Beauty Best: Eye Creams

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I’ve been using eye care products from the tender age of twenty and now (many many years on) to me the thought of going without the stuff is unthinkable. But why the heck we should bother spending our hard earned cash on buying a separate moisturizer for our eyes? Well, believe it or not the skin around them is actually as thin as an egg shell, therefore extremely delicate. Facial creams are not specifically tailored to meet the nutritional needs of our precious peepers. I’ve been playing eye spy with a a ton of eye care lately and these five are by far THE best I’ve ever tried…

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Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream, £24.50

Packed with essential oils and anti-oxidants, boasting ‘Younger Looking Eyes By Morning’. They really wern’t lying. After just one night with a teeny blob around my eyes my skin felt more supple and looked brighter and well rested.

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Burt’s Bees Radiance Eye Cream, £19.99

Burt’s Bees lovely little pot goes straight to the top of the list for value for money. It illuminated the eye area and felt light and silky. With Royal Jelly as a core ingredient my lids and under-eyes really soft. It even had a sweet tea scent. Nice touch. (Ideal for wearing under makeup.)

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Natura Bissé The Cure Sheer Eye, £91

I almost heard the sound of you just gasping just now! Yes, that is the price. But, hear me out… If you’ve tried Natura Bisse skincare before than you’ll understand the hefty price tag. The brand originated in super luxury UK spas and now retails for home use in stores like Harrods and more recently Liberty’s. The Cure Sheer Eye contains self-adapting pigment matching, so the instant I smoothed it on my dark circles appeared to naturally fade away with a feather light consistency. After just a couple of days use my eyes feel nourished. Although accidental over pumping of this pricy potion nearly brought on a heart attack.

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Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector, £29

Designed for all skin types the refreshing cool applicator tip feels great in the morning and de-puffed my unsightly bags while the subtle colour tint eased dark circles.

 

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Neal’s Yard White Tea Toning Eye Gel, £23.25

The white tea formulae and blend of natural antioxidants not only cares for the eye area but protects it from damaging pollutants. The cool gel texture helped wake up my eyes and soothed under eye bags and skin felt tighter.

 

Application: Dab evenly around eye contour using ring finger (we’re less likely to apply pressure and drag the skin if we use our ring finger).

Beauty Trick… A little goes a long way so with any eye care product you only need to use an amount the size of a grain of rice for each eye.

What’s your favourite eye care product? We’d love to hear from you…

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Burt’s Bees NEW Lip Colour Review

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This week, the full range of Burt’s Bees new Lip Colour Collection finally hit stores. After tons of testing, and a top lippie tutorial from celeb makeup artist, Katey Denno, here’s the buzz (lame pun totally intended!) on new Burt’s Bees lippies…

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“Natural Beauty products are the future, but also a look back to our past. Our grandmother’s would only ever of used natural makeup.” Katey Denno.

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An assortment of ‘nature inspired’ colours, the new range is created using 100% naturally nourishing elements, such as botanical oils, Shea butter, and Burt’s Bees signature ingredient, bees wax. Promising to bring a new dimension of colour, sheen and care to our parched pouts, new products in the spring range are tinted lip balms, Lip Shimmers, Lip Shines and Lip Glosses. So, what’s verdict?…

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Us ladies usually fall under two lip categories. Gloss lovers, or gloss loathers. To be honest, this season I’m drawn to the shine like a magpie – having been over exposed to the dominating matte trend of the past few years. From the first glide of this wand my lips felt moisture fed, and a sweet vanilla scent lasted for ages. Only downside to this one was the need to reapply throughout the day. But, all in all the Burt’s Bees Lip Glosses are perfect if you like a subtle shine without too much of a sticky pout.

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A new spin on traditional Burt’s Bees lip balms, taking the brands passion to another level. With a hint of sheer modern hues and sweet flavour, the Tinted Lip Colour leaves even chapped lips instantly softer. With a shade for every skin-tone, this little lip hero got a resounding thumbs-up from my posse of testers (aka all my female friends and rellies). Denno advises, “Stick to a shade that enhances your natural lip colour, or take a chance with a shade you don’t normally wear”.

 

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Infused with peppermint oil and antioxidant-rich fruit seed oils Lip Shimmers are slender tubes of goodness, with a stronger colour pop. When applied, the Lip Shimmer has the look of a moisture rich lipstick, with a surprising and long lasting plumping tingle. So if you like a little more definition from a lippie but don’t like the usual tight matte feel, go for a Lip Shimmer. The sharp Rhubarb shade gets my vote!

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These deliver a super shiny high gloss finish and sharp glassy colour, WITHOUT becoming a hair magnet at every slight breeze. Success! A Lip Shine in Whisper shade has secured a place in my makeup bag. Katey’s tip for choosing a shade is simply, “Don’t sweat it – all shades are natural enough to suit almost anyone.”

MUA Katey Denno’s Top Tips:

TIP #1 Layering

As a MUA, I do a lot of layering to get the right look. For a super balmy, dewy look with just the right amount of colour – drench lips in your favourite Tinted Lip Balm shade and the cover with corresponding shade of Lip Shine.

TIP #2 Finding Balance

Balance is key for illuminating your face. Try this look: Press Rhubarb Lip Shimmer into your lips and finish with a light coat of Spring Slender Lip Gloss.”

TIP #3 Subtle Red-Carpet Lip

To recreate my red-carpet lip on yourself, start with three coats of Red Dahlia Tinted Lip Balm and then take Rhubarb Lip Shimmer and lightly sweep itover your cupids bow, then press a light amount into the centre of your bottom lip.

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Burt’s Bees Lip Colour Collection is available now at John Lewis and other leading stockists. Lip Glosses £8.99, Lip Shimmers £5.99, Lip Shines £6.99 and Tinted Lip Balms £5.99. Visit http://www.burtsbees.co.uk for more info.