All posts filed under: Eyes

Surratt Relevee Lash Curler

Since I’ve been using Revitalash growth serum, my lashes have grown quite long. Sadly, they’re also very straight, so without curling them it appears I have no lashes at all. I’ve been using the Shu Umura lash curler for years and been quite happy with it, but recently I heard about a new lash curler from Surratt Beauty. The Relevee Lash Curler, £28, doesn’t look like anything special, but don’t let that fool you. It is an amazing lash curler that fans lashes out into the most beautiful, uplifted shape without crimping. Instead of appearing bent, lashes look naturally upturned and feathery. Apply a bit of waterproof mascara and your lashes will stay curled all day. One of the most pleasing features I’ve discovered is that it’s nearly impossible to pinch the skin around your eye with this lash curler. It also has a soft ‘bite’, so I doubt it would ever break the lashes like some of the other curlers I’ve tried. I had a difficult time getting hold of one of these because they’re constantly sold …

Eyeshadow for Sensitive Lids

Most eyeshadows leave my eyelids in a terrible state after just one use.  I can’t count the times I’ve removed my makeup to find a sort of ‘tattoo’ of redness and irritation left behind by even the tiniest amount of shadow.  My lids are super-sensitive and become even more so in winter.  I can occasionally get away with a cream eyeshadow like Eyeko’s Me and My Shadow, but applying it more than two or three days a week leaves my lids flaky, red, and very sore.  It breaks my heart to see the lovely Tom Ford Cream Colour for Eyes sitting unused in my makeup bag (the colours are stunning), but after an hour of wear, my lids are inflamed and my eyes are streaming.  It’s not fair! Fortunately, there is one brand that has never let me down or caused me a hint of bother, and that’s Kevyn Aucoin.  Because I don’t know why they work for me, I’m only going to recommend two very specific colours which are Soft Clay (#104) and Stone (#107), £24 each.  I’ve used both for …

Spend vs Save

It can be tricky to find makeup that works well with older skin.  I’ve tried lots, and I’m sad to say that the older I get, the more money I have to spend.  Drugstore foundations don’t work for me any more, and heaven forbid I try to use an inexpensive mascara.  Of course, my view on this is subjective, but I do believe there are products upon which you have to spend, and those on which you can scrimp a bit.  Here are three fantastic products that don’t cost a fortune. As I mentioned, I have to spend a decent amount on foundation, but on brow products, I can save loads and not compromise on quality.  The Sleek Brow Kit, £8.49, comes in five flattering colours and works just as well as its more expensive counterparts.  With a powder and a setting wax, it makes quick work of shaping and defining brows.  The kit also includes two decent brushes and a set of mini tweezers. I’ve tried many mascaras, but I’ve yet to find a budget …

2016 Favourites

I spent most of 2015 battling terrible sensitive skin issues.  It was my sixth case of conjunctivitis  from dry eyelids that sent me on a journey to find skincare that my skin could tolerate, and I’d nearly sorted it when my lips became so chapped that I ended up with cheilitis.  It took months to recover to a point where I could try new things to see if they irritated or not, so I’ve been able to spent this year testing both skincare and makeup.  I’ve had to give away a lot of once-used products because they caused my skin to become annoyed, but I also found quite a few things that are great for sensitive skin.  Here are my top discoveries of 2016. On top being sensitive, my skin becomes dehydrated easily, so when I tried Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum, £29, I found that it not only helped my sensitive skin to feel more comfortable, it also hydrated and made my skin look plumped and fresh.  I try not to use skincare that contains …

Beauty Junkie Christmas Gifts for Under £30

Now that Bonfire night has come and gone, I don’t feel quite so guilty talking about Christmas gifts.  If there is a beauty addict on your list this year, here are some great ideas – all for under £30. For the lipstick fanatic, look no further than Charlotte Tilbury’s Mini Lipstick Charms, £29.  You get three of her gorgeous Matte Revolution lipsticks in three very wearable shades.  Beautifully packaged in rose-gold tubes, there are wonderful for any age.  I’d happily buy them for someone who is seventeen or 70. If you’re shopping for someone who loves eyeshadow, Laura Mercier’s Layer Up Holiday Caviar Collection, £29, is something special.  Four beautiful stick cream eyeshadows in flattering colours, including the must-have rosegold.  Comes in a pretty package ready for a gift bag. Skincare is always a welcome gift, and I don’t know anyone who would be disappointed receiving Emma Hardie’s Merrily Mooring Balm, £15.  It comes in a cute little bauble with one of Emma’s fantastic cleansing cloths.

Revitalash

Lately I’ve noticed my eyelashes getting a bit sparse.  They’re not as long as they once were, and certainly not as thick.  I’ve often thought about trying lash growth serums, but the side effects put me off.  Some of them can actually change the colour of the iris, and others can cause allergic reactions – something I can’t even contemplate with my sensitive eyes. After reading up on different serums, I decided to give Revitalash a try.  Most reviews I read said that it didn’t cause any irritation, and a quick look at the ingredient list revealed it doesn’t contain bimatoplast – a chemical that can cause darkening of the iris.  Revitash works to extend the growth cycle of lashes by preventing them from falling out so they have the opportunity to grow longer. Application is easy – at bedtime, you simply sweep the little brush along your lashes, just above the root line. I found this perfectly comfortable with no stinging or sensitivity.  Results should be visible after four weeks, but I could see my lashes …

Sisley Dreams

I probably spend too much time thinking about how I’d live if I inherited lot of money.  Of course, I’d be responsible, but surely I’d be allowed a few treats.  If I ever came into an unexpected windfall, I’d be straight over to the Sisley counter for a bit of luxury. For this review, I’m leaving out the usual rating system, because let’s face it, it’s all wonderful and we’d all buy it again and again if we could. First on my list is the Black Rose Precious Face Oil (£136).  It is, to me, the most perfect facial oil ever made.  It glides onto the skin while imparting the most glorious rosy scent.  And it immediately nourishes and plumps the skin beautifully.  It contains one of my favourite oils – plum kernel – which is rich in omegas and vitamin E.  It really is a gorgeously addictive product. Next I’d go for the Black Rose Cream Mask (£95.50).  If you want to appear to have perfect skin, this is your mask.  I use it before a big …

Eyeko Me & My Shadow

Over the last couple of years, my attitude to makeup has changed.  As my skin has matured, it doesn’t get on very well with heavy foundations, powders or dark colours as these things can be a bit ageing.  I’d rather invest as much as possible in skincare and then use light makeup to highlight good skin.  I love illuminating primers, light foundations, cream blushers and moisturising lipsticks because they’re flattering and don’t highlight lines or imperfections.  I  love a creamy stick eyeshadow for the same reasons. Eyeko’s Me & My Shadow is incredibly easy to use.  Just swipe it onto the eyelid, blend it with the attached brush and go.  Seriously.  It’s hard to get wrong and it doesn’t budge once it’s set.  Even better, it’s waterproof but still easy to remove with a good oil or balm cleanser. While I appreciate colour preferences will vary, there are three I find particularly flattering, and I believe they’d suit anyone with a fair complexion like mine.  Quartz is a pretty pink that gives a hint of …

Natura Bisse Essential Shock Retinol Fluid

Full disclosure: I received this product as part of a gift-with-purchase beauty bag.  I’d never heard of it and had no idea what it was supposed to do.  If I’d looked, I would have seen that it’s a sort of hydration serum containing retinol.  Since I have to be quite careful with retinol, I delayed using it for a few weeks because I was afraid of the inevitable irritation and dry skin I usually get with vitamin A.  And then one night I threw caution to the wind and tried it.  And I am so glad I did! Natura Bisse Essential Shock Retinol Fluid is an amazing product and can be used in several ways.  As a serum, it sits nicely under other skincare and gently resurfaces the skin while plumping out fine lines.  As a night cream, it hydrates the skin and evens skin tone.  As an instant hydrator for dry skin, it sinks in quickly and relieves that tight, dry feeling.  It’s gentle, too.  I can use it around my eyes without any …

Tata Harper Restorative Eye Cream

I have a weird relationship with eye creams.  I’m not convinced I actually need one, but then the skin right below my left eyebrow gets scaly and raw for no apparent reason and I start slathering on the nearest eye cream I can find.  While I’m always happy to see claims of anti-ageing properties in an eye cream, it isn’t necessary for me.  Eye creams are all about comfort, especially when I’m suffering a particularly bad flare-up. Tata Harper Restorative Eye Cream is instantly soothing.  I like it because it also works as a barrier, holding moisture in where I need it, but always with a light touch.  Heavy creams can make my eyes go a bit puffy, but I find the Restorative Eye Cream feather light.  It’s also packed with natural, skin- friendly ingredients like hyaluronic acid, borage oil, and arnica.  While it is fragranced, it’s not a heavy scent, and a quick look at the ingredient list doesn’t show any potential fragrance allergens.  Very sensible for an eye product. Effectiveness: 5 – it …