Spring is just around the corner. It’s hard to visualise it when the days are so cold and wet, but it really is going to get warmer (eventually). Fashion Week is on the horizon and I don’t know about you, but I definitely need to drag myself out of hibernation mode. With that in mind, I gathered together some of my favourite products from the French brand Nuxe, and plotted my way to spring preparation!
I love this routine on an evening, when it feels reasonable to take an hour out of the day to relax, unwind and get my pamper ON.
|Nuxe – Huile Prodigieuse (or ‘the multi-tasker’ as I call it)
This calls for a good soak in the tub. Here is where my first Nuxe product comes in: Huile Prodigeuse.
It’s a dry oil, which smells of gorgeous gardenia and other floral wonders. I love it simply because it works, and it’s a multi-tasker. I use this oil in loads of different ways (I’ll run through them in this post), but one of my favourites is in the bath. A few sprays into the water (or drops if you have the smaller bottle), and it infuses the bath with a lovely aroma and it’s skin-softening formula.
While I’m soaking away, I like nothing more than to use a face mask (see every blog post by me, ever!). My favourite Nuxe one is the Clarifying Cream-Mask. It works wonders for my slightly sensitive skin, whisking away dirt from deep in the pores, but leaving my face soft (not dry or tight), and it has that lovely scent which has hints of roses.
Once my 10 mins mask-time is up, it’s time to scrub-a-dub-dub. The Nuxe Fondant Shower Gel is my cleanser of choice most mornings in the shower, and it comes in good for a bath too. It’s a soap-free formula but it foams up really well with a small amount. Oh, and it has the most amazing scent of orange blossom with a bit of almond. I use the gel with my Soap and Glory Exfoliating Scrub Gloves, to leave my skin glowing and prepped for moisturising.
|My spring pamper favourites from Nuxe
Onto the serious business – skincare. After cleansing and rinsing off the Clarifying Cream Mask, I run over with my REN Exfoliating Toner (this is fast becoming one of my top products of 2014 – already), then follow with the hydrating Nuxe Gentle Toning Lotion with Rose Petals. I featured this toner in my 2013 Winter Skincare post as it really does wonders for dry skin – it’s very calming and just gives that boost of hydration, while readying the skin for the next steps.
Then, it’s oil time so two sprays of the Huile Prodigieuse into the palm on my hand, and massage onto my face.
Once the oil sinks in, I’m loving using Nuxe – Creme Fraiche de Beaute. It’s a 24 hour moisturiser, so it can be used day or night. When my skin is parched, I reach for this. If you have more combination skin, then Nuxe’s Creme Prodigieuse is also a winner.
Now I’d been really suffering from dry and chapped lips lately. Last year, I got a lot of use out of By Terry’s Baume de Rose, but at over £30 a pot, I just cannot justify the purchase – even if it is lovely! So, I went back to my old faithful Reve de Miel ultra nourishing lip balm. Within a week, the cracks on my lips had gone. I just use it twice a day (morning and evening) to keep everything tip top.
|Nuxe – Reve de Miel lip balm. Yellow pot of wonder.
Mini facial done, and it’s onto the body. Those cold days, central heating and general neglect (if I’m honest!) have left my skin quite dry and a bit ‘blah’. My use of the exfoliating gloves lately have really helped, along with soaking in bath oils – but it’s not enough on it’s own of course, so Huile Prodigieuse gets another turn here. Sprayed all over, it absorbs really quickly, then on the extra dry patches (elbows, knees, upper arms) I use the Nuxe 24hr Moisturizing Body Lotion.
A little of this goes a long way. I’ve been using the (quite frankly, massive) 400ml bottle since September and it’s still going!
This stuff is great on dry hands too, with a bit of the Huile Prodigieuse on nails and cuticles for an intensive treatment.
This time of year leaves my hair dryer than a prohibition officer. I use a mask once a week to deep condition, but on the days when I haven’t the wherewithal to wash my hair, I spray some Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse on the ends (just a small amount) at night to let it soak in and give my bonce a brilliant shine (it works great as a pre-blowdry oil as well).
That’s it. Quite a simple pamper routine, but Huile Prodigieuse can be used five times (total spending justification!). The gold version is very nice when the days get warmer and you might be showing a bit more skin – it’s shimmery and lovely (and still has that same lovely scent).
There are a few other Nuxe products I would wish to add to my collection if I had a magic wand (or limitless bank balance), and they would definitely include the Contour des Yeux Prodigieux (that’s eye cream for the non-French speakers), the Creme Fraiche de Beaute Serum (if it’s as good as the cream), and probably everything from their Nirvanesque range as I am old enough to warrant using that!
*This is not a sponsored post, but it is doubling up as my entry into Nuxe’s Pamper Hamper blogger competition. This does not affect my opinion of the products, and all featured items are my own (purchased with my own, hard earned cash!).*
Nuxe – Huile Prodigieuse
Nuxe – Clarifying Cream Mask
Nuxe – Fondant Shower Gel
Soap and Glory – Exfoliating Scrub Gloves
REN – Exfoliating Toner
Nuxe – Gentle Toning Lotion with Rose Petals
Nuxe – Creme Fraiche de Beaute
Nuxe – Creme Prodigieuse
By Terry – Baume de Rose
Nuxe – Reve de Miel Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm
Nuxe – 24hr Moisturizing Body Lotion
Little tip: if you’re looking to treat yourself to any of the Nuxe products, I really recommend buying from their website direct. For three reasons: 1. they send AMAZING samples. You get to pick one ‘large’ sample (I always go for the 10ml Huile Prodigieuse as they’re handy for travelling), and the sachets are good for discovering new items (that’s how I fell in love with the shower gel).
2. They often do free delivery, and it’s FAST.
3. You earn loyalty points (Nuxe and Me), which lead to (ker-ching) money off vouchers.
(But M&S and Space NK do stock them in-store too, which is lovely for testing, swatching and sniffing of things).
What’s on your spring pamper wish-list? Tell me in the comments.