Saturday, 13 September 2014

Nuxe - a French pharmacie staple

Nuxe. A French brand I'd heard much about, but not ever used. As soon as we arrived in France, I made a beeline for the nearest pharmacie (which, by the way, didn't very long, because they are everywhere). 

I wasn't disappointed. The brand means 'nature' and 'luxury' in French - so that gives you a clue about what you're in for.

The product I absolutely wasn't leaving without was the Huile Prodigieuse, a favourite among models across the globe; there's a lot of hype about this little beauty. Apparently, 97.8% of its ingredients are of natural origin and it contains the magic Vitamin E that helps nourish, repair and soften skin. I don't about all of that, but it smells absolutely divine. It can be used on your face, your body and even your hair - and a little goes a long way. I saw a difference in my skin in just a couple of days. In short: it's worth the hype.

The moisturiser was an emergency purchase - the Clarins face cream I'd taken with me did not agree with my skin at all. That's unusual - generally I'm a big Clarins fan - but if it doesn't work, it doesn't work. This Beaute Light, on the other hand, is fantastic. The helpful woman on the counter steered me away from heavier creams, telling me the product I was looking at was for much older women (obviously, after that, I'd have bought anything). This claims to have a light texture that stays matte all day. Check and check again. 

And, well, if you're looking around, there's no harm trying a harmless little lip balm while you're at it, right? (Okay, I have around a million lip balms. But, that does put me in a good position to make comprehensive comparisons.) I'll make it quick: love, love, love. Smells lovely, feels lovely, lasts for a long time. I wish I'd bought more than one. 

I also picked up a hand cream - Caudalie, not Nuxe, but worth a mention. My hands get very dry and I think I'm a bit addicted to hand creams. This one is very indulgent - it's not cheap, but it doesn't leave that awful film that cheaper creams can sometimes leave. And it smells wonderful too. (There's a common theme developing on that front for French products.)

Obviously, these products were cheaper (and, in fact, quite a bit cheaper) in France, but imagine my delight when I discovered that Marks and Spencer are now selling Nuxe - it means you can try before you buy in store. Perfect. And for the dedicated onliners, there's the ever reliable Escentual. Enjoy. 

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