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Beauty Obsession: 100% Pure Red Wine Resveratrol Eye Cream

Since the skin under your eyes is some of the thinnest skin on your body, it shows every sleepless hour, every ounce of dehydration. It’s one of the first places on your body to show signs of aging, and it’s one of my biggest skin woes. My dark undereye circles are my least favorite inheritance—it’s pretty easy to trace them straight back to my mom’s dad. (My sister has them too.)

Before I switched to natural beauty products, I tried just about every single eye cream (and concealer) on the market. It’s the one product I’m pretty religious about applying at least once or twice a day—sometimes three times! And now that I’ve made the switch to natural cosmetics, I’ve renewed my search. I’m planning try as many natural eye creams as possible. So far, this is the first one that’s been worthy of a review.

What I tried: 100% Pure Red Wine Reservatrol Eye Cream, $25. Resveratrol is the antioxidant in red wine that is suspected of being the key to red wine’s ability to help prevent damage to blood vessels, reduce inflammation, and help prevent blood clots—perfect for a girl who can use all the help she can get fighting puffy eyes and dark undereye circles.

First impressions: There’s an awful lot of packaging here, but it’s made of cardboard and is recyclable. Inside, the little jar that contains the eye cream is glass. I like that 100% Pure’s products are vegan, and the ingredients list makes me happy:

Organic Rosa Centifolia Flower (Rose Hydrosol) Water1, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Juice) Leaf2, Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Resveratrol, Wine (Red Wine) Extract, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract3, Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vitis Vinifera (Muscadine Grape) Skin Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle) Extract, Hyaluronic Acid

What caught me by surprise: It smells fruity! If you’ve ever been to a winery (I’m married to a wine expert, so this is something I have done many times), you know that sort of grape-y, earthy smell that greets you when you enter a cellar that stores aging wine in barrels? That’s what this stuff smells like.

Bonus: After a few weeks of using it, I can definitely tell a difference in the elasticity of the skin under my eyes, and I think the discoloration has slightly faded. I’m definitely going to use up the entire jar before I try a new eye cream.

Do you have a favorite eye cream? Is there one you’ve been wanting to try that I should add to my list? —Aleigh

Want to read about more of my beauty obsessions? Here’s where you can find them.

(Image via 100% Pure)

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Review: Vaska Herbatergent

This weekend I tested out a sample* of biodegradable and hypo-allergenic laundry detergent to share with you. Why review detergent on a beauty blog, you ask? Well, it turns out your detergent and fabric softener can rub off your sheets and towels and onto your skin. Which makes it, to some extent, part of your beauty routine.

When you wash your sheets, pillowcase or towel, remnants of the detergent and fabric softener you used are left behind in the fabric. Then you sleep on your sheets and pillowcase, or dry your face with your freshly-washed towel—and voila, you’ve exposed your skin to any potential irritants that exist in your detergent or fabric softener. Beyond potential allergens, conventional laundry detergents typically contain many cleansing chemicals that are petroleum-based—exactly the kind of ingredients I suggest avoiding in your cosmetics. (They’re not very environmentally friendly, either.)

What I tried: Lavender-scented Vaska Herbatergent ($9.99 for 48 oz.). The detergent comes in two versions: lavender essential oil-scented and scent-free. It promises to be safe on colors and all washable fabrics, reduce static electricity, safe for both standard and HE washers, and it’s biodegradable.

First impressions: Generally I recommend avoiding products with “scent” on the ingredients list, but the scent in the lavender sample I tried was so light it was barely noticeable—it just smelled fresh. However, if you have sensitive skin or are concerned about the lavender essential oil, the scent-free version would be a good alternative.

What caught me by surprise: I used my sample to wash a mixed load: yoga clothes, a towel, a pillowcase, a pair of jeans. The scent is just barely detectable, but what I really liked was that my clothes were noticeably softer—no fabric softener necessary. (I’ve been using up the last of my icky fabric softener sheets before switching entirely to dryer balls.) Plus, my yogitoes—the one item that always comes out of the dryer completely static-y—had zero static. I’m not sure that’s ever happened.

Bonus: I discovered this detergent is available at several local stores, so it shouldn’t be hard to find if you want to pick up a bottle of your own.

Have you switched your detergent because of allergies or petroleum-based ingredients? —Aleigh

*Disclosure: This sample was sent to me for review, but I only write about the products that I think are truly worthy of being shared with you. View my full disclosure here.  

(Image via Vaska) 

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Beauty Obsession: Clarisonic Mia

I’d coveted this little beauty gadget for months (it seemed like everyone was raving about it), so when I was surprised with a Clarisonic Mia as a gift* last year, I couldn’t wait to test it out.

Clarisonic Mia Cleansing System, $149

Now that I’ve been using my Mia for nearly eight months, I’m a full-on Clarisonic evangelical. I don’t think I’d go so far as to say that my Clarisonic has changed my life…but this little gadget’s sonic cleansing technology really has left my skin clearer, softer and smoother.

I use it every day in the shower, and now my sometimes troubled skin has had much fewer breakouts and my pores are smaller. If I’m traveling and forget to bring it along, I’m reminded of what my skin was like before I started using it…and ugh, let’s just say if my Clarisonic died tomorrow I’d be buying a replacement immediately.

I also love that I can change out the brush heads–there’s a brush for sensitive skin, normal skin, delicate skin and now there’s even a deep pore brush head, which I’m planning to test drive next. Plus, I can use my Clarisonic with any cleanser I choose (as long as it’s not abrasive), and it lasts for weeks on a single charge.

Have you added the Clarisonic Mia to your beauty routine? Does it work for you?

*Shout out to my mom for such an awesome present. Thanks, Mom!
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