The Inkey List Caffeine Review

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Today I am reviewing the Caffeine Eye Serum from The Inkey List. I’ve been wanting to try this eye serum for SO LONG, and it seems to be always out of stock (both online and in stores). Well, a few weeks ago I popped in to Pharmaprix (aka Shopper’s Drug Mart), I spotted it tucked away on a bottom shelf. And it was on sale! [info in italics taken from the Shopper’s website]

The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Serum

An under-eye serum which is an anti-inflammatory antioxidant derived from coffee. It helps to reduce puffiness, dark circles and prevent skin damage from free radicals which can make dark circles more pronounced. As caffeine is a diuretic it can help to relieve water retention which can be a major cause of puffiness under the eyes. Caffeine serum acts to: Target dark circles Reduce the appearance of dark circles Reduce puffiness Reduce the appearance of fine lines.

The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Serum

I am prone to puffiness and dark circles and have some fine lines – due to allergies,  occasional insomnia and age. My skin is sensitive, and so are my eyes, so a lot of eye serums and creams cause irritation. Thankfully this one does not.

It really does help reduce under-eye puffiness, and I think it does well to help minimize dark circles and fine lines. I’m so happy that I was able to finally try this one out!

The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Serum

Ingredients: Water (Aqua / Eau), Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Propanediol, Polyglyceryl-6 Distearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Squalane, Caffeine, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Phospholipids, Tribehenin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Xanthan Gum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Extract, Polysorbate 60, Disodium Edta, Glyceryl Behenate, Glycolipids, Butylene Glycol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Sterol, Leuconostoc/radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Hyaluronic Acid, Carbomer, Darutoside, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Phenoxyethanol.

The Inkey List Caffeine Eye Serum

Have you tried this eye serum? Do you have a favourite?

Thanks for reading have a beautiful day!


Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, I purchased this!


Weekly Recap June 19th to 25th

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Just a little recap of the past week’s blog posts in case you missed out on anything…

Monday, June 19th – The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid  2% + B5 Review

The Ordinary HA 2% + B5 Serum

Thursday, June 22nd – The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG Review


Friday, June 23rd – The Ordinary Advanced Retinoid 2% Emulsion Review

I just realized that Friday’s post didn’t have any photos uploaded! Oops, the post has since been fixed to include photos!

The Ordinary Advanced Retinol 2%

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: I purchased all the things!

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG Review

Hello, hello! This post was supposed to go up yesterday, oops!

Today I have a review of the Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG from my recent haul from The Ordinary.  I ordered this eye serum after watching a YouTube review from Wayne Goss. All info in italics taken from their website:

This light-textured formula contains an extremely high 5% concentration of caffeine, supplemented with highly-purified Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside (EGCG) from green tea leaves. Independent studies have shown that topical use of each of caffeine and EGCG can help reduce looks of puffiness and of dark circles in the eye contour. Additional studies have shown that caffeine can also reduce the appearance of cellulite.

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

I’ve had both dark circles from insomnia AND puffy eyes from allergies recently so I was willing to try anything to try to help deal with my zombie eye problem. It definitely reduces my eye puffiness. And I’ve found that it helps to minimize, but not fully eliminate my dark circles – but I highly doubt that there is anything that could fully eliminate them other than several weeks of awesome sleep!

The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG

A word of warning though, do not get this serum into your eyes while applying! It really stings!

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Caffeine, Propanediol, Maltodextrin, Glycerin, Epigallocatechin Gallatyl Glucoside, Gallyl Glucoside, Hyaluronic Acid, Oxidized Glutathione, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Polypodium Vulgare Rhizome Extract, Cetraria Islandica Thallus Extract, Sphagnum Magellanicum Extract, Urea, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Xanthan gum, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Propyl Gallate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethoxydiglycol, Benzyl Alcohol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.

This serum is cruelty-free and vegan, and only costs $6.70 CAD! Most eye creams or serums cost way more than that!

Have you tried this? What do you use for dark circles and puffiness?

Disclosure: I purchased this!

Sneak Peek – Currently Testing The Ordinary

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This is just a sneak peek of what I’m currently testing / about to test. My order from Deciem / The Ordinary arrived yesterday and I’m super excited to test out a bunch of new products!


Because I have sensitive skin, I can’t start using everything all at once and have to slowly introduce new products over the course of several days.

Here’s a teaser of what is being tested out:

The Ordinary

I’m very excited about this super affordable skincare line! Reviews to follow once I’ve tested things out long enough to have a solid opinion (minimum two weeks usage).

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day!

Disclosure: I purchased these things!

Sukin Antioxidant Eye Serum

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Today I’m reviewing the final product that was sent to me from the lovely Stashy from Stash Matters in my (skin)care package. If you aren’t following her yet, you really should. She is my skincare guru!

This is the Antioxidant Eye Serum from Sukin – one of my current favourite skincare brands.

Here’s what it says on the website about the Eye Serum:

    Soothing aloe vera, cucumber and burdock provide the perfect blend of plant proteins to offer deep rehydration to the delicate eye area. Rose hip, evening primrose and borage oils help improve skin elasticity and texture, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Paraben Free. TIP: Apply dabbing gently with fingertips, do not stretch or pull the skin around the eye area whilst applying.

This is a very lightweight, milky eye treatment, that is deeply hydrating without being greasy. And most importantly, it does not irritate my sensitive eyes. It plays nicely with my Becca Brightening Under Eye Corrector (and other concealers).


Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil (Rose Hip), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil (Borage), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract (Burdock), Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol.

When you look at the ingredient list, it is easy to see why it is so skin friendly – aloe, cucumber, burdock and nettle, and the oils (sesame, rosehip, evening primrose, and borage)!

Sukin Antioxidant Eye Serum

The skin under my eyes is a lot smoother and definitely more hydrated, this is a beautiful eye serum. Because it has a pump, I find that I am wasting less eye cream, whereas with a tube, I always end up with way more than I need.

This is a beautiful eye serum. It is recommended for all skin types. I would agree, unless you have an allergy or sensitivity to any of the ingredients.

Have you tried this eye serum? What is your favourite eye cream / gel / serum?

Thanks for reading and have a beautiful day! ❤

Disclosure: In case you missed it at the beginning, this was gifted from a friend!