I’m An Eye Serum Convert


IMG_0566Years ago, I thought I didn’t need or want a specific product for my eyes.  I just used whichever face product I liked (I’m so sensitive I’d rarely put anything on my face that couldn’t be near my eyes). I admit I still am not an eye cream fan, but a nice light serum can be very pleasant and helpful.

When people talk eye products, they often want something that alleviates dark circles. I want to say right up front that I personally have never experienced any product that helped in that area. The only thing that ever helped with my constant just-got-in-a-bar-fight look was eliminating processed and sensitivity-aggravating foods.  But there are other things an eye product can do for you.

When I looked for an eye serum, I was after something unscented, that provides a little moisture, but not too much under makeup, and that kicked the butt of my morning puffiness. I have found three eye serum products that I love. They take a few minutes to sink in, but that actually works out well, because…

…I started doing a little eye massage every morning. Using one finger on each eye, I pat the serum all around, then massage from the outer corner to the inner corner in little circles, both above and below. This seems to get fluids moving, and assists the serum in depuffing. I’ve tried the massage with random products, and a serum really does make a difference.  Here are my top choices:

Blissoma Bright – Eye Vitalizing Nutrient Serum: I reviewed this some time back, but I’m going to plagiarize myself a bit for the sake of comparison. Just a few minutes after a little eye massage, my puffiness is dramatically better.  The consistency is very thin, so I pump it out slowly and carefully. About half a pump per application works for me.  The texture is perfect for under makeup – you’ll be moisturized but not remotely greasy.  With regular use, I feel I look more awake throughout the day.  Can’t beat that!  The way I use it, the bottle lasts a couple of months.  ($45.99/.5 oz)

Kahina Giving Beauty Eye Serum:  This review by Pemberley Jones convinced me I had to try Kahina’s Eye Serum.  I’m glad I did.  The texture of this one is easy to work with.  It’s pleasantly light, but half a pump holds together nicely on the finger.  I do experience some pilling if I layer it on top of other products, so this is definitely a first layer.  It does help with puffiness, but excels at softening the skin, yet firming the eye area.  And I am a sucker for violet glass packaging. ($78/.5oz)

La Bella Figura Decouverte Under Eye Repair Serum:  As an oil based product that does have a light scent, this is different from the other two.  Sink in time is longer, but this is my favorite for a truly luxurious eye massage.  When my eyes really need some pampering, this is what I reach for.  Application with the pretty glass roller ball packaging is unique.  It can be rolled directly on the eye area or on a finger, and the amount is easy to control. ($115/.33oz)

I said I love them all, right? So how to choose? Honestly, I keep going back and forth between them.  They all accomplish essentially the same missions.  If you want to use a serum at night and/or firming and fine lines are a priority, I’d go with Kahina. If morning puffiness is more of an issue for you, I think Bright has the edge.  If you are yearning for luxury with your results, go LBF.  They all have good long-term results.  With any of these choices, you will have a winner.

Have you tried these? What’s your favorite eye cream or serum?





Happy Friday Deal From Kahina Giving Beauty!

KG017 Night Cream Argan Nuts and Grapes

We have so much love for Kahina, and we want to share it with you! This new Night Cream will treat your skin right, and we hope you’ll give it a shot with this once-in-a-blue-moon special discount. Here’s the deal:

Kahina is offering you 15% off the Night Cream + free shipping + a free Kahina cosmetic case! Just use the code NC15 at checkout. The Deal ends Monday night (at midnight!).

There’s much to love about the Night Cream, like how pampering yet practical it is. If you want to know more about the Night Cream, check out Susannah’s review. The Kahina zippered cosmetic case is hand woven in Morocco from aloe vera cactus fiber. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Are you planning to try out Kahina’s Night Cream? What else do you love from the line?


Let me just start here: I cannot keep my nose out of this jar! Kahina revealed their penchant for natural scent with the Fez Body Serum’s sensual, warm aroma that—contrary to first impression—is without season, working equally well in the warm and cool months. (Obsessed!) The Kahina Night Cream emits a completely different but equally compelling scent, and it’s a big part of the experience for me. (Kahina: for the love of the goddesses, please release a perfume oil of the same ilk. Same for Fez!) It’s light and airy, a little floral with a delicate sandalwood undertone—all from a simple blend of essential oils like rose, geranium, petitgrain, and lavender that heal and tone skin in addition to loosening the knots in your shoulders thanks to the aromatherapy benefits of these EOs. The goodness does not stop there.

First and foremost, Kahina is about high quality ingredients that serve a purpose. (The scent is a bonus.) The ingredients in the Night Cream were chosen for their ability to soothe skin irritation and redness, improve tone and texture, and minimize the look of fine lines. Though it’s a marvelous way to end a day, you needn’t reserve it for nighttime use, despite the name. While it is rich and restorative, the cream is super light on the skin and absorbs quickly, making it perfect for layering under other treatments, oils, or even makeup.

I always make sure to apply the Night Cream to my décolletage, and this step has become a crucial part of the sensory experience. It has such a nourishing affect on those thin-skinned areas, which I’m remembering more and more to treat like my face. You know that feeling you get when you’ve had too much sun and you apply a calming, cooling cream to your overly warm skin? It’s like sweet relief, and somehow that’s the sensation I get when I apply Kahina Night Cream, especially to the neck and chest. Sweet relief. From what? I’m not even sure, but the soothing affect is addictive.

Not long ago, I told you about my return to the world of creams. Granted, I will NEVER give up my oils, which remain an enormously pleasing and effective part of my routine, but I’ve found that my skin really appreciates a classic cream for true hydration. The new Kahina Night Cream is a happy edition to my bedtime routine, and it has earned its place next to the best of my oil blends and serums as a perfect complement.

If you’re curious to try it for yourself, we’re featuring the Kahina Night Cream in tomorrow’s Friday Deal!

So it’s Tuesday, not Monday, but no biggie. It’s the spirit of Makeup Monday that counts! We just told you about A Night For Green Beauty, and here’s the first insider-peek from one of the participating brand founders. Kahina Giving Beauty will be participating in ANFGB for a second year in a row!

Kahina needs no introduction on this site, but we’d love to introduce you to Katharine, the founder.

Katharine believes in the potential of beauty rituals to delight and empower, and Kahina Giving Beauty is her testament to that belief. You’ll find a little of that spirit in her makeup bag, too. She and her daughter have bonded over their own beauty rituals—learning to wear makeup. So sweet!

Name: Katharine L’Heureux

Age: 53

Where I currently live: New York, NY

My relationship to makeup: I have definitely become more comfortable with makeup since starting Kahina.  I’ve always taken good care of my skin, but makeup wasn’t something I was used to wearing much of. In the past five years, I have been fortunate enough to become friends with some of the best green makeup artists in the industry who have taught me so much, as has reading NMDL. While building Kahina, I was also raising my only daughter. We’ve sort of learned how to use makeup together. It’s been a bonding experience for us. As much as I like to discover and play, ultimately I keep it simple. It’s in my nature.

Skin: After prepping my face with Kahina Facial Cleanser, Toning Mist, Argan Oil, and Night Cream (it’s actually light enough for day and I want those actives on as much as possible!), I apply either Suntegrity 5-in-1 in Light or Sappho Liquid Foundation in Jennifer.  Suntegrity is for daytime use, when I know I’ll be out in the sun; it has SPF 30. Sappho was just introduced to me by Kristen Arnett and I was lucky enough to have her do the color match for me.  I learned that you are not as pale as you think you are! Fun fact: Sappho’s foundation shades are named after The L Word actresses on whom they were used.  I never would have guessed it, but Jennifer Beale (as in Flashdance) and I have the same skin tone. Sappho doesn’t have sun protection and provides a little more coverage than Suntegrity, so it’s perfect for in-door occasions when I want to be a little more polished—on camera, speaking events, meetings, etc.

Lips: I’m a lipstick person and a big fan of bright colors like Ilia’s Wild Child and Bite Beauty’s Palomino, a bold fuschia.  I’m still using a darker winter lip color, too—h.wood beauty’s plum that I picked up at abc home.  To prep my lips, I’ve been using an argan balm Kahina has in development (jar with white top). It’s so hydrating, not sticky and makes the perfect base for color.

Eyes: My daughter gifted me Tarte lights, camera lashes! mascara and Tarte emphasEYES eyeliner in brown. The goal is a soft smoky look, but I don’t do this everyday. For color, just a swipe of RMS lip2cheek in modest.  I use the aforementioned argan balm over my eyebrows as well, to condition and give them a bit of a gloss and soft definition (while hopefully promoting their growth!).

Cheeks: For Spring, RMS lip2cheek in modest goes on my cheeks. It’s very subtle pink.  I also use our argan balm on any parts I want a little extra glow.  It’s not a highlighter at all, since it doesn’t have pigments, but it does lend a sheen.

Scent: I’ve been trying out Terveer’s rollerball perfume in Vert, which is really the perfect scent for spring—light and green!

Bag: You may have seen it as the case for the Kahina Spa Set.  These are hand-loomed in Morocco out of cactus fiber and you can just throw it in the wash.  When I’m not storing makeup in them, they make a nice pouch for carrying my iPhone and keys.

Original artwork created by Alessandra Olanow (2014).

Lovelies, we have an exciting announcement (well, a few exciting announcements, actually): We (Susannah and Nicolle) are event ambassadors for this year’s A Night For Green Beauty!

So, you may be thinking, what does that mean? Well, it means you, our dear readers, are in luck! Because we’re event ambassadors, we get insider knowledge and access to the featured brands, the goodies and the deets. And then we’re going to give that insider info to you—our online friends, our green beauty community. That includes product reviews, morning routines, makeup bags and more, from some of the biggest brand founders in natural beauty. We kind of can’t wait.

The Event Details

What is A Night For Green Beauty (#ANFGB)? It’s an incredible evening of beauty, glamour and shopping from the best luxury natural brands on the market today, presented by La Bella Figura and sponsored by The Chalkboard, Pressed Juicery, Baby2Baby and Goodebox. Last year, the collaborative party debuted in New York City to more than 450 attendees and 17 luxury brands. This year, ANFGB moves to the ultra hip W Hotel Los Angeles-Westwood on Thursday, Aug. 7—and it’s bigger and better to highlight 22 very special niche brands. You will find the crème de la crème of green beauty at this intimate and delightful shopping experience you’re unlikely to forget.

The Next Surprise

Maybe you can’t make it to the event, but you can still be part of the action. This year A Night For Green Beauty partnered with Goodebox, purveyor of natural beauty monthly subscription boxes, to bring you the Limited Edition Deluxe Beauty Box. The box includes 5 full size products donated by the brands participating in A Night For Green Beauty. 100% of the proceeds from the box benefit the non-profit organization Baby2Baby, which supplies families in need with essential baby gear and clothing for children and reaches over 67,000 children per year.

There will be 4 versions of the Limited Edition Deluxe Beauty Box, and when we say limited edition, we’re not kidding! Only 200 boxes will be available for purchase, and with 5 full size products in each box and all proceeds going to a great charity, this is a win-win for everyone. We got a sneak peek at what’s going into the 4 Limited Edition Deluxe Beauty Boxes. Trust us, these will include some serious cult favorites in the green beauty world. It’s too good to pass up! Here are the details:

Cost: Each box will be $110 (shipping and handling included) for over $300 worth of gorgeous product.

When: The first box will be available for purchase on Monday, June 2nd, 2014.

So how can you score one of these boxes? We won’t let you forget that they are going on sale, but be sure to sign up to get FIRST DIBS on one of these boxes over at Goodebox. Just signing up enters you to win a free, 3 month subscription to Goodebox.

Green beauty has come a long way. There’s so much to celebrate! Will you attend A Night For Green Beauty? Please say yes!