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I have recently been making a concerted effort to try to make my nails look a little more presentable. Because of my job, I have to wash my hands 6 million times a day (ok, a slight overexageraration, but you get my point) and I also have to keep my nails short - and because of this, and the fact that I'm prone to biting them, my nails do get in a bad way. One of the products I bought to try to rectify this problem was the E.L.F Nourishing Cuticle Pen. I bought this direct from the ELF website for just £1.50, which I thought was a fantastic price and I couldn't really have expected to pick something up like this for less.
The idea of the E.L.F Nourishing Cuticle Pen is that it delivers moisturising agents directly to the cuticle so that the cuticles become more hydrated and therefore less dry and flakey. It contains almond oil, aloe and avocado extract which are both proven natural moisturisers - and I have used similar products in the past with good results. I prefer the idea of using moisturisers which contain natural ingredients, simply because I think that they usually work better. In addition to this, the Cuticle Pen also contains Vitamins A, C and E - all of which have been proven to nourish and benefit overall skin and nail health.
Using it really couldn't be simpler. Basically it involves removing the cap and then rubbing the soft wet nib of the pen (which is a bit like a thick felt tip) over my nails. The solution inside is colourless. Initially when you apply the solution, my nails were wet - which was actually helpful because it meant I could see where I had painted, but they dried within about 15 seconds. The nib remained wet, but I did find that I needed to replace the product after about 2 weeks as the nib dried out (I assume there was no more solution left). There was a slight fragrance to the solution, which was very sweet and not unpleasant, but this fragrance dissipated after a few minutes following application.
I found I was applying this pen about every 6 hours (there are no directions given except "when necessary") and this seemed to be about the right frequency for me. The overall condition of my nails did improve in as much as they stopped looking so flakey and dry - and because they stopped looking so uncared for, I found that I was biting them less as well (which was an added bonus). My only negative about this product is that as soon as I stopped using it (I forgot to take it on holiday with me), the flakiness and dryness returned quite quickly and so it is something you need to continue using if you want the effect.
Overall, I would recommend this product. It's inexpensive, easy to use and it does work.
I found this product online on the E.L.F website before deciding to buy it elsewhere for a slightly better price without having to pay a silly P&P price. I eventually paid £1.50 for this product, which is exactly the same as on the website but managed to dodge the postage and packaging fee. I am currently trying to grow my nails and trying ever so hard to keep them in the best condition possible even though its not always possible. I bought this product as an assistant to help me make my nails look look and actually be a little healthier.
This product is known as the E.L.F nourishing cuticle pen, said to relieve dry nails and flakey cuticles (E.L.F). This product comes in the form of a pen, whereby there is even a lid to stop the ´pen' from drying out. This product is loaded with Vitamins E, A, C, Pro-Vitamin B5 and Aloe, which are the ingredients that are supposedly supposed to do all the hard work.
You use this pen by simply drawing on your nails and cuticles. The nib of the pen is hard and stays wet and moisturised unless you leave the lid off or I guess when it runs out. Applying this pen to my nails felt more tha weird, I felt like I was vandalising myself! However this was the product, so this was how I was going to use it.
Along the length of the pen, it states very clearly that this product contains avocado and almond oils, which is supposed to help with the softening of your nails and cuticles. I found that they were OK at doing their job actually and I did have soft nails and cuticles after using this. I also found the light smell of these ingredients to be very luring.
After using this product for a week, I couldnt stop touching my hands, due to the softness of them! I found this product to be a great softener, but not sure if my hands look any better. I find maintaing my cuticles to be alot easier and they dont seem to bother me so much anymore.
Overall I would say that this product does work and for just £1.50 for hands as soft as mine, I wish I knew about this product before and I dont feel so weird drawing on myself anymore by the way. The thing with this product is that when it dries you feel the need to wash your hands, especially as a contact lense wearer. You cant be touching your eye with this on your hands or I couldnt even imagaine the sting it would give.
Try it if you want soft nails!
Years ago Avon used to make a great little nail product that was a plastic brush filled with nail oil that you would brush over your cuticles to soften and treat them. I loved how convenient it was, and was gutted when they stopped making it, so when I saw this product from e.l.f. I couldn't wait to give it a try.
This particular product is a 'cuticle pen' a product that e.l.f. say will relieve dry nails and flaky cuticles and moisturise, and the pen applicator will leave no mess. The product contains vitamins E, A, C, Pro-vitamin B5 and Aloe, as well as sweet almond oil, grape seed oil, avacado oil and aloe vera oil amongst other things. E.l.f say the combination of these ingredients will result in softer, easier to manage cuticles and healthy, hydrated nails.
The pen is white in colour with silver text on the side, and it has a plastic cap to keep it from drying out. Unlike my Avon favourite which had a soft brush, I found that this had a very hard rectangular tip, almost like the tip of a permanent marker.
To use, you simply brush this onto cuticles and bare nails whenever they are looking dry or ragged. At first when I was brushing this over my nails, I remember thinking that nothing was coming out. In fact when I tilted my nail slightly so it hit the light, I could see that there was a minimal amount of oil on my nails, but it was not as wet or as greasy as I had expected it to be.
Almost immediately after applying this, I could see a difference in my cuticles. They seemed to look instantly hydrated, and I've even found that I can use the hard, rectangular tip of the pen to push my cuticles back slightly.
The oil has no scent, and like I said is not greasy as you would probably expect, so you can literally apply this any time, any place.
Although the initial results from this pen are impressive, I have found that after around 4-5 hours, my cuticles start to look a little dry and ragged again.
This product costs £1.50 from www.eyeslipsface.com
Overall, I thought this product was OK, but it was disappointing that the results wore off quite quickly. If like me your cuticles get ragged and dry quite a lot, I do find this is a convenient product for putting in your handbag for 'touch ups' throughout the day.