Beauty Review | Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream

I decided to try this eye cream after seeing it on the Sephora website. (I’ve become increasingly obsessed with Sephora, and all the insanely expensive, tiny-sized products in gorgeous packaging. I’m a sucker for packaging.) I was looking for something that would help with the dark circles under my eyes from staying up later every night, and I think I found it.

I got the pen version to test out the product (it’s also easier to apply, as reviewers have pointed out). I put it on before bed and woke up with significantly smaller dark circles! They usually puff up into bags when I smile, but they were so much smaller after only one use — still present, but definitely reduced and my eyes looked a lot brighter. It also worked very nicely as a gentle moisturizer.

This is definitely an effective and fast-acting product. It soothed my eyes when applied, and it made my eyes look so much brighter in the morning! A great way to look awake and revitalized, even if you barely slept the night before. It’s also very gentle and is formulated without a lot of harmful ingredients. I would recommend checking it out if you’re looking to get rid of dark circles or brighten up your eyes!

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Beauty Review | Bare Escentuals RareMinerals Blemish Therapy

I ordered the Bare Escentuals RareMinerals™ Blemish Therapy on Sephora because I was desperately in need of a spot treatment that would get rid of some acne, and this one was recommended and had great reviews, in addition to being natural without a lot of harmful ingredients. (It was also a Best of Sephora Winner 2008.) I’m so glad I purchased this, because it’s amazing! I love that the formula is a powder – it’s so light and easy to apply. It works as a decent concealer, but does not last very long, so I would recommend using another concealer on top of this. I saw results the next day, but you’ll need to apply it several times each day to keep your skin blemish-free. Other than that, it does work quite well!

My only complaint is that the scent isn’t very nice (something other reviewers complained about), but, hey — if you’ve got a product that works, stick with it. In my opinion, it is completely worth the cost for something gentle, natural, and totally effective. Definitely would recommend.

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Weekly Photo Challenge | Flowers

To be honest, flowers are not my favorite thing to photograph, but I still find myself with tons of flower pictures anyway. I think it’s because I often find that flower photography can be all too common, and that bugs me a little — it’s almost too easy to take a decent picture of a flower. Above is one of my favorite flower shots, and I like it because it focuses more on the architecture of the petals rather than the flower itself — I find it to be more about lighting and composition than the subject of the image.

Weekly Photo Challenge | Mountains

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I scoured my entire iPhoto library to find a photo of mountains for this post, but even with over 10,000+ pictures to choose from (I know, I know, it’s getting a little out of hand…), I couldn’t find a single one. I did, however, find this gem — which, I think, was taken by a friend on our trip to Australia. (It may have been me, but I would rather not take credit for it if I’m unsure!) I wish I had gotten some shots of my own from this day!

This photo was taken at the Three Sisters rock formation (you can begin to make out the formation in the bottom left corner) in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia. Our group crossed over the Jamison Valley (pictured) in a cable car and the view was spectacular! The mountains really do look blue (I even toned the color down a little when editing the image), and they are simply stunning. Australia is such a beautiful and raw place, I would love to visit again in the future!

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Weekly Photo Challenge | Broken

Paris, France. March 2008.

I was attracted to this building because of the construction going on — I thought the contrast between the old and majestic structure and the modern construction equipment was interesting. I also wanted to capture all the people at the bottom of the shot to give the building a sense of place in a modern city.

Just came across the Weekly Photo Challenge over at The Daily Post, and decided to join in! So I’ll probably have a post similar to this once a week, with a different photo them. You can get more information about the challenge and this week’s theme here.