Friday, December 22, 2017

HOW I COMBAT UNDEREYE CIRCLES


I have dark circles under my eyes, and pretty much always have. Even in photos of me as a child, I have a noticeable darkness under my eyes in almost every picture. And while it's just how I was born, I have learned over the years different ways to help reduce their appearance. I'm a firm believer in eye creams and treatments, so today on the blog I've rounded up a few of my favorites. So whether you're looking to combat circles like me, puffiness, or just want to look a little bit fresher, scroll down to read the story and see my picks.





Alright, so let's get down to business. I tend to use the same 4 products in rotation, depending upon what my eyes need at the moment. Sometimes, it's to help with puffiness - you guys know I love a good cocktail + salty snacks, and if I have those late at night? I'm sure to wake up with a bit of a puff to my face. Not cute. Other times, when I've skipped out on sleep, I need some extra moisture to plump my skin back up and reduce the appearance of my circles - usually when traveling or working late.



First up, is my Genaissance De La Mer Eye And Expression Cream. First things first - this one is a splurge. La Mer is never cheap, so just keep that in mind! I really do love this eye cream, but I think the biggest thing that I love about it is the little applicator that stores in the lid. It's metal, and keeps extremely cold - perfect for handling puffiness. It's soothing to just dip the applicator in the cream and gently rub it in. My secret with this eye cream (but you could do it with a much less expensive option) is to keep in fridge. It is so soothing to put on cool cream! If you're not wanting to splurge on La Mer, keep a little spoon next to whatever cream you like, and apply it with the back of the spoon. Instant soothe.


Next up - my Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel. This eye gel not only plumps my skin up, it's affordable, and the tube makes it a great choice for travel. You guys know I'm obsessed with all things Biossance, and this product is no exception. It works wonders, and over time is meant to help with reducing dark circles. Score.

Next up is another splurge, the Cle de Peau Beaute Intensive Eye Contour Cream. I added this one to my collection about two months ago, and have been a steady fan ever since. It's a great cream for when you need more moisture, and when I recently traveled to Scotland, it was the only eye cream I packed. It's creamy, ultra hydrating, and tends to make my eyes just look and feel brighter. Bonus points for the cool packaging and little applicator stick.

I could go on and on about this Tata Harper Boosted Contouring Eye Mask but I'll spare you the spiel. Suffice it to say, that this formula is HEAVEN. It's an all natural option, and while it's technically not an eye cream,  the formula it is is actually so much better. It goes on a bit like a solid oil that just melts into your skin - but hangs on for a while. It really does feel like a mask, in that it sticks around for hours, so this is one I would recommend for at night, because you're not gonna want to apply makeup over it. I have been wearing this nightly for weeks now, and love that it really sinks into my skin and plumps it overnight. Cannot recommend it enough!


Last, but certainly not least, is this goofy Refrigerated Eye Mask that I bought on Amazon last year. If you've watched my IG stories, you've definitely spotted this strange super hero mask on mornings when my eyes are just PUFFY and hopeless. It stays in your freezer over night, and then straps on to your face with velcro. Because there are holes in it to see through, I'm able to put it on and forget that it's there while I get ready. It's really inexpensive, and both my husband and I use it weekly.

74 comments:

  1. Would love to try out this eye gel! I’ve been looking for a good one lately and would love to give this one a shot! @emmamosser

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  2. This could really help my sister, who coincidentally also is named Courtney! IG name: @likealonewolf

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  3. Omg I've had the worst under eye circles since I was a kid too!
    IG: @wonderlandsam

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  4. I’d love to give it a try! I’ve tried other Biossance products and I felt in love. My under eye bags can use a little help right now! Lol @stef.nicole

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  5. Thanks for the tips! I've been struggling with darkness under my eyes for a bit now so this gel would be amazing! Instagram:@nataliecarlock

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  6. Ahh yes! I've always had the worst circles and after everything you've said about Biossance I've been dying to try one of their products. Unfortunately I'm freaking broke, so I've been biding my time until I can save some pennies and go for it. You've definitely inspired me to up my skincare routine though and thank god, my skin needed it. So thanks!
    @itselementarydear

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  7. I’ve also had dark circles my entire life and have tried everything! Would love to try this :) @brenn.alexander

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  8. I love their oils. I was curious about the eye gel. IG: @nikilarock

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  9. This is so helpful, Courtney! My bags under my eyes make me look like a dead person right now LOL

    @closetvomitfashion

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  10. I haven’t tried biossance, I have suuuuper sensitive skin so facial products are hard for me as I usually need to test them out before purchasing. Would love to test out this lil guy! @cam_robb

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  11. Same story here! If I had a dollar for every time I’ve been asked if I’m tired :’-) @maegermeister

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  12. I’ve been wanting to try Biossance! Plus I’ve noticed dark circles as I’m getting older :(
    @autumn_hanna

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  13. Thank you so much for this post! I’ve struggled with very dark under eye circles and puffiness forever and have tried tons of different products, it’s good to know exactly what works for some and which splurges are worth a try. And I discovered the cold spoon trick about a year ago, it has helped so much with puffiness in the morning! I’m buying that cool eye mask on amazon right this second πŸƒπŸ»‍♀️

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  14. I love your blog! Can’t wait to try these tips! @indadada

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  15. Leaving my Instagram handle for your contest (: @bribunz

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  16. I want to try this product!! IG: @erweinstein91

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  17. I’ve heard abot good things about this products really appreciate your thorough review about it really helpful i hav ebeen struggling with dark circle plus some lines i really hate it especially when i do full coverage makeuo this will definitely help me combat all these problems with my under eye anyways i hope you and yor family will have a great holidays Thank you so much

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  18. I have been dying to try this eye gel by biossance! Would love so much to win this. Amazing post, as always �� @felicityoftheseas

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  19. I have been dying to try this eye gel by biossance! Would love so much to win this. Amazing post, as always �� @felicityoftheseas

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  20. Such a great tip about using the back of a spoon!
    I’m in need of a major overhaul of my entire skin care routine, ive been using the same ol stuff for years!
    Insta: @beatricedejong

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  21. You got me hooked on Biossance! After reading about your skin routine here and on IG, I immediately ordered their samples and I’m now obsessed with the squalane + vitamin C rose oil — best thing I’ve ever used! That and the Biossance cleansing oil are on my Christmas list. ;) Now I’ve got to try the eye gel too (I too have had dark circles under my eyes for all eternity.) Thanks for sharing what’s worked for you and turning me on to some amazing products! <3 (@danajill)

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  22. Ahh! I've had my Eye on Biossance lately, but I'm waiting until after Christmas to splurge on myself!

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  23. Ahh! Thank you for introducing me to biossance. I can't go without it now! @eliseensslin

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  24. I also deal with under eye circles and never know what to do about it, so this is super helpful! 😍

    @ar.ianarose

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  25. I'd love to try this! I'm a mom who doesn't sleep so undereye circles rule my life
    @kaleidoscopical_

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  26. I’ve had dark circles since I was a tiny girl! Thanks for the 4-1-1 I really have tried so many things. Even if I don’t win the giveaway I’m getting that refrigerator mask ASAP πŸ˜‚

    IG: hello_kristin

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  27. Have been wanting to try a peptide formula for my dark circles, would love to give Biossance a go! @blairsnidds : )

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  28. I have the mask too!! It helps a lot. Would love to try all these products @carvalhosa πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

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  29. I’ve been wanting to try this! Thanks for the advice! πŸ˜˜πŸ’—

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  30. Been wanting to try this eye gel!!! @becgru

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  31. I use their oils, been very interested in their eye gel! @lil_squashh

    Love your blog and this post ❤️

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  32. I’ve recently been using the biossance cleanser and gel moisturizer. I’ve been pretty happy with this brand since you’ve recommended it, so I’d be excited to give the eye gel a go!

    @meeeowiel

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  33. I have fair/olive skin + have had dark circles for as long as I can remember. Dying to try that La Mer cream! Sounds so lovely! @kristinaschubert

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  34. I love all things Tata Harper so I've added that to my list of need-to-try! Overall really loved this post (and all of your posts)! Thanks for all the info. :) @cat.and.crow

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  35. suuuper into Biossance rn, I'd love to try their eye gel! under-eye circles are such a reality. my ig handle is @h_munch!

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  36. I hate my under eye circles, seeing your recommendations gives me hope that there are products that can help!! IG is @now.set.free

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  37. Ahh I'm always looking for miracle under eye products!
    @krryhgn

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  38. I’m dying to try Biossance! You’ve definitely got me convinced to try them. Lovely post as always❤️
    XO-L
    www.agirlnamedlatisha.com
    @agirlnamedlatisha

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  39. After your visit to their main office, I ordered some samples and I love it 😍
    Can’t wait to try more!
    -@christygoes

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  40. forever searching for good under eye products, especially for puffy eyes! @lilshelbylynn

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  41. I'm another hereditary eye bag :( always looking out for depuffing products.

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  42. I always struggle with under eye darkness/bags! I work at a startup coffee shop and we start work at 5:30 in the morning, so my eyes are always pretty tired-looking. Plus as a barista I’m often the first face people see in the morning! Wish I could always look as bright eyed and bushy-tailed as I feel. πŸ˜…
    My instagram is @amandajaquino

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  43. This post was perfect, that’s for the tips. I’ve noticed the bags under my eyes have recently gotten worse, I cannot wait to try these. @louieco

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  44. Thank you for the tips! Another under eye circle-sufferer here! πŸ–
    Ig: idamstahl

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  45. Can't wait to try! I've been eyeing biossance for awhile now but haven't ordered it! I've had dark circles since birth and they're definitely a blow to your confidence! Especially in pictures!

    @graysonhoneycutt

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  47. Thank you for the tips. Hope to give them a try. And love your blog and instagram posts!
    @jenniferclaireto

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  48. I would love to try this eye gel. I struggle so much in hiding my dark circles :( not even a filter can get rid of them :(((
    IG: yvonnexcarlile

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  49. Really loved how your vanity looks ❤ @ana_bonafe

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  50. Love your skincare advice!
    IG- @hopeciotti

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  51. Love the advice! Definitely going to give it a try!

    IG: kaylamac16

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  52. Seriously needed this after finals!
    @bartz_rachel

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  53. Thank you so much for this post! I’m always looking for better ways to get rid of the under eye! πŸ‘€
    Gabrielleleposki

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  54. Ugh. My 31st birthday is next week. Give me all of these things.
    @rudekali

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  55. Super interested in trying that gel🀞🏼😍
    IG: ashbadge

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  56. I let my snoring frenchie "Prince" sleep in my bed last night and so needless to say THE UNDER EYES ARE REAL. Need dis. ig @shainahealy

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  57. This is helpful as I always have under eye circles. Thank you 😊
    Insta: emmjoyy

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  58. Even with extra sleep and staying hydrated the circles like to stay around. I definitely want to try ! @beffyy

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  59. Ooh I'd love to try this! Been really fighting this problem and nothing seems to help. @jmoosica

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  60. I’ve been wanting to try the biossance! Also- eye creams with caffeine tend to help stimulate dark circles away as they are sometimes pooled blood @snhendrix

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  61. Hey girl! :) —love your blog xx
    So in the last 6 months, I started making my skin my first priority! I never really had much of a skin routine prior to that, which unfortunately resulted in my skin looking dull and dehydrated. I read your post about biossance (and noticed how radiant your skin looked) and decided to give it a try! I’ve been using the sample sizes of the 100% squalane and the vitamin c + rose and IT HAS WORKED WONDERS!! I’m hooked in the best way possible lol
    Id LOVE to try the Peptide eye gel —as I too struggle with puffy / dark circles!

    Love keepin up with all your content ~ thanks for sharing all your beauty secrets!
    —Kelsey Rae @_kelseyrae_

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  62. I'd love to try this out...i love Biossance! IG- @mandi_daneluk

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  63. Thanks for the tips! I’ve been wanted to step up the face routing and try biossance @jennpentecost

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  65. I’d love to try the biossance eye gel! I also suffer from really bad under eye circles so I’ll take all the help I can get! @kirstdaddy_lilmama
    Kirsten

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  66. Ooooh! Would love to try this! Looks amazing. ❤️ IG @jenniferruiz

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  69. It is believed that the eyes are the window's to the soul and this is why beautiful eyes attract so much attention. Dark circles are a discoloration under your eyes and can be caused by aging, crying for a long time at night, lack of sleep or sinus problems. When it comes to choosing the stovepipe eye cream for your eyes you mustiness retrieve what your personalized problem areas are. Buy revitol eye cream as it is very effective in curing eye wrinkles. It's a must try cream.

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