As far as beauty goes, there’s a distinct difference between how most women approach makeup and skincare. While makeup is about expanding your options - the more lipgloss, blush, eyeshadow and highlighter options, the better - skincare is more about finding The One.
Which explains why when a product which works well on everyone who tries it comes along, it quickly achieves classic status - take Elizabeth Arden’s Eigh Hour Cream, for instance.
It was developed in 1930 by Arden as a soothing, moisturising remedy for her horses’ cracked hooves and has since found its way onto the lips, eyelids, elbows, knees, heels and faces of Marilyn Monroe, Thandie Newton, Eva Mendes, Rachel Bilson, Blake Lively, Nina Dobrev and pretty much every model and makeup artist in the business.
I’ve lost count of how often I’ve seen it backstage at fashion shows, where makeup artists use it to do everything from add a bit of sheen to models' cheekbones and eyelids to prepping their lips and adding it to richly pigmented, matte lip shades to render them glossy in a pinch.
Some women claim it’s the only thing that helps their eczema and Victoria Beckham says she puts one in each handbag so she never has to go without; it heals cuts and scrapes, which is how it got its name (Arden changed it after a friend told her it healed a cut on her son’s knee in eight hours), and Prince Harry took the stuff with him when he went to the North Pole.
It also lasts for ages - I've had mine for over a year, and still have over half left - and never goes bad; it is, essentially, the perfect product. It's also the best lip balm I've ever used; I went out and got some after Lisa Eldridge told me that she rubs some on her lips before bed and never has chapped lips as a result, something I can now attest to.
So get yourself some and see what the rave reviews are about - use it as a lipbalm, a moisturiser, a highlighter and a gloss; you'll soon be wondering, as with all true loves, how you ever did without.
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