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Nuance, by Salma Hayek

It’s official. My skin hates me. In a stroke of genius, I decided to try out a billion (or 4) different types of skin care over the last 4 months. After this last stint, instead of the super luxurious feeling, glowing, 10 years younger  looking skin, I am left with… “Hello, my name is Cayla, and I am 15.” I.E. Puberty burdened skin. The good news is, the product I am about to review did NOT produce this effect!

I started this little adventure with purely selfish motivation of saving money (this is what this blog is about, right?) I was introduced to Salma Hayek’s Nuance line while scouring the CVS aisles for a new makeup stash. The plus was that CVS is constantly running these ridiculous sales, for example: Buy $25, get $10 off. That’s amazing to me. So I got new-crush, High- School giddy over the possibilities of a new line of skin care, and dove right in. I purchased the following products: Wild Lime Exfoliating Facial Gel, Renewing and Brightening Facial Serum, Correcting Spot Treatment, and Smoothing Anti-Aging Eye Cream, and AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Cream. I also, of course, got crazy with retail therapy and decided to buy her makeup AND hair care. But, unless you are prepared to read a novel, I’ll just stick to skin care.

As I went through the products, I became enchanted by the line’s intention . On the back of the moisturizer box, reads the following: “My line is inspired by my grandmother, who dedicated her life to keeping women beautiful. My products are designed to help every woman enhance the nuances that define her individual beauty, and make my grandmother proud.” That is beautiful to me. Probably the coolest part was the “secret ingredient,” which is bark of the Tepezchouite tree. This ingredient was highly sought after by ancient Mayan civilizations, for its “effective, natural skin treatment.” 

The Wild Lime Exfoliating Facial Gel uses fruit acids to naturally exfoliate your skin. No manual exfoliants needed. Put it on your skin, let it sit. I loved this product, but it is very powerful. I quickly realized this was a once a week product for me, because my twice a week regime, created a ‘burn-like’ effect.

I truly didn’t notice anything from the Renewing and Brightening Facial Serum. Perhaps this is a product for someone who suffers from dark pigmentation, as “brightening” would imply. I’d skip it all together, personally.

I was a huge fan of the Smoothing Anti-Aging Eye Cream. This product goes an insanely long way. You need a pea –sized amount, for both eyes. Emulsify the product in your ring fingers, and gently pat on to your eye, starting on the outside, and working your way IN toward your nose. This will have you going contrary to typical wrinkle lines

The Correcting Spot Treatment contains 10% sulfur acne treatment in it, which made me very excited, but it didn’t do anything for me. This one is definitely a product I’d skip on.

My last, and very FAVORITE product was the AM/PM Anti-Aging Super Cream. I am 27, and highly addicted to anti-aging products. However, what tends to happen is I end up being so greasy I could distract on-going traffic.  HOWEVER, this product is interesting in the way it almost has a gel/cream consistency. It goes on your skin, absorbs in, and seems to protect it from getting flaky, or dry, which is a huge issue for me during the cold weather seasons. I used it in the morning and at night, and found that it was equally efficient, and didn’t make me greasy within a couple of hours! It ranges from $16.00 to $20.00, depending on if it is on sale, but it goes a very long way. I still use my ring-finger when applying moisturizer, and smooth it on my face upward. THIS IS THE KEY. Always go opposite of wrinkle lines. Also, make sure when you are using a moisturizer, you be sure to spend the extra 15 seconds to apply it to your chest, the front and side of your neck, and blend back into your ears. This is probably the most missed area for women, and the largest TELL TALE sign of age!

Check out my next article on her makeup. Hint: I am a HUGE FAN.

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