Hi folks,

Well I thought it was about time I put a new post up as its been over a year since my last one. I am sorry! Life got the better of me I guess! My interest in beauty has not decreased thankfully, in fact it’s probably higher than ever hehe! Even though I’ve been incredibly lazy over the past year with my lack of posts my blog has been increasing in hits month by month. Last month I had over 1000 hits which was more than double the views of January 2011. I am shocked by the figures as I haven’t updated this in over a year but I’m not going to complain!

Anyways onwards with my update on the results of the three Dermaroller treatments that I had between late 2011 and early 2012. I’ve received a few emails over the past few months asking me to share my thoughts on the results so I thought it was about time that I did that. Read the rest of this entry »

Now this product ladies & gentlemen is one of my favourites and one that I use on an almost daily basis.  It’s the Smashbox Under Eye Brightener.  I’ve been using it for about a year now and I love it! It’s perfect for a quick fix if you are in a rush and don’t have time to apply your full face as the eyes are instantly brightened when you apply it.  I love it because it gives your eyes a brighter, more alive look without having to resort to a concealer if you don’t have the time for example. Smashbox do say though that it’s basically like a primer for your eyes and it will ensure that your concealer will look better if this is used beforehand.  I do use concealer over the top of it from time to time and it does help the concealer sit better and I got virtually no creasing whatsoever which was great.  I tend to mostly use this alone though as my dark circles are not that bad.  The instant brightening effect of the the eye area when you apply it though, is what I find the most impressive about this product.  It contains Vitamin E, red wine extract, peptides and marine collagen which all aid in minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

It comes in one shade only, which is Nude.  It blends in rather nicely and it does hide the darkness well, especially in the corners of your eye.  There are also light reflecting particles in this product which is great.  You apply it via a brush which ensures you get as precise an application as possible.  Below shows a before and after shot of my eyes wearing the product, taken in daylight.  I feel its very natural looking and you can see the darkness in the corners of my eye has been reduced in the after shot. You can’t tell that you are wearing anything either which is a real bonus.  What is also great about this product is that it doubles up as a highlighter. You can use it on your cheek bones or even around your mouth to contour and brighten it.

Overall I feel that this is a great product from Smashbox.  It’s brilliant for that quick pick me up that we all need sometimes, especially the morning after the night before when your eyes might be looking slightly worse for wear.  I also love the fact that it doubles up as a highlighter too!  The price is slightly on the pricey side though, at £23.50 but it does last forever!  I’m still on my first tube. Well done Smashbox!

I hope this review has been of help and all comments and feedback are greatly appreciated.

John

This review marks the end of my ‘Holy Grail’ skin care trilogy set of reviews.  My previous two reviews were the Avalon Organics Vitamin C serum and Retin A 0.05% gel.  They can be found here and here.  I wanted to start my blog with these reviews because I feel that these skin care products are a great benefit to have in a skin care routine, especially if you are serious about skin care and anti-aging.  I’ve also found that by following these three simple steps my skin has improved dramatically over the past number of months.  I just want to share my experience and knowledge of these products with other people because of the great results I have had with using them. Read the rest of this entry »