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Skincare series: Brand #2 – #ElizabethArden

I have been using this brand’s products for 7+ years, as you can see I have added bits over the years but what sparked my initial interest in Elizabeth Arden was their 8 hour balm – I first purchased this on a ferry trip 7 or so years ago to France in the duty-free store 🙂 . I have repurchased this balm 4 times now, original fragranced tubes and fragrance free version, plus added plain & tinted balm sticks, and they make great gifts, too (my mum loves this now and I often get gwp travel sizes that I have passed on to my sister – she isn’t a fan of the exfoliating nature of the balm so only uses this at night).

Here’s a list of my Elizabeth Arden skincare arsenal, a little information about the products, my experiences and thoughts so far (and for the record, I have Combination, Sensitive, Clog-prone skin with pigmentation from blemishes and dryness on cheeks… It’s a mouthful, I know):

Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance-Free 

“This fragrance free version of the legendary skincare classic works wonders to moisturise and protect anytime, anyway you choose. Shape brows, revitalise shine, soothe dry hands and smooth cuticles and nails. Also for symptoms of chapping, peeling or flaking due to minor burns, sunburn, windburn, scrapes, abrasions or cracked lips. No wonder it’s loved by makeup artists all around the world.” (elizabetharden.co.uk) Available at boots.com for £18.

I use this on dry areas, such as lips, cuticles, elbows, to smooth eyebrows, and on dry areas on my face – if I am going away I’ll mix a little with my moisturiser before the flight and it stops my skin getting excessively dried out. I love love love this and cannot imagine using anything else. I often layer this on top/underneath a very drying lipstick (sometimes colour wins over formulation…), or on top of a lip liner for a paired down weekend look and love the comforting feel this give my lips.

Eight Hour Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15

“Elizabeth Arden’s renowned Eight Hour® Cream in a super-protective, portable stick for lips. Enriched with emollients, protective sunscreen and vitamin E.” (elizabetharden.co.uk) Available at boots.com for £20.

This is my on-the-go lip balm, it is expensive for the amount you get but mine, with frequent use, lasts around 6 months, which a regular lip balm cannot do for me. I don’t reapply often throughout the day, maybe twice at most, as my morning application keeps me going until lunchtime. I’ll use this as a base for lipstick in the daytime or a just a plain SPF lip balm – my lips are pigmented enough! I also love the tinted versions of these in Blush and Plum, great for a two in one quick flush of colour (these can be found here at boots.com).

Eight Hour Cream Sun Defence for Face SPF 50 Sunscreen High Protection PA+++

“Provides powerful SPF 50 PA+++ protection to help shield skin against UVA/UVB rays that can cause sunburn, surface skin cell damage and premature signs of ageing. Lightweight, oil-free lotion helps protect your skin from sun exposure while hydrating for up to 8 hours. PABA-free.” (elizabetharden.co.uk) Available at boots.com for £26.

The cream is very thick on application, so I use a toning mist or Avene thermal water mist and apply quickly so that I can blend it in well, it can have a white cast for me if I don’t take time massaging in the product. I really like this as it is the only sun cream that protects my skin from breaking out in rashes from spending a long time outdoors in the sun. I find that if I wait 10 minutes it absorbs better and makes applying makeup easier. It can be a bit much reapplying this on the beach as it is so difficult to blend in, but after a few years of struggling I decided to try out the balm stick and now use that to top up protection on beach holidays – less mess and fuss, plus, more time crafting my sandcastle 🙂 – yay!

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defence Stick for Face SPF 50 High Protection

“Target sensitive, over-exposed areas such as lips, nose, earlobes, even scars to help shield from the burning and ageing effects of UVA and UVB rays for healthier looking skin. This maximum defence, lightweight stick glides on smoothly and invisibly for easy one-handed application. Powerful SPF 50 sunscreen protects against sunburn, surface cell damage and premature signs of ageing. Eight Hour hydrating benefits sooth and smooth for up to 8 hours. Oil-free and PABA-free. Water-resistant and Perspiration-resistant. Non-acnegenic & Non-sticky. Ophthalmologist, clinically and dermatologist tested. Suitable for all skin types. Non-comedogenic.” (Available at boots.com for £15)

As mentioned in my thoughts of the previous product, I use this to top up my sunscreen when I feel I can’t blend in the SPF50 cream I top up my spf protection by slathering this balm all over! It’s give a really fine application

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Toner

“It can be difficult to refine and tone dry skin without causing irritation. But this alcohol-free toner does both beautifully while gently preparing your skin to absorb the vital moisture it needs. Leaves your skin feeling soft, refreshed and resilient. Clinically and dermatologist tested.” (Available at boots.com for £18)

I bought this as a set from Boots, sorry I can’t seem to find the price I paid and it looks like they don’t have this set anymore, and have been enjoying it over the last 5 months. I use the Pixi glow tonic first straight after cleansing and then follow with this. I have found that the dehydration lines that had formed on my forehead have eased a little and now feels less tight. Honestly I haven’t been wowed by this one, and am not sure if I will be repurchasing it, but it is nice to have something work and not cause any issues. I have the Thayers rose water toner lined up next, a break from a product always better shows me if I really just liked something or if I took it for granted, we’ll see if this will be joining the EA-repurchase list.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Hydrating Cream SPF 15

“For those with dry skin, it can be an ongoing struggle to moisturise properly and remove rough, dead skin without causing irritation. We’ve drawn from over 100 years of spa science to create a cream that hydrates gently yet continuously while helping to slough away dead skin and reveal your own smooth, healthy looking skin. Helps your skin maintain its own ideal moisture level and leaves your face feeling fresh and smooth.” (Available at boots.com for £34)

This day cream came in the set with the toner. I have been using this during the winter months and have found it moisturises my skin very well, but I think I prefer the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Daily Moisturiser for Face SPF 15 (£30). This cream gives my skin a nice glow and provides a hydrated base for makeup but I have found during the few warmer days we’ve had here this can look a bit too dewy – eek! I would say this would be better for someone with straight up parched dry skin, as I am combination I find it’s just a tad too much for me now. I would like to try the combination skincare, again – I tried it last year and wasn’t too impressed then – but maybe this is where my skin is at now… will keep trying 🙂

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lift & Firm Eye Cream

“Targets fine lines and crow’s feet to plump, lift and firm the look of skin in the eye area as it minimises the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. Light-weight yet intensive eye care formula. Lifts and firms the look of skin in the eye area for a younger, more rested look. Dark circles appear minimised as it targets puffiness. Delicate skin in the eye area is gently brightened and smoothed. Encapsulated SPF 15 sunscreens provide full spectrum protection without irritation” (Available at boots.com for £40)

I got two of these as gwp samples, I gave one to my Mum and have been using this alone during the daytime as it contains SPF 15. The little tub is just under half the size of the full 15 ml version, and I have got through about 1/3 over the last 2 months. I like this but find it too rich in texture for me and makes my collection 2000 concealer slide around a bit, I will use it up and try to find another SPF eye cream in the meantime.

All in all, as you can see, I have been enamoured with Elizabeth Arden skincare for some time. I am willing to give most of their products a go, as my skin seems to take well to their line and I have never had adverse reactions – *crosses fingers and toes*. I might try their makeup soon, I had a little look last week and saw some intriguing bits.

Have you tried any EA products? If so, which ones? I would love to hear your comments, suggestions and general feedback. Thank you for reading! Follow on Bloglovin

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Boots Haul

I recently posted a picture on Instagram of my Boots 3for2 purchases -I made two trips, the above picture is what I picked up during the first trip- and thought I’d follow up with a quick post of initial thoughts behind the purchases and, if I have tried them out, what my first impressions are. There have been things that have caught my eye over the last few months and I had been resisting purchasing them as at the time I really didn’t need anything… so with the recent 3 for 2 offer and a few gaps in my skincare I thought I’d try some new bits but in the end it turned out to be a new purchases (N) and repurchases (R) trip.

Avene Soothing Moisture Mask 50ml, £11.50  – N. I have been finding my skin quite tight after cleansing so thought I would add a rehydrating mask once a week.

Avene Very High Protection Spf 50 Cream 50ml, £10.13 (clearance offer) – R. I am running low on my Elizabeth Arden 8 hour Sun Defense Spf 50 and didn’t want to fork out £26 this time, maybe next time as I do love it.

Vichy Normaderm 3 in 1 Cleanser + Scrub + Mask 125ml, £11.00 – N. This is something I have picked up and put down on lots of occasions and popped Neutrogena wash + mask in my basket instead, well this time I thought I’d – finally – give it a try.

Avene Thermal Spring Water 300ml, £10.00 – R. I have used this consistently for 5 years now. I find it indispensable as I have redness prone sensitive skin, so I use it to soothe irritations or just as a spray to cool my skin after epilation or a mist for after I have applied makeup. Love. It.

La Roche Posay Smoothing Moisturizing Body Milk Anti-Flake 200ml, £10.50 (clearance offer) – R. Lately I have been finding my skin isn’t really taking to my usual Soap & Glory lotion too well, so I thought I’d use this on the exceptionally dry areas – the usual culprits: knees, elbows, shins…

Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Brighten Gentle Daily Micro Polish Wash 125ml, £9.99 – N. I was running low on Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser and didn’t feel it did anything exceptional so I decided to give this one a try.

Botanics Rosewater Toning Spritz 150ml, £4.99 – N. This looked too lovely to pass up, so I popped this in my basket. I imagined I would use it like a refreshing mist but I have been using it after Pixi Glow Tonic as a rehydrating mist before moisturising.

Botanics Superbalm 11ml, £4.99 – N. This looks really interesting and has some great natural and organic ingredients such as shea butter and rosehip oil, I’m looking forward to trying this out once my Caudalie lip balm is finished up.

Botanics Nourishing Body Oil 150ml, £5.99 – N. I prefer to use body oils after a long soak and, again, the ingredients really pulled me in so this, too, went into my basket.

Boots Tea tree and Witch hazel Body Back Spray 150ml, £4.99 – N. This looked good for skin breakouts (for after *ahem* waxing…), yep not the prettiest purchase but a definite necessary one.

Soap & Glory Daily Smooth Body Lotion 500ml, £10.00 – R. A favourite.

Nivea Firming Good-bye Cellulite Gel-Cream 200ml, £10.89 – R. Thought I would give this another try, as I haven’t been so good on frequenting the gym :-/.

Dove Summer Glow Fair to Medium 250ml, £4.99  – N. I wanted to get a gradual glow back, and this was mentioned in Boots haul I watched on youtube beforehand, helped me filter through the different options saving me time to look at other bits that didn’t make it to my basket.

Dove Summer Glow Medium to Dark 250ml, £4.99 – N. (enabled by Mouldyfruit 😉 )

I spent far too much time and money in boots, but I am really pleased with my haul as the things I have tried so far are working out well – I love it when this happens!

Hope you enjoyed reading about what I got, but did anyone else go a little overboard?

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L’Oréal L’EXTRAORDINAIRE BY COLOR RICHE Liquid lipstick

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L’Oréal L’EXTRAORDINAIRE BY COLOR RICHE in 401 Fuschia drama & 601 Nude ballet, £8.99 eachIMG_7064

“New L’Extraordinaire by Color Riche is our extraordinary new lip colour from L’Oréal Paris for high shine and intense colour. Thanks to luxurious micro-oils infused with rich pigments, you can enjoy lip perfection in 3 dimensions:

1) Colour intensity of a lipstick. 2) Magnifying shine of a gloss. 3) Softness of a balm.

Available in 9 extraordinary shades.Our combination of carefully blended luxurious micro-oils infused with rich pigments. We replaced the waxes with oils for an incredible shine and softness. L’Extraordinaire is formulated with oils to catch the light for magnified colour. Enriched with lotus flower, argan, camelia seed and rose canina fruit oils, the formula gives a nourishing care feeling and a super soft finish.

How To Apply Application is made easy with a feather-soft wand – simply apply colour in a single stroke.” (www.loreal-paris.co.uk)

Firstly 601 Nude Ballet is a nude slightly pink-toned beige shade and 401 Fuchsia Drama a true bright fuchsia shade.IMG_7063

A thin layer of the liquid lipstick blended into the lips gave me a sheer glossy look with a hint of colour, much like what I would expect from a regular lip gloss. A thicker layer gave me a more pigmented lipstick+gloss effect. The end result seemed similar to the YSL glossy stain, although without the stain. Nude ballet does not apply evenly for me as I have quite pigmented lips, it was necessary to blend the gloss into my lips and then apply a second coat to get a even application, although this tone of nude was not very flattering on my skin-tone (MAC NC30-35); to make it work as a lipstick I have been mixing the Fuchsia with the Nude in order to get a balance between the two. On the other hand, Fuschia Drama is very pigmented and I need less product to get a pigmented even finish. These liquid lipsticks feel very comfortable – not too gloopy-, hydrating, wore evenly and lasted a good 3 hours, which is fantastic for a gloss/lipstick.

Positives: The liquid lipstick did not dry out my lips at all, felt comfortable, wore evenly, lasted 3 hours (no eating/drinking), surprisingly left my lips hydrated and smells of peaches (normally don’t like scent but this is subtle)! The applicator holds just the right amount of product to get a pigmented finish – at first it did not seem enough at all, so this surprised me, a little really goes a long way. I really like these and will be trying very hard not to buy too many more… 🙂 The price is really good and they are on 3 for 2 in boots at the moment – help!IMG_7062

Negatives: Hmmm… Maybe the scent, as it might not be to everyones taste. Also, some shades contain shimmer and you can’t see this as the actual colour inside doesn’t show through the packaging – no clear window panel- , so you don’t see the product inside until you open it and try it out.

Samples provided by boots.com.

Have you tried this? If so, what did you think? I would love to hear your comments and suggestions!

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Skincare series: Brand #1 – Biologique Recherche

I have been using this brands’ Lotion P50W 150ml, 43Euro, and Creme Contour Des Yeux VIP O2 30ml, 57Euro, for 3 months now and wanted to post my findings. On recommendation of a facial aesthetician whilst away on holiday, I bought these pricey items after a bit of thought and research online. A description of both products:

“P50 Balancing exfoliator, P50w Lotion Result : gently exfoliates and balances the epidermis. Product description : this is the gentlest exfoliator with a formula rich in anti-inflammatory active ingredients. Direction for use : all over the face, neck and cleavage. Apply to the eye area once or twice a week. The first week: Saturate moistened cotton pads with Lotion P50W and apply to the face, neck and cleavage. Thereafter: Saturate dry cotton pads with the lotion. Remove Lotion P50W with L’Eau.(www.biologique-recherche.com)

“Crème Contour des Yeux VIP O2 Result : smoothes and tones the eye area and reduces bags under the eyes. Product description : this cream’s unique, oxygenating and moisturizing formula combines Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids with the Specific Biologique Recherche Oxygenating Complex to help reduce wrinkles and brighten the gaze. Direction for use : apply a hazelnut-sized amount of Creme. (www.biologique-recherche.com)

My first impression of the P50w was awful, as it has a strong unpleasant scent and stings upon application (I dilute my application with some water to ease the process), needless to say using this felt like work. I know that the effort can pay off in the long term, but I do like to make my skincare enjoyable by choosing products I like smell of – and don’t smell anything like vinegar- and feel good! In comparison the eye cream was pleasant to use, no scent, absorbed into the eye contour area well, and the pump provides just the right amount of product too, unusual for eye cream pump packaging.

How I apply P50w: I take a small cotton round, douse it at close range with Avene thermal spray water, add an equal amount of P50w on top and apply to my face. I let this dry for around a minute and then remove it with a cotton round soaked in water only – my skin is sensitive so I find this is the only way I can avoid irritation, although, as mentioned, one night a week I will leave it on.

VIP o2 eye cream: I use one pump and apply to the contour areas of both eyes and using gentle patting motions with my ring finger until fully absorbed.

My thoughts One change I have seen is that the tone of my skin is more even with use of the P50w, and if I apply and leave it on in the evening my skin literally is glowing in the next morning. Now, I do have to be careful not to use this too much as my skin does get some irritation, but if I use this diluted around 3 evenings a week I have been able to get the same effects without the sting or reaction – yay! Now, I have been given a sample size of the Clarins Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner which seems to follow the same concept as the P50w, so fingers crossed as the P50w isn’t convincing enough for another 43Euro splurge. But on the bright side, after 3 months use I still have around 1/5 left over (I took the picture, above, some time ago).

The eye cream has discernibly improved the hydration of my skin around the eyes and I have noticed the sunken in circles have lifted and become less harsh – another yay! I still have around half – guessing (!) as the tube is completely opaque, so can’t really tell how much I have left – which is pretty normal, for me eye creams last 3 months, but the quantity of this one is much more generous than eye creams I have purchased in the past (usually 15ml), so that does have me wondering if really this is quite a fair price after all…

Negatives: Price! Scent of the P50w… and not being able to tell how much I have used of the eye cream. The brand is not stocked at many places in the UK.

Positives: The two items I have bought from this brand have performed well and I am happy with the results. I will most likely try to purchase a more affordable eye cream and see if I end up missing the VIP O2 creme, if that happens there is nothing I can do about it, but at the very least I will have tried to please my purse :). On the other hand, as mentioned I will not be missing the P50w lotion, as even after 3 months the scent makes me want to wash my face again (the scent does dissipate after a minute, but as I have a sensitivity to smell it ends up bothering me for longer)

Toner line-up to follow: Clarins, Elizabeth Arden, Thayers & Pixi. Eye cream line-up to follow: Elizabeth Arden, Imedeen, Ole Henrikson & YSL.

Currently Biologique Recherche is available at Liberty of London and E F Medispa. Have you tried the Biologique Recherche line? If so, what did you think? I would love to hear your comments, suggestions for alternative toners & eye creams. Thank you for reading!

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