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Writer's Block: Hocus pocus

Have you ever purchased a lotion, potion, or pill that promised miraculous weight loss, perfect skin, or fantastic sex even though you knew it was (probably) a hoax?


Although I'm only nineteen years old, I already have impressive bags under my eyes. It's not something that truly worries me - after the medical and mental hell I went through over the last few years, while still working myself to death - I've earned a few scars. I fought long and hard to get my body working for me, and I've got enough good features to balance out some stress lines... most of the time, I barely notice it.

That being said... I made a lovely anti-wrinkle cream impulse buy the other day. $12 thing of lotion, and of course it doesn't work - I never really expected it to, but some part of me was hoping. I think I'd been up for about 36 hours at that point, and was looking pretty ragged... most likely why this happen.

Alas - guess I'm stuck having the eyes of someone older than me. Somehow, I'm preeeeetty sure I can think of many worse things.

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twisting_vine_x
Dec. 4th, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't blame her for being less than impressed. It can be a little aggravating.

As for the dry skin... I know at one time I had something that was really effective, and could turn sahara!skin into an oasis... I'll do some digging around, and see if I can remember what it was. :)
greek_jester
Dec. 4th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately there's not much you can do for bags other than sleep, sleep & more sleep. Cold pads sometimes help to de-puff the bags a little in the short term, but long-term nothing short of surgery will shift them.

For parties, my sister (who has permanent bags, too, & had them from the age of 15) uses a product from Benefit called Ooh La Lift (it looks like a pale pink non-shiny gloss). Here's the UK link, & there is a store locator by state in Canada:

http://www.benefitcosmetics.co.uk/gp/product/B001LKCLQE/ref=sr_11_1/278-7253466-5995319?ie=UTF8&bcBrand=core&nodeID=

Dab some on under your eyes & spread it with your finger, then let it sink in. It does de-puff your eyes a tiny bit, but not completely. Afterwards, put your normal foundation/powder on over the top to hide the darker colour of the skin (if you have anything light-reflective, that tends to work best). The blurb says to put it on over make-up, but we've found it works better for us under make-up.
twisting_vine_x
Dec. 4th, 2009 08:00 pm (UTC)
Haha, yeah... sleep would be fantastic. Unfortunately, sleep and academics never go too well together. I've gotten twenty-two hours of sleep since Sunday morning. XD

And thank you for the link! I'll definitely keep it in mind... will see what Canada has kicking around. Best of luck to your sister with her eyes, too.

:)
greek_jester
Dec. 4th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
I reserve the right of big elder sisters everywhere to gently mock her for her bags while doing my best to help her with them, particularly when my (slightly less impressive) bags are easily hidden behind my strong prescription glasses. Contancts? Why would I buy contacts? *whistles innocently*
twisting_vine_x
Dec. 4th, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
That does indeed sound like a good strategy. =P
greek_jester
Dec. 4th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
I've been wearing glasses permanently since I was 12, & my eyes are the wrong shape for contacts to work for me (they turn me long-sighted, which is strange for someone who's extremely short-sighted). Might as well find that silver lining...
twisting_vine_x
Dec. 4th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Aye, silver lining is good. Huuuugs. <3
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