Allison Williams Winter Go-To: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

Allison Williams at the Elizabeth Arden Recharge Room Allison Williams at the Elizabeth Arden Recharge Room

What are your dry winter skin essentials? For “Girls” star Alison Williams, she stocks up on Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream, it’s her ultimate winter go-to and a staple for makeup artists everywhere. Last week she stopped by the “Elizabeth Arden Recharge Room” pop-up in NYC to stock up on her dry winter skin essentials.

Created in 1930 by Elizabeth Arden herself, the Eight Hour Cream has become a legendary, award-winning skin protectant that does more than soothe sun-burned skin, rehydrate chapped lips, and heal rough elbows and calluses. It is also the secret that makeup artists all over the world use for keeping legs, lips and eyelids shiny; eyebrows in place; and cuticles perfectly manicured.  I’m definitely putting this last tip to good use with our next Mani Monday. 🙂

Have you tried the Eight Hour Cream before? What are your winter skin essentials? Let us know in the comments.

New! Elizabeth Arden Limited Edition Anniversary Red Door Red Lipstick

To celebrate its anniversary, Elizabeth Arden is launching a new limited edition anniversary lipstick and this is right up my alley… a universally flattering, sheer lipstick named Red Door Red.

To celebrate its anniversary, Elizabeth Arden is launching a new limited edition anniversary lipstick and this is right up my alley… a universally flattering, sheer lipstick named Red Door Red.
This limited edition lipstick is packaged in a gold case meant to evoke the glamour and drama of makeup from the 1940s. It has an emollient formula with vitamins A, C and E along with aloe to hydrate and cushion lips.

Also, proceeds from the sale of each lipstick is going to Look Good… Feel Better. This organization works with people undergoing cancer treatments to help improve their self-image, appearance and quality of life by teaching them techniques to deal with the beauty related consequences of cancer. Sometimes a little lipstick goes a long way and this one is going even further.

You can find Red Door Red online at on Wednesday, March 10th and on counters mid-March.

Product Girl 2009 Favorite Beauty Products – Skin, Nails & Hair Care

Our favorite beauty products of the year continues with our favorites in skincare, nails and haircare. Are some of our picks the same as yours? Keep reading…

Without a doubt Elizabeth Arden Prevage Moisturizer has been Carla’s favorite moisturizer of the year, she can’t sing its praises enough. It’s definitely pricey but the texture makes it last forever and it tames her skin like nothing else… she is hooked.

This year we got to know Talika Lash Conditioning Cleanser and our lashes were grateful for the introduction. This product not only removes mascara better than most makeup removers but also conditions lashes at the same time.

Sampar Skin Quenching Mist is as good as it gets if you’re obsessed with refreshing your skin with mists like we are. Not only does it have a devine rose scent to it but you can spray on as much as you’d like, no greasy residue left on your skin with this.

Suki Lemongrass Cleanser is another goodie from 2008 that we brought with us into 2009. You can use it as an extremely effective exfoliator or let it foam up for gentler way to clean your skin. Plus the lemongrass will definitely perk you up.

Garnier’s Nutri-Pure Detoxifying Wet Cleansing Towelettes are our top pick for cleansing wipes. These refreshing oil-free wipes have a clean fruity scent and do not dry out your skin if you’re having a “lazy” day and is the only thing you use to wash your face at night. Not that we do that or anything…

Thank you MAC for Style Black and the MAC Volcanic Ash Thermal Mask. It makes our skin so soft after just one use and there is something incredibly therapeutic about slathering sooty black ash all over your skin and rinsing it off with a hint of heat. Love!

Four months under our belt of using NARS Cleansing Oil and it’s still rocking our world. And the best part is the bottle isn’t even a quarter of the way empty!

Duri Rejuvacoat has saved my nails this year. This base coat not only helps strengthen nails (boy does it ever!) but has actually improved how my some of my nails grew. Some of the odd bends I have in my nails actually straightened out a bit.

Since I’m all about nail care this year (hello fellow ex-nail bitters!), It Cosmetics Nail Love has been in my handbag at all times. Why hasn’t anyone though of this before? This nail pen includes oil to condition nails but also has a rubber slanted tip to help push your cuticles back. Convenient, no?

For color, the Barielle All Lacquered Up collection has been my favorite from this year. My friend Michelle from All Lacquered Up helped create a collection of shades that I am absolutely in love with and I turn to them over and over again… I’m talking to you Glammed Out Garnet and Get Mauving.

It all starts with the nail polish remover and Zoya Remove + Nail Polish Remover is my favorite nail polish remover of all time. The delivery method is fantastic, formula is not toxic, conditions the nails and I’m all for a product that helps calm me and steady my hands before applying nail polish. The lavender scent does just that.

We were really excited when we started seeing forest greens step on to the Fall trend scene, which is why we fell hard for OPI’s Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow from the Espana collection. So deep and sultry, even if it did take nearly three coats to get it just right.

When my hair needs refreshing, Ojon Revitalizing Mist takes care of my hair with just a few spritzes. This product is also a leave in conditioner. If I don’t have time for my usual routine, this detangles and leaves hair soft. I hope Sephora brings this back as a Beauty Insider deluxe sample, the small bottles are perfect for travel and I lost mine.

Frederic Fekkai’s Advanced Full Blown Volume Shampoo shampoo gets us excited, ala old school Herbal Essence commercials-style. The smell is refreshing with a hint of lime and gives LIFE to fine hair. The effect is really noticeable when blow drying with a big round brush.

If we could bathe in MoroccanOil products, we totally would… it conditions hair like nothing we have ever used. It is safe to say that MoroccanOil Treatment has completely rocked our world. It conditions, protects against heat, adds shine and tames flyaways. What more could we ask for?

Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo isn’t exactly new but it is new to us this year. This product has saved my life in the morning (when I’m running late!) countless times this year and it is the only dry shampoo I keep re-purchasing. Why is that? It is gentle and does not irritate my scalp like other dry shampoos do.

So what about you? What are your favorite skincare, nails and hair products new to you this year?

Eye of Intrigue

It took me a long time to cross over into the potted gel eyeliner world but now that I have I must admit I really like them. My newest acquisition is Elizabeth Arden’s Color Intrique Gel Eyeliner.

Elizabeth Arden's Color Intrique Gel Eyeliner There are quite a few reasons why Elizabeth Arden’s Color Intrique Gel Eyeliner appeals to me. First, I like the smoky line it offers though you can get pretty fine with the brush and it has great lasting power. My second reason… this product comes with a brush, most eyeliners don’t come with a brush and if they do they are usually quite shotty. I have to say that I think Liz really put some thought into this brush, it is nicely constructed, compact and cute. Second, the little pot this liner comes in which is not bulky at all. I hate all the deceptive cosmetic packaging you see today, you think you are getting a giant pot but the glass the jar is made of is really like 20 inches thick so you are only getting about an atoms worth of product but paying the price of a 16 ounce tub. This little pot is sweet, exceptionally portable, takes no space in the make-up bag and is not deceptive at all.

I commend Liz on a great product all the way around. My only wish would be that the brush had a cap to keep the brush from getting things dirty. So Liz, if you’re listening…

Prevage Anti-Aging Night Cream

Elizabeth Arden’s color collection has long taken a back seat to its skincare. Skincare was the real Elizabeth Arden’s passion and the company has kept that passion at the forefront of their product development. Their new collaboration with Allergan, a health care company that works on the development of commercial, pharmaceutical based solutions among other things, demonstrates their commitment to adding innovative products to their line. Elizabeth Arden and Allergan have released a new series of anti-aging treatments under the name Prevage.

Prevage Anti-aging Night Cream Prevage Anti-Aging Night Cream has been proven (in a study funded by Allergan) to enhance the skin’s ability to repair itself, restore resiliance and firmness, provide intense hydration, smooth, soften and increase radiance. The cream’s star ingredient is called idebenone, one of a few antioxidants thought to provide dramatic, anti-aging results.

I’ve been battling super dry skin all winter long, even resorting to slathering Vaseline all over my face at night before bed, so I was all over the promise of intense hydration. And while it will take a lot more than just a few weeks of use to determine whether or not my skin truly is more resilient and firm and radiant, I’ve been extremely happy with the hydration factor. The cream, which has a slightly medicinal smell typical of Arden products, feels soothing and cool on my face. It’s thick without feeling like it’s smothering the skin. And the hydration truly lasts – when I wake up in the morning, my face still feels plump and moisturized.

I also appreciate the fact that the cream is housed in a jar with a dispenser – jarred products are easily contaminated and many of the active ingredients rendered unstable when dipped into with fingers. The Prevage cream maintains its stability by keep hands out of the jar. At $125, Prevage anti-aging night cream is a splurge. But if you’re in need of some serious hydration and the added benefit of other anti-aging effects, I definitely recommend it.

Feel Free to Intervene

I’m blogging with a little hesitation today. Not because of the product but because this is the first time I’ve ever posted a picture of myself here. I’m scared! My beauty blogging friends all did it so I figure I should as well, plus I’m wearing the Bobbi Brown palette I just talked about last week but I still feel self-conscious about it so be gentle with me. Here goes…

Elizabeth Arden's Intervene Makeup with SPF 15 Elizabeth Arden’s Intervene Makeup with SPF 15 is a liquid foundation with skincare benefits built right in. It contains antioxidant vitamins C and E to protect skin and claims to “visibly delay the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as it gives skin a firmer look”. Concealing fine lines and wrinkles isn’t really high up on my list of concerns right now but I gave it a try anyhow.

What I found when I used this is that it gave my skin some good coverage without being too heavy. I was also able to build on the coverage in the areas that I needed the most… and I’m not telling where they are. Intervene also gave me lasting coverage. At the end of the day, my skin still looked even and covered. I did feel that it accentuated my dry areas a bit though and my skin felt a little dry initially but that improved as the day wore on. Here’s a before and after (click image to enlarge):

I tried this in Soft Shell, the fairest shade of the bunch, but even then, this was a tiny bit dark on me. I still really liked this foundation though. I’m looking forward to wearing this foundation in the summer, maybe then my skin tone will be a bit warmer. And in case you’re wondering as to what I have on in my picture, I have Calvin Klein CK Beauty Velvet Blush in Skin, Clinique Lash Power mascara and the Bobbi Brown Nude Eye and Lip Palette (sort of a mixture of shades).

Smoky Eyes

Elizabeth Arden Smokey Eyes Powder Pencil Who knew Elizabeth Arden had such noteworthy products? I’m absolutely positive that I am in the minority, but to be honest, it was never my go- to brand of choice. I usually associated it with my mother or grandmother’s brand of makeup. Granted, I am fully aware of how big and prestigious of a company it is, as well as its legendary status, but like I said, I never went to actually purchase a product. This might change though, with my newest find, the Smoky Eyes Powder Pencil.

This is a “long wearing pencil for a soft powder finish.” Nothing new or revolutionary about this product, just a great, strong eye pencil. It goes on smoothly without having to tug too hard at the eye. The great thing about this pencil is the smudge tip at the other end. Not only is it convenient, but it is great for creating that smoky eye look that is so ever popular for those slinky nights on the town. My color of choice is Espresso, which is a nice, dark brown that is rich in pigment. There is no shimmer, glitter or sparkle in it, just a great basic brown that can be worn day or night. It stayed put and was still going strong throughout the evening.

Lash Lust

This weekend was all about Vegas Baby—cold, dry, desert weather mixed with smoke and long nights. Luckily, I was able to procure my newest find – Elizabeth Arden Lash Extending Treatment Mascara.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Mascara I am not sure if this product is new, but I don’t know where this little gem has been hiding! As I have mentioned before, I am addicted to mascaras, always on the hunt for the latest and greatest. This definitely fits into that category. The mascara has a “Ceramide Triple Complex” which in laymen’s terms means helps lengthen, define and revitalize lashes. I would also add thickening to the list because my lashes never looked fuller. This product also has “Kervais ” which is a conditioning ingredient that is supposed to help strengthen and fortify lashes. Now one thing I am certain of is that I have never noticed if a mascara has “softened, strengthened or fortified” my lashes. How does one test that?

All I know is that my lashes were longer, thicker and almost faux looking after a few coats. As an added bonus, the mascara didn’t smudge, flake or clump as I was dancing the night away.

8 Hour Pleasure

I had the pleasure of trying out a new spin on a legendary skin cream. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment Cream (wow that is a word full!) is an addition to the legendary 8 Hour Skincare Collection. I have never used any of the 8 Hour products, but they are mentioned in almost all of the fashion & beauty magazines as a must have for a myriad of remedies.

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment Cream First and most noteworthy is the lovely tube that the cream comes in—it looks so pretty and luxurious that carrying it around just makes you feel special. As for the product – this is an intensely moisturizing gel cream for the hands. It has “micro-encapsulated emollients & Vitamin E” which are meant to soften and soothe the skin. Well this all sounds very fancy, but the bottom line is that this cream works. I used the cream all weekend in 40 degree weather and was pleasantly surprised at how my hands never felt dry. It was fast absorbing and left no sticky reside at all.

One caveat I have though, is the smell. I am not sure how to describe it, but it’s like a natural, earthy type of aroma that wasn’t very exciting. It left a hint of scent on my hands all day and I found myself asking what is that, until I remembered it was the gel cream. I can look beyond the scent though because the cream is that good.