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Even with the Even with the clocks going back, it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier to haul our weary asses out of bed in the mornings.

So:  praise-be for this little beauty, from LA überfacialist Ole Henriksen.  (Eye bags being one of your biggest beauty woes, along with dark circles.)

It is as cooling as promised.  Nay, chilly, even.  But what really turbo-charges the effectiveness is the metal roller-ball.  At Beauty Bible we’ve long maintained that physical stimulation of the eye zone is the best way to blitz bags – a cold silver teaspoon will do (or Jo’s still hanging onto the brilliant silver ‘drumstick’ from a Crème de la Mer eye cream.

It features cucumber and eyebright, peptides and arginine (‘to promote wrinkle resistance’).  In fact, the soothing, revitalising formulation pre-existed in a jar format, but it’s this roll-on which elevates it to the realms of sheer eye genius.

Roll on Ole’s next creation.

Probably literally.

UK readers find Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel Roll-On at www.johnlewis.com/£26 for 15 ml  – buy here

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For the contents alone, we’d be lusting after this new Balance Me Beautiful Skin kit.

But the gorgeous gold bag kinda brings out our inner rap star – because (in a good way) we have been gold-diggers from way back.

As regular readers know, Balance Me – founded by sisters Rebecca and Claire Hopkins – is a favourite brand of ours, and this is either a fab way to discover the range in useful trial sizes, or (if you love it as much as we do) to get your hands on the range in a format that’s travel-friendly.

Inside this, then, you’ll find four treasures.  There’s 100% Natural Radiance Face Oil with its unique blend of eight essential oils.  To soothe and brighten tired eyes, find Wonder Eye CreamSuper Moisturising Body Wash is exactly what it says on the tin (er, bottle) – but the pièce de résistance is Super Moisturising Hand Cream, winner of an Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible Award, and one of the most fah-bu-lous hand-softeners ever.

Several times lately, Jo’s been using it on public transport (like the good beauty editor she is, making the most of ‘down-time’), and strangers have asked her what the glorious scent was.  And been surprised to discover:  it’s a hand cream, not a perfume.

What we plan to do, then, is slip the travel sizes in our spongebags – and decant our make-up into bag itself.

Which doesn’t just deserve a gold star:  it is a gold star.

UK readers find Balance Me Beautiful Skin Kit at www.balance.me.co.uk/£20 – buy here

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What’s the question most commonly posed to www.beautybible.com?  How to tackle tired and puffy eyes.  So this is our new favourite fast fix.

Patch technology swings in and out of beauty fashion – but these are a total ‘hit’, becoming instant bestsellers at the new M&S Your Beauty concept (currently being rolled out across the UK).

Maybe they’re not like anything you’ve ever used before:  apply the sticky side to the under-eye zone, wait 10 minutes (hoping the postman doesn’t call meanwhile), peel off – and well, were we surprised…  Skin looks somehow de-puffed while lines are ‘plumped-up’, all at once.

At Beauty Bible we’re always more interested in whether something works than why – but if you like ‘the science bit’, Skyn Iceland tell us it’s down to hydrolysed elastin, a ‘Biospheric complex’ (of pure Icelandic glacial waters, arctic berries and pure oxygen), together with hexapeptide to reduce lines and wrinkles, ginkgo to tackle puffiness and dark circles, and CoQ-10, a powerful antioxidant.

The gels come in sachets that are ideal for travelling.  We tried them after a late night and were bushy-tailed and – yes, definitely brighter-eyed, next morning…

UK readers find Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels at www.marksandspencer.com/£25 for eight pairs – buy here
US readers find them at www.skinstore.com/$30 – buy here

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It is incredibly easy in this business to be caught up in the frenzy of new launches and forget about, or merely overlook, Great Classics We Have Known And Loved Over The Years.

This simple blue flip-top pot falls into that latter category.  Jo thinks it was the first eye make-up remover she ever used (bought on a French exchange trip to Paris) – and all these years later it’s still quietly and gently doing a brilliant job at swiping away eye make-up.

A bottle landed on our desks lately and we came over all nostalgic, went home and used it – and thought:  blimey, there’s not much out there to beat this.  Even does a good job on waterproof mascara, which is impressive for something so natural.  It also features soothing corrnflower extract, and certainly doesn’t irritate our touchy eyes.  (Come to think of it, this would be wonderful chilled in the fridge:  we’ll even give it a go on cotton pads as a treat for weary, computer-addled eyes.  And they tell us it’s fine for lens-warers, too.)

Like a long-lost old mate who’s popped up on Facebook with a ‘friend’ request, we’re delighted to make its reacquaintance.

UK readers find Klorane Soothing Eye Make-up Remover/£5.15 for 100 ml at www.escentual.com- click here

US readers find it/$9 at www.soap.com – click here

 

 

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Top of the list of beauty woes women write to us about at www.beautybible.com is eye puffiness.  And general under-eye baggage.  We’ve lost count of the e-mails and letters from readers chronicling your eye woes, over the years, but it’s got to be in the thousands.

We’ve long believed that some kind of physical action, however – tapping (with fingers/a silver teaspoon/the nifty little silver drumstick Jo once got with a pot of Crème de la Mer eye cream) or rolling with a metal ball – is key to dispersing puffiness.  Product alone, in general, won’t do the trick.

So:  cleverly, former beauty-PR-turned-entpreneur Amanda Denning (the AD of Skin Synergy) has put not one but three little ‘rollerballs’ in the top of this tube.  Remove the lid, make several circles around the ‘orbital bone’ with the balls (about the size of ball bearings), tap the product into skin, and eyes really do look relaxed and de-puffed.  The product only emerges when you squeeze, so you can do lots of ‘rolling’ without OD-ing on the cream.

Like all the AD Skin Synergy range it’s 100% natural, free from synthetic perfumes or petrochemicals.  Like a lightweight serum/cream in texture, it’s  packed with skin-firming, plumping plant ingredients including organic rosehip oil and rooibos (red bush tea), witch hazel and orange flower (both have a firming action).  Theres’s also an algae – lola implexa – which is said to relax muscles.

But we’ve a hunch the key to its effectiveness is that lymph-draining, eye-cooling, bag-’ironing’ applicator.

Excess eye baggage?  This might just roll it away…

UK readers find AD Skin Synergy Perfect Eyes at www.victoriahealth.com/£28 for 15 ml by clicking here
(NB  Do go via the Victoria Health page on our site – just click here – to enjoy an automatic 5% discount added at checkout)

 

 

 

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