BareMinerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Eye Gel Cream – Review

The Story

I LOVE eye creams and I aim to try as many of them as I can.

I purchased the BareMinerals Skinlongevity Vital Power Eye Gel Cream last year, and then returned it because I wasn’t feeling it, and then bought it again because I read reviews on Sephora stating that it did a good job of brightening up under eye circles.

I want to let you know that I’ll use this as a day-time eye cream and update this review in two weeks time to let you know if it has worked on my hereditary circles.

Meanwhile, let me give you my thoughts on how I feel about it at the moment.

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My Winter Skincare Routine for my very dry skin – it works!

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I have incredibly dry skin, and Cleveland winters do nothing to help that. Back in Pakistan, my skin was probably best described as combination skin; it even got a bit oily in the summers.

Here in the USA, however, it is usually drier than the Sahara, and painfully parched in the colder months.

So, to make sure I don’t get any lines, wrinkles, dry patches, cracked lips, pimples, and a myriad of other skin problems in the winter, I have devised this skincare routine to keep my skin looking healthy and hydrated. I have mentioned which products I use mainly at night.

Side note: I guess this goes without saying, but please drink water no matter what skin type you have. It does a ton of sh!t for your skin and body besides quenching your thirst. Thank you. PSA over.

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Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream review and swatches

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream Review

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream review and swatches

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream Review

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream Review



Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream, oh, how I love you.

How I long to slather your creaminess all over my face, how I desire to bathe in your luxuriousness, how I yearn to be enveloped by your ethereal scent.


Story time!

When I used to watch Sex And The City a few years back, I was so intrigued with the lifestyle of Charlotte York-Goldenblatt. Charlotte was beautiful, she dressed well, she had the kind of job which was portrayed as interesting and sophisticated (art dealer), she lived in a Park Avenue apartment, she married a man who truly loved her, and eventually, she settled into a life of domestic bliss with her adorable family.

Charlotte was sophisticated. She was posh. She was bougie.

(Of course, above all, she was a compassionate, kind person who tried her best to be there for friends and family. But this post is not about that. It’s about her bougie-ness.)

Anyhow, when I apply the Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream, Charlotte York-Goldenblatt is who I am reminded of.

This is the eye cream I imagine she pats onto her under-eye every night, as she sits comfortably on a plush ottoman in the dimly-lit, Cleanscented boudoir of her Park Avenue apartment.

The the texture, the packaging, the scent of this cream all scream luxury, sophistication, refinement, elegance. They all scream Charlotte York-Goldenblatt.

~takes a long, deep breath~

~Inhale. Exhale.~

Well. Ok, then!

Now that I’m done proclaiming my love for Charlotte, and comparing her to this cream, let’s go over the basics of this eye cream.

The 411

(Sidenote: do people still use that phrase? “The 411”? Am I getting old?)

This eye cream is available in Sephora and Ulta, and it retails for a whopping $57 for 15 ml.

I, too, was initially blown away by the price-to-quantity ratio, but for me, this product is well worth the investment.

You need only the tiniest dot of product to provide your under-eye with a silky, rich burst of hydration that will last all day. Seriously. This cream is so rich, and so potent, and so powerfully hydrating, that I cannot wear it under my makeup in the daytime. It is too emollient for that, and I feel it does not fully absorb under makeup.

Despite that flaw, I use it as a night cream and boy, do I love using it that way.

Each night, I treat myself to a tiny little amount of this eye cream (like 1/4 of a pea-size is more than enough to cover my entire orbital bone), and each morning I wake up to a plump-looking under-eye area.

I am not really old, still in my early twenties, so most people would argue that I don’t really need such intensive eye care. However, I have very dry skin, especially around my eyes and lips, and this more than takes care of that.

The key is to start with a very small amount, because too much will leave you with a greasy, clogged face.

This cream does have mineral oil as an ingredient, and I usually break out because of mineral oil, but I have yet to experience any breakouts or milia with this cream. I have been using it for nearly two months now.

Like I mentioned, it is also scented. The scent is not over-powering at all; it is in fact a delicate, sophisticated scent that lingers for a minute or two after application, and then fades away. Scented products usually bother my skin, but this one does not.

TLDR; This is a wonderfully rich and moisturising eye cream which takes away any dry patches or lines that are showing on my face, and provides 24-hour hydration despite being applied only once a day (before bed). A little goes a very long way; I’ve had my jar for two months now, and it has barely a dent in it.

Needless to say, I love this cream and I will definitely repurchase it when I run out. I will also update this post with new thoughts once I have finished my current jar.

With Shiseido’s Benefiance eye cream, they have a chance at it.

DIY Beauty: Silky Avocado Eye Cream via Hello Glow!

Disclaimer: This recipe is not mine. It is taken from the book Hello Glow by Stephanie Gerber. Here is the link to the Hello Glow blog. 

The Story

Lately I have developed an unhealthy obsession with eye cream, and my favourite one is the Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado which I reviewed HERE..

So when I came across a recipe in the book Hello Glow where an eye cream was created using the main natural ingredients in the Kiehl’s version, I knew I had to try it.

The Eye Cream 👀


1 tablespoon shea butter

1 tablespoon avocado oil

1 teaspoon vitamin E oil


30 ml lidded glass jar

Small saucepan

Measuring spoons


  1. Boil 2 inches of water in a small saucepan and reduce the heat, to create a water bath. Place the shea butter into the glass jar, and put this glass jar in your water bath.
  2. Wait for the shea butter to melt, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once the shea butter melts, remove the jar from the water bath and let it cool for 2 – 3 minutes.
  4. Add in the vitamin E and avocado oils, and stir to mix. Continue stirring as the mixture cools to create a smooth, creamy texture.
  5. Let the mixture cool (I placed it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours), screw on the lid. To use, dab a little around the eyes; do not tug at the skin.

This cream is to be used daily, it is for all skin types, and should be used within 6 months.


My Experience

This cream is quite luxuriant and emollient, so I try to use it at night only, before bed time. I wake up in the morning with firmer, plumper skin around my eyes. The ingredients in this are amazing for keeping the delicate skin around the eyes fresh and youthful-looking.

Sometimes I like to apply this on a bare face for about half an hour or so and then rinse it off for a quick treatment. I also like to apply it on a bare face in the shower. I like to think the steam mixes with the cream and it is magically absorbed into my skin for increased fabulousness.

I also like to use it around my lips for the same benefits it gives the skin around my eyes.

A little goes a long way with this!

I recommend using a 30 ml glass jar for this as the recipe states. I used three 10 ml ones, and that was a slight pain. (But OMG they looked so cute!) Everything you need for this recipe can be found on Amazon.

I like to keep my jars in the fridge, as shea butter melts quickly with the heat of the body, so it is easy to keep the cream in the fridge without fear of it becoming frozen.

Note: This does smell very much like shea butter and that may not be to some people’s liking.

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A Gift From Above: Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

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kiehl's creamy eye treatment with avocado

kiehl's creamy eye treatment with avocado

This eye cream is a pale yellow gift to us mortals from the Heavens above.

I have tired eyes with dark circles which become worse from frequent lack of sleep and poor nutrition. When I was in New Jersey a week ago, an MUA recommended this to me, and I’ll tell you: there is no going back from it. It is youth, freshness, and wide-eyed radiance in a pot.

What, and how?

This cream is packed with moisture and once dabbed onto the orbital bone, it does not stray. I apply this at night and wake up in the morning looking (and feeling) a thousand times better than I would without it.

Those tiny little lines under the eyes? Mine are actually all gone save for one faint line under my left eye.

I also use it under my makeup. It makes primer, shadow, and concealer legit glide across the skin. Bye bye, creased concealer!

You need the tiniest amount (personally I haven’t had to use the stuff in the actual pot yet; I’m still comfortably making do with the cream stuck to the inner flap for now – that’s how little I require for my always-tired eyes) to dab onto your orbital bone and under the eyes until it has been soaked in by the skin. Whatever is left, I sweep it across my eyelids and brow bone.

UPDATE: I genuinely feel like in the 4 weeks I have used this cream, it has actually helped me with my dark circles. They do not look as prominent as they once were, and while they were always still faintly visible under concealer a month ago, that is no longer the case. If I see more improvement in another month, I’ll try to be sure and provide an update then, also. 

The downside

This is quite expensive IMO. $29 for 0.5 fl oz and $48 for 0.95 fl oz.

Where can you get it?

Nordstrom outlets and online, and Kiehl’s.

Do I recommend this?

If you want an eye cream that moisturizes the under-eye, keeps it looking fresh, minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, and over all does what an eye cream is supposed to do, this is for you. I’ve looked at the quality, quantity, and pricing of eye treatments from a bunch of well-known brands (Including Kiehl’s, Origins, Clarins, etc) before settling on this baby. And I think I’ll be loyal to it for life. (Or for as long as my bank account allows me to be loyal to it.)