Clinique Even Better Eyes: The Verdict

So I’ve been using Even Better Eyes for a just over two weeks. I can honestly say I do like the product. My eyes feel less puffy, they feel hydrated and I feel it’s great as a base to apply concealer as it makes my eyes feel smooth and moisturised. It’s also really cooling when you apply due to the applicator so it’s lovely and refreshing if you’re feeling a bit weary! As far as my dark circles go – I don’t think it’s had that much of an impact other than diffusing them slightly with its yellowy veil. Dark circles appear due to lack of sleep, a poor diet, fine skin around the eyes amongst other things. The only thing to really reduce the appearance is by getting more sleep, drinking more water, changing our diet etc. It’s the same as weight gain – we all know deep down that by losing weight, we need to eat healthier, exercise more and not stuff 4 muffins in your mouth for breakfast. (yes I did that once – don’t judge me – okay actually you probably should as that’s pretty grim). There really are no quick fixes when it comes to your body – products can help and makeup can conceal but what it really comes down to is your lifestyle – one small change or two teamed with a product like this and it will work wonders.

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Brides and Bunting

For a few months now, my friend Erin and I, have been practicing her hair and makeup look for her wedding day – as well as all her bridesmaids! Time flew by as it always does and last weekend we set our alarms for early doors. At 7am we were up, ready to rock and roll having set up the night before to make sure everything ran smoothly. Erin decided to go for a natural makeup was with some pretty false lashes for definition and her hair was curled using a babyliss conical wand for a vintage feel. I wrapped the curls in a net while she slipped into her lace dress and then fingered the hair through around half an hour before she walked down the aisle so it had time to relax, and drop a little. Her bridesmaids walked barefoot in nude and terracotta dresses with rustic wild flowers in their wavy unkempt hair which was also waved using wands.The wedding was set in an open barn which was laden with kitsch decorations. We drank bramble cocktails, home made lemonade and sat on hay bales – plus the fish and chips was pretty damn good :} The atmosphere was so relaxed, the hair and makeup very much suited the day. Its always such a honour to be such a big part of someones big day and especially when it’s a special friend. What a day. X

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Zombie Nation

I did another short film recently called ‘Dregs’. Luckily for me it was a ZOMBIE short film. Who doesn’t love the undead??? Making someone look as disgusting as possible is great fun and I only hope that I can do more of it in the future. The products I mainly used here was my Kryolan grease palette and my skin Illustrator. We also had some vein tattoo transfers made to order, which looked great on the skin and were really effective.

Around the neck we just used shading to make the collar bones and tendons look as if they are sticking out and of course some tooth enamel to make the teeth look broken down. Always interested in hearing from other special effects artists to see the products they use and the techniques and tips they use!

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My holiday make-up essential – Chantecaille Just Skin

I have a slight obsession with tinted moisturisers so I thought it was about time I tried this one from Chantecaille. I’d heard it had good coverage, similar to that of the make-up artist favourite, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturisers, so I was excited to try it.

What I love about Chantecaille is that they spend time creating different formulations in their base products that feel natural on the skin. All of their products contain no animal or mineral derivatives and are free of synthetic colours and fragrances, which essentially means they’re nicer to your skin and won’t make you break out.

I much prefer wearing tinted moisturisers and BB creams as opposed to foundations, especially in the daytime as I like my skin to feel like skin and look natural. That said, I still need a product with good coverage.

What I immediately liked about this product was the texture, it felt creamy but lightweight and it blended well onto my skin (I tried two colours, Glow and Wheat). I would wear Glow in the winter but Wheat warmed my skin tone and that’s exactly what I was looking for. The texture is lightweight enough that you can go a little warmer with this product if you choose to.

I’ve found that with my skin type (combination) I can wear this tinted moisturiser on its own and still feel like my skin is hydrated, I’ve found that with some other tinted moisturisers you still need to wear moisturiser underneath. It also has a key ingredient, sodium hyaluronate, that helps to seal in the skin’s moisture.

It’s easy to apply and blends well onto the skin, I found the best way to apply was to use my fingers or a stippling brush. The coverage is good, it really evens out the skin tone.

OK, so it’s not cheap at £57 (for 50g). However, it didn’t take me that long to justify this purchase as I’d been looking for a tinted moisturiser with good coverage that would also give me a bit of colour (I blame the lack of British summer we’ve had this year!) As you can see from the photo below, it does give me a bit of warmth and that’s exactly what I was after whilst evening out my skintone.

This is a staple item in my holiday make-up bag. It has an SPF15 so I can wear it on the beach and perfect for those hot days where I still need protection but don’t want my skin to feel greasy with a heavy suncream. I don’t get an oily t-zone with this product as I’ve encountered that with some other tinted moisturisers, it just suits my skin perfectly. I will buy it again, despite the price tag because it’s one of the those products that’s really impressive and worth the money.

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Jeepers, creepers…where dya get those peepers…

Long days and late nights have done little to help the current state of my eyes. Being a London girl, I don’t often get the recommended 8 hours sleep a night that I’m supposed to and I’m sure there’s a lot of you that are the same situation as me. My eyes are puffy and quite purple when I’m not wearing a heavy duty concealer. Unfortunately, as ‘I’m no spring chicken’ which my husband lovingly told me the other day (he was just joking – I’m assured) I have decided to try a new eye serum from Clinique which I’m told, should improve the darkness around my eyes. It’s called ‘Even Better Eyes’ and when applied twice daily, it promises to create a brighter, more even toned look for eyes….

The sciencey bit..

‘NEW Even Better Eyes has the power to brighten the appearance of the entire eye area. Plumping hydration makes thin eye-area skin appear less transparent and the cooling massage tip refreshes tired-looking eyes. Optics instantly brighten all skins, fair to deep’.

I’m going to try it for two weeks to see how it fares. I started using it today and as far as texture goes its very light and leaves my eyes feeling smooth which is a good start plus I’ve been applying with my finger as I’m not keen on the idea of applying from the nib. This way I can control the amount I apply and be careful not to drag the skin around my eye. Pricing wise it’s £28 for 10ml. Ouch! I’ll let you know how I get on…

Failing that, I’m going to spend a fiver on these glasses.

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