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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