Dark Circles aka Mascara Woes (AND A FREE GIFT!)

So I walked into a very big and popular high street chemist and asked about under eye concealer. Specifically the best one to use for dark circles and tear troughs.  I was sat in her little silver spinny chair before I had a chance to protest. She tinkered in her cupboard for what I assumed would be a wonder product, but no. She pulled out some cotton buds and eye makeup remover. I started to sweat. WTF was she about to do? The thought of walking around at midday barefaced made me baulk.

Before I could say ‘steady on’ she started wiping under my eyes and telling me how my problem was my eye make up, not dark circles. Pointing out how it had slid down my face and settled in the grooves, she made me feel like an embarrassment to the sisterhood. Her face contorted into numerous expressions before she eventually sold me what I asked for. And me being too polite to say ‘Well what was all that bollocks about my eye makeup then!’ reached for my credit card and bought not one, but two products that she initially said I didn’t need.


A few weeks later, I accidentally came up with my own solution. Waterproof mascara. Since then, I’ve been through shed-loads of the stuff and my dark circles are staying under my concealer. Meanwhile, the two tubes of gunk I bought are sat around gathering dust. If you’re struggling with dark circles and mascara bleeding into your base this is something you can try for yourself. The lovely people at Eyeko have a great deal on mascara right now and there’s a FREE MINI SKINNY EYELINER TRAVEL SIZE + FREE SHIPPING ON EVERY ORDER

“Eyeko is a name to know if you want your mascaras trustworthy and your liquid liner to stay put all day.” – VOGUE

Dermaroller Needling For Photoshop Style Beautiful Skin

The concept of Dermarolling or micro-needling is quite simple. Dermaroller works by creating tiny punctures into the skin to stimulate skin repair and cell regeneration. When the body sustains an injury or wound, it heals itself by creating new collagen.
That’s the concept in a nutshell, taken from here.

 

The first time I used one of these mini torture devices was 2012. After a stressful year I’d lost a lot of weight quickly and my snaky skin was kept catching my eye in the mirror. After browsing Youtube, watching people making their own skin bleed, I decided this was for me. I set off to find a good quality roller that wasn’t going to ultimately cause my death.

METHOD

So it’s pretty simple, you can buy some numbing cream to ease your suffering (apparently). I bought Emla cream. I’m not convinced that stuff works, even when the hospital use it, but it could have a positive psychological effect. I noticed others have had success with this one from Amazon. After you let the cream do it’s work, you roll backwards and forwards in asterisk shapes all over your face. I suggest watching a few Youtube videos first. Once you’ve applied pain all over the area you can splash with cold water to remove any blood before applying your collagen cream. If you don’t apply a face cream with collagen, you’re not going to get the full benefit. Any cream with collagen will work. I use L’Oreal Paris Wrinkle Expert 35+ Collagen Day Cream 50ml because it’s cheap and doesn’t irritate my face. Something else you will need is Surgical Spirit to clean your roller before and after every time you use it (you have to soak it  for 20 minutes in this stuff to stop infection). While we’re on the subject, you mustn’t ever, ever, EVER share your roller with anyone.

My intention was to use one on the backs of my hands, one on my neck, one on my face, and one on my stretchmarks. I bought a 0.5mm, 1mm and 1.5mm The biggest is scary looking. It falls somewhere  between a tiny lawn aerator and a mace. This is the one I chose for my stretchmarks. It’s been out of the packaging once. I was confident I had a high pain threshold until I tried rolling my hips with this thing. You will need numbing cream by the shitload, my friends.
I had the same experience with the 1mm and the back of my hands. Way too painful to just go right in there and start puncturing at that depth.
0.5mm is better. It still hurts, but it’s not a bad hurt. It’s tolerable in most places on your face. The bad bits are the bony bits and between your lip and nose. My eyes stream and I have sneezing fits but I can do this. The feeling after Dermarolling is weird. Your face burns and turns bright red. It looks like you’ve been asleep in the blazing sun and it feels like that too. I quite like that feeling, I’ll be honest. The ‘no-pain, no gain’ principle is something I strongly believe in.  Once you’re done, you slather the cream on and repeat a week later. Let me know what you think if you try it. I love it, my favourite skin routine. It just takes a little getting used to and finding your own way. Does it make my skin look better? I think so. Does it make my skin feel better? YES!

Remember to read the instructions and use your own common sense – I’m not a doctor, this is just my experience with these products.

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