I have another offering from Bio-Extracts today with their 3 Piece Advanced Eye Contour Collection. I was impressed by this brand when I tried their moisturiser and boosts NB Bio-Extracts Home Skincare Lab a little while ago.
Bio-Extracts are a brand that uses biotechnology in their skincare and they have a unique approach using a Lamellar System, this mimics skins layers, effectively creating a “patch” that allows ingredients to penetrate the skin and to protect the skins barrier.
In the kit I received a full size Age Defying Eye Contour Cream with 2 boosts, Eye Contour Lift and Firm Boost and Eye Contour Brightening Boost. I used Brightening in the morning and Lift and Firm in the evening which is what the brand suggest. You can of course mix them and use both or individually as desired. As with the moisturiser kit, I didn’t find a great deal of difference with the Brightening Boost, I had greater results with Lift and Firm. Both are a light serum texture which you can mix with the cream or use them as a traditional serum step before applying the eye cream. The eye cream is light in texture, it sinks in well to the skin so you don’t have to spend a long time rubbing it in to the delicate skin under your eyes.
I find the level of moisture good with this eye cream, it doesn’t diminish the appearance of my lines as well as my favourite eye cream Gatineau Melatogenine, but having said that it is close! The only thing I was surprised at was the level of fragrance in the eye cream. It doesn’t bother me and it did not irritate me, but I do know there are those of you that do prefer fragrance free formula.
This kit is available from QVCUK at the current feature price of £38.94 which is excellent value, individual price of the eye cream is £24.00 and the boosts are £19.50 each.
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I have a product from The Organic Pharmacy today, their Lip and Eye Cream. This was a choice from a You Beauty Box, I have tried their hand cream before and liked it so wanted to try another from the range.
The Organic Pharmacy was started by Margo Marrone, a pharmacist that specialised in Herbal medicine who discovered homeopathy and whilst studying homeopathy came across the organic term and what it meant. Shocked at the level of pesticides used throughout food and questionable ingredients in cosmetics Margo wanted a place where people could find organic alternatives to their Skincare and Herbal remedies and The Organic Pharmacy was launched.
This dual purpose cream is nourishing for the delicate skin around the eyes and the lips. It’s one of the richest texture of cream I have tried for my eyes, it claims to reduce puffiness (I can’t comment on that as this isn’t something I suffer with), dark circles and help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Key ingredients are Eye Bright, Fennel, Bilberry, Aloe, Frankincense and Neroli though it isn’t highly perfumed. You only need a tiny amount, I find if I use too much especially on my lips it feels really greasy and heavy. It does help moisturise around the eye and lip, helps lines but I didn’t find any difference with my dark circles.
Lip wise, this is good. My lips get really chapped easily as I don’t like using lip balm. I find most feel too heavy and greasy especially high street ones that are mineral oil based. A couple of days of using this and my lips were much improved. My hesitation with this product is the price, it’s £26.95 for 10ml. Although you don’t need need much and it does two jobs, I can’t help but balk at that amount! Personally this isn’t as effective as Gatineau Melatogenine Eye Concentrate (my holy grail eye cream) as I find the effects of that last longer. You can get this from http://www.theorganicpharmacy.com.
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I’ve got a really affordable skincare range today with Balance Active Formula Dragons Blood Lifting Collection. Rhiannon from Brodie & Stone (parent company of Balance Active Formula) very kindly sent me a set for me to test. The Dragons Blood Collecction is for lifting and tightening the skin and to smooth wrinkles. Dragons blood extract as well as Liftonin Xpress are the main active ingredients. Dragons blood extract is a resin found from trees found in the Amazon rainforest, it is said to be an potent antioxidant and extremely effective in helping compromised skin. I have heard of this ingredient from seeing demonstrations on QVC from a brand called Taya which use it in their haircare range for volume and hold for hair.
So starting with the serum; this is a lovely lightweight non greasy serum that sinks into your skin very quickly. It does have a fragrance, however it is quite difficult to describe! It is not unpleasant though, slightly fresh and spicy. It has a firming effect on the skin, you can definitely tell when it has been applied to the skin, it’s a gentle firming rather than tight and uncomfortable. Your skin is still able to move and there is no flaking or chalk whiteness that you can get with some lifting products. You can also use this under your eyes as well to improve the look of lines. I like this serum, I like the firming feeling and the hydration you get, if your skin feels stickly then you have used too much. Your skin should feel smooth and with a gentle firming action.
I am really impressed with the Dragons Blood Eye Lift Balm. I have found the biggest result with this product. This did help reduce the look of the lines after I had applied the eye cream and has a tightening feeling like the serum. Obviously no eye cream can get rid of lines and wrinkles under your eyes but this does make the lines look more hydrated and comfortable and as a balm it is thicker than a lot of eye creams I have tried before. It doesn’t beat my favourite Gatineau Melatogenine Eye Concentrate yet I think for the value of the range the Eye Lift Balm is very good. A friend of mine got in touch with me about it a couple of days after I had been using it and asked my thoughts, I told her it’s the best of the range and well worth trying.
The last of the collection is the Dragons Blood Lifting Cream, this product wasn’t for me. It is a very thin lotion that sinks in quickly but I didn’t overly like the feel of it on my skin. I don’t think that it would be enough hydration for drier skins because it is very fine. I didn’t have a lot of shine breakthough when using it so for my oily skin type it would be ok. Layered with the serum my skin felt a bit tacky and I did vary the amount of product used while I was testing it but I still had the same result.
Bar the Lifting Cream I think this is a good collection, the Lifting Serum and Eye Lift Balm are pleasant to use and results are good. I don’t have many wrinkles on my face so I always test these kind of products on my neck, the Serum made a difference on the necklace lines, they didn’t look as prominent and the lifing properties felt comfortable. Also the Serum didn’t roll off underneath other moisturisers I tested it with and worked well over a couple of oils I used too. The value of these products are extremely good too, you can find them on Amazon.co.uk, the Serum is available for as litle as £5.00, the Eye Lift Balm £3.70 and the Lifting Cream £4.49 so to try the whole range is not going to break the bank! A big thank you to Rhiannon at Brodie & Stone for sending the products for me to try.
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These are two products for my eyes that I cannot do without. As I have mentioned before, I suffer with health problems which means I have to take very strong painkillers which causes permanent fatigue. I find that my eyes show not only the pain, but the tiredness too so I do anything I can to try and look better than I feel!
The first product is Alpha H Absolute Eye Complex, it is a lovely cool gel texture that gently exfoliates the eye area to try and diminish dark circles. You only need to use a tiny amount and it also helps plump out lines and wrinkles and if you want to, you can reapply it throughout the day over makeup. I got the large 30ml size in a Today’s Special Value from QVC along with a couple of other Alpha H products and I have had it now for at least 6 months. I find even the smaller 15ml size lasts a good 4 months for me and I use it twice daily.
Absolute Eye Complex is also excellent for hooding eyelids, so if you find that you are struggling with this I pop on my lids and gently lift them and sweep the rest of the product over my brows. It is definitely a great all-rounder eye gel and as it is a gel it won’t cause any puffiness.
I use Gatineau Melatogenine Aox Probiotics Advanced Rejuvenating Eye Concentrate (phew, what a mouthful!) over the top of the Alpha H gel because I find my eyes do get dry and look more wrinkled than I would like. Melatogenine is one of Gatineau’s most well known ranges and is for fine lines and wrinkles. It is a very light lotion that sinks in very quickly, a lot of eye creams can be too heavy which can cause problems. You also only need a tiny amount, as it is very concentrated so a little goes a very long way. Again, like the Alpha H, this can go over makeup during the day if you would like to reapply.
Melatogenine works for me so well that I would hate to be without it, (I am wrinkle phobic when it comes to my eyes) it is extremely moisturising but without being greasy and the eye area looks more refreshed and I hope less tired! The lines are a less prominent after using both of these products so the combination for me is excellent.
Which eye products are your favourites? Leave me a comment and let me know.
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