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Battle of the Cuticle Treatment

Yes, I know, not a very original title there is it? Its better than what I had in my mind (which was “lets talk about cute. e. cles” but you would need to be singing it to the same tune as “lets talk about sex baby”), now that title would have been too long and a little indecent and I now believe that I will be getting a barrel load of spam.

There are so many blog posts out there that tell you how to look after your cuticles and what you should use and you know what?  Those blog posts are great, I love them and honestly, I too have bought the products that get recommended from those bloggers.  So, the reason for this post?  Especially since there are so many others like it?  Well, for one, it’s about something that I am really passionate about lately.  Ever since Joan from Tip Top nails started helping me with my nail recovery which you can read about in multiple places on my blog, I have been obsessed with getting my nails and cuticles healthy.  I can say without a doubt that my cuticles and nails have never looked better in my life but at the same time, we still have a long way to go.

The 4 products I am going to mention now have been the ones that I have been using over the last couple of weeks, one of them though I just started using, about 24 hours ago but I feel that it deserves a mention because of the awesomeness of it.

The cuticle treatments I am going to be running through will be:

  • Essence’ Nail & Cuticle Butter Stick (R39.00 – available at Clicks & Dischem);
  • Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Cuticle Eraser & Balm (R79.00 – available at most stores);
  • Tip Top’s Cuticle Treatment (R79.00 – available at Clicks and Zando); and
  • Lush’s Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter (R90.00 available at all Lush stores)

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The Essence Nail & Cuticle Butter Stick is great, it’s filled with Vitamin E, Shea Butter, Lanolin and natural bees-wax which offers intensive moisture and the scent of the balm is lovely and fruity.  It leaves your nails and cuticles glowing and feeling moisturised, without an oily residue, for the price, it’s a great buy if you are looking for a cheaper alternative to treat your cuticles and nails.  It comes in a stick (duh) tube which you can twist around to bring out the product, this is great because there is minimal wastage and you just draw around your nail bed and cuticles to get the product where you want it.

Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Cuticle Eraser & Balm promises to quickly eliminate excess, ragged cuticles and hangnails while it conditions both your nails and cuticles.  I call bullshit.  OK, firstly I need to state that I have a very bad relationship with Sally Hansen, I find that their products NEVER offer what they promise and the quality, again, this leaves a little to be desired.  I also need to state that I didn’t purchase this product, it was gifted to me by a friend and yes, I have tried it and yes, I hate it.  The scent is pleasant but the product is very soft and once applied it leaves your cuticles with a greenish residue which is not very attractive, it is also sticky which I don’t get and I don’t like it at all.

Tip Top’s Cuticle Treatment, now this, this is a cuticle treatment that I love.  You paint it on with the brush and massage it in, it is quickly absorbed into your skin without a sticky residue.  Yes, it does leave a slightly oily residue, but its nothing you can’t live with.  The cuticle treatment is a natural blend of oils with the added benefit of Vitamin E which acts as a powerful anti-oxidant to repair damaged, dry and problem skin areas.  It emulates the natural sebum in order to repair and restore your skin, it will provide regeneration of rough, parched and ragged cuticles by protecting against moisture loss and creating a protective barrier to nourish and deeply hydrate.  This cuticle treatment does everything it promises it will, I am already on my second bottle of the stuff and from the above image you can see that I am nearly out of it and I can assure you, I will be purchasing a third bottle VERY soon.  Love it.

Lush’s Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter smells exactly as the name says, lemony.  Its gorgeous, not overpowering at all.  The product itself will soften your dry, cracked cuticles and nourish your nails.  The cuticle butter is made from a fresh lemon infusion and blended into Lush’s rich butter base in order to brighten skin and lighten nails.  Each batch contains beeswax and cold-pressed avocado oil to moisturise and soften your skin.  All you need to do, thanks to the butter base, is lightly swirl your finger around the pot, pick up a small amount and massage it into your nails and cuticles.  It’s a non greasy/sticky formula and just leaves your hands feeling intensely moisturised.  Yes, its a little pricier than the rest of the treatments but if you are looking to splurge on yourself, this would definitely be a way to do it.

In closing (see how professional I just sounded there?), I can assure you that I will NEVER touch the Sally Hansen Balm again (and I am honestly considering tossing it in the trash), I don’t believe that I will repurchase the Essence Butter Stick either but that’s just because it just doesn’t offer the same results as Tip Top’s Cuticle Treatment, it lasts forever and it really does make such a difference to my nails.  And the Lush Cuticle Butter?  Well, I can probably also assure you that I will always have one of these on hand.  The moisture level that I have noticed, even after only 24 hours of owning this product, is phenomenal.  I believe that if you are going to be maintaining your nails and cuticles, you need to have at least one of these two items in your bag :)

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