issue four : the magician
While we are avid believers in the concept of ageing - provided that it is done gracefully, of course - one cannot deny that we are all conscious of the every increasing fine lines and wrinkles that begin to appear around our eyes as this inevitable process (ageing) is taking place.
While heavy makeup around the eye area actually age us beyond our years, a little eye cream can do wonders at slowing down the process and offering visible results. We review two eye creams - Laidbare Pack Your Bags Lighten & Tighten Eye and Absolution - Le Soin Regard and fill you in on their magic powers...
Why We love it
Pack Your Bags worked a treat a minimizing fine lines around the eye in an instant.
Besides the witty name, this (not so little 30ml) tube of eye cream absorbs easily and provides immediate visible results. Naturally, we believe that in order for our beauty products to work, they need to carry a hefty price tag. At only £7.99, Laidbare proves that you can find effective, untainted beauty that doesn't cost the earth - both literally and figuratively.
This tube has multiple magic powers and can be used under your makeup for its instant skin brightening properties. It also an excellent treatment on the neck area for its firming qualities.
Aqua (Water), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol (Palm Kernal Oil), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut), Glyceryl Stearate (Palm Kernal), Cetearyl Glucoside (Sugar), Glycerin (Coconut), Prunis Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol (Naturally Derived Preservative), Polygonum Fagopyrum (Buckwheat) Seed Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B5) , Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum (Naturally Derived Thickener), Potassium Sorbate (Naturally Derived Preservative).
why we love it
Le Soin Regard is great for reducing puffiness and making you look like you've had a rejuvenating night's sleep.
This eye cream not only has active ingredients that fight against glycation - a phenomenon preventing the renewal of collagen and elastin fibres - by smoothing and restructuring the skin around the eye area. It also has green coffee extract that helps reduce puffiness by "draining" the cells of excess water, to name but a few. Perhaps the most relevant ingredient to our theme; The Magician, is that it contains mica which, while all the other ingredients are working their magic, this creates the illusion of illuminated skin and minimises fine lines because it acts as a light reflector. We couldn't not mention their impeccable packaging.
You can use this eye cream under or over makeup to illuminate the eye area!
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Aqua (WATER), Melissa Officinalis Flower/Leaf/Stem/Water*, Helichrysum Italicum Flower Water*, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (JOJOBA) Seed Oil*, Diglycerin, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (SUNFLOWER) Seed Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Sclerotium Gum, Caffeine, Alcohol*, Sesamum Indicum (SESAME) Oil Unsaponifiables*, Tourmaline, Levulinic Acid, Coffea Arabica (COFFEE) Seed Extract, Mica, Calcium Pca, Phenethyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Levulinate, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil*, Lecithin, Nymphaea Coerulea Leaf Cell Extract, Silica, Sodium Hydroxide, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Tocopherol, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract*, Ormenis Multicaulis Oil, Malpighia Punicifolia (ACEROLA) Fruit Extract*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Maltodextrin*, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Citric Acid, Citronellol**, Geraniol**, Linalool**, Citral**, Limonene **
* Organically grown ingredients
** Natural constituents of essential oils