Bright Eyes

While having a flick through this months edition of ELLE, I stumbled across a trend piece focused on ‘Bright Eyes’. Interesting, I thought. Aren’t bright eyes always in? Who doesn’t want the bright eyed, bushy-tailed, sparkling peepers look? My hand is firmly raised in the air. So here’s an edit of the best eye creams, serums and brighteners that I reach for on a daily basis to fake a full 10 hours sleep…

As with anything skincare based, the key is in the prep. If I’m having a non-forgetful day then I try to incorporate an serum into my routine – morning and evening if I remember. The Elemis  Pro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment* has been my weapon of choice recently and after that I pat in a small amount of the most refreshing eye cream out there (I reckon), the Lierac Dipoti Clam Anti-Fatigue. I love this stuff. It cools, soothes and generally makes my eyes feel all-round luverly. Whether this routine works, you’ll have to check back with me in 20 years time on that one. Concealers are a product category that seem to be slowly taking over my stashes at the moment – love ’em. I’m currently switching between three. The Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Sand for extremely dark and baggy days, the By Terry Touche Veloutee in 3 when I need something a little more illuminating but still need a good dose of coverage and YSL’s Touche Éclat in 1* (I promise they’ll be a day when I don’t feature this in a post, but for now it’s firmly in my daily grip) for good days when I just need a hint of radiance. The final little secret is to apply a flesh toned pencil on the waterline to blank out any redness – genius! For that I use the Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Pencil in Nude*, which has now magicked itself onto counters. Run, run, run.

With six hours sleep under my belt and my peepers looking far from perfect it’s time to put my bright eyed edit into action!

*PR Sample


  • Valeria

    The flesh toned pencil on the waterline is an essential for me too, it makes such a difference!!

  • Line

    I love my concealers as well! My two all time favourites are Clinique Airbrush and Make up For ever HD concealer. 🙂 x

  • Tanya Ruan

    Great post! I still need to try out the Bobbi Brown concealer. x

  • Eleanor

    ooh, I need that rimmel nude pencil! I’ve been looking for the perfect one for ages but nowhere seems to do flesh-toned ones, they’re all pink, and that’s definitely not what I want!
    Eleanor x

  • uftade

    i am so curious about Bobbi brown concealer 🙂

  • Margaret

    THe bobbi brown concealer seems awesome! xx

  • Fernanda

    I really wanna get the Bobbi Brown concealer. The Clinique airbrush concealer is also a great choice for brightening the eye area! xx

  • Amber Smith

    Do you know if the Rimmel pencils will be released in the USA as well???

    • instantphoebe

      Send a message to their contact us email, and they’ll let you know. That’s how I found out the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation is NOT going to be released in the U.S., but the concealer is.

  • I really need to try out the bobbi brown concealers! Always here so many good things about them! x

  • Beth Bradley

    I have the Rimmel eye pencil, perfect if you’re rushing in the morning and need to look wide eyed! xx

    Beth @

  • Great post! We all need a little help look bright eyed from time to time. I keep hearing about the new Rimmel pencils, but I’m not sure if they’re going to released here in the states as well. May need to do a bit of research on that one. xx

  • Luxe.

    After having tried about a million under eye concealers I think i’ll be going back to the classic YSL too, it seems to be the one that gives me minimal creasing!x

  • Emily

    I use my rimmel scandaleyes kohl all the time!!

  • Joedi Graham

    Im in love with the Rimmel Scandaleyes kohl in nude!! such a pretty colour 🙂


    I’m definitely going to be getting myself one of the Rimmel Scandaleyes!!

  • Ive been using Rimmel Scandaleyes in Nude too following your recommendation for it…as a nurse who works night-shifts, this has proved a life-saver of a product for me! Thanks xx

  • thebeautyheroes

    got the khol pencil and it’s fantastic ! xx

  • Emilie

    Okay. I’m 19 and thoughts on whether I should be splashing out on an eye cream? I know the Lierac one isn’t TOO expensive but nonetheless, have to categorize: want vs. need. And, more importantly, to echo Amber below me, I have been looking EVERYWHERE! I am dying to get my hands on the Rimmel pencil in Nude! But I’m from Boston, any idea if/when they’ll be available in the U.S.???