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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josie maran argan infinity creamy oil review

Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil Review


The Story

My skin is crazy dry, and the freezing cold winters in Cleveland are NO HELP AT ALL. So, I was on the search for a product that could give my skin the moisture it was begging for, and after reading multiple good reviews of the Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil, I popped in at my local Sephora and bought this not-so-little guy.

Says Sephora about the Josie Maran Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil:

What it is:
An innovative, 99 percent natural creamy oil with an infinite number of uses such as hydrating skin, conditioning lips, and illuminating complexion.

What it is formulated to do:
One creamy oil, infinite possibilities. This makeup artist must-have delivers all the moisturizing benefits of argan oil in a portable, non-greasy, creamy oil form. The innovative formula starts as a cream and melts into an oil, making your complexion more luminous while tightening facial contours and preventing inflammation. Use it to hydrate and gently soothe under-eyes, smooth flyaways, keep eyebrows in place, and condition lips. Mix it with powder blush or eyeshadow to instantly transform it into a cream.

Suggested Usage:
Use Argan Infinity Cream to:
-Deeply moisturize dry areas of the face.
-Soothe irritated skin caused by rosacea, wind, or sunburn.
-Soften elbows, heels, and other rough patches.
-Keep stray eyebrows in place.
-Smooth flyaways.
-Moisturize at night.
-Prevent razor burn and irritation.
-Prevent skin dehydration during airline travel.
-Apply as a lip conditioner before lipstick.
-Apply over lip stain for a silky finish.
-Lightly dab on eyelids before applying eyeshadow.
-Apply before or after using cheek stain to improve blendability.
-Transform powder eyeshadow or pigment into a cream by mixing with Infinity Cream.
-Mix with a powder luminizer to create a light, shimmery lip balm.
-Use as a subtle face highlighter to illuminate cheekbones, lips, and brow bones.
-Mix with a powder blush to create a silky cream blush or colored lip balm.
-Hydrate and plump dry, swollen under-eyes.
-Apply to fingertips and toes to hydrate and soften cuticles.
-Quench skin post-sunburn.


-100% Pure Argan Oil: Nourishes and hydrates skin.

Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit**, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate**, Beeswax**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)**, Glyceryl Dibehenate**, Tribehenin**, Glyceryl Behenate**, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil**, Tocopherol, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil**, Abyssinian Oil (Crambe Abyssinica) Seed Oil**, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil**, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract**, Soybean Glycerides**, Linoleic Acid**, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil** Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter**, Aleurites Moluccana Seed (Kukui Nut) Oil**, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil**.

*Organic. **Natural.

You get a whopping 65ml/2.2oz for $28.

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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.

Obagi Sun Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion Tint in Warm - Review and Swatches

Obagi Sun Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion Tint in Warm – Review and Swatches


That name is a handful, isn’t it?

Anyway, I got the Obagi Sun Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Lotion Tint in Warm after I read some articles about sun protection, and got a little paranoid that I wasn’t really wearing a proper sunscreen (I was just getting away with foundations and BB/CC creams that had SPF in them).

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Me when I realized my lack of proper sun protection

I got this product from Dermstore, where it says:

You get a whopping 85 g for $51.75, but I got this when the site was having a 25% off promotion for Obagi products.

The Yays

  • It has SPF 50 and “broad spectrum” means it protects from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • The tint provides sheer coverage which is enough to blur my imperfections but not entirely cover them, which I like as I prefer wearing this underneath foundation or concealer.
  • They have two shades, in warm and cool to suit multiple skin tones.
  • This sunscreen goes under my makeup so smoothly and makes my dry skin immediately look glowy and radiant. I love that it keeps my makeup looking smooth, healthy, and non-cakey.
  • My makeup looks fresh and radiant all day with this sunscreen used as a base (in conjunction with some other essential skincare products – a post on them later!).
  • Dermstore sells this and they constantly have promotions which means you can get it for $ off.
  • 85 g is a sh!t-ton of product. That is almost three times the amount you get with most foundations, so this could easily last one a year, if not more.


The Mehs

  • The shade warm is a bit dark for my currently NC25 skin tone, but that is ok, because it means I can wear a highlighting concealer over this with ease. I think this shade can be pulled off by medium – deep skinned folks.


Do I recommend this?

It is a really great product for sun protection, and sheer coverage. I think I might try the cool shade after I am finished with warm to see if that suits me more.


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No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask

My unintentional attempts to destroy my skin

So last weekend, I went to visit in-laws for Eid al-Fitr, and stupidly forgot to bring my cleanser along. As someone who has dry, sensitive skin, I should have known better than that, because my skin needs a certain mixture of ingredients to act normal. So, while I was there, I made the brilliant decision of using our hostess’s cleanser, which was meant for normal-oily skin. Predictably, that cleanser stripped my skin of any natural oils it might have been producing, leaving me with flaky, dry, red, blotchy, painful skin that I kept trying to hide behind full-coverage foundation for the remainder of my time there.

When I returned home, I slapped on whatever hydrating moisturizer and eye creams I had in the hopes of fixing my skin, but nothing really seemed to be doing it for me.

Enter No7 Beautiful Skin Hydrating Mask…

…which I had bought the same weekend, but left at home.

I got this from Ulta, where the description says:


This mask has an intense moisture boost to leave your skin feeling beautifully soft and smooth. Glycerin and Cocoa butter combine with emollients to nourish and deeply moisturize the skin. Ceramides and cholesterol will target the very surface of the skin, adding essential lipids (or oils) and strengthening its surface. Contains Vitamin E and C.


Water, Glycerin, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, Isononyl isononanoate, Petrolatum, Butylene glycol, Carbomer, Sodium chloride, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 isostearate, Hexyl laurate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl acetate, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) seed butter, Potassium hydroxide, Parfum (Fragrance), Methylparaben, Sodium PCA, Sodium lauroyl lactylate, Ethylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Ascorbyl glucoside, Magnesium PCA, Dipropylene glycol, Biosaccharide gum-1, Zinc PCA, Ceramide 3, Potassium hydroxide, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Ceramide 6 II, Xanthan gum, Manganese PCA, Propylparaben, Potassium sorbate, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 14700 (Red 4), Ceramide 1.

How to Use

After cleansing the skin, sweep the mask generously over the face, avoiding eye area. Relax for 3 minutes, tissue off and rinse away. For an intensive treat, leave for up to 10 minutes or apply a thin layer and leave overnight to wake with hydrated skin.

Now, I don’t really wear masks, other than a few samples I get with purchases every now and then. I especially don’t wear clay masks since I tried wearing one, two years ago, and it gave me a breakout that lasted for 6+ months (well past my wedding, I might add).

So, while I was initially a little skeptical about getting this mask (it is not a clay mask, btw), the glowing reviews sold me, and I purchased it.

Anyway, once I returned from my Eid trip, I applied this according to the instructions, and decided to keep it on for the maximum time stated, i.e. 10 minutes.

Initially, it went on a little tingly, because my skin hadn’t had such a potent drink of moisture in a while. Slowly, it settled into my skin, and 10 minutes had long passed while I continued to enjoy the luxurious feeling of this mask on my skin.

Anyway, I finally wiped off whatever was left on my skin with a tissue, and lightly rinsed off the remainder of it.

My flaky, red, blotchy, painful skin was immediately a thing of the past. 

Normally, once I wash my face, I have to apply moisturizer right after, otherwise my skin starts becoming tight and dry, After using this mask, I dawdled around for a long time before realizing I had no moisturizer on. My face felt so hydrated, I had forgotten to apply moisturizer and was puttering around under the impression that I was wearing it.

I had read in the reviews that some people swiped this mask off with a tissue and rubbed the remainder of it into their skin instead of rinsing it off, and I tried it that way also. I don’t think my skin has felt this soft, comfortable, and pampered in a while.

Since I started using this mask, I’ve noticed that my skin has become considerably softer, plumper, and healthier looking without the use of any additional products.

The yays

  • This mask provides immediate relief to dry and blotchy skin,
  • It is incredibly hydrating, and fixes dry patches instantly.
  • The smell is subtle but very luxurious, like the kind of clean, fresh-yet-sophisticated scent that wafts around in spas.
  • It has no color, (though I don’t really know if this is a yay), it is more of a shiny layer on your face.
  • While the time limit is between 3 – 10 minutes, I have worn it for longer than that very comfortably without issues.
  • The mask can be tissued off and rinsed off after application for those in a hurry, or it can be left on, and tissued off with the remainder rubbed into the skin. I have tried both and my dry, sensitive skin has had no issues.
  • It is hypo-allergenic.
  • It is so gentle and intensely moisturizing, that even as someone with sensitive skin, I can get away with using this daily. It isn’t that I have to use it daily, its that I want to.
  • $16.99 for 100 ml is beyond affordable for a product that performs so well.

The meh


Do I recommend this?

I have tried masks that have a retail price as high as $92, and nothing I have ever used has yet to compare to the No7 Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask. Reviewers on Ulta said that they even left it on overnight, and I really want to try that. This mask is perfect for an at-home spa day, especially for someone with dry or sensitive skin. I am obsessed with it, and I don’t think I’ll replace it any time soon.




The Kylie Cosmetics Wet Set will be restocking today! I really hope I am able to snag one this time.


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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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