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Ever since I left University I've been celebrating being slightly financially better off by treating myself to a manicure every two weeks. Now when I say financially better off it is slightly debateable as to whether or not I am - I think I just spend far less on going out drinking that I used to rather than actually earning a massive amount of money! However I do pride myself on having really neat nails and find that I have to give a little TLC to my cuticles as well...
Jessica Cosmetics is named after it's founder and owner Jessica Vartoughian who moved to America in 1962 to begin her empire. She is considered one of the world's foremost authorities on natural nail care and her whole empire is built on the basis that no one's nails are the same. As such she introduced range after range of products focusing on brittle nails or dry nails or post acrylic nails and so on so that there was something to suit everybody. Her products can be found in the most prestigious of salons and are certainly considered elite within their field.
The Jessica Nourish Therapeutic Cuticle Formula is designed to nourish and soothe nails and the surrounding cuticles to create healthy looking nails and well moisturised cuticles. It comes in a small white tube which contains nearly 15ml of the product. It has a small black screw on lid which can be quite tricky to get on and off when you've got the formula on your nails! It has the brand name and logo on the tube in black as well as the product name and some basic information. All in all the product packaging is quite classy yet not overly ostentatious in any way.
The formula itself is a baby pink in colour and smells delicious, just like expensive nail salons smell without the acidic nail varnish remover type scent. It smells slightly perfumed, sweet and quite rich with a hint of Nivea cream about it as well, altogether quite a pleasant smell but one that could cause a headache if inhaled for a longer period of time. Although it's called a formula I'd say a more accurate description is a cream, you do need to squeeze the tube a little to dispense it and once it comes out it's not overly runny and is more like the consistency of body butter.
To use the cream it's recommended that you gently massage it into your nails and cuticles twice a day although I tend to find that once every two or three days is sufficient to give my cuticles a little moisture boost. It also states that you should massage from left to right in a rotating motion although I can't image that it would really damage anything if you were to go right to left really! I tend to spend about three or four seconds on each nail and you only need about half a pea sized amount to cover your entire two hands quite sufficiently.
Once you've applied it you'll find that your fingertips feel quite greasy, I normally let it soak in for about five minutes before rubbing the remaining residue all over my hands. It's always a good idea to do this in an evening when you're relaxing in front of the television to give the cream long enough to soak in as if not you'll find that it can leave attractive grease marks on your clothes or furniture - you have been warned! It does take about half an hour for the cream to disappear completely and then it leaves my hands feel really moisturised and supple.
So for the scientific bit... the cream provides instant hydration and nourishment for nails and cuticles, I'd say it's more evident with my cuticles as it doesn't seem to have a great effect on my nails. It apparently feeds the matrix of the nail as it is massaged in and helps to stimulate circulation and healthy nail growth. It also contains a blend of anti-oxidant vitamins and healing agents to help nourish and soothe the nail and cuticle area. It's all a little complex for me, all I know is that it moisturises and keep my cuticles looking healthy!
I tend to use this cream about once every two or three days, probably less in the summer and more in the winter when my skin gets quite dry. The effects are quite noticeable; I sometimes find that my cuticles pull and split a little bit which isn't nice to look at but if I apply this cream at night they're all healed by the morning. I find that it really does help to keep my cuticles moisturised and neat, my mum also started using it recently and has commented on the condition of hers - she even uses it on her feet as well! I really would recommend it as it's helped me out immensely and keeps my cuticles looking in good condition and really healthy all year round.
The tube I have retails at around £11.99 although you can get it slightly cheaper online and I bought mine from a local salon where they sell it at £10.99. A small pot it also available which contains double the amount and this tends to retail at around the £17.35 mark but again it may be cheaper to buy it online. I find that a tube lasts me about four months in total, sometimes more and sometimes less depending on how religiously I remember to use it. I know it is quite expensive but it's one of those products that really does have positive effects and is worth it!
Thanks for reading.
Ingredients: Vitamins A, D & E, Zinc, Allantoin ß / a cuticle therapy to nourish and repair your nails and cuticles //