I know you ladies must think I’m jaded now that I get free goodies sent to me from the publicists. But let’s be realistic here… An addict is an addict. Do you honestly think I will ever get to a point where I look at my room (that’s right room) full of beauty products and say to myself, “I have enough?” Please. As a true beauty addict I simply cannot walk past a Sephora, apothecary or makeup counter without making a purchase. Sure, I can rationalize “it’s for my job” but we all know that if I was in a completely different profession I would be buying the same amount of products (actually I would be buying more because I wouldn’t be getting any freebies).
I blame my latest beauty binge on my friend Cat. She wanted to introduce me to her friend Connie McGrath, founder of Veer & Wander, a salon / apothecary in San Francisco. As soon as we walked in the door of the industrial chic apothecary, I knew I was in trouble. It reminded me of one of my former problem
binge spots — Woodley & Bunny — a Willy Wonka of an apothecary carrying independent brands in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Woodley & Bunny is dangerously located 2 blocks from the subway and I would ALWAYS find myself “stopping in” to see if they had anything new, even though my loft was in the opposite direction. Now that I’m in California I thought I would be safe from such temptation. Right…
On one of my recent visits to my steady esthetician Melanie Traub at Bellasante Spa in San Anselmo, California (even though Melanie is aware I cheat on her from time to time because I’m a degenerate spa slut, she knows in her heart she will always be my steady and #1 girl. I can honestly say she gives the best facial I’ve ever had in my life and that’s saying a lot.) I was admiring her flawless skin and how the light was catching her cheekbones (see pic of Melanie and her cheekbones at the bottom of the post). I demanded to know what highlighter she was using to give such a natural glowing effect. She thought about it for a second, “Hmm… I’m not wearing any highlighter. It must be the Rhonda Allison Eye Revitalizer. I tap it on underneath my eyes and then upwards to my temples. It totally helps brighten my eye area and tighten my puffiness.”
Of course my next demand was to be introduced to the product. I applied a few white pearly drops from the tester to the back of my hand and felt an instant cooling and tightening effect. I also noticed minuscule shimmery light-diffusing pigments (hence the highlighter effect) and an instant brightening on my skin. I immediately tapped a few drops under my eyes and upwards towards my temples and felt that same cooling and tightening. Once absorbed, a couple minutes later, my eye area DEFINITELY looked brighter and less puffy. What’s makes this eye gel so magical besides fairy dust? Rhonda Allison describes it as: “Enhanced with a “freezing peptide”, Eye Revitalizer has a cooling sensation providing a quick perk-me-up experience for the eyes.”
Needless to say, I find myself applying this eye gel both in the mornings under my makeup and throughout the day over my makeup for an instant eye opener. And of course I tap it on top of my cheekbones to attempt to mimic Melanie’s highlighted cheekbones. Incidentally, It has not given me Melanie’s high cheekbones but at least now our cheekbones share the same natural highlighted glow.Posted by janna Tags Dark Circles, Eye Brightening, Eye Cream, Eye Gel, Puffy Eyes, Rhonda Allison
Tune into My Beauty Binge this week to hear Lilli Gordon, the founder of one of my most favorite skincare companies in the world, First Aid Beauty, tell us how she created this magical skincare line that stops my over-reactive, bitchy drama queen skin from having full on tantrums. Lilli also shares her skincare tips as well as gives us her insights on anti-aging.
Download the podcast from iTunes or listen to it streaming on your computer here (it’s the 1st podcast) and it’s free! If you hit the “SUBSCRIBE” button in iTunes you will automatically get all my podcasts!
Products Featured in Podcast:janna Tags Anti-aging, Eye Cream, FAB, First Aid Beauty, Moisturizer, Sensitive Skin, skincare, SPF
Yes, you read the headline correctly. My latest obsession is made by the pink cadillac-cavalry “bringing makeup parties home to the housewives” Mary Kay Cosmetics.
Now, don’t be a snob (okay fine I was until I was reintroduced to the brand) and keep an open mind. Good skincare is simply good skincare and the Mary Kay TimeWise Repair Eye Renewal Cream ($40) made me throw the rest of my eye creams in the beauty cabinet like little Velveteen Rabbits. I’m in love with the creamy, non-sticky nor greasy texture (which makes applying makeup so much easier) and it gives me an instant tightening and brightening effect. The eye cream comes in a tube with a metal-tip applicator which soothes my swollen eyes and encourages micro-stimulation. With active ingredients like plant stem cells (firms), peptides (repairs), and a hyaluronic acid booster (hydrates) this eye cream is a multi-tasking powerhouse.
Okay, I know I’m sounding like I’m ready to start driving around town in a pink caddy going door-to-door, but if the rest of Mary Kay’s collection is this good, well ya never know. I may wear all black now, but whose to say I wouldn’t rock a pink polyester suit?Posted by janna Tags Anti-Ager, Eye Cream, Mary Kay, Puffy Eyes
There’s nothing worse than applying a thick heavy eye cream during the dog days of summer, only to find that not only did the eye cream not absorb because you’re sweating too much but it managed to grease up the rest of your face. Gross. I’m someone who strongly believes in having a wardrobe of eye creams at my disposal. Yes, I may be the extreme but you should at least be switching to a lighter eye cream (and face creams) when the temperature and humidity sky rocket. Enter Body Time Samphire Anti-Puff Cream ($22.50) — an ultra-light, yet extremely effective hydrating and anti-inflammatory eye cream — perfect for the summer heat. The best thing about this brand? It’s a local San Francisco treat! You’re not going to find the brand in a Sephora near you because the company doesn’t want to risk compromising the quality by expanding distribution. Luckily they have a lovely site where you can purchase their eye cream as well as their other delicious products (ask any beauty editor about Body Time and they will utter two words: China Rain. For the past thirty years, the China Rain scent has had a cult following of industry insiders for its “garden after the rain” scent which can be incorporated in several Body Time products).janna Tags Eye Bags, Eye Cream, Puffy Eyes, Swollen Eyes