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

 

Backcombing Giving You a Headache? I Present the Denman Teasing Comb :)

teasing comb

 

What is it?

A comb specifically for ‘teasing’ the hair (generally at the roots) to add volume.

 

The Review

What is not to like? If you have ever tried to tease your hair with anything but a teasing comb, you will know that it hurts, it’s messy and generally really not a very good idea …

This comb, however, allows you to tease gently whilst achieving lots of volume (depending on how much you tease your hair of course). You can achieve varying levels of volume with ease and it’s gentler on your head and hair than trying to use a normal comb.

The handle is a nice width and the pointed end allow your to section your hair in a straight line simply by wiggling the pointed end in the direction you want to part it. Easy peasy! No pain, no tugging and these combs are under £5.

I don’t tease my hair very often but this is a joy to use if I’m having a flat day or want a a bigger up do.

 

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Worth the Money?

I paid around £3.50 for mine on amazon but you can buy from places like Boots and Superdrug also. Readily available on the highstreet, under a fiver and work a treat – yu bet it’s worth the money!

BUY FROM AMAZON HERE:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Denman-D91-Dressing-Out-Hairbrush/dp/B0030JJXHE/ref=cm_cr_pr_pb_t

 

 

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/

Quick Update :)

Just to let you all know, I have just started doing youtube videos which I will try to post on here.

This doesn’t mean I won’t be doing written posts, I will be doing both from now on.

 

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Happy veiwing! xxx

What’s in my MAC blush palette?

 

FROM TOP LEFT TO BOTTOM RIGHT:

 

PEACHES: A true peach colour in MAC’s sheertone finish.

MELBA: A soft coral peach colour, softer than Peaches and with a tiny hint of pink. This has a matte finish.

PEACHTWIST: This is one of MAC’s sheertone shimmer colours, it’s a deeper shimmery peach shade.

PINK SWOON: A true bright pink shade in MAC’s sheertone finish.

PINCH O’ PEACH: Another sheertone shade, this colour is more pink than peach but softer and more wearable than Pink Swoon.

PLUM FOOLERY: A wearable, shimmery, pinked plum shade in a sheertone shimmer finish.

 

Here are the colours swatched in the same order as described above:

 

These blushers can be found at some department stores, MAC and MAC Pro freestanding stores and as always, online : They retail for £17.50

http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/?77tadunit=fcb8c5d7&77tadvert=9239022519&77tkeyword=mac%20cosmetics&77tentrytype=s&77tentry=closed_navigation_Feb&cm_mmc=google-_-search-_-brand-_-mac%20cosmetics

 

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.