For quite some time I avoided Elizabeth Arden counters in several countries! It may seem silly, but I had such a bad feeling towards the brand since my early days in the industry. It had more to do with the pressure I felt from many of the key makeup artists I assisted in the nineties, to carry products similar to their standard kits. And sometimes they made it seem politically incorrect not to.  But there's so much to discover nowadays, that you really must have an open mind.

I know...after all this time. I have made peace with the fact that my favourite dupe of this product, Vandol, has been discontinued years ago...and I just couldn't bring myself to buy the 8 Hour Cream. You see, Vandol was , in my opinion, exactly the same... it smelled the same, tasted the same ( I sometimes do taste beauty products...), and it worked just as brilliantly, but at a fraction of the cost. And at the time, it was the nineties, many makeup artists were boycotting brands like Elizabeth Arden for testing on animals. It was a little unfair, in my opinion. There were not very many brands who were animal-friendly at the time, and I did feel just a tad bullied into walking away from a product and brand that was in the same boat as so many others at the time. Unlike a multitude of new brands out there, Elizabeth Arden have been open and honest about their position. So much has changed over the years. We now even have VEGAN brands. But ultimately we buy what works...because our jobs depend on it.

And there's so much more choice!!! Eight Hour not necessarily just a cream anymore:

The classic tube is still a favourite among models. It is by far the most versatile form of this product, because I can use it on lips, hands, eyes, cheeks, elbows, and any spot of skin that needs hydration and shine. A tube application is always preferable for makeup artists, because we pop a bit on our steel palettes and reduce the risk of product contamination tremendously. That way, you never need to touch the tube, and your product stays as bacteria-free as it possibly can. Very important to pro makeup artists.

For the standby bag, smaller is better. But the classic, original Eight Hour Cream is a reliable multi-tasker, and certainly on my shopping list! Again, I would scrape off a tiny bit using my steel spatula. The naked lipstick bullet will never touch a model's lips. If I'm on a movie, then my leading ladies, and gents, will each have their own lipsticks which never touch another actor's lips, nor my hand!! Hygiene is queen.
A lip tint is ideal for very natural looks, and I mostly use lip tints on beach shoots and spa shoots...but a lip tint that significantly hydrates skin is most ideal. The tinted lip protectant also has an SPF15, which just makes me want it more. I've been eyeing the Elizabeth Arden counter for a while now, and am very keen to stock one of these in my makeup kit. Maybe this is more of a selfish buy... I want it...for me.

And a miracle oil just seems essential nowadays, when oils are no longer sticky or greasy. I have plenty oils... but not this one... What do you think?? Should I??

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