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August 2015 archive

Elizabeth Arden: luxurious essentials

The cold and dry season always makes my skin beg for extra hydration and protection. This is where Elizabeth Arden has really impressed me with their rich skincare range. Relatively affordable too (as far as high end products go).

I have been using the following products for about 2 months:

- Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Cleanser – R245

- Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Cream SPF15 – R475

- Visible Difference Hydrating Boost Night Mask – R290

- Prevage Anti-aging Eye Cream SPF15- R945

- Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin  24HR Foundation with SPF15 (in Sunbeige) – R380

Every good skincare routine requires proper cleansing. There is no point in applying moisturiser and makeup if your pores are not looked after. I usually use Dove soap on my face, which I have no problem with as it’s not drying. However I could definitely feel a difference after trying the Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Cleanser. I do prefer a foaming cleanser, but during winter you need that creamy consistency to replace lost moisture. This one is gorgeous and rinses off easily. Avoid the sensitive eye area of course.

The Visible Difference Gentle Hydrating Cream with SPF15 is gloriously indulgent. I love its soft texture and fragrance. The selling point for me is that it seems to deliver continuous moisture throughout the day – without leaving an oily residue. Exactly what I was looking for. It provides a very comfortable base for any foundation or BB cream.

I don’t usually splurge on face masks, but the Visible Difference Hydrating Boost Night Mask is a luxury to keep in your beauty cabinet. Apply a fairly thick layer for best results, and rinse off after a few minutes. I promise your skin will feel as soft as a baby’s bum.

Now for the most expensive (yet most important) product…Prevage Anti-aging Eye Cream SPF15.  At R945, it does not come cheap. But if you look at what this phenomenal product offers, I would say it is worth the investment. Forgive me for carrying on too much here, but you have to know this…. The first ever eye cream with both broad spectrum SPF protection and revolutionary Idebenone (known as the most powerful antioxidant), it provides protection against environmental and free radical damage. (Free radicals are those nasty little monsters that cause premature ageing!). From personal experience, I can say that it smooths the appearance of fine lines and reduces puffiness. The results are almost immediate.

I was an Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation girl for the longest time. After finishing the last bottle, I was so taken with Elizabeth Arden’s facial products – I decided to purchase the Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin  24HR Foundation with SPF15 (in Sunbeige). Also, it was cheaper and I was a full week away from payday! Provides great coverage with a matte (yet luminous) finish. If like me, you prefer a natural and fresh faced look as opposed to heavy makeup…this is the one.

Do you have any Elizabeth Arden favourites? Please share your experience in the comments section below.

Happy Woman’s Month!

LS xx

Florence Nightingale Graham (December 31, 1878 – October 18, 1966), who went by the business name Elizabeth Arden, was a Canadian American businesswoman who founded what is now Elizabeth Arden, Inc., and built a cosmetics empire in the United States. At the peak of her career, she was one of the wealthiest women in the world.  (photo courtesy of