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
We all know I love to bitch about my puffy eyes…. Since I was young I’ve suffered from terrible allergies which have always given me those damn puffs. As I’ve gotten older the puffiness has spread to my eyelids (sexy!) and before I got knocked up, my daily wine intake (did I just admit to that?) helped to kick up the puff even more. Now that I’m pregnant and shoving pickles and pork rinds in my mouth by the dozen, the salt is making my eyes look like I got punched. So you can imagine how excited I was when I read in one of the rags that Jenny McCarthy swears by Eyedews (infused jelly eye pads) for getting rid of puffiness and fatigued eyes after long flights.
Okay now here’s problem #1: I read about the EyeDews while my feet were luxuriating in a pedicure. Lulled by the relaxing hot stone massage on my feet I made the ill decision of not doing comparison shopping, and instead logged into my Amazon app and saw that Eyedews were “on sale” for $49.99 and were available via Amazon Prime. Somehow in my twisted mind Amazon Prime’s free 2-day shipping meant I would be getting a great deal. Right… guess what? Eyedews are $20 for 6 pairs on their site. Okay so technically Jenny McCarthy owes me $20 and I pay the $30 in stupid tax.
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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
I am so over my skin which seems to be having a different psychotic episode every week. I simply can’t keep up with its latest crisis. This week it threw me a curve ball and decided to have several different conflicting issues at once — dry patches on my cheeks, blackheads on my nose, and terribly puffy eyes (which may be the result of the bag of pork rinds I scarfed down a couple days ago and the Chinese food I ate last night. In my defense I don’t usually consume so much sodium, but it sure tasted good at the time).
When your skin freaks out like mine it’s time to get creative and make “spot-treating” a true art form. Before you begin your art project, make sure you cleanse your skin and exfoliate with a gentle exfoliant like Exfoliant Doux Aromatique Aux 3 Roses (Gentle Aromatic Exfoliant) ($31) or with a CLARISONIC Cleansing System ($149):janna Tags Blackheads, Clarisonic, DERMADoctor, Dr. Brandt, Dry Skin, Eve Lom, Fresh, Puffy Eyes, Sephora Collection, Skin Care
I’m sure you can imagine the alarming number of beauty products that fill my house. Sure, I have a designated room which holds my various beauty cabinets full of unopened products, as well as a huge project desk filled with hundreds of products that are currently being tested, are slated to be tested, or were tested months ago but because I’m lazy they’re still taking up space on the desk. Then there’s the spillover… Boxes and boxes full of beauty products scattered throughout the house and random beauty items you may find on coffee tables, end tables and even in the kitchen. Yes, my husband is a very tolerant man. Now, I’m not a total disaster. I do take the time at least once a month to cull the collection on my desk:
- If I used the product and liked it but I’m not ready to write about it, it goes into the beauty cabinet with a sticky
- If I’m actively using / testing a product it stays in its coveted position
- If I haven’t been testing a product but I want to, it gets moved up to the front to remind me to try it
- And of course if I’ve tried it and never used it again because I didn’t like it or it didn’t produce the desired results, it gets sent to the dreaded Beauty Graveyard — an unspeakable bin full of beauty products that will probably never be seen or used again.
And with that I introduce my new post category, da-da-dum… Banished to the Beauty Graveyard!janna Tags Beauty Graveyard, Chantecaille, Puffy Eyes, skincare
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
I know I left you ladies hanging for Part 2 of my interview with the brilliant Charlie Green (click here to read Part 1), but A. I decided to be greedy and ask Charlie for a second interview (and she generously obliged!) B. you’ll get over it when you read the treasure trove of advice that Charlie bestowed:
Beauty Binge (BB): What risk SHOULD women be taking in makeup that most are not? And how can they easily achieve this?
Experiment! Be brave and try some color instead of safe neutrals… It’s only makeup and you can wash it off if you hate it; its not a tattoo! Take an afternoon cruising the makeup counters, checking out new trends and textures. Maybe try and have a couple of makeovers at the counters and don’t forget to take your photo on a cell phone to remember the techniques and tips the makeup artist gave you. You don’t need to recreate the whole look at home, but if you learned a technique or two then that’s major!
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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
I know I’m supposed to be writing about simplifying beauty. And I get that. I know there are tons of women out there who don’t have a ton of time to devote to skincare. I don’t have children yet, and as of a little over two months ago I am writing full-time (okay “full time” may be stretching it), so I have plenty of time to sit on my little vintage tangerine-colored stool and play with all my toners, creams, and serums, lined up like good little soldiers on their pedestals (where they belong). So yes, I will admit my AM skincare routine isn’t exactly “routine.” Before I even sit down at my tangerine stool, it takes me a good ten minutes to cleanse my skin with the Bobbi Brown ‘Extra’ Balm Rinse ($58). I give myself an intense facial massage, enjoying the sensation of the thick balm melting into a butter as I massage it in small circles all over my face. Every now and then I’ll stop and cup my hands around my nose and slowly inhale the pungent citrus scent. Ahhh…
Then once I get to my little skincare station (see above photo), I could spend a good 15 minutes doing a a basic routine or 30 minutes to go the extra mile and give myself a mini-facial. If I’m testing products, forget about it. I could be there all morning!janna Tags Bare Escentuals, Bobbi Brown, Decleor, First Aid Beauty, Fresh, Kate Somerville, Puffy Eyes, Sensitive Skin, SkinCeuticals
I am plagued with puffy eyes. Yes, sometimes they are kind enough not to swell my entire eye area, but usually if I dare to have merely a glass of Chardonnay or a eat something with even a pinch of salt, the next morning I will be running to the freezer to get my frozen spoons. So I can’t promise miracles here… But I can tell you what at least helps:
1. Pre-shower: Hold frozen spoons, tea bags or chilled cucumber slices to your eyes for 3-5 minutes
3. Post-shower and Face Washing: Apply Yonka Photo Contour Eye Firming Cream (mmm… smells like Rosemary and really works!). Now, if you are as manic as I am about your bags, I advise you make the investment in a Clarisonic Opal. It’s extreme, I admit, but every morning after I apply my Yonka I go over it with my Opal.
Voila! Better, right? Need some coverage? Try one of my favorite concealer in the WORLD AmazingCosmetics AmazingConcealer in Fair. Trust me when I say the smallest amount goes a mile.
Photo via BPM MagazinePosted by janna Tags AmazingCosmetics, Clarisonic, Olay, Puffy Eyes, Yonka