Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Spring Break


At First Blush is headed to NY! I will be on Spring Break for a couple of days to celebrate the Royal Wedding. Don't miss me too much. However...I will miss you.  I'll be back to the blogging world on Monday. 

Ta-ta for now!

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!


Monday, April 25, 2011

Product Review-Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder


OH. MY. GOSH.
I don't know where I would be without this secret powder. My under eye area would be dull, dark, and cakey. Seriously, this powder from Laura Mercier does something magical to my dark circles that nothing else can. 

Her website states:
"Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder is a lighter-than-air powder used to set Secret 
Brightener, Secret Concealer and Secret Camouflage, while adding an invisible lightening boost."

It seriously is "lighter-than-air!" It looks very white in the jar, but, please trust me. It's the best thing for setting concealer. Just don't use it to set cover-up of a blemish, but for redness or dark circles, it is sooooo good! I use my BareMinerals concealer brush and dab it on after applying my concealer. I love, love, love it!


The product is $22. I only have to replace it once a year. Not bad, I don't think...

Cheers to looking well-rested...

Have a BEAUTIFUL day!

Dark Circles

I love my reader's questions! I not only love them because that means you are all enjoying my blog, but most of what is asked is something I can relate too also!
One reader wants to know how to make her under eye circles less noticeable. 
For starters, I feel your pain. My dark circles are so bad. My grandmother was Syrian, and I have a lot of her traits in me, dark circles included. However, I also have allergies and some slight asthma. With that said, I do notice my circles are way worse when the pollen is high. 
According to http://www.darkcirclesgone.com/undereyes.html, these are some causes of dark circles under the eyes. 
Allergies
Allergies can cause dark under eye circles in two ways. First, the allergic reaction itself can cause smudges in the under eye area. Second, any condition that causes you to rub your eyes can make dark circles worse because scratching or rubbing can actually darken the skin. Remember, it's very delicate, so be gentle with your skin.
Fatigue or inadequate rest
Well, it's not directly related to dark under eye circles. But being tired generally makes your skin paler. And pale skin makes dark circles look darker, and also allows the dark pigmentation to be seen more easily.
Age
We're sorry to have to add this one to the list... but, as you get older, the skin around your eyes can become even thinner. Dark under eye circles are likely to become more and more pronounced as you age.
Pregnancy and/or menstruation
Frequently, your skin becomes pale during pregnancy and menstruation. So the dark circles look darker and are more easily seen.
Inadequate nutrition
If you're not eating a balanced and healthy diet, a lack of key nutrients can cause dark under eye circles.
Under eye dark circles are sometimes caused by broken capillaries in delicate skin. This is more prevalent with fair skins. I have heard that using eye creams with vitamin K which should help repair the broken capillaries faster.
Covering up under eye circles can be tricky. I have been trying to find my go-to concealer for years. I have found a few that I love. I am really wanting to try ClĂ© de Peau BeautĂ© Concealer, but it's $70! However, I have read so many great things about it. How it covers the darkest of circles and it doesn't settle into any fine lines. Just a thought for you gals who have the money to use it. If you do, let me know how it works!
These are my top concealers that I found to have been the best:
1.) Almay Line Smoothing 
Almay Line Smoothing Concealer Makeup, Light MediumThis does not settle into fine lines at all! It has a great shade selection.
2.) Almay Bright Eyes eye base + concealer
almay_06large/img_12557.jpgI LOVE this formula! It is brightening and the texture is awesome. I just don't love the brush applicator. I find that it is hard to get the right amount to come out. Having the sponge applicator would be much better. 
Bobbi Brown Corrector
CorrectorThis stuff is the BEST!! It is hands-down the only thing that completely erased my dark circles. The only catch is that is is a "corrector," which means it is not a concealer.  A separate concealer will be needed OVER this corrector. If you have the extra minute to do this second step, then all will be good. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Gee, that reminds me. I need to run out and get some!
Lastly, let me just point out that under eye concealer is best applied with a concealer brush. You will waste less product and it won't get cakey. You should also buy a shade lighter than your normal blemish and redness concealer. That will aid in brightening your eye area more. It is also wise to set the concealer with very LIGHT dusting of translucent powder. I don't know where I would be without my tried and true Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder. That stuff is the bomb diggity! (I dab that on with a small eye shadow brush)
I hope that helps you look rested and full of energy. 
Have a BEAUTIFUL day!