Recommendation du Jour: Skyn Iceland’s Skin Hangover

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A few months ago, I read an interview with a model (don’t remember which one) who recommended her beauty travel must-haves for looking put together after long-haul flights. One of the products she recommended was Skyn ICELAND’s Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels. These eye gels can get rid of dark circles, puffiness, and premature wrinkles. Exactly what I needed for my red-eye flight to Ontario (since I was to arrive early in the morning and have a full day of activities).

One week before my trip, I set off to Murale (a Canadian beauty store) to buy the miracle eye gels. The package of eight pairs of eye gels cost C$33. Meanwhile, the Icelandic Relief Eye Pen cost C$22. Which was more effective? The two sales assistants immediately recommended the eye gels. Apparently, these are so popular that they were selling like hot cakes and they just happened to receive their new stock that morning. Lucky me!

I quickly scanned the Skyn ICELAND shelves and found a kit called Skin Hangover which contained two pairs of the eye gels, as well as the eye pen, for C$28. Plus, it came with a face lotion and face mist. Seemed like a good deal if I wanted to test the products first. So I bought the kit and packed it in my carry-on luggage.

The truth was, C$28 before taxes was still quite an investment so I really hoped that it was worth the money.

The truth was, C$28 before taxes was still quite an investment so I really hoped that it was worth the money.

I’d hoped to sleep on my 4.5 hour flight to Toronto but it was freezing and the child behind me talked non-stop from 11:30pm PT to 6:40am ET. I looked and felt dreadful. Once I’d arrived at my friend’s (@Royal_Diary) place, I opened up the first pack of eye gels and applied them under my eyes. (By the way, I was so tired that I forgot to peel off the backing so for 10 minutes, I couldn’t understand why it wasn’t sticking to my under-eye area. Ha..ha..) Even after 5 minutes, I’d already noticed that I looked far more awake. I didn’t want to waste the eye gels, so I saved it. Usually, eye gels are only good for one use and for the short amount of time as printed on the package. When I had returned from mass, I reapplied the eye gels and napped for another hour or two. The eye gels still felt cool on my skin. When I woke up, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I’d never seen the skin under my eyes look so refreshed and brightened. I could hardly see any dark circles and it looked as if I had the best sleep of my life.

I immediately applied the eye relief pen, which kept the area cool though it did not seem to do more than that. (I was really hoping it would help brighten the dark circles, but it did not work as well as the eye gels.) Next, I put on the ANTIDOTE Cooling Daily Lotion and immediately felt more awake due to the mint derivative in the lightweight cream. It is currently my favourite face lotion. It’s helped me feel and stay awake during the last three weeks when I had to wake up early. I also found that it helped keep my T-zone oil-free.

Since it was terribly hot and humid in Toronto, I had to use the Arctic Face Mist with Multivitamin Complex a few times. I was expecting a light gentle mist but it came out as a pretty powerful spray (make sure your eyes are closed and keep the bottle further away from your face), taking me by surprise! What I found strange about the face mist is that it feels like spraying something mildly soapy on one’s face. That said, I prefer thermal water sprays to keep my skin hydrated during summer.

Now that I’ve had a chance to test a few of Skyn ICELAND’s products, I am certainly planning on getting the package of Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels for future travels. It is worth the C$33 (each pair would be around C$4).

So if you’re planning on travelling or if you want a miracle kit for morning hangovers or late nights, grab the Skin Hangover kit. You won’t regret it!

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