Oh, dark circles… Over the years, you’ve never failed to miss an opportunity to broadcast my shitty sleep or hangover by making me look like I got caught in a bar fight. I’ve had enough of you and your purplish-blue bullshit and it’s time to say… “buh-bye.”
STEP 1: tarte Maracuja C-Brighter™ Eye Treatment ($38)
Yeah, that’s right. My favorite brightening eye cream is under $40. And, I can assure you this little cream will run circles around its insanely expensive competition. This is one of the only eye creams I’ve ever tested that gave me instant brightening results. Packed full of antioxidants and hydrators, this little eye cream will be your new best friend.
STEP 2: Bobbi Brown Corrector Light Bisque ($25)
The key to concealing dark circles is to use a pink or peach-based concealer directly on the dark areas. With 16 color options, Bobbi Brown definitely has the best line of these correcting concealers. Use either your ring finger or a concealer brush to lightly tap the corrector on the offending areas. Lightly blend with a beauty blender.
Because I’m also plagued with puffy eyes, I follow up with the Nudestix pencil in the shadow of my under-eye bag. If you feel like you need powder to set the under eye area (I tend to skip this step though I know many makeup artists swear by it) opt for an soft-focus, light-reflecting finishing powder like Laura Mercier Invisible Pressed Setting Powder.
That’s it! You’re done!
So, let’s give one more “buh-bye” to the dark circles for good measure…
Posted by janna Tags Bobbi Brown, Concealer, Dark Circles, Eye Cream, puffiness, Sephora, Tarte, tarte cosmetics, undereye bags
I’ll be the first to admit I was dubious when I first saw the NUDESTIX Concealer Pencil. How could a pencil possibly be gentle enough for the delicate under eye area? What if it tugs at the skin? What if it’s drying? What if it doesn’t blend??
But come on, what kind of beauty writer would I be if I didn’t take some chances for the sake of research? I bought two of them. That’s my level of dedication.
Each pencil comes in a cute little mirrored tin with a sharpener that fits on the end of the pencil so you don’t lose it. I bought Light 3 for concealing under-eye darkness and puffiness and Medium 4 to cover up blemishes and redness around my nose and chin.
Starting with the Light 3 pencil, I created a dotted line right along the shadow of my eye bag and used my ring finger to lightly blend. The concealer is creamier than you would expect from a pencil so there’s zero drag. I also love that the formula manages to be matte (no powder required) without being drying (miracle!).
I hate to be dramatic but the results were, well, dramatic. I looked at myself in the car mirror (always the true test) and my bags looked deflated. I feel like the precision of the pencil tip combined with the hydrating, long-wear formula makes the Nudestix Concealer Pencil so effective under the eyes.
Next, I used the Medium 4 to draw lines around my nostrils and made little dashes on my chin. Again, the concealer blended seamlessly with the tip of my finger. Wondering how the pencil performed on pimples? Two words: pure genius. The fine tip and matte finish make it ideal for hiding little imperfections.
The pencils are slim enough to fit into the smallest of evening bags so obviously they are my lipstick’s new constant companions. I’ll be honest… I’m in love.Posted by janna Tags Concealer, makeup, Nudestix, Puffy Eyes
Once again I, Beauty Binge, have been duped by the over-enthusiastic media… If you’re an idiot like me and buy a product just because the magazines and beauty blogs rave about it then perhaps you were dumb enough to shell out $24.00 for the Benefit Cosmetics Fake Up Concealer. I violently threw this greasy, no-good concealer into the Beauty Graveyard (AKA the trash bin) out of frustration for spending so much money on a worthless tube of garbage. Think I’m being too harsh? Think again…
This concealer is touted by Sephora as: An ultrahydrating crease-control concealer. Cover-up goes incognito. This moisturizing crease-control concealer with vitamin E and apple seed extract hides dark circles and diffuses fine lines for a silky smooth, ultranatural look. Available in three shades, it’s proven to keep skin hydrated for six hours and won’t cake, crease, or settle.
Right… the only thing this concealer “covered up” was my good shopping sense. It goes on greasy and shiny which brings more attention to my puffiness. I don’t consider myself someone to have intense dark circles or even medium dark circles but this grease-ball in a tube couldn’t conceal even the slightest darkness. It has way too much moisturizer to do any sort of concealing. To put it bluntly, this product sucks. Spend the extra 5 seconds and put on an eye cream before applying a quality concealer like Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer Fair Golden ($42) or Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer ($70) which may be pricey but should last you for at least a year (if it doesn’t you’re applying way too much product!).
One of the things I love most about being a shameless beauty addict is discovering the kind of products I can’t stop talking about. Whether they were just launched this year or have been other peoples’ cult favorites for decades (but newly discovered by me), when it comes to finding quality beauty products age is of no consequence.
Below you will find my most recommended products this past year that have also found themselves in the coveted position of being in my permanent beauty regimen rotation:
Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49): I’m yet to find a lipstick more hydrating that drops as much pigment as these do. I love that they come in both sheer and opaque shades which makes them fun to mix and layer. You can’t imagine how many women have thanked me for introducing these happy little hydrators to their makeup bags.janna Tags Best of, Cle de Peau, Concealer, COOLA, Coola Sunscreen, Decleor, Fresh, lipstick, Mask, Revlon, SPF
Welcome to Week 2 of my thriftathon where I share which beauty products you should be pilfering from the bonanza awaiting you at your local drugstore. This week I’m focusing on the makeup aisle. Come on, does’t it bring back memories of that first time you and your girlfriends shopped in the makeup aisle by yourselves? I was in 6th grade and I was with my very sophisticated friends Meredith and Kim, who were both rocking Madonna floppy lace bows and electric blue eyeliner. I wasn’t supposed to wear makeup yet but come on, like I was going to obey that rule. Incidentally the first item Meredith and Kim introduced me to, Wet n Wild Brow & Eye Pencil, appears as #2 on my list since it is still a staple in my makeup bag.
1. Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter ($7.49): I am not going to beat an empty Sephora bag here… I’ve written about these hydrating, long-lasting gems, dramatically sang their praise in a video, and basically spread the gospel to any woman who would listen that these lipsticks are the cats pajamas. I have them in every color and wear several combinations a day. Enough said.
2. Wet n Wild Brow & Eye Pencil ($.99) Nothing takes you from boring day makeup to sexy going-out makeup faster than a couple swipes of eyeliner, which is why these pigmented pencils have graced the bottom of every handbag I’ve carried since the days of teasing my bangs and wearing thick bubblegum-hued lip gloss. The pencil creates a thin opaque line that can be both smudged and applied on the inner rim. And let’s face it, $.99 for 7 inches (same length as a standard #2 pencil) of good eye pencil ain’t too shabby!
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Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer ($70) is one of those mythical beauty products — a short list of products that are celebrity staples but cost a ton. I’ve been burned by its kind before (Creme La Mer – I spent a ton and it made me break out). It’s a terrible feeling making that kind of investment and having it sit on your shelf because its too expensive to throw out. Even though Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer has made “best of” lists in Elle and InStyle, I wasn’t sure I was ready to commit $70 to a 3.5
Last weekend, I was wandering around midtown in a daze of disappointment. I had just gotten a facial where the esthetician gave me violent extractions, and I knew it was my own fault. I know better to 1.) Opt out of extractions as much as possible, unless I’m especially clogged 2.) If I do end up getting them, tell the esthetician I have plans that night and she should go especially gentle 3.) If she is too rough, tell her.
I broke all three rules and even told her, “do what you have to do.” She did. And it hurt. And it left marks. I was frozen in the spa locker room staring at the welts all over my face. I looked at my phone and saw I had two hours until dinner uptown. I did the math and guessed I could make it to Bergdorf’s in the next ten minutes and have plenty of time to give the famed concealer a real challenge. Read the rest of this entry »Posted by janna Tags AmazingCosmetics, Berfgorf's, Cle de Peau, Concealer, Cover FX
I’ve always been like Goldilocks when it came to concealer. One was too thick, one was too thin, one was too yellow, and one was too pink. The thick ones were dry, and just sat on my skin and didn’t blend. The thin ones absorbed (despite the primer), didn’t cover the blue tinge, and never lasted past my subway trip to work.
Maria and I found Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer on one of our binges at Sephora. I know the name is cheesy, but don’t be deterred. Amazing Concealer is literally the only concealer I’ve ever used that literally flattens my puffy eyes. When Maria initially tested it on my hand, I thought it would be too thick and drying. She disagreed and lightly patted the smallest amount below my eyes and showed me the mirror. Wow.
She shot me an accusatory look, “Did you see how little I used? Janna, if you want this to look good, you MUST use the tiniest amount.” She spoke to me like a little girl about this because I have a reputation for using too much product. (Okay, I tend to use too much product)
Obviously I bought the concealer, but the true challenge was applying it myself. It took me a while to actually absorb Maria’s words of wisdom. The true trick to making this concealer look natural is barely t
ouching your finger to the top of the tube, and then layering if necessary.
Flatten your Louis Vuittons, mask your ugly blue darkness, and cover your blemishes and imperfections. You literally will look “amazing” all day long.
Posted by janna Tags AmazingCosmetics, Concealer, Sephora
No three words could make me happier (besides “I love you” from my husband obviously) than “Friends and Family,” especially when they apply to one of my favorite stores or brands, in this case Bobbi Brown. You don’t even need a code! Simply visit BobbiBrown.com April 16th – 18th and the 20% discount will automatically be applied at checkout. There is also free shipping after you spend $65. So what should you buy? The better question is what shouldn’t you buy. Bobbi Brown is definitely one of the most consistently strong brands across color and skincare. My top three favorites:
1) Bobbi Brown EXTRA Balm Rinse: For those of you who follow my blog, you know I call this cleanser liquid sunshine. It’s smells like fresh oranges and has this wonderful sticky consistency that lathers when you add water. I put it on a dry face and then gradually add water to lather, and then rinse with lukewarm water. If I’m removing makeup, I’ll use a wet cotton round to swipe my face after rinsing.
2) Creamy Concealer Kit: Maria always gets mad at me when she’s doing my makeup and I’m out of this concealer kit (you’d think I’d learn to buy multiples). She’ll start rummaging through my makeup muttering, “Where’s that little kit with the powder? How are you always out of this?” The creamy concealer covers everything from puffiness and dark circles to broken capillaries and blemishes. The accompanying powder sets it beautifully without looking cakey or powdery.
3) Eye Shadow in Shell, Black Plum and Sable: I love the silky feel of these matte shadows. They blend beautifully and drop a lot of pigment. Shell is a flesh colored pale pink I use all over my lid. Black Plum is a rich dark plum I use in the crease or to create a dramatic smokey eye (plum is a great smokey color for blue eyes). And I use Sable, a medium brown, to blend into my crease for a day look, or to lighten up an over-smoked eye.
I’m also a big fan of her Shimmer Brick in Bronze for highlighting, and I hear her Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara is to die for. (Since I wear eyelash extensions I can’t test mascaras. Yes, I have a rough life.) Don’t forget the binge starts Monday, so use this weekend wisely to start making a wish list. Happy Binging!
Posted by janna Tags Bobbi Brown, Cleanser, Concealer, Eye Shadow, skincare