A Competition. And why I’ll never be a beauty blogger.

Last month, a lovely PR person wanted me to try some Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream.

Apparently, Elizabeth Arden cream is famous, and a classic because it’s been around since 1939. It moisturizes and protects your skin, and apparently it’s great for chapped lips, rough spots on your knees and elbows, and it softens tough cuticles.

It sounds great, right?

Well, unless I stopped to consider that now I’m supposed to worry about rough spots on my knees. I have approximately 55 billion things on my mind that I’m already worrying about and now one of them is, “Do I have rough spots on my knees?”

Anyway – and I am sure this is a deeply shameful confession for a woman of my age (23, obv) – I’m not really sure what a cuticle is. Or how I am supposed to know if mine are tough or not.

Hey ho. I do use moisturiser, though. I’m not a savage.

I have fair skin and I get sunburn very easily and so I do remember (most days) to use a moisturiser with a good SPF. And Elizabeth Arden 8-hour cream has a good SPF. It’s also good for everything from sunburn to patches of dry skin.

So I tried the Elizabeth Arden cream for three days. And I know lots of people ADORE this stuff but I have to say, it’s not for me. It’s really thick, and makes everything just a bit oily and shiny, and I can’t really get past the thought that I’m slathering my face with chip fat. I know it’s NOT chip fat, obviously. It’s a very luxurious cream, would be a better way to put it.

But you know how once you think something, you can’t UN-think it? That’s me, and this cream. I prefer a moisturiser that feels light and soaks in easily, without leaving a residue.

I also suspect I’m just a habitual beauty product buyer. My beauty collection (if you can call it that) consists of some Clinique daily moisturiser, Touche Eclat, tinted lip gloss, brown mascara and some Jo Malone Lime Basil & Mandarin perfume. And that’s pretty much unchanged for more decades than I should probably admit to.

However, if you’d like to try this beauty classic for yourself, then Elizabeth Arden are offering one Who’s the Mummy reader the chance to win 1 x eight hour skin protectant cream (fragrance free), 1 x eight hour skin protectant cream original and 1 x eight hour skin protectant cream in handbag size (30ml) – that’s £50 worth of beauty goodness, right there.

To be in with a chance of winning, just tell me, in the comments, what’s your beauty staple? And there are extra chances to win, just use the widget to enter. Winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received before May 15th 2012 at 5pm. Good luck!


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Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. 7th May 2012 / 10:06 am

    Have to say I’m in love with the gadget thingy that’s just registered my competition entry. Very hi tech!

  2. 7th May 2012 / 10:15 am

    Cleanse and moisturise my face day and night.

  3. Beth Bowdler
    7th May 2012 / 10:49 am

    I’m not grovelling here but my main staple really is the Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream. I use it for moisturising my lips (although it has many other uses). It lasts so much longer than conventional lip salves. Without it my lips go dry and flaky very quickly.

  4. laura banks
    7th May 2012 / 11:24 am

    my spot cover up cream

  5. 7th May 2012 / 11:31 am

    I can’t live without my tinted moisturiser! Boots No 7 is great, so is the new Garnier BB cream and am just trying out the new Liz Earle Colour.

  6. Sue McCarthy
    7th May 2012 / 11:38 am

    Cleanser & moisturiser.

  7. kim
    7th May 2012 / 11:56 am

    i love my bronzer as im like casper the ghost without it lol

  8. Gemma Turner
    7th May 2012 / 12:10 pm

    Gotta be a good natural exfoliator! It really does work miracles! Removing dead skin, and grime- revealing a more radiant complexion!

  9. samantha swain
    7th May 2012 / 12:14 pm

    a good moisturiser for my very dry skin so hopefully this would be ideal!

  10. Nancy Bradford
    7th May 2012 / 12:25 pm

    I use a combo of glycerine and lavender oil that makes my skin feel great.

  11. Andrea Morton
    7th May 2012 / 12:26 pm

    Moisturiser with SPF 15

  12. Jennifer Schofield
    7th May 2012 / 12:42 pm

    Fash wash – can’t do anything until I know my face is clean

  13. lisa sargent
    7th May 2012 / 12:48 pm

    moisturise my face day and night

  14. Zachary Hudson
    7th May 2012 / 12:55 pm

    moisturise again and again

  15. Rebecca Boas
    7th May 2012 / 12:59 pm

    Gotta be my daily moisturiser

  16. Caroll
    7th May 2012 / 1:13 pm

    My must have is lash lengthening mascara. My eyelashes are blonde and very short so this is my beauty staple!

  17. patrycja herzogchodoruk
    7th May 2012 / 1:14 pm

    having my lips moisturized

  18. amelia avossa
    7th May 2012 / 1:18 pm

    Mascara! i wont leave the house without it!! i have ultra blonde eyelashes! which i despise lol…. i couldnt imagine life without mascara xxxxxxxxxxx <3

  19. Sally Hatton
    7th May 2012 / 1:29 pm

    I can’t live without my moisturiser and mascara.

  20. Samantha Atherton
    7th May 2012 / 2:05 pm

    My beauty staple would have to be vaseline, i use tons of different products but my day in day out, if i was stuck on a desert island, couldn’t live without product would have to be my vaseline. I’ve been slavering my lips with it everynight before bed since i was 12 & i’m convinced if i stopped doing so my lips would shrivel up and crawl off somewhere. xx

  21. helen
    7th May 2012 / 2:08 pm

    moisturise moisturise moisturise 🙂

  22. emma b
    7th May 2012 / 2:18 pm

    liz earle cleanse and polish is my must have!

  23. Amy Rennocks
    7th May 2012 / 2:25 pm

    BB cream. Use it as a primer, foundation or concealer!! Total handbag must have!

  24. mandy waller
    7th May 2012 / 2:42 pm

    Using a face mask twice a week to keep my skin feeling young and fresh

  25. 7th May 2012 / 2:57 pm

    Warm water and Simple moisturiser (or something else if it’s on promotion) and baby oil to remove mascara (on the rare days I use it.)
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  26. Julie
    7th May 2012 / 3:14 pm

    Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish

  27. Kate O'Neill
    7th May 2012 / 3:17 pm

    My must have is vaseline for my lips

  28. Denise Walker
    7th May 2012 / 4:01 pm

    LIPSTICK………BECAUSE My luscious lips, he can’t resist, it ensure’s our quarrels NEVER persist …..wink wink xxx

  29. debbie anne hume
    7th May 2012 / 4:17 pm

    Mine too is Vaseline for my lips, i carry it everywhere with me…..xxxx

  30. Claire Louise Jones
    7th May 2012 / 4:33 pm

    Good skincare routine

  31. Rikka B.
    7th May 2012 / 4:53 pm

    My beauty staple, wear a smile, hey, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.

  32. 7th May 2012 / 5:03 pm

    Got to be moisturiser so keep me young and beautiful 🙂 well I can dream right!!!
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  33. Kate Cunningham
    7th May 2012 / 5:03 pm

    8 hour cream for me! Used to buy the lip salve too until I realised the cream did the job just as well and didn’t break off like the stick did.

    7th May 2012 / 5:12 pm

    Mine is Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, I love it and lasts forever

  35. sam
    7th May 2012 / 5:15 pm

    I’ve recently started using a serum – amazing stuff, really makes a huge difference to my skin

  36. kathleen hooper
    7th May 2012 / 5:32 pm

    I’ve just discovered Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish and think this will become my staple

  37. Ashleigh
    7th May 2012 / 5:55 pm


  38. the magatha
    7th May 2012 / 6:29 pm

    Hello! Thanks for offering this competition prize. My beauty tips are making sure I drink water and applying Body Shop cocoa body butter. Not sure whether my face is proof that it’s working though.

  39. Maya Russell
    7th May 2012 / 6:29 pm

    Moisturiser for my face.

  40. Sue Warr
    7th May 2012 / 7:01 pm

    Cuticura face wash gel, no soap, run every morning, and drink lots of water!

  41. The Girl Behind
    7th May 2012 / 8:14 pm

    I have some eye stuff from Boots that I’ve been using for forever. I have absolutely no idea whether it works or not, but I daren’t stop using it.

    (I have very dry elbows. I asked my partner whether that mattered, hoping he’d say that I was perfect as I am. But he tells me that it does matter, very much, and that he would prefer me to be silky smooth all over).

  42. Julie
    7th May 2012 / 7:53 pm

    Vaseline, have the whole range- even Creme brûlée ! Kissable lips but hubby doesn’t like it so much

  43. Isabel O'Brien
    7th May 2012 / 8:24 pm

    My staple is foundation- specifically Loreal True Match in Ivory Rose. It’s the only foundation I’ve found that doesn’t make my very pale skin look yellow or orange. I used to use Loreal Infallible but True Match is slightly lighter in consistency so looks less caked on.

  44. iain maciver
    7th May 2012 / 8:28 pm


  45. jackie curran
    7th May 2012 / 8:49 pm

    My handcream , have really dry hands and use lots .

  46. Ness Gorton
    7th May 2012 / 9:01 pm

    My lipliner, I wont leave the house without it.

  47. Cathy
    7th May 2012 / 9:03 pm

    Vaseline. The poor woman’s 8 Hour Cream. I blew most of my student loan on Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, or ‘Liz’ as we affectionately referred to it in our house. But I have a serious lip-balm addiction and at £20 a pop my habit was getting out of control. I thought about Liz constantly, night and day, and I even considered stealing to fund my habit until I realised I could get the same kick from Vas at 99p a go. So now it’s Vaseline. My husband is addicted to it too. He’s always nicking mine, drives me fecking potty. I’d like to point out that neither of us use it for anal sex though. He should be so lucky.

    Do I win £20?

  48. 7th May 2012 / 9:04 pm

    I couldn’t live without eyeliner. It helps hide the bags under my eyes (I hope)!
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  49. 7th May 2012 / 9:04 pm

    I totally love Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream. I don’t put it on my face, but chapped lips, on your cuticles and brilliant for sunburn. My other staple that I use every day is Clarins Hydraquench serum, which is not oily at all and sinks right in – wouldn’t like to be without it.
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  50. 7th May 2012 / 9:06 pm

    Under-eye concealer – I cannot leave the house with it, lest someone thinks I’ve been given a black eye/haven’t slept in YEARS. Also foundation with an SPF.

    I’m terrible about remembering to moisturize my face, but when I do, i love Regenerist.
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  51. Tink Rhonda Lee Mse
    7th May 2012 / 9:11 pm

    Bio Oil, it is a must if you have dry skin.

  52. Amelia Kennedy
    7th May 2012 / 9:11 pm

    Concealer – I wouldn’t go out without it

  53. Tracy Nixon
    7th May 2012 / 9:11 pm

    I’m really pale so wouldn’t be without my tinted moisturiser. It gives me a glow al year round and isn’t heavy on my skin, like many foundations.

  54. Julie Kenny
    7th May 2012 / 9:15 pm

    I love my lipgloss – always makes me feel great

  55. Lynn Blakeman
    7th May 2012 / 9:19 pm

    A good moisturiser though I am still looking for ‘the one’ so hopefully this would be it.

  56. Nicole
    7th May 2012 / 9:23 pm

    Mineral foundation – I can’t wear any other, liquid or powder without skin breaking out!

  57. Emma Gallagher
    7th May 2012 / 9:24 pm

    Vaseline used as a lip balm.

  58. Elizabeth Johnson
    7th May 2012 / 9:30 pm

    Tinted moisteriser or foundation. Covers all my imperfections!

  59. Sandra Lane
    7th May 2012 / 9:30 pm

    My concealer as I have dark circles under my eyes and I get a few spots that need covering up.

  60. Joanne Blunt
    7th May 2012 / 9:31 pm

    My beauty staple is moisturiser. I haven’t got a brand that I always use as I like to try new ones, but if I don’t use it my skin feels tight and dry.

  61. Auzma Hussain
    7th May 2012 / 9:39 pm

    My Eyeliner, I simply cannot live without it! 😀

  62. Jo Orr
    7th May 2012 / 9:42 pm

    Sanctuary BB cream

  63. Emma Hughes
    7th May 2012 / 9:45 pm

    Mine has to be eyebrow pencil. I just look bare without it.

  64. Tina Holmes
    7th May 2012 / 10:00 pm

    Lip balm it’s my life lol 🙂


  65. Dawn Smith
    7th May 2012 / 10:11 pm

    My beauty staple is YSL Touche Eclat, I’d feel so without confidence if I went out withou t it on

  66. Lyn Bosomworth
    7th May 2012 / 10:18 pm

    Cleanser & moisturiser.

  67. Kate Edwards
    7th May 2012 / 10:27 pm

    My staple has got to be vaseline it works on everything! eyebrows, eyelashes, lips, dry skin!

  68. Isabelle Smith
    7th May 2012 / 10:44 pm

    clinque foundation – works a charm

  69. angela sandhu
    7th May 2012 / 10:46 pm

    clinique foundation

  70. Caroline H
    7th May 2012 / 10:48 pm

    My staple is probably Carmex – for lip balm, controlling eyebrows, rough skin . . . it probably clogs up every pore it touches but I just slap it on!

  71. Ruth Hedges
    7th May 2012 / 10:58 pm

    Moisturise twice daily and drink plenty of water to hydrate skin!

  72. Katrina White
    7th May 2012 / 11:20 pm

    day and night cream routinely and a facial scrub every other day. my skin is left so soft and smooth and gets rid of blemishes!

  73. Andy Dommett
    8th May 2012 / 12:14 am

    Face Mask

  74. Lorna Totton
    8th May 2012 / 2:57 am

    It has got to be my cleanser and toner.

  75. Joanne Mapp
    8th May 2012 / 4:51 am

    It has to be Touche Eclat. It’s brilliant at covering dark circles and shadows from lines without being too heavy.

  76. claire grigg
    8th May 2012 / 6:05 am

    I always moisturise but am not brand loyal…I use whatever is on offer when I need it 🙂

  77. Tara Lawrence
    8th May 2012 / 6:09 am

    I use the Clinique cleanser, toner and moisturiser 3-step system. It seems to work pretty well – or at least it makes me feel better, so is probably worth it.

  78. Phil Darling
    8th May 2012 / 6:13 am

    My daily moisturise routine

  79. Heather Haigh
    8th May 2012 / 6:17 am

    Coconut oil. Great for hair and skin, and in my diet.

  80. Emma Hawkins
    8th May 2012 / 6:18 am

    Vaseline, very versatile

  81. Sarah Ballantyne
    8th May 2012 / 6:25 am

    I have real problems with dry and chapped lips but I hate greasy lipsalves. Last year my mum bought me a pot of Clarins Extra Firming Lip and Contour Balm and I love it. It’s expensive but worth it – no ugly chapped lips, it feels lovely and not at all greasy and it lasts for ages. I always have a pot in my handbag (or nappy bag these days).

  82. MRF Saunders
    8th May 2012 / 6:37 am

    My Elizabeth Arden Honey Shimmer lipstick. It’s the only makeup that lives in my handbag. The colour suits me really well and it’s suitable for any occasion. Best of all, even if (as a busy mum) I’ve had no time to put on any other makeup, moisturiser etc etc, it’s always to hand and instantly makes me look smarter and feel more confident.

  83. Phyllis Ellett
    8th May 2012 / 7:08 am

    Good moisturiser, I hate my dry skin.

  84. Vron
    8th May 2012 / 7:20 am

    Anti wrinkle serum,and a healthy diet

  85. liz denial
    8th May 2012 / 7:27 am

    can’t live without my daily cleanse, tone, moisturise routine.

  86. maureen quinnell
    8th May 2012 / 7:35 am

    a good moisturiser , can’t beat it

  87. andrea miles
    8th May 2012 / 7:41 am

    my bb cream

  88. Penny Mitchell
    8th May 2012 / 7:57 am

    Liz Earle’s Cleanse and Polish – brilliant stuff, gets all the gunk off and leaves my skin feeling fresh!


  89. kerry locke
    8th May 2012 / 7:58 am

    E45 every night before I sleep and lots and lots of water :0)

  90. tina lockett
    8th May 2012 / 8:05 am

    a really good creamy moisturiser

  91. FionaLynne Edwards
    8th May 2012 / 8:13 am

    I can’t live without my Clinique City Block – it’s a lovely tinted moisturiser which I’m sure helps protect my skin against the elments.

  92. Liz
    8th May 2012 / 8:16 am

    moisturiser – and lots of it as I live by the sea and the wind is dreadful!

  93. Rona G
    8th May 2012 / 8:17 am

    Nivea soft and bodyshop concealer pencil.

  94. 8th May 2012 / 8:19 am

    I don’t have a beauty staple. I barely have time to brush my hair these days!

  95. Alice Matthews
    8th May 2012 / 8:19 am

    Rose water. Its only a couple of pounds in Tesco and is so refreshing. I use it as a toner. It smells lovely and at that price I don’t feel guilty about spending too much.

  96. madeline connolly
    8th May 2012 / 9:07 am

    moisturiser ever day no 7 and a good night cream

    8th May 2012 / 9:12 am

    I use Aloe Vera moisturising cream regularly as my skin is quite dry.

  98. Christina Noble
    8th May 2012 / 9:19 am

    Bare Essentials mineral make-up – its fantastic!

  99. Nathalie Taylor
    8th May 2012 / 9:28 am

    Tinted moisturiser is a must for me. Won’t leave the house without it.

  100. Julie Feathers
    8th May 2012 / 9:32 am

    I cab’tlive without my No7 protect and perfect face moisturiser

  101. jemma price
    8th May 2012 / 9:41 am

    Cleanse tone mostorise thats my beauty staple

  102. Roseanne
    8th May 2012 / 9:42 am

    Garnier face wash followed by a good moisturiser.

  103. Lynne OConnor
    8th May 2012 / 10:08 am

    It’s a toss up between lip balm and hand cream as I can’t go a day without either

  104. Dorothy Hardy
    8th May 2012 / 10:13 am

    Baby lotion have used it since mine were tiny and used it on me everytime I used it on them

  105. Valerie Hartley
    8th May 2012 / 10:15 am

    Got to be moisturiser.

  106. Krysta Radder
    8th May 2012 / 10:41 am

    Hey Sally! I have used Elizabet Arden and trust me i have had the same results like you. I always thought that I am most dis-satisfied customer in the world, good to have you with me. After I sued the sun screen, I started geting dark patches on my skin. so much so that i had to consult a doctor. He told me that there is nothing wrong with the cream, its just that it doesn’t suit my skin type..!

  107. a harrington
    8th May 2012 / 10:58 am

    drink plenty of water, moisturise 3 times a day and remove every scrap of make-up off before bedtime no mater how tired you are!

  108. Jan Beal
    8th May 2012 / 11:13 am

    Moisturiser – can’t live without it -my skin is so dry. I like Protect and Perfect serum under a moisturiser, I seem to need both !

  109. Carolynn Woodland
    8th May 2012 / 11:14 am


  110. sofia ramos
    8th May 2012 / 11:34 am

    keep it simple and easy, so there is no temptation to skip the routine. Cleanse and moisturise twice a day

  111. Rachael Simmons
    8th May 2012 / 11:43 am

    YSL Touche Eclat for the dark circles under my eyes, all those 4am starts! 😀

  112. cheryl edwards
    8th May 2012 / 12:39 pm

    Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream is my beauty staple. I have taken it abroad with me when space is of a premium and it has seen me through all ailments and beauty must haves.

  113. s eddleston
    8th May 2012 / 1:06 pm

    boots protect and perfect under everything leaves a babysoft face to work with

  114. Margaret
    8th May 2012 / 1:42 pm

    Vaseline – Always carry it around with me, hate having dry lips.

  115. Laura B
    8th May 2012 / 3:03 pm

    Rosehip oil is brilliant stuff. It dries up the oily bits, moisturises the dry bits and deals with wrinkles. Who could ask for more?!

  116. Paula
    8th May 2012 / 3:20 pm

    Vaseline, lipstick has never felt so good after putting some Vaseline on before going to bed

  117. hannah howie
    8th May 2012 / 3:24 pm

    never leave without a bit of mascara!

  118. kim mayhead
    8th May 2012 / 4:17 pm

    Skin Balm/Salve for my extra dry patches of skin.

  119. Vivien Baird
    8th May 2012 / 4:54 pm

    Olay tinted moisturiser

  120. sandra stitchell
    8th May 2012 / 5:28 pm

    Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish absolutely brilliant.

  121. m knight
    8th May 2012 / 5:48 pm

    moisturiser is my beauty stable. Can’t understand why my boyfriend doesn’t use moisturiser and still has soft skin… unless he telling fibs and he pinches mine.

  122. Zoe G
    8th May 2012 / 5:51 pm

    My lip balm, especially with it been windy and a bit nippy, I always wear it

  123. Hilda Hazel Wright
    8th May 2012 / 6:18 pm

    A good quality paperbag with string handles that hook around my ears to ensure that it stays on even in the windiest conditions, and cut out eye holes. (Actually its lip balm but I didn’t want to just write that). Thanks for the competition!

  124. Paula Phillips
    8th May 2012 / 6:33 pm

    My staples are moisturiser and mascara.

  125. Rebecca
    8th May 2012 / 8:01 pm

    I have to say I agree, and hate the stuff!

    Smells and feels like I’m slathering my face in some kind of car ‘de-gunker’… which isn’t a bad smell in it’s rightful place (I quite like it actually!)… just not on my face thank you!

  126. Lucy Taylor
    8th May 2012 / 7:11 pm

    VO5 hot oil as my hair is like straw without it.

  127. K DUNN
    8th May 2012 / 7:40 pm

    drinking lots of water!! or failing that touch eclait for under the eyes! works a treat!

  128. Sarah A Fawcett
    8th May 2012 / 8:04 pm

    Cleanse, tone and moisturise, twice a day, every day

  129. Jo Jones
    8th May 2012 / 8:20 pm

    Cleanse & Polish with Liz Earle is my must!

  130. kayleigh louise
    8th May 2012 / 8:33 pm

    mosturise daily x

  131. Julie Davies
    8th May 2012 / 8:38 pm

    I can’t live without my vaseline lip balm

  132. Lynsey Buchanan
    8th May 2012 / 8:44 pm

    I can’t live without my blusher to add a bit of colour as I’m always a bit pale.

  133. Paula gwynne
    8th May 2012 / 8:57 pm

    liz earle cleanse and polish is a must have.

  134. Michele Elton
    8th May 2012 / 8:58 pm

    What a fabulously honest blog – love it!

    My staple beauty item is Body Shop Vitamin E moisturiser. My skin gets quite dry living on the coast so needs lots of moisture. I’ve heard lots of fab things about Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream so would love to try it 🙂

    Great comp – thank you xx

  135. Martina
    8th May 2012 / 9:31 pm

    Nivea – I use it for everything…

  136. Cheryl M
    8th May 2012 / 10:30 pm

    Boots protect and perfect. I’m scared to stop using it in case my skin wrinkes up like a prune!

  137. MANDY WAN
    8th May 2012 / 10:56 pm

    My beauty staple is lipstick x

    8th May 2012 / 11:03 pm

    My moisturizer. I cant go anywhere without it as I get very dry skin especially in cold weather.

  139. kyla chandler
    9th May 2012 / 8:43 am

    I can’t live without bodyshop hemp hand protector only cream that protects my hands and leaves them soft.

  140. Emily Fowler
    9th May 2012 / 9:00 am

    Nivea Creme – a classic!

  141. helena haddock
    9th May 2012 / 9:40 am

    My bronzingn pearls

  142. Kerry Robertson
    9th May 2012 / 9:44 am

    clarins beauty flash balm

  143. Stephanie Tsang
    9th May 2012 / 10:09 am

    Boots No 7 Lift and Illuminate day cream

  144. 9th May 2012 / 11:41 am

    I have to say I am not great at remembering to use creams and potions but my staple would be mascara. Makes it look like I made an effort in about 10 seconds! @Bobbity666
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  145. Hazel Rush
    9th May 2012 / 2:26 pm

    Hydrating moisturiser

    9th May 2012 / 3:50 pm

    moisturiser (Green People)

  147. Eleanor Jones
    9th May 2012 / 3:57 pm

    I can’t leave the house without my Cocoa Butter Vaseline 🙂

  148. emily fraser
    9th May 2012 / 5:22 pm

    Stila Tinted Moisturiser 🙂

  149. Arabella Bazley
    9th May 2012 / 9:21 pm

    Is a beauty staple something that makes you more beautiful or something that conceals the fact you are not?? I think the only enduring part of my beauty regime is my Chanel foundations and my Nivea lip salve, everything else is trial and error, and error, and error!

  150. Bonnie King
    9th May 2012 / 10:01 pm

    Cleansing, toning and moisturising is vital for my skin.

  151. Linda
    9th May 2012 / 10:33 pm

    Has to be Liz Earle Cleanse and polish 🙂

  152. Helen
    9th May 2012 / 10:37 pm

    Wash face in cold water, drink lots of water and ALWAYS apply SPF even on a cloudy day

  153. Kelly Hooper
    10th May 2012 / 8:32 am

    Hmm, my beauty staple is lip salve I suppose, I suffer with rediculously dry lips so always have at least 2 lip salves in my bag (you know . . just incase said handbag decides to eat one . . ugh, sudden lapse back to my youth to a girl who used to eat lip salve . . )

  154. Jenny Rogers
    10th May 2012 / 9:06 am

    I always use Oil of Olay regenerist serum and moisturiser.

  155. Natalja P.
    10th May 2012 / 11:49 am


  156. Natasha G
    10th May 2012 / 6:45 pm

    Tea-tree soap and lots of moisturiser

  157. Clare W
    10th May 2012 / 6:52 pm

    Difficult to just pick one, but it would probably be perfume. My current favourite for spring/summer is Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea. It makes me feel relaxed and happy, which I hope makes me seem more beautiful!

  158. stacieM
    10th May 2012 / 7:21 pm

    Defiantly my mascara (haven’t got a fav brand keep trying new ones)

  159. Suzanne sendell
    10th May 2012 / 7:27 pm

    moisturiser with a SPF and drink plenty of water

  160. Deborah Wheeler
    10th May 2012 / 7:39 pm

    Mascara can’t step outside the door without it

  161. jenna rothen
    10th May 2012 / 8:18 pm

    have to have eyeliner

  162. Beverley
    10th May 2012 / 8:26 pm

    Has to be Eve Lom cleanser – I will compromise on most things but NOT that!

  163. Christine Mutter
    10th May 2012 / 8:36 pm

    Good quality face mask once a week to deep clean the skin

  164. Helen Porter
    10th May 2012 / 8:42 pm

    it has to be my moisturiser and my foundation always use them in the mornings xx

  165. Solange
    10th May 2012 / 9:10 pm


  166. Gill B
    10th May 2012 / 10:35 pm

    Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, always take makeup off at night & drink plenty of water.

  167. Debbie Timms
    10th May 2012 / 10:45 pm

    My beauty staple is Vaseline, it’s fab for keeping lips kissable and taming eyebrows! x

  168. Keeley Atkinson
    11th May 2012 / 12:54 am

    My beauty staple is the age old Sudocrem, typically used for nappy rash yet has so many other uses.
    It clears spots faster than anything, soothes sunburn, and does a-million-and-one other things. Definitely one to keep in the bathroom cabinet.

  169. Michelle Bruce
    11th May 2012 / 2:42 am

    Living in damp cold miserable Scotland it has to be moisturiser.

  170. Jacquie Bennett
    11th May 2012 / 4:34 am

    Moisturiser, its the base of a good face
    Good luck all x

  171. amy hobbs
    11th May 2012 / 8:42 am

    E45 Cream

  172. san
    11th May 2012 / 10:00 am

    I love this cream, had some in a look good, feel good goodie bag. Too expensive to buy myself though. My answer would be a good quality face moisturiser.

  173. Lisa Ellison
    11th May 2012 / 11:29 am

    Avon’s Planet spa face mask, A lot of face masks have left my skin greasy and spotty but this one leaves my skin lovely clean and fresh.

  174. Simon Thompson
    11th May 2012 / 11:40 am


  175. Helen Aiken
    11th May 2012 / 11:48 am

    Definitely moisturiser.

  176. Robyn Logan
    11th May 2012 / 12:14 pm

    Cleansing wipes.

  177. Emma Howard
    11th May 2012 / 1:56 pm

    Foundation – pretty much the only make-up I wear

  178. Kerrie
    11th May 2012 / 3:08 pm

    my spot red reducing cream

  179. Fran Light
    11th May 2012 / 4:05 pm

    My beauty staple is ‘Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream’ – I use it as a lip gloss and on grazes to help them heal more quickly and to stop them itching when they dry out, and as I am incredibly clumsy, I use my eight hour cream a lot!

  180. Sarah b
    11th May 2012 / 4:21 pm

    Beauty Flash Balm – instant face lift. x x

  181. Jane English
    11th May 2012 / 4:38 pm

    Apart from always having my lippy on to protect my lips when out & about I use Dove.
    My Mother is 81 in a few weeks & has used Dove Body Silk Moisturizing Cream for over 30 years, last week she was meeting me in town & went to catch the bus & the driver didn’t believe she was an OAP she had to start getting her pass out of its holder so he could see it clearly!! She was so thrilled as you can imagine.
    She really has fabulous skin, when out with her we’ve had people stop her & compliment her – talk about ego boosting! So I follow by example, if I look half as good as Mother when I’m her age I’ll be pleased.
    Oh she religiously moisturises every morning after “having a nice shower” with Dove Shower Gel.

  182. Christine Clarke
    11th May 2012 / 5:25 pm

    I love Liz Earle cleanse and polish

  183. Shaunagh Bliss
    11th May 2012 / 5:38 pm

    My cleanse and polish – wouldn’t be without it!

  184. Carrie Brimmell
    11th May 2012 / 6:35 pm

    Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion. It feels so soft and satiny to apply and my skin feels so wonderful after using it. Couldn’t be without it.

  185. Charlotte Morris
    11th May 2012 / 6:46 pm

    My beauty staple is Mac tinted moisturiser

  186. rachael jones mann
    11th May 2012 / 6:58 pm

    handcream !

  187. Janet
    11th May 2012 / 7:17 pm

    My beauty staple is moisturiser

  188. Prerna Gupta
    11th May 2012 / 7:42 pm

    My face scrub and moisturiser!

  189. Amber R
    11th May 2012 / 7:42 pm

    Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

  190. Joanna Sawka
    11th May 2012 / 8:46 pm

    my lipbalm

  191. katrina walsh
    11th May 2012 / 8:50 pm

    I always make sure i have a pot of Nivea dry skin cream close to hand 🙂

  192. Julie Guy
    11th May 2012 / 8:58 pm

    I’d love to use the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, but my budget has never been able to stretch that far. Out of the decent moisturisers that I’ve been given as pressies, my favourite is Olay.

  193. Maria Knight
    11th May 2012 / 9:01 pm

    Carmex Lipbalm-dont leave the house without it!

  194. Nicola Bostock
    11th May 2012 / 9:02 pm

    My Avon Magix face perfector – it’s fab!

    11th May 2012 / 9:10 pm


  196. Hayley Turner
    11th May 2012 / 9:13 pm

    my eyeliner, makes me look more awake than what i really am!

  197. Lesley Bain
    11th May 2012 / 10:01 pm

    No. 7 Protect & Perfect Serum….usually without make-up over it cos I can’t be bothered, but it does leave my skin feeling soft and supple

  198. Mel Chambers
    12th May 2012 / 2:21 am

    Eye makeup remover wipes, a godsend at the end of a night out

  199. katherine grieve
    12th May 2012 / 7:16 am

    Nivea face cream and a waterproof mascara

  200. vicky haddock
    12th May 2012 / 7:40 am

    Lip gloss

  201. Primrose Mbangatha
    12th May 2012 / 8:11 am

    Cleanser and Moisturiser

  202. Rebecca John
    12th May 2012 / 8:58 am


  203. Natalie Henderson
    12th May 2012 / 9:25 am

    I have to have a really good water based moisturiser to stop my face falling apart!! 🙂

  204. Tina Lawton
    12th May 2012 / 10:18 am

    Mine has to be clear mascara, it opens up my eyes without making me look too “done” for when I want the natural look, also good for taming my CRAZY eyebrows!

  205. Claire Trevor
    12th May 2012 / 10:57 am

    Dermalogica moisturiser

  206. Helen Keene
    12th May 2012 / 11:11 am

    My staple is clinique 3 step system for cleansing and toning my face whilst the moisturiser keeps my face fresh 🙂

  207. JoJo Young
    12th May 2012 / 11:39 am

    Moisturiser with SPF in!

  208. Victoria Smith
    12th May 2012 / 12:45 pm

    My staple item is Garnier BB cream – it really does make a difference to my skin tone and I couldnt live without it now!

  209. Michelle Bush
    12th May 2012 / 12:55 pm

    Lipbalm – essential!!!!

  210. Lisa Wilkinson
    12th May 2012 / 12:59 pm

    I love ESPA Cleanser.

  211. Michelle Williams
    12th May 2012 / 1:20 pm

    I love my moisturiser

  212. Gillian Holmes
    12th May 2012 / 1:58 pm

    Shea butter

  213. Heather Shaw
    12th May 2012 / 2:21 pm

    clinique 3 step system is amazing. i use it twice a day

  214. Jo Wakefield
    12th May 2012 / 3:00 pm

    Lip Balm with an SPF in, lips are moisturised and protected in one.

  215. Florence Cross
    12th May 2012 / 3:37 pm

    Mascara is my beauty staple. The effect of long, thick lashes has a transforming effect.

  216. Caroline McKenzie
    12th May 2012 / 3:44 pm

    Night cream as well as day time moisturiser, I really notice the difference if I forget

  217. Deborah Bird
    12th May 2012 / 3:45 pm

    Moisturiser x

  218. linda curtis
    12th May 2012 / 3:55 pm

    splashing my face with ice cold water i never put soap on my face

  219. Rachel Vass
    12th May 2012 / 4:27 pm

    my foundation, expensive (estee lauder) but lasts for ages and makes me feel great, confident, ready for the day ahead – yes all that from a foundation, lol

  220. Clare F Wood
    12th May 2012 / 4:33 pm

    Concealer is my must

  221. Belynda dunsmore
    12th May 2012 / 6:10 pm

    moisturise twice a day

  222. Allison
    12th May 2012 / 6:21 pm

    No. 1 always remove make up before going to bed, soap and water is suffice. During the day – make up staples are mascara and lip gloss!

  223. Sarah Parker
    12th May 2012 / 6:25 pm


  224. Alison
    12th May 2012 / 6:49 pm

    I like Palmers Calming day cream for sensitive skin what a product it is

  225. Lani Nash
    12th May 2012 / 7:30 pm

    Cleansing, toning and moisturising.

  226. phillippa lee
    12th May 2012 / 7:59 pm

    I love to cleanse with Liz Earl – cleanse and polish and finish with some chanel. x

  227. valerie rush
    12th May 2012 / 7:59 pm

    tinted moisturiser

  228. E Lawrence
    12th May 2012 / 8:13 pm

    My olay moisturiser

  229. Paul Witney
    12th May 2012 / 8:37 pm


  230. Judith Luscombe
    12th May 2012 / 8:47 pm

    Olay Regenerist, its marvelous for moisturising my face in preparation for the days make up

  231. SARA
    12th May 2012 / 8:57 pm

    My Lancome cleanser and toner, great on sensitive skin and smells lovely

  232. Amanda R
    12th May 2012 / 9:11 pm

    I use organic avocado oil as a cleanser as it removes all my make up including waterproof mascara and it’s all natural.

  233. Emma
    12th May 2012 / 9:23 pm

    burts bees lip balm.

  234. Jennifer Turnbull
    12th May 2012 / 10:19 pm

    Couldn’t live without my eyebrow pencil since I lost all my eyebrows with alopecia.

  235. Elisabeth Barnwell
    12th May 2012 / 10:28 pm


  236. Rachel Blackburn
    12th May 2012 / 11:04 pm

    i can’t live without my liz earle cleanse and polish

  237. Sanaa Kader
    12th May 2012 / 11:18 pm

    Mascara, need it to look awake!

  238. Dee
    12th May 2012 / 11:27 pm

    Body Shop Camomile Eye Make Up Remover, it’s gentle and works effectively. Everything else I chop and change, but this I am committed to. x

  239. Nicole S.
    13th May 2012 / 1:16 am

    Could not live without Yes to Carrots products!

  240. Trudi Walsh
    13th May 2012 / 1:30 am

    Lipcare sun protect Lip Balm

  241. shirley giles
    13th May 2012 / 6:48 am

    Origins Moisturiser

  242. Claire Smith
    13th May 2012 / 6:56 am

    Lancome Mascara in Brown

  243. Lindsey Jones
    13th May 2012 / 8:45 am

    My lip balm for sure

  244. judi hendry
    13th May 2012 / 9:07 am

    Clinque pore serum, keeps the shine at bay during the hot weather. Love it and a little bit goes a long way.

  245. Debs Jeav
    13th May 2012 / 9:31 am

    Cleanser / moisturiser

  246. nicola redfern
    13th May 2012 / 9:52 am

    lots water ,moisturise,eye liner

  247. Angie Hoggett
    13th May 2012 / 10:09 am

    Clarins Beauty Flash Balm

  248. Caroline Burt
    13th May 2012 / 10:47 am

    Moisturise x

  249. Catharine Rice
    13th May 2012 / 11:24 am

    Dermalogica Barrier Repair!!

  250. Victoria Toates
    13th May 2012 / 11:48 am

    day and night moisturisers

    13th May 2012 / 12:11 pm

    I have been using Olay – before the name was changed even and i cleanse with Anne French – oldies but goodies!

  252. christine oprey
    13th May 2012 / 12:23 pm

    My max factor foundation, it instantly covers any imperfections while giving my skin a healthy glow

  253. wendy jamieson-price
    13th May 2012 / 12:58 pm

    vaseline great for supple lips and soft lashes and bargain price too would not go anywhere without it

  254. Carrie
    13th May 2012 / 1:06 pm

    Yves St Laurant Touche eclait

  255. Cherryl Thomas
    13th May 2012 / 1:39 pm

    It has to be moisturiser with SPF.

  256. ozma
    13th May 2012 / 1:55 pm


  257. Janine Bailey
    13th May 2012 / 2:16 pm

    Soap and glory hand food is the best I have found so far x

  258. Meryl Rees
    13th May 2012 / 3:01 pm

    Facial sunscreen, can’t be without it!

  259. Karen
    13th May 2012 / 3:12 pm

    A touch of lipgloss

  260. sairz-mse
    13th May 2012 / 3:21 pm

    Boots No7 face wipes, or mascara 😀 cant do without either!

  261. michelle dootson
    13th May 2012 / 3:25 pm


  262. Julie
    13th May 2012 / 3:45 pm

    Ponds cold cream,.

  263. Liz Blaney
    13th May 2012 / 3:45 pm

    Drinking lots of water and also a little bit of flax seed oil every day – helps my really dry skin

  264. Emma Wolski
    13th May 2012 / 5:10 pm

    My L’occitane ultra rich face cream!

  265. Hayley Fountain
    13th May 2012 / 5:53 pm

    my moisturiser

  266. nichola armstrong
    13th May 2012 / 6:07 pm

    Mine is vasaline i carry it everywhere with me since using it daily and keep my lips moist i have not had a coldsore. I think vasaline has helped my lips drying out in the summer months and prevented them from chapping in the winter months.

  267. Sarahann Tonner
    13th May 2012 / 6:34 pm

    My lipgloss 🙂

  268. colin gault
    13th May 2012 / 6:46 pm

    Cleanse and moisturise my face day and night

  269. June Gaynor
    13th May 2012 / 7:08 pm

    Estee Lauder Night Repair and a glass of water before going to bed.

  270. Laura Finch
    13th May 2012 / 7:12 pm


  271. Fiona Martin
    13th May 2012 / 7:36 pm

    Vaseline – that little blue tin follows me round everywhere!

  272. Susan Anderson
    13th May 2012 / 7:47 pm

    My lipbalm, always wear this whatever im doing 🙂

  273. Gwyneth
    13th May 2012 / 8:44 pm

    Nothing better than a good night’s sleep for looking fresh x

  274. Greig spencer
    13th May 2012 / 9:04 pm

    lip balm

  275. Nicky Hopkins
    13th May 2012 / 10:38 pm



  276. katrina day-reilly
    14th May 2012 / 6:01 am


  277. Claire Nelson
    14th May 2012 / 8:41 am

    No 7 night cream, I slap it on and hope for miracles!

  278. Jessica Forster
    14th May 2012 / 9:25 am


  279. Rach
    14th May 2012 / 1:06 pm

    Can’t live without lip balm. If I leave the house without any then I have to go buy some.

  280. kim houghton
    14th May 2012 / 3:05 pm

    Moisturiser with spf 15

  281. Renee Armstrong
    14th May 2012 / 3:49 pm

    If I could only have one thing then it would be E45 cream…good all rounder !

  282. margaret scott
    14th May 2012 / 4:49 pm

    Lots of moiturise

  283. Hayley Todd
    14th May 2012 / 4:59 pm

    My beauty essential is a really good body moisturiser, and for me, really good does not have to equate to really expensive! At the moment, I’m loving an Avon body whip in vanilla and honey – it smells divine, absorbs really quickly without leaving a residue and leaves my skin nice and smooth!

  284. Kate Grimwood
    14th May 2012 / 5:07 pm

    cleanse, tone, moisturise

  285. Christina
    14th May 2012 / 5:33 pm


  286. carol phile
    14th May 2012 / 5:50 pm

    Olay moisturiser otherwise my face falls off

  287. Sheri Darby
    14th May 2012 / 7:04 pm


  288. rachel humphries
    14th May 2012 / 7:27 pm

    I had this fantastic lip plumping creme treatment which would have become a beauty stable but my mother ‘ stole cough cough ‘ borrowed it. So my main beauty stable is lip gloss. I have a ‘ Kiss me lip plumping one – not as good as the treatment my mom had off me. But this is an every day usage thing and lasts quite well and tastes like peepermints. it colourless but leaves a lovely shine.

  289. Laura
    14th May 2012 / 8:37 pm

    I really, really can’t leave the house without mascara, it’s not just aesthetic, it actually makes me FEEL awake!

  290. sue willshee
    14th May 2012 / 7:45 pm

    my beauty staple is not a single item but rather a monthly ritual. Every month myself and my best pal go to Clarins skin spa for a tri-active facial because we buy courses of them when they are on offer. Of course we always end up buying the recommended products (not all of them obviously, we’d need to be millionaires to buy them all) but I always seem to have a new clarins pot to try.
    I’m with you though, sometimes you try something and love it, other times you just don’t…and if you don’t you can’t make yourself change your mind about it. I’m like that with one of the Clarins products from their vital light range. I love most of the range but the serum just sits on the face and feels sticky.

  291. M T Neeson
    14th May 2012 / 8:35 pm


  292. Stacy Fenemore
    14th May 2012 / 9:04 pm

    foundation, I have terrible skin

  293. hayley gould
    14th May 2012 / 9:07 pm

    Water and lots of it!

  294. Michelle Rayner
    14th May 2012 / 9:30 pm

    Q10 cream

  295. Karen Kerner
    14th May 2012 / 10:08 pm

    moisturiser and lip balm for my extra dry skin

  296. N Miller
    14th May 2012 / 10:25 pm

    Jojoba oil. Can be used for almost anything!

  297. kay adeola
    14th May 2012 / 10:43 pm

    i dont go anywhere with out my lip balm and moisturiser

  298. yasmine choudhry
    15th May 2012 / 2:20 pm

    elemis moisturiser as my skin is so dry and flaky without applying this

  299. Sonia Atkin
    16th May 2012 / 1:11 pm

    We should try to understand the need and the product we are using. Every product is not necessary for your skin. Although it is advisable to consult with a cosmetic specialist in this matter. But really this Blog tells us the ultimate story behind the competition. Thanks Sally.

  300. Mammasaurus
    27th May 2012 / 11:30 pm

    Hmm I don’t moisturise. Or cleanse. And I decided back in 1992 that Foundation isn’t for pale,freckely folk like me. I’ve not got fantastic skin either, I am just lazy. To apply lotions and potions to my ropey bits would mean I’d have to spend minutes every day looking at those ropey bits. Plus that’s time I could spend doing other things, like winking at the postman.
    Please dear lord don’t let me win the cream. I haven’t entered have I? Eeek have I ?! Because if I won I would hunt you down and sit on you and let’s face it that’s just not cricket.
    Heh heh chip fat…