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I'm a bit fed up of sporting the "two black eyes" look, any ideas?!

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FarleyD Fri 19-Apr-13 22:52:23

Have two permanent black circles under my eyes, seriously I look bruised. Apart from drinking lots of water, fresh air, exercise etc, is there anything I can do that will help? Are there any creams or beauty products that I can try, or shall I just go and buy a balaclava now? Tia.

Schoolsec Tue 23-Apr-13 18:13:00

I got a fantastic concealer from QVC for the redness under my eyes. It's made by Mally and has a two part approach of the concealer and then a setting powder. I've tried all concelaers over the years and this is great. also, if you don't get on with it, you just send it back for a refund!

FarleyD Tue 23-Apr-13 11:34:50

Um, now that I actually have the preparation H to hand, what do I actually do with it? Do I put it on in the evening or morning or both? Under or over moisturiser? Use only on some days?

FarleyD Mon 22-Apr-13 18:14:48

Preparation H has arrived already shock. Only ordered it on Saturday evening I think, somebody somewhere is obviously trying to tell me something.

I'm preoccupied today by the mysterious appearance of a bible in my kitchen! If any of you would like to help me solve the mystery, please ead over to my thread in Chat!

madmomma Mon 22-Apr-13 09:51:35

farley I do the whole face routine and it takes me about 10-15 mins. I just do it while I'm watching tv before bed. If you did all the eye exercises it'd still take you less than 5 mins (once you've learned them from the book). I am a total beauty hound and facercise is by far the best beauty secret I have. I will still be doing it in my old age. I love that it's free too!

FarleyD Sun 21-Apr-13 22:15:25

twofalls - that poor guy on your link who posted the wrong quantities of gelatin! There must have been women all over USA cursing him!

madmomma - that's interesting, thanks. How long does it take you to do your exercises?

This getting old business is bloody time consuming - more time exercising, more time drinking water/eating healthily, more complicated and time consuming beauty routines etc! I don't have time to make myself look beautiful, have to fit in real life somewhere! Beginning to think the best solution may just be to throw away my contacts, and then my god-awful eye sight (which naturally is getting worse cos of my age!) will be a blessing in disguise!

madmomma Sun 21-Apr-13 20:48:26

OP my dark circles used to make me look like I had black eyes. I really did look like I'd been battered. They were like that for years and years since being a child.These days they are not even half as bad as they used to be. I don't really know why, either. I get less sleep now than I used to and I don't eat better or use anything special. I don't even drink more water. The only thing I think it can be is the facial exercises I do (facercise). I did them initially to sort out the puffiness, which they have, but they seem to have lightened the darkness quite considerably too. Might be worth giving it a go? If you can't be bothered doing the whole programme, you could just try the eye exercises for a couple of weeks and see if you like the results.

twofalls Sun 21-Apr-13 20:14:48

People on her used to race about the gelatine treatment. Never tried it myself but perhaps worth a go.

rootypig Sun 21-Apr-13 19:43:31

make up wise, apparently the new NARS radiance concealer is the absolute bits grin

TheRealFellatio Sun 21-Apr-13 19:31:14

I didn't pay that much. I's sure mine was about 350, no more..

thenightsky Sun 21-Apr-13 19:27:44

Been tempted to get tear-trough treatment for a while now, but looking at that link and seeing it is £580 has cooled my enthusiasm sad

BeaWheesht Sun 21-Apr-13 19:22:35

I have awful black circles since having dc2 and its not even as if she's a bad sleeper - nothing I do covers them up. I can't afford £300 though.....

I do use a wee white white eyeshadow in the inner corner of my eye to help make me look a bit more awake.

BinksToEnlightenment Sun 21-Apr-13 19:12:28

Oh no! Sorry, we posted at the same time! I was answering the why is it bad to use pile cream all the time until it thins the skin question.

TheRealFellatio Sun 21-Apr-13 19:02:59



scripsi Sun 21-Apr-13 18:59:37

I have suddenly got a very wrinkly left undereye plus dark circles: all of my usual concealers make it look dreadful: any thoughts as to what would be best to use in terms of concealers? Have tried double wear (the worst for emphasising the new wrinkles!), clinique light reflecting one and collection 2000 one. Anything else I can panic buy? I am using eye creams religiously but am still very crepey there.

TheRealFellatio Sun 21-Apr-13 18:51:08

Sorry Binks, I think you are misunderstanding me. I mean the skin thinning naturally with age is often the cause of the dark bags, and the filler is a solution. Not that the filler causes thinning!

TheRealFellatio Sun 21-Apr-13 18:49:28

this link explains it very well. Although he does emphasise that is is not a skin lightening technique and you need to consider the root of the problem before you decide whether tear trough correction is appropriate.

BinksToEnlightenment Sun 21-Apr-13 18:44:56

Thinning of the skin is not a good thing. Your skin gets thinner as you get older and is one of the contributing factors that make it look bad. But the thinning will only happen if you're loading it on night and day.

TheRealFellatio Sun 21-Apr-13 18:42:23

Many good private dentists do it, but there are also specialist beauty clinics.

I got mine done in Colchester. There are loads of videos and stuff on youtube that explain how it works. Have a google. I think the depletion of collagen in your facial tissue makes the skin thinner and so it sits closer to the blood vessels beneath, making that purple shadowy look. Once it's plumped out it creates a sort of buffer between the skin and the blood vessels. Or something. I might have just made that up.

FarleyD Sun 21-Apr-13 18:36:26

<thud> < that's me falling at Fellatio's feet (even if she does think I'm not a poor innocent victim!). So fillers will help with dark circles? Never would have thought that, and whereas at the moment it's the bruised look that's troubling me, can't say that a nice dose of fillers wouldn't improve various other matters. How do I find a reliable person to do it? On the off-chance you're in the same neck of the woods as me Fellatio, would you be willing to pm whereabouts you are and who you used?

What would thinning the skin around your eyes actually do? Would it just make the darkness worse?

doobeedee Sun 21-Apr-13 17:30:25

I had fillers under my eyes for dark circles. They weren't perfect but it definitely made a difference. Still had to use concealer but it didn't sink into wrinkles like before.

BinksToEnlightenment Sun 21-Apr-13 09:31:31

Ha ha! Yes I did mean Anusol! But my advice still stands - don't put either that or Anbesol near your eyes!

And yes Preparation H is not to be used every day. It's more for the mornings where you wake up looking like a balloon.

Fanjounchained Sun 21-Apr-13 09:16:28

A word of warning about Preparation H, I have heard that it's great for shrinking bags under the eyes but have also read, since it's actually meant to shrink piles, that it can thin the skin around the eyes if used long term. Not sure if this is true or not but worth bearing in mind...

Sunflower6 Sun 21-Apr-13 09:10:25

Daffyboobface - how did you get rid of your hyperpigmentation? I have hyperpigmentation and have been to a dermatologist and still can't get rid of it.

TheRealFellatio Sun 21-Apr-13 07:26:45

oh dear. Wrong thread - sorry. confused

TheRealFellatio Sun 21-Apr-13 03:44:23

And anyway I still think you are all being to soft on the OW. She may not be to blame exactly, but she's hardly some poor innocent victim either. You are all making out that this was something 'done' to her as though she was completely passive with no choices along the way. hmm

She played with fired, got burnt, chose to have this baby and has to live with the consequences. If she expected it to be any easier than this she was a fool.

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