The Eyes Have It

I love makeup as much as the next person – if you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that. And you’ll also know that I try to mix in or opt for natural beauty solutions when I can find good – nay, great – ones. One of the areas I really try to go au natural is my eyes, in part because the skin is so delicate and fragile there, some of the harsh chemicals found in drugstore brands can seriously irritate your skin (and get into your bloodstream that much easier). Today, I thought it’d be cool to share a few of my favourite eye-friendly faves with you, all in the realm of natural beauty. These are all great gifts for beauty lovers in your life; especially those conscious of the not-so-nice side effects of non-natural brands. But I also expect at least one of these to end up on your wish list!

Faerie Organic Forty Winks Eye PrimerFaerie Organic Forty Winks Eye Primer – $14
Eye primers are totally essentially to keep your makeup in place all day long (good ones can also keep your eyelids moisturized instead of shut off from oxygen via whatever shadow you’re layering on top. I did some research awhile back to find the best natural primers which led me to this one; it’s got sort of a creamy, tacky texture to it, allowing my makeup to literally ‘stick’ but still be ultra-blendable. Not only is it natural, it’s full of organic ingredients, and free from harmful chemicals like the eye-irritating dimethicone, found in many high end and drugstore primers.

Alima By Night Mineral EyeshadowsAlima ‘By Night’ Pure Mineral Pearl Luster Eyeshadows – $12.50 each
Inspired by film noir, these shimmery eyeshadows from natural mineral brand Alima promise to pack a lot of drama – and colour! From shimmery coppers and bronzes to bold teal and gold-flecked black, each little pot demonstrates how far natural beauty products have come, with a consistency and pigmentation that rivals if not bests its conventional counterparts. This line-up is only available for a limited time, so snap up a pot while you can.

Studio 78 ConcealerStudio 78 Off We Go Concealer – $34 @ Clementine Fields
If you have genetic dark circles under your eyes like I do, chances are you’ve spent a fair bit on investigating various high end concealers. The search ends here. Studio 78 is a Parisian brand that’s all natural and totally amazing. I scoured the globe and ended up buying a pot of their concealer from the UK (although it’s now available in Canada via the link above) about six months ago and haven’t looked back. This stuff is ah-mazing – way better than any non-natural brand I’ve ever bought! It has a slightly dry, powdery texture when you first dip into it, but as you press it onto your skin you’ll see it work its magic. Seriously, my #1 most recommended beauty product of all time.

Jane Iredale Jelly Jar EyelinerJane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner – $34 each
When it comes to natural cosmetics, Jane Iredale is kind of leaps and bounds ahead of most brands out there. Sold in salons with raves from beauty editors and makeup artists, this brand puts out a really professional image and top-notch products. I myself love gel eyeliner, but wanted a natural alternative. Not only does Jane Iredale offer long-lasting, highly pigmented pots of liner, they’re also available in four fab colours – black, brown, green and purple. I’ll take one of each please!

Wink Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancer – $39
Admittedly, the one area natural cosmetics have failed me so far is in finding a mascara that really does what I need it to. I have very long, but somewhat sparse lashes. There’s hope though, in the form of Wink’s Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancer, an all-natural formula that has been scientifically proven to grow your lashes by 20% (that’s 60 extra lashes) in just two weeks, as well as strengthen the follicle to allow them to actually get even longer. The brand is one of the very few cosmetics companies to come out of MIT, and their approach isn’t just to beautify – it’s to look at women’s beauty challenges (like my sparse lashes) and figure out natural, scientific solutions that work. Say goodbye to pricy (and eye-irritating in my case) eyelash extensions or creepy eyelash serums that turn your eyes a different colour. Say hello to all-natural growth: for life. Oh, and if your brows are sparse? It can also help fill those in too. It’s literally genius – I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I’ve seen a noticeable difference in both my lash condition and number of lashes. Total convert right here guys.

Wink Eyelash and Eyebrow EnhancerA few other things to know about Wink Natural Cosmetics. The eyelash enhancer above is their first product, but a new anti-aging eye cream is due out shortly. Their product – usually packaged in that purple box above – does indeed ship to Canada, meaning magic beauty solutions are right at your fingertips! And as for the pink box above? Well they’ve got a charitable side too: during the month of October, for every bottle of Wink you purchase, they’ll be donating a bottle to a cancer patient service charity. Wink has therapeutic value you see; women who lose their lashes and brows during chemo or other cancer treatments can use Wink to help speed along the regrowth process once they’re cancer-free. Very cool. And naturally, whatever bottles you buy this month, they’ll come in a pink box instead of the usual purple!

Finally, some super news. Wink is providing two bottles of their Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancer for giveaway! If you want to be one of the two lucky, soon-to-be longer lashed ladies. Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment below by October 23, 2014, telling me why you’re in need of Wink’s Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancer. While you’re at it, tell me which of the five products featured in this post you’d add to your wish list (or shopping list for someone else).

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around October 24, 2014 to select the winner(s), who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible for this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Like Wink Natural Cosmetics on Facebook and leave a comment on their wall about why you think they’re awesome. Link back to your post in a separate comment below.

5) Bonus Entry #2: Follow Wink Natural Cosmetics on Twitter and send out a Tweet tagging them and myself (@cdngiftguide) that links back to this post. Include a link back to your Tweet in a separate comment below.


66 Responses to “The Eyes Have It”
  1. kellypc says:

    I wear glasses & my eyes seem to disappear when I wear contacts!

  2. Susan says:

    As I age, my eyelids are “hooding” my eyes. I need something to still make them “pop”. I would choose Alima By Night Pure Lustre Eye Shadow from the items shown.

  3. Kimberley says:

    I would love to enhance my eyelashes in a natural way. I have sensitive skin and wear contacts so I definitely in need of Wink. I would love to add Studio 78 Off We Go concealer to my wish list.

  4. Joan G. says:

    I would pick the Wink Eyelash & Eyebrow Enhancer both for myself and my daughter. I know she would claim it because she’s meticulous about making her eyes look good.

  5. Erin McSweeney says:

    I would love the wink eyelash and eyebrow enhancer because my eyelashes are sparse and this would be amazing to try to grow some more…i would also love to try the Studio 78 Off We Go Concealer – $34 @ Clementine Fields

  6. Alison K says:

    I’m in need of Wink’s Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancer ‘cos I too have sparse lashes but I don’t have the luxury of long lashes like yourself so I have 2 strikes against me. Also I wear contacts so this might be a better mascara solution. So let’s say of the five products featured in this post I’d add this to my wish list. Now if only they bottled it for a full hair treatment 🙂

  7. Alison K says:

    Bonus Entry #2: Followed Wink Natural Cosmetics on Twitter and sent out a Tweet

  8. May says:

    I would love the Wink eyelash and eyebrow enhancer because I have very short, sparse lashes. I would also love to try the Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner.

  9. Andrea K says:

    I would definitely add the eye primer to my wishlist. And as for why I deserve the eyelash and eyebrow enhancer? Well we all deserve a little present sometimes…and especially because mine just ran out this morning! It’s pretty much meant to be:)

  10. dcb says:

    My eye lashes and brows are in desperate need on enhancement! And I would add the Faerie Organic Forty Winks Eye Primer to my wishlist. This is a staple makeup product and I would love to give it a try,

  11. Sherry K says:

    My lashes are very thin, so the Wink Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancer sounds like it would really help out. I would also choose the Wink for my daughter. She has super curly hair, but thinnish eyelashes.

  12. Sherry K says:

  13. This is a great product and makes your eyes look fantastic!

  14. Audrey Skinner says:

    My eyebrows are a mess and I always get clumpy eyelashes. I would definitely add the Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancer to my wishlist.

  15. cookie3 says:

    due to an illness I lost a lot of the outer half of my eyebrows. Wink Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancer
    would be on my wish list for myself & my daughter who has very sensitive skin.

  16. Shelagh Macdonald says:

    I am starting to get my father’s eyebrows…long and sparse….not an attractive combination.

  17. Donna L. says:

    I also have sparse eyebrows and lashes and would love to try this product!
    I’d also put the Jelly Jar™ Gel Eyeliner Black on my own wish list.

  18. Donna L. says:

    I Liked Wink on Facebook and commented there as Donna Lyn

  19. CLC says:

    I love the frosty Almay by Night shadows.

    • Pam says:

      I would like to try the we go concealer to cover up the dark circles under my eyes. I’ve never tried and anything on my eyelashes before as mascara irritates my eyelids. Would like to try the Wink product

  20. Janet Wolf says:

    I’d love to try your makeup I’ve become so sensitive to most makeup. Studio 78 – Off We Go – Concealer

  21. aarone mawdsley says:

    I love the eyelash enhancer!

  22. Cahley Tod-Tims says:

    I don’t have thin eyebrows but they are a little patchy so I would like to use the eyelash and eyebrow enhancer to give a fuller look. I would add the eye primer to my wish list because I have just discovered what a difference it makes to longevity when applying eyeshadow.

  23. Cairine says:

    Now that I am older I find that my eyelashes are thinner and not as long. I would like to have longer eyelashes.

  24. mousecat says:

    My eyelashes are too short so this sounds like it could be the thing I need to get them longer!
    I’d also like to try the Faerie Organic Forty Winks Eye Primer!

  25. Elaan says:

    I need the eyelash and eyebrow enhancer because my left set of lashes are fine, but my right side is sparse! I look lopsided – ack! Other than that, I would love the eyeshadows – glimmery and oh so stylish!

  26. Elaan says:

  27. Amy Lovell says:

    I have very thin eyelashes so would love these products. My sister also has my same issue so she would like the eyelash and brow enhancer as well!

  28. Amy Lovell says:

    Liked and commented on their fb page

  29. Amy Lovell says:

    Followed on twitter and tweeted!

  30. Gisele says:

    like to win

  31. Anne Derkat says:

    My eyebrows are so pale that it almost looks like I don’t have any. I love to try the concealor

  32. intensev5 says:

    I would love longer/thicker lashes – thanks for the chance to win

  33. I am in need of the Wink’s Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancer badly,because my eyelashes and eyebrows are very thin and barely there!..They need help…I would also like the Pearl Luster Eyeshadows..sounds neat!

  34. Jennifer says:

    Love a product line that naturally enhances, instead of layering toxins on. will definitely look for this
    at my local natural health food store, can’t wait to try! Thanks for mentioning it 🙂

  35. mcmc says:

    my eyebrows are sparse and this Enhancer would help a lot…i would also add to my wish list the Studio 78 Off We Go Concealer for my friend

  36. Agnes Chelminska says:

    I’ve never heard of the products but am very interested. I would love a natural way to make my eyes ‘pop’ therefore would love to add the jane purple gel liner to my wish list

  37. Steph says:

    What girl can’t use a little enhancement around the eyes? I would really love the Off We Go Concealer for myself and my sister.

  38. Veronique L says:

    my eyelashes are pretty much non-existent and I’m returning back to work after 1 year of maternity leave and not wearing make up. This would be awesome 🙂

  39. Holly Wright says:

    I would love to try this because my eyebrows are blonde and not very noticeable! I would love to try the Off We Go Concealer

  40. beewbedard says:

    the products look great and I love to try out new things

  41. Victoria Ess says:

    I need this to help my sparse, fine lashes!

  42. I would get the mineral eye shadows. I am always looking for new ways to make my small lashes stand out!

  43. Leah Schulting says:

    The eyebrow and eyelash enhancer look great. Would love to enhance my sparse eyelashes.

  44. Marlene says:

    Wink’s Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancer for I have light blonde hair need help.
    Jane Iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner – $34 each never used gel eyeliner before aways powder or pencil.

  45. Susan T. says:

    My eyelashes are good but my brows are pretty sparse. I would love something to help them fill in a bit. I would also love the concealer for my under eye circles and I know my mom would appreciate it too!

  46. carrieinsk says:

    99% of eye shadows don’t last more than an hour on me…the creamier eyeshadows are exactly what I am looking for!

  47. Kristen Macgregor says:

    Fair eyebrows are the worst, would love to try the wink enhancer

  48. Grace says:

    My eyelashes need all the help they can get! I would also love to try the concealer because I’m always looking for a new formula to try and I tend to like drier formulas that won’t settle under my eyes.

  49. Lynn A says:

    I would like to try Winks on my eyebrows as they are quite sparse and light (getting grey) I get them dyed so they are darker. My choice would be Studio 78 Off We Go Concealer to help under my eyes.

  50. melanie borhi says:

    My eyebrows need a make over really they never stand out its always my other features do I’d like to bring sexy back to them

  51. Suzanne G says:

    I really need this product as I find as I get older my eyelashes are getting much sparser and even my brows are not as thick as they used to be.

  52. Suzanne G says:

    Posted to FB

  53. chris arnott says:

    i want the eyeliner because my wife would love it. i would also choose the Alima ‘By Night’ eyeshadow for her as well because she would love the colours

  54. LoriZ says:

    Time to bring the sexy back — in need of help in making my eyes “pop.” Would also love to try the pearl luster eyeshadows.

  55. I love the idea of something different for my brows

  56. burnabymom says:

    I need both! As a natural blond my eyebrows and lashes are quite pale and thin

  57. Susan Stirling says:

    I would love this … I am almost a cancer ‘survivor’ .. still not all clear by hospital, but no more chemo or radiation or operations! My hair is back on my head, but my eyebrows and eyelashes still need help (the good news is that I no longer have to ever shave my pits or legs!) I also love the Off We Go Concealer – night is the time for worry so I would like to hide that in the mornings!

  58. Taps says:

    I wont need both. But I love natural products so would love to try the Jane Iredale Gel Eyeliner

  59. Aimee says:

    I have very short pale hair. This would help. I like jane ire dale liner, concealer, pearl eye shadows , alma eyeshadow, wink

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