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Shimmer Shimmer On The Wall…

Who isn’t a fan of dry body oils never mind ones that sparkle like fairy dust! Despite there being such a massive want for anything glittery applied to the body, there really isn’t that much of a selection out there…

I’m even willing to go as far as saying I have the best two shimmer dry oils on the market here with me right now!

I’ll explain both in detail first and then explain any differences there are between them, if any!

First up let’s talk about the NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Gold Shimmer Oil. This is the more expensive of the two at €42 but look, the fraction of oil that sprays out of the bottle to start with is so tiny that I reckon you could get a full year out of it if not more. I mean, realistically how many times per week are you going to use this?

I use this most of the time when I’m on holidays and when I’m going on nights out and just so happen to have the legs out!

The NUXE version is made up of about 95% natural ingredients and has absolutely NO preservatives. It has a unique cocktail of 6 precious plant oils which are Borage, St John’s Wort, Sweet Almond, Camellia, Hazelnut & Macadamia.

The benefits of each explained:

  • Borage is a wildflower commonly known as the ‘Starflower’. They are about 1.5ft in height and bloom bright blue, star shaped flowers. It’s a well recognised herb that is found growing in all parts of the world and has been used for medicinal purposes for around 1500 years. Today though, the Borage or Starflower is harvested for the very valuable oil found in its seeds. The great value of this oil is that it is the richest known source (24%) of an essential fatty acid called gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA). Now, our bodies can produce gamma-Linolenic acid, but only when we have consumed enough Linoleic acid (LA). Once Linoleic acid is ingested, it is acted upon by an enzyme called Delta-6-Desaturase (D6D) which biochemically converts LA into GLA. Without this D6D, we would be deficient in GLA no matter how much LA we consume (and we consume a lot on a daily basis thankfully due to its presence in most vegetable oils). The D6D enzyme is often referred to as a ‘lazy’ enzyme. In other words, it can be slow to do its job and convert the LA to GLA. Scientific research has proven that people with skin disorders such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis show increased levels of linoleic acid with a simultaneous decrease in gamma-Linolenic acid. This suggests, a reduction in the activity of the D6D enzyme.  Borage oil, with its concentration of gamma-Linolenic acid, has an extremely positive effect on clearing up these skin conditions as people who suffer from such, no longer have to rely on the conversion of LA to GLA via D6D.
  • St John’s Wort is a plant most commonly used as a mood enhancer to treat depression but, the oil from St John’s Wort is also used to treat dry, damaged skin.
  • Sweet Almond Oil is a mild, hypoallergenic oil that is so gentle, it can even be used on baby skin! It’s really light in texture and can deeply penetrate the layers of the skin having the ability to dislodge dirt and debris left in the pores. It also has a high Vitamin A content which may help reduce acne and flare ups. Sweet Almond oil is also used to relieve Eczema, Psoriasis and other irritating skin conditions such as rashes.
  • Camellia Oil, also known as tea seed oil, is the actual green tea oil. It comes from the seeds of Camellia sinensis, the plant from which all tea is made. Camellia Oil, like green tea is a superb antioxidant. It protects the skin from free radical damage and reduces ageing. It also has anti-inflammatory benefits and is great for maintaing moisture to the skin due to its natural emulsifiers.
  • Not only is Hazelnut Oil moisturising, it also has a reputation for being a good oil for acne-prone skin, since its natural astringent properties help calm over-active oil glands. The astringent properties help absorb oils and shrink pores, while the antibacterial components go to work battling skin bacteria to help reduce blackheads and pimples.
  • Macadamia nuts contain approximately 80% monounsaturated fats, including Oleic acid, which protects your heart from disease and reduces cholesterol levels. The oil is also a rich source of Palmitoleic acid, which is a powerful antioxidant that supports healthy cell membranes, hydrates the skin and supports skin healing.

So basically, the NUXE Huile Prodigieuse is a feeding ground of skin splendidness. The oil is also multi-use which means you can use it all over the body, face and even through the hair.

Not only does it look divine, it smells divine and as it’s a spray bottle, it’s so easy to apply! I’ve previously applied the oil with my hands but you can imagine what my hands looked liked afterwards so now I resort to applying with a mitt and it’s all the one!

To get your hands on the NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Gold Shimmer Oil you can order online from Cloud 10 Beauty here: http://bit.ly/20aWMJ5. It’s slightly pricer than The Body Shop version as I said, but Christmas is approaching and it would make for a fabulous gift or stocking filler!

Next up, the slightly less expensive version, The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil.  There’s also an interesting story behind this one, similar in a sense to NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Gold Shimmer Oil, but different also. The Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil contains Community Fair Trade honey from Ethiopia. It’s sourced from Beza Mar – a collective of beekeepers in the remote Sheka rainforest region and they harvest the comb from handcrafted bamboo hive.

Community Fair Trade honey moisturises the skin, Community Fair Trade beeswax from Cameroon provides a protective barrier which helps the skin retain moisture and Community Fair Trade brazil nut oil from Peru leaves skin feeling soft and supple.

It also contains Vitamin E, a powerful anti-oxidant and is fragranced naturally from the Tahitian Gardenia flower.

Similar to the NUXE version, this too boasts a non-greasy finish!

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Here I am pictured wearing both, Nuxe on my left leg and The Body Shop on my right leg… Can you spot any sort of difference whatsoever?… because I can’t!

The only thing I will say is this, I do prefer the spray applicator on the NUXE bottle and this probably justifies the few extra euros.

As you can see from both my application pictures…

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the NUXE sprays on more evenly…

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compared to the solid drops from The Body Shop bottle. It’s no biggie, sure it gets rubbed in anyways, it’s just a teeny bit quicker to apply the NUXE one that’s all.

Honey Bronze Shimmering Dry Oil is priced at €25.95 and is available from The Body Shop stores nationwide!

Happy sparkles x