As you may be able to tell from my Instagram pics, I have some eye area issues, including dark circles, deep tear troughs and some undereye baggage. It’s not age, hydration, or how well-rested I am, as women with similar problems are so often told; rather, I’ve had these since I was a child. Really. They’re in photos of me when I was six years old. The truth is, dark eye areas and deep undereye circles are common in women with Eastern European heritage, so the Hungarian blood lurking not too far up the family tree from me may be responsible for the dull divots that have haunted my face for decades.
Still, accepting that the problem isn’t my fault doesn’t make it go away; I will probably always endeavor, hopelessly or not, to rid myself of these para-ocular pains. The latest step on my journey toward the mythical miracle cure: Murad Eye Treatment Complex SPF 8.
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Maybelline Mineral Power Natural Perfecting Foundation is the liquid version of Maybelline’s Bare Escentuals-esque mineral powder foundation. I tried it in Light Beige, and I have to say that the shade bordered a bit on orange-y. My skin has warm yellow undertones so I’m not exactly complaining, but who’s heard of an orangey beige?
This SPF 18 foundation offers an on-the-fence type of coverage, definitely not sheer and definitely not full. While it seemed to mask minor discoloration like dark undereye circles well, my blemishes showed right through, so plan on using a concealer in conjunction with this baby if you’ve got zits.
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Keeping on the tinted moisturizer theme, I tried Sugar Cosmetics’ Sugar Tint oil-free tinted moisturizer and I’m a bit confused. How exactly are cosmetics companies differentiating between tinted moisturizer and foundation now? This and You Rebel were both quite thick and offered a lot of coverage (not that I’m complaining).
This product applies a lot like BeneFit You Rebel too; the texture is thick and creamy, and a little goes a long way. If you use too much, you’ll know it, and it’s not hard to do. The coverage is a lot heavier than your traditional tinted moisturizer (just call it foundation already!) – it was enough for me to wear over my undereye circles and acne. I always feel good when I wear SPF, so both products give me that “I’m doing something for my skin and I look hot” glee.
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We’re all looking for inexpensive versions of luxury skincare products that still do the trick to make us look younger and better. That’s one of the things that led me to pick up Lumene Time Freeze Firming Day Cream. I’m not all that saggy yet – but I’ve already got some areas that need serious help.
The product smells great, but it’s on the oily side – I’d only recommend it for really dry skin. It worked a lot better for me after I moved to Phoenix than when I lived in the humid Houston weather.
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I added this category just for this mascara because it made me mad. Don’t get me wrong: the tube is pretty and high-fashionish, shiny black with silver accents and that name-in-lights Max Factor logo. The problem is, they did this thing companies are doing now where they pack the brush outside of the tube, presumably to show off their patent pending iFx brush. Nothing wrong with that – except for that the cheap cardboard casing it comes in makes it difficult to remove the brush without damaging it. I literally bent the brush trying to get it out of the package. Thus, I had to ruin my mascara before I got to use it but after it was unreturnable.
Eh, it lengthened all right. My lashes didn’t climb to new heights, but they got a decent amount of length.
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