Friday, November 8, 2013

A Nail Dud and Love

Sometimes, we're experimental. As much as I attempt to conjure a feeling of excitement into an acid-base titration in Chemistry class, experimenting with beauty is so much more fun. When a product runs out, I ponder: do I repurchase or do I try something new?
When my testing-sized pot of the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream ran out, I pondered this exact thing. In hindsight, I decided the latter--to get my emotions together and take a random grab at another cuticle nourisher that may impart  my nail-beds looking better than ever.

The quickly snatched-up, product in mention was the Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil. Alas, in reality, the decision was split between this orange bottle or the Essie Cuticle Pen, but fourteen dollars for a mechanical-pencil sized wand was just not practical. So, guess which one I parted with....
To say that I was excited to test out my most recent apricot bumph would be an understatement, so, in no time, before I hit the zzz's, I slapped the stuff on. First, I noticed that the brush application-method wasn't my favorite and required a steady hand. Second, the oil didn't sink in that quickly either, so I was required to be careful in keeping my hands out of the sheets. Luckily, though, the aroma was dreamy, resembling that of the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask that everyone raves about (although we both know the love factor is down to the scent).

Come six-fifteen in the morning, the jury was out on whether I thought the stuff was good. And...my cuticles looked no different than the dry condition they were the night before. *Boooo* I've tried and tested it again, but I continue to have no luck. So there goes the dud title.
As for the love, the Burt's Bees pot has sucked up my heart. I didn't realize how great the stuff was before, but it always takes a bad experience to notice the good. The aroma may not be as dreamy, but it's fresh, nonetheless (how else do you describe a lemon scent?), but the thicker texture means my arms won't freeze as I drift to sleep and it's more nourishing, hydrating, and dry-ness ridding than the oil purchase. It's love.

Now, unfortunately, I've tossed the packaging to the Essie oil--so I can't get my money back. And another product get's tossed to my mom.


  1. Megan Anne QueenanNovember 8, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    No offense, but how exactly is a brush with some cuticle oil on it oh so difficult to apply. Take the brush and swipe it across your cuticles, rub it in, and it will soak in a lot faster. That's better than your tedious method and then you don't have to worry about your fingers being cold!

  2. The Burt's Bees Cuticle Creme sounds divine-- My mom loves it!

  3. I love the Essie cuticle oil! I never put it on right before bed though because it does take a while to soak in, and the brush isn't the best way to apply it, I wish there was a roller ball version. I just put it on while I am at work or doing homework and rub it into my cuticles while I'm typing to let it do its thang


  4. The brush is ridiculously flimsy. If you try it yourself, you'll see.

  5. It really is. xo

  6. I'll try it your way; I'm also glad someone agrees with me on the brush front. If you like that, then try the Burt's Bees Butter...divine. xo

  7. The Burt's Bees cuticle cream is a staple in my handbag. I use it all the time as I suffer with terrible dry cuticles. This just works so well & I don't ever change it up, a tin of it also lasts the longest time


  8. Agreed; you're so wise. xo


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