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

 

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadows

What are they?

These are vibrant, long lasting cream gel eyeshadows similar to MAC’s Paint Pots.

The Review

I bought 4 of the colours but will definitely be going back for more! These applied smoothly, blended easily and lasted all day. I would recommend applying the bulk of the colour with your finger or a synthetic flat eyeshadows brush. I sheered the colour out with a fluffy dome brush towards the edges but if you do this make sure you wash your brush as soon as you can afterwards to prevent the colour staining.

The colours I have are as follows:

40 – Permanent Taupe

 

05 – Bold Gold

 

20 – Turquoise Forever

 

15 – Endless Purple

I have recently become aware that although the colours are exactly the same, it seems that in the US at least the names of these shadows are different from here in the UK – something I findly slightly odd! Oh well! Makes no difference to how brilliant they are 🙂

Although I only have 4 of these, I believe there are actually 10 colours available, all of which are gorgeous and brilliantly vibrant. These shadows are ideal as a base for powder shadows, just on their own or even as liner – I’ve been using the purple as one all week and am loving it!

These are a brilliant alternative to MAC’s Paint Pots and are far cheaper, yay! The packaging is great too, I like the screw top jar on these as it stops them drying out.

 

Here are the shades I have swatched: left to right : Permanent Taupe, Eternal Gold, Turquoise Forever and Endless Purple

 

Worth the Money?

I honestly can’t think of anything negative to say about these except maybe that they should bring out even more colours 🙂 These are £4.99 and available from Superdrug, Boots, most larger chain supermarkets and the official Maybelline website:

http://www.maybelline.com/