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Give your skin a treat
Elizabeth Arden Good Night Sleep Cream
Member Name: redhead78
Elizabeth Arden Good Night Sleep Cream
Advantages: Nice consistency, makes my skin feel soft and moisturised, lasts a long time
Disadvantages: The price tag is too high at rrp so shop around
I'm not a particular product junkie like many of my friends and, whilst I do like to stick to a cleanse, tone, moisturise routine every day (except those 'can't be bothered' days when just a face wipe does the trick), I don't really bother with anything fancy and tend to stick to my trusted Nivea. So until now I've never used a night cream for my face and have tended to either use the thicker Nivea Soft or just put extra of my Light Daily moisturiser on at night when I wanted to give my skin a bit more of a treat.
Some sample sized products can be teeny weeny so that you don't really get chance to experience them, or their benefits, fully before they run out. Elizabeth Arden, however, are much more generous (although I don't know how much my mum paid for the set so probably shouldn't comment on whether they're generous or not!) and I received this product in a small royal blue plastic tube containing 30ml of the product. As the normal sized jar only contains 50ml I think this is a decent enough sized to really form an opinion on the cream.
The Good Night's Sleep Restoring Cream is widely available from many department stores and even in larger Boots stores or from their online shop which is, surprisingly, the cheapest place I've found it available apart from eBay. You can get it from Boots for just £20.99 for the 50ml jar, rather than the standard RRP of nearly £40. Obviously postage charges need to be added to that, although you can get it delivered for free to your nearest Boots store and you can collect 80 advantage points too. And as an added bonus, if you buy two Elizabeth Arden products you receive a free gift of 6 sample sized make up and skincare products in a red cosmetics bag, which looks absolutely lovely!
As I said, I got a small blue tube with a white screw top lid, but the normal packaging is a purple glass jar as can be seen in the picture above. On products like this where you have to use your hands or fingers to apply the cream I much prefer the packaging to have a flip top lid as they're easier to close, but with this tube, as you need such a small amount of the cream and it really only sits on one fingertip I've found it relatively easy to close the tube up again before actually applying the cream to my skin. I think I actually prefer my tube to the standard jar as it only has a really small hole through which you squeeze the cream, meaning you don't end up with copious amounts of product all over your fingers and so there is no waste. Whereas with the jar you would have to dip your fingers in it every night and to me this presents a slight hygiene issue.
So, the cream is squeezed out of the tube in a really small worm shape and only a very small amount is needed for good coverage of my face and neck. The tube doesn't give any information about how much to apply so I generally use a pea sized blob and this is ample. It is quite a thick consistency and feels like a really creamy cream, if you know what I mean?! It is easy to spread it evenly over my face and neck and it rubs in nicely without leaving my skin feeling greasy and manages to make me feel like I've got cream left on my face without leaving any residue behind.
The fragrance of this cream is quite a tricky one to describe. The first couple of times I used it I really wasn't sure whether I liked it or not, but it has grown on me and now I don't really mind it. It doesn't have a strong fragrance to it, more of a subtle floral background and, although I wouldn't particularly choose floral frgrances in anything, there's nothing really offensive about this.
As this is a night cream I always apply it last thing to cleansed and toned skin before I go to bed but, althought the tube states you should use this every night, I only use it once or twice a week as I find that if I overdo it with moisturising products on my face it can lead to me getting small breakouts of spots. I don't really use this expecting to see any visible difference to my skin, more to feel the difference it makes. Because, believe me, it does make a difference.
As soon as I apply this cream to my face I can feel it sinking in and it makes me feel like my skin must have been really thirsty and that this is quenching that thirst. Any dryness or tightness from my cleansing and toning immediately disappears after application of this and my skin feels softer and moisturised. And, despite this being a night cream, I was really surprised to still be able to feel the effects of this cream the next morning when I woke up too. My skin still felt much softer than normal and I really didn't feel the need to apply my usual moisturiser like I normally would as part of my morning routine.
I would imagine from the name of it that this cream is supposed to make you feel and look like you've had a good night's sleep and, whilst it does make my skin feel lovely, I don't think it makes my skin look any different. I certainly wouldn't use it after a big night out when I know I'm not going to get much sleep and expect it to make me look like I've had my full 8 hours. It doesn't brighten my skin or add any radiance to it so I'd still use my Clarins Beauty Flash Balm if I felt like my skin needed some oomph on a morning.
I've been really surprised by how long this small tube has lasted me. With using it probably an average of twice a week I've used maybe half of it now so can this lasting me until Christmas at least. Obviously if you use it every day it won't last nearly as long, but for my skin twice a week is plenty and so I think it is worth the price tag (in Boots, I wouldn't pay, or ask anyone else to pay, the full RRP).
Overall I've been really impressed with the Elizabeth Arden Good Night's Sleep Restoring Cream. It's not something that I would have picked up myself in a shop, particularly given the high price tag, but it's definitely something that I'll be adding to my Christmas wishlist in the hope that some generous soul will add it to my stocking. I would never use it every night as the packaging suggests as I think it's too intensive for every day use for me personally, so I use it more as a treat for my skin every 3 or 4 days and think it will be particularly beneficial in the coming winter months when my skin has been battered by the winds and frosts of the Lake District. It makes my skin feel like it's been given a real treat and when I apply it it really does feel like my skin is just drinking it in. So if you want softer skin that feels moisturised and cared for then I would recommend this cream.
Summary: A lovely cream that makes you feel like your skin is drinking it in, recommended