A triple for your eyes: brows, lashes, and dark circles

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There are a plethora of wonderful products to help improve our eyes. These weren’t available long ago or they would have been hard to find but now we can learn so much online. That’s why we love sharing some of our finds with you. Today my team has hit a triple starting with EES, Essential Eyebrow Solution. Then we ran down to our lashes and there’s PRIORI, Lash Recovery Serum. And for bases loaded there’s VI Derm, Revitalizing Eye Cream.

EES, Vi Derm and Priori

The reason I was eager to try EES Essential Eyebrow Solution is because of my meager eyebrows. They aren’t what they used to be. A combination of age and illness have chipped away the lusher eyebrows of my “youth” and left me with sparseness, especially at the start of my brows. When I began writing on Beauty Info Zone my brows weren’t an issue. I took pictures and realized later that I hadn’t touched my brows. Not so today. I must do my eyebrows.

EES Essential Eyebrow Solution

That means I need some extra help and that’s where EES has come into play. I don’t have before/after pictures since they aren’t dramatic but what I do have is fuller brows that look so much better when I apply my eyebrow cosmetics.

EES is infused with natural botanical black cohosh, EES™ is a patented formula that nourishes brows to help support lasting fullness, conditions brows to promote strength, suppleness, and shine, and revitalizes eyebrow hair, resulting in the appearance of thicker, fuller eyebrows.

EES, Essential Eyebrow Solution

EES is a clear liquid in a blue bottle. Use a fresh end of a cotton swab to apply. Don’t double dip. There’s a slight smell of alcohol but it’s a non-issue since it’s not noticeable. It dries down pretty quickly but I give it at least 10 minutes before I apply my brow makeup.

To see full results it’s recommended that you use this twice a day on clean brows for 90 days. A 1 oz bottle ($90) will last the full 90 days so you should be able to see results. While you won’t look like Groucho Marx (thank goodness) you will have fuller brows that don’t embarrass you.

Priori Lash Recovery System

Moving on to second base you’ll find PRIORI Lash Recovery Serum. Another problem for me is my eyelashes. It’s not like I ever had those gorgeous lush lashes that I see on others but they were fuller at one time. I’ve used a variety of lash serums so this isn’t my first trip to this ballpark.

Priori contains Triple Lipopeptide Complex to help with both brows and lashes. I’ve only used it on my lashes since I don’t like to use the same tube for both.

When I started using PRIORI my lashes weren’t batting very well. They had lost some of their oomph and their batting average was falling. I was obviously in a slump. But with time PRIORI has made a difference and I’m extremely happy about that. One day I realized that I had something going on when I put on my mascara. So I tried different mascaras and my lashes still looked lusher. I like the very fine wand that is used for application, it’s like applying liquid eyeliner but you don’t have to worry about smudges.

PRIORI Lash Recovery Serum contains Vitamin E and peptides to help with the growth. At $99 it’s not inexpensive but it works and that’s what’s important to me. At the moment Dermstore has 25% off for their anniversary so it’s a great time to purchase.

My life isn’t complete unless I’ve got a good eye cream in play. My triple base hit includes one of those with VI Derm Revitalizing Eye Cream. I’m an eye cream afficionado and it’s my strong point. I may be a leftie but I can hit it out of the park with the right eye cream. What I find with VI Derm is that it’s helped greatly with my dark circles and fine lines. I was also using The Ordinary Caffeine Eye on and off with VI Derm but I used it alone for the first several weeks so I know that it worked well.

Here are the key ingredients and what they do

  • Eyeseryl® Tetrapeptide-5: reduces the appearance of puffy eyes
  • Syn-Coll®: Tripeptide-3: reduces the appearance of wrinkles and firms the skin
  • Haloxyl™ Tetrapeptide-7: reduces pigment responsible for dark circles under the eyes
  • Hyaluronic Acid: retains moisture to plump the skin

Don’t tell me that you don’t want that happening for your eyes because I won’t believe it. Depending on my sleep habits the puffiness is usually not evident in the morning. My undereye area is lighter and brighter plus I’m just not noticing the fine lines. And it’s not that I need new glasses or a stronger magnifying mirror – I’ve got both! You don’t need a lot of VI Derm Revitalizing Eye Cream to make a difference.

Vi Derm Eye Cream swatch

So now my bases are loaded and I’m hoping that the next batter will come through with a great hit to get my eyebrows, eyelashes, and eyes in general to come home and score. Tune in next week to see if that happens!!  —  Marcia



EES ingredients: Water (Aqua), Isopropyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Cimicifuga Racemosa Root Extract (Black Cohosh), Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid.

PRIORI ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Myrisoyl Pentapeptide-17, Myristoyl Hexapeptide-16, Myristoyl Octapeptide-1, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butylene Glcol, Panthenol, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Juice, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate, Reintyl Plamitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phenoxyehtnaol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrlyates/c10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Trithanolamine, Disodium Edta, Chlorphenesin.

VI Revitalizing Eye Cream Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Citrus Limonum Leaf Cell Extract, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Niacinamide (Pro-Vitamin B3), Sodium PCA, Urea, Trehalose, Polyquaternium-51, Sodium Hyaluronate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Brow Renovation Serum from Joey Healy to the rescue

Joey Healy Brow Renovation Serum

Joey Healy Brow Renovation Serum

There is one thing that I’m a total bust at – well one thing I’ll admit to at least. That’s doing my eyebrows. I find it very difficult to get them to look natural when I apply any kind of eyebrow product on them. But I’m bound and determined to get better at this.

About 7 months ago I was sent Brow Renovation Serum from Joey Healy. You’ve seen Lisa doing lots of reviews for Joey Healy and it’s a line she loves. I haven’t tried anything other than this serum from his line but I see Lisa often enough to know that her brows look great with the products she uses from Joey Healy.

Joey Healy Brow Renovation Serum

Joey Healy Brow Renovation Serum

The reason I chose Brow Renovation Serum out of all the products that they sent to the blog is that I have wimpy brows. I swear they were great until one disastrous waxing session and now the front of my brows are skimpy. The shape is good at least but the hair at the start of my eyebrows are scant. I have used Joey Healy’s Brow Renovation Serum faithfully although I didn’t feel like I was seeing any progress. But now I realize that I have seen progress even though it’s not what I expected it to be.

Joey Healy Brow Renovation Serum

Joey Healy Brow Renovation Serum

What I’m finding is that my eyebrows are much thicker, there’s more hair and I actually have to tame them. I’ve never had to use a wax or brow gel on them because they were fine. I still don’t have a ton of brow hair in the front of my brows but I’m amazed that I have eyebrows to work with after all this time.

The directions on Brow Renovation Serum say to use it morning and night for 6 weeks and then switch to just nightly. I don’t use this during the day though. I find that the serum is a little on the thick side and a little too wet for daytime use. I don’t like using any cosmetics on my eyebrows with this on so I’ve just used the serum at night.

Brow Renovation Serum is a paraben-free formula containing pentapeptides, glycosaminoglycans and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients work together along with ACE vitamins and moisturizing agents to help condition, hydrate and strengthen brow hair.

Joey Healy’s website says you’ll see a difference in 6 weeks if you use this twice a day. My results varied for a few reasons – 1) I used it once a day and 2) I’m fighting Father Time and as I age my hair, including facial hair, changes for the worse.

picture from 9/24/12 the day before I started

picture from 9/24/12 the day before I started

taken early October 2012 right after starting to use the serum

taken early October 2012 right after starting to use the serum

Here’s an after without using anything on my eyebrows. You can see that they are fuller throughout even if they aren’t perfect.

taken 5/19/13 after using serum (no brow color used)

taken 5/19/13 after using serum (no brow color used)

But now when I use eyebrow makeup I actually have eyebrows that aren’t embarrassing.

5/28/13 after Joey Healy and using Anastasia Beauty Express

5/28/13 after Joey Healy and using Anastasia Beauty Express

This serum has worked for me even though it’s a very slow process; I continue to use it every evening. My eyebrows are fuller and even the front section is a little more lush. Even after 8 months of daily use, this still has enough product in it to keep going. I don’t always remember to fill in my eyebrows (old habits die hard) but when I do I thank Joey Healy and Brow Renovation Serum for helping make my eyebrows appear healthier and fuller. — Marcia

• Hyaluronic Acid: One of nature’s strongest moisturizers, hyaluronic acid is capable of carrying up to a thousand times its weight in water. Eyebrows will become healthier, shinier, and stronger. Enhances circulation which stimulates hair growth.
• Panthenol (Vitamin B5): Moisturizes and strengthens hair; improves texture, suppleness, and sheen; increases durability and flexibility.
• Glycosaminoglycans: Moisture binding molecules that increase depth of hydration and enhance cellular renewal.
• Peptides: Amino acids that strengthen the hair follicle to support healthier and fuller eyebrows; improves health of surrounding skin for thicker growth.
• Glycerin: Follicle repair with increased moisture retention.
• Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C): Anti-oxidants to maintain moisture and skin health.
• Botanical extracts: Nourish hair, aid in absorption of nutrients, brightens and soothes eye area.

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