Friday, whoo hoo!
Not only Friday, but a long weekend for us in the USA because of the 4th of July! Who’s BBQ-ing?
Ellen Sirot is a world-famous hand model. She’s actually known as “The Supermodel of Hands”! When I think of hand models the very first thing that comes to mind is when George Costanza was trying to be a hand model on Seinfeld, and wore an oven mitt to protect his hands. 🙂 But I digress. Ellen has been working as a hand model for 20 years and her work has been seen all over the place in major fashion & beauty magazines, and she’s worked with some of the world’s top photographers.
Ellen didn’t start out to intentionally become a hand model, she was working as a professional dancer when she started hand modeling. She spent a year trying to find the best moisturizing ingredients possible for her hands and developed her own approach to hand care. Twenty years later, her hands are still in flawless condition and she’s now sharing her products with us so we can also discover the secret to flawless hands!
Confession: I would LOVE to be a hand model, but it’s far too late for me! I definitely have some less than desirable issues for that kind of job with my hands like veins, sun damage, crooked fingers and larger than normal knuckles (yes I crack). 🙂
Hand Perfection Complete Day Cream is a lightweight moisturizing creme that feels more like a salve than a lotion or traditional creme. Ellen describes it as an “ultra-rich, fast absorbing hand cream replete with restorative omega-3 fatty acids, advanced moisturizers, protective antioxidants and skin brighteners to help tone skin texture while diminishing age spots, lines and wrinkles in as little as two weeks. Your hands will feel soft, supple and look radiantly youthful.”
Ellen suggests just a pearl-sized amount is enough, but I needed one extra pump to feel like I got enough. But a little does go a long way, I normally use twice the amount of a normal lotion as I did with this and I felt it covered my hands nicely.
The price of this container, which is 3.4 oz is definitely on the more expensive side at $50.00. I’m not saying it’s worth it or not worth it, that’s totally up to you and your budget. I try and show a variety of products on here that range in price, and this is one of the pricier lines.
What I really liked about it right off the bat was how fast it sunk into my skin. It’s not one of those cremes that take forever and a day to sink in. You also don’t get the greasy fingers that leave fingerprint marks all over your iPhone!
Another something special about this that some people might really like is that there is no scent whatsoever. I am someone who really loves scents in my hand lotion, I use a lot of Bath & Body Works stuff and we all know those are strong scents. But there are definitely times where I don’t want something competing with my perfume say, or right before bed-time I might not want to smell like a Gardenia factory. This would be a good time to use this creme.
Hand Perfection Nail & Cuticle Treatment is a lightweight cuticle oil that comes in a pen-like container. You twist the bottom to get the oil flowing to the tip. This is also filled with some of the great ingredients in the hand creme such as omega-3 fatty acids, botanicals and antioxidant vitamins A and E.
I have used MANY different cuticle oil pens but this one by far blows them out of the water and here’s why.
It’s all about the tip of the pen. I haven’t ever seen another cuticle pen with this type of soft foam before at the tip. Normally they are actual brushes that you swipe across your nails. The tip of this pen has 20 tiny holes in it that allows for the perfect amount of the product to come out. I simply twisted the base about 10-15 times to get it flowing, and then it came out. For me, this seemed to work much better than the brushes as far as controlling how much comes out. A lot of times I have used the brush ones and a TON of oil comes to the tip and it’s too much. I wind up with way greasy fingers. This was just right. I am now carrying this in my bag everywhere and really liking it. This is also unscented.
The cost of this is $22.00 for 0.5 oz, which again is definitely more expensive than the ones from say Essie or Sally Hansen. I will have to see how long this lasts before I determine if I would purchase it for myself. I have never gone through a whole cuticle pen before, so I have no idea how long they normally last!
As far as the products making my hands look younger, I can’t really speak to that. I’ve mentioned before that the past few weeks I have been working on the house a lot, and my nails and hands have been just thrashed. So in general they aren’t looking their best right now. However I have been using these products during the day when I am home and at least when they are ON my hands, they look much better!
You can find these and some of her other hand treatment products on her website here.