Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sample Sunday: Nuance by Salma Hayek Dark Cacao & Coffee Firming Body Cream

Everything about Salma Hayek's beauty line, Nuance, intrigues me.  First, you have the gorgeous Salma, herself.  Whatever her beauty secrets are, I want them!  Then you have the fact that many of her products include ingredients inspired by her Native American grandmother's own beauty tips.  Being Native American myself, I'm a sucker for stuff like that.  Surprisingly though, I haven't got around to purchasing anything from the brand yet.  I have, however gotten a few samples of Nuance's body care products from some displays at CVS.

The one I tried today was the Dark Cacao & Coffee Firming Body Cream.  The cream comes out a light brown color and, as the name suggests, smells like dark, bitter chocolate and coffee.  I liked the scent, but it was kind of strong at first and I wasn't sure if I'd want to smell that constantly for a length of time.  Luckily the scent wears down fairly quickly so I didn't have to worry about it.

As far as texture, it feels a bit on the thinner side, yet maintains its substance.  Does that make any sense?  What I mean is that some lotions that are thin almost feel like nothing once you start to rub it into your skin.  This Firming Cream, although thin, feels like it's actually sinking into your skin and doing something.  And the thinness helps it to spread easier across larger areas of your body.

My skin thinks it's in the depths of Fall already despite the summery weather that's still lingering and is starting to get really dry, particularly on the tops of forearms for some reason.  While the body cream was not able to forge a true battle on the drier spots, I'd say it still did a respectable job.  On areas where my skin wasn't too bad, it left the area feeling rather smooth.

Would I be interested in purchasing a full size, based on the sample?  Hmmm...maybe?

I thought the firming cream was okay but it's not really sufficient for me at this time.  I wouldn't hate to have it but I don't feel like I need to go out and buy it right this minute.  Maybe next summer when my skin's a little better?  And just a note, I couldn't really test out the firming claims of this since that's something I think you'd notice over a length of time and I wasn't capable of deciding that with only a sample packet.

You can find more information on this body cream on the CVS website!


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