Sunday, 2 March 2014

REVIEW - Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm





Phew, I'm back (again!) with a review of a lip balm I just picked up that's impressed me SO MUCH it's actually inspired me to blog. Big stuff, huh?

I was driven to Space NK (which, believe me, doesn't take much) by the deadly combination of Amelia Liana from Liana Beauty and Estée from Essiebutton, both of which have been raving about this little beauty for quite some time.

On Friday I'd been walking around town in the cold and my lips felt AWFUL. I don't usually have a problem with chapped lips as I'm quite good at remembering to give them the occasional exfoliate with LUSH lip scrub in Bubblegum (wonder why it's so easy to remember to scrub this sugary goodness all over my mouth? It's a mystery) but on Friday they were dry to the point of cracking so I made my way to Space NK with only one thing on my mind: Nuxe Rêve de Miel lip balm.

I'd heard so much about this little tub of wonder that I just knew not everyone could be wrong, could they? Well, no, is the short answer. This stuff is uh-may-zing, serious HG status stuff. On first opening the little frosted glass tub, I noticed the stunning smell which is one of my favourite things about Rêve de Miel, it's a true chocolate orange which is just divine. Next is the texture, it's a thick, waxy paste, not too dissimilar to pease pudding (helped along by its peachy yellow hue), thankfully, once it's on the lips it rubs in easily and dries to a matte finish so you don't look like you've smeared pease pudding all over your mouth which is always good.

Next on the checklist is staying power, and this stuff has it by the bucketload. After buying Rêve de Miel we headed to one of my favourite places in Newcastle, Tea Sutra tea house, for a spot of - yep, you've guessed it - tea. After my third cup of Kyoto cherry rose, my lip balm was still firmly in place and my lips felt soft and nourished. A few hours later, my chapped, cracked lips were a thing of the past and I was left wondering why I bothered with so many pots of Vaseline and Carmex in the past.

If you haven't heard of Nuxe Rêve de Miel before now, here's the lowdown: honey, plant oils, Shea butter & grapefruit essence are the active ingredients. According to the cute little box, it's effectiveness tested in conditions of extreme Canadian cold, so you know it's gonna be good. Nuxe has also reduced the amount of paper it uses by printing on every available inch of this tiny box, and also sponsors beehives to participate in the protection of bees which is great since these fabulous buzzy workers are endangered. You get 15g of product in the pot, which I can see easily lasting me a year, you only need a little to cover the lips. That's if I can prise it out of the paws of my fiancé who must have seriously chapped lips at the moment as he's forever sneaking a swipe.

If you're convinced, you can get your hands on this wonder balm at Space NK for £9.50 (trust me, it's worth every penny).

*EDIT* This post was written before I went vegan - a lot of my newer readers may be looking for vegan cosmetics so I just want to make it very clear that Rève de Miel is not suitable for vegans as it contains honey.

Aside from this, there is conflicting advice on the internet at the minute about whether or not Nuxe tests on animals. The evidence is pointing to Nuxe selling in China, which unfortunately means that its products must be tested. For this reason I will no longer be purchasing Nuxe products. but will leave this review up in case it is of use to some people.

I hope, like many others, that Nuxe will review its decision to sell in to the Chinese market and make its product line cruelty free in the future.
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