Thursday, August 28, 2014

13 Ways to use Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse - and my opinion on it


Huile Prodigieuse is French brand Nuxe's iconic product. It's been around for a long time (created in 1991), and it has gained cult status and following in France. It is, indeed, a great product that can be used in many different ways, making it a versatile staple in a woman's beauty cabinet. 

What's Huile Prodigieuse? 


It's a dry oil that can be used on body, face and hair to nourish and soften. It is quite strongly scented - the fragrance reminds me of Tahitian monoi, it's a sweet tropical flowery scent. Nuxe claims that it contains 96% natural ingredients, and it's made mostly of Macadamia, Hazelnut, Borrage, Almond, Camellia and St. John's Wort's oils. 

Here is the INCI ingredients list: Isopropyl Isostearate*, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil*, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate*, Dicaprylyl Ether*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Corylus Avellana Nut Oil/Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil*, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil*, Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopherol*, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Hypericum Perforatum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract*, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool. (* indicates a vegetal ingredient). 

My opinion on Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse 


I've used this oil for a long time now and I think it's a great body and hair oil. I personally don't like to use strongly scented products on my face, but I know it's also possible and can help with dry skin. 
Huile Prodigieuse means summer to me: its tropical scent makes me think of a day at the beach! It's the best oil I've found to give my body than glowing ultra-smooth skin that looks so sexy in the summer when you have a nice tan. Think beach goddess... 
It is a dry oil but not quite as dry as others I've tried, so it requires a little bit of massageing in to be fully absorbed by the skin, leaving no greasy feeling but a nice sheen. On the other hand, it has a real and long lasting nourishing power (unlike silicone based oils). It also works well to soften and nourish the dry ends of my hair, and adds a nice shine to my locks. 

Tips

Get a spray bottle! Some smaller bottles don't have a spray and it's a lot less convenient. 
If you want more glam for your summer night, there's an Or version, saturated with golden particles 

13 Ways to use Huile Prodigieuse 


After a day at the beach to soften and repair skin 
As an after sun to nourish and prolong tan 
In the winter to soothe very dry skin, under your regular body cream 
Just after shower to nourish your skin 
A few drops mixed with your usual body lotion for fragrance and added softness 
On legs, arms and decolletage to add a healthy sheen for a night out 
As a bath oil, a few drops under running hot water to add fragrance and nourish your skin 
As a sensual massage oil 
Applied daily to risk areas to prevent stretch marks 
As a nail and cuticle oil for hands and feet 
On wet hair after shampoo to soften dry hair and add shine 
As a mask before shampoo to deeply nourish hair 
Apply before a day at the beach or pool to protect hair from salt or chlorine damage 

Where to find (US) 

Nuxe was recently introduced on walgreens.com You can also buy it from various websites, including the brand's official site, for $45 for the 3.3oz spray bottle ($58 for the shimmery Or version). 


The product featured in this review was purchased by Lulle. I received no compensation to write this post, which only reflects my personal opinion. This post does not contain affiliate links.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

French beauty sampler GWP on beautyhabit.com



This gift with purchase offer by beautyhabit.com was launched on Monday July 14th to celebrate "Bastille Day", the French national holiday commemorating the beginning of the revolution in 1789. 
The code is valid until July 28th and the samples look pretty exciting with a wide selection of great brands. If you don't know beautyhabit.com, it's an amazing source of niche and foreign brands, and one of the best place to buy French cosmetics in the US. I've always been very pleased by the service they provide. 

I received no compensation to write this post, which only reflects my personal opinion. This post does not contain affiliate links.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Nuxe: best-sellers


Nuxe, a very popular French cosmetics brand found in pharmacies, is now sold at walgreens.com . It was already availabe in the US through different websites (nuxe.com, beauty.com, dermstore.com...) but now that it can be purchased from a major drugstore, I though it was a good time to tell you about the brand's best-sellers. 

Nuxe was born in Paris in the 1990s from a woman entrepreneur, who thought nature could provide the best ingredients in beauty products. Nuxe products contain a lot of plant extracts and natural substances, although they are not marketed as "natural" or organic (in fact Nuxe has a sub-brand specialized in organic cosmetics called Bio Beauté by Nuxe, which is not available in the US as far as I know). 

Here's an overview of the 3 most loved items by the brand: 

Huile Prodigieuse 



I will review this one soon! This is a multi-tasking dry oil that can be used on skin and hair. It is Nuxe's star product and it has gained cult status in France. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

OPI Where did Suzi's Man-Go?

Where did Suzi's Man-Go is a peachy orange nail polish part of OPI Brazil summer collection. It looks like a soft, light peach in its bottle, however it became a lot brighter and darker once applied. On my nails it looks like a bright ripe apricot shade rather than a peach. 


The texture is thin and I needed 3 thick coats for an opaque streak-free finish. As usual I topped with Sally Hansen Insta-Dry for a fully glossy finish and faster drying time. The polish looked fresh on my nails for 3 days before it started chipping, which is pretty good for me (nothing seems to last on my nails). 

Monday, May 5, 2014

A selection of French products to buy with drugstore.com 20% off International Beauty


If you have received the 20% off international beauty offer by e-mail from drugstore.com but are not sure what to use it for, here's a quick selection of French beauty products you should try! 

Avene Thermal Spring Water: rich in silica, this water is great for sensitive, irritated and damaged skins. I have used it a lot throughout the years and I always come back to it for its calming, soothing effect. $18. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lierac Gentle Cleanser Micellar Cleansing Water

I already told you about micellar cleansing waters a while ago when I reviewed Le Couvent des Minimes's rose infused micellar water. Micellar waters are soap-free, generally alcohol-free multi-tasking lotions that remove light makeup, cleanse the skin and tone it. They're a great way to cleanse dry, sensitive skin without using water and soap or face wash. They're also fast and easy to use on the go (after workout, in the morning, on vacation...). 

Lierac is a French technical skincare brand created in 1975 that belongs to Ales group, which also owns Phyto (high-end hair care) and Caron (niche luxury perfume and the legendary Caron face powder). 


Lierac Micellar Cleansing Water comes in a tall transparent pink bottle with a pump - the packaging is not particularly beautiful or exciting, but it serves its purpose. The pump, however, is a little too powerful for a liquid product and it tends to spit out the lotion way too far. My advice: make sure your cotton pad is right in front (rather than under) the pump before you press it. 

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