This product is one of the few I regularly update in my first aid kit, travel bag, kitchen or use when sunbathing.
It is a wonder cream on so many levels I can't believe it was developed in 1930 and it still is kicking competitors in the butt.
It aims to protect, soothe and moisturise your skin, it has strong anti-inflammatory benefits that I can 100% works.
The protectant is an orange gel that has a very strong scent, that at first can be a little off-putting. It is almost like a medical smell that transports you to the 70's [I've never been, but I'm assuming] and to a hospital.
Because this relies heavily on a petroleum base it is very sticky, but that is a minor negative for the benefit of soothing your skin aliments.
Although try not to lick your lips I found this to be wondering over the winter months when I had a nasty nip of old jack frost. You may not be able to drink or eat any-thing but the relief is better than the stinging and dryness the weather can bring. Also, they are well moisturised and feel very soft.
For minor burns in the kitchen etc, this is wonderfully soothing and does so very quickly.
I can be a bit of a butterfingers sort of person in the kitchen and tend to scald myself on the railings of the oven as I get the trays out and despite pouring the hot water from saucepans as carefully as possible its a guarantee that I will hit myself with the water. Immediately I apply this product thinly at first because it melts due to the heat so you may need a second coating but within minutes the burn is cooled and by the next day the burn is not even visable.
Again, like with burns, this is great. Only tip I have is to reapply every hour as it will help heal quicker and then you can put your shoes back on.Lol
Even with bruises and slight abrasions this is perfect and now all my friends have got one.
Because this is also packed with vitamin E, this is great for any part of your skin that is dry especially heels, ready for at night of dancing.
Again this is not ideal on one account, it is very sticky and due to the 'protectant' aspects of the product it does tend to take its time to sink into your skin, on one hand all you may care about at the time is being soothed of the burn or whatever your using it for, on the other hand its frustrating if you want to get on with things.
By the following day your skin is beautifully soft and its been worth the trouble.
I tend to once a week use this as a hand cream once a week at night when I'm watching TV to use this to help with the cold chapped skin. x
The price can vary depending where you buy this but its normally retails for
£26 for 50ml in Boots.
£12.95 for 50ml on Amazon
£22 on Feelunique
So it pays to shop around.
This bottle normally is 5oml and that will last you a good long time, unless your me!
I started using Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant roughly 4-5 years ago. I was attracted to the product initially because it has a fantastic reputation, is espoused by celebrities and beauty specialists time and time again and mostly out of curiosity. I wanted to find out if the product lived up to the hype - and found it certainly did!
In terms of the packaging of the product I am not usually very bothered as long as the product is good. With the eight hour cream I do think the packaging is possibly a little outdated - a white designed bottle with a red door and great figures of eight dotted over the tube. They have in recent years produced special edition pots and tubes which have had more appealing designs and integrated brighter colours. There is a sense of quality in the design of the product and I think with many well known brands they stick to a recognisable design as it continues to bring customers in. I have found that because the cream is so brilliant it is easy to overlook the slightly dull tube and box design. I like the shape and size of the 50ml tube - it is good for travelling with and is a nice shape and size for your hand. I like a tube that is made of flexible plastic so I can cut it open when I have run out of the product. I have considered purchasing it in the limited edition jar version but having seen a friends I felt that it would encourage me to use more than I needed to on each use - the tube perfectly releases the right amount.
The cream itself is actually less of a cream and more of a gel. I found this quite surprising and honestly a little off putting the first time I used the product. It is a thick orange coloured (and slightly odd smelling) gel that you can use on your face, hands, lips and any skin irritation or sunburn. I have, over the years, perfected the way in which I use to product to suit my own needs. I use it primarily on my face and only before I go to bed, with my normal moisturiser over the top. The gel is VERY thick and oily and leaves your skin feeling very heavily laden with the product even if you only use a small amount. I layer my normal moisturiser over the top (see my first review for more info) and then sleep with it on. It does leave my face feeling greasy initially but when I wake up in the morning my skin feels FANTASTIC. I think there are quite a few negatives to the cream but the effects of it are better than any product I have ever used - and the fact that I buy it time and time again is testament to the quality of my skin as a result of using it.
I do find that the product is long-lasting - I buy probably 2 tubes a year (a 50ml tube costing roughly £25.00). This does prove to be an expensive skin routine - but as I have said it is VERY effective. I use a pea sized amount most nights and make sure that I cut the bottle open when the cream is running out and use the very last drops. I generally wait until I, or someone I know, goes on holiday and I buy it in the airport - I just find it a bit too expensive to warrant buying it in the stores and if I can save a bit of money buying it duty free then I prefer to do this. I have looked at purchasing it online, through amazon or ebay, but am a little worried about whether you get the genuine product when you buy through this method. It also only works out as marginally cheaper and therefore I stick to the airport twice a year.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this product as a base cream to improve your skin - but I would only suggest using it over night as it can be extremely oily and heavy on your skin. I certainly wouldn't suggest applying your make up over the top of it as it would not provide a very stable base.
(This review may appear on Ciao under the name Doll12)
If I was told I could only have one beauty product to take with me on a dessert island this would, without a shadow of a doubt be it.
This is the only Elizabeth Arden product that I own. I brought my Eight Hour skin protectant cream in Debenhams last year whilst on holiday for around £17. The one I own is in a small cylindrical pot and is a limited edition 80's style. I loved the design, fun and cheerful looking. I personally prefer this packaging to the original but both have the same contents. I can't see the amount on my pot but I have a feeling it is around 30ml.
I was recommended this cream by a friend and also read a lot about it prior to buying it and even read about it in my beauty bible (see review).
This product is of orange/brown in colour and is rather waxy in consistency. It does not really feel or look like a cream. I really must stress that a little goes a long way. I was a little uncertain of the price but to think mine has hardly gone down and I use it all the time just shows how small an amount is required. I would not have brought this product based on the smell alone if I am honest as it smells somewhat medicinal.
This little beauty miracle has a number of uses and is a handbag must have. It has worked absolute wonders on my dry lips over this horrible cold season. I had awful chapped, sore lips and they are as good as new. Note to self..... do not lick lips or kiss anyone when wearing this, they may not thank you, hehe!!
I also use this as an overnight cream. I never use this on my face in the day as it is greasy and too heavy but for the night it is perfect. I put a small amount on my fingers and gently massage into my face and let the rest soak in overnight. I wake to soft skin that feels lovely. I have heard that some people use this as a highlighter, this is something I personally would not do, but I guess if used in a very small amount this would work.
This can also be used all over the skin, dry elbows or knees. On skin irritations, burns. This cream has sooooo many uses.
I have even used this on my Grandads dry feet and hands and it has truely worked miracles. For a gentleman of 83 to agree with this is saying something!!! Fantastic for dry problem skin. I even use this on my cuticles.
I can not recommend this product enough.
This review is also on my Ciao account under my username of laurajeantinks
I purchased a limited edition version of the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant at my local Semi Chem store on offer for £6.99 for a 28g jar, what a bargain.
I have wanted to try this for ages but the price has always put me off. Seeing it on offer, I thought I'd give it ago, and in all honesty, it lives up to its hype in my opinion.
The limited edition packaging is really cool, its in a glass jar with screw on lid. The design on the metal lid is all flower power 1960's style purple, green and yellow and looks really funky.
Now for the product. Its a rather odd colour only to be described as a burnt orangey red. It has a really thick consistency and is slightly greasy, which sounds off putting, but don't let that stop you from trying it. It also has a strange smell, very hard to describe, a bit chemically and herby at the same time. Not unpleasant, just strange. Ingredients include petrolatum, beta-hydroxy and vitamin E.
Don't confuse this cream with a moisturiser as it's not. I've heard a lot of people who have purchased it be disappointed at they have used it as a moisturiser and wondered why they have a shiny face. The cream is designed to be used to 'save and calm' skin, so can be used to relieve chapped and dry skin conditions.
I've used it as a lip balm all winter, it tasts a bit peculiar, but I don't mind as the results are fantastic. I put it on my lips morning and night as part of my skin care routine and have not suffered this winter with dry painful chapped lips.
I also use this to nourish and moisturise my cuticles. I work in retail and due to constant hand washing and handling cash, the skin around my nails had become dry and peeling, using the eight hour cream to soften my cuticles has made the condition clear up. I always carry it in my bag where ever I go.
I also use it periodically on elbows and knees, with the cold weather and central heating, my skin was becoming hard and callous, a few nights of eight hour cream and the condition has much improved.
You can also use it as a mini facial, warm a small amount in between your hands and massage it on to your face overnight for a moisture boost. I would only recommend doing this a few times per week at the most.
Another tip is to rub the product sparingly between finger tips and use to calm split ends and fly away hair. Basically this list is endless, if you have dry skin, blemishes or minor irritations or even sunburn it can be used anywhere on the body and face.
I've had my jar for a few months now, and I'd say I've only used about one third of the contents, so its good value and long lasting. I'm definitely going to buy this product again, as it's now part of my daily skin care routine.
Without professional advice or reading product reviews you would probably never really know what to do with this cream as the only instructions it comes with is 'apply liberally as often as neccessary'.
When I first heard about this cream it was hailed as a miracle multi-purpose cream that you could use to moisturise your face and lips and even as a highlighter on top of your make up. I personally would only use it as a face cream and only ever at night for a number of reasons.
Firstly, what comes out of the tube isn't cream as we know it, more of a thick waxy balm. It's quite heavy and takes a while to absorb into the skin. I personally put it on before I go to bed so when I wake up in the morning my skin is lovely and soft. It works wonders in winter when skin is more prone to getting chapped and dry. Also it smells very clinical, like something you would find in a hospital. For that reason I would never wear it on my lips, it doesn't taste great and no one will want to kiss you.
I have read that you can wear this cream as a highlighter, Again, this was something I didn't care for. Even though it does give you a great shine, it's very heavy and I felt like the cream was sealing the make up
into my pores.
One thing this cream does have going for it, despite it having a fairly expensive price tag I still believe it offers value for money. Because of the thick texture it means it is not a product you use frequently and when you do apply it you don't have to use lots in 1 go. Therefore it does last quite a long time.
Friends of mine for years have raved about this cream so when I saw it at duty free in a London airport I thought I'd buy it and give it a go.
I bought a double pack which had two 30ml tubes in - rather small but months later and I haven't finished one of the tubes yet! This cost me about £18 in duty free - so I would say it would cost just over £20 in a normal shop like Boots or Debenhams. You can also get bigger 50ml tubes. Having the double pack was handy though because I can have one in my bags for on the go and one at home so I'm never without one.
I had never laid eyes on it before so was surprised when I started using it that it was more of a weird sticky gel than a normal white cream. The lid on the top screws off and the cream is quite thick in consistency so it comes out quite slowly (which is good - you don't end up splattering it everywhere). The smell is also very strong - almost medicinal but personally I quite like it. The cream is a browny colour so it isn't that attractive looking - but it is a great cream for your skin with many uses as I've found out!
It says on the tube to use it as often as necessary. Once you've put this on your face for the first time you will discover it's very greasy and it stays like that for a good few hours - takes ages to sink into your skin. For this reason you couldn't put this on and go out for the day. It's much better to use this as a night cream - smother it on before you go to bed and wake up the next day with a lovely moisturised face. I however don't do this very often - only about once or twice a month. It's such a deep moisturiser I don't think you need to cover your whole face in it more often than that. However continue using a normal moisturiser every day when you take your makeup off - just replace it with this once perhaps twice a month.
I however do use this every day as a lip balm - it's great for moisturising your lips especially in the winter and it also looks like a lip gloss which is great - much better than a lip gloss too. People I know also use this on dry skin patches to clear them up quickly, on their elbows, as highlighters on cheeks and eyes for makeup and many other things. When I have a really bad cold I always find this is brilliant at putting round your nose to stop your skin getting dry and flakey.
Like I said the smell is strong but I actually really like it. It's something which is always in my bag. I would really recommend this - yes it's a bit pricey but it lasts for ages and ages - I would say the double pack could last you a year if you use it sparingly enough. A great Christmas present for someone - or just a present for yourself! Definitely a must have.
I'm usually faithful to budget brand cosmetic and skin care products but I recently was given some Elizabeth Arden products as a gift including this, the Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant. My tube is only 30ml sized and as such looks like a trial size product. You can also purchase this in larger sized tubes but since Elizabeth Arden is a premium brand be prepared to pay quite a lot - the 50ml sized tube is around £22 at department store cosmetic counters.
My tiny tube has very basic instructions and no information about the product printed on the tube itself. The only usage instructions state: "apply librally as often as necessary". The companies website individual product page provides a lot more details about what the product does and when you should use it. The brand correctly identify this as a 'balm' and claim it "soothes, restores, calms and helps relieve chapped, cracked, dry skin". There are no specific areas of the body targeted for best use - only a caution to avoid the eyes.
After reading this information online I tested the product. The tube has a broad lid which screws off easily. I first of all smelled the product. It had a unexpected fragrance. I was expecting something quite rosy and feminine. Instead it smelled like a medical treatment ointment or the oily greasy smells of a working garage. It reminded me a lot of the aroma that Tiger Balm has - the ointment used to ease muscular aches. It's not a nice fragrance and to me it instantly turns the product into something you must use either inside the home only as a kind of skin pampering treatment. I certainly don't want anyone to smell this on my skin as it is not an appealling fragrance! It actually smells like I'm flammable!
The next surprising thing about the product was that it is not a 'cream' as stated in its product title. It is rather more like a cross between a gel and a balm. It is more gooey than it is waxy. It is not like a stick lip balm consistency but moer like a vaseline or a lot like the raw petroleum that you use for your car - very thick and can be worked into peaks which don't lose their shape. The balm is a burnt orange colour - this does not affect the colouring on the skin. It simply becomes transparent once rubbed in.
I find the balm quite stiff and hard to work into the skin. I tried the balm on the back of my hand first. I found that if I waited 20 seconds or so that the balm would melt a little bit with the heat of my flesh and it was easier to rub in. When I had worked the balm into my skin it gave a shiny, slightly greasy appearance to my skin. To eradicate the greasy look I had to work the balm in again, rubbing my fingertips in small circles over the area until it felt less sticky. Even when you have worked the balm in as much as possible you feel damp and bound up by a sugary substance. I feel that I might stain my clothes if I touch them with the areas I have treated with the balm!
After the trial on my hand, I then used this on certain small dry spots on my face and found that the skin, being more delicate, was pulled and stretched a lot when I was trying to rub this in. As a result I don't find this to be an ideal product for the face or neck or other delicate areas over the chest or belly. It is better for arms, hands, and legs, feet and shoulders.
Without question skin is softer when the balm is applied. The balm seems to form a protective, waterproof barrier over the skin. The shiny appearance that ensues after use is acceptable on the arms and legs for example but looks too greasy on the face. This balm is unsuitable for use under make-up but could be used alone providing you can live with the high-shine look. It is super-hydrating though and is suitable for use at night. It can be applied like a night cream to nourish your skin as you sleep.
This product overall surprises and dissapoints me. It's simply not what I thought or hoped it would be. It's not really like a cosmetic to me and seems much more like an intensive medical treatment. The places on my body I feel I can use this on have big surface areas and so the actual application is difficult and time-consuming. I don't think the product gives value for money this way. Also, as with similar products like the Body shop's cooling balms it has that issue: why is it any better than a cream product and why would I choose this over a creamy moisturiser? In my opinion, this product simply isn't worth using. Stick to a cream moisturiser.
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I would have to agree that this is an interesting one.
I had heard so much about this product in the media and all celebrities were raving on about how great it was, I decided that I should try it. At £25, it is not cheap but it is Elizabeth Arden.
It is the weirdest cream ever- not of a cream consistency at all, more like a greasy petrolium based balm, almost the same consistency as petrolium jelly in a red colour.
My advice is if your looking for a pre make up moisturiser, this isn't for you. It leaves you skin feeling quite greasy and your make up just slides off. On the other hand, if you use this product on it's own, it's a miracle. It leaves your skin with a glossy fresh glow after soaking in.
Uusally I use it after swimming to rehydrate my skin, at night or as a little extra when I go on holiday instead of taking endless bottles of make up, it just leaves you with a fresh dewy face. I also find that it can double up as a lip balm as well due to its consistency.
Ok -tricky one this. Yes, its Elizabeth Arden and yes all the female celebrities on last years 'Im A Celebrity get Me Out Of Here' raved about this product, which earned it some kind of new credability and elevated it to 'celebrity status', but I must admit Im still undecided!? It is the weirdest 'cream' you will ever use simply because it isn't 'cream' at all. Its more like lip salve or petrolium based products and has no creaminess to it whatsoever. Don't make the same mistake as I did and plaster it all over your face and neck and then try to apply make-up - that doesn't work. No, seriously, it doesn't. Also it can leave the skin feeling rather greasy and tacky if too much is applied.
What I have now discovered is that this product is marvellous for putting onto the skin/face, unaccompanied by lots of make-up, for those occasions where you just want to look healthy, dewy, fresh and glowing. I discovered this after taking it with me to the swimming pool and putting it on after my swim before venturing off on my journey home. I found I didn't need cleanser,toner,moisturiser,foundation,blusher etc etc and this just gave my skin the little boost it needed to make it acceptable to the general public!!
It also doubles as a wonderful lip balm - bonus.
I think this product would be ideal for people going away on holiday who want to avoid wearing lots of make-up during the day but still want their skin/face to look glowing and healthy.
One tip - this is quite pricey in the stores - so go online and get it cheaper, I did!!
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream - 50ml - circa £25 - typically from department stores such as Debenhams and the likes.
I bought mine from duty free at East Midlands Airport, costing me £16.49 and the young lady providing me assistance wrongly assumed it was for my girlfriend!! Brownie points were quite evidently beamed in my direction as the young lady serving me thought "what a nice young gentleman, thinking of his girlfriend and buying her a present on the outbound journey". Actually, she was probably thinking about knocking off and getting down the pub with her mates, but that's inconsequential.
Yes it's make-up, yes I am male, yes I use it, and yes I am heterosexual. I will probably get no end of abuse for this review, especially if any of my male friends saw it ... barring 2 male friends who know I use it and have already given me the abuse expected of using female grooming produts.
What on earth is the world coming to I can already here some blokes asking?! Men and makeup some of the girls may be giggling? Lap it up this stuff actually adds something to your look for a night out, and I have already found a little extra female attention, which is always nice. Now, if only I could go and speak to said species, everything would be fine and dandy-o!
I asked my Mother about a month ago whether she had any 8 Hour cream, to which I got a reply of "what?", as my Father - very ill-timed - walked into the kitchen, during one of my more infrequent visits to my parents before going out for the evening. "Come on Queen" my Father joked as he walked out of the back door on route to the car, he would be giving me a lift to the train station in. "Doesn't matter" I muttered to my Mother, feeling like an embarrassed school boy at the grand old age of 29.
Now, why on God's green earth would a bloke want with make-up? Sorry, I will re-phrase that.. Why would he want to own a rather expensive make-up? After all, young lads have used their Mother's and girlfriends concealer for years, trying desperately to hide those couple of spots in their teenage years and early twenties . Maybe beyond. Quite a lot of blokes use lip balm for chapped lips as well these days, and generally take a lot more care of themselves, with the use of daily moisturisers and exfoliating creams, and so on and so on. The male grooming industry has boomed in recent years. Anyway, I am moving slightly off topic, as this product is considered a female grooming product as opposed to male and it does currently reside in my toilet bag!
Why, why, why get to the point?
Okay, two of my closest friends are female - Nel and Emma - and we do, along with one of my male friends - Adam - spend a lot of time socialising, including weekends away on the piss that's as in getting drunk, as opposed to skiing on the piste. On one such occasion, in Manchester, just over a month ago, Adam was not due to arrive until later in the evening and so I had our hotel twin room all to myself to get ready, whilst the girls were making themselves presentable in their twin room downstairs. Naturally, being a boy, I was ready before the girls. Although, to be fair, there were two of them sharing facilities. Anyway, I was asked to give them a knock once I was ready, which I did, as they were adding the finishing touches to their war paint. One of them actually mentioned that I should try using some Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream, because it is alleged that I have fairly defined cheek bones, and this "wonder" cream would help to accentuate my facial structure either that or make me look really silly! Half trusting them because I had already had a fair few glasses of alkie-hol in the afternoon, and they had downed a fair amount of jungle juice themselves, I allowed Emma to apply some of the cream either side of my nose, below my cheek bones, expecting to look into the mirror and see something reminiscing a cricketer with sun block applied. However, to my surprise, I could see the point the girls were making It's wonderous! I could note the way the light now caught my cheekbones in the mirror with the application of the cream, ensuring that more attention was drawn to specific facial features. Great I thought anything to lend a hand!
The smell of the cream is not, on the other hand, the most alluring, but it's not sickening and can easily be covered up with perfume ahem, sorry, I mean aftershave! In fact, when Emma applied it to my face, it instantly reminded me of my ex-girlfriend, who used to do a lot of modelling and did use the cream quite liberally. Now I understand why, even though I used to tell her to stop using so much make-up, because I didn't think she needed it. Anyway, that's another matter, we won't go there.
So, what do girlies use it for, because they are the species the cream is - I believe - primarily designed for and certainly marketed at? The back of the tube, which is 50ml states that the cream "soothes minor skin irritations. Also for symptoms of chapping, peeling or flaking due to minor burns, sunburn, windburn, scrapes, abrasions or cracked lips. Many girls use it for similar reasons as I i.e. for accentuating features, such as cheekbones, as the glow from the cream when captured by the light provides an excellent effect. That last sentence is not a personal appraisal of the effect I might add!
Negatives? At present, other than a mildly uninspiring smell, I can't fault the stuff, other - of course - than cost, but I only use it before a night out and not as liberally as my ex-girlfriend did, so it should last me.
To use: Apply liberally as often as necessary.
Packaing: Cream comes in a handy little white tube, no more than 4-5 inches in length, easily fitting into a toilet or make-up bag, whatever takes your fancy. I, for the record, have a toilet bag. The tube is packaged in an oblong white box, with red rim (If I recall correctly as I have since discarded the packaging), with Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream printed in black on one side.
Where to purchase: It is generally available from perfume counters in department stores, such as Debenhams, Boots, Harvey Nicholls, Brown Thomas (Dublin). However, these are the more expensive places to purchase, and in the wonderful world of home and Internet shopping, you will no doubt see better deals on the Internet. I have seen cheaper offers on ebay as a starting auction price anyway!
Made in the USA for Elizabeth Arden.
XMAS 2002..... Last Christmas my lovely Gran, knowing my love of luxury beauty products, gave me an Elizabeth Arden Ski Holiday Skincare Giftpack to which I was very grateful (beats a reindeer knitted jumper anyday!) but I was somewhat confused...I have never been skiing, snowboarding etc and to me a holiday ain't a holiday without sun, sea, and beaches! Despite the useless yellow plastic ski-pass holder enclosed a few of the other products caught my eye, particularly the Visible Difference Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant as beauty buffs from supermodels to Vogue editors had been raving about it. TRIED N TESTED.... STICK TO VASELINE!! The tube of Eight Hour Cream provided was fairly small (15ml) with unimaginative packaging (plain white tube with WOW black type on it), however I still excitedly unscrewed the matching white plastic lid to try the supposedly miracle cream out. To my horror the Eight Hour cream was not a cream at all but an oily consistency like Vaseline. But unlike unfragranced, non-coloured Vaseline it also had a pungent, musty medicated stench (think deep heat meets an old peoples home) with a horrible brown/yellow colour to match...mmm! Now I really wanted to love this stuff (as much as all the cool fashion in-crowd seem to) but nonetheless I was disappointed it worked exactly the same as my trusty Vaseline (yes it slicks eyebrows, yes it can be used as a lip balm etc) except I smelt...bad.
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream was initially recommended to me by a close friend, the same friend who has introduced me to many of my most trusted beauty products. I have quite a strict skincare routine, I have rather sensitive skin which if neglected really can look dreadful. I didn?t instantly buy this product, I couldn?t understand what it was or how I would benefit, y?see this cream wont replace your daily moisturiser and cannot be compared to any other product I know. Anyways after much recommendation from both friend and magazine articles alike I finally took the plunge and purchased the cream. This has to be the best £18 I have ever spent on cosmetics? Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream is described as a skin protectant, ideal for soothing minor skin irritations, chapped lips and hands, peeling or flaking skin due to burns such as windburn and sunburn not to mention other minor abrasions. I?ll agree the blurb sounds interesting but again doesn?t really jump out and tell you that ?You need this cream? but I?ll tell you ? you do! Packaged in the usual Elizabeth Arden plain packaging the resale size comes in a 50ml tube priced at £18, (Other smaller sizes can sometimes be purchased as part of a set.) the cream is very thick in consistency and brown in colour, so not very appealing. As soon as you squeeze the cream from the tube a strong, aromatheric smell greets you ? personally I love the smell but it is rather strong. The cream also appears to be very, very greasy. My first impression was ?what the hell is this? but obviously after spending £18 I?m curious to get my moneys worth and find out what all the fuss is about? The day I made the purchase my skin was feeling irritated, nothing unusual for me as air pollution, central heating and the usual daily elements just take their toll but with me that can be rather irritating and uncomfortable? Not anymore! After cleansing and toning I substituted this in place of my daily moisturiser a
nd instantly my skin feels soothed. Since then, I?ve not looked back and this Eight Hour Cream has pride of place amongst my other beauty regime favourites! So what do I use it for? 1) Weekly skin boost ? not to be mistaken for your daily moisturiser the cream can be used as a booster when you?re skin is feeling tired, irritated or stressed. Basically I wouldn?t recommend you go out and about as a full face of the cream will certainly leave you looking, not alone feeling rather ?greasy?. I did worry about whether the oiliness would give me spots but with 6 months continual use it hasn?t. My skin is left glowing and feeling rehydrated let alone looking healthy. 2) Lip balm ? a tiny, minute amount of this cream will transform your lips. You don?t need much and the shine outshines any lip balm or gloss I?ve tried in the past! Recommended! Lasts all day! 3) Hair gloss! - Now before I go on, this wont suit you all! Basically I use this on the ends of my hair. Having naturally curly hair which is also naturally dry the ends of my hair can frizz. I use the cream sparingly to gloss the ends. It works and boy have I tried many a product to sort out the ends of my hair! 4) My nails! ? I don?t know what it is but I?ve got bloody awful hands and feet. My nails never look healthy. I put this down to having dry hair, I have dry nails (they?re both made up of keratin) anyway a tiny little bit of this rubbed in to your nails and bingo! Healthy nails and I?m no longer ashamed! 5) Sunburn ? the must for any holiday! After spending a week in Tenerife with 3 others earlier this year the only saviour for our sunburn was this! Praise the lord for Elizabeth Arden. The cream has 2 main uses in the sun soothing and reducing sunburn and not to mention eliminating peel. I ALWAYS peel? Not anymore, this is 100% better than any after sun I?ve ever tried. 6) Mosquito bites ? Another holiday related usage ? soothes any bites, repels
any mossies! Wah ? hoo, this stuff works a treat! 7) Eyebrow and cheek highlighter ? I don?t shape my eyebrows, I don?t see the need and I can?t be arsed with the upkeep. A little of this beauty and your brows are well looked after. A little across the cheek bone again gives a subtle, colourless glow? Just like in the magazines! 8) Spot check! ? Yep at 28 I still get spots, a little of this on any spot helps draw and eliminate any major marks. I use this on isolated spots as required, morning and night. Sold? No? Go away! Personally I don?t actually know what I did before I discovered Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. It lasts months and for £18 I reckon it should have pride of place in every woman?s cosmetic bag. 2 factors (other than price) that may put you off is the strong herbal smell and the oiliness of the actual cream so do sample before purchase. Ingredients are not listed on the tube so I?d recommend you place any queries with the Elizabeth Arden consultant in your local department store or chemist that stocks the range. I have moderately sensitive skin and I find this a help rather than an irritant. File under remarkable!
The first Eight Hour Cream I used was in actual fact a trial size from a gift pack. It has been sitting in my drawer for ages except by chance or luck, I thought I would bring along sample size products for my ski trip. A good thing I did, as it immediately relieved my dry, very red and burnt face from the harsh sun in a short period of time. I don't fancy the smell, it reminds me strongly of petroleum but it definately works. I put heaps on as a mask in winter and it actually calms my irritated skin. It doubles as a lip balm as well! However come summer time, I find it rather tacky and perhaps not the best moisturiser to use in warm season. It is a very handy thing to keep in your beauty cabinet and for a very reasonable price too! Definately recommendable.
I love Elizabeth Arden and I have been using this product for 8 years. I use to use my mothers and she use to use her grandmother and.........(you know) This stuff has been around for many years and is as popular as ever and a must-have item in celebrities make-up bags. Catherine Zeta Jones is a huge fan. Packaging: It comes in a simple white tube, which you can get in 30 or 50ml. No frills packaging. It is a screw lid, similar to the old-fashioned toothpaste tube and you can control the amount you squeeze. Be careful not to squueze out to much, as you cant get it back in. Useage: Just remember a little goes a long way, so dont squeeze out too much, you cant aford to waste it at this price. However I buy a tube a year, and use it regualrly so its not too bad. What is it? It is a peachy coloured gel. So why they call it a cream I dont know. It is of a thick consistency and has a floral-ish smel, which is hard to discribe. The smell is strong and when you use this on your lips it has a habit of creeping into your mouth and its hard to get rid of the taste. It feels slightly sticky, so dont use to much on one area. This gel has many uses - mainly for skin irritation. It soothes chapping, peeling and flaking of minor burns. It can treat sunburn, windburn, scrapes, abrasions or cracked lips. This product goes with me everywhere I go. I suffer from dry skin and I like too carry a tube in my handbag to put on any dry patches. I have had a bad case of dry skin recently which covered my cheeks. This came in handy, although it didnt completely sort out the dryness, it was great because I was going out that night and wanted to wear makeup so I needed it smoothed. This did just that, although it takes a while to sink in. I use it on my lips, as it is a great lipbalm (use a little bit) and an even better lipgloss (use a little more), although it is very sticky so use sparingly. It does leave a hint of
orange and it seems to slightly plump my lips as it has a mild tingly effect. I dont burn so I dont need to use it on sunburn, but I wouldnt reccomend it as it would be sticky. It is very gloopy and gooey and I wouldnt like this slathered all over my body in the sun. Anyway you'd need to use a lot of the tube. On rare occasions I have slathered it on thicky on my face and let it sink in.However, it does take a few hours to sink in, so I do it the night before. I do find it gives me a glowing look the next day. You can wear this under your skin if you use a light moisturising foundation, as you will get that glossy youthful look. You can not use thick foundation or face powder as you wont get that natural glossy look. I wouldn't reccomend doing this if you suffer from oily skin as it would make it ten times worse. But makeup wise it is great for a lipgloss and accentuating cheekbones and eyelids for that glossy natural sheen. Overall comment: A nice smelling balm which has a lot of uses. It cost me £17.00 for 30ml, so it is pricey. But like I said I have had my tube for a year or so and a little goes a long way. Its my emergency balm and I would hate to be parted with it. All in all its great for that odd bit of dry skin that occasionally creeps up. If you like spending money,and you suffer from dry flakey skin and wind-burned lips then buy it. If you simply like that dewy look and want to have a makeup bag celebrities will fight over then this product should be in your bag!!!!!!! But like me if you are a beauty junkie then go get it!!!!