Monday, 14 November 2011

Paws For Thought

It's that time of the year again, Winter is fast approaching, days are getting shorter and weather is getting colder which also means that our hands need that extra 'TLC' <3
For me, this time of the year is the worst for my hands especially as I have Psoriasis which means I get extremely dry and cracked hands during these chilly months - plus I'm going on a Winter city break (yay!) next week and it's colder than the UK so thought this would be appropriate ;)

Even though I love Winter when I can layer up with warm snugly clothes, my hands definitely take a slight battering! So as soon as it hits Autumn, I am already stocking up and trying out all types of hand creams ready to brave the cold. This year was no different and in this post I am going to share with you the few hand creams I have invested in for the Winter!

L'Occitane Hand Cream  

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So you can imagine how happy I was to hear that Marie Claire were giving free L'Occitane hand creams out in their November issue. Perfect! I have always wanted to try their hand creams as I have heard raving reviews  however was always put off by the price. Therefore this was the perfect opportunity to test the product out without having to fork out too much ;)

This product is well-known for containing high content of Shea butter. Shea butter is a rich oil formed by grinding together nuts from the Shea tree - one of my fave beauty ingredients! Apart from it smelling absolutely heavenly and does wonders in moisturization, it is an beauty ingredient that is changing lives on the other side of the world. Known as 'women's gold' in Burkino Faso where it is produced, women have been saved from poverty from selling Shea butter to Western beauty devotees.

I've been using the product for a few weeks now and I love the texture of this hand cream, where it was not too thick in consistency, yet rich enough to give my hands a deep moisturise without being greasy which is so important in a hand cream. A little goes a long way with this product, thus it would definite last a long time! And the smell is absolutely yummy! I ended up buying all four of the creams (yes that meant buying Marie Claire four times eeek!) as it seemed rude not to get the whole family ;) and at £3.60 it was a bargain (RRP £7.50 for 30ml) I think I have been converted....this stuff is amazing! The effects last for ages, I only needed to reapply if I washed my hands.

The limited edition hand creams came in four different scents; The Original for dry hands, Desert Rose, Hibiscus Flower and Cocoa Flower. My fave was the Desert Rose which gave a subtle rose scent that wasn't too strong.

Hands down my fave hand cream of the season and the one I will be taking away with me! <3

Soap and Glory 'Hand Food' 

This was a last minute and random buy. Falling into the Boots 3 for 2 trap (once again) I needed another a third 'free' item ;) and ended up running to grab something quickly halfway queuing up! Though I defo think that I made a good last minute choice! I love funky and creative packaging and this funky pink design was to die for!

It wasn't just pretty and witty packaging; the hand cream was fabulous! Great moisturization and smells amazing! It is quite strong so if you prefer light scented hand creams then this may not be for you.  Non-greasy and great for my dry skin which I did not expect from this. Even though it was not as long-lasting as the L'Occitane, it serves well for the price you pay for it. I would defo get this again and highly recommend it to those looking for a bargain hand cream. 

Jurlique Rose Hand Cream

This is an Australian brand hand cream which is intensely rich, made with ingredients including Safflower Seed Oil and Macadamia Oil to help rebalance dryness and protect from moisture loss.
The most pricey of them all at £17.00 for 40ml and £33 for 125ml,  it was the one I least liked.
I loved the Rose scent which wasn't too strong, however it appeared to be greasy after application and took a while to sink into the skin. Saying that, the greasiness makes it a long-lasting cream and kept my hands protected and moisturised from the effects of the Winter weather and heaters.

Thanks for reading guys and hope this helps you in buying a new hand cream for the Winter months! Even if you don't have horrible dry hands like me, it's a great excuse to indulge in some scrumptious smelling creams! ;)