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Years ago I lived in red lippy, so vain Iíd not open the door without swiping some lippy over my lips. One Christmas I was given the ultimate in red lipstick a wonderful red that shouted class -well it would have if not teamed up pale foundation black eye liner and back combed hair but thatís another story. The manufactor of this lippy was Elizabeth Arden. When it ran out I braved the Elizabeth Arden counter complete with orange faced assistant who was probably equally as charitable about my appearance as I was herís. Unfortunately theyíd stopped making it. Many years later I decided that just perhaps mother nature needed a bit of a helping hand regards skin care and not a casual "slap on a bit of moisturiser because my face was sore" approach Iíd had up until then. Bearing in mind Iíd always thought of Elizabeth Arden as being a classy outfit and having a fist full of Boots vouchers I presented myself at the Lizzie Arden counter ready to spend, spend, spend. The tangoed one on the counter suggested numerous goodies to rejuvenate my face. Off I went armed with a small bag and a credit card slip that showed Iíd spent the vouchers and more. With this began my love affair of Elizabeth Arden lotions and potions, no more cheap stuff for me Iíll have you know! I soon discovered in order to keep up with my addiction I needed to find a cheaper pusher oops supplier it. Elizabeth Arden can actually be picked up very cheaply online I was to find especially on Ebay.
When Elizabeth Arden launched Ceramide Plump Perfect Moisturiser at the back end of 2003, the addict in me trawled Ebay and a variety of Cosmetics Sites in the hopes of not having to pay £42 for a jar of face cream! Unfortunately my search at that time was fruitless so after much deliberation and thoughts of selling a kidney I decided that I needed it, badly and devised a way of taking the sting out of buying it -Iíd open a Debenhams card and get 10% off - this approach only works if you pay the card off in full and donít get knobbled for interest! Armed with a jar of face cream that only (sic) cost me £37.80 I was in heaven!
So what do you get for you money you are all probably wondering at this point apart from the lose of a kidney or not being able to eat for a week?
Well you get one rather classy looking moisturiser. On opening the gold box youíll find a rather posh trade market Arden Ceramide container, with a gold lid and white bottom! It looks huge but clever packaging which is the cosmetic industries norm soon become apparent as on opening you realises the contents are in a small area then youíd think! But you still get 50mls of this dream cream! The moisturiser itís self is a soft peachy colour and thankfully doesnít smell as it looks. Itís got a very slight clean fragrance to it which to be honest you have to actually stick your nose close to the jar to smell it.
Ok so it looks pretty and itís expensive whatís it going to do for me apart from guilt trip me?
Once youíve gotton over the trauma of purchasing and lying to your significant other about the cost you should find you have one very good moisturiser. Elizabeth Arden state that Ceramide Plump Perfectďdefines and improves skin appearance almost immediately. Witness skin plumping benefits plus moisture boosting hydration. This product contains a potent formula proven to plump the skin and reduce fine lines, signs of ageing, stress and tension from your skin. The triple complex reinforces the skins own natural protective barrier with an SPF 15 factor it stops the effects of sun and wind damage in their tracks.Ē
Ok so they would say all of that wouldnít they?
I may well be an Arden junkie, but Iíll have to say this stuff does live up to expectations, especially during the winter months when my skin does get very dry and sore. With daily use of Plump Perfect Iíve found that my skin remains soft and not dry. As for plumping up those fine lines Iíd love to say theyíve all gone, but unfortunately I think only a session of Botox or a surgeons knife is going to get rid of them! My skin on the whole does feel softer and looks in better condition. Given that it does have a SPF 15 in it also means you have some protection from the sun during the summer months, which if you like me an burn at the first sun ray of summer is an added bonus.
Ok so youíve sold me but how long is it going to last?
I use Plump Perfect daily first thing in the morning. A little goes along way with this product. All you really need is the tip of your finger covered with it to give a nice even spread of moisturiser. Elizabeth Arden suggests that you massage it in in a upwards circular motion. I would suggest that you avoid the eye area whilst doing this only because I managed to get an eye full of it and it stung like hell! With daily use I find that a jar lasts me about 6 months.
Am I likely to end up with a sticky face?
Plump Perfect absorbs very easily on my skin unlike some other well known moisturisers which have left me feeling very sticky in the past.
It sounds perfect but I suffer from sensitive skin!
Plump perfect as with all Elizabeth Arden skincare is dermologically tested. Obviously this doesnít help if your one of those people that suffers with very sensitive skin. Unfortunately I canít really say if you are likely to react to this as Iím lucky in that way. What I would suggest if you fancy giving it a try is to go talk to those nice tangoed women on your local Elizabeth Arden counter and I bet youíll come away with a sample or two to try before you buy the full sized product!
Iím not prepared to sell a kidney/starve myself and the kids but I want to try it!
As I said previously Elizabeth Arden products can be picked up very cheaply online, currently you can find the full sized 50ml jar on www.makup.com for £18.99 plus postage definitely a saving if you compare it to the high street price. Ebay is also a great place to look as I bought several from the States last summer for a fraction of the UK High Street price.
Plump Perfect is expensive even at the so called bargain basement prices you can find it online there is no doubt that itís expensive but having tested several other cheaper moisturisers in between jars of plump Perfect I find the results from Plump Perfect to be far more superior and if you go on how long it lasts then itís only marginally more expensive then other mid range moisturisers. Gíwan you know you wanna try it and who needs a second kidney??