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Can Adding This One Thing Make Your Eye Concealer Work Better?

In beauty, how to, makeup, skincare on March 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm

How many times have your looked in the mirror and thought to yourself that you need some concealer to brighten and cover up dark under eye circles?  You then go to apply your concealer only to find that your application is not as smooth as it should be.  Perhaps your concealer is cakey, splotchy, creasing or it looks downright dry.  Well, with the many things to consider when you choose a concealer, from formulation, to weather you want it to match your skin tone or give a subtle highlight, there is one more thing to consider – your eye cream.  Yes.  Your eye cream.  It is one of the most important steps in a skin care routine and is a very important step in prepping the eye area for a smoother, more flawless concealer application.

Having said that, when selecting an eye cream, consider what your primary concern is for your under eye area.  Are you concerned about hydration, anti aging, puffiness, wrinkles, or brightening?  Whatever you are looking for in an eye cream, whether it is a product that addresses one or all of your concerns,  there is an eye cream just for you.  Consider the following:

Brightening/Depuffing

Origins GenZing – Perfect for dark, stressed and puffy eyes.  Contains caffeine to stimulate and optical brightners to wake up and brighten the eye area, especially after a long night.  Great for all skin types.

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Anti-Aging

Philosophy Eye Hope – This is great if you are looking for an eye cream that does some of everything – tackle fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dryness and strengthens the eye area against future damage.

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Firming/Lifting

Caudalie Premier Cru – The Eye Cream – Hydrating and refreshing, this eye cream will also tighten, firm and brighten.  It’s proprietary ingredients, Resveratrol – Oleyl is responsible for firming and lifting, while Viniferine brightens.

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Hydration

Boscia Enlivening Amino AG Eye Treatment – Great for hydration and cell renewal, this natural line is great for all skin types including sensitive skin.

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Multi- Purpose Serum

Dr Perricone Cold Plasma Eye – Addresses the multiple signs of aging around the eye – dryness, lines, wrinkles, sagging, dark circles.   This serum cream, which imparts a beautiful glow, can be used by itself or layered under your favorite eye cream to amplify results.

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And for more information on concealers and their proper application, click here, here and here :0)

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Purse Essentials – What Every Woman Needs in Her Purse

In beauty, etiquette, lifestyle on March 4, 2014 at 10:30 am

 

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These days, most women carry a purse of some sort everywhere they go.  And whether that purse is a small clutch or something rather suitcase like, there are many items that we carry such as a wallet (neatly organized, of course), keys, shades and a cell phone that we use to navigate through our day.  However, in addition to those items, there are several other essential items that every woman should keep in her purse at all times so that she will be prepared for just about anything that may come her way.

Tampons/pads/liners – At some point during the month, you know you are going to bleed and to be quite honest, Aunt Flo can show up unexpectedly – especially if you are traveling or under a great deal of stress.  At any rate, don’t be one of those women who get caught out there and always need to bum product off of someone.  In addition, instead of having all your lady business sloppily strewn about your purse, keep your items in a cute little zip up case (which can be found anywhere – drug stores, Sephora, Ulta).  If keeping up with your cycle is an issue, keep a small calendar to write everything down or better yet, download an app on your cell phone such as My Days which keep track of your cycle.

Baby Wipes-Whether you have small children or not, these come in handy for a multitude of reasons – just in case you spill something on your clothes or to freshen up during the day.

Altoids (or other breath mints) – This is self explanatory.  Unless you have some sort of medical condition that leaves you with a bout of hacking halitosis, you should always be mindful to pop a mint or two, especially after a meal.  I even like to take it a step further by keeping a travel sized toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash and some floss.  Altoids are also good to use after a big meal as they settle the stomach or if you suffer from a rare occasion of heartburn.

Pen/small notebook (or your cellphone) –  You never know if you need to take down information or you have an amazing idea that you want to remember.  And please don’t be that woman who is scrounging around in her purse looking for a pen. Keep it in a side pocket with your keys and phone.

Cold Hard Cash – We live in a world where we use debit(or credit) cards for everything.  Occasionally this form of payment will not be acceptable and an ATM may not be around.  Having said that, keep $20 on you so you don’t get caught out there without funds.  Hey, you also may find yourself on a bad date and you just need to get the hell on and sometimes using cash is just quicker and easier.

Snack – Snacks are fun but are also necessary to ward off low blood sugar and hangry-ness (angry hunger) when you are having a super busy day and don’t have time to get a meal.  Keep a small package of almonds, pretzels or a meal bar in your purse to keep you sane and focused.

Lotion – Self explanatory.  Ash is never acceptable.

Mace – Just in case you have to ward off a would be attacker.  Hopefully that is never the case.

Emergency Contact/ID – This is just in case you are in a situation where you cannot speak for yourself.  This information should include name, phone number and an emergency contact.

Pain Killers – No one wants to hear you walking around continuously complaining about a headache or cramps.  Select a pain killer that can treat a multitude of ills.  Put the medicine in a cute pill box if you don’t want to carry around the whole bottle.

Extra Underware – Just in case you are traveling and your luggage is lost or in case you get stranded overnight, it’s always a good idea to keep a pair of panties in your purse.

Lipstick/Lipgloss/Lip Balm – Ashy cracked lips are never acceptable.  And if you are wearing lipstick, take a few extra seconds to make sure it is lined and evenly applied.  Enough said.

Tissue – You may have to wipe something – like your nose.

Compact Mirror – Just so you can make sure everything is on point.

Nail File – Just in case you break a nail.

Hand Sanitizer or Paper Soap – Well hopefully you are washing your hands before  (Yes before.  Your hands are dirtier than you think)  and after you use the bathroom and before you eat – if you aren’t, that’s nasty so get it together.

Safety Sin/Sewing Kit – A miniature one of course that can be purchased from the drug store or an arts and craft store.  You just never know – a button may come off or a hem can come undone.

Lighter – This coming from a non-smoker is important.   You never know if you you will need to light candles on a birthday cake or you may get stranded out in the wild.  It is also great to use if you have spent some extra time in the bathroom to neutralize scents.

Again, in addition to this list of essentials (feel free to add more), use cute cosmetics bags to help organize your items.  It will help you save time looking for your items and you will appear more organized, classier and more pulled together.  Nothing is worse than having to dump out the entire contents of your purse to find something as simple as a pen.