*Warning - This post includes some personal, non-beauty content so if you are not into that, please click away and come back tomorrow for some more musings on the like!
I am sure that the title of my blog The Canadian Princeza tells you that I am indeed a proud Canadian and identify as such proudly and wholeheartedly. Like a lo
t of Canadians I wasn't born here and my biological ancestry has absolutely nothing to do with North America or Canada for that matter but nonetheless this is where I found a happy home and where I know I belong.
The second part of the blog name, Princeza, is a Serbian word meaning Princess and was chosen to identify the other part of my identity...you know the Non-Canadian one.
I was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina which was a republic in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, in Eastern Europe, near Greece, Hungary and Italy (no it was never part of USSR). Confused yet?
Don't bother goggling it - Yugoslavia no longer exists, they broke it, we cried and the rest is as they say history.
In honor of my new homeland I decided to start a new post series - Canadian Beauty, and my own little way celebrate and feature brands that come from the Great North! If it has a Canadian stamp and I can get a hold of it then it will be talked about so if you guys have brand or product suggestions please point me in the right direction :-)
The first brand featured in the Canadian Beauty series is Marcelle, which is a higher-end drugstore skincare & makeup brand with a "simplicity and celebrating women" as their main philosophy. Their collections combine innovative formulas, trend oriented colors and classic-staple products, that allow their consumers to express their unique style and personality without sacrificing quality and ingredient selection.
Marcelle might be a drugstore brand but there is nothing about their packaging or product feel that would indicate that in any way. In fact in my experience Marcelle is just as good and in some cases even superior in both look and performance than a lot of its department-store counterparts. Their skincare is science backed, targets various skin conditions and is categorized based on the age of their demographic and general skin type.
Being a Canadian brand they obviously understand what it means to a be a woman in these parts and their Nutrilux collection is a perfect companion to our cold, drying winters when thin lotions or body creams just aren't enough to care and protect the skin from the sometimes harsh weather conditions.
The Marcelle Nutrilux Supreme Nourishing Hand Cream ($12.99 for 2.5 oz) is described quite simply as a paraben-free, non-greasy "nutrition for the skin", created specifically for normal to very dry skin.
Aqua/Water, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Iso-Propyl Myristate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Palmitate, Petrolatum Simondsia Chinensis, (jojoba) Seed Oil, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Xylitylglucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea) Butter, Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone Anhydroxlitol, Xylitol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Stearamidoethyl Dethylamine, Cetrimonium Bromide, Triethanolamine, Lactic Acid, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Sorbic Acid.
The key formula ingredients that are said to "feed" the skin include the deeply hydrating Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil and the reparative Allantoin and Pro-Vitamin B5.
Marcelle managed to create a hand cream that is rich but not-greasy, thin in texture but nourishing in feel and velvet-like in finish but protective in terms of function. Basically its perfection in a tube and hands down the best hand cream I have ever used.
The Nutrilux Hand Cream promises to soothe cracked and fragile skin, melts into your hands within seconds, comforts irritation immediately and leaves your hands soft and supple.
Your hands or any other area you choose to use this on will look and feel much better with each use but more importantly you will be able to sense the protection layer without that typical silicone, slippery residue.
I use a lot more moisturizer than most girls because my skin is very reactive, sensitive, dry, flaky and prone to various irritations. Canadian winters can be extremely harsh for my skin and any exposed "areas" can easily blister, experience wind-burn and turn bright red after only a short time outdoors. Most hand creams hydrate and repair my skin after the fact BUT Marcelle Nutrilux Supreme Nourishing Hand Cream is the only one that I have used that actually protects that "delicate" surface so it doesn't dehydrate in the first place.
I would recommend this hand cream and the entire Nutrilux range to anyone with dry, sensitive skin and not just for us Canadians. The texture of this is light and velvety, which means that its suitable for year-round, any climate kind of use. Honestly I can't praise it enough!
Made in Canada is a good thing!
You can purchase all Marcelle products at Shoppers Drug Mart, Guardians, Lawtons and online from their own website here!
Thank you for reading
Have you tried Marcelle? Which product was your favorite?
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