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

 

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquers

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What are they?

Longer lasting sort of ‘liquid lipsticks’… Gorgeous.

 

The Review:

There are 8 shades in the collection ranging from nude to bright vivid red. There is definitely something for everyone and there are some great wearable every days pinks too. The packaging is lovely and you can see the product in the tube which is fantastic!

Application is a dream with a doe foot like applicator with a twist – the product collects in a little hollow in the applicator (see the above picture). Genius! You can use the colour straight like that for the full on gorgeously pigmented colour or wipe it off a little for a more natural colour. They apply with a gloss like shine and then settle to a subtle sheen.

The pigmentation is beautiful, colour range is fantastic and the the product is long lasting – perfect for night out, especially as the colours don’t bleed at all. An added bonus is that they are so comfortable to wear, they don’t dry my lips out like some other long lasting lippies I’ve tried. Can’t fault them!

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From top to bottom: Apocaliptic, Nova and Celestial.

 

 

Worth the money?

Absolutely! These are fantastic and at £5.99 are very affordable.

You can get them on the Rimmel website, Boots and Superdrug 🙂 GO GET ‘EM GIRLIES!

 

http://www.boots.com/en/Rimmel-London-Apocalips-Lip-Lacquer_1296026/

Favourite Natural lip combo

Intro:

So, I have been on the hunt for a relatively cheap nude/natural lipstick for every day that will go with anything. As you all know i’m sure, it can be rather tricky to find one that fits that description that doesn’t make you look a bit dead. Finally, however, I have found it!

Trusty L’Oreal released a range of Color Riche lipsticks for individual hair colours, this lovely nudey/natural/soft pink shade just so happens to be meant for blondes (which i am not) but who cares! It’s the perfect nude, natural every day colour that many of us have been searching for so I thought I would share it with you all 🙂

As a bonus, you’ll be delighted to know I also found a lip liner pencil that is also nearly an exact match colour wise to go with it yay!

Here are some piccies and the colour names/numbers and prices for you :

 

 

 

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick in shade: 235 Natural Blondes Nude

£8.19 from Boots, also available at Superdrug and larger chain supermarkets with a make up section.

 

 

 

Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner in shade: 132 Sweet Pink

£3.99 from Boots, also available at Superdrug and larger chain supermarkets with a make up section.

Look of the Week

 

Eyes:

I started by using Maybelline’s 24hr Colour Tattoo eyeshadow in 40 – ‘Permanent Taupe’ as my base all over the lid and up to the crease. I also used my finger to lightly place some along the lower lashes.

Using the Naked palette by Urban Decay I used a flat stiff brush to pat ‘Sidecar’ on top of this on the lid.

Next I used a fluffly dome brush to blend ‘Toasted’ into my crease and on the outer part of my lower lashes.

I then took a smaller stiff dome brush to darken the outer corners with ‘Hustle’.

I then used Stila’s Convertable Eye Colour in ‘Berry’ as a liner along my top and bottom lashes and finished with a coat of Lancome’s Hynose Drama mascara.

 

Cheeks:

I blended MAC’s ‘Tenderling blusher along my cheekbones and up towards my temples.

 

Lips:

The eyes are the focus here so I kept the lips fairly neutral with just a swipe of Barry M’s lipgloss in number 2.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

 

 

 

 

What are they?

Moisturising ‘balms’ with buildable colour.

 

Thoughts?

I only have one shade (as pictured) in ‘Honey’ which is a natural pink but I am already in love with these and desperate to get my hands on some of the other colours – there’s definitely something for everyone.

The staying power – as to be expected – is about 3/4 hours but then these bad boys don’t claim to be long lasting and are pretty moisturising so perfect if you like some colour but find normal lipsticks too drying or uncomfortable to wear.

These have a slight peppermint smell but I feel like it wears off pretty quickly and isn’t overpowering, just very pleasant.

I’ve also found that although the colour goes on initially fairly sheer, you can easily build the colour up and I am one of those people that likes to have that option.

These balm stains aren’t super shiny or glittery, they just give your lips a plump, healthy sheen and I love the fact that you don’t sharpen them. You twist the bottom and more product comes up, just like a regular lipstick.

I tried the Clinique Chubby Sticks and I feel like this is Revlon’s version and frankly, although I adore the Chubby Sticks, these are equally as good, if not better AND a fraction of the price.

 

Where can I buy?

They retail for £7.99 normally HOWEVER, I got mine in Boots and right now they are only £5.99!

You can get your hands on these lovelies at larger supermarkets, Boots, Superdrug and as always, the Revlon website:

http://www.revlon.com/Revlon-Home/Products/Lips/Lipstain/Just-Bitten-Kissable-Balm-Stain.aspx