Lip Skincare Routine featuring Elizabeth Arden and Clinique

19 February 2018

Dry lips have been the bane of my life for a good couple of years; to the point where I’ve developed an unhealthy habit of peeling and picking them and making them worse than they were when they were just dry. I’ve tried a plethora of products over the years from balms to creams to oils and nothing has helped. It’s got me down, lip products are probably my favourite piece of make-up and whilst I’ve been treating myself to odd limited edition piece I’ve barely been able to justify wearing anything because of my dry lips. Most days I’ve not work anything on my lips because everything was drying after a while and every product simply highlighted the dry patches of skin on my lips.

Recently I’ve started to spend a lot of time researching my skin, the overall condition hasn’t been great and it’s been because I’ve not been looking into the products I use properly and have then given up on having a strict routine when things haven’t worked out for me. The most important lesson I’ve learnt is that when it comes to skincare you really do get what you pay for and investing in a few decent products that perfectly match your skin as well as complement each other pays dividends in the end.

I researched the top lip products for healing lips rather than protecting them and Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Lip Balm and the Clinique Pep-start Pout Restoring Night Mask came on top; and after reaching out to some bloggers I popped them in my shopping basket. 

Elizabeth Arden 8Hour Lip Balm | £20 

The 8 hour lip balm is part of the iconic 8 hour range famous for hydrating and healing dry skin in all areas ranging from eyes to body. The lip balm works the same to deliver, intense, long-lasting moisture that immediately soothes as well as helping create a defensive barrier that protects lips from the elements. I was a little dubious when I received this as I was expecting more of a cream than an oily balm, my experience of balms hasn’t been the most positive as I’ve found the petroleum bases have done more damage than good. It seems that Elizabeth Arden has got the perfect formula with a good mix of oils, butters and vitamins and a eucalyptus-based fragrance that just makes me feel like I’m putting something soothing on my lips. After two uses I immediately noticed a difference in my lips that lasted all day and also provided a smooth base for lip products. On average, I apply this three times a day; in the morning with my make-up, around lunchtime after eating and in the early evening usually after work. My lips feel comfortable all day without that product-heavy feeling that some balms leave after application. 
For a lip balm it’s pretty pricey but I feel as though it’s definitely a worthwhile investment and something that I will absolutely re-purchase. 

Clinique Pep-start Pout Restoring Night Mask | £16

A night mask was something I definitely wanted to add to my routine and the Clinique Pep-start Pout Restoring Night Mask was the first one that caught my eye. My skin has always responded well to Clinique so I was keen to find out whether the lip mask lived up to its expectations, after a quick shout out to my trusty bloggers it was soon ordered and I was excited to see the results. The pep-start night mask supplies instant and intense hydration and can be used throughout the night or, as a quick five minute mask before lip product application (perfect for those drying matte lip sticks) I put this on at night time right before bed and genuinely feel it still there in the morning. This product is slightly cheaper than the Elizabeth Arden balm bit still a really good buy if you’re looking for some intense overnight moisture as well as quick fix for dryer days.  


  1. I want them both, so bad, and the Nuxe one. But do I want to spend £60 on lipbalm? I think I do lol.

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  2. I love the eight hour cream so I reckon I’d love the balm. How have I not seen this before?! Must invest x

  3. Wow, I haven't heard of the Clinique one before, but it sounds lovely! I love Nuxe! I have used the original 8 hour cream on my lips, and I also find the Eucerin Aquaphor does the same job, without the scent.

  4. I really need to try the EA lip balm. I adore the eight hour balm and have used it for years but never the lip products xx

  5. I’m definitely going to try these. I like you suffer horribly with dry lips and I also pick off the skin to make matters worse!

  6. I am a fellow lip balm junkie and it sounds like I would enjoy that 8 Hour one xxx

  7. As a fellow dry lip picker/peeler/licker/etc. I definitely have to try this! Thank you for the heads up!

  8. Ohh a lip mask sounds perfect for my lazy self! x


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