It’s All In The Eyes

A couple summers ago, between starting my first full-time job and turning 24, I noticed these awful bags under my eyes. Let’s just say I was not a fan of this development. Since then, I’ve been experimenting with eye creams to help reduce the appearance of my under-eye bags. Below, the best eye creams I’ve tried (and a bust)…

Best Eye Creams

Yes to Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment is my favorite drugstore eye cream. Like all Yes To products, it’s not tested an animals. The Yes To Blueberries collection is geared towards aging concerns, and I definitely saw an improvement using this. Bonus: it also smells really nice! All you need is a small amount, and I love the pump dispenser. (Yes To also has an eye cream that reduces dark circles.)

Clinique All About Eyes was a game changer. I picked it up at a sample sale, and honest-to-goodness, saw an improvement in my eye bags the very next morning. I recently ran out, but I applied it by gently dabbing it under my eyes, on my eyelids, and the outward corner of my eyes. It’s light and doesn’t sting if it gets in my eyes. The downside? The price tag, and it’s not cruelty-free.

Origins Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Cream like the Clinique eye cream, is pricey and not cruelty-free (both brands are owned by Estée Lauder). However, it has a richer formula and  is paraben-free. I wouldn’t say that it’s as effective, but it does make a difference (and makes me feel slightly less guilty than the Clinique one). I’m actually interested in trying this Origins eye cream next, because it has a brightening effect. (I don’t have the worst dark circles, but still.)

Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Eye Gel is not something I would buy again. First, it’s a gel, not a cream. It has a nice sensation when applied, but I don’t really see a noticeable difference when I use it. It does leave film under my eyes, so I don’t recommend using it under makeup (the others I use AM and PM when necessary). Overall, it feels nice but that’s about it.

Anyone else have an eye cream addiction? I’ve only accumulated so many because of sample sales and forgetting to pack some on trips (it’s that important to my skincare routine!), but I’m looking forward to finishing these up and trying something new.

~ Sarah

SelectSpecs Review

I received a free pair of Economy frames and lenses from SelectSpecs in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

SelectSpecs Reivew

Glasses – c/o SelectSpecs; Cardigan – Old Navy; Tee – Jones New York (hand-me-down); Scarf – Old Navy; Jeans – TJ Maxx; Boots – Target.

SelectSpecs Review

A couple months ago, got in touch and asked if I was interested in reviewing their glasses. As a longtime four eyes (since 1998, y’all), I happily agreed. SelectSpecs is a UK-based, online retailer for glasses, sunglasses and contact lenses.

SelectSpecs has extensive options for men and women, at various price points, which made it difficult to choose just one frame. You can search by frame shape, color, etc., which helps narrow things down for you! Unfortunately, the site doesn’t have a virtual try-on option, but luckily, I generally know what frames work for my face. I chose the rectangular Savannah frame in Demi, a fun animal print.

I’ve never ordered glasses online before, so I was surprised how easy it was to submit my prescription information. Between the production and shipping (holidays, not the best timing…), it took almost a month for me to receive my new glasses, so about a week or so longer than what I’m used to from the eye doctor. The frames are really sturdy though, and I’m glad I changed things up slightly by choosing a print rather than a solid frame, so I’m pretty happy with my choice. (I shared a closer look at my glasses on Instagram.)

A word on lenses: I have a very strong prescription, so it is normally recommended I order special lenses. However, this review offer only included SelectSpec’s free lenses and coating option. The lenses are thicker than I usually wear, but after a couple days, they no longer felt heavier than usual.

Overall, I would definitely recommend SelectSpecs for glasses-wears who are looking for more frame options online or are interested in having a backup pair of glasses (because mixing it up is fun!). If you do have a strong prescription though, just be aware that additional charges may add up quickly!

Have you tried SelectSpecs or similar online retailers before? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

~ Sarah