A Love Story: Nuance Skincare by Salma Hayek

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The loves of my (skincare) life…

We’ve blogged about the Nuance line before. I actually had never even heard of it, until birdie received a special box last year from Birchbox that featured products from the brand. Frankly, it has all of the attributes of a beauty line that I’d normally stay away from – namely, it’s a celeb effort that is sold exclusively at a drugstore (CVS). But here I am, on my umpteenth (realistically, probably my fifth or sixth?) jar of the Ageless Clarity Daily Resurfacing Pads, with much better skin to show for it.

If you have a CVS near you, I would advise keeping an eye out for the Buy One/Get One 50% Off sales. They are few and far between (seems like they run ExtraBucks promos – which are also great – for the Nuance line more often then B1G1 promos) but definitely worth looking for.

A few weeks ago, I purchased the items shown in the picture above during a B1G1 promo.
Ageless Clarity Daily Resurfacing Pads: $19.49
Anti-Aging Smooth & Firm Elixir: $9.74 (after 50% discount)

Sidenote – isn’t elixir the best word ever? It just oozes luxury. Like I should be applying this elixir whilst aboard my private jet or something.

Which is fitting because this line is so, so luxe its unbelievable to me that it is sold exclusively at a drugstore. The clarity pads have truly changed my skin for the better, and everything I use from this line seems like it should be much, much more expensive. The packaging is upscale as well, and has a heft and well-made feel to it.

I recently read an interview with Salma Hayek (I think it was in Instyle) where she namechecked the beauty products she uses, and Nuance featured prominently. Now, a celeb promoting their own line just to get a plug in is not unusual in any way. BUT, she went on to explain that she could afford the crazy spendy stuff (La Mer, etc), but that she actually uses her own line because her products are just as high-quality as something that costs $250. She truly believes in her products, not just in giving them lip service. (I’m paraphrasing the interview from my memory, but that was the general gist of it).

I’ve subsequently bought two cleansers as well – the Wild Lime Exfoliating Facial Gel and the Ageless Clarity Gel Cleanser. The Wild Lime cleanser is more of a mask/gentle exfoliater. The directions say you can leave it on for up to 5-6 minutes before rinsing it off, which is what I usually end up doing. The Gel Cleanser is more of a traditional cleanser. It contains salicylic acid, so I like to use it on days where I’m struggling with a breakout (or two, or three … or four. Sigh.)

All in all, I don’t think you can go wrong with Nuance. I’ve mainly experimented with the skincare portion of the line, but there is makeup, haircare and body products as well. The whole line is available for purchase online at CVS.

How about you – what are you in love with these days? Have you tried Nuance? And if no, why not?!?

Bises,
bijou

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