Alert eyes with The Ordinary and Hylamide

One of my Pinterest boards is named “It’s All About the Eyes” and that happens to be my mantra. I’m always looking for new eye products whether they are eye shadows, eye liners, mascara, or eye creams and serums. That is where most of my money goes and that’s what I get the most excited about using.

Last year I was shopping at CVS and saw a display for Hylamide products. I’d heard the name and considered purchasing their foundation but once my eyes settled on Subq Eyes my decision was made. With my CVS coupon I purchased this $35 Eye Serum and promptly forgot about it. So me!!

Hylamide Subq Eyes

Once I started learning about The Ordinary and went to make a purchase of their products I remembered about Hylamide Subq Eyes and began using it. The two products I’m writing about today, Hylamide Subq Eyes and The Ordinary Caffeine Solution, are adjuncts to the other eye creams and masks I use. I use these in addition to everything else because “it’s all about the eyes”.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution and Hylamide Subq Eyes

Starting with Hylamide Subq Eyes Advanced Serum. According to the company this is good for immediate and longer-term visible correction of under-eye aging, puffiness and dark circles. My eyes are guilty of all of the above. This serum is for under the eyes and not on your eyelids. I use this at night right after I’ve cleansed my face so that I can let it dry before applying more skincare.

Hylamide SubQ Eyes

This  fragrance free product is in between a serum and an eye cream in my opinion. It’s thicker than most serums. The bottle has a pipette for application but I find that it’s too thick to use it for that. I usually just use my finger to get the serum off the pipette. It’s very possible that mine is a little old since it sat for a good year before I touched it, so I’m not sure if the texture changed.

Hylamide SubQ Eyes

I don’t see immediate results of this eye serum but that’s mostly because I only use it at night but I do see the cumulative results with clearer skin under my eyes.

“Contains a Flavanoid Glucoside Bio-active to reduce the look of dark circles and puffiness under the eyes

Contains a Darutoside complex for a lifted upper- and lower-lid appearance

Contains a Waglerin-1 Peptide Complex shown to reduce the look of dynamic lines around the eyes

NONAPEPTIDE-3 RETINO-COMPLEX
A novel technology that promotes better visible anti-aging results than Retinol with less irritation

FLUORINATED PERFLUOROCARBON COMPLEX
An extraordinary technology that offers a lifted-look to the eye contour immediately with a lasting visible effect with continued use.”

Next is The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% +EGCG, a product I’ve learned to love. With all the talk about The Ordinary and especially this solution you’d expect miracles immediately. But give your eyes time to get the full benefits and you won’t want to stop using it.

Deceim The Ordinary Caffeine Solution

“This light-textured formula contains an extremely high 5% concentration of caffeine, supplemented with highly-purified Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from green tea leaves. Independent studies have shown that topical use of each of caffeine and EGCG can help reduce looks of puffiness and of dark circles in the eye contour. Additional studies have shown that caffeine can also reduce the appearance of cellulite.”

I’ve known for dozens of years that caffeine is good for puffiness on our undereye area and I’ve used eye creams that contained it but this one is different. For $6.70 you’ll find a thin but not watery serum.

Deceim The Ordinary Caffeine Solution

You need just the tiniest amount. I barely allow any to touch my finger and it’s enough to do both of my eyes. I use this in the morning before I apply anything on my face. At first it feels a little oily, then a little dry, and finally it’s not noticeable at all. I definitely notice a difference in my undereye area on the days I use this. I’ve used it at night too though I live out of two bathrooms and I hate transferring products so it’s now a day asset for me.

Both brands are cruelty free and vegan as well as oil-free and silicone free. Both are products I’d recommend using. BUT… The Ordinary Caffeine Solution is the one I know I’ll keep up with after these bottles are gone. It’s a top seller for the brand and they have trouble keeping it in stock. I’m glad I stuck with it and I’m happy to see that it makes my mantra come true.  —  Marcia

Affiliate disclosure

The Ordinary is available on Beautylish as well as Deceim.com. Hylamide is available on Amazon (for less) and Deceim.com. I bought mine at a CVS store.

Mornings with Osmosis Refresh Eye Serum and Ecco Bella Natural Eyeshadow

Osmosis Refresh Eye Serum, Ecco Bella natural eyeshadow

Osmosis Refresh Eye Serum, Ecco Bella natural eyeshadow

press samples

We all have morning beauty routines and mine always includes using an eye cream or serum. I’ve preached to you so often about eye creams and that’s because I regret not starting them earlier in my life. Now though I am diligent about my eyes since I know how much they show age.

Osmosis has two eye products: Osmosis Refresh and Osmosis Refresh PM. I was sent Osmosis Refresh ($60) for morning use since I wasn’t using a specific eye product for day.

Osmosis Refresh eye serum

Osmosis Refresh eye serum

This lovely eye serum targets dark circles, puffiness, and fine lines. Happily it has no fragrance. When first pumped out it looks like a lightweight eye cream but when applied it becomes more like a looser serum. Refresh doesn’t take long before it’s absorbed making it ideal for a pre-makeup treatment.

Osmosis Refresh eye serum

Osmosis Refresh eye serum

The packaging is ideal as it is in a pump that products the ingredients from exposure. It works all day when absorbed to stimulate collagen and elastin production.

Osmosis Refresh eye serum

Osmosis Refresh eye serum

Right now at Dermstore Osmosis has a gwp of “Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare Relieve Travel Tube ($24 Value) with any $50 Osmosis Skincare purchase.”

Ingredients Aqua (Harmonized Water), Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Glycosaminoglycans, Niacinamide, Epilobium Angustifolium (Canadian Willowherb) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Glycerin, Dextran, Caprooyl-Tetrapeptide-3, Prunus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Phosphatidylcholine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Carboxymethyl BetaGlucan, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Butylene Glycol, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Angelica Sinensis (Dong Quai) Root, Pelargonium Graveolens (Chinese Geranium) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Oil, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol.

Ecco Bella eyeshadows

Ecco Bella eyeshadows

Now that my undereye area is looking more vibrant and smooth I can move onto my favorite part of makeup – eyeshadow. ECCO BELLA Flowercolor eyeshadows are sold as refills so you can mix or match. There are 12 shades available ($14.95) and I was sent two to represent the line. I was anxious to try Smokey Mauve but was on the fence about Clay. Well it turns out that I have worn Clay over and over, more so than the pretty Smokey Mauve.

Osmosis Refresh Eye Serum, Ecco Bella Flowercolor eyeshadows in Smokey Mauve and Clay

Osmosis Refresh Eye Serum, Ecco Bella Flowercolor eyeshadows in Smokey Mauve and Clay

Both of these eyeshadows have an amazingly smooth finish that to me belies the fact that they are matte shadows. I don’t normally gravitate towards matte but these are the best I’ve tried. They not only apply easily and smoothly but they are never patchy. With an eyeshadow primer they last the entire day without fading. I love to wear Camel on the entire lid with a medium brown eyeshadow like their Earth shade in the crease. Sadly my computer crashed and I lost all of my pictures so I can’t show you how pretty these swatch. As you can see from the above photos they also sell a refillable eyeshadow palette ($9.95) that fit two of their shadows. They also come with a small metallic square though so you can keep them in a separate palette.

One of the reasons I was happy about trying out Ecco Bella is their philosophy. The line is cruelty free and doesn’t contain toxins or chemicals to dry and irritate skin, only a pure mineral enriched formula along with the best natural ingredients. The eyeshadows are formulated with Flower Wax which is what naturally protects the leaves of flowers from the elements.

Founded by social entrepreneur Sally Malanga, Ecco Bella has been a pioneer in natural and organic beauty products for over 23 years. Malanga began Ecco Bella, a name that means “Behold Beautiful!” to celebrate the beauty of her customers, because of her disgust with the use of animals for product testing, and with respect for the wonder of nature. To that end, Malanga realized there was a world of plant-based ingredients including powerful nutraceuticals from ethical suppliers that could transform the world’s approach to beauty.

Ingredients: Mica, kaolin, cornstarch/zea mays*, zinc oxide, sweet almond oil/prunis dulcis*, green tea extract/camellia sinensis*, aloe barbadensis extract*, flower wax, iron oxides, sodium levulinate/anisate. May contain: Zinc stearate, *Certified organic/certifié biologique.

My mornings are enhanced with these two products and I’m thrilled to have them in my life.  —  Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

Rejuve MD Face and Eye Anti-Aging Serums – life’s too short for anything but the best

Rejuve MD FACE and EYE Anti-Aging Serums

Rejuve MD FACE and EYE Anti-Aging Serums

First impressions mean a lot. I actually had two first impressons with Rejuve MD products – seeing their fabulous packaging and using the two products I was sent the first time. Both wowed me and I feel fortunate to be able to be using Rejuve MD [FACE] Anti-Aging Serum and Rejuve MD [EYE] Anti-Aging Eye Serum.

Rejuve MD EYE and FACE Anti-Aging Serums

Rejuve MD EYE and FACE Anti-Aging Serums

Rejuve MD has three products in their regimen: Prevent, Reverse, Rejuve. Beside the two anti-aging serums I have there’s a Tinted Anti-Aging Sunscreen with SPF 30 Physical Sunblock with Full Spectrum AVA/UVB Protection.

Rejuve MD [FACE] Anti-Aging Serum contains the Rejuve MD complex of bio-identical growth factors which activates the skin’s natural rejuvenation process by sending messages that awaken the collagen and elastin, while curbing the enzymes that destroy the skin’s supportive matrix. The goal is to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and also to dramatically smooth and firm your skin.

Rejuve MD [FACE] Anti-Aging Serum

Rejuve MD [FACE] Anti-Aging Serum

One of the reasons this is so great is that it’s safe enough for sensitive skin as well as skin that’s had procedures done. My skin is normal to dry but since using [FACE] Anti-Aging Face Serum I’ve seen no dryness at all. My skin is looking hydrated without any patchiness.

Rejuve MD [FACE] Anti-Aging Serum

Rejuve MD [FACE] Anti-Aging Serum

The nice thing about Rejuve MD [FACE] Serum is that I can easily wear it under my makeup without a problem. With some serums I’ve had the problem of foundations balling up but Rejuve MD is great with or without.

Rejuve MD [FACE] Anti-Aging Serum ingredients

Rejuve MD [FACE] Anti-Aging Serum ingredients

Rejuve MD [EYE] Anti-Aging Eye Serum has a similar look and feel to it as the face serum. Both are clear serums that have a delightful apricot fragrance to them. Normally I’d be upset with a fragrance in a product by my eyes but this just makes me smile. I was surprised at this the first time I used it but now I look forward to applying it. The fragrance in these two doesn’t last that long so it doesn’t interfere with sleep.

Rejuve MD [EYE] Anti-Aging Serum

Rejuve MD [EYE] Anti-Aging Serum

Rejuve MD [EYE] Anti-Aging Serum

Rejuve MD [EYE] Anti-Aging Serum

Since our eyes are the first area of the face to age, protection is important. I wish I’d known that way back when. My sister used to be constantly after me to use something for my eyes but I didn’t understand why. Now I do! I struggle with some bags and puffiness under normal circumstances. But using Rejuve MD [EYE] has made a difference. I feel that the skin under my eyes looks brighter and less fine lines are peeking through. In addition this doesn’t interfere with eye makeup.

Rejuve MD Anti-Aging Serum packing

Rejuve MD Anti-Aging Serum packing

Rejuve MD products are definitely luxury items. They are gift worthy though as well as self worthy. They aren’t products to be bought on a whim; when spending a lot on skincare you want it to be worthwhile and make a difference.  Rejuve MD [FACE] Anti-Aging Serum and Rejuve MD [EYE] Anti-Aging Serum do make a difference and are two products that I feel make my skin look more youthful. I had work done at the dermatologist last week and came home looking blotchy. These two products felt safe to use and now, one week later, I’m completely clear with no red bumps and all the places I had some milia etc removed are in complete agreement with my skin.

Have you splurged on a product that makes you feel and look better?  — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

What do you change for winter? Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare review

It’s Makeup Wars Monday and our topic this week is changing from Fall to Winter. I know I could include clothes, shoes/boots, handbags but this is MAKEUP WARS after all so I’m going to tell you about the skincare I’ve got in my arsenal for winter.

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare has my vote for a great winter brand. I’ve previously shared with you my feelings about Close Up Instant Wrinkle Reducer & Treatment, Complete Clarity Daily Facial Exfoliating Polish, and Recapture Day + IR Defense Anti-Aging Day Treatment. The love for this line keeps on growing. After I’d been using the Day Cream I was sent Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture 360 Night Anti-Aging Night Treatment and later Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment which just intensify my feelings for the Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare products.

I used Recapture 360 Night Anti-Aging Night Treatment often during the late summer and early fall and each time I used it I knew that this was going to be perfect for winter.

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture Day w/SPF 30 and Recapture 360 Night Anti-aging Treatment

Both the Recapture Day + IR Defense Cream and Recapture 360 Night Treatment have a richness to them that is undeniable. Especially at night when I’m usually less rushed and can devote more time to my skincare routine I notice how wonderful Recapture 360 Night Anti-Aging Night Treatment feels. I love massaging it into my skin. I’ve put it aside though after using it for a month because I know how badly my skin will crave these products once it’s truly winter in Michigan. But every once in a while I sneak it out to get rid of the dry spots that will reappear on my skin.

Christie Brinkley Recapture 360 Night

Christie Brinkley Recapture 360 Night

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Recapture 360 Night Anti-Aging Night Treatment is 360 degrees different from Recapture Day Cream. This night treatment works with your skin’s circadian cycle. When you are resting it works to repair the effects of aging as well as repairs sun damage. It is a fierce fighter against wrinkles so that your skin can appear more firm, smooth and elastic. It contains a bio-copper complex that works to increase your cell’s energy so that you can look like Christie Brinkley – or at least her skin. While you are sleeping the bio-copper complex is working to support the renewal of your skin.

Top: Christie Brinkley Recapture Day + IR Defense.  Bottom: Recapture 360 Night.

Top: Christie Brinkley Recapture Day + IR Defense. Bottom: Recapture 360 Night.

The longer you use these treatments, the more your skin will respond. I think these two can easily be used all year round but with winter approaching, I want to switch back to these luxurious creams.

In addition to the two daily treatments I’ve used Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment. I am a junkie when it comes to eye creams and serums and can’t get enough of them and I feel honored to have this to use.

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment

Christie Brinkley Authentic Skincare Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment

Refocus Eye + IR Defense Serum Infusion Eye Treatment also uses the Bio-Copper Complex that’s vital in the Night Treatment. Since this is a serum it’s not as rich feeling as a cream would be but that doesn’t mean it’s not as effective. I’ve realized in the last few months that a serum is wonderful for the fragile skin that surrounds your eyes. As you age you need more help rejuvenating the appearance of your skin. People notice your eye area right away and if that looks revitalized with fewer lines and a brighter appearance then you in turn look younger. I could go on and on about the ingredients that are used to create this award winning line but my experience is why you read these reviews and I’m telling you that I notice all the things I mentioned.

All three products are available at HSN.com, Kohls, and beauty.com. On October 29th Christie Brinkley will be on HSN live to discuss her line. In conjunction with that we’ll have a giveaway for one of these three products but you’ll have to read about it on Tuesday October 27th. I know you’ll want to enter. Who wouldn’t want the chance to find ideal winter skincare? — Marcia

Join the other Makeup Wars bloggers to see how they change for winter. I hope for their sake they don’t have the harshness that we have in the Midwest.


*sent for editorial consideration
“Bio Copper Complex is a proprietary blend of advanced plant extracts, amino acids and copper. The Bio-Copper Complex is designed to feed the skin a powerful cocktail of ingredients needed to naturally build collagen and elastin peptides, helping to firm, smooth, increase elasticity and reduce wrinkles.”

Total luxury and results with ERA Ageless eye cream and serum (and a fab giveaway)

era ageless logo

ERA AGELESS has the tag line “Defy Aging, Naturally” which sums up their philosophy in 3 small yet accurate words. There are more than 3 words though that describe this line.

ORGANIC is the first one that comes to mind. ERA Ageless wants to help us reverse signs of aging without chemicals and preservatives. This is a cruelty-free line that uses responsibly wildcrafted herbs and is holistically balanced.

LUXURY is the second word to describe the line. This is an expensive line, there’s no getting around that, but once you start using it it’s easy to see why. It’s not often that we splurge on ourselves the way we deserve but to the two of us at Beauty Info Zone the place to splurge is on our skincare. We’ve each got one face and we want it to last youthfully for our entire life.

HEALING also describes ERA Ageless since it aids in the skin’s natural healing process by supplementing the production of collagen, elastin and essential oils that start fading away with age. Ingredients like Jojoba Seel Oil and Rose Hips promote regeneration of healthy skin cells. This is combined with a Liposome complex that restores the skins natural protective layer, promoting the production of collagen.

PREVENTATIVE is the key word since that’s why we use luxury products like the many that ERA Ageless produce. We want to slow down the process of aging and the best way to do that is without harsh chemicals.

ERA Ageless Firm & Lift Eye Cream and Firm & Lift Eye Serum

ERA Ageless Firm & Lift Eye Cream and Firm & Lift Eye Serum

We were sent several products to test out and happily one of our readers will be able to test out many of these amazing products too.

MARCIA’S EYES:

ERA AGELESS FIRM & LIFT EYE SERUM ($399.99) is the first line of defense for your eyes. ERA tests products for years before bringing them to their salon and the public. This Eye Serum is like wrapping your eyes in silk. It’s amazing to apply. It softens my undereye area and makes my skin incredibly soft. I find this to be wonderfully hydrating.

ERA Ageless Firm & Lift Eye Serum

ERA Ageless Firm & Lift Eye Serum

On ERA’s website it mostly talks about dark circles using this Eye Serum but it also helps to combat the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and puffiness along with dark circles. ERA Ageless Eye Serum helps boost cell renewal as well as helps to firm the sensitive eye area. This is a product I always hope to have in my arsenal. There are times that ERA has specials called Product of the Month and as soon as I find this as a product of the month, I’ll replenish.

ERA Ageless Firm & Lift Eye Serum ingredients

ERA Ageless Firm & Lift Eye Serum ingredients

LISA’S EYES:

ERA AGELESS FIRM AND LIFT EYE CREAM ($399.99) This is a really, really beautiful eye cream. It comes in a large container for an eye product – 1.02 ounces. As with any jar, always be sure to use the little plastic scooper instead of your fingers to take out the eye cream. Scoop out a tiny, tiny bit…I can’t believe how little is needed for the under eye area. I always have a little left over for any other wrinkle prone area on my face, plus this eye cream is designed to be used on the eyelid and under the brow bone. It sounds strange, but if you have oily eyelids and use eyeshadow primer this eye cream will save you! Over time, eyeshadow primer will make eyelids become sort of scaly and dry-looking. ERA Ageless Firm and Lift Eye Cream keeps lids looking gorgeous and helps application and wear of eyeshadow.

ERA Ageless Eye Cream

ERA Ageless Firm and Lift Eye Cream

Inside ERA Ageless Eye Cream

Inside ERA Ageless Firm and Lift  Eye Cream

This beautiful eye cream won the Best in Beauty 2015 Award, which doesn’t surprise me at all. ERA Ageless Firm and Lift Eye Cream is excellent for combating under eye darkness, and it also tackles fine lines and puffiness. Ingredients include thermo-mineral water, restorative natural flora, and organic oat extract. All of this combined makes for a delightfully light but powerful eye cream that I seriously wish I could just take a bath in…if you can afford such luxury, I say go for it.

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: TWO US subscribers will win the  ERA AGELESS STARTER KIT  ($149.99) which is the perfect way to learn about the ERA Ageless Line. Inside you’ll find Firm & Lift Eye Serum, Firm & Lift Eye Cream, Concentrated Age Defence Facial Serum, Intensive Age Defying Moisture Cream, Complete Renew & Recharge Elastin & Beta Carotene Mask, and the Repair & Restore Facial Peeling Gel. (Lisa will be reviewing the Repair & Restore Facial Peeling Gel in a future article).

ERA Ageless Starter Kit

ERA Ageless Starter Kit

ERA Ageless Starter Kit

ERA Ageless Starter Kit

This kit is going to be a wonderful introduction to ERA Ageless. Right now on their website with any $250 purchase this will be sent to you too. The giveaway is open to US only and will end on 10/12/15 at 11:59 pm EST. If comments close you can email us at [email protected] with your comment (label it ERA) and continue on. This hasn’t happened in a long time but better safe than sorry.
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*sent for consideration, Starter Kit will be sent by ERA Ageless

Atal Skin Solutions had me at “Hello”

ATAL Age Defying Serum and Velvet Eye Serum

ATAL Age Defying Serum and Velvet Eye Serum

Sometimes you start to use a skincare line and it takes a while to decide how you feel about it. But with some lines you know the first day you start it and your feelings only improve with time. ATAL Skin Solutions Advantage is one of those brands that I knew the first day I was going to like and almost 3 months later I’m still using it and totally loving it. ATAL Skin Solutions only has 3 products so all their research and science is behind what they consider to be the best in the business and I’m agreeing with them.

I have been testing ATAL ADVANTAGE AGE DEFYING SERUM and VELVET EYE SERUM and I want don’t want to ever stop using them. I’m so glad that when this line was offered for consideration I agreed. I get a ton of skincare emails and there’s just not time to review them all but sometimes a winner comes along – ATAL fits that description perfectly.

ATAL products are a blend of “science and nature”. They bring together scientific research and naturally derived ingredients to make sure they are creating the best products possible.

ATAL Age Defying Serum

ATAL Age Defying Serum

The very first product ATAL developed is ADVANTAGE AGE DEFYING SERUM. When I first received this the price was $79.95 which I felt was on par with other brands of this quality but right now it’s on sale for $29.95 which is a steal in my book.ATAL serum infoI’m at the age that I want all the help I can get with the visible signs of aging so I feel like ATAL is talking to me when they explain their products. This Age Defying Serum fights aging by using ingredients like Peptide Matrixyl 3000 to return elasticity and firmness to skin and Argireline which is described as an alternative to facial injections. It also contains my beloved hyaluronic acid for hydration and Vitamins A, B3, C & E and other antioxidants to increase your skin’s immune properties, improve skin texture and appearance.

ATAL Age Defying Serum Ingredients

ATAL Age Defying Serum Ingredients

Age Defying Serum is a thin smooth cream that absorbs very quickly. I’m using it every morning and I think it’s perfect in this warm (and sometimes excruciatingly hot) weather. It’s light enough for summer and I’m sure it will be just as great in cooler months. This fragrance free and paraben free serum is everything I want and more. I highly recommend it.

ATAL Velvet Eye Serum

ATAL Velvet Eye Serum

When I think of an eye serum I usually think of a very thin, not necessarily creamy product but ATAL Advantage Velvet Eye Serum is actually a combination of what we typically think of as an eye cream and a serum. It’s lightweight yet does the job of a heavier duty product. This too is on sale so I think you need to grab it before the current $19.95 price reverts to its original $69.95 price.

ATAL Velvet Eye Serum

ATAL Velvet Eye Serum

There are three fabulous ingredients in the Velvet Eye Serum: “Haloxyl® which lessens under eye dark circles by reinforcing skin firmness and tone.  Eyeliss® which helps prevent puffiness and reduce bags under the eyes. Matrixyl®3000 stimulates production of collagen, returning elasticity and firmness to your skin.”

ATAL Velvet Eye Serum

ATAL Velvet Eye Serum

My eyes are loving this serum. It’s unscented which is very important to me, it contains more special ingredients like “Swiss apple stem cells to decrease wrinkles and prevent premature aging. Licorice root extract to brighten skin and assist in the prevention of inflammation. Hyaluronic acid to draw moisture to the skin’s surface and plump up the eye area”. I feel like my undereye area is smoother and less lined than before.

ATAL Velvet Eye Serum ingredients

ATAL Velvet Eye Serum ingredients

If I haven’t convinced you that you need this in your life then let me add one more thing. These are sold through Amazon and ATAL tells us that they are so confident of the high quality of their products that they offer a risk free 60 day MONEY BACK GUARANTEE if you are not completely satisfied. Now you can’t find that everywhere.

ATAL had me at HELLO and I’ll be returning to say hi again. — Marcia

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Makeup Wars – making up your undereyes

Makeup Wars - under eye products of the month

Makeup Wars – under eye products of the month

What products do you have use that are strictly for under your eyes? What products do you have that will multi-task so that you can use them under your eyes and elsewhere on your face? That’s what this week’s Makeup Wars is taking on. I went through my drawer that I keep most of my concealers in and pulled out what you see in the above picture. These are the items that are in current use but oh baby, there are more. Let’s take a look though to see what Marcia’s eyes are sporting these days.

ATAL Advantage Velvet Eye Serum and Sustainable Youth Anytime Lift Eye Treatment with alasta

ATAL Advantage Velvet Eye Serum and Sustainable Youth Anytime Lift Eye Treatment with alasta

I had to start with the eye serums that I’m using lately. I didn’t really realize until I took my pictures that I was using an eye serum day and night.In the morning I’m using SUSTAINABLE YOUTH ANYTIME LIFT EYE TREATMENT with ALASTA*. I’ve chosen that for mornings because it doesn’t interfere with makeup and it helps with puffiness and dark circles. At night I’m loving ATAL ADVANTAGE VELVET EYE SERUM* which will get a complete review soon.

ATAL Advantage Velvet Eye Serum and Sustainable Youth Anytime Lift Eye Treatment with alasta

ATAL Advantage Velvet Eye Serum and Sustainable Youth Anytime Lift Eye Treatment with alasta

ATAL Advantage Velvet Eye Serum is a cross between a serum and an eye cream. I took to this like a duck takes to water. I’m loving how the ingredients are helping to moisturize my undereye area and fighting my fine lines.

Next are my correctors. At the moment I’m going between two different ones. PIXI CORRECTION CONCENTRATE in BRIGHTENING PEACH* and BECCA UNDER EYE BRIGHTENING CORRECTOR.

Pixi Correction Concentrate and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Pixi Correction Concentrate and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

PIXI Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach is a thicker product and needs an eye cream under it to make it go on smoothly. This really does a great job of cancelling out dark circles. I always use a foundation with this since it can look a little too peach otherwise on my fair complexion.

Pixi Correction Concentrate and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

Pixi Correction Concentrate and Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector

BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector is a softer product. The texture is creamier so it glides on easily and the color is more brightening. The price difference is substantial ($12 and $29) so if you are on a budget go with Pixi.

I can’t seem to get enough concealers, it’s one of my weaknesses. While I chose 6 here there are more that I use and love. I use all of these concealers under my eyes and some I’ll use elsewhere on my face too. When we leave the house at night the first thing I do is grab a concealer and fix my face.

Concealers from IT Cosmetics, Nars, Dior, tarte, CoverFX

Concealers from IT Cosmetics, Nars, Dior, tarte, CoverFX

1.  IT COSMETICS CC+ EYE* … Originally this was only available in a TSV but IT got smart and it’s now available separately. I have 3 different IT Cosmetics undereye concealers but chose to show this one because it has SPF50+ and it’s got amazing coverage. This is the concealer that has a slanted metallic applicator though I seem to get too much out if I apply it with the applicator. This is a full coverage concealer which may be too heavy for some people in summer but I use a very small amount and blend well.

2.  COVER FX CAMOUFLAGE CONCEALER aka Conceal FX is one I use anywhere and everywhere. This is a terrific general concealer so you really can buy this and be done. When I saw that they manufactured this in X-Light I was instantly sold.

3.  TARTE SMOOTH OPERATOR AMAZON CLAY CONCEALER is one of two tarte concealers I love, the other being Maracuja Concealer in the tube. This is the only stick concealer that I use even though I have much more expensive ones. I love the portability, the ease of application and that it comes light enough for me in Fair.makeup wars undereyes concealers all4.  NARS RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER in Light is one I didn’t take to right away. I bought it because of the raves but it took me a while to like it. It will never be my favorite but it’s the wand concealer I find myself using the most these days. It’s very creamy and long lasting.

5.  DIORSKIN NUDE CONCEALER has gone through a few changes. I bought this originally and within weeks they came out with a new improved version so I exchanged it. It’s a great undereye concealer and one I like to use a lot to touch up with at night.

6.  DIORSKIN STAR CONCEALER is an even newer version of concealer for Dior. I use this interchangeably with Dior’s Nude Concealer and don’t see much difference between the two.

Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher, Dior Skinflash, YSL Touche Eclat

Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher, Dior Skinflash, YSL Touche Eclat

Last are my highlighting concealers from Charlotte Tilbury, Dior and YSL. YVES ST LAURENT TOUCH ECLAT has been a favorite for years and years. I’ve gone through half a dozen of them. I like the original formula, Radiant Touch, because it brightens my undereyes and gives them a lift. I wear this any time I want to look and feel my best. CHARLOTTE TILBURY THE RETOUCHER is my newest one and I think I bought it because of the brand. I have it in #1 Fair and it’s a got good concealing properties along with a touch of brightening. DIOR SKINFLASH RADIANCE BOOSTER PEN is Dior’s answer to YSL. I bought this in #2 which has just a small touch of peach to it.

It takes a lot to be presentable these days!!  Which of these have your tried? Which of these do you want to try? Check out what the other Makeup Wars bloggers use so you can find a favorite. — Marcia


*starred items were sent for consideration, rest are personal purchases