Between good old-fashioned insomnia, the fear of demon possession and Tabs sprinting up and down the stairs at midnight like a crazypants, I’ve been averaging about four hours of sleep a night this week.
Yeah, the dark circles are in the mutha’ truckin’ house, and neither my normally reliable MAC Pro Longwear Concealer nor my trusty Smashbox Photo Op Under Eye Brightener are cutting it. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
While it’s not a concealer, soft beige Tarte emphasEYES Inner Rim Brightener ($18) is designed to deliver wide-awake eyes. The matte finish looks natural to me, and the product’s easy enough to use. Just twist the bottom to expose the tip, and guide it along the lower inner rim and inner corner of the eyes. It can also be used to highlight the brow bone to further define the shape of the brows.
The creamy texture skims along my waterlines, and the twist-up tip means not having to bother with sharpening.
- Beeswax: Forms a protective barrier between the skin and the environment
- Vitamin A: Helps reduce free radical damage and retains skin’s moisture
- Vitamin E: Acts as an anti-inflammatory emollient and protects against free-radical damage
- Aloe Leaf Extract: Helps maintain moisture balance in the skin
But that’s just about where the love fest ends…
Problem is, I don’t think it does very much, at least in terms of delivering wide-awake eyes. That, and it doesn’t last very long; it starts to fade after about 20 minutes. To make matters worse, it also stings a little when I wear it along my waterlines.
While itâ€™s a snap to apply, and I like most of the ingredients, I donâ€™t feel I look any more awake with it on. And even if I did, for $18, Iâ€™d want it to last longer than it does.
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Sephora stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: C
Last night I tried to take my grilled cheese and tomato sandwich to the next level (LOL!) with this improv MacGyver-style panini press:
What turned out wasn’t exactly the cutest sandwich in the world, but it got the job done, and I got the nice panini crunch I was craving.
Do you ever concoct strange cooking techniques in the kitchen? Please share. I’m hungry for ideas.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,