Colored contact lenses get an upgrade: 1-Day Acuvue Define and Neutrogena Nourishing Longwear Eye Shadow + Primer Palettes

Acuvue Define Natural Shimmer

Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow + Built-in Primer PalettesMany, many years ago I worked as an optical assistant. I remember that the one activity even more exciting than trying on all the frames was trying on the colored contacts. I have hazel eyes that are a little more brown than green, and every colored contact was a disappointment…except for the brown ones. Those made my so-so eye color a whole lot more special, although colored contacts were always rather uncomfortable. Recently I was sent something very exciting and infinitely better than colored contacts – the new 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE® Brand Contact Lenses, as well as several NEUTROGENA Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow + Built-in Primer Palettes ($9.49) to go with my enhanced eyes.

There are three different types of 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE® Brand Contact Lenses available and they don’t change your eye color; instead, they enhance the natural beauty you already have. This is done through LACREON® Technology, which enhances eyes in two ways:

1.  clearly defining the limbal ring, which is the outline around the iris

2.  iris-inspired designs with light-effect patterns that add depth and dimension to existing eye color

Acuvue Natural Shimmer

Acuvue Natural Shimmer Contact Lens

These aren’t colored contacts because they don’t change the color of the iris. Colored contact lenses don’t really look natural since they are opaque. The 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE® Brand Contact Lenses are a complement to whatever your natural eye color might be. NATURAL SPARKLE® adds brightness, NATURAL SHIMMER® adds even more brightness and depth, and NATURAL SHINE® has an even more dramatic effect.

Acuvue Define Shimmer Contact Lenses

The reason colored contacts are so uncomfortable is that the color is actually printed onto the lens, which irritates the eye and the eyelid. 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE® lenses are very comfortable thanks to their BEAUTY WRAPPED IN COMFORT® Technology. This technology actually encloses the pattern within the lens so the surface is smooth and wettable. The DEFINE lenses come in a box of 30 or 90 and are disposable lenses so you use a fresh pair every day.

Here is a comparison pic of my eyes with and without the Shimmer lens:

With and without the Acuvue Define Shimmer lens

I absolutely love these lenses. The effect is subtle and natural looking, yet it definitely makes a difference. I couldn’t be happier with my newly defined eyes…I can’t wait to try the other two types of lenses!

Acuvue Define Natural Shimmer lenses and Neutrogena Cool Plum Eyeshadow Palette

Celebrity makeup artist Amy Oresman created several eye looks coordinating the different 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE® Brand Contact Lenses with NEUTROGENA Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow + Built-in Primer Palettes and I tried the day-to-night look with the Cool Plum Palette.

Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow + Built-in Primer in Cool Plum

Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow + Built-in Primer in Cool Plum

The Neutrogena powder eyeshadows are combined with primer so they last all day without creasing. The texture is on the powdery side, but the pigmentation is nice and they really do have great lasting power. The colors are very pretty and, as Amy says, grey and plum are wonderful shades to enhance the eye while still being appropriate for daytime. My only issue is the sparkle travels a bit, so I find myself having to do a little clean up throughout the day. Otherwise this is a very nice and wonderfully affordable eyeshadow palette.

Acuvue Define Shimmer lenses and Neutrogena Cool Plum Eyeshadow Palette

Acuvue Define Shimmer lenses and Neutrogena Cool Plum Eyeshadow Palette

Wearing my Acuvue Define Shimmer lenses and Neutrogena Cool Plum Eyeshadow Palette

Wearing my Acuvue Define Shimmer lenses and Neutrogena Cool Plum Eyeshadow Palette

Between the Shimmer Lenses and the Neutrogena Cool Plum palette, I think the effect is terrific and I am so happy with the end result!  If you wear contacts, I urge you to give these a whirl.  Even if you don’t, Acuvue has non-prescription lenses available.  Who couldn’t use a little more sparkle in their life?  – Lisa

*These products were provided by NEUTROGENA® and ACUVUE®.  Thoughts and opinions are my own.  #gotitfree

1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE® are available in plano (non-correction) and vision correction ranges from +1.00 to -9.00 with a base curve of 8.5 and diameter 14.2mm. Both plano and vision correction versions of 1-DAY ACUVUE® DEFINE® are prescription contact lenses, and require an eye exam and contact lens evaluation/ fitting from a licensed eye care professional. 


Do’s and Don’ts for contacts and dry winter eyes

If you wear contact lenses, this article is a must-read!  We all experience dry eyes, especially in the winter.  Here are some great tips from Johnson & Johnson regarding vision care.


  • Wash and rinse your hands thoroughly with a mild soap and dry with a lint-free towel before handling your lenses.
  • Put in your contacts before you put on your makeup or any costume paint.
  • Remove lenses immediately if you experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, and redness of the eye or other problems and promptly contact your eye care professional
  • Always remove, clean and disinfect your lenses according to the schedule recommended by your eye doctor.


  • Wear another person’s lenses.
  • Wear lenses longer than the time frame recommended by your eye doctor.
  • Rinse your lenses in water from the tap or expose them to any water—such as swimming or showering—while wearing them.
  • Use anything aside from recommended solution, such as saliva, to lubricate your lenses.

dry eyes

Talk to your eye doctor about any questions or concerns you have about proper wear and care of your contact lenses. For more tips and information, “Healthy Vision & Contact Lenses” from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. at is a great resource!

Save yourself from dry indoor heat with Acuvue Oasys and Neova Breakout Control

I am loving the gorgeous autumn colors, but this dry indoor heat is causing me all sorts of problems.  I am a contact lens wearer, and my eyes get horribly dry when the heat is turned on.  Plus all that dry heat changes my skin and I end up with breakouts.  I’ve always thought having wrinkles AND blemishes was the definition of a little slice of hell.

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I’ve been counting on two things that were sent to the BIZ to help me through this transition into the cold weather outside and the dry heat inside:  Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses and Neova Breakout Control Swabs ($26).

Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses

Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses

My savior from dry eyes!

My savior from dry eyes!

Dry, itchy eyes make me completely miserable.  I am always surprised when cold weather rolls around and I suddenly find myself reaching for eye drops every few hours just keep my eyes feeling somewhat comfortable.  What has helped me tremendously is switching my contact lenses to ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses (  The HYDRACLEAR® technology embeds a moisture-rich wetting agent into the contact lens.  That means the lens is super hydrated, and a moisture-rich lens keeps my eyes moist and comfortable, even with drying indoor heat.

Neova Breakout Control Swabs

Neova Breakout Control Swabs

Neova Breakout Control Swabs

Neova Breakout Control Swabs

Talk about convenient…the Neova Breakout Control Swabs are really awesome for treating blemishes.  Using fingers to apply blemish medication is not a good thing – oils from fingertips can actually transmit more bacteria and exacerbate the problem.  These cotton swabs are filled with 2% salicylic acid that clears out pores and neutralizes bacteria, plus allantoin and aloe to soften and calm skin.  Break the swab at the red line and the blemish-fighting solution saturates the cotton swab tip on the other end.  Just dab the saturated swab on your blemish and it’s gone before you know it.

If you have issues with dry indoor heat, I highly recommend Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses to keep your eyes moist and comfy, and Neova Breakout Control Swabs to get rid of pesky blemishes.  Pick them up and enjoy the change of seasons in total comfort!  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

5 UV mistakes you are making right now

With the summer season upon us, here are five common sun-protection mistakes (and how to fix them) from our friends at Aveeno and Acuvue.

aveeno protect

1.       Ditching Sunscreen on Cloudy Days… If you think a cloudy day means it’s safe to be UV-protection free, think again! You can get just as much UV exposure when it is cloudy, as you can on a bright, clear day. Make sure to cover up and apply a board spectrum sunscreen like AVEENO® PROTECT+ HYDRATE® Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 30, even if it’s cloudy.

a month's worth of comfy eyes

a month’s worth of comfy eyes

2.       Not Protecting Your Eyes… It is just as important to protect our eyes as it is our skin. The effects of UV exposure to the eyes are mostly cumulative and can cause irreversible harm to the eye if it is left unprotected or under protected. For comprehensive protection, consider the triad of protection: A hat with a brim, UV blocking sunglasses that have a wrap or wider temples on the sides, and for contact lens wearers, UV blocking contact lenses such as ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses, which has the highest level of UV blocking in a contact lens.

 Neova damage

3.       Relying Solely on Your Makeup…More is better when it comes to sun protection and while your makeup may contain SPF, it is not enough. For optimal protection, prime your skin with a tinted color correcting cream containing broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection like NEOVA DNA Damage Control SILC SHEER 2.0 [Broad Spectrum SPF 40], before applying foundation. 


4.       Ignoring Expiration Dates… Yes, your sunscreen has an expiration date and it does matter! Using sunscreen that is past its expiration date, will result in less effective protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. To make sure your sunscreen is in tip-top-shape, also check out the label’s suggested storage condition.

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5.       Getting Into a Hairy Situation… Sun protection is a head-to-toe affair and no part of your body should be left out this summer – including your hair! When it comes to hair, over exposure to UV rays can result in faded color, brittle shafts and split ends. To keep your locks looking luscious, use products that protect from damage caused by sun exposure.

What’s Your Rub? Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses

Acuvue wants to know – what’s your rub? Cold winter weather makes for uncomfortable eyes if you are a contact lens wearer like me. Acuvue’s Facebook page details all different kinds of ‘rub’ techniques – are you a twitching lotus? A red eye ripper? Perhaps you are a moose??


No question, I am a late night lidtickler. By the end of the day, my eyes are typically so dry and uncomfortable that I just can’t wait to rip my contact lenses out. ACUVUE® sent me some OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses to try, and I was astounded at the difference. This trial of ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses has completely convinced me – it’s my perfect solution to dry winter eyes.


Acuvue Oasys with Hydraclear Plus

a month's worth of comfy eyes

a month’s worth of comfy eyes

These contact lenses are extremely comfy because they provide 98% of available oxygen to the eye. The lenses are mega moisture-rich, which means they stay comfortable even in situations like airplane rides or long hours in front of a computer (wow can I relate to that one!).

The lenses are also super smooth, so you can’t even tell you are wearing contacts at all. And you know how this goes – you can’t see, which is why you wear contacts, then when your contacts are out you can’t you see to find them! A great feature is these lenses have a light blue tint which makes them easy to find and put in correctly.

Head on over to the Facebook page ( to check out the great “What’s Your Rub?” videos, then share your style in a tweet/Facebook post using the hashtag #WhatsYourRub. Plus you can get yourself a free trial pair of ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses when you enter to win a year’s supply!  C’mon, tell us…what’s your rub?  – Lisa

*pr sample