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/

Amazing Shine Lashes

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What are they?

Excellent quality fake lashes made from 100% human hair.

 

The Review:

Having tried many other brands of eyelashes including Eyelure, Mac, Ardell and some other random ones I was keen to try these on the recommendation of the Pixiwoo sisters. They are make up artists and have their own very successful youtube channel.

I initially ordered about 5 pairs, a combination of the 747 L, 747 M and the 43 lashes. The 747 lashes are your bog standard naturally full, long lashes so I ordered 3 pairs of the medium length in this style and one of the long as well as the 43 lashes which are longer on the outer section to give that feathered cat-eye look.

I was already impressed with the fact that on basic lash styles you are given different lash lengths to choose from, something which I haven’t seen from any other brands. The 747 are available in Long, Medium, Small and on Amazon I even found Extra Small.

This brand offers a wide range of styles and lengths varying from shorter more natural lashes to very long, thick and even more costume designs that are brightly coloured. Having been testing them out and loving each of the styles I bought already, I have since ordered a wider range of styles for my collection.

The lash band is thin and clear as opposed to black, giving you the option of skipping any kind of liner as you don’t notice the lash band. This is something that I’m very pleased about as I often find covering the lash band on thicker, black bands of fake lashes a bit annoying but am unable to skip liner as I like the band hidden. Not only does the lash band go unnoticed, these lashes are very comfortable to wear. The only possible thing I can think of that would bother some people is that they don’t come with glue, however, you can buy a big tube of Duo Adhesive Lash Glue from amazon or beauty websites and that will last you ages and work a treat. Alternatively, Amazing Shine also sells lash glue in the tube or brush on for under £4. Bargain!

I haven’t experienced any watering  or irritation to my eyes near the corners where this would normally occur. All in all these are my go to lashes, for the price, comfort and range of styles, you really can’t beat these!

 

 

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Worth the Money?

These retail for £1.99 from Blush Cosmetics.com and are ridiculous value for money. I’d take these over the MAC ones any day! They are cheap, excellent quality and the most comfortable eyelashes I have tried! These are also readily available from Amazon, although depending on postage, a little more expensive.

 

http://www.blushcosmetics.com/index.php?route=product/search&filter_name=amazing%20shine%20eyelashes

Quick Rave – Liz Earle Hair Products – Full Review coming soon!

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Quick intro:

I’ve been using the Botanical Shine Shampoo (for all hair types) and the Botanical Shine Conditioner for oily hair for a little while now. I don’t have oily hair but I made a large order and got a full size of the product free of charge and as it’s so yummy, am working on using it all up before purchasing the one for either normal or damaged hair as I use a lot of heat on mine.

The shampoo is great as instead of using SLS and SLES, which are foaming agents present in most well-known hair cleansing products, they use a cleansing agent that comes from coconut yay! Many scalps are sensitive to SLS and SLES and this coconut and plant-based shampoo is suitable for all scalp and hair types. It’s even safe for coloured hair due to the lack of SLS and SLES as these can be harsh and are known to fade colour.

Initial Thoughts:

I am already a HUGE fan of Liz Earle and as you all know by now, the majority of the skincare products I use are from the brand so I was super excited to try the hair care goodies.

The shampoo is unlike the usual ‘better for you’ kind of shampoos as it lathers beautifully, smells deliciously natural and good for you BUT actually effectively cleans your hair. It. Is. Amazing.

The conditioner, despite not necessarily for my hair type as I got it free with a rather large order is also amazing! It smells yummy, leaves my hair super soft and shiny and doesn’t weigh it down either. Top Marks Liz Earle, as usual!

Full review coming soon!

http://uk.lizearle.com/

Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Spray

 

What is it?

A heat protection spray infused with keratin that claims to protect from heat styling, make hair sleeker, shinier and more manageable without weighing down the hair.

 

The Review

To be completely honest, I’m not going to string this out as there’s not much to say really! This does exactly what it says it does on the bottle.

The spray bottle is lovely and this stuff comes out in a beautiful fine mist. It smells lovely, doesn’t weigh my hair down, doesn’t leave it sticky in any way and makes my hair feel super soft.

A beautiful smooth and shiny finish even if only used when blow drying – perfect!

 

Worth the Money?

This can be purchased from Boots or Superdrug or even larger chain supermarkets (as usual) for the very reasonable price of £5.99. I love this and will be repurchasing it full price, HOWEVER, Superdrug has it for only £2.95 at the moment so I suggest you all go and grab some while it lasts! Even at full price though, this product is fantastic.

This product is part of a range so if you fancy giving the treatment mask or shampoo or conditioner a go then leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts! I have been using the shampoo as well and I really like it 🙂

 

http://www.superdrug.com/haircare/tresemme-keratin-spray-200ml/invt/512461/

GOSH Soft n’ Shine Lip Balms

Antique Gold, Mocha, Soft Touch, Perfect Plum, Passion Pink, Kiss 

 

What are they?

Pigmented lip balms in an array of gorgeous colours.

 

The Review

These feel smooth and moisturising on the lips and were so pigmented! There is a good selection of colours ranging from neutral to bright red and they are all so pretty.

I decided to pick up 7 of the colours, however I only have 6 to show you as I gave the coral one ‘Irony’ to my mumma 🙂

Normally I wouldn’t splash out the full amount of money on these so I was lucky that I got them for £3 each from Superdrug in the clearance section – bargain!

The colours I have are Antique Gold, Mocha, Soft Touch, Perfect Plum, Passion Pink and Kiss.

Here they are swatched below in the above order:

Worth the Money?

I believe these retail for £7.34 so are quite pricey for something that claims to be a lip balm – however – these are definitely similar to the Revlon Lip Butters that everyone seems to be raving about (and with good reason!).

If you want a treat for your lips but can’t go without a bit of colour then these are worth the investment. As I mentioned earlier, I got mine for £3 each but would still purchase other colours full price.

These lovely lippies are available from Superdrug and online