I had a coupon from a friend so I was able to order the box for half price. I enjoyed trying the new products. There were makeup items and fingernail items. It had also more items than I expected. I really only expected 3 or 4 items in the box so I was happy to see so many different items. They were full sized items not just sample sized. This surprised me also. I like that you can cancel for just a month or two if you need to and you don't have to stop your subscription. But I disliked that I had no choice in the type of product or in the final selection. Some items were products that I have never used and will never use.
Luckily, there are a slew of skincare products on the market right now that work to fight the peskiest of under-eye bags—no matter their cause. According to Shereene Idriss, M.D., of Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York, anyone looking to de-puff swollen eyes should opt for creams and treatments that contain caffeine, green tea extract, or antioxidants like vitamin C for the best (and fastest) results. "These ingredients work to constrict the superficial vasculature, which results in less swelling," she says.
I’m not a fan of any Bliss products, they seem harsh. I’ve been spending time researching ingredients and choosing products based on that, not just reviews. We have chemists among us but that does not make them experts on skin itself. Many people’s skin reacts in different ways. I’m loving how gentle Tacha products are and I am seeing real results, something many beauty lines claim but have not really come through for me. Trouble is Tacha is so expensive, however, the travel sizes go a long way and I can afford those. Fantastic line!
For those struggling with dark spots, women reported that L'Oréal Paris Youth Code Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Serum Corrector lived up to its name. "It really lightened my dark spots and evened my skin tone," said one. Volunteers who used this serum solely on their chests reported even better results: "It really reduced my freckles there." It also earned praise for its light scent and nonirritating formula.

Mario Badescu’s Vital with Collagen and Elastin for Men is marketed specifically for men with dry skin which, let’s face it, makes sense since very few men are brought up to incorporate a moisturizer or mask routine into their daily lives. While this product is ideal for men with this drier skin type, it is unclear whether this cream was created with the combination or oily skin man in mind. Only time will tell whether this moisture-rich formula complements an oilier complexion.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that alcohol causes dehydration – you only need to think of your last “morning after the night before” to know that! But you may not know the effects it can have on your skin. Research has shown that drinking alcohol in excess can cause premature or accelerated aging. This can also be linked to the effects that excessive alcohol has on your blood pressure and other organs.
Pillowy under-eyes are complicated, but if baggage is a concern, two main culprits—fat tissue and lymphedema—are likely to blame, says Dr. Barbara Sturm, who specializes in non-surgical skincare treatments. The former, "appears when the muscles around the eye are weakened and tissue moves lower," Sturm explains, whereas the latter, lymphedema, is often triggered by sleep deprivation, hormonal imbalances, high sodium food and genetics. In terms of prevention, Sturm cautions against eye-rubbing and recommends sleeping face up, which reduces nighttime water-retention. For a quicker fix, we polled dermatologists for their most effective semi-instant under-eye remedies. From Preparation H to black tea, here's what really works.
I appreciate this article, but want to add one comment. I don’t understand why everyone is promoting bone broth these days. The collagen that it contains is made up of amino acids that are abundant in our food supply. So the intact collagen gets broken down into the amino acids that we already have a plethora of. So bone broth or collagen supplements don’t help us get more collagen into the skin, joints or anything. Would you please explain your reasoning?
"I live where it's dry, and on top of that my mom, bless her heart, is always turning the heater up. I also have very fair skin that freckles and burns easily. This moisturizer leaves my skin refreshed and not dry, goes right in, isn't greasy, doesn't have a weird smell. And the UV has shielded my skin so that one particularly dark freckle/sun spot has faded." —Kimberley S.
Allure has really been cranking out the spoilers! I really appreciate that, it gives me something to look forward to. I’m in love with January and will use everything in that box, plus I’ll order an extra. February is not as exciting, but still really good! I’ll definitely try the mascara with all of you raving about it and I’m excited to try a clear brow gel since I never have. I always find at least one really good product in Allure every single month. I can’t say the same about my other subs.

Hyaluronic acid (HA) gives you short-term benefits while you wait patiently for retinoids and AHAs to kick in. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, and works by drawing water into the cells, making skin look plumper and more full of life. And hyaluronic acid is the latest and greatest humectant out there, each of its molecules capable of holding 800 to 1,000 times their weight in water. That’s a lot of plumping power. Even more effective than HA is sodium hyaluronate, a derivative that has smaller molecules, making it better at sinking deeply into the skin.
As part of a broader, company-wide strategy, Condé Nast CEO Bob Sauerberg said he was open to expanding subscription boxes to other brands. GQ already offers the “GQ Best Stuff Box” ($49.99 per quarter), which is a curated box of recommended products from the brand, and Teen Vogue just launched The Rag (for $24.99), which it described as a toolkit for period and vaginal health.

Truth is, your eye puffiness and darkness could be inherited. "The undereye area is one of the thinner areas and is easily neglected in basic skin care," says Paul Jarrod Frank, a cosmetic dermatologist in New York City. "There is a strong genetic component to dark circles, which is out of people’s control." Womp, womp. Yes, much of the reason you have those circles is that of your parents' own thin skin (thanks, Mom). Sometimes you have them because of an increase in pigment in that area. But don't run to the doctor asking for a pricey laser or needle treatment. Below are ways to minimize the appearance of those circles that won't cost you an arm or a leg. These affordable tips go way beyond putting cucumbers on your eyes.
If you don't sleep much during the night, try taking about 45 minute naps once or twice, depending on how much sleep you lose each night. Water, as said in the article above, also helps a lot. If you cannot seem to fall asleep easily during the day (or not at all), try exercising. It tires the body (obviously) and makes your muscles 'long' for rest to strengthen.
Don't let the water gel formula of this product fool you. The Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel restores moisture and helps plump the under-eye area with hyaluronic acid. This product may be beneficial with people who have oily skin. "Many moisturizers are too heavy or can cause acne [for people with oily skin], which is why I love hyaluronic acid gels," says dermatologist Dr. William Kwan.
The majority of studies evaluating the benefits of these OTC retinoids are poorly designed and the effectiveness of these studies is regarded as marginal, at best, by most skin experts. When marketed as cosmetics, the manufacturers of these “anti-wrinkle” creams are not required to obtain pre-market FDA approval, nor are they required to prove the product’s efficacy to back up claims. OTC “anti-wrinkle” creams, in essence, are merely moisturizers that claim to improve skin tone, texture, and radiance while reducing wrinkling. As a skin care expert, the true ability of an OTC “anti-wrinkle” cream to improve the appearance of the skin has more do to with the products ability to moisturize, to increase the water content of the skin.
In a previous Health interview, dermatologist Jessica Krant MD, recommended this product for those looking to start using a retinol product, explaining that "the ingredients are of good quality and I have never had anyone complain about any skin reaction or difficulty managing this retinol." It packs hyaluronic acid to boost moisture while also erasing fine lines.
Having been blessed with mixed skin, I have struggled to find the right facial cream for my skin type. In fact, up until recently I all but gave up on finding the right product as one after the other would yield disspoainting results (e.g. cause breakouts or just stay on like a slimy film). My friend recommended this product to me, and I am so glad I gave it a shot. The cream applies super easily and dries so so fast. Skin feels rejuvenated. I apply it before going to bed, and it's my new favorite nightly ritual. Highly recommend you give it a try, I will order again!

“One of my patients gave me this sleep mask as a holiday gift last year and I liked it so much, I bought several for my girlfriends. Now that I'm headed toward my 50th birthday, I'm noticing the sleep creases around my eyes take longer to smooth out. This mask is made of mulberry silk, which is softer than cotton and produces less friction against your skin. The slippery fabric slides over your pillow, so there’s less pulling and tugging. Friction creates more pressure on the skin, which can deepen skin creases.


"This is the first time I have purchased a cosmetic product solely based on previous reviews. I have sensitive skin so have never tried a retinoid product before. I have nice enough skin but I’m 45 and have a few sun spots. I have been amazed at the change in my complexion. After a week of use 2x/day it looked brighter, more even in tone, almost younger. I have had no dryness, and have even started using it around my eyes with no dryness. Great product!" —Colby

Change your dietary habits. A salty dinner paired with a few cocktails is fine every once in a while, but if you make a daily habit of eating salt and drinking alcohol, it can have a long-term effect on your eye bags. Years of water retention in the facial area can lead to permanently stretched-out bags. To prevent this from happening to you, try making the following changes:

As you can see, my under-eye bags and darknesses (“Hello darkness my old friend….”) haven’t completely disappeared. Instead of obsessing over getting them perfect, I’m going to embrace this quirk. If every weirdness was wiped out of one’s face, one would look so robotic and character-less, right? I’m okay with my under-eyes giving me some personality–as long as they don’t rise up in mutiny again, haha.

While there is an element of genetics and luck associated with how your skin ages, a great deal influence on it is our lifestyle. Smoking, sunburn, drinking and having a poor diet can all greatly affect the resilience of our skin, meaning it is far more likely to age prematurely. So in addition to promoting your skin’s natural collagen productions through applying pro-collagen creams, here are some other ways you can help your skin stay resilient, healthy and youthful.
A dermatologist can help you create a personalized skin care plan by assessing your skin type, evaluating your skin's condition and recommending products likely to be effective. If you're looking for more-dramatic results, a dermatologist can recommend medical treatments for wrinkles, including prescription creams, botulinum toxin (Botox) injections or skin-resurfacing techniques.
"Sometimes dark circles are caused by increased pigment, either from rubbing or from sun damage," says Nazarian. "The best treatment for this includes topical lightening agents such as vitamin C, kojic acid, and licorice extract. These ingredients help decrease skin pigmentation over time, ultimately resulting in the lightening of the dark circles." And you must wear sunscreen. "Invest in a broad-spectrum physical sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide," Tung says.
The least expensive of the top trio of eye creams, Eau Thermale Avène Rétrinal Eyes Eye Contour Care was just as moisturizing as our gold winner and earned kudos from satisfied testers for its nongreasy, fast-absorbing formula. However, dermatologists recommend that if dark circles are your primary concern, invest in a good concealer. Topical lotions are ineffective at treating them.
"This is the first time I have purchased a cosmetic product solely based on previous reviews. I have sensitive skin so have never tried a retinoid product before. I have nice enough skin but I’m 45 and have a few sun spots. I have been amazed at the change in my complexion. After a week of use 2x/day it looked brighter, more even in tone, almost younger. I have had no dryness, and have even started using it around my eyes with no dryness. Great product!" —Colby

What causes them? Puffy eyes are the result of temporary swelling that is often caused by seasonal allergies. Puffiness can also arise if you’ve had too much salt or alcohol, which can leave you dehydrated—that leads to water retention, which in turn leads to swelling in the face. Lack of sleep makes puffy eyes worse, too, because of the pooling of fluid in the area. As a result, puffiness is often worse in the morning and resolves itself by the afternoon as the accumulated fluid drains with the help of gravity and time.
Remember how we told you that the cold may be beneficial if you have noticeable under-eye bags? Well, Rivera says you can create a cold compress to help temporarily reduce the appearance of under-eye bags. Rivera says to place a chamomile tea bag in the refrigerator to chill. Once it’s cold, place the tea bag over your eye—the combo of the temperature and the chamomile can be soothing and have a temporary de-puffing effect.
I decided to subscribe to Allure B. Box because I thought it would be a great way to receive samples and beauty products to try out. I started Oct. 5 2018 and they charged me right away. I never heard back on shipping for that month. Oct 16 I sent an email and on Oct 18 I received a tracking email. Needless to say I received the box very late Oct. I decided to cancel, with an email, I was offered to please stay and they would do the next “4 boxes at $10 ea.” Instead of $15. I accepted, this was Oct 31. On Nov. 1st they charged my card for the Nov. box. ALL November I waited, no emails, no information. I got an email just advising a “November Round up” for those who did get the box can review the products. I sent an email no response, so I decided to call. I spoke to a rep saying she didn’t understand why I had received one. On their end it showed it had not left “the warehouse” but she’d message a supervisor who’d get back to me.
Just thought I would let you all know that I got a letter from Allure today stating they are out of the SR serum from November and don’t anticipate replenishing. They didn’t offer any replacement in the letter, but I called CS and they are sending some sort of beauty bundle to me. Sorry if this news is disappointing for any of you, bc I know I was super disappointed.
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