturdy plastic pen measures 12½ cm in length and is presented in a recyclable cardboard box. It is fairly chunky in appearance and similar to that of a white board marker, so an easy grip can be maintained whilst using. Located in the centre and identical to the Nails Inc pens I have previously used is a transparent plastic barrel containing a clear conditioning oil. However, a grumble I have with many Avon products is that they fail to provide adequate directions for use. For some bizarre reason they have decided to print the directions for use on the inside of the cardboard box, so it is necessary to carefully cut it open, which is frustrating should you wish to retain it for storage of the pen.
To use the product, the white cap, which is located on the lower side of the pen, needs to be removed to reveal a brush, which is similar to that of a nail varnish although larger in size and slightly more rigid. Be careful not to make the same mistake as I did when I first purchased the similar product from Nails Inc where I removed the incorrect lid, which is situated at the opposite end. Whilst it appears almost identical to the removable lid, it houses the spring mechanism, which operates the pen and should not be removed as the springs will ping out!
To dispense the conditioning formula, which is an oil containing vitamin E, the upper section needs to be turned several times in a clockwise direction. For the initial use, it was necessary for me to turn this section approximately a dozen times after which I was able to witness a few droplets on the edge of the brush. This needs to be brushed and gently massed into the cuticles and with regular use the oil will keep them in a healthy condition and promote nail growth. The lid easily clips into place when not in use, so there is no risk of the oil drying out although we are advised that the product should be used within 12 months of opening. Through my experience of using Nails Inc, which was an identical size pen, I found that with daily use the oil would last me approximately 6 months.
When I first began using these types of products I believed the oil would be greasy on my skin and nails, but this is far from the case and in all honestly, I forget that I've applied it. The oil is odour free and has never caused any skin reaction. I strongly believe that the regular use of oil pens have maintained the healthy condition of my nails in the seven years that I've been using them and I would previously pay in the region of £10 for my Nails Inc product whereas Avon sell this pen for £6.50. However, at the time of writing you can make a purchase for £3.25. Despite Avon placing the directions for use in a ridiculous place, this product still receives a high recommendation from me together with five stars.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.