Monday, August 9, 2010

Review: Qtica Intense Cuticle Repair Balm - The Last Thing I Put On At Night

Around the time that I was sent Qtica Nail Growth Stimulator I placed my own Zoya order. In that order I purchased the 0.25 oz of Qtica Intense Cuticle Repair Balm. I purchased it because nearly every cuticle product I have tried I have hated and I wanted to try a new one. The last cuticle product that became a habit for me was Beauticontrol's Show of Hands Cuticle Salve back in 2005 - so I have been waiting a long time to find something else!

I was having bad cuticle problems - they always seemed dry, peely, hang-naily messes. To a certain extant, that has not changed - some weeks are better than others where my cuticles are concerned. But things in my nasty world of cuticles have gotten a lot better since I made this purchase!
Image from the Art of Beauty's website

This is not the first Cuticle "Balm" I have used, but it is the first in a long time that has become a habit. I even take it with me when I travel. If I am not doing something else to inhibit my cuticle health (like cutting and tugging on hang nails) then this keeps them healthy and looking well-conditioned.

My Routine
Every night I when I get ready for bed I have the "bed time moisturizing ritual". This usually involves slathering some lotion on my legs (which always itch), putting something more intense on my arms near my elbows, applying a hand lotion or just using some of what I was putting everywhere else, and then finally my Qtica Intense Cuticle Repair Balm. Very simple - I just dip my finger into the little pot and massage a bit into each cuticle. Easy.

Some people may be put off by the "tub" because you have to stick your finger in and dig some out. The texture of this balm makes that problem not very difficult until you get to the bottom of your jar. Also, this balm is easy to travel with. The small size is small enough to be put into your little baggy to declare though most airports I have found don't yell at me if I "forget" to put it in my baggy.

I am not going to lie - this is a balm. It's thick, it's a bit greasy. Think Vaseline, but a bit more creamy than sticky and gooey.  My iPhone hates me when I try to tweet after just applying this. But it is far and away the best feeling balm I have ever put on my cuticles.

What I really dislike in products are items in tubs that make me have to dig into the tub to get it anything out. This product is not like that. Simply scooping your finger in is enough - it's not like you have to apply force or (gag) use your nails. Then simply apply the dollop onto your cuticles and massage in. A little goes a very long way.

There is a slight sent to this product. But it's not overwhelming compared to other Qtica products, or even other nail products.

How Long Does it Last?
I have been using it every night since I received it back in April and it still has around 1/3 to 1/4 left. Once applied on the hands, I'm sure a lot of moisture gets soaked up from whatever book I happen to be reading, but you better be sure it's not soaking that moisture out of my hands anymore.

Bottom Line
If you hate cuticle oils, I highly recommend getting this for your nightstand. It's a little thick for the day so bedtime is perfect. Just get your Tweeting done beforehand.

Qtica Intense Cuticle Repair Balm sells for $16 for a 0.5 oz or 12$ for a 0.25 jar and can be purchased through the Art of Beauty.