Easy Abstract Floral Nail Art Tutorial

I love nail art that looks really intricate, yet is effortlessly simply in application. I asked fellow beauty blogger and fellow Pennsylvanian, A Little Polish to create a tutorial just for A Girl's Gotta Spa! readers. If you're looking for some simple abstract floral nail art, here’s a tutorial to Read more

Wrinkle Reducing Products

When we're young, we take our flawless skin for granted, never considering that what we do early on will affect us when we're older. We try to rush things, like wearing makeup (and always forgetting to take it off), skip things like sunscreen and make poor choices like smoking. Read more

Onsen $1000 Gift Card Giveaway

It's my birthday week and I am turning the big 4-0. What better way to welcome in my 40's than with a giveaway for an amazing anti-aging skin care line? Inspired by the countryside baths of Japan, Onsen skin care products are made with the same restorative minerals found at Read more

Best Body Lotions

  The best body lotions are the kind that leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated, not just for hours, but for days at a time. I am incredibly picky when it comes to my beauty products, and when it comes to body lotion, I need something that delivers. Here's a Read more

Favorite Black Eyeliners

There's something that a black eyeliner conveys that brown or even brightly colored or metallic eyeliners can't duplicate. Black says bold, daring, classic, sexy. While there are times that I opt for brown or grey, a good black eyeliner is always my first choice. Some of my favorites include CoverGirl liquiline Read more

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Hydroxatone Hydrolyze Intensive Under Eye Treatment

You’ve probably seen the Hydroxatone brand on TV Infomercials.  I have and have always been curious about it so when I was given the opportunity to try one of the products I was delighted.  Hydrolyze Intensive Under Eye Treatment is a newer product in the line that is supposed to address “serious dark circles, lines, wrinkles and puffiness.”  This hydrating treatment features a unique blend of ingredients that stimulate micro-circulation and help brighten while plant extracts help maintain capillary strength and micro-circulation to diminish dark circles.  Read more

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Eye Gels Evaluated

I haven’t really focused on eye gels before now.  I’m not sure why not, but I have some innate bias towards creams. Recently, though, I got into an email exchange with a reader, a meandering path that ultimately led to eye gels and piqued my interest in them.  My correspondent, ‘K”, started out looking for an eye cream to treat dryness and dark circles (wrinkles are, happily, not yet an issue for this 20-something). Unfortunately, my recommended eye cream resulted in milia-like spots and so, after some back and forth, an eye gel seemed like the way to go.

K deserves the kudos for hauling in this selection of eye gels. Together we analyzed the ingredients and their potential pros and cons. I haven’t personally tried any of them, but thought the list would be worth sharing. Obviously, K and I would love to hear from anyone who has tried them.

Goddess Garden Rejuvenating Eye Gel ($24.99 for 0.5 oz).  This claims to have 95% organic ingredients. This  looks as if it will be well-tolerated by someone prone to milia as it has base that is aloe gel. It has the added advantage of having Haloxyl for dark under eye circles and Eyeliss for puffiness. The only thing that concerns me (apart from the potentially irritating preservative phenoxyethanol) is retinol palmitate. This ingredient can be very drying and could be a little too harsh for the delicate eye area. Plus it may be carcinogenic in sunlight.

Novena Organic Cucumber Cranberry Eye Gel ($22). At first glance, this eye gel looks good. Novena focuses on cosmetics for pregnant women and this eye gel is a favorite of Fit Pregnancy Magazine. On the other hand, there is nothing in it that stands out as an active, although the aloe juice, soothing cucumber and antioxidant cranberry look good. The gel consistency is likely achieved by vegetable glycerinOptiphen might sound like something to do with eyes but it is actually the preservative phenoxyethanol. So I would pass on this.

Avalon Organics Revitalizing Eye Gel, Lavender ($20.95). I was pleasantly surprised by this one, although the way that Avalon has listed the ingredients is confusing. Lavender comes first even though it can’t really be the dominant ingredient. I am guessing that the base is vegetable glycerin and this may, or may not, be of good quality and could conceivably make matters worse for the milia prone. That aside, it has a peptide and hyaluronic acid as well as some botanical antioxidants. Worth checking out at the very least.

Clarins Eye Contour Gel Dark  Circle Treatment ($38 for 0.7oz ). This is the most disappointing of all the eye gels we looked at. As with many of  Clarins’ formulations, there seems to be a bacteria phobic chemist behind it. There are many harsh preservatives and some are high up the ingredients list. It has aloe and ginko biloba and some flower waters. But they are almost outnumbered by the preservatives. Definitely one to pass.

Madara Ecocosmetics Firming Eye Contour Gel ($50 ). I like many of the ingredients here including horse chestnut and skin tightening parsley is a very nice and unusual touch. I am put off though by the alcohol – two types – right near the top of the ingredients list. These could make Madara’s gel too drying for the delicate eye area. Compared to the others, it looks pricey for what it is.

Ingredients in Goddess Garden Rejuvenating Eye Gel: Organic Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Leaf) Gel, Cucumis sativus (Cucumber) Distillate, Vegetable Glycerin, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel), Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Soy Peptides, Menadione (Vitamin K), and Retinol Palmitate (Vitamin A), Retinol Palmitate (Vitamin A), Haloxyl (for dark circles), Eyeliss (for puffiness), Phenoxyethanol.

Ingredients in Novena Organic Cucumber Cranberry Eye Gel: Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose; Optiphen, Cucumis sativus (Cucumber)Distillate Vegetable Glycerin, Hamamelis virginiana(Witch Hazel) Vaccinium macrocarpon (Cranberry)Seed

Ingredients in Avalon: Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower (Organic) (lavender), Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract, Arnica Montana (Montana Flower) Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Peptide Complex (Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide 3, Hyaluronic Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (Licorice Root) (licorice root), Panthenol (pro-vitamin B5), Sodium PCA, Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Flower Extract (willow bark), Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice (1 see product details), Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Polyphenols (grape seed), Laminaria Digitata (Kelp) Extract (kelp), Salix Alba (Willow Bark) Extract (willow bark), Curcuma Longa Extract (Organic) (turmeric – 1), Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol

Ingredients in Clarins: Water, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Citrus Aurantium Amara (bitter Orange) Flower Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Caffeine, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, PEG-8, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, PEG-32, Citric Acid, Benzyl Acohol, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Methylisothiazolinone, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Dehydroacetic Acid, CI 42090/Blue 1.

Ingredients in Madar: Aqua, Rosa Damascena Flower Water*, Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Lecithin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterols, Glycerin*, Decyl Cocoate, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Extract*, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice*, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract*, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract*, Betain, Cetearyl Alcohol, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Xantan gum, Glyceryl Stearate, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Titanium Dioxide***, CI77019 (Mica)***, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactic acid, Aroma

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