The fatal flaw in my favorite eye cream

I only recently started feeling like I need to use an eye cream. (It may have had something to do with the fact that my eye shadow — which I tend to wear both on my lid and just under my lower lash line — started settling into the fine lines that are developing under my eyes.) I got lucky with a generous sample that I tried of Best Bath Store’s Intensive Undereye Treatment, and I placed an order for a full-size jar.

Unfortunately, the cream went moldy on me after I was less than a quarter of the way through the jar. And at $35 a jar, I’m not interested in having to re-purchase whenever this problem hits every month or two. Thankfully, Justin from BBS is an exceptional customer service pro, and he immediately offered to send me a new jar for free, as well as giving me a few tips for how to help prevent this in the future.

However, I’m not a fan of having to refrigerate products, or store them in a humidity-proof container, or go to other great (and inconvenient) lengths to prolong their shelf life. I go through most products quickly enough that I think they should be able to stave off any creepy contamination.

Needless to say, the free replacement jar Justin sent me got moldy even quicker than the first one. I was so disappointed! This is truly the best eye cream I’ve ever found, and I hate having to part with it. But I’m just not willing to pay $35 plus shipping for something whenI only get maybe $10 of product out of it. I’m not sure what the best solution is — someday, I dream of having a tiny mini-fridge in my bathroom, so I can conveniently store low-preservative items like this without having to traipse to the kitchen for every application.

For now, I’ve been seeking a different eye cream with a longer shelf life, but so far this search is fruitless. I guess I’d better start saving up for that cosmetic mini fridge!

Quoted in this month’s ELLE!

I was very excited to pick up this month’s ELLE magazine, even though it’s not one of my typical reads. On page 111, there’s an article on do-it-yourself skincare, and ELLE writer Maggie Bullock quoted me twice (including an ending quote, yay!).

Unfortunately, the article doesn’t appear in the online mag, but I’ve uploaded a PDF (with permission) here, in case anyone wants to check it out. (And no, it wasn’t printed that way — my boyfriend ever-so-subtly highlighted the parts with me in it.)

Dr. Hauschka Pure Care Cover Stick vs. Cover Stick Puncto

Dr. Hauschka recently released the new Pure Care Cover Stick in the US, but I only realized today that it’s meant as a replacement for their old Cover Stick Puncto. Had I realized this, I probably wouldn’t have purchased it — the old Puncto went bad on me surprisingly quickly, and the color was never quite right. (I’m much too pale for an 02, but just a shade too dark for an 01.)

I bought the Pure Care in 01 to try it out and see if it’s any better with my coloring than the Puncto was, but they look like they’re exactly the same. And they feel the same. And they smell the same. The only real difference seems to be the packaging — which is good, really, as it *does* expose the product to less oxygen, so theoretically it might protect it better from going bad.

Either way, I was pleased to learn today that my local Whole Foods allows you to return any cosmetics or skincare product you try and don’t like, as long as you keep the receipt. This actually really surprises me, but I’m thrilled — especially since they foolishly don’t have testers for many of their products. So I’ll be returning this, and thus returning to my Great Concealer Search.

Whew — finally, some updates!

It’s been a VERY long time since I’ve updated this page, but I think we can finally officially say we’re out of the “Under Construction” phase. This is thanks in large part to my awesome new web hosting company, Dreamhost.

Many of my reviews and tips need a bit of an updating pass, but at least the pages are up and the theme works and the whole things is finally converted to WordPress! What a relief. Now I can finally go back to writing about skincare instead of editing php files, hooray!

Welcome!

Welcome to All Eyes On Her, my site for skincare-related queries, product reviews and recommendations, and some custom-made personal care items. This site is under construction, but it will be up and running shortly. Please feel free to contact me with any questions!

–Virginia