Friday, October 10, 2014

REVIEW: Skin Doctors EyeTuck

Skin Doctors say: "Reduce under eye bags without surgery! Containing Eyeseryl, a tetra peptide, this cosmeceutical strength formula has been designed to painlessly reduce the appearance of puffy bags in just weeks. Eyetuck will give your under eyes a smooth, tighter appearance whilst also conditioning and moisturising the delicate eye area."

EyeTuck contains Shea Butter to moisturise, Apricot Oil to revitalise dry or ageing skin and Eyeseryl (Tetrapeptide-5) that drains and decongests water that has pooled in the under-eye region.

My Experience and Thoughts
I've been using this 'anti-bag technology' eye cream since the beginning of September, and to say I'm impressed with the results would be an understatement. I saw a dramatic improvement in the first few days of use, and my results have stayed consistent ever since. I was completely fed up with continuous puffiness and bags under my eyes, so I started looking into products that might be able to help. I hit up my local Priceline and bought a couple of SkinVitals Masks (Eye Brighten Anti-Dark Circles Brightening Invigorating Cloth Eye Treatment Mask - I also suffer from dark circles! and SkinVitals Eye Lift Anti-Puffiness Anti-Wrinkle Firming Cloth Eye Treatment Mask - I've yet to try either of these) and Skin Doctors EyeTuck, which I was quite sceptical of, but at the same time, desperate for anything to work! I had grown to despise my under-eye area, which has a few fine lines and dark shadows, both of which I can disguise with various creams and concealers, but most worryingly, ridiculous puffiness resulting in eyebags which I just couldn't reduce, no matter what I tried. This cream really seems to 'drain' the liquid, leaving my under eye area looking flatter, tighter and less puffy, which results in a younger overall appearance.

Skin Doctors EyeTuck can be worn under makeup, and really, what's the point if it can't! I want a treatment product that will reduce my bags during the day, when I'm out and about, with my makeup on. So it needs to be something that doesn't rub off as soon as I apply concealer, and thankfully this doesn't happen. I would highly recommend anyone with puffiness or eyebags giving this a go.

This lightweight, easily-absorbed cream will not reduce the appearance of fine lines or dark circles, however it does do as it claims (for me, anyway!), and that is to "reduce under eye bags without surgery". Keep in mind, though, that results may vary from person to person, so this product may not work wonders for everyone.

* impressive results, significantly decreasing my eyebags and puffiness
* can be worn under makeup
* absorbs quickly and easily
* comfortable, lightweight formula
* pump packaging means it's sanitary and hygienic

* expensive at $49.95 RRP (although you can usually get it discounted)
* can't see when the product is low and you're about to run out
* it doesn't address other under-eye concerns, such as dark circles or fine lines

$49.95 RRP (15 ml bottle) from the Skin Doctors website, however you can get it on special from Priceline and Chemist Warehouse for a lot cheaper. I paid $35 for mine from Priceline.

Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Terry White Chemists, Chemmart and other selected chemists.

Disclaimer:  I bought this product with my own money. All opinions are my own.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Furless Grunge Manicure!

I won't ramble on too much because I caught my son's virus, so now I'm sick, too. Two Birthdays ruined now, woe is me, and so on and so forth. Anyway, right now I'm wearing Furless nail lacquer in Grunge. It's a very dark green, but it comes off as black in these photos, because I've been too sick to leave the house for some actual sunlight (where it may have appeared greener). Also, this is two coats. I applied a second coat to even it out, however in the future with this polish I will just apply one thicker coat, so the green hue can be picked up.

Products Used:
Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
Furless nail lacquer in Grunge*
Max Factor Nailfinity Glossy Top Coat

I don't wear dark nail colours all that often, but I must say, I love this modern, sexy look. Other polishes in the cheekily-named Furless Grunge range are Rogue (grey), Trashy (dark red) and Bitch (black). Hehe.

Disclaimer: The Furless Grunge range of polishes were provided for consideration. I did not receive any payment. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Chocolate KitKat Birthday Cake Tutorial!

I say Tutorial; this is really more of a Vague General Guide.

What To Buy:
packet of M&Ms
13 (approx) four-finger KitKats
2 boxes Greens Chocolate Cake mix (or whatever brand you prefer)

butter (get a large size)
vanilla essence
cocoa powder
icing sugar mixture
(use the cake mix packet and Icing recipe for ingredient quantities)

My boy became unwell on his 7th Birthday last week, and is still sick now. We had to cancel his Party, and he hasn't been able to eat any of his Birthday Cake, but he did manage to blow the candles out today. So here's the cake anyway. He wanted a KitKat and M&Ms cake again, but this year I thought I'd make a '7' shape on the top instead of covering the whole thing in M&Ms. This cake is already super rich, it really doesn't need five million M&Ms on top.

The cake is really easy to make, especially since it uses pre-mix. Beginners and inexperienced bakers would definitely be able to give this a go and get impressive results. I used two boxes of Greens (you could use White Wings or any cake mix) Chocolate Cake mix from the supermarket and made the cakes together in one large bowl, as per packet instructions. Because you're doing a double mix it really has to be a large bowl though, because you're mixing together twice as many eggs, twice as much milk etc. I never use a mixer as I can't be stuffed getting it out of the cupboard.

Once it's mixed, divide the cake batter evenly between two identical round cake tins and bake until a skewer comes out clean. Then once they are completely cooled down, cut the most uneven one straight across horizontally with a large serrated knife, and put aside the top (it's now scraps, but you can eat it later with the leftover icing).

Chocolate Icing

I decided to use this Chocolate Icing recipe again, since my son loves it so much. It's seriously the most fluffy, mousse-like icing I've ever made. I'm pretty sure this is because it's mostly butter, so it whips up like nobody's business. It's a little bit fiddly to make, but totally worth it. It makes a fair bit, and each time I make it, I have leftovers.

Time to get acquainted with the 13 KitKats you bought. At this point, I open them all up and carefully snap them all in half so I'm left with a whole bunch of two-finger pieces. Make sure they are all intact when you buy them or they could be broken in the wrong place! You will be sick to death of KitKats once this cake is finished, trust me.

I then put the bottom half of the cake on whatever I'll be serving it on and ice the cut top, then stick the whole other cake on top. It you want, you could easily have cut that one in half as well and do more layers, but I couldn't be stuffed. Once that's on, ice the top and all around the sides, so everything is covered in delicious fluffy icing and no cake is exposed.

Then arrange the M&Ms on top in the shape of a 7 (YAY a nice easy number!). Arrange the two finger KitKat pieces around the edges of the cake, pressing gently so they adhere to the icing, and you are done! 

Now go grab that leftover cake top, slather it in leftover icing, make a cup of tea and put your feet up for half an hour. You deserve it!