Monday, November 29, 2010

Review: Perricone MD Advanced Eye Area Therapy

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Price: $95 (buy it here)

What they say:
Reduces fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles with Alpha Lipoic Acid and DMAE. 15mL / .5 fl oz. Advanced Eye Area Therapy is formulated with DMAE and Alpha Lipoic Acid to help prevent and correct the early signs of aging that appear around the delicate eye area, making us look older than we really are. It minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness, while diminishing dark circles and discoloration with Vitamin C Ester. Paraben-free.

[ KEY SCIENCES ]

Alpha Lipoic Acid - Patented
• The ultimate antioxidant protects the cell
• Diminishes fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration
• Refines skin texture
• Reduces pore size, puffiness, imperfections and uneven skin tone

DMAE - Patented
• Provides ultimate contouring benefits to skin beginning to lose elasticity
• Delivers lifted, tightened and toned appearance to the skin
• Diminishes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

Vitamin C Ester - Patented
• A powerful antioxidant that improves firmness and elasticity
• Diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and discoloration
• Imparts a radiant, smooth and luminous appearance

[ CLINICALS ]
After 4 weeks of use: 90% showed less discoloration under eyes
84% reported improvement in under eye moisture (only 3 hours after application)

What's in it:
Aqua (Water), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Aminobutyric Acid, Isopropyl Palmitate, Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Phosphatidylcholine, Thioctic Acid (Alpha-Lipoic Acid), Caffeine, Niacinamide, Ceteareth-20, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Squalane, Folic Acid, Tocophersolan, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 60, Caprylyl Glycol, Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Phytonadione, Phenoxyethanol, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Ester), Tocotrienols, Hexylene Glycol, Eicosapentaenoic Acid, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Tocopherol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Astaxanthin.

What to do:
Dr. Perricone recommends applying gently under the eye in the morning and evening.



The good stuff:

  • Hygenic pump bottle
  • A little goes a long way
  • Very moisturizing & hydrating
  • Easy to smooth on
  • No scent
  • Kept my undereye puffiness at bay
  • Seemed to help a bit with my dark circles & fine lines

The low-down:

  • The pump dispenses A LOT, so be careful how hard you press it down
  • Slight stinging sensation for the first few uses
  • Only 15 mL, it's a small bottle (but you only need to use a little at a time)
  • Expensive
  • Not a CURE for dark circles & fine lines

My take: This product is a light, moisturizing lotion. It is easy to smooth on the undereye area and very little will go a long way. I have to mention though, that although I love pump bottles, this one dispenses WAY too much -- One full pump is too much for BOTH of my eyes, so I only press it down a little to get less than a pea sized amount, which is enough for both of my eyes :)




I have a semi-sensitive undereye area, so the first few times I used this product, I would get a stinging/burning sensation. I'd also get the same stinging feeling if I apply this right after I remove my eye makeup with a makeup remover wipe (due to the rubbing, the skin around my eyes would be extra sensitive and applying the product over it would cause that irritation). The stinging faded after a couple of minutes and stopped entirely after a couple more uses, but if you have sensitive skin, I would try using only a little bit of this product, increasing the amount as time goes on, if you don't get any reactions to it.





This product is very moisturizing and hydrating for the undereye area. I prefer to use it as an overnight treatment since it does take awhile to fully absorb and sink into the skin. This product makes some big claims for stellar undereye improvement, but I must say that I can only speak for some of them -- I've been using this product for about a month now, so maybe as time goes on, the results will become more apparent. So far, I've been liking what I've been seeing though!

Let's take a look at the claims again: Minimizes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness, while diminishing dark circles and discoloration.

Has it been working for me?

  • Minimizes appearance of fine lines & wrinkles? As I've mentioned before, I have pretty bad fine lines :( I do think that this product seems to be helping at softening them out, but they are still visible (up close). The good thing, they're for sure NOT getting worse!
  • Minimizes appearance of puffiness? Ever since I used Cellnique's De-Puffy Eye Jewel, my undereye bags were significantly reduced. I have since ran out of that product, and started using Advanced Eye Area Therapy, and it has successfully kept the puffiness from returning! It had a similar effect to the Cellnique De-Puffy Eye Jewel though -- it seemed to "flatten" out the puffiness, but also created a sort of "hollow" area beneath my eye. Nothing terrible though, the main thing is that it kept the puffiness away!
  • Diminishes dark circles & discoloration? Also as I've mentioned many times before, I have THE WORST dark undereye circles. VERY Severe darkness and discoloration. I have yet to find a product that has worked to tone it down. However, I do think that this product has seemed to have a slight effect at lightening my dark circles A BIT. Maybe it's just my wishful thinking... it's nothing spectacularly noticeable, but it does seem to have helped some at making my undereye area look a little more rejuvenated. Hopefully with continuous use it will get better.

Would I repurchase/recommend:

I don't think I'd need to repurchase this anytime soon, as so little goes such a long way. I wouldn't really recommend this to anyone on a beauty budget, as it is quite expensive. But if you can afford it and you've been looking for a product to combat dark circles and puffiness, I'd say go for it! Although it might not be strong enough for people with dark circles as bad as mine, I do think it would work rather well for people with mild/moderate discoloration. Also, if you're looking for something to fight puffiness, I would recommend this!


The Rundown:

Packaging:
4/5
Convenient pump bottle! Dispenses A LOT though, have to be careful not to press too hard.

Product: 4/5
A little goes a long way, moisturizing, kept puffiness at bay, seemed to help diminish my dark circles somewhat.

Price: 2/5
Very pricey. Not really "beauty on a budget" friendly, but you are paying for quality and results!

Overall:

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Disclaimer: the product mentioned in this review was provided to me by Perricone MD. In no way does this alter my opinion on the product, this review is my honest experience and opinion. I am not paid by or affiliated with this company. Please use this product at your own discretion. Just because it worked/didn't work for me doesn't guarantee it will/won't work for you.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

EOTD: 3 Step Smoky Eye + Circle Lens Preview: G&G Puffy 3-Tone Grays

(This is actually NOT a scheduled post :D Weee!)

I recently received some new pairs of circle lenses from Kiwiwberry1's Collection, so I'll be reviewing those soon! But here's a quick preview of one pair + an EOTD! These are G&G Puffy 3-Tone Grays. They're SUPER bright and bold. A little freaky IRL, but not as "in-your-face" as my GEO Twins. If you're looking for very distinct bright gray, enlarging lenses, I'd highly recommend these :)

And as for the EOTD, I decided to do a super quick & simple smokey eye, featuring ELF's Shimmer Eyeliner pencil in Gunmetal. I mentioned in my review that I prefer to use these pencils as either eyeshadow or an eyeshadow base, rather than a liner. The staying power as a liner isn't that good, but it works fabulously as an eyeshadow or base!


The shimmers in the liner are noticeable and I like how it accents these lenses :)


The only other shadows I used were from my ELF e/s quad in Day 2 Night.



I've also been using L'Oreal's Infallible Neverfail eyeliner. It's pretty good so far. Smudges a bit, but then again, what eyeliner DOESN'T smudge on me?!?! My beloved Wet N Wild Mega Eyes Creme eyeliner dried out on me :( I also tried out Maybelline's gel liner, but I'm not liking it anywhere near as much as Wet N Wild :( So I've been sticking to this L'Oreal liner lately.


Happy Tuesday everyone!
Thank you also for all the kind words on my last "Life" post ^___^ ♥

Monday, November 1, 2010

Review: BlingUp.net Japanese 3D Nails -- Black French Nail Art with Roses, heart, Rhinestones, & Pearl Beads [Set 1 of 4]

Hey everyone! Just wanted to apologize for the lack of posting lately =[ Life has gotten so hectic recently... school, work, relationships.... even though I can find the time to blog, I just haven't found the motivation :( But I'm here today to share a review of....

BLINGUP.NET 3D NAIL ART!

I was so fortunate to be sent 4 pairs of nails for review!
Each nail set comes in its own cute little box:


Blingup.net specializes in 100% custom, handmade 3D japanese style nails. They make the nails specifically to your nail measurements to ensure a perfect fit. I also asked if the length of my nails could be shortened a bit. They came out PERFECT! Blingup.net's customer service is also FANTASTIC. Extremely quick and friendly replies to all of my questions and concerns :)

The nails are SO gorgeous; extremely detailed and intricate, but also very durable! I have been wearing one set for over a week now, and NO gems or deco pieces have fallen off!
You also get:
  • One free 3g nail glue each order (10g nail glue with brush if your order more than 4 nail sets).
  • 10 pieces of Professional double-sided nail tape for each nail set.
  • Nail file (360Grit for filing nail surface and for sharpening of the nail)
  • Repair package (in the event gems, crystals or nail art fall off)


Black French Nail Art with Roses, heart, Rhinestones, and Pearl Beads($40.99)


And two custom, original sets!


I was completely blown away by the absolute gorgeousness of all of these nails! I'll be reviewing the Black French Nail Art with Roses, heart, Rhinestones, and Pearl Beads set first.

Since they had black tips, I thought it would be good to wear during October =]
They're very "gothic lolita" ♥

These nails are great for special occasions but I personally love the gyaru style so I don't have a problem wearing them every day ^__^


One thing to note though, is that these nails are rather long in length. So if you're not used to long nails, they take some getting used to! After I got used to them though, I had no problems typing, opening things, etc.



Also, make sure to use a good amount of glue! I had about 4 nails pop off during the course of the week because I didn't put enough glue in the beggining. But after a thick, even coat, the nails had no problem staying on. None of the decorations fell off either, but since the nails come with replacement gems and such, you can easily replace gems if they fall off.

Overall, I am in LOVE with this set! Got a lot of compliments & "Oooh, can I touch them?!" Hehe =] Thank you so much, Blingup.net! Definitely check them out if you're a fan of kawaii hime-gyaru style japanese 3D nail art! ^__^

The Rundown:
Packaging:
5/5
Super cute packaging! Perfect for storing.

Product: 5/5
Amazing detail and quality. 100% Handmade to YOUR specifications!

Price: 4/5
These nails quite pricey if you're trying to stick to beauty on a budget, but you get what you pay for, and you're paying for the highest quality!

Overall:
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Disclaimer: The products mentioned in this post were sent to me for review by the company.
This is my 100% honest opinion and experience with the product.