Eight Hour Power

Calling Hollywood icons, top make-up artists and everyone else who’s a fan of Elizabeth Arden’s cult beauty balm Eight Hour Cream… Eight Hour Cream moisturiser has arrived!

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Launched over the bank holiday weekend, Eight Hour Intensive Daily Moisturiser for Face SPF 15, £22, delivers the intense hit of hydration you’d expect from any relation of Eight Hour Cream, but it absorbs quickly and feels soft not greasy. It’s got the original Eight Hour aroma, too, though it’s a slightly sweeter smell this time (in a good way).

Never one to accept a product at face value, I’m currently using mine to cut my tinted moisturiser – the cream’s got a slight sheen to it that makes for a lighter, dewier base. Not wanting to make anyone feel left out, I’ve found some new uses for my original Eight Hour Cream, too: 

* I don’t like to wear mascara every day as it’s not great for my lashes and a pain to get off, so for an everyday flutter I mix a little Eight Hour Cream with black gel eyeliner and use my fingers or a clean wand to stroke it on to the tips for a glossy, tinted effect. You still get pretty definition, but it keeps lashes soft and is easy to wash off. For more pumped-up lashes, try black eye shadow instead of the gel.

* Lots of make-up artists recommend running a little highlighting concealer (like YSL’s Touche Eclat) over the rim of your upper lip before you apply lipstick or gloss, to make your mouth appear fuller. Try using a little Eight Hour Cream mixed with some pale pink or gold shimmer powder (eye shadow works fine), instead.

* For sweet, soft feet, mix a good dollop of Eight Hour Cream with a few drops each of rose and peppermint essential oils and smother it over any dry, cracked skin. Pull on a pair of cotton socks and leave it to absorb for an hour or so. It works for hands, too – just leave out the peppermint.

If you’ve found any weird and wonderful uses for Eight Hour Cream, let me know.

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