Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Splurge vs. Steal : eye makeup

Shamelessly ripping off your favorite girly magazine with a little splurge vs. steal beauty product action on this beautiful, sunny Wednesday. 


Back when I wrote about my top 10 cheap beauty products, I touted the glories of Cover Girl CG smoothers concealer as the woman with The Worst Undereye Circles Ever.  If that's all you've got, use it.  Nothing bad has happened or anything.  BUT if you have the chance to splurge a little and maybe get the Clinique gift with purchase haul along with it, snatch yo self some Clinique All About Eyes concealer. That link right there, btw, is to a store that's doing the 7 piece free gift promo right now.
The tube is so tiny, but the amount I need to de-purple each of my eyes is some amount less than a single drop.  How do they do it? 

Let's try a little before and after action.  Fingers crossed this works...

Here are my real make-up free eyes on a good day, completely unedited.  Good meaning over nine hours of sleep straight last night good.  There is no better rested my eyes could possibly look sans concealer.

Scary, right?

And here is ye old face, also totally unedited, with no change except the addition of a drop of the Clinique concealer for each eye (and I took my sunglasses headband [not pictured] off my head).

This post is not sponsored.  Neither did they give me free product nor did they pay me, BUT if they would like to send me an entire case of this stuff I would not be sad.  Not sad at all.


Back when I wrote that cheap products post, I also recommended Maybelline Full n' Soft mascara, which, if I'm not mistaken, is also the new favorite of a certain Mrs. Patton.  Since then I've tried other stuff, both cheap (Revlon) and not so cheap (Clinique) and still nothing measures up.  No clumps, good coverage, long lasting without flaking, no weird smell, no itchy eyes.


If you have a fave splurge or steal, I'm all ears.  Or eyes.  As it were.

p.s. if you had questions about the toothpaste post from Saturday, I talked to a chemist friend of mine [I actually have a friend who is a chemist.  Isn't that weird?] about xylitol and she said that it is very beneficial to teeth but not so good for consumption.  Not dangerous, per se, but could cause water retention and be a diuretic for some.  Many people who can't eat sugar can use xylitol in desserts without negative effects.  Also, do NOT let your dogs eat it or anything made with it.  But if you use it in your toothpaste or chew gum with xylitol in it or use the xylitol wipes that dentists sometimes give out, you can feel confident your teeth will be the better for it.  Hope this helps!

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  1. Wow, your eyes - I can't believe how much better they look! Must buy some stat! And I bought that mascara after reading Grace's post a while back, but it doesn't work for me at all! I think it clumps way worse than anything else, but I guess I am the only one... I must do my own experimenting.

    1. You know what I bet happened, Bridget? I think you must have gotten a really old bottle that the store shouldn't have been selling anymore. After the mascara gets old and gets cold then hot then cold then hot, it gets too thick to go on smoothly. I bet if you got a new bottle it would work way better for you!

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  2. I love love love Full N Soft -- best mascara I've tried from the $4 to the $35 range. I do have to second-coat it if I want to look full, but the softness of my lashes and the clump-less-ness is totally worth it.

  3. That is an insane difference! I'm cursed with my family's Irish eyes... my husband jokes that the reason why Irish eyes smiling are such a big thing is because they are usually so sunken in and depressed looking. Bah! Yup. Anyway, I've been using Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes for years. It was the first thing I found that even remotely came close to covering up those bags but 5 years later its losing its luster.

    As for mascara, I had a great tube that I loved in college and I sadly have no idea what it was. It was a super thin brush, never clumped, came in dark brown and was the best stuff ever. One day I will see it in the store and be happy again. Until then.

  4. I also have awful circles under my eyes (they're so bad, my mother chides me for leaving the house without make-up) and have been using the Clinique concealer for years. Love it!

  5. Wow, your eye color is simply gorgeous! You're right - the concealer does make a difference. I should try it: I have white/grayish circles right under my eyes, and rosy (ehm, red, like a beet) cheeks (looks pretty on a 5 year old girl but not a 29..... 30 ... 30ish year old woman :) I usually look sick or drunk if I don't put anything around my eyes. I should really try it.
    And the mascara is the best! I have been using it for a while now.

  6. I love clinique eye concealer, I've been using it for years. I've tried multiple other ones but clinique is the only one that will cover the dark circles under my eyes. A little goes a long way so it last a long time (even though I use it daily). I'm not brave enough to do a "before and after", yours looks great!

  7. Wow. I have purply eyes like you and I've never really done anything about it. But this is really really really making me want to get that stuff as uncrunchy as it probably is!

  8. Woweeeee! I have zee same problemo. Husband says he thinks my concealer (when I bother) applying is silly. Bless him. What a change! Just might be worth it... for mother's day? Anniversary? Especially as the kiddos no sleep right now.

  9. Okay stupid question on the concealer did you just put in under your eyes because your lids look different too in the second picture, maybe it's just less glare. I have AWFUL dark circles all the time and those photos look so different.

    1. Good question! I put concealer ALL around my eyes because...well, because they are awful all over and they deserve it :)

    2. Yes, I was going to ask that too. I got the circles, but I have the veiniest eyelids ever. Jill recently asked me if I had scratches on my eyelids.

  10. Your eyes are sooooo pretty, with or without concealer, but that concealer is incredible! It looks perfectly natural.
    I have been a full n' soft girl since college. My other fav, Lancome Definicils, is the splurge version of it, but it's a little stickier (and more dramatic) so some people might prefer the less expensive anyway. I love them both.

  11. Your eyes are stunning- just a ridiculously pretty shape and lovely color.

  12. You are so lovely! I also am plagued by the dark circles of death, and have to wear concealer daily. It doesn't bother me much, since I enjoy putting makeup on, but I will say your suggestion is great! I am currently using the Covergirl one because I am cheap but maybe I will save to get that Clinique one. Just wondering: do you use the Clinique concealer only on your eyes, or blemishes as well? Assuming you get blemishes at all, pretty lady :)

    Also, I have tried several different mascaras, from cheap to expensive. My favorite is still Maybelline Great Lash. After 2 coats I get good length and color, and in general I like how it feels. It doesn't irritate my eyes either.

    1. Sorry, I accidentally commented under my husband's account. I'm the woman in the above picture, though! Elizabeth Badillo :)

  13. You know what I hate? When products promise to get RID of circles like that. I swear it's not really possible to get completely rid of those dark circles that are definitely genetic. That skin is not changing color. I've got them slightly worse than you (at least in my head), and I am def glad of the recommendation for a good concealer though. It looks like it went on silky smooth too, and that's always nice on that delicate skin!

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  15. Wow, that is so convincing!! I just might have to make the splurge!

  16. Imma have to try that Clinique stuff, because you my dear do NOT have the worst undereye circles ever, cause that would be me. I have the clinique stuff in a little pot, but I hate…repeat…HATE sticking my finger into the pot and getting gunky concealer under my finger nail. Next Clinique bonus time I'm getting this one!

  17. one of my splurges and highly recommend is Too Faced Shadow Insurance - really keeps eyeshadow in place alllll day!

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