I don't have overly dry skin - even in the dry winter months - but my eyelids get crazyyyyy dry. It's a mystery to me how this can happen when the rest of my face and bod seem to be fine…but flaky skin around my eyes isn't only unattractive but it was making me itch and rub my eyes like crazy. Back in February I started asking some make-up artists what kind of eye creams the loved. I was already using some great products (this and this) that I liked a lot but they just didn't hydrate enough and layering makeup (concealer or powder) on top make the dryness look horrible. Jamie, makeup guru who did Sally's wedding beauty told us during her trial run in mid-February that Bobbi Brown made fantastic eye creams and after reading tons of the reviews online I decided it was worth trying.
Do you guys read reviews? I’m addicted to them – especially when it comes to beauty and skin products. God bless the people who take the time to write about whether an item proved to live up to its hype, did what it promised, and was worth the cost. I’ve avoided a lot of unnecessary purchases and been able to compare and contrast similar products I’ve been torn between just by reading what fellow beauty junkies on Nordstrom and Sephora have to say.
Even with all my online review reading, I still prefer to buy my skin and beauty stuff in person when I can. I like to feeeeel the product. And mostly, I want instant gratification of buying and being able to use right away. When I went in to buy Bobbi’s eye cream, I came out with another skin product and both of them deserve to be shared because they are truly my two “can’t live without” skin items. Who knew that Bobbi Brown was such a skincare wizard? Just getting these two things led me to a major overhaul of my beauty brushes and products – but that’s a Beauty Dish post for another day. Let’s talk skin.
Bobbi Brown Extra Eye Repair Cream ($70): Bobbi makes a ‘Hydrating’ Eye Cream with a nice light texture (and it garnered fabulous reviews) but I thought that the ‘Extra Eye Repair’ Cream was the one for me to try since it my lids were flaking on the regular. The description mentions that the Extra Cream is rich and thick and it doesn’t lie – it definitely doesn’t have a light, lotion feel. I had never used something so thick around my eyes but found that I liked patting the thick cream under and around my eyes until it felt like it had sunk in. I let it sit and soak for a probably ten minutes before I put any makeup on and have never noticed any issues with makeup not going on well or greasiness…if anything, my concealer and powder goes on better now that my eye area is so hydrated and smooth. The super-concentrated formula is meant to help “reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness while boosting moisture levels” and after using it twice a day for a few months I’ve got to say that my little eye areas have never looked more refreshed or healthy! If you have hyper dryness under your eyes or your eyelid areas I’d definitely suggest trying this.
Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement ($72): Once I had the Extra Eye Repair Cream in hand, I scanned the other Bobbi Brown skin products and my eye locked on the yellow-brown dropper bottle of Intensive Skin Supplement. I was mostly intrigued by the packaging (always liking a book by its cover) and put a few drops on the back of my hand to see what the texture was like. I have used a lot of serums…some feel like a light lotion and some feel like water. This formula felt like the constancy of a skin cleanser (more like a light gel?). It glides over a large surface easily and doesn’t sink in so quickly that you can’t get all the spots covered. But it does sink in nicely – hydrating without leaving a sheen or wet look. I use this both morning and night after I wash my face and immediately after putting on this toner. Sometimes I put a thick cream on top at night (I rotate between these three: 1, 2, 3) but during the day I will but on a light spf lotion (currently using this one) or just be good with the serum. One time I forgot to put on the supplement before my evening cream and it was shocking to feel how differently the cream felt and absorbed…with the supplement on first cream and lotion sinks in like water but without it on first creams take a lot longer to rub in and I my skin feels more greasy. This is my favorite serum I’ve ever used and I think the proof is in how little is left in the bottle. Usually I never finish the products I have (don’t judge, it’s terrible I know) but I’ll be using this till it’s gone and immediately buying a new bottle.
If I were going to be stranded on a dessert island I would want: a toothbrush, Bobbi’s eye cream, her skin supplement, and some sort of heavy duty SPF (since I would be on an island). I told you these two skin guys were very important to me!