Why did I bother getting this?
I have VERY dry skin. It’s my biggest makeup challenge, specially in the winter here in North Carolina. When the temps start going below 50 outside and I have to crank up the heat, it all starts going bad quickly!! So, any time I find something that helps me out with this, it makes me REALLY happy. These Elizabeth Arden Ceramide capsules have been my salvation this winter, so I call them my FaceSavers!
My mom, dad and aunt came to visit me last November (they live in Puerto Rico) and we had a blast. They stayed for a whole month with us, so obviously, we had time to go shopping! A lot! In one of those shopping sprees we stopped at our local Sams Club. Now, I’m no fan of the big box mega-stores, but.. I do looove their french bread. I’m not a Sams member, so the only time I can get it is when they’re visiting.. lol.
Aaaaaaaaaanyway, while we were there, we had a sort-a revelation…… we were walking past who knows what when we saw it… there it was, an Elizabeth Arden package full of goodies! We all couldn’t resist so we had to stop by the rack and take a peek. First thing that we liked was the price… $35 bucks..
Are you kidding me?!? The package included over a 130 face and eye capsules for only $35 bucks?!?!?!..
It seemed to good to be true. Now, I don’t buy these often, but when I did before these capsules used to retail for a LOT more than that. I’m not sure why they were cheap.. maybe Elizabeth Arden had discounted them because they were coming up with a new generation of capsules (I believe they are now called Ceramide Gold Ultra Restorative Capsules), maybe they were just feeling nice (yeah, right). However the $35 bucks offer was good enough for us, so we each got a package that day.
Where can you get it?
Like I mentioned, I got these as a special at Sam’s Club. You can also find these or similar ones at websites like Amazon, Ebay, and Elizabeth Arden.
What did I find in the package?
This package had 3 different products:
- Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Advanced Time Complex Capsules – 67 capsules for face and throat
- Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Advanced Eye Time Complex Capsules – 60 capsules for eye area
- Bonus 7 day case with capsules for travel
With a total of 134 capsules, this was a deal too good to pass! The face and throat capsules are pink, rubbery and open easily by twisting the head. You then squeeze the capsules to get the oil in your fingers and apply to the area to treat. The eye capsules work in the same way but they have less oil inside. One thing that I didn’t love was that in very cold days, the capsules become really hard and it gets tricky to get the oil out, so keeping them in a warm place helps a lot.
Time to try it. What did it do for me?
I’ve been using the throat and face capsules since last November and I can say without a doubt they are my winter facesavers! Before I started using them my face had lots of dry patches, redness and itching. It was completely without moisture, and sometimes, my makeup would look terrible since I couldn’t get the skin well prepared. After using these capsules for more than two months my skin feels fab-u-lous and my makeup always goes on smoother. Each capsule covers my whole face and neck. It has an oily texture, which could scare some people, but that’s what’s I like the most!
The eye capsules are also great product. Each capsule contains enough product for both eyes. They help a lot in reducing the puffiness and leave your eyes feeling silky smooth. If I get a bit of product on my eyes (and I have several times) they don’t irritate. I’ve used so many eye products in the past where the prduct has gotten into my eyes and it would sting as hell!! This one is the complete opposite.
Here’s a picture of the package I got at Sam’s.
What is the Verdict?
There are many claims everywhere about how these capsules fight how we age! Well……. I cannot speak to that since I haven’t been able to notice any significant changes in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Maybe it’s because I don’t have any *cough, cough*… However, I can say that I have noticed a softer, smoother looking skin.
The oil is almost odor free and when I apply it I can even give myself a mini facial and eye massage. I use it every morning and evening followed by my Graftobian Oxyderm moisturizer. It’s absorbed quickly into the skin leaving it smooth, soft and moist. I can’t just use this by itself, but when combined with moisturizer, my skin looks radiant and can handle all the makeup I throw its way.
This is an AWESOME skincare product. I use it as a serum and a moisturizer. It hydrates my skin instantly. I love these capsules!! They do not cause burning or stinging (and I have used other products before which I felt would burn my face off!), so they’re ideal for my skin type. I’m not quite sure about the anti-aging effects, but this complex calms my very reactive and sensitive skin.
One worry I have is.. I don’t know what I’ll do when I ran out of them which will be soon :-( I might have to bite the bullet and pay the steep price for these little gems. My skin could no go on without them :-) Sometimes beauty comes with a price tag… don’t you think???