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Chamomile: Naturally calms and soothes your skin.

Gingko Biloba Extract: Energizes your skin for a radiant glow.

Kiwi Fruit Extract: Gently soothes skin.

Vitamin A Palmitate: This vitamin A derivative helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, evens skin tone and skin texture.

Vitamin C Derivative: Helps brighten the appearance of skin.

Tocopherol Acetate: This Vitamin E derivative has antioxidant properties to provide free radical protection and help condition and restore skin.

Shea Butter: An effective emollient and moisturizer.

Glycerin: Provides optimum hydration to replenish and revitalize your skin’s appearance.

Product Description: “Nighttime is the perfect time to give your skin an intense hydration boost. Now you can enjoy a spa-quality hydrating mask at home right before bed when your skin is primed to absorb the maximum benefits. Just leave on this luxuriously intense hydrating mask for 5-10 minutes. You’ll love the soothed, smoothed feeling it gives your skin. Use 1-2 times weekly to boost skin’s moisture levels.”

My Experience: Hmm. I’m on the fence about this product. On one hand, I do notice an instant difference in the hydration of my skin when I rinse it off, on the other hand it doesn’t provide me with the spa-at-home feeing I so desire. I like the ingredients, the sleek yet convenient squeeze tube and the quick results. It’s very thick in consistency, like a paste, which was surprising to me because I don’t think of a paste as something that my skin is likely to soak up. Due to the thickness, it can feel a bit dry and difficult to spread across the skin. However, once it’s on, it stays put. I don’t even wash it off 10 minutes later as advised, I usually go straight to bed and leave it on overnight. However, when I wash it off within 10 minutes I do notice a difference. My skin is instantly softer, smoother and brighter. I think my main quibble about this product is that it doesn’t feel as luxurious as I would like. The scent has the earthy, herbal scent of a clay mask and the pasty texture doesn’t feel pampering on my fingers or on my face. It’s effective, no-nonsense and unfussy, which I’m sure some would appreciate. However, I like a moisturizing mask that has a touch of je ne sais quoi to it: an inviting fragrance, a silky texture that enriches the experience and encourages me to spend just a little bit more time massaging the product into my skin.

The Skinny: An effective yet minimalistic mask that transforms dry skin into soft, soothed and brightened skin within 10 minutes. I just wish it had an enticing scent and a less pasty texture.

Cost:

USA: $36 from Elizabeth Arden

UK: £22 from lookfantastic

Rating: 3/5

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Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glyceryl Stearate, Ammonium Acrylates Copolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Glycol, Stearic Acid, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cera Carnauba/Cire De Carnauba, Triethanolamine, Synthetic Wax, Acrylates Copolymer, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Lecithin, Propylene Carbonate, Oleic Acid, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth-12 Sulfate, Panthenol, Alcohol Denat., Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Edta, Benzyl Alcohol, Simethicone, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Propylparaben, [May Contain/Peut Contenir (+/-) Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)]

Color: Black

Product Description: A mascara that dramatically thickens lashes as it separates and defines. Smudge-proof and long-lasting.

My Experience: I was lucky enough to snag one of these in the Debenhams sale not too long ago. I’m forever searching for a mascara that fattens up my long, thin lashes. And this is a great mascara, one of the best I’ve used in a long time. I’m somewhat surprised, having never before purchased one from Elizabeth Arden. And I’ve used tons of mascaras. Tons. I’ll admit the only reason I purchased this was because I wanted a new mascara and it was greatly discounted, but I’m so glad I bought it! The packaging is slim and sleek, just how I like it (I have a particular aversion to fat and loudly-colored mascara packing). The wand is thick but not huge, so it’s very easy to work with. It’s not an overly wet formula, nor is it dry. Possibly the most impressive thing about this mascara is it’s ability to draw the lashes out into fluttery curls. I don’t even use an eye lash curler, that’s how good it is. Just one or two quick coats lifts my lashes into delicate butterfly’s wings that are perfect for daytime, and three coats thickens them for a more dramatic look. I’ve done three coats for the picture you see here: one or two coats will still give you the same length and curl, just not the maximum volume possible. I’ve not had any major problems with clumping and it holds a curl all day long. Also, I’ve had absolutely no flaking or smudging after a long day’s work. I’ve not tried to remove it with a cleanser, but it’s easy to remove with wipes and if you get a tiny glob of it on your skin, a gentle brush with your fingertip when it’s dried removes it without any staining or pulling at the skin. It’s a mascara that’s won awards, and I’m not surprised.

Note: I’ve not applied the mascara to my bottom lashes.

The Skinny: A smudge-proof, long-lasting mascara that volumizes and gives you beautifully fluttering lashes.

Cost:

UK: £21 from lookfantastic

USA: $19.50 from Elizabeth Arden

Rating: 5/5


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Product Description: Soothes dry skin, comforts minor weather burns, scrapes and abrasions and provides anti-inflammatory benefits.

Ingredients: Petrolatum and vitamin E

My Experience: I’m not sure if you can tell, but this tube is lovingly covered in fingerprints and scratches. It’s like an old, treasured sweater that I can’t bear to get rid of. The cream has a slightly medicinal smell, but don’t let that put you off because it’s not that strong. Although it’s a cream, it’s not your typical white, slick consistency. It’s amber-colored, transparent and thick. A tiny amount goes a long way. Due to its thickness it doesn’t spread that easily, so it’s best for small areas and not slathering all over your body. The miracle of this is that you can use it in so many ways. It soothes all kinds of skin irritations from scrapes to cracked lips. I’ve also used it to soothe and heal itchy bug bites, rashes and blemishes. I keep a pot of this next to my bedside and I apply it to my lips every single night as a treatment. It lasts all through the night and I credit the general good condition of my lips to this alone. If that doesn’t convince you of how great this product is, then this should: this is the ONLY skin care product of mine that my husband (who is a purely soap-and-water kind of guy ) actually asks for when he has a skin irritation. It’s hands down the most versatile skin care product out there. It can be pricey if you use it everyday (a pot only lasts me about a month). I tend to use ebay or purchase it as part of the gift sets Elizabeth Arden often has on offer. You might be tempted to buy it in stick form for your lips – don’t! It’s more expensive that way and doesn’t last as long. You get much more bang for your buck if you buy the tubes or pots, and you could easily carry either in your handbag. I prefer the tube for sanitary reasons (and for air travel) but I think the pot provides more product.

The Skinny: An incredibly versatile product that soothes, protects and moisturizes any number of skin irritations including very dry skin.

Cost:

UK: £25 from Boots

USA: $19.50 from Elizabeth Arden 

Rating: HERO (goes above and beyond expectations)