Thursday, 15 May 2014

Review | Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Bright Dark Circle Minimzer

If you are a long time reader of A Day In The Life of a Northern Girl then you will be completely used to me moaning about my dark under eye bags, you will also be used to me talking about products that will help reduce these unsightly things. You may also know that I have to use four (yes  that's right, four) different concealers to cover them up (see my post on that here). As you might have guessed already, this post might just have a little something to do with those pesky dark eye circles.

When you use as many concealers as I do it can cause the odd problem in the creasing department. As no one wants to look like they have wrinkles when they actually don't, I looked to the internet for solutions. After watching a video from the genius that is Wayne Goss, who suggested a great way to prevent this is a good eye cream, I decided it was time to invest in such a thing.

It was only by chance I stumbled across Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega Bright Dark Circle Minimzer. I was flicking through twitter on my way to work and I came across a tweet promoting a post about how to get rid of dark circles. As my two dark eyes are the bane of my life I obviously clicked the link. Inside that post was a little shout out to the Dr Weil cream and I really wish I could remember who had written it so I could thank them and spread some love, but sadly I can't!

Now it's very rare that I go and buy a product without fully researching and investigating first but this review completely won me over. I quickly look at the reviews on the Origins website and these only backed up it's credibility...10 minutes later I owned it (maybe it's a good thing I no longer pass house of Fraser on the way to work).

I'm pretty sure you can tell this is going to be a complimentary post (the fact it was in my April favourites only helps to back this up) but to say I have fallen in love with this cream is an understatement. This cream does claim to reduce under eye circles for good and I'm not sure how much of that is true but I have to admit, once on, this eye creams makes me feel so much happier about those bags.

By the looks of this cream there is a bit of shimmer in it which I am guessing helps reflect the light away from your dark eye circles, making them appear lighter. There could be some ingredient in there that helps to tackle those circles for the long term, but as of yet (I've been using it for about a month) there is no significant reduction in the darkness.

Now don't get me wrong, I can certainly tell a difference from before I started using this cream. It might be in my head or it might be working a little but I definitely feel a tiny bit more confident without the concealer on (still not enough to not wear any at all though). I have however been going out with just 2 concealers as my defence weapons on the odd occasion, which was completely unheard of before.

So how does it cope with stopping any cracking and creasing under the eye? Well I think it does a flipping good job. Ok yes, if I've had my concealer on all day I do still get a significant amount of cakage-ness (I think I just made up a word there) but it takes a lot longer for my concealer to crease when I have this cream on under it.

And how does this cream make my eyes feel? Once I have dabbed a few dots on and rubbed them in with mr pinkies next door neighbours my eyes feel cool and refreshed. It also sinks in really quickly so there is no shine or greasy looking eyes after application, so you can get working on concealing those bad boys straight away. I haven't attempted to use this on my (thankfully non-existent) crows feet yet because frankly, this cream isn't claiming to tackle that issue. For dark circles thought I can't fault it in the slightest.

Have you tried the Dr Andrew Weil's cream yet? What do use to cover up stubborn dark eye circles? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xxx


  1. I haven't tried this cream....although I do keep reading about it....seems to be a bit hit and miss from what i've seen..

  2. Ahh I'm so glad you've been loving this!! I just ran out of mine, and while it's slightly expensive I really just need to go for it and buy another one, because it's truly amazing! Great post lovely :)

    Morgan //

  3. I really haven't experimented with different eye creams really, I tend to use my normal face cream but this sounds really nice!


  4. Sounds a really nice eye cream, Im currently on the search for a fab new eye cream so this is def being added to my list! :) Fab post hun!
    Lianne | TheBrunetteSays

  5. I seriously loved this - I had a sample and really thought it made a difference to the darkness under my eyes! It's so pricey though, I can't bring myself to buy a full one just yet...

    The Oxford Owl

  6. Hey, well you've convinced me to give it a go. I'd hope that it would have significantly brightened your under eye though without concealer after a month? I'm a makeup artist and I previously worked for benefit cosmetics and their 'it's potent' eye cream dramatically brightened up my under eye. I felt so much more confident with zero concealer, so you defo should give that a go. I'm actually not unhappy with it in any way so I'll go back to that product happily if this one doesnt work as well for me. It has Burnet in which reduces inflammatIon and firms up the skin and hyaluronic acid which boosts microcirculation and can hold up to 1000 × it's own weight in water. And I applied it sparingly in the morning over their firm it up serum and very generously every night before bed when your skin regenerates most. But enough about that!! I'm fortunate enough to now work within the lauder group so I get to try origins with 55% discount. Very excited to try this cream!


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