I have a few beauty store cards – I guess Boots is one, and Space NK and Debenhams (although I probably buy most of my cosmetics on eBay or from stores like Beauty Bay). I got an email from Debenhams saying I had £15 credit on my card for spending…well god knows how much! Nevertheless, this gave me an excuse to buy, so off I toddled to my local store to try and find something that I wanted and wouldn’t require too much of a ‘top up’!
In the end I decided to buy this little pot of luxury from Dior – Creme Abricot, Fortifying Cream for Nails.
I have quite dry cuticles – I know I should moisturise more but I don’t have time because these hands? These hands always have something to do!
So I figured if I bought this pretty tub I would make time to hydrate my nails.
Creme abricot (APRICOT!) comes in a tub which is the same as the Creme de Rose lip balm (I have both so it’s confusing for me!). It’s plastic, white, chic.
They say: A specialized nourishing cream that helps promote nail growth, improve nail resistance and soften cuticles. Leaves nails looking healthier and more beautiful. Beauty tip: Apply in the evening, gently massaging into the nail. Allow to penetrate overnight.
It comes with a foil seal which is good – the cream is a oily soft texture that would no doubt smear over the underside of the lid.
Inside is a pretty pink cream. It seems to separate a little (look at the edges) where it is ‘oilier’. Obviously I am not going to stick my sausage finger in and swirl it around.
Now – I have been using this for a while and I can definitely see pros and cons.
Pros are: It does hydrate nicely, the nail and cuticles. I felt that my nails looked better, stronger, brighter. Can’t say it made them grow more, my nails grow quickly anyway. It also looks chic.
Cons are: It’s EXPENSIVE – £19 for 10g. It’s not actually a ‘TINY’ tub ok, it’s medium sized, but it is still not a huge amount for £19 quid.
Also – it’s a pain to rub in. I found it left a oily slick on my hands and fingertips which makes me reluctant to use it when I could be touching anything else afterwards (including Baby H!). Also they could’ve done something to make this look a bit different to the lip balm.
The thing is, when you look at the ingredients it’s hard to see anything that is a miracle ingredient there that justifies the price – Lanolin…water….mineral oil…beeswax. Lots of colouring to make it look like squeezed apricots….you know?
Yeah, I’ll keep using it, it’s ok but not too practical for me – even if I apply it at night I often wake to tend to Baby H, so I don’t think he’d appreciate apricot cream all over his face. When (if) I finish the tub I’ll probably refill it with some home made nail cream I think!
Have you ever tried this cream?
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