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ELIZABETH ARDEN 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant – Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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ELIZABETH ARDEN, LIP TREATMENTS, Lips, Yishan | by — March 15, 2012

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Brand: Elizabeth Arden
Range: 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant
Swatched by yours truly: akisa

  • Cult classic multi-purpose balm that soothes, restores, calms and relieves chapped dry skin & minor skin irritations.
  • Can also be used to tame brows, add a dewy finish to eyelids & cheekbones, or gloss up lips.
  • Texture is a very emollient balm due to the high percentage of petrolatum (56.8% to be exact).  Also contains Lanolin, Mineral Oil, Salicylic Acid, Propylparaben, Castor Oil and Corn Oil.
  • I bought this to apply as a skin barrier to protect my nose, cheeks and lips from minus 25 degree weather, and slathered it on my hands overnight to recover from exposure to hard water & extremely low humidity. This kept my skin smooth and protected throughout my month long stay & helped me fake dewiness in a climate where laundry dries indoors in less than half a day.
  • As a lip product, I find it effective at moisturising and reviving dry “flat looking” lips with a high gloss finish.  Results are moderate when used for overnight lip recovery.
  • Verdict: Love it as a multi-purpose balm, great for prepping lips while applying makeup. But for speedy recovery of chapped lips overnight, I’d opt for other higher strength lip balms instead.

I purchased this product.

ELIZABETH ARDEN 8 Hour Lip Protectant Stick SPF15 – Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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ELIZABETH ARDEN, LIP TREATMENTS, Lips, Yishan | by — March 14, 2012

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Brand: Elizabeth Arden
Range: 8 Hour Lip Protectant Stick SPF15
Swatched by yours truly: akisa

  • Packaged like a lipstick, 8 Hour Lip Protectant Stick moistures and softens lips & provides antioxidant protection with Vitamin E.
  • Available in Clear (pictured), and three translucent shades – Berry, Plum, and Blush in Australia.  (Interestingly, the US website features the shade ‘Honey’ but not ‘Blush’.)
  • The moisture factor is exceptional for a stick-balm, but is still a notch down from emollient tube-based lip balms. That said, this is great as a moisturising lip base under lipstick as it absorbs quickly & doesn’t make lipstick slide.
  • Dermatologist and allergy tested. Tastes similar to 8 Hour Skin Protectant.
  • Verdict: This is THE stick lip balm / base for those that wear lipstick religiously & like the idea of a day-time lip balm disguised as lipstick.

Gives a healthy sheen on direct application, but disappears once absorbed completely so that your lips stay soft & lipstick won’t slide.

I purchased this as part of the Eight Hour Cream Set at duty free.

Akisa’s Top Picks for Work Appropriate Lips

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As the editor of Beauty Swatch, I test a lot of lipsticks and struggle to name favourites. But when it comes to picking lippies for the office, I find myself reaching for a smaller selection and leave the rest at home that are too high maintenance for work.  Seeing as I get asked ALL the time to name my favourites, I thought I’d start off with my top picks for the office, as the occasion dictates which formula, intensity and texture I go for.

In no particular order, here are my top 5 picks for the best lipstick & lipgloss formulas for work that looks polished, stays moisturised in air conditioning and requires minimal maintenance.

Lipstick

1. MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick – pigmented yet moisturising lipstick with high sheen
2. ESTEE LAUDER Pure Colour Crystal Lipstickfor those want both pigment and subtle shimmer
3. BOBBI BROWN Treatment Lip Shine SPF 15 – really wearable & flattering daily lip tints
4. DIOR Addict Lipstick – a waxy finish that is in between a lip balm and lipstick with a plump jelly finish
5. ELIZABETH ARDEN Ceramide Ultra Lipstick – the BEST plumping & smoothing lipstick!

Lipgloss
I’ve deliberately excluded glosses without applicator wands, as not everyone carries a lip brush with them, and sticky fingers are not cool.

1. CLINIQUE Vitamin C Lip Smoothie for a daily dose of Vitamin C on your lips
2. BENEFIT Ultra Shine Lip Shine – subtle hues but high in shine & eye catching glimmer
3. ESTEE LAUDER Pure Color Gloss – sophisticated sheer shine
4. MAC Kissable Lipcolour – a pigmented creamy gloss that oozes confidence & looks polished
5. DIOR Addict Ultra Shine Lipgloss ultra shiny & pigmented, the kind of gloss you could have easily spend a life time collecting.

 

And that wraps up my first ‘Top Picks” post!  I’d love to know your favourites too!
What are your top picks for lipsticks & glosses for work?

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ELIZABETH ARDEN Ceramide Ultra Lipstick – Watermelon #21

Brand: Elizabeth Arden
Range: Ceramide Ultra Lipstick
Shade:Watermelon #21
Swatched by yours truly: akisa

  • Highly pigmented, glossy and moisturising lipstick that feels moisturised for “up to 20 hours”
  • Infused with plumping ingredients that significantly reduces lip lines, and helps define lip contours.
  • Extremely comfortable wear, and lips feel instantly smooth, soft and nourished without the need for lip balm.
  • Embossed with the iconic Elizabeth Arden Red Door design,
  • In just a few sweeps, my lips transformed from tired looking and dry to a vibrant juicy pout in just a few seconds.
  • Hides lip flakes, lip lines, dryness, uneven lip tones – this lipstick looks good even on a bad lip day!
  • Verdict: Highly recommended MUST-TRY lipstick formula!! You won’t believe the transformation until you try it for yourself.  This is hands down a HG formula for me, although I do wish it contained SPF.

 

Forget Dior Serum de Rouge, you must try this one instead.

 

RRP: $46 AUD
Available on counters today.

This product was sent for consideration.

ELIZABETH ARDEN Crystal Clear Lip Gloss

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ELIZABETH ARDEN, LIP GLOSS, Yishan | by — May 31, 2010

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Brand: Elizabeth Arden
Range: Crystal Clear Lip Gloss
Swatched by yours truly: akisa

When I read that this clear gloss is a favourite of Sarah Jessica Parker, I had to find out why. She even says “I don’t wear lipstick. I don’t look good in it. I’ve used Elizabeth Arden lip gloss for years.” Hard to imagine I know.. But when I got my hands on it, I was hooked.. Scroll down to see why!!


  • You’ve seen many of my swatches by now, so you’ll know that I have lip lines. This clear lip gloss is SO SMOOTHING that my lip lines have disappeared.
  • Plumping with a fresh mint flavour.
  • Lightweight yet ultra shiny
  • Can be worn alone to bring out your natural pigment, or transform your favourite lipstick into a high impact shiny lip colour
  • Dermatologist & clinically tested
  • For those who don’t like wearing lip makeup (yes they do exist) it’s time to move on from lip balm & make your lips look polished & sexy, all with your natural lip colour.
  • Clear Gloss = No Colour Transfer (kissing / clothes / windy days)
  • If I do ever become famous enough to be quoted, this is definitely my beauty staple too.

RRP: $34 AUD
Why you should try it: It’s idiot proof, smoothes lines completely & no mess if you’re dead set on wearing gloss on a windy day.
Available at: Elizabeth Arden counters

This was sent to me for my review.