Dior Nail Glow Review

Nail Glow from Dior is a nail lacquer in a universal shade that enhances the nail’s natural color. This claims to make the pinks of the nails pinker and whites of the nails whiter when applied to bare nails, giving a healthy, shiny glow.

Ingredients: Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol/Trimellitic Anhydride Copolymer, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Acrylates Copolymer, Benzophenone-3, Fluorescent Brightener 367, Ci 15850 (Red 7 Lake), Adipic Acid/Fumaric Acid/Phthalic Acid/Tricyclodecane Dimethanol Copolymer, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Citric Acid

Nail Glow is easy to apply (and I am not good at applying polish) and dries quickly and smoothly. I applied two coats.

Nail Glow’s color is not that noticeable indoors (looking like clear nail polish), but improves the shine and brightness of the nails. Depending on type and level of light, Nail Glow takes on different shades. It gives a really nice color by the window when cloudy outside and quite pink when outside on a cloudy day. The nails look nice and bright in the sun.

On day 3, there are chips on the very tips and sides of a couple of fingernails. In the photo, on the index finger, the Nail Glow has come off of half the tip of the fingernail and the difference in the white of the nail is noticeable. By day 4, the lacquer has chipped off of the tips of the nails. By day 7 Nail Glow has come off of one-third of the nails.

Dior Nail Glow does make the nails pinker and whites of the nails whiter, with a healthy glow, but is not really noticeable when inside (though the whites of the nails look brighter). If the product showed on the nails when indoors and if it lasted for more than 3 to 4 days, I would consider a repurchase.

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L’Occitane Shea Nail and Cuticle Oil Review

The Shea Nail and Cuticle Oil from L’Occitane is a quick-absorbing dry oil that claims to soften and condition the cuticles and nourish, strengthen and improve shine on the nails.

Ingredients: Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Trihydroxystearin, Parfum/Fragrance, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Linalool, Coumarin, Limonene, Geraniol, Farnesol, Eugenol

Trihydroxystearin is a mixture of glycerin and fatty acids, used as an emollient and thickening ingredient. Shea butter is an occlusive and an emollient. This product contains 30% shea oil.

Directions: Press on the tube and apply to nails and cuticles with the brush and massage in.

This nail oil comes in a tube with a brush applicator for an easy, no-mess application. The oil is easy to get onto the brush and controls the amount of oil during application. The oil has a baby powder scent.

My cuticles are generally dry and get little hangnails. My nails are thin, bendy and peel easily, getting nicks on the sides of the nails. I’ve been using Shea Nail and Cuticle Oil for one month, in the evening, massaging over the nails and cuticles.

On application, it is a thicker oil and absorbs pretty quickly, making the skin and nails shine. As the shine dries down, it does not feel moisturizing at all, but has a dry, light, shiny coating that initially makes the cuticles and nails look better, but they do not feel moisturized, and the shine and improvement seem to disappear after about 30 minutes.

I did get a couple hangnails throughout the month.

I do not notice really any improvement in terms of hydration, softness or nourishment to the cuticle; my nails look a bit shinier, however. My nails feel the same, but do not peel as easily, though I have been more diligent in filing the nails regularly.

As a comparison, I used The Ordinary marula oil on my toenails and cuticles (which are much drier than my fingernails and cuticles) for the month and my toes felt moisturized and looked much better within about a week.

I would not repurchase the L’Occitane Shea Nail and Cuticle Oil.

The Chemistry Brand Hand Chemistry Review

Hand Chemistry is a hand lotion from Deciem’s The Chemistry Brand that claims to target 8 signs of hand aging (brightness, elasticity, firmness, smoothness, density, evenness, hydration and texture), with noticeable results in 11 days.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Propanediol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Plantago Lanceolata Leaf Extract, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Proline, Alanine, Serine, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Tocopherol, Betaine, Cellulose, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Linalool

Some unfamiliar ingredients – Plukenetia Volubilis seed oil, also known as sacha inchi oil, is from the Amazon rainforest rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Copper lysinate/prolinate is an amino acid/mineral complex that has the potential to target signs of aging. Plantago Lanceolata (also known as plantain) leaf extract has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. Hand Chemistry contains fragrance and limonene and linalool are used as fragrance as well.

Directions: Apply to clean hands morning and evening.

I am 39 years old and have noticed fine lines and dull, thin and dry skin on my hands over the last couple years. I’ve used Hand Chemistry for 2 months so far, morning and evening, a bit less than one pump.

This is quite a thick cream. The fragrance itself is not bad or particularly overpowering and fades after a bit, but there is something about it that really bothered me for the first few uses, so much so that I got headaches (which is unusual; I am not generally sensitive to smells). After a few uses I guess I got used to it and no longer get headaches. The scent is an odd, sweet, cherry, bubble gum smell.

The lotion absorbs quite quickly with no greasy or heavy residue that leaves a protective moisture barrier after massaging into the hands. If I use too much product, or continue to massage in after the lotion is mostly absorbed, the product pills on the skin. The hands feel immediately hydrated, smooth and soft, however, this feeling does not too long, nor lasts past a hand wash (or even just a rinse with water) as with some other hand lotions I’ve tried.

Hand Chemistry provided some surface hydration; I expected a better level of moisture after 2 months of twice-a-day use. My hands still feel dry.

I didn’t feel or notice any improvement in brightness or smoothing of fine lines just looking at my hands, but in the photos above, there is noticeable improvement in these areas, particularly with brightness around the knuckles and an overall smoothed appearance of fine lines on the hands. My skin does not feel like it has improved density.

I am undecided about this product; I had hoped hydration and moisture to be better, but there is improved brightness and smoothing of fine lines. I recently got a hand/body lotion with 10% glycolic acid, so maybe using this or another more hydrating lotion (my favorite is from Akita Rosewater) under the Hand Chemistry would show more improvement. I also wonder if I can get similar benefit with using a routine similar to facial skin care with hyaluronic acid, a toner, niacinamide and a hydrating lotion perhaps; so a few things to try in the coming months.

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The Chemistry Brand Heel Chemistry Review

Heel Chemistry is a lotion by Deciem’s The Chemistry Brand that can be used on the heels and other areas that are very dry. This formula claims to hydrate cracked skin and provide hydration below the surface to improve hard skin, while providing a cooling effect, with results within 2 weeks.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Propanediol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Betaine, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Cellulose, Xanthan Gum, Menthol, Menthyl Lactate, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Ethyl Menthane Carboxamide, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Phosphate, Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Linalool.

Heel Chemistry contains a marine complex proven to improve skin texture and hydration and counteracting extreme dryness. Calendula provides healing and regeneration for short term and long term results. This does not contain urea or acids.

Directions: Apply to dry areas twice a day for 14 days and then as-needed thereafter. This can be used on heels, hands, elbows, knees and other very dry areas.

This is a thicker cream that has a minty scent. It is not oily or greasy. It absorbs after a couple seconds and has a cooling effect from the menthol and menthyl lactate.

I have very dry feet and heels with layers of hard skin on my heel and a callous on my big toe. I used Heel Chemistry twice a day all over the feet for about 17 days and once a day for the remainder of the month.

I didn’t take a photo at 14 days, but there was improvement in hydration and the rough feeling of the skin.

At one month, my skin felt softer, more hydrated and the roughness was gone. The callous on my big toe was more hydrated and softer, but still felt thick.

Heel Chemistry comes in a 100 mL tube and lasted me one month, using as above. I hope Deciem makes a larger size at some point. Once I ran out, after a couple days, my heels started getting a bit drier and a bit rougher. Overall, the results are pretty great and I will repurchase.

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Akita Natural Hand Cream Review

Akita is a skincare company founded in Turkey specializing in rose water and rose oil skincare. They have four different product lines; rose, lavender, cacao and unscented and use natural plant-based ingredients. I bought a number of Akita’s rosewater products, one of them being the hand cream from the rose line. I get very dry hands no matter the season and in the colder months will get very dry, peeling skin.

Ingredients: Water, Apricot Seed Oil, Glycerin, Beeswax, Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Mono Stearate, Olive oil, Ceteareth-20, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Aloe Vera Barbendensis, Rose Essential Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Centaury Oil, Sesame Oil, Chamomilla Extract, Sweet Almond Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract.

These ingredients are all natural and this product claims to soften skin and protect the skin’s natural moisture balance while accelerating healing. Along with a number of oils, this product contains beeswax. Beeswax provides a protective barrier and can act as a humectant (attracts water). Centaury oil comes from the yellow centaury flower and is used primarily in the treatment of burns and wounds.

I got the rose hand cream in the hopes that it would sooth my dry hands and prevent further peeling and soreness in the winter months. I use this primarily twice a day, in the morning and evening. This is a very strong-smelling product; not unpleasant, but a very strong rose smell that lingers for a couple hours. The cream is very thick, so a little goes a long way. It absorbs nicely and almost immediately without feeling greasy, but leaves a bit of a protective layer that is not heavy feeling. This protective feeling lasts even through a couple hand washes. For me, there was immediate relief of dryness and pain that very dry hands can cause. The cream is very smoothing and indeed prevented new peeling skin and dry spots on my hands. I didn’t find much difference in the signs of aging my hands; the bit of wrinkling and thinner skin around the knuckles, but I didn’t really expect to. This hand cream would be a good preventative for some of the signs of aging, however. I really like the Akita hand cream and will definitely repurchase.

Update: April 29, 2020 – After a recent purchase of this hand cream, something changed in the formula. The texture feels the same, however, this is nowhere near as hydrating and leaves an odd dry feel on the hands as it is rubbed in. I will no longer be purchasing.

I also tried the hand cream in cocoa and the texture is much different, not as rich or buttery, and was not very hydrating.

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