Wednesday, April 16, 2014

OSEA Blemish Balm Review

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As luck would have it, when OSEA contacted me to review their Blemish Balm I was in the midst of a rather nasty monthly hormone induced breakout (complete with the quintessential chocolate craving), therefore I said yes very quickly! Not only was I excited to try what promised to eradicate my ugly blemishes, but I was further excited because I love supporting local Los Angeles companies.

According to OSEA

OSEA anti-aging skincare was inspired off the coast of Malibu, with the idea of uniting the elements—Ocean, Sun, Earth and Atmosphere--to refresh, rejuvenate, and restore skin to its highest level of healthy beauty. Hollywood hip and outrageously organic, OSEA seaweed skincare features marine-based, technically advanced formulations loaded with naturally abundant vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids derived from the earth and sea. OSEA organic seaweed skincare is committed to providing luxury products founded on purity, quality and effectiveness. Our organic skincare line offers cleansers, anti-aging serums, algae masks, and moisturizers, in addition to organic body lotion, algae oil, and body scrubs.

All products are certified vegan skincare and biodegradable. OSEA was the first company, in 2002, to sign The Compact for Global Production of Safe Health and Beauty Products to phase out the use of toxic chemicals in all beauty products.
OSEA Blemish Balm is a delightfully lightweight moisturizer that not only nourishes the skin, but also makes quick work in its elimination of blemishes. While it sinks into the skin quickly it targets breakouts with pinpoint precision, and somehow miraculously erases all evidence that they existed. When I received it, I applied it in the morning and then at night and when I woke up the following morning the redness and blemishes were nearly completely gone. Of course your particular mileage may vary, and I can't speak to whether or not someone with serious acne would have the same overnight results, but this combination of natural ingredients really resonated with my skin, and eliminated my pimples at an unprecedented speed. My skin is left soft, supple, and smooth after use. Furthermore there is an overall clarity and refinement that I experience, and my skin looks fantastic when I use Blemish Balm. It is important to note that Blemish Balm can also be used as a spot treatment for small breakouts as they appear if this isn't needed all over the face. 

Since I do not have acneic skin, I will not need to use Blemish Balm on a daily basis, but it will most definitely be the product that I reach for time and time again when I feel a breakout coming on, and perhaps even as a preemptive strike when I sense an unusually high chocolate craving taking hold.

The scent is what is best described as a combination of the Cypress, Juniper and Rosemary essential oils. These essential oils have antiseptic properties that reduce inflammation and likewise reduce the chances of recurring breakouts. Skin is left balanced, hydrated, and refreshed. Equally satisfying is the knowledge that all of this is achieved with safe and healthy ingredients. In fact, the EWG Database gave OSEA's Blemish Balm a very high mark as well (3)-- so you can use this wonderful product without worrying about the effects of unhealthy and unsafe ingredients.

OSEA suggests that their Blemish Balm is an,

Ultra-light antiseptic moisturizer for all ages and skin types. Blemishes disappear with OSEA’s proprietary base of three seaweeds combined with a unique blend of Cypress, Juniper, and Rosemary essential oils. This natural alternative to harsh retinols and synthetic chemicals hydrates instead of drying, reduces inflammation and prevents breakouts. Has a firming effect on the skin, so it’s effective for adult acne.

USAGE: "Twice daily gently massage into face and neck area in upward, circular motions to heal blemishes and prevent future breakouts."

TIPS & TRICKS: "Great for adult acne. Excellent spot treatment for breakouts, and great base for foundation."
100% NATURAL DERIVED INGREDIENTS: Aqua, *Gigartina Skottsbergii Extract, *Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, *Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, *Vinis Vinefera (Grape) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut derived), Glycerin, Propanediol (corn derived), Cetearyl Olivate, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, *Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Saccharomyces/Copper Ferment, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Saccharomyces/Maganese Ferment, *Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Saccharomyces/Zinc Ferment, *Juniferus Cummunis (Juniper) Fruit Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Oil, Stearic Acid, *Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Xanthan Gum, Guar Gum, Citric Acid, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japanica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract  *CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENT.

Overall assessment: My takeaway: I'm thrilled by the efficacy of OSEA Blemish Balm, and now want to further explore this fantastic line!

$42.00 for 2 oz. from OSEA, and (Affiliate Link)
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Deal Alert: Space NK Spend $75.00 Online and Get $20.00 (UK Spend £40 and Get £10)

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If you were planning some SpaceNK online purchases (US) then you have until April 22, 2014 to be rewarded with $20.00 to redeem toward $75.00 or more spent online. Click here to learn more.
If you are in the UK, SpaceNK is offering £10 to redeem toward £40 or more spent online through midnight tonight (April 16, 2014). Click here to learn more.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Painted Earth Cosmetics SuperWear Waterproof Gel Lip Liner in Naked, Guava and Plum Wine Review & Swatches

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If you love earth-friendly cosmetics, then you really must try the offerings made by Painted Earth. Painted Earth is a cruelty-free brand that is eco-friendly, and toxic chemical free. Their natural and organic line of skincare and makeup is simply extraordinary, and their strict adherence to their belief system means that they never compromise the integrity of their products by using ingredients that they don't believe it. Furthermore, this is done while maintaining the highest quality products with drool-worthy textures that consistently rival the quality of luxury department store brands.
Painted Earth SuperWear Waterproof Gel Lip Liners are my latest loves from the line because they do what they claim, and do it so very well.

According to Painted Earth, their SuperWear Waterproof Gel Lip Liners are,

Extremely long wearing, waterproof formula glides onto lips for transfer-proof, non-feathering wear for up to 7 hours. Super soft formula provides a precision line and dries down to impart a professional look to the lips. Paraben free.
The formula of the Waterproof Gel Lip Liners is utterly creamy dreamy. The soft consistency lends itself to gliding across the lips without incident, and never tugs or pulls. These highly pigmented lip liners impart full opaque coverage in a single pass, and once they set they simply do not budge. They are comfortable to wear and remain true to color. They will undoubtedly outlast your lipsticks, and they themselves will not likely require touch-up. My arm swatches had to be removed with a cleansing oil, and only then were they completely eliminated. They are most assuredly transfer proof, and will easily survive a full meal.
As a huge fan of lip liners, I have found these to be among my very favorites, and the well-edited color selection offers something for everyone.
Left to Right: Naked, Guava and Plum Wine.

Naked is a gorgeous neutral nude.
Guava is a lovely mid-tone complex strawberry pink.
Plum Wine is a stunning vampy burgundy.
Overall assessment: If you love lip liners and seek a high quality luxuriously creamy formula that is long-wearing, then this beautiful formula is a definite must have.

$19.50 for 0.04 oz. from Painted Earth Cosmetics. (Unaffiliated Links)
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Do Blogger Swatches Cause You To Make Well-Reasoned Purchases, or Cause You to Over-Purchase?

The amount of time that beauty bloggers and beauty enthusiasts spend looking at, or "studying," swatches and reviews in order to select or reject upcoming purchases can become a rather time-consuming activity that can be a very costly undertaking (both in terms of the time spent "conducting research" and money spent in chasing down the next best thing).

Obviously my intention is not to undercut the value of beauty blogs and the various beauty forums for their ability to help each of us weed-out what might end up being frivolous purchases (or to introduce us to fantastic finds that we might have otherwise missed), but I do think that there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration before falling too far down this particular rabbit hole.
Swatches online do not faithfully indicate how this particular color will look on your skin. Nowhere is this more evident (and less forgiving) than with foundation swatches. This issue goes far beyond any disparity in the skin tone of the swatcher compared to the skin tone of the reader-- though the raw canvas of the swatcher's skin does indeed modify the appearance of the foundation. Of course the difference in the resolution and color of individual monitors also serves to distort these colors. Even if one establishes that they have a similar skin tone to the swatcher because they are both in the NC/NW blah blah range this doesn't take into account that many foundations have a tendency to oxidize, and even those that do not can suffer oxidation when commingled with the particularities of each person's unique body chemistry. I, myself, have tried to narrow down my color selections by studying swatches only to learn that the differences between what I saw online, and what I saw in-store were canyons apart. I realize that access, or lack thereof, to physical retailers make seeing for yourself an impossibility much of the time-- particularly when what is sought are hard-to-find niche products that can only be purchased online, or ordered from a store that is cities, states or even countries away. However, there is no beauty product that can make one look worse than wearing the wrong color of foundation.
Left to Right: Tom Ford Frantic Pink (too warm for some people), Tom Ford Wicked (too cool for some people), and Frantic Pink and Wicked blended. When blended, Frantic Pink warms up Wicked, and Wicked cools down Frantic Pink-- thereby making them infinitely more wearable to people who find them individually more difficult to wear.

Lipsticks, blushes and eyeshadows that are less than ideal can be tempered by blending them with other colors to make them work, but the wrong foundation shade can create the most artificial mask, or my face but worse, that sticks out like a sore thumb. I'm not saying that there is no value to seeing our swatches, but caveat emptor, because what you see isn't necessarily what you get. I always try my best to acquire foundation samples before making the purchase because history has proven time and again that it will help me be able to weed out the duds from the potential holy grails.
Shopping your own stash will reacquaint you with many of the wonderful products that you already have. I started Project Make-A-Dent for this very reason. I found myself so far down the rabbit hole of the latest releases, and realized that I had plenty of brand new products that were very similar to those that I didn't have and found myself coveting (in many cases my products were untouched and still in their boxes-- a particular problem that beauty bloggers often face as we generally leave new things unmarred in order to photograph them for our posts to show you the pristine product before it becomes ravaged by the brush). The potential for wastefulness when you have forgotten about so many products already in your possession should give each of us pause to at least take a good inventory before going and buying yet another nude lipstick or taupe eyeshadow that looks just like the many already collecting dust.

This is not intended as an indictment of our makeup & skincare purchases, or an anti-buy message to myself or others, but instead the call for a reasoned approach to acquiring more products, and perhaps a note to myself to try to avoid the many pitfalls of what can ultimately be very expensive purchases of ill-suited or duplicative products.

Chasing limited edition releases because of their perceived scarcity, and their limited time to be acquired can end up looking like a crazed addiction for those of us who get caught up in the mob mentality of needing to get that new thing that promises to be the one that you simply can't live without. Certainly the endless You Tube videos and blog posts that extol the virtues of these "must-haves" should be tempered by one's own common sense, discretionary funds available, and the objective interest in, or need for that particular product. The frequency of reading about these new releases, since everyone is talking about and swatching them at the same time, begins to feel like an effusive endorsement since so many bloggers are talking about them, but that doesn't necessitate buying all of these things. They will be discussed until the next release, and then will be forgotten about. The cycle continues in perpetuity because the collections just keep coming, and we keep talking about them.

I wish that I personally had the willpower to never find myself caught up in the hype of "needing" something that is over-hyped or hard to find, but I do find myself succumbing to these powerful impulses, albeit with less and less frequency.

Studying swatches is fine until it crosses that line from an interest to an irrational fetishistic desire to possess everything that your favorite bloggers adore, or that look just too pretty to pass up (not because you really want them per se, but because seeing them has become needing to possess them). Even though it may be the most perfected coral lipstick ever produced in the history of mankind, that changes absolutely nothing if coral lipsticks categorically look ghastly with your complexion.
I have contemplated these issues with sustained regularity, and even wrote a think-piece entitled Makeup Hoarding or Collecting: How Quickly the Edges Can Blur, and what I have come to believe is that what should be a fun and artistic endeavor (playing with makeup) can quickly devolve into a compulsive need to over-engage in conspicuous consumption (and to spend an inordinate amount of time reading about those very products). Neither buying, nor playing with makeup should be tainted by the uncomfortable compulsion to acquire in a frenzied state for fear of losing out on something that one will forever regret not having purchased (as though that special lipstick actually has within it the power to change our lives in any sort of appreciable way).

Truth be told, I (and I suspect many of you as well) tend to gravitate toward the same colors repeatedly (pinky nude lipsticks and lip glosses, pink blushes, taupe eyeshadows), and with each new compelling permutation of these shades I find myself seeking out what may be the best and most idealized version of each. Save for the disparity in finish, texture and overall quality-- what I am most often confronted with is the fact that I tend to repeatedly come home with shades that are close enough dupes to those already found in my stash.

I think that part of the problem becomes the fact that the purchase of coveted raved about products becomes aligned with the misperception that purchasing these products can become something that is needed in order to be granted access to the blogs and bloggers-- as though it is more than a product, but instead a membership card to a particular community to which one wants to belong. As though being without it one is hopelessly relegated to the sidelines and rendered mute on the particulars of this or that lipstick. It leaves one feeling as though they showed up to a lecture without having done their assignments, and then they need to sink down in their seat to avoid engaging because they have shown up unprepared.

Additionally, subjectivity must always be factored in since each of us has our own inherent likes and dislikes. For instance, if one has a particular aversion to matte lipsticks, or a particular penchant for shimmering eyeshadows, then one may be dismissive of the former and overly enthusiastic about the latter. In truth, it may be a fabulous matte lipstick formula worthy of consideration, and a mediocre shimmery eyeshadow in a lovely shade that may not be worthy of consideration.

Bottom line, the most important thing that each of us can do is let our common sense prevail, and try to remember to enjoy oneself rather than allowing something that should be lots of fun become a stressful enterprise predicated on excessive, and often unnecessary, acquisition. It is also important to remember that we as bloggers tend to test far more products than the average consumer, and that our experiences should help you avoid making purchases that ultimately won't work for you as much as our experiences introduce you to products that will be a good fit.

What are your thoughts on the subject?
How do you keep your purchases in check?
How influenced are you by pretty swatches and positive reviews?
Has your beauty cup runneth over, or have you maintained a levelheaded perspective?

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

10% Off Thousands of Beauty Products at Nordstrom! Truly Amazing Finds & Gift with Purchase!

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I would suggest grabbing a cup of coffee before looking at this fabulous sale, there are 26 pages filled with so many great products that it made my head spin!

Here are some of the lines represented: Laura Mercier, Lancôme, NARS, Clarisonic, Bobbi Brown, Kiehl's, Estée Lauder, Clarins, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo, Deborah Lippmann, Molton Brown, Shiseido, Prada, Jimmy Choo, St. Tropez, Donna Karan, StriVectin, Philosophy, Trish McEvoy, Balenciaga, Fendi, Bliss, T3, Valentino, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, PREVAGE, Crabtree & Evelyn, Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Chloé, AHAVA, Ciaté, Elizabeth Arden, Elie Saab, Oscar de la Renta, Guerlain, Thierry Mugler, Narciso Rodriguez, KENZO, Bulgari, Givenchy, Ralph Lauren, Boucheron, Versace, Calvin Klein, Issey Miyake, Burberry, Viktor & Rolf, Lanvin, Hanae Mori, Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, Fossil & More!

Additionally, Nordstrom is offering a GWP:
If you need to replenish some of your staples, or are looking to try a few new treats-- then double check to see whether they are among the many products currently on sale! 

Beauty Blog Coalition Top Articles for Your Weekend Reading Pleasure!

  • Slashed Beauty: Miranda announced she's a finalist in this year's Allure Beauty Blogger Awards! Find out how you can help support her.
  • I Know all the Words: Like your nail art fast and easy? Avon Sprinkle Nails are just that (and totally cute!)
  • TheFabZilla: Tom Ford released a limited edition called Lip Summer Color Shimmer. TheFabZilla reviews Solar Gold, buy or bust? Find out.
  • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Does Armani Now Have Dupes for NARS Gaiety and Tom Ford Narcissist Blushes? Swatches and Commentary.
  • D.G.S.Beauty: D.G.S.Beauty uses all-natural hair products from the Eden Body Works jojOba monoi line and is raving about the results.
  • Makeup Life and Love: Ready for Spring Break but not too sure what to bring? Jamie shows us what she is taking on Spring Break this year...
  • Glamorable!: Conceal, hydrate and protect your skin with one swipe of Studio Gear Hydrating CC Cream! Check out Anastasia's review, swatches and before and after pictures.
  • daydreaming beauty: Minerals pressed with argan oil? Yes please! gloss48 and daydreaming beauty teamed up for a review and giveaway of our favorite Painted Earth Cosmetics!
  • Geniabeme: Geniabeme plays with some orange eye shadows!
  • Never Say Die Beauty: Allison can never get enough rose gold polish & Zoya's Tinsley is a new twist on rose gold
  • In Her Makeup Bag: Have you spotted the LE Maybelline Bleached Neons collection yet? Stephanie picked up two of the Color Elixirs and swatched them on her blog!
  • Lipgloss Break: Dove's Purely Pampering Pistachio Cream with Magnolia is the best smelling Dove product to date!
  • BeautyTidbits: Say hello to bright pops of color for spring with the new Prestige Cosmetics Total Wear Lip Crayons!
  • The Beauty Blogazons: Adventures in Fabulous Weekend Reading Material!

    • Lola's Secret Beauty Blog: Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter Swatches of all of the gorgeous shades. The Perfect swipe and go lip product for the season! 
    • Makeup Life and Love: Have you found the perfect nude lippie? Only to realize that it is a bit on the overly pricey side? Join Jamie as she finds a budget beauty buy that mimics her favorite CHANEL....
    • Good Lack, Nail: This week, Caroline reports about her experiences with waxing and sugaring. She wonders if it will make her live up to the 'successful' women printed in glossy magazines... or if she's just fooling herself. 

    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    The Beauty Spotlight Team Top Picks for Your Weekend Reading Pleasure!

    Is Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in Strange Magic true love, or a true miss for Lola's Secret Beauty Blog ? How did it compare to Tom Ford Nude Vanilla?

    Carrie from eyeliner on a cat shares her love of multi-tasking products in her Spring Skin Care Round-Up-- and she also has an exclusive discount code just for her readers!

    Find out why Jessika from polish insomniac has fallen in LOVE with the new FingerPaints Pastel Rain collection!

    The Pink Sith lives up to her moniker with her Top 10 PINK Lipsticks. Check out what made the list!

    Mostly Sunny thinks technology really has made the world a better place! For example, with YSL Fuchsia Désinvolte Baby Doll Kiss & Blush, you can now use one product on your lips and cheeks and look fabulous for hours on end!

    Prime Beauty visits the French Riveria, indulges in chocolate and gets a tan with no burn all with the Too Faced Limited Edition Bonjour Bronzing Wardrobe, a must-have for pale girls!

    Beauty Info Zone wants you to rethink your Easter basket with Lush's Funny Bunny set. Look Ma, no cavities!

    Win It!!! Head over to Pammy Blogs Beauty to find out how you can win a "Year's Supply" of Dove products!

    Phyrra wants us to kick back and have a drink with the new Silk Naturals Happy Hour Spring 2014 collection!

    drivel about frivol examines the evolution of a beauty junkie, through a selection of Kate's baby pictures, including baby's first FOTD. With wings.

    As the cosmetic industry keeps upping it's game lip products continue to become more and more impressive. Perilously Pale shows us the new Lancome Lip Lover and what makes it such a standout on the market right now.

    Want to plump? Your lips that is. 15 Minute Beauty has shared a luscious way to do so with Bliss Pout-O-Matic.

    Friday, April 11, 2014

    Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Color in Nice 'N Teasy: Review & Swatches

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    I have to confess that I did something rather unlike me, and it really does amount to an impulse purchase. My sister pulled one of the Benefit Hydra-Smooth Lip Color lipsticks out of her makeup bag and I thought that the fluted column lipstick bullet was so cute and whimsical that I bought one without really thinking about it or researching the product. I really tend to mull things over a bit longer than that, but the whimsy of the packaging was so adorable that I just couldn't help myself. 

    I chose Nice 'N Teasy, a rosy neutral, because it is an easy to wear (as the name suggests) neutral MLBB type of shade.
     According to Benefit:

    Hydra-smooth lip color is the fun & flattering future of lipstick! It’s enriched with shea, mango butter and vitamin E for lips that look supple & hydrated. It glides on irresistibly smooth with a double-slanted tip that’s custom designed to define AND fill. This collection was specially created to bring you the Top 10 most universally flattering shades…so they’re easy to pick & even easier to wear.
    Nice 'N Teasy is an infinitely wearable beautiful rosy neutral that looks good with everything. While Benefit ranks it among their medium coverage shades, I do find that it is buildable.
    While Benefit suggests that the formula is hydrating, I didn't find that it imparted much in the way of moisture. However, neither did I find it in the least bit drying. It does glide on the lips with great ease, and it does feel nice and creamy in texture. Nice 'N Teasy does contain shimmer particles that remain on the lips after the lipstick has worn away-- they are perceptible in feel, but not gritty in texture.
    Benefit formulated the Hydra-Smooth Lip Colors in three levels of coverage: Sheer, Medium and Medium Full.

    Sheer Coverage: Lip Service (pink-peach), Air Kiss (bubblegum) & Tutti-Cutie (coral)

    Medium Coverage: Nice ‘N Teasy (rosy neutral), Frisky Business (shimmering nude), Juicy Details (natural pink)& Talk Flirty (orchid pink)

    Medium Full Coverage: Fling Thing (very berry), Dare Me (true fuchsia) & Wing Woman (peachy neutral)
    Nice 'N Teasy
    Nice 'N Teasy Ingredients: Castor Seed Oil, Diisostearyl Malate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olus (Vegetable Oil), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Beeswax, Paraffin, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tocopherol, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Phenoxyethanol, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Hydrogenated Microcrystalline Wax, Sunflower Seed Oil, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Polyethylene, Citric Acid. [+/-: CI 12085 (Red 36, Red 36 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 6, Red 7, Red 7 Lake), CI 15985 (Yellow 6, Yellow 6 Lake), CI 19140 (Yellow 5, Yellow 5 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 45380 (Red 21, Red 21 Lake, Red 22 Lake), CI 45410 (Red 27, Red 27 Lake, Red 28 Lake), CI 73360 (Red 30, Red 30 Lake), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet)] N 07764/A.

    Overall assessment: A nice neutral everyday shade, indeed. While the colors offered aren't particularly unique they are lovely and quite serviceable. The range offers easy to wear colors, and the packaging is so much fun! They are definitely worth taking a look at next time you are near a Benefit counter.

    $19.00 for 0.11 oz. from Benefit Cosmetics, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Sephora & Ulta (Affiliate Links)
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    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Kiehl's Eye Alert Energy Booster to Combat Puffiness and Dark Circles: Review

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    Kiehl's is a line that has many hidden treasures in their vast sea of products, and Eye Alert is among them. It isn't hidden because it is unknown, because it is a wildly popular product, but because it is largely marketed to men rather than to women. It is effective and affordable, and is something worthy of your consideration if you are prone to dark circles and/or puffiness. One of my closest friends has been using it for quite some time now, and he implored me to try it-- so I did! I have to say that it is every bit as fantastic as I was told!

    The ultimate solution for eye-area fatigue after a long flight or a long night, this formula is made with cooling cucumber and alfalfa extracts to energize and hydrate the thinner skin of the eye area. Its potent blend of vitamin E and caffeine fights fatigue as it helps combat dark circles and puffiness. With regular use, skin appears strengthened and the look of fine dehydration lines is reduced.

    Gently pat eye treatment around and under eye area morning and night, or as needed.

    Eye Alert feels wonderful on the delicate eye area, and provides enough hydration for me, but if you have a very dry under eye area-- then you may benefit from adding a richer eye cream on top once this sinks in. I have definitely noticed a reduction in my dark circles, and while I don't have chronic under eye puffiness-- it does periodically occur if I don't get enough sleep. I have found that their claims have merit-- Eye Alert really is quite effective in its effort to combat dark circles and puffiness. Why then is this product primarily marketed to men rather than women? I couldn't tell you! Perhaps the presumption is that we as women tend to prefer richer eye creams packed with anti-aging antioxidants, but this is an unassuming hardworking product that effectively addresses targeted concerns shared by both men and women. I really like it a great deal, and think that it is definitely worth trying if you ever have dark circles or puffiness.  It is a no-fuss formula that is easy to use, and it has no detectable fragrance. Furthermore, it has not bothered my sensitive eyes in any way.
    Ingredients: Aqua / Water / Eau, Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Silica, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil / Apricot Kernel Oil, Peg-6 Isostearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isohexadecane, Methylparaben, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 80, Glycine Soja Oil / Soybean Oil, Tocopherol, Caffeine, Triethanolamine, Disodium Edta, Dimethiconol, Adenosine, Medicago Sativa Extract / Alfalfa Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hesperetin Laurate, Hydrolyzed Algin, Manganese Sulfate, Cucumis Sativus Juice / Cucumber Fruit Extract. 

    Key Ingredients:

    Caffeine: "An odorless, slightly bitter alkaloid, Caffeine has been shown to help reduce the appearance of puffiness when used in skincare products."

    Cucumber Fruit Extract: "has long been known for its beneficial uses to the skin. (Cleopatra used cucumber juice to maintain her skin.) It is known to cool and refresh the skin, and has been shown to be moisture-binding, moisture-regulating and softening properties. It is used as a treatment for oily skin and for tired and stressed skin, and as skin refresher in sun preparations."

    Not tested on animals.

    Overall assessment: Fabulously effective and infinitely affordable! A great solution for treating dark circles and puffiness, but it also delivers the perfect dose of hydration.

    $21.50 for 0.50 oz. Available from Barneys New YorkNordstromNeiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, & Bloomingdale's.
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