I'm sure all of you beauty nerds are very aware of this makeup bag staple, the 80-odd year old tube of delight; Elizabeth Arden's ever-so famous Eight Hour Cream. It was created in the 1930s, originally to treat Arden's horses - she soon realised just how beneficial the cream was for people also, and the rest is history! Eight Hour Cream was a complete mystery to me, up until last September. I'd read heaps upon heaps of amazing reviews on it, every MUA and beauty editor here and there were raving on about how much of a must-have it is. I finally picked up a tube in the airport, on the way home from London Fashion Week. It was around £20 to buy in the duty-free, but it's currently selling for around €31 (regular price) in Irish stores. This was indeed a product I bought into for the hype initially, I was immensely curious as to what was so amazing about it! Do I regret spending my last bit of sterling on this cream? Not one bit - it's fantastic.
The original Eight Hour Cream is known for its peculiar scent - some love it, some detest it. I was scared to buy the original in case I didn't like it, so I bought the latest fragrance free version instead! First off, I still don't know what the original smells like, due to there being no tester on the day - I need to smell it someday, as I'm still curious. However, I half regret not buying the fragranced version - I'm not sure if it's only me (let me know in the comments), but this fragrance free version does have a smell. Not a fragrance as such, but it does smell a little funky. It doesn't bother me too much, but it's definitely something that could put people off.
I use the Eight Hour Cream mostly on my lips, nose and hair. It moisturises and repairs my lips like no other balm, leaving them feeling plump and renewed after a good night's sleep with it applied liberally. It doesn't sting, feel sticky and it lasts ages. It's my staple product to reach for when I have a cold, as it's the only thing that rescues my nose when it cracks and dries up. I blob this on all around the cracked and chapped skin, and within a day it's soothed and healed. This is always in my makeup bag, so I tend to use it as a hair de-frizzer quite a bit when I'm not at home. I warm a pea-sized amount of the cream in my palms, and smooth my hair ends with it as if it were a serum - it works perfectly!
Eight Hour Cream can also be used to tame unruly eyebrows, to moisten hands and dry patches, to add a glisten to your cheekbones and eyelids, to condition nail cuticles - the list goes on and on. It's the definition of an all-in-one beauty product; an absolute staple to have in your makeup bag!
The price may seem steep for a 50ml tube, but it lasts absolutely yonks. I use it daily, yet after 4 months, it looks like it's barely been squeezed! It's completely worth every penny, and it's a product I'd highly recommend everyone to try out - but definitely have a smell first, to see which version you prefer.
Do you use Eight Hour Cream? How do you use it most?