Three eye products

May 22 2013

Summer Spy

2 min read


Most of us have used sliced cucumber or eye masks to try to make us look a little less ragged ... with varying degrees of success. You may doubt the necessity of a product for nurturing only the small area around your eyes, but these rich, gorgeous-smelling creams and serums are specifically designed to help soothe your skin, reduce puffiness and the appearance of fine lines, or brighten and refresh tired, red eyes.

Anne Semonin Eye Express Radiance Ice Cubes

6 x 4ml, £45 

Sassy Spy:

"I turned out the ice cube, placed the cube in gauze and swept it over my eyelid and under my eye. This I did until the ice cube melted and went slushy. It was pretty cold and so I rushed application, but dabbing seemed to help.

The result? The delicate skin around my eye felt plumped up, most definitely refreshed and the lines appeared reduced."

Verdict: An effective product for the serious beauty enthusiast.


Darphin Dark Circles Relief and De-puffing Serum

15ml, £42

Sassy Spy:

"This serum contains extracts of passion flower, liquorice and rose, and "Eyeliss TM peptides". My eye area is delicate and very sensitive, so I was chuffed to find that this product is non-aggravating. Contact wearers will be pleased to know that they can use this product with ease.

This serum is non-sticky, cooling and de-puffing -- I welcomed this addition to my morning and evening routine with open arms. Sadly, I haven't noticed a great deal of dark-circle relief so far."

Verdict: A light serum suitable for sensitive eyes that de-puffs a treat!

Elemis Absolute Eye Serum

15ml, £34 

Swedish Spy:

"This light serum with healing, anti-inflammatory, and cell-regenerating herbal extracts is designed to soothe the sensitive eye area, alleviate dark circles and gently tone the skin.

With a very young baby who tends to wake up at ungodly hours in the morning, I've had plenty of dark circles to combat. I have to say I could look a lot worse in the circumstances. I suspect this serum may indeed have helped to hold that purplish shade of extreme tiredness at bay. People have even said that I look quite like my normal self! Well done Elemis, for helping me stage a valiant last stand on the wild frontier of sleep deprivation."

Verdict: If your eye area hasn't faced such a challenge recently, I should think that a certain rosy shimmer of health and vitality could be expected after a time of use.


Summer Spy

22nd May 2013

Spy Likes:

Warmth and sunshine; spas which take me away to another country; fruit infused waters; beach-worth pedicures; deep tissue massages.

Spy Dislikes:

High footfalls; treatments that over promise and under deliver; heavy lunches; loungers drapped in used towels.

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