A Balancing Act

I’m not sure why but I always assume eye creams are a bit of a con. So I can honestly say that when I recieved my copy of Glamour magazine, and the tiny tube of the popular Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream sample, through the letterbox last month, I wasn’t all that excited. In fact I tossed it into the darkest depths of a drawer and kind of forgot about it. Temporarily.

I’ve heard of Balance Me of course, and had a vague urge to try some of their products eventually. An interest but nothing strong enough to actually propel me off the sofa and into the shops.

Balance Me products are made in the UK (little bit of sneaky patriotism there for you) and only use all natural ingredients, promising to be free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, silicones, DEA, PEGs, propylene glycol, artificial colourings and flavours. Or something.
Now, that’s all greek to me but it sounds very comforting when it’s describing a product I’m slathering around my only pair of eyes.

The eye cream blurb tells us it’s supposed to be firming, lifting and soothing for the delicate eye area, helping to banish any fine lines, and “smooth away dark shadows”. In practice it’s a great, lightweight cream and it seems to absorb fairly quickly. I’m told Wonder Eye Cream is full of anti-ageing and hydrating botanical ingredients to plump up the sad skin around my eyes. The recipe includes Roman chamomile and skin-brightening lemon; cucumber oil and witch hazel with super hydrating hyaluronic acid; anti-oxidant spruce knot; softening and smoothing virgin coconut, rosehip and carrot oils, which all work to help brighten and smooth the delicate skin.
Again this is mostly greek and empty promises. Except that maybe it isn’t…

A few weeks ago I found the tube lurking in the afore mentioned drawer and thought I’d give it a go. I’m applying every night and some mornings, when I remember. Which is mainly just the weekends.
The results?
Ladies, the skin under my eyes is suspiciously tighter. I’m no expert but I swear my skin is actually plumper and feels heaps less flimsy and miserable. Now I’m caught in a bit of trap. Is it a placebo effect? Will my poor, tired eyes fall out if I cease using it? Will my boyfriend and cat leave me when the tiny sample bottle runs dry and I turn back into an old hag?
I’m left with no choice; I shall have to start using an eye cream.
Though I’m sure that taking extra care in any part of my anatomy can be no bad thing, I’m sure my bank balance will disagree.

At £20 for a full-sized 15ml it’s not too awful in the grand scheme of all things beauty, when one considers the teeny weeny amount you actually use each time. But I have heard of simliar products that I’m told do the same job but for half the price. This one is lovely though, and I love the faintly lavandery smell, which I know isn’t everybody’s cup of chai but is one of my secret favourite natural scents as it reminds me of my mum. So I might get a top up of the Wonder Eye Cream and see how that goes while keeping my ears and eyes open for a cheaper alternative.

So eye cream. A new addition to my regime. Thanks for that Glamour and Balance Me. I know you’re in this togther. I swear there’s a conspiricy afoot to drive me to bankrupsy.
But at least I’ll have bloody gorgeous skin.

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