Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Clinique [skin supplies for men] age defense for eyes

Clinique Men Age Defense Eyes .5 Oz

After trying Benefit's EyeCon Eye Cream and not being that impressed, I decided to give Clinique's 'age defense for eyes' a chance.  Clinique states that this:

Multifunction treatment instantly hydrates the vulnerable eye area. Works to repair the look of lines, wrinkles. Reduces dark circles, puffs, and brightens dull skin for a younger look. Strengthens the moisture barrier for skin that’s smooth, firm. 
 As of right now, I don't have a problem with fine lines or wrinkles but I do feel that my fair skin show dark circles rather easily.  After applying this cream, I find that is soaks in easily and absorbs quickly without leaving behind any greasy feeling.  A little goes along way and I know that the $24 tube (which I received as a Christmas present from my sister!) will go a long way.  This makes the rather steep price tag a lot easier to handle.

I don't notice a brightening effect like it claims but that wasn't what I was going for anyways.  As for dark circles, they don't dissappear but the extra moisturization really helps me to be able to layer concealer on top without it caking throughout the day.

Pros - sinks into skin easily, moisturizes and hydrates well, my dark circles don't disappear but the moisturization seems to help camouflage them (and makes it easier to apply concealer).  A little goes a long way - the tube will last a long time.

Cons - expensive, not easily accessible for everyone (can find online, at department stores or Ulta)

I don't care if this is from a men's skincare line.  It's more affordable than the women's line and does the job that I need an eye cream to do.  I'd definitely recommend this eye cream to someone who is looking to really increase the hydration under their eyes in order to allow concealer to apply more evenly.

What eye creams have worked the best for you and your skincare needs?

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Maybelline 'The Falsies Volum'Express Waterproof Mascara - Blackest Black

Maybelline The Falsies Volum'Express Waterproof Mascara - Very Black

Honestly, I am not that hard to please when it comes to mascara.  If it coats my lashes well, lengthens a fair amount and stays put - I'll generally like it.  I saw mixed reviews about the Falsies online when it first came out, but I still wanted to try it.  Two words: big mistake.

This is the worst mascara that I have ever tried.  It doesn't allow you to layer it and put on multiple coats, it creates spider lashes and it refuses to come off - even with a good oil-based makeup remover.  I can use a makeup remover, wash my face and take a shower and this is still clumped onto my lashes.  It feel dry and untouchable while wearing it and I don't think it makes me look like I am wearing false lashes in the slightest.

I think there are definitely other mascaras out there that are much more worth the money -  Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara comes to mind (love it still!)  Don't waste your money on the Falsies and don't accidentally damage your lashes trying your hardest to remove it at the end of the night.  I might have had a different experience if I was using the kind that wasn't waterproof but I like a waterproof mascara most of the time (in case I cry or my eyes water, I don't want it all over my face and hands!)

Have you tried this mascara?  I have seen such mixed reviews over the months and am curious to know if you have had the same experience?