Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream (unscented) – I finally get the hype

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What is it?

This product is marketed as a skin protectant balm and has many, many uses.

 

The Review:

I have to admit, I have previously owned the scented version of this product as I was given it after a catwalk show and apart from using it a couple of times as lip balm, I just didn’t get the hype. It smells funny, it’s thick and I just didn’t understand the product.

A couple of years later, a photoshoot/travelling marathon in London, Italy and then Paris left me with dry cracked sore lips, worse than I have ever experienced. I had redness all around my mouth, I couldn’t open my mouth properly for fear of re-splitting the sides and nothing was helping. After googling furiously about what to do to help, the 8 Hour Cream by Elizabeth Arden kept cropping up again and again. Having exhausted all products from Carmex and Blistex (even the medicated stuff) I rummaged through my drawers and found a tub of the unscented version that I had picked up in a Boots sale for under £10 and smothered the area in it.

After 24hrs of reapplication I was stunned. The redness was almost gone, my lips were less sore, smoother and the splits at the sides had almost completely cleared. Now, I really get this product, I cannot live without it.

I have since started using it for numerous other things such as:

Smoothing the ends of my hair

As an intense hydrating mask when my skin is really dry

For soothing sunburn

For rough dry hands

Helping heal small cuts

Holding eyebrows in place

A glossy finish on the eyes

Giving the skin a healthy glow by placing on the tops of cheekbones

The list goes on and on and on. The only downside I can think of is maybe the price, it’s fairly expensive stuff but as shown above, can be used for lots of different things. The smell isn’t great but an unscented version is now available and this product lasts a long time as so little is needed for each use.

 

Worth the Money?

This will set you back around the £15 mark for 30ml depending on where you buy it but places such as ‘Fragrance Direct’ and ‘Cheap Smells’ often carry this product as a discount. Amazon is also a good one to check out but beware of the cost of the post and packaging as this can cancel out the discount sometimes!

This product is a multitasker and now I finally see why it is so loved by so many. A true gem and totally owrth the money AND the hype. Thoroughly recommend. The unscented version is available at Feelunique.com – the link for 30ml for under £15 is below 🙂

http://www.feelunique.com/p/Elizabeth-Arden-Eight-Hour-Cream-Skin-Protectant-Fragrance-Free-30ml

 

MAC Hey, Sailor! Crew Highlighting Powder Update

Just a little update:


So, if you’ve seen my post about the MAC Hey, Sailor collection haul then you will be aware that the highlighting powder called ‘Crew’ was something that I purchased.

Now, at first glance I had written that I thought the off white colour was the main colour and the the stripes in peach, pink and lilac were an overspray.

This is NOT the case at all! As you can see in the image, it is in fact the off white colour that was an overspray!

Now, I like this product, I continue to use it but it is NOT appropriate as a highlighting powder.

Its a gorgeous soft pink with a hint of peach (the purple doesn’t have much of an effect on the overall colour as the pink is dominant) and is ideal as a blusher, I have no idea why MAC has categorised this as a highlighting powder but nonetheless its lovely as a blusher, especially if you’re quite fair skinned.

 

MAC Hey, Sailor! What’s in my box and swatches!!

These are the items that I ordered from the new collection.

Highlight powder ‘Crew’

Initial thoughts: I like this a lot, however, I was really surprised that it swatches a very pale pink colour. It has less of a sheen than a normal highlighting powder and is a fairly odd colour.

Having said this, the stripes of colour are just an over spray so I’m expecting it to swatch an off – white colour after the stripes have worn away.

 Blusher ‘Fleet Fast’

Initial thoughts: Lovely mid-toned peachy pink, shows up very well on the skin so a light hand is needed with this blusher. The above photograph I would say shows the colour to be ever so slightly more pink than it actually is in person.

Lipstick ‘Sail La Vie’

Initial thoughts: This is supposed to be a bright coral colour (excuse the lighting on the picture – it was a very grey day!) and in comparison to a true red it looks coral, however, on the lips, to me it’s not a true coral. I feel like it looks like less of a coral and more of a bright orange red. Still love it though!

Lip Pencil ‘Throw Me a Line!’ (pro longwear)

Initial thoughts: True red long – lasting lip pencil. Glides smoothly, nicely pigmented and stayed put all day!

Lipglass ‘Blessedly Rich’

Initial thoughts: Very pigmented, quite shimmery but gorgeous burnt orangey colour with golden shimmer. I feel this colour is very unique.

 

Here are the items I have swatched for you: Left to Right : Sail la Vie, Throw Me a Line, Blessedly Rich, Fleet Fast and Crew

 

As always, these products are available from the official MAC website as well as free standing stores and some department stores. Most of the items in the collection are LIMITED EDITION so if you like any of them, get them quick!

http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/whats_new/8863/Whats-New/Hey-Sailor-Colour/index.tmpl?77tadunit=fcb8c5d7&77tadvert=11195257479&77tkeyword=%2Bmac%20%2Bhey%20%2Bsailor&77tentrytype=s&cm_mmc=google-_-search-_-brand-_-%2Bmac%20%2Bhey%20%2Bsailor 

 

 

 

MAC Hey, Sailor! Collection

The Collection

Hello beauties!

So I’ve been keeping an eye out for this collection for a while now and am so excited to get my hands on some of these gorgeous items! Every year MAC launches a huge summer collection and I’ve been eagerly awaiting this one as the last few smaller ones haven’t really got me very excited. I have prepared this post for you just so you can get a better idea of what you might want to get. Enjoy!

The Product List is as follows:

MAC Hey, Sailor Lipstick (LE)

  • Red Racer – Bright yellow red (satin)
  • To Catch a Sailor – Highly frosted tan (frost)
  • Salute! – Neutral peach (amplified)
  • Sail la Vie – Bright mid-tone orange (satin)

MAC Hey, Sailor Lipglass (LE)

  • Cut Loose – White gold with pearl
  • Orange Tempera – Pale peach (Repromote)
  • Riviera Life – Bright tangerine
  • Blessedly Rich – Pale coral
  • Send Me Sailing – Bright yellow red

MAC Hey, Sailor Pro Long Wear Lip Pencil (LE)

  • Saunter – Pale beige nude
  • Throw Me a Line! – Bright true red
  • Shore Leave Light – vibrant coral

MAC Hey, Sailor Eyeshadow (LE)

  • Crystal Avalanche – White with Reflects (veluxe Pearl) (Permanent)
  • Barefoot – Tarnished Gold (veluxe pearl)
  • Jaunty – Light yellow brown (frost)
  • Feeling Fresh – Bright green (frost)
  • Nautical – Navy Blue (satin)

MAC Hey, Sailor Pigments (LE)

  • Old Gold – High frosted tarnished gold (frost) (Permanent)
  • Naval Blue – Deep smoky blue (frost) (Permanent, PRO)

MAC Hey Sailor Powerpoint Eye Pencil (LE)

  • Hand Forged – Metallic yellow gold (Repromote)
  • Emerald Sea – Kelly Green

MAC Hey Sailor, Bronzing Powder

  • Soft Sand – Golden bronze with fine gold pearl
  • Refined Golden – Finely spun golden with soft pearl finish (Permanent)
  • Blue Stripe – Dark navy

MAC Hey, Sailor Pro Long Wear Bronzing Powder

  • Naked On Board – Bronzy, yellow tone
  • Sun Dipped – Dirty red tone

MAC Hey, Sailor Powder Blush

  • Launch Away! – True peach (Satin)
  • Fleet Fast – Pinky, gold coral (satin)

MAC Hey, Sailor Nail Lacquer

  • Vestral White – Creamy white (cream) (Repromote)
  • Touch of Red – Bright yellow red (cream)
  • Gold Knot – Brass gold (frost)

MAC Hey, Sailor To the Beach Body Oil

  • Seaside- Dirty Blushy pink with multidimensional sparkles
  • Man Rays – Glowing tan with gold shimmer multidimensional

MAC Hey, Sailor Suntint SPF20 Liquid Lip Balm

  • Sea Mist – Peachy nude with pearl multi-dimensional
  • Rose Au – Poppy Coraly pink with gold pearl
  • Abalone – See through with no hot pink pearl
MAC Hey, Sailor Brush 167SH Face Blender
MAC Hey, Sailor Zoom Lash Waterfast Lash Mascara
MAC Hey, Sailor Waterfast Black
MAC Hey, Sailor Gone Sailing Makeup Bag Set
MAC Hey, Sailor Dead Gone Sailing
 
 
 
 
 
Seperate Product Shots
 
 
 
Sail La Vie Bright mid-tone orange (Satin)
Salute! Neutral peach (Amplified) 
To Catch a Sailor Highly frosted tan (Frost)
Red Racer Bright yellow red (Satin) 
 
 
 
Cut Loose White gold with pearl
Orange Tempera Pale peach (Repromote)
Blessedly Rich Pale coral
Riviera Life Bright tangerine
Send Me Sailing Bright yellow red
 
 
Throw Me a Line Bright true red
Saunter Pale nude beige
Shore Leave Light vibrant coral
 
Sea Mist Peachy nude with multidimensional pearl
Au Rose Poppy coral pink with gold pearl
Abalone See through hot pink with no pearl
 
Crystal Avalanche White with reflects (Veluxe Pearl) (Permanent)
Barefoot Tarnished gold (Veluxe Pearl)
Jaunty Light yellow beige (Frost)
Feeling Fresh Bright green (Frost)
Nautical Navy blue (Satin)
 
 
Verstral White Cream white (Cream) (Repromote)
Gold Knot Brass gold (Frost)
Touch of Red Bright yellow red (Cream)
 
 
Seaside Dirty blush pink with multidimensional sparkle
Man Rays Glowing tan with multidimensional golden shimmer
 
Soft Sand Golden bronze with fine gold pearl
Refined Golden Finely spun golden with soft pearl finish (Permanent)
 
 
Nude on Board Bronzy, yellow tone
Sun Dipped Dirty red tone
( these are the Pro Longwear Bronzing Powders)
 
 
 
 
 
Launch Away!  True peach (Satin)                                                                                                                                                                 Fleet Fast  Pinky, gold coral (satin)

 Crew Off white with pale pink, purple and peach stripes (This is just an overspray! It does not go through the depth of the whole product)
 
 
Zoom Waterfast Lash
Pigment – Old Gold True yellow gold, frost (permanent)
                        Naval Blue Shimmery deep navy blue
Powerpoint Eye Pencils – Emerald Sea Emerald green      
                                                            Blue Stripe Deep navy blue
                                                            Handforged Dirty gold
 
 
I have just ordered the products I wanted from this line so a post with reviews and swatches will be up as soon as i get my order in 🙂
 
These products are available at some department stores, free standing Mac and Mac Pro stores and of course online.