My nails suck. No, really, they do. I’ve never been a nail biter, but I can’t stand the sensation of long nails on my keyboard, and I rarely have either the time or patience to give myself a proper manicure, so I tend to just file them down as short as possible and leave it at that. The result is a set of nails that are strong and healthy, but which just don’t look very good.
And then there’s the cuticles.
My cuticles are in a mess. They seem to grow very quickly, so I’ll push them back and trim them down, but I always end up with a raggedy mess that I’ve never quite know how to fix. On my last trip to Sephora, however, I threw one of their Nourishing Cuticle Oil Pens in my basket – and then promptly forgot all about it.
Last week, however, the pen was rediscovered. Since then, it’s sat on my desk all day, every day, and I’ve been using it as often as I can in a bid to show my neglected cuticles some love, and so far, it’s paying off.
This is a light, non-greasy formula containing oil of onager, aloe vera gel and vitamin F to nourish your cuticles, making them softer and easier to manage. It comes in a pen with a brush at the end for easy application. This makes the application very precise – I can brush the formula on at my desk and then go straight back to typing without worrying about getting oil all over my computer.
It also works. My cuticles were hideously dry and cracked a couple of days ago. They’re not looking 100% better yet, but there has been a definite improvement, which I’m hoping will continue as I keep on using the pen. And I will keep on using the pen – oh yes, there’s no way I want to let my hands get back into that little state again if I can possibly help it…
I have the original version, but this is also available in ‘healing eucalyptus and soothing lavender. It’s $12 at Sephora.