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Sephora

I’m a big fan of those little samples Sephora throws in with online and in-store purchases. You might think that being a beauty editor I’m up to my ears in products, which I am, but I still get such a thrill from those little square one-time-use samples. I like that I never know what I’m going to get, and I also like that I can try something without the guilt of having to toss a full jar or bottle if I decide not to make it a long-term relationship. A recent purchase (this foundation that you should buy immediately) led to a new discovery thanks to one such enclosed freebie.

Our friends at Sephora knew what they were doing when they threw a sample of Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado in my bag. Yes, they were aware I would be back for more. Truth be told, it sat in my bathroom vanity drawer for a few weeks before I tugged that sucker open. See, I was in a good place with the eye cream I was using at the time, or so I thought. I had the dark circles and dull complexion that come along with having an itty bitty newborn in the house, but it was nothing a little makeup couldn’t fix. One night, the Kiehl’s Eye Treatment caught my eye so I decided to give it a go. Two days later I was like a new woman—a woman who actually sleeps.

As soon as I put a dab on my ring finger I was immediately surprised at the consistency. I think it should more accurately be labeled “Thick and Creamy Eye Treatment,” but I get that it might start to sound a bit… unappetizing. The formula is designed to stay in place (i.e. not slip and slide its way into your eyes or down your cheeks) and that super rich texture ensures it does just that.

It’s a luxurious eye cream, as you’ll realize once you start dabbing it on—and, while we’re on the subject, just a dab will do ya. That sample lasted a good couple of days. A full-size jar (.95 oz) will cost $48, but it will be in it for the long haul.

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Use it twice a day (don’t worry, it plays nice with makeup) and you’ll soon see softer, plumper skin. You might even fool people into thinking you sleep at night.

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