Cult classic: 12 ways to use Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream

Just what is it about Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream that’s made it a cult staple in the bags of everyone from runway makeup artists and top fashion models to global beauty editors and Prince Harry? And yes, that’s the very same Prince Harry, of the British royal family fame. Apparently the world’s most eligible bachelor is armed with this potent cream while trekking in arctic conditions for the Walking With The Wounded Allied Challenge to the South Pole.

Back to the Eight Hour Cream, first let’s get one thing clear: this is actually a balm and not a cream. It doesn’t have the most advanced or high-tech stem cells (in fact, the core ingredients – petrolatum, beta-hydroxy and vitamin E – have remained unchanged since the 1930s), it’s not super-expensive (clocking in at $20) and it’s not pretty but it works. And works so well that a tube of this take-everywhere, use-for-everything work-horse is sold every 30 seconds. Which is a LOT of tubes! And there’s a reason for that: it’s really good.

And while there are an infinite number of ways to use this classic cream, here are 12 great ones.

elizabeth-arden-eight-hour-creamSkin saver

The cocktail of petrolatum, skin-soothing beta-hydroxy and anti-inflammatory vitamin E soothes, restores, calms and helps relieve minor skin irritations, including roughness, redness, chapped, cracked or dry skin. Perfect for protecting skin from drying winds, central heating and air conditioning… just add a dollop of Eight Hour Cream onto your hands, let it heat up, then apply it over the face and neck as a protective moisturiser!

Flight tool

Flying leaves your skin dull and dehydrated? Take a dime size amount of the Eight Hour Cream in the palms of your hands, warm it up by rubbing the hands together and pat onto face to boost skin’s in-flight moisture levels.

After-sun soother

With its legendary soothing and moisturizing benefits, it’s the ideal after-sun treatment to relieve minor sunburn and calm dry, irritated sun-exposed skin. 

Lip scrubber

Dab a bit of Eight Hour Cream on your lips, then gently scrub with an old toothbrush – goodbye flakes and chapped lips!

Lip protector

Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream makes an excellent lip treatment, healing quickly and leaving behind a soft shine and a light, glossy effect.

Cuticle comforter

The Eight Hour Cream also doubles up as a superb conditioning balm to soften rough, dry cuticles, keeping smooth, supple and beautifully manicured. Especially perfect for brutal winters!

Brow shiner

Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream is brilliant at keeping unruly brows in place, providing a bit of sheen and creating a perfectly defined arch that will stay in place all day. All it takes is a dab and a spoolie brush or wand to comb it through the eyebrows.

elizabeth-arden-eight-hour-cream-1Glow giver

Found in top makeup artists’ kits worldwide, this all-in-one beauty tool is perfect for adding a soft glow or a hint of red-carpet-ready sheen. For best effect, add a dab at the highest point of your cheekbones (post-foundation), or along the collar bone, knees and shins.

Eye opener

Want romantic looking eyes with a bit of shine? Take a touch of Eight Hour Cream on your fingertip and apply it into the center of the lid, over your eye shadow. This will really open up the eyes and give them a sheer, ethereal glow. You can also apply the product on bare skin at the highest point of the brow bone, right below the brow. This will create a subtle highlight, without the dated look of a shimmer.

Chic maker

‘Tis the season for some edgy sexiness and one of the easiest ways to incorporate it into your look is by mixing a bit of soft taupe or light gold eye shadow with Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream and brushing it through the brows. This will create a gorgeous ombre effect that’s very young Hollywood.

elizabeth-arden-eight-hour-cream-2Age concealer

Thicker patches of skin – like the elbows and knees – can get dry and ashy as you grow older, making them visible markers of your age. Counter by rubbing a small amount of Eight Hour Cream into these areas regularly!

Overnight healer

Massage Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream into your hands and feet before bed every night to heal even the roughest, driest skin while you sleep. Worried about your sheets? Don a pair of socks and cotton gloves.

Leg wear

This balm calms irritation, reduces redness and leaves legs super-smooth and silky-soft. Great as an après shave or après wax treatment. 

Hair help

Fried or frazzled hair? Rub a little of this classic cream into the dry areas – especially the ends – leave it on for half an hour, then wash with your regular shampoo.

If you’ve discovered other uses for Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream, do tell. Please.

Makeup trend: Is matte lipstick the new black?

Lip glosses have had their moment and the next few months completely belong to matte lipstick. But fear not, the matte formulas of 2016 bear no resemblance to the chalky, dry lips of the 1990s. This time round, matte lipsticks are flattering, velvety and feel super-comfortable on the lips.

And while they might not be quite as easy to apply as a slick of gloss, matte lipsticks last longer, suit all skin tones and look super-gorgeous. This look is for girls who are all grown up!

Why matte lipstick rocks!

  • Matte lipsticks have more pigment than other formulas, which means strong colour straight from the bullet.
  • Matte lipstick lasts for ages and tends not to feather into creases around your mouth unlike a gloss or cream formula.
  • While there is a lot of pink gloss, matte lipstick comes in a medley of strong colours, ranging from berry pinks to scarlet reds to caramel browns and back again.
  • Matte lipstick is less girly than gloss and instantly creates a sophisticated aura.

matte lipstickHow to wear a matte lip

There is no room for sloppy application with matte lipstick. This one both draws and holds attention, so you have to apply it right.

  • The key to pulling off matte lipstick is to make sure it’s impactful. A neutral shade or one close to your skin tone can make you look sickly pale. Instead, opt for a strong pop of tangerine, red or fuchsia – especially since, like matte lipstick itself, they’re vintage-inspired and completely on-trend.
  • Skip the lip balm before applying a matte lipstick as it adds sheen, thereby diluting the effect. Instead use a lip primer – like MAC Prep + Prime for Lips – for hydration without the added shine.
  • Line your lips with a shade that matches your lipstick perfectly to avoid the dreaded, ’90s-inspired two-tone look. Even better, fill in your entire lips with the liner and then apply the lipstick on top.
  • For a softer look, fill your entire lip with liner, then pat lipstick on using your fingertip.
  • A matte lipstick usually takes longer to wear off around the outside of your lips (due to lack of moisture), so you’ll be tempted to re-apply. Don’t do that: since coats will only sit on top of each other, you’ll get an uneven look. Instead, wipe off the existing lipstick and then apply a fresh coat.
  • One single texture across your face looks dull and ageing, so contrast a matte lip with dewy foundation, highlighter on the cheeks, or shimmer on the eyes.

Convert any lipstick to matte

Rather than buying a new lipstick, simply matte out your current stock with translucent powder. It’s easy: after applying the lipstick, blot your lips with a tissue. Then use your fingertips to dab a translucent face powder on your lips to eliminate the shine.

For added effect, double up on the powder application in the centre of your lower lip – this play on centre sheen will create a more fashion forward pout.

The $7 cream that changed everything I knew about skincare

Have you ever abandoned a beauty product – or actually, any product – simply because it seems old fashioned? Like something your grandmom would use? Something your grandmom did use? And it’s cheap? And cheap plus old fashioned can hardly be the recipe for effectiveness, right?

Once again, I am rudely reminded of how we shortchange ourselves by following such superfluous logic. Seems the fact is that if something has stuck around for almost 70 years, without feeling the need to fancy itself up or change the formula an iota, it speaks volumes. Volumes about its efficacy and success.

That’s the story of Vicco Turmeric Skin Cream. An Ayurvedic skincare product I have grown up seeing on my grandmom’s dressing table, where it was placed by her mother. In fact, Vicco Turmeric Cream has been such an inherent part of most Indian households that it has to be embedded in the country’s genetic memory itself.

Which is why, growing up, I worked hard to stay away from this slightly ugly looking tube. Too simplistic to compete with the aisles of retinol- and bee-venom-laden skincare potions, Vicco Turmeric was an absolute no-no in my skincare arsenal. Till now.

Till I started reading rave reviews from across the world about this $7 product (in India, it’s actually $2!) and decided so much rave-making is worth a second chance.

vicco turmericA single, solitary tube was ordered from an extremely surprised aunt who was travelling from Mumbai and once I’d gotten used to the slightly sweetish fragrance of sandalwood – even my husband, who’s annoyingly finicky about sleep time scents, did not find it disruptive – and since then there’s been no looking back!

Seriously, my skin has never looked cleaner (just cleaner… can’t find another way to describe it) and both the acne and acne scars have seriously diminished. So have blackheads and facial hair. It’s also made everything more even toned, taut, firm and bouncy… happy skin, as I call it. Even my pores look smaller. Almost overnight. I. AM. NOT. EXAGGERATING.

In fact, I’ve now even switched it up from night time to day time as well, since it makes for the perfect BB cream and primer replacement. It simply sinks into the skin, leaving behind a golden glow and has superb oil control properties that just keep carrying on the grease-control from morning to night. Plus, it feels so cooling on the skin, making it a mandatory application during hot, humid summer days.

So, just what is it about this super-simple cream that’s turning it into the magical unicorn of skincare?

Vicco Turmeric is a simple mix of turmeric extract and sandalwood oil in a beeswax base. But it’s the proportions that count: Unlike a lot of fancier products that list turmeric and sandalwood as key ingredients but have minuscule amounts lurking at the bottom of their formula, Vicco Turmeric does not believe in being miserly.

With 16% turmeric, it goes way beyond the definition of a mere cosmetic cream. That’s why, generations of Indian mothers swear by it for everything from acne to cuts, burns, insect bites and skin infections. In fact, it’s one of the very few products that are allowed to be manufactured under the Ayurvedic Drug License (it’s also FDA-approved), due to its holistic underpinning of traditional medicine.

Then, there’s also the fact that the potent properties of both turmeric and sandalwood are unsullied here by an alcohol base or chemical fillers, which end up doing more harm than good to your skin.

Traditional Ayurvedic way of grinding turmeric and sandalwood into a paste

Traditional Ayurvedic way of grinding turmeric and sandalwood into a paste

And if you’re really not a fan of sandalwood, or the smell is too strong for you, there’s Vicco Turmeric WSO – which translates as ‘Without Sandalwood Oil’. Though, why anyone would want to deprive themselves of the super skincare benefits of sandalwood, I simply cannot imagine! In fact, I personally adore the fragrance and find that it makes me feel relaxed and helps me sleep better.

Where to buy Vicco Turmeric Skin Cream

Even if you’re not travelling to India anytime soon (and don’t have any conveniently placed aunts either), don’t despair. Vicco Turmeric is available at most Indian stores across the world. Or you can grab it off Amazon.

It takes a minute or so to rub the thick mousse-like formula into your skin but a little goes a very long way. So, a single tube would easily last you about three months.

In fact, I’m coming across an increasing number of men (yes, not kidding!) who are ‘fessing up to using Vicco Turmeric as an aftershave balm. With superb results.

That’s quite a bang for your seven bucks, right?

Have you ever used Vicco Turmeric Skin Cream? What’s been your experience with it?

How to dry nail polish QUICKLY!

With nails taking much of the beauty spotlight this season, a picture-perfect polish is truly crave-worthy. So, try this extremely popular backstage trick when you want to glam up but don’t have the time to sit around watching nail polish dry.

The colour is too much!Take a clean nail polish brush (I repurpose them from empty bottles, leaving them in acetone overnight to remove old polish) and gently layer on a thin coat of olive oil on each freshly painted nail. No brush available? Simply drip small drops of the oil onto the nails. This will speed up the drying process while also protecting your fresh manicure from accidental smudges.

Worked for you?