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[Material World x Elizabeth Arden] Ready For Take-Off – Denise Li

My travel essentials!

My travel essentials!

While I love exploring the world, I can’t say I love flying all that much. Other than the fact that it’s practically impossible to find a comfortable position to sleep in for those long haul flights, looking like death post-flight seems par for the course. Some celebs favour using a mask during the flight to help their skin look plump and well-rested even when they get off the plane. But I’m assuming that one of the perks of flying first-class or on a private jet is that you won’t be subject to strange looks from fellow passengers. A mere mortal like myself would be way too self-conscious to follow suit!

When Joey from Elizabeth Arden found out that I was going to be flying to Europe just before Christmas (Hello from Bruges, Belgium!), she sent me three products from the Eight Hour range – including The Original Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment, and Lip Protectant Stick SPF15 for use on flight.

The Original Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, $40

The Original Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, $40

You probably know by now that the The Original Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant is somewhat of an iconic product. Created in 1930 by Elizabeth Arden herself, the combination of skin-soothing beta-hydroxy and vitamin E made it an instant hit as it was a cream that had multiple uses – you can use it on chapped lips, rough knees and elbows, and much more.

Now, I had tried this iconic product a few years ago when I got it as a sample at a counter, and I found it to be a little rich for Singapore’s weather as it felt sticky when you applied it. But when I used it on the 12-hour flight from Bangkok to Brussels, I understood why it’s so well-loved by women living in cooler climes. It really does guard well against dehydration – I used it on my face and neck and it helped seal in moisture and only needed reapplication a couple of times during the flight. My skin felt soothed, with none of the tightness and itchiness that I usually experience during long flights.

I’ve also been using it here in Belgium and I have to say, if you’re heading anywhere cold this winter, this is simply a must-have. As it has been super windy here, my face feels “whipped” after a couple of hours of walking around outside, so I’ve been careful to use this before and after coming home to soothe it and calm it down. It feels absolutely lovely rubbing it on after you’ve warmed a little bit of it between your hands and, to give my skin extra TLC, I use it over my regular moisturiser to seal in its goodness.

There are tons of other uses for the original Eight Hour Cream so you can keep using it long after your winter holiday is over. Here are some useful tips from Elizabeth Arden Global Makeup Artist Rebecca Restrepo:

1. Apply these on your feet before wearing a pair of socks. Wake up to softer, smoother soles!

2. Give your skin that dewy effect by dabbing lightly along cheekbones.

3. Revive hair that’s been damaged due to over-styling or chemical treatments by applying a little to the ends.

4. You can also use this to create a soft, sheer effect for your eye makeup. Simply pat a small amount onto the centre of your eyelid after applying eyeshadow.

I also like the Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment. It is less sticky than the original Eight Hour Cream and is quickly absorbed into the skin. I’ve been using this in Singapore and it’s not heavy as some hand creams can be. The Lip Protectant Stick is great if you are on the lookout for a non-sticky lip product. Even during the best of times, my lips are flaky and peel easily but I haven’t had that problem since I started using this. Because it glides on like a second skin, it can be used under lipstick without affecting the finish of your lippie.

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Material World worked with Elizabeth Arden to review products from its Eight Hour Cream line. All reviews are the author’s own and were not vetted by the client. You may read our advertising policy here.

Win a Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream Limited Edition Iconic Collection hamper!

We have ONE Eight Hour Cream hamper, worth $64, to be won! The hamper contains The Original 8 Hour Cream Skin Protectant in a jar, and Lip Protectant Stick.


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