Finishing out the Depology Black Caviar Collagen Under eye Patches

After over a month of use, the Depology container is looking just a little bit worse for wear. In case you are wondering the blueish splotches are splashes from when I washed of my face mask on Friday. I wiped down the sink but missed the container.

The container seals really well though so nothing got into the jar. Actually the fact that the container seals really well helped out quite a bit over the course of the past month or so. To remember to use these, I kept them on my sink. While the blue splotches are face mask I believe the dirtier spots are from the fact that I am currently using a charcoal infused cleanser. There were lots of drips on the box, and none of them got into the container at all.

This Depology Black Caviar Collagen Under eye mask container started out with thirty sets of eye masks. The recommended use was once per day. I have to be honest, I didn’t use them every day. It is why the month long supply lasted longer than a month. I was good using them once a day during the weekdays. I could put them on and sit at my desk with them on really well. I just forgot to use them on weekends when I wasn’t sitting and working on a set list of tasks in one position like i was when working at the desk.

When I wore them for five days in a row, I could really see a reduction in the puffiness and in the fine lines around my eyes. Each day they would get a little better. And then I’d forget to wear them for a few days and the puffiness and fine lines would creep back. Then I’d remember i was suppose to be using them everyday and I would go back to using them with the fine lines and puffiness once again retreating with each use.

If nothing else it was a lesson in the need for skincare to be used routinely and consistently.

The serum was fantastic and my skin always felt nice after the masks were removed and the excess patted in. This, the last set of the eye masks was a bit juicier than the rest as there was still serum in the bottom of the container when I pulled them out. It meant that the eye masks didn’t dry out at all, even though I took more than a month to go through them. It also meant I allowed the excess serum to drip off into the container before I applied them. I will be dabbing the remaining serum onto the skin under my eyes each night until it is gone.

It is just a really good serum.

If I had one complaint about these eye masks it would be that the curve that goes under the eye is a little too sharp. It did mean that I had to position them a certain way to that I didn’t blink and shift the eye mask. It wasn’t a major concern it just meant that I couldn’t apply them as quickly as other eye masks and actually had to think a little more about the positioning. Which isn’t that big a complaint when you get right down to it.

And it certainly wouldn’t stop[ me from picking these Depology Black Caviar Collagen Under Eye Masks up again. I very much enjoyed using these eye masks and with consistent everyday use I saw results. It is just a matter of reminding myself to use them everyday where I fell down. And really, I can’t blame the product for that.

Holiday Gift Sets: Wander Beauty

I have tried a lot of Wander Beauty products and there are quite a few I really like. Pictured above are some of the favorites in my collection. The Staycation mask is really good for hydration (no surprise there) and is something I turn to routinely in the wintertime. If you are interested in a more fulsome review, it featured on a Face mask Friday post a while back and you can read about it here. The Do Not Disturb Overnight Repair Concentrate was a part of my Skincare routine from July 2nd – September 3rd, 2021And I liked it enough to pick up a second one. In fact I pulled it out of my skin care drawer because I need to rotate a night mask into my current routine and I will be adding this in. The baggage claim Eye masks are long term faves and this, my last set, will be slipped into my travel bag before i leave for Thanksgiving and reordered once I return.

In fact the Baggage Claim Under Eye Masks feature in several of Wander Beauty’s Holiday sets this year. Which isn’t surprising since they are really nice eye masks and because they travel really well. This year Wander Beauty has the Eye masks in Festive Fuchsia for a limited time. ($26 for a pack of 6)

Wander Beauty also offers a 24 piece variety pack ($75) this set includes not only the Limited Edition Festive Fuchsia Baggage Claim Masks but the original gold and the rose gold sets as well.

Whatever color you use they all are fabulous. they are light weight and stay in place well so if you want to put them on while getting things done around the house they are easy to wear and you don’t have to worry about them slipping. Last year my mother and each wore a set while wrapping Christmas gifts. And then after got dressed for the holiday gathering. (where we handed out the presents we just wrapped, timing slipped a little last year).

They are great for a pre makeup ritual and they really help to depuff the eyes which is why they are onw of the products I keep around for allergy season. Actually during allergy season i like to put them on and then while they sit I will lightly roll over them with a jade roller. It pushes more of the serum in and the coolness of the stone is also beneficial to allergic eyes. So for me the larger pack is always a good idea. I like the way they feel and I love that they don’t leave any sticky residue on the skin when you peel them off.

The eye masks also feature this year in the Wander X Tenoverten Mask and Mani Set ($46). With this set you get six of the original gold Baggage Claim under eye masks and three nail polishes from TenoverTen. The colors are R&R (Soft Pink), First Class (Metallic Gold) and Soirée (Berry). I have tried the Ten over Ten top coat called Outlast. It is designed to make the polish chip resistant and I found it to be a really good quality top coat. i have never actually tried any of their nail polishes before. If they work as good as the top coat then I would consider this a very good deal. Each of their nail polishes retails for $12 on their own and the masks are a $26 value so you you get over $60 worth of product for the price.

I think that is one of the things that I really like about Holiday Bundles in general. You can get long time favorite products, try new things and get a great deal into the bargain.

Of course not all of the Holiday Bundles from Wander Beauty are about the under eye masks. (I just go through so many of them that I gravitate there first). One of the sets that really interests me this year is the Skincare essentials set. it is a Duo of the Drift Away Cleanser and the Dive in Moisturizer. I have never tried either product actually. I know I love the Do Not Disturb Overnight treatment so I am pretty sure the Dive In moisturizer would work well for me too, but if I am honest I am most interested in trying out the Drift Away Cleanser. It is a gel to foam cleanser that is supposed to provide the effect of a double cleanse without stripping the skin.

You know I love a double cleanse. And the few cleansers I have tried that have been gel to foam or cream to foam have been transitions I really like because the initial form (gel or cream) really lets me see where i put the cleanser so i can make sure i have in fact covered my whole face and am washing everything. I know that sounds a little strange, but I am not at my best first thing in the morning and the visual cue is helpful. I’m better after coffee, but still I like the transformative cleansers. I’m actually using a cream to foam cleanser at the moment.

Which I suppose it just long way round to say that I like this bundle.

They also have non skin care bundles this holiday season. Two of them caught my eye. The first is the Double Date Mini Lip and Cheek Set ($25). There are six mini lip and cheek products which is all of their lip and cheek shades plus the new release Spring Fling. I love this set for several reasons. One I would get to try every shade Wander Beauty has of the Lip and Cheek Creams. That right there is a bonus. i mean how often do you get to try out an entire lines worth of shades in one set?

Also I have really been liking cream blushes lately. the ones I like give me a great deal of control with blending and pigmentation level. (Of course the ones i don’t like provide a degree of angst, but that is the way with every product). I have been eying the Wander Beauty Double Date Creams for a while trying to decide which color suits me. And the ones that don’t work as Blushes on me look like they would be fab as lip products. And I will never say no to lip products. there is also something aesthetically appealing about the clear plastic rounds. Youi can see the product at a glance so you can quickly pick the shade you want and honestly they just look attractive. Plus, you know I already wanted to try them. Sort of a no brainer that I’d like it.

Of course you can’t forget the mascara. I have to say I am amused by this next bundle. It is the Eye-tinerary mascara Duo ($35). I have tried both mascaras and liked them both. They are just both good products. Personally I like the Unlashed a little bit more. I like the curved wand and if I had to pick i will generally go for volume over lengthening in a mascara. If I can get both great, but if not I will lean towards volume. So of course I go for the Unlashed which is a volumizing mascara. My cousin on the other hand loves length and absolutely adores the Mile High Club Mascara. Unsurprisingly, it has great lengthening properties.

So we predictably disagree on which mascara is the best. I know as far as serious debates go it doesn’t hold a candle to anything but when others get into more heated arguments about far more important (and family damaging) disagreements the debate between length and volume has served to break up the tension.(And when it doesn’t works there always the Smurfs Vs. Snorks debate to fall back on for diffusing tempers, admittedly that debate might show my age a bit). Regardless, I find it amusing to see both mascaras in the same bundle. I also think it is a great deal as both are in fact really good mascaras.

If you just want to try the Wander Beauty Mascaras without committing to a full sized tube they also have a trio of mini mascaras ($35) It has both the Unlashed and the Mile High Club as well as the Upgraded Lashes thickening Mascara. I have not tried that one so I can’t speak to it, but the other two are fantastic.

There are other Holiday sets available this year from Wander Beauty and honesty they all look well worth the price. these are just the ones that caught my eye. If you are looking to try items from the brand, stock up on favorites or seek out gifts for the skin care or makeup loving family member, there are several items on the Wander Beauty Holiday Sets page well worth looking into.

Wander Beauty

The Daily: October 20th, 2022

Good Afternoon my darlings. I have to admit that today I didn’t feel like putting on any makeup. It just wasn’t the day for it. No real reason and since my day has mostly been long phone calls taken at my desk and answering lots of e-mails, I figured it was perfectly fine not to bother.

me sans makeup for the day

I whacked my hair into a messy ponytail and called it good. I did however put on my Depology Black Caviar Collagen Under Eye Masks and the Kissu Lip Mask from Tatcha.

The Depology eye masks I am using daily as i work through the jar. The container recommended daily use and so I am working them in. I started on October 11th and so we aren’t that far in but i have noticed that when I wake up my eyes are naturally less puffy than they were before I started the trial. I am hoping it is a cumulative effect sort of thing.

either way, I am never going to say no to eye masks. I love the under eye ones.

And I couldn’t resist the Tatcha lip mask while I worked. It is hands down my favorite lip mask. AND they just came out with a plum version. It is tinted. I think it might be a limited edition. And I have to admit. i know I have been trying to use up products before purchasing new, but I couldn’t resist and ended up ordering the Plum one. This is just a fantastic formula and the fact that this one is tinted means that technically i can use one in the night and one in the day. At least that is how i am justifying it. Tatcha is just hard to resist.

Okay lip products are really just quite difficult for me to resist in general. And we are going into winter where even if i choose to go sands makeup for the day I do still pit stuff on my lips.

I know, I am reaching for justification but the truth is, I couldn’t resist so i ordered it. I can’t wait to try it out.

Other than irresistible lip product purchases, it has been a quiet day. There have been phone calls. there have been e-mails and there was a walk. Mostly my day has been filled with the sound of the computer keyboard clickity clacking through the day. which is fine as my super long walks yesterday threw off my schedule. But I enjoyed those walks and I have to say, even with the busy day today, I regret nothing.

But now it is back to work for me. I hope your Thursday is shaping up to be exactly the sort of day you need and want. Have a great one.

Tatcha

First use of the Depology Black Caviar Collagen Under Eye Patches

We all know that I love eye patches. While there are a few I purchase regularly, most of the ones I have used have been single use items that come in subscription boxes. While having one set is nice when determining if you want to bother purchasing an entire pack, it doesn’t actually show you any skin benefits.

interior plastic seal to ensure it doesn’t leak in transit

Depology very kindly sent over a full sized Black Caviar Collagen Under Eye Patches (pack of 60 pieces – 30 sets) for me to try out and review. On the website Depology recommends using these gels once daily. So with thirty days worth of under eye patches I can give an accurate report of how they perform when used for thirty days.

Plus I have the excuse of using under eye patches every day for the next month. I know, I need little encouragement, but I like it anyway.

So what are these Depology Black Caviar Collagen Under Eye Patches supposed to do? Well according to the website…

Dēpology’s Black Caviar Collagen under eye patches are the ultimate luxurious treat to the eyes. These hydrogel patches nourish the skin deeply, which can help to reduce puffiness and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while also stimulating and regenerating collagen production within the skin. See results in only minutes by leaving them on whilst you relax.​

inner cap with spatula/spoon

There are four main active ingredients in the patches. Black Caviar extract which is an emollient and is designed to plump the skin with hydration and help to reduce fine lines (mostly by plumping the skin with hydration). Centella Asiatica helps with collagen production and anti aging. The Hydrolyzed collagen helps restore suppleness and helps repair dry and damaged skin while the fourth active ingredient Sodium hyaluronate is in the same family of hyaluronic acid (which my skin loves) and helps bind water to collagen aiding in the plumping of skin and reduction of fine lines.

At the moment I am still mostly exhausted from my recent trip home. For me exhaustion doesn’t so much bag the eyes but leaves me looking a little hollow eyed as though I’ve been drained. At least when paired with stress. If it is just tiredness from a normal sleepless night I just get the baggy and saggy eyes. I also get them with allergies, which is often why I use under eye patches. So while I am slowly catching up on my sleep and my stress level in much reduced, I still look a little hollow and could use a bit of plumping.

I also don’t expect miracles in one dose, which is why I will be using the patches for a month before making a final determination about results. I will say that I love that the jar of eye masks came not only sealed in a box but that the jar of Dēpology’s Black Caviar Collagen under eye patches had a separate plastic shrink wrapped seal around it. I know that sounds like a little extra, but as I recently ordered a serum and it arrived as an empty bottle and soaked interior packaging because the camp came just a little bit loose in transit, I love the extra precaution the brand takes in sending the product out.

The container is hard plastic and I have to say there is something quite appealing about the black and silver of the lid. I know looks aren’t everything (which is why I will be testing them for the month) but if I am going to have the jar out with the rest of my skincare for the next month i like that the package is appealing.

Inside the jar there is a plastic lid with a spoon/spatula to retrieve the patches. This is a very nice addition as they are a little bit slippery. I know some of the jars of under eye patches come with a set of plastic tweezers but the last time i used one I felt like I might tear the patch or maybe poke a hole in it. I much prefer the spoon and the divot in the center of it keeps the patches from sticking to the spatula.

before use for comparison at the end of the month

The jar has enough liquid that the patches shouldn’t run the risk of drying out in the next month. I was concerned that it would be a little drippy as I was taking out the first of the Dēpology’s Black Caviar Collagen under eye patches and there was a drop of serum that rolled off the patches and into the jar. when applied to the skin there was not an excess of serum. It was just enough to keep the patches in place but not to cause any drippage down the face.

after one 15 min use

I will say the curve of the under eye patch is a little on the sharp side so I had to wiggle it around to get it in just the right place. Once I did, I could see that the sharp curve does allow for coverage over the areas that I want the most of the pluming and anti aging on. so they are essentially shaped correctly but because they are a bit longer I had to adjust them a little more than I am used to. once in place they stayed for the fifteen minutes.

While I don’t expect miracles from one use of any skin care item, I will say that after one use of the Dēpology’s Black Caviar Collagen under eye patches I can see a slight improvement to my under eye area. It isn’t a massive change but it is definitely there. In addition I do feel more wake and alert. This ,makes me very excited and i can’t wait to see how these Dēpology’s Black Caviar Collagen under eye patches perform over the next thirty days. Stay tuned…

Trying out the Patchology Flashpatch Rejuvenating Eye Gels

By now I think everyone knows that I love eye masks in pretty much every form. They are one of my favorite skincare items. well, the good ones are anyway. For me a good eye mask will provide much needed moisture or some sort of beneficial serum to the under eye area. It may make me feel more awake, but above all almost all of the eye masks that fall into my use again category help me with some depuffing during allergy season.

Now I know you’ve been in the stores and seen various eye masks and realize that none of them say recommended for allergy relief on them. That’s because it never seems to be what they intended. I think it is a combination of the fact that they are cool against the skin and providing skin enhancing benefits through their serums that helps out my under eyes. Some of them specifically mention depuffing while others don’t. I am getting ready to start a longer trial with a box of Depology Hydrogel under eye patches but before then I wanted to try out the last untried single eye gel pack in my box of single use masks.

The box isn’t empty but the other ones in there I have tried before. I tried clearing them out and by the time I emptied the box more came in through subscriptions. I will never complain about that because I always use them, but this was the one I hadn’t tried out.

So this is the Flashpatch Rejuvenating Eye Gel from Patchology. While I have a single use set, a set of thirty will cost $50. So about $1.66 per set of eye gels, if you want to break it down that way. which isn’t too bad. The name Patchology is familiar to me, but I can’t honestly say I have tried any other products from them. If I have I don’t remember them. So this is a first use product for the brand for me as well.

According to the website…

still connected

Puffiness. Fatigue. Dryness. Enter the fast fix for tired eyes, featuring Caffeine and Hydrolyzed Collagen. Look like you got your full 8 hours every day. REVIVE IN FIVE Refresh in an instant. Eye Revive FlashPatch® 5 Minute Hydrogels feature our highly advanced HydraSurge5™ Moisture System. More effective than topical creams or serums, this patch technology accelerates the delivery of essential ingredients Caffeine and Hydrolyzed Collagen. And the Hydrogels stay put—so you get these ingredients where you need them most. Cooling. Smoothing. Refreshing. Your just-woke-up-like-this suddenly looks a whole lot brighter.

So these eye gels are specifically designed to depuff and to do so in five minutes. Now while I will wear eye masks throughout the day while working at my desk over lunch or if I feel like I am in a mid afternoon slump. I decided to try these out first thing in the morning. I washed my face patted everything dry and then opened the packet. I decided to wait for the rest of my skincare until later so that I could see what this set of eye gels did on their own. Then I wore them for five minutes while I set the coffee on to brew and got my clothes out for the day. I think i ended up with about a seven minute wear time instead of a five but I don’t think that should affect to much.

First off the eye gels were very juicy when they came out of the pack. The plastic holder was a bit on the slick side. The eye gels were still connected to each other which I haven’t had in a really long time. Actually I can’t remember a set where the gels were attached to each other. There might have been but I don’t recall them. I pulled them apart and they did separate without the use of scissors but I was worried that I was going to tear them. I managed it without incident and then put them on.

They went on easily and stayed in place for the length of time I wore them. they were wet enough that I thought they might slide or leak serum down my cheeks (which i have had happen before). These did neither. They were comfortable to wear and easy to forget about while I passed the wear time.

Back in the bathroom I removed them. The before and after pictures are below.

before on left, after on right

To be honest, I can see a definite improvement. It isn’t huge, but it is certainly there. Some of the allergy related puffiness is gone. (The ragweed is in the wind where I live and everything has a fine yellow dust over it). Oddly, I think there might have been more of an improvement if I wore the patches for a little bit longer. They were still wet when i removed them although they were significantly drier than when I put them on so i know the serum either evaporated or absorbed. even though these are bulled as five minute eye gels, I think if I had worn them the standard fifteen I would have seen much more depuffing. I will say that this single use of the Flash Patch Rejuvenating Eye Gels does make me want to pick up at least one more set to try for the fifteen minutes to see if I am right. I could easily see these Flashpatch Rejuvenating eye Gels from Patchology in a longer use trial with a full sized container. As for now i will say that they did exactly what they said they were going to do. And for me, that’s a win.

LovelySkin

Trying Woke to sleep…

I am a big fan of sleep masks. I have, for most of my life, had trouble sleeping. Insomnia and I are old friends. While I do have methods of dealing with insomnia, in general I am also a light sleeper. So even when I find sleep I can often be startled out of it.

One of the things that does wake me up is changes in light. while we live in a fairly quiet neighborhood and are far enough back from main roads that the sound of traffic is dimmed, we have a couple of neighbors who work different schedules and are moving about when we are asleep. And the lights flashing in my windows, despite the heavy curtains, can wake me up. It isn’t so much that it is bright, it is more the change in the light that wakes me up. Some part of my brain senses the change and wakes me up.

The simplest non drug related fix is a sleep mask.

I know this The Word Woke Cool Steam Eye Mask is a bit extra but when I saw it I couldn’t resist trying it out. I believe it was an item in a subscription box recently (either IPSY or Boxy, not sure which or if it was both) but I picked it up in the IPSY Store simply because I wanted to try it.

With Sleep masks, I prefer either silk or satin because they are soft against the skin. Cotton can be fine, but basically I look for a soft fabric that isn’t scratchy and can be worn comfortably. I know it is a wide range. As long as the fabric is soft I am okay. I do find that the satin and silk ones bend more easily than the others, ae less stiff and more likely to sort of mold to my head to help with the light blocking issues.

The Word Woke Eye Mask is Satin and it conforms well to my head. It seems well made and like it will last a while. In addition to the usual masking parts it has pockets for either the heating packs or the cooling ones. This doesn’t prevent it from being used on it’s own as just a sleep mask. I know that sounds odd, but I was worried that they would be so focused on the bells and whistles of the heating and cooling that comfortable for sleep might take a back seat. It does not.

having an adjustable band is key to using the mask long term. In addition the pockets to hold the packs are unobtrusive when not in use. (see top of photo, on the eye the seam is in the brow area)

The biggest feature i look for is actually not material based. It is a very simple adjustable strap. Not all sleep masks come with this, most in fact just have some form of elasticized band. while this is easier and cheaper for the companies to use, it also puts a time limit on the length of time the mask can be used. I use my sleep mask every night. Over time, that simple elastic stretches out and the mask will become too loose to wear even if the other materials are wearing fine. with the adjustable strap you can not only adjust it to fit your head comfortably while you sleep, but as the elastic of the band starts to have more give in it and looseness, you can tighten it so that it still fits comfortably.

To be honest if there is one thing I would advise anyone looking for a sleep mask to look for it is the adjustability of the band.

I am pleased to say that this mask has an adjustable strap. I was able to make certain it fit me snuggly but not too snuggly and was quite comfortable wearing it to sleep.

The Hot and Cold gels have also been useful. The Cold gels are your standard gel bead filled pouch. They are smaller so they fit into the pockets of the sleep mask which actually makes them better in my opinion. I have several gel masks and will use them throughout the summer to help bring down the putty eyes caused by allergens. The problem with those masks is that they don’t always fit my nose well or they are too cold against the space between my brows. That can actually give me a headache. These pouches fit over the eyes, therefore the cold is directed towards the eyes.

The Steam Session pouches, likewise fit into the pockets of the mask well. They remain dormant until the pouch is opened and then warm up 20 seconds after removal, which lets you get them into the eye mask without wasting heat. Then they stay warm for about 20 minutes. They are unscented and very reminiscent of the Pop Mask heated masks. Those masks send me to sleep very easily and this also works in that capacity. It also has the benefit of being in my sleep mask so I am already for sleep when I put it on.

Knowing they help send me to sleep, I tried these out before bed and had a very pleasant night ‘s sleep. I left the patches in when I fell asleep. They were cold in the morning but there was no issue with them staying. I didn’t have to wake back up to remove them.

cold gel packs

I’ll admit that compared to my other sleep masks, this is a little bit extra. But I don’t mind that. The cold gels are reusable and will last a while, at least as long as I have the mask I am guessing. The Steam Session packs are disposable, which isn’t the greatest, but understandable. I would prefer if it was a reusable something I could put in the microwave or something as I put the cold gels in the fridge.

A refill pack of the Steam Session Packs can be purchased for $8.99 (for a 5 pack). while I like them, I think repurchasing them may be a treat rather than something I keep on hand for routine use. I like them, I just don’t like the fact that they are single use products. And to be honest, because I like the heated element so much, I may look for something reusable to take the place of the packets.

Over all though, I am very pleased with this purchase and anticipate using this mask and is associated parts for a long time to come.

First use of the Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro-Dart Patches

Recently Depology very kindly sent over a package of products for me to try out and review. while these were gifted to me, the thoughts and opinions are my own. I have to admit, this was one of the products that I was most excited to try.

These are the Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro Dart Patches. You know how i love under eye patches. I use them routinely, especially during allergy season. It is then that their depuffing really comes into play. As this was a bad allergy season for me, extending well out of the normal season I think I ended up using under eye patches every other day this summer. However these contain a Wrinkle Smoothing serum. And Micro darts.

As always, before I try something new I go onto the website, to find out what I need to know about the product as well a what I can expect in terms of results and this was no exception. So According to the Depology website

Our unique Deepcare+™ serum formula helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while nourishing and plumping your skin. And now with our advanced micro dart technology, the serum is getting an upgrade.

To go beyond the surface of your skin, 1000 micro darts, infused with 30mg of our Deepcare+™ serum per patch, penetrate deep into your skin and deliver our solution to the core.

Rejuvenates your skin by directly delivering key ingredients straight into the skin surface – painless, no downtime and 100% safe. You can now experience the results of professional skincare treatments from your home. Apply for 2 hours or leave overnight for best results. Use every 2-3 nights. We recommend consistent use over 6 weeks for optimal results.​

I have to say, I really like the description. It tells me exactly what it is going to do and about how long it will take to see results. It also tells me how often I need to use them. I’ll be honest, the fact that they have micro darts made me worry about over use. I knew I wouldn’t be using them exactly the same way I would regular under eye patches used for simple depuffing so I appreciate the details. And as I have on occasion over used skincare items such as exfoliators, I feel more comfortable with an established time for use.

And yes the term micro dart made me a little apprehensive. I have never used darts, micro or otherwise on my face. I haven’t even tried those micro needle rollers that seem much more common. So I approached this with caution.

But now that I know what to expect, I felt a little more confident. Now I should also point out that I am currently using the Depology Matrixyl 3000 Collagen Boosting Serum. It’s description claims that the serum works well paired with these Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro Dart Patches. I wanted to try the serum on it’s own so I have been using it for two weeks (and will continue using it) to get a feel for it before rolling in the Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro Dart Patches. while I will do a full review on the serum when I have reached the thirty day mark right now I have to say I absolutely love it.

But on to the Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro Dart Patches.

They come individually packaged within the box which makes for easy travel, should you want to slip them into an over night bag. Inside the pouch they are in a little plastic case. The instructions say to make sure you don’t touch the darts with your fingertips (so that the serum can go to your eyes not your fingers). As the darts have a wide patch of space around them, it was easy to avoid petting my fingers into the wrinkle reducing serum.

I’ll be honest, I was braced for stinging pain.

I was prepared for them to be very uncomfortable.

They aren’t.

I applied the patch to my under eye and as per the instructions I pressed the patches into my skin so the micro darts could shoot their serum beneath my skin. I pressed firmly and the sensation was like pressing a piece of velcro against your skin. You could feel the prickly bits, so you knew it wasn’t smooth, but that is about it. And even that was at the beginning. I tapped it a few times throughout the two hour wear time and after fifteen minutes, the darts more or less dissolved into the skin so it felt like a smooth patch with no more velcro pressing feeling.

photo to use for comparison at the end of six weeks

The patches were comfortable to wear and easy to forget about once they were on. Actually I only really felt them in the first fifteen minutes. Then once the micro darts were dissolved, the patches were just there. They weren’t uncomfortable.

As this was my first test of the Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro Dart Patches I did only wear them for the recommended two hours and not over night. I wanted to get the feel of them before I tried to sleep in them. To be honest, i think they will be easy to sleep in. I will just have to apply them early enough for the darts to dissolve and I think they will be comfortable enough to sleep in. I will of course try them over night during this trial.

after the two hours I peeled them off. The patches came off easily without tugging at the skin. The serum had dissolved into the skin so there was nothing left remaining on top. The Depology Deepcare Serum Infused Micro Dart Patches will take about six weeks to show results so today was more about a first wear and how they felt than results, but I enjoyed wearing these patches and am looking forward to seeing what results occur after six weeks of consistent wear,

The Daily: July 28th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. I’ll be honest, today was not a makeup day. This morning I was a little stuffy when waking but after my morning walk I could practically feel the bags under my eyes start to sag. My eyes were watery and itchy as well. we had a brief bout of rain and it seemed to have brought up a whole bunch of stuff into the air.

Luckily I just got in a new batch of the Klorane Smoothing and Soothing eye patches. They feel cool on the skin and that alone helps take down a lot of the puffiness and bags, but the soothing is also fantastic for allergy season. Plus the gel consistency keeps them in place while i work so i can keep going even if my allergies attack. which is good because today has been a very busy one.

The odd scheduling from the past two days has finally caught up with me. So there is a mountain to do, but at least my eyes are starting to feel better. It isn’t the most glamorous look, but as all interaction with others involves the phone or e-mail today, I am good. I started with a set of these eye patches this morning right after my post walk shower and ended up with a second set shortly after lunch.

I generally try to space them out and not do more than one set in a day, but today, between the mold and the grass seed, I need a double dose. and as effective as these are in taking down the bags, I have never had a problem with too much use from them. They are gentle as well as effective. I still don’t like using them too much in one go, but today the double use was worth it.

So I got my walk in, along with an unhealthy dose of allergens and I used the ab wheel again. I know it will take a while before anything shows, but man are my muscles feeling the use. So at least i feel like it is doing something. we are supposed to have more rain coming in a little while I’m hoping it is enough to wash some allergens out of the air for a bit and not a small amount that just makes the problem worse. Admittedly my time outside today is done. I have holed up with the air purifier going and I changed the hepa filter on the air vents. With the brand new air system we spent a hearty chunk of change on in May, the air in the house is as clear as it can be. I think for the rest of the day, me and my sinuses are going to stay in the air filtered bubble and hope for better news in the morning. I have my fingers crossed that the rain will wash the air clear for my morning walk. As tomorrow is a work in the house day again, if I can just get through that morning walk i shall be golden. Today however is eye patches and filtered air. (along with sinus medication to keep the nose in check).

I know it is just that stage of summer. It happens every year. This year seems a little worse though. I think that part of it, is that the face masks filtered out a lot of things when worn for the past two years. This year, the masks are being worn less so more allergens are getting in. So maybe it just feels worse because of the lack of personal filter. Either way, I know the next two to three weeks are going to be allergy city. Which is of course why I stocked up on the eye masks to begin with. Early spring when things just start growing and late summer when the intermittent rains and heat bring up mold and lead us into the end of the growing season are when under eye masks really shine. don’t get me wrong, I like them in other parts of the year, but now is their time of glory. Viva la under eye masks!


Eye Masks: Trying the Knesko Skin Rose Quarts Antioxidant Natural Collagen Eye Mask

As of now, this is the last untried single eye mask in my collection. I do have a couple of the Wander Beauty Baggage Claim eye masks that came as singles, but I have reviews those so I will simply use them as well as the masks that came in packs. The Knesko eye mask is new to me though and arrived with my Glossy Box Easter Egg if memory serves.

And it has quite the title. The fill name of this product is the Knesko Skin Rose Quarts Antioxidant Natural Collagen Eye mask. Both Knesko and these eye masks are new to me so lets look in on what the brand has to say.

Support your eyes with this luxury eye mask. Our Rose Quartz Antioxidant Collagen Eye Masks are the ideal choice for skin in need of some extra love. Formulated with potent antioxidants, they work to immediately soothe and protect your under-eye area—all in a luxuriously calming at-home spa experience.  Our Rose Quartz Eye Masks are packed with an active serum containing our proven Antioxidant Complex. Ingredients like Grape Seed and Licorice Root extracts fight free radicals to reverse damage and brighten your skin. Soothing Rose Quartz boosts elasticity and brings back those youthful-looking eyes. Just one treatment and you’ll be glowing—inside and out. 

Knesko

Okay calming, soothing and anti-aging are all things I can get behind. So to the masks we go! I opened the package and before I even slid the masks out of the package the scent of rose drifted up. Actually no, that is not the right term. It didn’t drift anywhere It spiraled up and slapped me in the face. These eye masks smell of rose. I know it says Rose Quartz but I assumed they meant the stone, especially as the description mentions Grape seed and licorice root. I was braced for an anise type scent, I was not braced for rose.

The scent is exactly like the By Terry Lip gloss. It is the exact came scent except spread over a wider area. It is not a bad scent but wow is it rose -tastic. So beware if you are sensitive to scent or rose in particular. If you like rose then this may be just up your alley.

The masks are on a plastic sheet and they came out without incident. They are juicy. Very juicy. They overfloweth with serum. They are the jelly like patches, which are among my favorite. I placed them on and the amount of serum made them want to slide. I had to shake off a little bit of serum to make them stay in place. Once I took off some serum they were okay although one of the eye masks kept sliding and had to be repositioned every few minutes. Feeling the slow slide was a bit annoying..

constant sliding

One of the things I generally like about the jelly style patches is that they generally adhere really well to the contours of the face. These tended to pucker. which is not ideal because you want as much contact between your skin and the eye patch. I wore these eye masks for fifteen minutes and the entire time I kept expecting the rose scent to fade.

It doesn’t.

It is a scent that is there to stay. I did wear them for the recommended length of time, but the scent was strong enough to give me a headache. It was with some relief that I removed them. Having removed them, I am impressed with the serum. I think the skin around my eyes did benefit from the serum. I also know that no matter how good that serum is, I will never buy these masks. I was annoyed that they kept sliding, but that was something I could adjust if need be. I can not live with that scent. It was extremely intense and gave me a headache. The serum in the Knesko Skin Rose Quarts Antioxidant Natural Collagen Eye masks may be really good, but for me the scent makes it a hard no on purchasing. As a brand that I have never tried before, I would be willing to try other products from them, because the serum was really good. I will however probably avoid anything in the rose line.



Eye Mask Trials continue with Aceology

Just when you thought the eye mask collection had been sorted, a new single eye mask to try out appears. Well actually two different ones, and so before they an get buried or start accumulating in a new pile that could get forgotten as I switch to my favorite sets, I will add them in for review.

The first of the new comers we are using this week nd it is the Aceology Hydro glow and Deep Hydration Watermelon Eye mask. I’ll be honest, when I first looked at this I thought, Wow that is some waste full packaging. I thought that each pouch only held a single eye mask. It turns out that this is a set of two eye masks so each of the little pouches hold one set.

Which is far less wasteful and it also means I have two pairs of these. As always before i dive in, I take a look to see what I should expect from these eye masks.

The Aceology Hydro Glow & Deep Hydration Watermelon Eye Mask drenches your under-eye area with an invigorating cocktail of Watermelon Extract and Aloe Vera Leaf Extract. These hydrating ingredients wake up tired, dull or dry skin and promote a fresh, radiant eye area.

Watermelon Extract is naturally high in vitamin C, which brightens the skin and offers an antioxidant effect, protecting it from free radical damage. It also contains an amino acid (citrulline): amino acids are praised for their ability to increase moisture retention. Aloe Vera Leaf Extract is packed with beneficial nutrients that boast soothing, protective and water-binding properties. Together, these hydration heroes encourage healthy skin that is noticeably plump and bright.

This blend of skin-soaking ingredients is delivered through refreshing single use under-eye masks – a total treat for eyes that have been working over-time. Any product that remains on your skin after using the mask can be gently pressed into your orbital eye area for added radiance.

Aceology

Usually eye masks are soaked in serum and then applied. These have a dry fuzzy backing on one side and a sticky side that is attached to the plastic on the other. Sometimes this style works out for me and sometimes it really just doesn’t. But I am always game to try.

The scent of the eye patches when they come out of the packet is a light watermelon. It isn’t intense and it smells more like freshly sliced water melon than faux watermelon scent. which is nice. It smells refreshing actually, which is what these masks are supposed to be.

So I peeled the plastic backing from them and applied them to my skin. The glue that holds them in place is quite sticky. You will notice in the picture with them applied to my skin that they are slightly crooked. That’s because they really didn’t want to do much adjusting once they were on my skin. So I left them catawampus. They covered the area I need so it wasn’t a big deal.

These masks are completely dry. I’ guessing the ‘glue’ is really the serum. Otherwise they forgot to put in the serum. (But I’m pretty sure it is the glue.) At first the eye patches did nothing. Then they got slightly cool feeling against the skin. That is usually the sign that an eye mask serum is absorbing so I was relieved.

And as they absorbed the glue lessened it’s sticking ability. There was no danger of them sliding off but it was as though the patches relaxed a bit. After fifteen minutes they peeled off easily and cleanly. They are still a bit sticky but no where near as sticky as they were before.

There was no residue of any kind left on my skin. The description says to pat in any left over serum, but my skin was as clean and dry as it was when I applied the eye patches so there was nothing to pat in.

While I did enjoy the cooling sensation, there was no real visible benefit. With other eye patches I could see a depuffing or feel my eyes more wide awake once I used them. This was cool when it was on but that is it. There was no real hydration and from a product names Hydro Glow Deep Hydration, i would have expected more hydration.

In general I really love Aceology masks, These eye patches though were a bit of a disappointment for me. I will use the second pair, but I don’t think that I will be repurchasing them.