Beauty 911 : Puffy eyes & Dark circles

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hello lovelies!

Puffy eyes and dark circles got you down?

Fret not, it happens to all of us. Whether it's genetics, or you haven't been getting enough sleep, or ate too much salt...Sometimes a rough reflexion of us appears in the morning. It's harsh, I know, but there are few easy things we can do to help!

Besides the obvious like getting enough sleep, eating right, drink lots of water, yadi yadi yada [Insert Dr.Oz's best tips here]...Sometimes, it just ain't happening!


Treat & Conceal : Leaders Hydrogel patch, e.l.f. eye refresher, origins ginzing refreshing eye cream, maybelline dream lumi, benefit erase paste, laura mercier secrete brightening powder

Depuffing Phase
1. Start off with eye patches. I like these Hydrogel Eye Therapy Patches from Leaders, they're inexpensive and efficient. They are clear gel patches that you leave on for 20 to 40 min (maybe not ideal on those rushed mornings, but you know for events and stuff they're a must).
A picture of Leaders Hydrogel Eye Therapy Patch
You could also just use one of these refreshing roller balls (think Garnier). I like this super affordable one from e.l.f. (you can order online or find it at Target for around 4$). You can use this before and/or after moisturizing the area.
a picture of e.l.f. eye refresher
Or simply, use a cold spoon! Just leave 2 spoons in the freezer for a few minutes and press them against your puffy eyes. It will be refreshing and just help take down the puffiness a notch.

2. On to moisturizer.  As far as I'm concerned, there's no miracle cream. So many times people just complain "it did nothing, I still have dark circles". Well...You know, the important is : does it moisturize? does it soothe and help depuff at least a bit your eye area? Does it seem to brighten it up a little when you apply it? Those are the kinds of results you might be realistically looking for. Again this is MY opinion, if you did find that miracle cream, well please do share with us! :)

For these kinds of days I really like the Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream. As per the Sephora description : "caffeine from coffee bean, Panax ginseng, magnolia extract, and natural optic brighteners rapidly wakes up, refreshes, and restores radiance to tired eyes." And yup, I completely agree. I've had this cream years ago and just rediscovered it in the Origins kit I got as a Beauty Insider perk, and man do I love this stuff!


A picture of Origins GinZing Refreshing eye cream


Concealing Phase 
Now that you're all prepped, the concealing part is pretty straight forward. When your dark circles are pretty bad, you'll notice some blue/purple hues. You want to use peachy/orangy tones to counteract those.

My go to neutralizer is Benefit's Erase Paste. It comes in 3 shades, so you can find the right one for you. 
a picture of Benefit Erase Paste
Make sure you ONLY use this on the discoloration as opposed to ALL OVER your under eye area, we are just trying to counteract those hues.

Once you're evened out, you can then go with a flesh toned concealer or an eye brightener, if you feel the need for it. When I still want that extra boost, I reach for the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Radiant.
a picture of Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Radiant
Last but not least, you want to make sure it all stays in place. A dream product for that is the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder. Not only is the powder super fine, therefore ideal to set the under eye area (bye bye creasing concealer), it gives you extra boost of light! I think this is the ONE product I can't switch out! I can change concealer, eye creams, I don't care, but if I don't have this in the morning, it's probably worse news than having no access to coffee (ok, maybe not...)
a picture of Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder

Well on that note, I'm gonna go have some more coffee...

Talk to you soon!

-Val

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