Posts Tagged 'Eye Cream'

The benefits of Benefit

Ok, I am Benefit happy lately. I am facing my issues. I had to post, because I finally put my finger on why I love it so much. Almost all of the products I own from Benefit are aimed at creating a naturally gorgeous & flawless look – they are subtle, tricky and in most cases,  it’s not obvious that there is any makeup at all. Its magic, to put it simply. It’s all about discreetly covering your flaws and emphasizing your strong points. I love love love love this brand for this reason. And I am a lunatic but I think in a good way.  Below, all the Benefit products in my cosmetic tool kit :

 

(I told you, I am coo coo for cosmetics!)  When you find something good, you stick with it. And if you are like me, you scream it from the rooftop. I am not one to hold back my good finds from my good ladies – everyone deserves to know!

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Stuck on you

If you are an 80’s child like me, the title of this blog should have maybe evoked some memories of Lionel Richie’s heyday.  (watch it on YouTube) 

Ok, where the heck am I going with this? I had a Benefit ATTACK on Monday. I went with a friend to “consult” on some makeup choices and ended up dropping a hundo myself. A few staples and a few newbies. One of the newbies is….EYECON de-puffing & nourishing eye cream.  

I saw visible results when they put it on me right away, so I snagged it. It appeared to fill in some of the fine lines around my eyes. I couldn’t say no. I don’t know if its just a optical illusion or if its really hydrating but at least cosmetically it looks to be a score.  It got mixed reviews on Sephora, it seems people either love it or hate it. I guess that’s life right?

 Because we went so hog-wild on all our goods we got a shiteload of samples. Today, I am running a test on Stay Don’t Stray primer. Its aim is to hold your shadows & concealers in place. It’s really thick so I was thrown a bit but so far, it’s doing what it claims to do. I put it on under my shadow this morning and it’s still holding strong about 7 hours later. I have to say that’s definitely better than not wearing one. How does this stand up to other primers? Is the stick factor higher with other products? Well… I guess I will just have to keep sampling, don’t you think?

Click here to check them both out on Sephora

My new hope

So, I am on the wrong end of 25 if you catch my drift and I was told by a wise friend when I was 23 that beautiful skin is all about maintenance and prevention. I was a lucky gal.  Now I have an obsession with finding the “PERFECT” moisturizer and I preach the importance of a good moisturizer every opportunity I get.

I did find my “best” moisturizer about three years ago. The problem is, I am no Kardashian/celebutant/trust fund baby. I am a regular gal getting by just doing my thing. The moisturizer that I will never ever forget and will hold in my mind as a miracle worker is La Praire cellular moisturizer. Don’t be fooled, I am not so much of a baller as to have tried the platinum collection, but I’ve dabbled with a few of their products in the past (moisturizer, eye cream and masks).

The price point is a bit tough for me to justify. I am not quite to the big 3-0 yet but it’s not far off. I will seriously consider investing in this caliber of moisturizer in the next few years but I am going to stick to my more affordable quest for now and see if I can find anything that comes close to my dream products.

Right now I have two moisturizers that I tend to go back to every time I try something new and it doesn’t stand up to my expectations. The first is Mario Badescu.  I was introduced to Mario by a woman who owns a local cosmetics store where I live. She used to be a buyer for Neimans (I believe) and opened up a precious store with all of her favorite products from her buying days. It is such a great spot and those gals knows their stuff.

Like anything you will need to consult with an esthetician on the right product for your skin. I usually roll with the Buttermilk moisturizer which is for combination skin. Given my new crazy lady tendencies I may move onto the Cellufirm anti-aging moisturizer – will let you know how it goes!

My other old faithful – I have gotten some grief from people over time – is Oil of Olay. Yes, it’s acquired the moniker “Oil of Old Lady” but it is seriously a really good moisturizer! I tend to use the Regenerist product. This is definitely a really accessable, affordable quality moisturizer for all us recessionistas out there. Both the cream and serum are really good. I like a cream for the Northeast winters but summertime I’m all about a serum, tinted moisturizer & out the door.

Right now – I have my sights set on Philosophy’s Hope line.  I’ve heard amazing things from a lot of people and I have Hope in a Jar and Eye Hope on my holiday wish list. Hopefully Santa will be good and I will have lots more to share on this topic in the upcoming months!