Entries Tagged as 'Under Eye Circles'

Product Review: Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream


When it comes to eye cream, it’s easy to go wrong. I have found myself canceling an evening out because that expensive name brand eye cream made the skin around my eyes peel off. It was no fun. Thankfully, I have stumbled upon an eye cream that is incredibly gentle, moisturizing and effective. Apothederm is a brand that is known for their gentle products and this eye cream is no exception.

The Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream feels like drinking a huge glass of water, but for your eyes. It’s not oily or cakey, it doesn’t pull or tingle. It is hydrating, smoothing and light enough to wear under makeup without making your concealer run down you face by noon. It minimizes puffiness and dark circles.

It’s an all around fantastic product that covers all the bases. It’s $40 for .5 oz (at Apothederm.com), not a bad price considering your daily usage (morning and night combined) is less than the size of a pea. Really! This stuff goes a long way! I have actually saved money because I am applying my concealer less often because this eye cream doesn’t cause it to run off a greasy under eye area.

I have retired all my other creams and have stuck with the Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream. After about a month of using this, my dark circles are definitely less noticeable and so are my growing wrinkles! Love. Try it, you will see results too!






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Top 5 Beauty Products You Never Knew You Had


Let’s face it. Not all of us have the kind of paychecks to be dropping big bucks on the latest YSL Lip Lacquers, Murad’s skincare products, or other beauty favorites that require you to sacrifice your hard earned moolah for high quality. Here are some tried and true remedies and everyday household products that can immediately spruce up your image, while still maintaining their multifunctional value. Best of all, they’re budget-friendly and most are sold in bulk or pack a great bang for your buck. Never look at olive oil the same way again!




1.Vaseline — This one’s a given. This old-time favorite is not only just good for scars and cuts. It can be used to groom your eyebrows, double up as clear mascara for lush lashes, and replace lip balm to soothe dry, chapped lips. Mix a dab of it in a pot along with your favorite lipstick and you’ve got yourself a naturally glossy pout.


2. Aspirin — Got a throbbing headache? Or how bout some pesky zits? Yup. The generic form of this common pain-reliever has proven to work wonders for glowing skin. The technical name for aspirin is Acetylsalicylic Acid, which, as you could guess, is a compound containing the acne-fighting ingredient, Salicylic Acid. An aspirin mask—consisting of 3-4 (give or take) uncoated crushed tablets, a squirt of honey, and a teaspoon of water—can combine to form a fantastic face mask when left on for 10-15 minutes. Your skin will look noticeably brighter and feel softer, thanks to the exfoliating and soothing properties of aspirin and honey. The mask also helps to reduce redness and large pores. Feel free to alter or add on to the “recipe”—with additions like yogurt—to really give your face a treat.


3. Apple Cider Vinegar — If your skin’s looking a little patchy or uneven, good old apple cider vinegar can do the trick (Bragg’s is a cult favorite). When used as a toner, it can help clear up blemishes and other problem areas, giving your face a smoother texture and complexion. The acidic content will help to remove old, dead and tired skin cells from the surface to reveal the new, radiant ones waiting to shine. But be careful! Make sure to dilute the vinegar—with a water: vinegar ratio of your liking—to prevent the acidity from being too harsh on your skin. If you don’t have apple cider vinegar at hand, lemon juice can also provide a similar effect!


4. Green Tea — Running low on your favorite concealer? Steep two bags tea in warm water and cozy up to a mug. Instead of disposing the teabags, stick them into the fridge to chill for about a half hour. Make sure the tea bags are cool and dry before placing them over the eyelids for a makeshift eye compress. After 10 minutes, your lovely peepers will look refreshed and wide awake. The tannin and caffeine in tea bags have been proven to reduce swelling (baggy under eyes) and discoloration (dark circles), while the antioxidant EGCG aids in removing under eye fluid buildup—the main culprit for under eye circles and bags. Your boss will never know you danced the night away yesterday á la J. Lo, unless you tell her of course.


5. Olive Oil — Who knew this household cabinet staple could double up as an eye makeup remover? Not only does olive oil trudge through eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner and the likes, it also promotes eye lash growth. Eyelashes, like any other strand of hair on your body, grow dry and brittle if not properly hydrated. Keep your lashes lush and healthy by using an eyelash brush to coat them with olive oil every night. Castor oil is a great alternative. Go on girl, bat away!







4 Tips to Banish Undereye Circles and Wrinkles


Because the eye area is so delicate, it’s one of the first areas on the face to show signs of aging. However, with prevention and the right makeup, you can maintain a bright, youthful and refreshed appearance.

  1. Prevention– I’m a big fan of retinol for preventing wrinkles and diminishing fine lines. Choose a product specially formulated for the eyes. I like RoC Retinol CORREXION Eye Cream $28.99
  2. Prep– Prep the eye area with a good moisturizer. Not only does a moisturized eye area help in the prevention of wrinkles, but it also helps concealer go on better.
  3. Conceal–  Choose a creamy concealer one shade lighter than your skin tone. My favorite is Clé de Peau Concealer $70. It’s pricey, but hands down the best concealer I’ve ever tried and it lasts forever.
  4. Set– After you apply your concealer, set it with a translucent powder. It helps make the concealer last longer and prevent it from settling into fine lines. Try Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder  $22. Make sure it’s blended really well. Because it contains a white pigment, it will show up in photos if not blended properly.

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