After Lydia announced on her channel that she was releasing a makeup bag in collaboration with Elizabeth Arden, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. The makeup bag was released on 29th March, is available in Boots stores over the UK and all you have to do is buy 2 products (one of which has to be a skin care product) to receive the free vanity case.
I’m in love with this faux leather vanity case which Lydia designed, from the colour combination of the pink plush colour and rose gold accents and detailing, down to the branding. When opened, this case has a large and clear mirror, which I’m sure you’ll all agree is essential when on the go! I love how sheek and practice this case is, as it is great to put your daily makeup essentials inside when on the go.
Of course, I love skin care and trying out new products to add to my regime, so I made sure to check it out on the day. I looked in a couple of Boots stores on Regent Street and also Oxford Street to find a store which had the Elizabeth Arden counter, and finally, managed to find the store where the launch was actually happening on Bond Street! The staff were very helpful and at the end I decided to purchase the ‘Eight Hour Cream – Intensive Daily Moisturizer for Face’ as well as the ‘Superstart – Skin Renewal Booster’.
Superstart Skin Renewal Booster:
I bought this serum in the 30ml which I have been applying after cleansing with my Clinique Liquid Facial Soap and the Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3. The serum restores the skin’s surface and helps to repair and renew any damage that may previously have been caused to your face. It is meant to enhance the results of the rest of your skin care products that you may use. This is also an item that I received inside the vanity case which I will be saving for when I’m travelling.
When at the Elizabeth Arden counter, this was the first product that I was told was a ‘must have’. When the skins first layer is damaged, it looses moisture, cannot defend and protect itself and your skin cannot renew. The Sea Fennel and Flaxseed extracts which are used as a key ingredient, help to retain the moisture which the skin needs. The Glasswort extract also helps the moisture retention in the skin, as it reduces water loss on the surface of the skin. Priobiotics Complex which is another ingredient, helps to strengthen the skin so that it can repair itself and also appear to be radiant, refreshed and healthy.
This can be applied morning and night, but so far I have only applied it in morning skin care routine, as I have a set night skincare routine. I love that it is in a ‘pump bottle’ so that it is easy to use, and the formula is water consistency so it applies well to the skin when massaged in. I am yet to feel the full results of the product but am excited to use it on a regular basis.
Elizabeth Arden – Eight Hour Cream For Face:
I always struggle to find a moisturiser which doesn’t feel like you’ve dipped your face in grease, smells fresh and also leaves your skin looking luxurious and radiant. This product formula is supposed to be absorbed into the skin quickly, as well as also helping in extreme weather conditions (as well as climate changes). It softens areas which are dry and also soothes the skin all at the same time. As the name of the product indicates, this cream protects your skin from the sun as it has SPF 15 protection, which is essential if you are exposed even to any form of artificial light. The way to apply this product is by cleansing the face and neck, then massage onto the skin daily. I have been using this face cream every morning, after applying the Superstart Skin Renewal Booster. One of the best things about this product is that it’s for all skin types and again, it comes in a ‘squeezy bottle’ so you don’t need to put your finger in a tub of moisturiser and get excess product in the back of your nail! When looking at the reviews on the Boots website, this product has been marked as a 5* product, and although I have only used this for a couple of days, so far so good!
Inside the vanity case:
Inside the vanity case I received a handful of goodies. I believe that another eye serum is supposed to be in the vanity case’s; however, it didn’t come inside mine!
The first item to the left is the Prevage – Anti-Aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser which comes included in a fairly large tester form and is usually £39 for 125ml. I’m definitely glad that I get to try it before deciding to buy the product! This is a rich and moisturising cleanser that removes makeup, pollution on the skin’s surface and helps to refine the skins appearance whilst exfoliating the skin. It is to be used when the skin is still damp so that the exfoliators can be activated and leaves the skin radiant and healthy.
I’m actually very excited to try out both of these serums as I have never used any out of little capsules before! These are the serums which are in the golden capsules. Both of these products are ‘Youth Restoring’ therefore I would recommend that you should definitely be giving these a go if you are 25+. The Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum is the product to the left of the two capsule tubes. This is a light weight serum which smooths, firms and gives you a youthful appearance on the skin. It also boosts the skins radiance and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The product to the right is the Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum which again smooths and firms the skin but is specifically for your under eye area.
A product which I am already obsessed with is the Elizabeth Arden Gelato Plush-Up Lipstick. I have applied it to my lips once to see what the consistency is like and I am loving how smooth yet hydrating this feels. I believe that the lipstick comes in the full size, which is amazing as it usually retails for £22! The product is easy to build up, therefore you can wear as little, or as much as you like and is a great subtle dash of colour. I especially love the colour for the spring/summer seasons as it will be a great pop of colour to my outfits. If you are looking for a different colour then there are 20 different shades to choose from!
Let me know in the comments what you think of the collaboration vanity case!