I've become obsessed about my eyes, again. I've been wearing contact lenses much more lately - the first thing I noticed was that I needed a facial, the second thing was the bags under my eyes. Glasses, and my glasses in particular (blue-black oblong heavy frames), hide an awful lot, and once they are gone my face looks not only bare, but laden with baggage. The circles around my eyes suddenly seem darker, larger and heavier, and I haven't even been doing anything particularly exciting.
I like to think some of the added baggage is due to the fact that, as I said, I've been trying contact lenses for a second time. I had a brief and exciting fling with them last year, but gave up after a couple of weeks, unable to face the commitment. Then something changed and I decided to give them another go. So I've been prodding and poking my eyes rather a lot, become addicted to eye drops and bored anyone who will listen with how amazing it is to be able to see, even when it's raining.
The down side, however (apart from all the faffing that comes with lenses), is that my eyes have been showing the strain, hence the extra bags and the sudden desire to check out the latest eye creams. While I'm a great believer in the eye-brightening effect of drinking bucket-loads of water, getting a good night's sleep and eating healthily, I also know what a difference a good eye cream can make. A bad cream will be gloopy, sticky and make your bags worse, not better; a good one will make you feel refreshed; and an excellent one will make you look and feel refreshed.
EyeCicles, by Freeze 24/7, is one of the excellent ones. Benefit has two great eye products: Eyecon, a brightening cream, and Ooh La Lift, which de-puffs and firms the under-eye area. Keep eye cream in the fridge (a cold cream is twice as soothing as one that's at room temperature) - mine are in the top shelf of the door, next to the nail varnishes.