Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant

Monday, April 29, 2013

"The skincare classic that soothes, restores, calms and helps relieve chapped, cracked, dry skin. Soothes roughness, redness and minor skin irritations."

This stuff barely needs an introduction - created by Elizabeth Arden herself in 1930, the Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant was an instant success and remains a classic, cult beauty product to this day, often raved about by celebrities and makeup artists for its hydrating and protecting properties. It has a multitude of uses and is perfect for moisturising any dry spots such as elbows, knees and lips; but can also be used on cuticles, scratches and burns, for smoothing unruly brows, and for adding a touch of shine to cheeks, lips or even eyelids. As a huge fan of multi-use products, I was pretty excited to try this out.

Somewhat strangely, this isn't actually a cream. It's an apricot coloured (though it goes on clear) petroleum based balm, similar in consistency to something like vaseline. In fact, there's a bit of an ongoing debate in the beauty world over whether this is simply a glorified tube of vaseline. Personally, I don't think they compare. I find the Eight Hour Cream is much more powerful and effective. It's also handbag friendly (can you imagine carting a tub of vaseline around with you?), which, as one of those people who likes to carry half of my skincare and make-up collection around, is a big bonus for me. The smell is something which seems to divide people. It's clinical and slightly herbal, with a bit of a citrus edge. I love it, but Elizabeth Arden do have a fragrance free version if it's not for you.

The cream is very heavy duty so you only need to use it sparingly - a teeny dab will suffice for most uses. I've been using it on my lips, the ends of my hair to smooth out any frizzy bits, as a prep before applying matte lipstick, on dry patches around my nose... The list goes on. This is such a versatile product that I already can't imagine being without it. It's also said to be amazing on flights - the low humidity in aeroplane cabins is notorious for sucking any moisture out of your skin, and the Eight Hour Cream forms a protective seal which helps prevent your skin from drying out. I'm already excited to test this out when I next fly! 

I really do think that the Eight Hour Cream deserves its cult following. While it's nothing completely groundbreaking or thrilling, it works and it works well. It's a really great staple to have in your collection, and although at £25 a pop it initially seems quite pricy, you get a lot of product and I can see it lasting a while - some people even claim that one tube of this iconic cream can last them several years!

What do you think? Have you ever tried Eight Hour Cream?

Illamasqua Powder Foundation.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

 "Be the star of your own drama. The mainstay of film and theatre make-up artists, Illamasqua Powder Foundation glides over your skin, covering blemishes, correcting skin tone and leaving a shine-free look that lasts all night. Create a stunningly flawless base that begs to be touched. Comes in a mirror compact for touch-ups on the go."

I really like Illamasqua; their brand ethics, style and dare-to-be-different attitude really sets them apart from many other brands around at the moment. As a pale-skinned lady, they're always the first counter I head to if I'm in need of foundation as they have some of the palest shades on the market - including a pure white! I've been using their Skin Base Liquid Foundation for over a year now and really love it, so I decided it was justifiable to splash out on another of their face products - the Power Foundation.

Firstly, the shade is perfect, which is definitely no mean feat for me. I was matched to 115, the lightest shade minus the whites. Described as being for "very light skin with neutral undertones", the colour is undetectable on my skin - it just makes my skin much more even, and gives it a soft, matte look which I love. Illamasqua include a little powder puff with this product which is a nice touch, but I've been applying it with a soft kabuki brush which I much prefer. I've been using this dusted lightly over any oily areas after applying liquid foundation, or just on its own for a slightly more casual, everyday look. It can also be used with a damp brush for fuller coverage.

Elizabeth Arden Big Beauty Gift.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The other day, I was perusing the beauty counters in Boots when something caught my eye at the Elizabeth Arden stand. The lovely people at Elizabeth Arden are offering a free beauty gift bag packed with samples of their essential products (worth up to £117!) with any purchase of two items, at least one of which being skincare. I've been planning on buying the cult favourite Eight Hour Cream for a while so I couldn't resist snapping it up while this fabulous offer was taking place. Elizabeth Arden is one of those brands that I've never really delved into and this offer seemed like the perfect opportunity to sample a good range of their products. For my second item I decided on the Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick Sheer Tint in Blush, then the girl at the counter talked me through the ten samples available, helping me decide on which five would be best for me. In the end, along with my two purchased items, I walked away with:

  • Visible Difference Exfoliating Cleanser 
  • Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion SPF 15
  • Visible Difference Optimizing Skin Serum
  • Prevage Anti-Aging Daily Serum
  • Beautiful Color Eyeshadow Quad in Sterling, Sugar Cube, Black Tie and Graphite 

As an added bonus, the bag itself is gorgeous and has instantly become my new makeup bag of choice! I'm working my way through the products and loving them all so far, so individual reviews are most likely on their way soon. The offer runs until 04.05.13 at Boots, so there's still another week or so left if you fancy taking a look for yourself - I'd definitely recommend it!

April Glossybox

Monday, April 22, 2013

Spring Fever Glossybox.

My immediate reaction when I opened up my Glossybox parcel this month was that the box itself is just ridiculously pretty. The limited edition box, which was designed by Pearl Lowe, has a beautiful vintage floral print inspired by the English countryside - lovely! I have a feeling this box is going to sneak its way onto my dressing table sometime very soon...

The contents of the box this month didn't disappoint either. Glossybox seems to be straying slightly from the high-end luxury samples that it initially delivered and is instead becoming a little more high-street friendly, but they are definitely not compromising on the quality. There's two full sized products in this box that together are worth almost double the price of the box! Here's what I got in my box this month:

Essie Nice is Nice
Essie nail polishes are something that I would happily buy with my own money, so I loved opening my box to see this. Nice is Nice is a gorgeous grey toned lilac which is perfect for spring. As with all Essie polishes this is high quality, applies really nicely and has so far lasted me three days with no chipping. This is a full size product which retails for £7.99.

ModelCo Cheek and Lip Tint in Rosy Red
I'm a big fan of Benefit's Benetint and this product is the same type of thing – a multi-purpose lip and cheek tint in a lovely rose colour. The gel comes out initially a very frighteningly dark red, but blends out easily into a really sheer and natural looking pinky-red flush. Again, this is a full size product which is worth £15.

Nip + Fab Pistachio Sundae Body Butter
Oh my gosh, this smells simply amazing! It's very sweet and almost smells like ice-cream, with a hint of nuttiness from the pistachio. The body butter itself is lovely – it sinks in really easily and is light but nice and moisturising at the same time. This 50ml miniature is worth £2.95, and a bigger 200ml version costs £9.95.

Yves Rocher So Elixir Purple
Beauty boxes take note - this is how perfume samples should be! Rather than a disappointing cardboard encased vial, this adorable little sample comes in a 5ml glass bottle which is just too cute and allows you to really sample the product properly. My first impressions are that this is a nice woody floral scent that will be lovely for everyday wear. A full sized 50ml version of this is £44.

Sun Sense Daily Face Invisible Tint Finish
The only product that didn't particularly excite me - it's a tinted face cream with added SPF 50+. As I'm so pale, anything with the word 'tinted' in it scares me slightly, and unfortunately this seems to be a one use bottle (the nozzle has to be broken off and can't be reattached) so I can't open it to test out the colour. I'm going to save this for my holiday this summer and hope for the best! The full size of this is 75g and costs £18.50.

I'm really happy with this months box. I LOVE the Essie polish, Nip + Fab Butter and ModelCo Tint and would happily pay full price for each of them. The Yves Rocher perfume is perfect for sticking in your handbag and the cute packaging makes it feel that little bit more special than the usual plastic vials. Honestly, I could take or leave the Sunsense, but the rest of the box more than makes up for it. I'm a very happy girl this month, and for £10 plus p&p this box was a total bargain!

What do you think?

Instagram #3

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Hugo's new favourite sleeping spot - the arm of the sofa / Homemade three cheese burger / Morning smoothie making / New favourite beer - Punk IPA / Avocado on toast / Coffee on the balcony / Apricot baked camembert / Pug love - Me and Hugo / Lovely meal at Tampopo / Vintage puppy Hugo in his favourite jumper / Cajun prawns and beer / Costa. 
Also - my apologies for the slight hiatus this blog has been on recently. As a third year uni student this time of the year is pretty hectic, and with my dissertation being due this month I haven't had much time for anything else. Now that it's handed in I already have a couple of new posts lined up, so I'm hoping to get back to blogging regularly soon! 

And Katie © // QUINN CREATIVEs