The eye product you need to try to fight dark circles

I have suffered with dark circles under my eyes for a while and they literally drive me mad. There is nothing worse than having a full face of glam makeup being ruined by the dreaded discoloration under the eyes still showing through. Even if I had a full 8 hours sleep a night, I was still waking up the next day with the same tired looking eyes. I have tried a lot of different products to reduce this problem and have really struggled to find something that I am happy with until recently when I came across the Kiehl’s midnight recovery eye cream.

The formula

This is specially formulated for the delicate under eye area and claims to achieve fresher, younger looking eyes, while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. After reading this, I had to try this for myself.

I have been using this cream for around 3 weeks now during my evening beauty regime and I have to say it has really helped a lot. I can definitely notice a reduction in puffiness and the dark shadows have improved. I can’t say that it has completely removed the problem as I actually don’t think a product exists on the market that completely gets rid of dark circles forever (if there is one please let me know!!) however this is the best that I have tried so far and I am really happy with the results.

Using the eye cream

The tube is 15ml which seemed really tiny at first but you only need to apply a small amount. As soon as you put it onto your skin it melts into a luxurious lightweight cream and you will feel a very slight tightening sensation which I love as it feels like it is getting to work straight away! As with all eye creams it is important to press lightly around the eye area and using your ring finger, without dragging or pulling the skin. We don’t want to make things worse for ourselves!

What ingredients are in the eye cream?

Here are the list of ingredients used to create this eye product:

·         Squalane which helps to restore the skins natural moisture balance to keep it soft and supple.

·         Lavender Essential Oil to help soothe and begin the repair process for fresher looking eyes.

·         Evening primrose oil which is an effective on skin barrier and helps to boost radiance.

·         Butchers broom which improves microcirculation, reduces inflammation and puffiness while soothing the skin.

Why do we get dark circles anyway? Well this could be anything down to genetics, age, allergies, lack of sleep or over indulging in alcohol.

I have also recently been using the Revolution concealer in the shade C8 which has been a real favourite  drug store product among make up bloggers and YouTubers and is now a staple item in my makeup collection. For the price of this concealer, the quality and consistency is excellent and is very similar to a concealer by Tarte Cosmetics but a more affordable option which is great. You can buy products from Revolution here or in Superdrug stores, however they are not always in stock in store as they now have quite a cult following, but if you haven’t tried this yet I highly recommend it.

Let me know what your hero products are for combating dark eye circles. I would love to hear what you are using to combat this issue.

You can purchase the Kielh’s Midnight recovery Eye cream here.

The lipstick range that you’ll fall in love with

Tarte cosmetics is a brand that has been on my radar for a while but I haven’t got round to trying it until now. I watched an unboxing video on YouTube recently where someone was testing out a huge set of all the new lipstick shades that were new on the market. It was the most fabulous collection I think I have ever seen and I was mesmerised watching it so decided that I needed to test this brand out for myself!

As this is an American brand, there are not any beauty counters available in UK stores yet so the options we have is to either buy direct from Tarte online, but face quite hefty shipping charges, or we can buy from QVC as they carry a selection of the products. I’ve said it before, but the thing I love about QVC is that you can test out products for 30 days and if you are really not happy with what you have bought, you can send it back for a full refund which is so amazing, especially with beauty products which are usually always non returnable once opened.

I chose one of the colour splash lipsticks from the ‘Colour of the Sea’ range and in the colour Colada which is a nude light brown shade. The packaging was really pretty and as soon as I opened it I could wait to test it out. I was surprised at how creamy and luxurious it felt and it has a real moisturising texture to it without being oily. I matched a lip liner which I already owned from Barry M in the shade 24 carat which went perfectly with this particular shade. The colour was very pigmented and was long lasting which was great as there is nothing more disappointing than a lipstick that wears off the moment you step out the door or have a sip of a drink.

Something else to mention is that this is a vegan friendly product and contain a blend of algae and marine flower extracts that helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while smoothing and softening skin. It contains shea butter which helps to retain elasticity of the skin.

For £18 I feel like this was really worth the money purely for the quality, the depth of the colour and how long lasting it was so I will definitely be purchasing more of these. There are 24 shades to choose from so the only thing now is to work out which colours to try next!

Check out the full range available here

image: www.tartecosmetics.com

My current skincare favourites

Where my love of skincare products began..

My mum always told me from an early age that looking after your skin is really important and how choosing good quality products can make such a huge difference. I didn’t appreciate what really good advice that was until the last few years. During my teens and early 20s I wasn’t too bothered about a regular skincare routine and would go to bed after a night out partying without taking my make up off, which fills me with complete horror now. Not only would I wake up looking like an extra from the Walking Dead, but it would mean waking up to an orange pillowcase smudged with black mascara. Not the finest of looks I have to say!

I read somewhere once that not washing your make up off at night can age your face by 2 days and make your complexion appear dull. That might not sound like a lot but those 2 days would sure add up quickly over time. I was no longer willing to take the risk of waking up looking like a 90 year old!

When I left school I did a beauty therapy course which introduced me to skincare and facials. I learned about the different skin types and the type of products that would work best for them and it really opened my eyes to how many different options were out there. There are such a huge variety of brands and products in the market so it’s about trying and testing a selection of these to find what works best for you and what kind of textures and scents and consistencies that you like best.

To be fair, I was always pretty lucky with my skin and only really ever suffered from the odd breakouts around the time of the month. However now days I have a real love for skincare products, testing the latest brands on the market and showing my skin some love and care.

Products I use as part of my skincare routine..

I don’t think that you need to spend a fortune to be able to look after your skin well. That being said, I cannot help but appreciate the quality of some of the more high end brands such as Decleor or Elemis to name a couple. I am currently enjoying using skincare products by British brand Liz Earle and have been loving the results. The products are made from naturally active ingredients, pure essential oils and are animal cruelty free.

  1. Cleanse and Polish – this is a creamy cleanser and smells beautiful. The standard version contains rosemary, chamomile and eucalyptus but they often do limited edition versions with other scents. I use this with their white muslin cloth which is soft on the skin and removes all make up and dirt beautifully.
  2. Instant boost skin tonic – I use this to wipe over my skin once I have cleansed. This is alcohol free and refreshes, soothes and brightens the skin.
  3. Eyebright soothing eye lotion – this gentle and non oily formula is great to refresh tired, puffy eyes and perfect to use around the delicate eye area. It is also great if you are suffering from hay fever which I am at the moment as it cools down the eyes beautifully.
  4. Super skin concentrate for night – I use this underneath my moisturiser and it is a rich aromatic blend of pure plant oils which really help to relax me before going to sleep.

For face moisturiser and eye cream I am currently using other products which I will blog about separately soon! I also like to use the Liz Earle body wash and hand wash products which are really nice for an extra treat.

Where to buy Liz Earle products..

  • Liz Earle stores – the store I go to is just off the Kings Road in London and the staff have always been very helpful and knowledgeable. Sometimes it is nicer to buy directly from a store as you can first hand try and smell the products and speak to the trained staff for advice.
  • Online retailer and shopping TV channel QVC has a fabulous selection of the Liz Earle range from skincare to fragrance to hair products.  They often have really good deals and sets which is a good way to get a discount and to be able to try new items. They also have a 30 day money back guarantee so if you are not fully satisfied with anything purchased you can return it for a full refund – even after you have been using it.
  • Department store John Lewis or some of the larger high street store Boots.

My final thought and advice on skincare..

  • Even if you are super tired, have fallen asleep on the sofa or just had one too many glasses of wine, always push yourself to wash your face before you go to bed – your skin will definitely thank you in the morning and your face in the future will definitely benefit from doing this.
  • If you have been wearing heavy make up during the day, and let’s face it who doesn’t love a full face of fabulous make up, there is no harm in cleansing twice for a thorough clean.
  • If you have normal to dry skin like I do, find a gentle cleanser to lift off any impurities, make up and dirt. An exfoliator will also really help to remove dry patches and will help to leave soft smooth skin. I tend to exfoliate around twice a week and that works well for me but you could always look to increase this particularly over the colder winter months.

Let me  know if you use any of the same products and what your thoughts are. I would love to hear about your skincare hero products that you are using at the moment.

 

An afternoon at Jo Malone

The iconic branded cream box, wrapped in black grosgrain ribbon and the crisp black tissue paper inside that has been spritzed with one of their beautiful scents. This is just one of my favourite parts of shopping at Jo Malone. Known for their elegance and style, Jo Malone is a British brand, specialising in fragrance, candles and beautiful, body products.

image: Pinterest

I spent such a lovely afternoon at the Brighton store this weekend trying out the products. You are always welcomed by such friendly and professional staff in Jo Malone stores and it really adds to the whole high end, luxury shopping experience. In the middle of the store there is a table displaying samples of each scent for you to try and let me tell you, choosing a favourite is no easy task.

We were seated at the back section of the store which was decorated in the usual monochrome styling that they are so well recognised for. My mum and I were treated to a complimentary glass of British sourced bubbly and a beautiful hand and arm massage testing out a selection of products. The staff are so knowledgeable and it was really interesting to learn about the huge range of scents and ingredients that are available. Even the names of the scents are fabulously decadent – how could anyone be able to resit smelling of Lime Basil & Mandarin, Orange Blossom, or Peony & blush suede?!

Overall we both felt amazing when we left the store with our new goodies. My skin felt soft, pampered and smelled gorgeous. I learned today that using a body cream together with a perfume layered on the top makes such a difference and a much longer lasting scent. You can also mix and match different fragrances to create your own bespoke design as the scents work together rather than clashing.

I chose a body and hand wash in one of Jo Malone’s best selling classic scents Pomegranate Noir. This is the description that can be found on their website for this particular product which is absolutely divine:

Our refreshing Body & Hand Wash with meadow foam seed gently cleanses and deliciously scents your skin with enigmatic Pomegranate Noir. Ruby-rich juices of pomegranate, raspberry and plum are spiked with pink pepper and laced with Casablanca lily and spicy woods. The enhanced formula helps leave body and hands feeling conditioned and soft. Its crystal clear gel transforms into a rich lather and its uplifting fragrance fills the bathroom, immersing you in delicate scent.

For those who haven’t shopped at Jo Malone before, you can full their full collection here.

Have you are already Jo Malone fans, have you got a favourite scent or product? Let me know in the comments section below – I would love to hear what you use!

above promotional images: Pinterest

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