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Under eye bag confessions

TWO OPTIONS THAT WILL OBLITERATE YOUR PUFFY DARK CIRCLES:

eyepuff (I don’t remember what foundation I was using in the before but I’m really glad I switched to the IIID!)

A few years ago I was hanging out with a couple of my friends and we started talking about the annoyance of under eye bags when one of my good friends said she had a secret for getting completely rid of hers.
She said she’d had Belotero injected at the top of her cheek and it completely got rid of her bags. We all had to feel her cheeks and were amazed by the results. I wanted to try it so bad but it was pretty expensive (about $400) there wasn’t really anyway I was going to be able to afford it.
It always stayed in the back of my mind as something I wanted to try sometime and so I started saving for it a few months ago and finally had it done. I went to my friend Allie Blazzard in St. George , because she knows what she’s doing and does a beautiful job. She doesn’t go overboard. I loved that she didn’t pressure me to do any other procedures and that she was very clear on exactly what she was doing, what it would cost and how long it would last. I felt very comfortable in her office.
I have been absolutely amazed by the results. Even on my roughest nights sleep can’t see the bags, it’s wondeful. It’s one of those things that I never knew about and then once someone told me I started seeing it everywhere and suddenly understood why celebs never seemed have puffy bags!
Here’s the thing though, 
The last thing I want to do is suggest that anyone “needs” or “should have” any thing like this.
It’s completely a personal choice that is not right for everyone.
The line between vanity and self improvement or expression can be tricky and is different for each person. My line is less about exactly what I’m doing and more about why I’m doing it and where my priorities are. If I’m doing it to because I think it will give me self esteem I’m barking up the wrong tree but if I’m doing it because I like the way my face looks without baggy under eyes and now I won’t have to think about them again for another 9 months then I don’t worry too much.
I figure whether you agree or not you can always be sure that I’ll tell you the truth.
You’ll never need an ultrasound to prove what’s real on me and what isn’t:)

I’ve also discovered (thanks to Allie) another amazing gem that is a less expensive and invasive option:
Teamine
teamine

How about this: an eye cream that ACTUALLY DOES WHAT IT SAYS IT DOES!
I’ve used a ton of different things through the years to attack bags and dark circles and nothing made a huge impact. I sort of decided that eye creams are just not capable of such a thing until I found this. I don’t go to bed without it and when I do, I notice a they are darker and dryer and before I had the Belotero I noticed a big difference on the puffies too.
It’s not super cheap but it’s concentrated so you only use a tiny amount and it will last forever. I’ve had mine for a couple months and haven’t even made a dent in it.

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IIID FOUNDATION UPDATE:  I cannot believe that I have already sold out of the Mediums again! I’m so excited but really bummed for anyone who wanted it and couldn’t get it! This next shipment is probably going to take a little longer than the last one because of some changes I’m making (adding colors and making the darker and light shade more comparable in size etc.) I’ll keep you updated on all of that!

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208 Comments

  • Reply
    MC
    January 9, 2014 at 5:02 am

    I don’t want this to sound harsh, ungrateful or mean but I’m kinda disappointed in this post. I have really noticeable undereye darkness. Since it’s genetic and not rest related there’s no cream on earth that can make them go away. I have bought, thrown out, mixed and hated concealers since I was 12. One sloppy application and I get asked all freaking day if I slept well. I’ve read all of your posts (really!) and have waited for one really dedicated to this issue. I was excited when I saw the title of the post but was promptly deflated when the solution was an injection. I understand you’re posting about what worked for you, I get it. But for someone who has based their philosophy on bringing out the beauty that’s already there, I feel like you’ve kinda gone the other way with this. Should I get a nose job instead of HAC-ing now too? Again, not trying to be mean but I just had to say how I feel. I really do love your site though.

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      BR
      January 9, 2014 at 5:17 am

      MC – Try “it cosmetics” under eye concealer. It comes in a tube and is the BEST thing I’ve ever found, hands down. No other concealer comes even close.

      Additionally, I’m grateful for this post! Injections are wonderful things, as long as they’re used in moderation. And seriously, you should at least appreciate the honesty. Cara didn’t have to spill the beans, but I’m glad she did! I’ve been looking into Juvederm for my smile lines, and will also ask about this. The great thing about fillers is that they help that particular location to produce it’s own collagen, so it not only “treats” the issue (bags, lines, wrinkles), it also helps prevent further damage from forming… plus, the need for injections will decrease over time. It’s not like she’s going all Joan Rivers on us! 🙂

      • Reply
        MC
        January 9, 2014 at 5:46 am

        Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll try it next time I run out!

        I’m not against the injections at all and I do appreciate the honesty! I wouldn’t mind getting some on my laugh lines in the future. I’m just bummed out about looking tired and being too broke for a longer lasting solution. Maybe it’s just envy…it’s just a touchy subject for me.

        The injections really did make Cara look good!

        • Reply
          BR
          January 9, 2014 at 5:57 am

          Here’s the link. Worth every single penny. 🙂 http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod5770259 A tiny bit goes a LONG way (seriously). I squeeze a small amount to the back of my hand and then dot it in the area with my finger. I usually blend/pat it in with a sigma P88 or P80 brush, but I’m sure finger blending would work fine too. I set with a tiny bit of powder and it lasts from 5:30AM – 10PM! Remember, if you buy from ulta or sephora, you can always return anything for full refund if you don’t like it.

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        Erin
        February 9, 2014 at 12:05 pm

        I tried Teamine after this post and it irritated my skin. After 2 weeks of use, my under-eye area became itchy, red and peeled. (I’m trying to return the product.) Coincidentally, I purchased “it” concealer yesterday.

        I have to say: it’s really easy to put other people down for injections when you don’t need them. When people start asking you daily if you’ve been crying, when you haven’t, you’ll know what it feels like to have bags under your eyes and feel like sh*t about it. It’s the first thing I see in the mirror and in every photo I’m in.

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      Mandy
      January 9, 2014 at 8:47 am

      She is not going the other way from us, She is giving an idea that has WORKED for HER. TRY IT don’t be harsh on her philosophy. She is not selling a product of her own, she is giving what she has experienced and I love that. This is her blog and at least she gives cheap recommendations.
      About nose job, I wanted one until Cara taught me how to use a highlighter on my nose to make it look smaller. It really works!!!

      We are all beautiful MC. That’s how God made us.
      Mandy
      from Alabama

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      Diana Demopoulos
      January 9, 2014 at 3:05 pm

      I was just going to post the same thing…and the use of bad v good lighting, and angles, which just makes me question credibility altogether. The other thing I just hate on blogs is this is clearly some kind of barter system…you give me a break on my injections and I will hock your eye cream. I know it’s inevitable, and it’s the way business works…just don’t underestimate your audience. Some of us can see right through this stuff.

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        Karianne Jones
        January 10, 2014 at 10:50 am

        Come off it, Diana. Cara has never promoted something just to catch a break for herself. I appreciate that she openly shares all the options she’s found so that readers can see whether or not any work for them. She makes it VERY clear in this post that she found two options that worked for HER. If they don’t work for you, that’s fine and she openly expresses that. It’s a blog post, not a salesperson standing on your door rubbing cream on your face.

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          Kenzie
          January 15, 2014 at 9:44 am

          This is why I love Cara’s blog so much…. her honesty! Go read her next post. She didn’t get a discount and she didn’t get paid to promote the eye cream. It’s not about seeing right through it simply because she isn’t trying to hide anything in the first place. I respect her honesty and for that alone I will continue to support her until she proves otherwise (which I doubt she will let any of us down :))!

    • Reply
      I hate mean people
      January 17, 2014 at 9:06 am

      It is so rude for so many of you to comment on Cara’s post and say such negative things. All of the stuff you are addressing she already addressed as a disclaimer. She isn’t encouraging it but sharing knowledge. Only you know why you feel the need to give negative feed back.

      • Reply
        Lyla
        May 11, 2014 at 7:35 am

        Good comment. Anonymity gives people license to be rude but it will never justify it.

  • Reply
    Christina
    January 9, 2014 at 5:08 am

    I have the same issue as the previous commenter. I have had noticeable blueish brown circles since I was 12. When I was in middle school and high school teachers would ask if I was okay because they thought that something was wrong at home or that i had a black eye. They have just gotten worse over the years and sadly I have found nothing that even temporarily reduces the puffiness. I have always looked older than I am just because of it. Mine is also inherited so I have not had any luck with combating it. Does your friend have any suggestions for the inherited type of bags? It doesn’t matter how much sleep I get they do not change. It would be interesting to see if the same treatment you received would be equally as effective. If not, what recommendations would she have for the inherited type of undereye darkness.

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      Brynn
      January 9, 2014 at 8:49 am

      My brother had the same dark puffy under eye circles forming when he was 12. It ended up being allergies so he figured out what to stay away from and also a medication since we couldn’t move away from the environment just to reduce his puffy under eyes. I don’t know if this is something you have ever looked into but it might be worth a shot. I don’t mean to be nosy by any means just thought I’d drop in since it came to mind. (:

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        Monica
        January 14, 2014 at 9:32 pm

        This was really sweet of you Brynn, and a very real possibility.

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      Glorya
      January 9, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      I had a college roommate that had the same eye condition. I wish I could remember what she did to help diminish the darkness. But I can’t remember. I have seen many solutions. I would recommend going to one of the blog run by Dr. Oz..I think it is BeautyYou…he offers beauty solution with natural solutions. I appreciated what Cara has to share, understanding that it’s my choice to use the information or not. I have one eye that genetically has a big bag on some days. It leaves my face looking unbalanced. Then 8 years ago I was in a terrible car accident that left me with chronic pain/injuries and these always affect my bag. I am considering surgery in the future. Because I know this is a good treatment for conditions like mine. Even the injections won’t help me. If they could, I’d do it. I hope you find a treatment for you, keep an open mind to natural remedies, there is something out there for you.

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    Elvia
    January 9, 2014 at 5:16 am

    I’m in the same boat as the 2 previous commenters. I suffer from hederitery dark under eye cirlcles. I also thought this was goig to be a great makeup tutorial on how to cover them 🙁 Kinda disappointed to see it was this…

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    SheShe
    January 9, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Let me say, like the precious posters, Cara, you are the beauty blog I go to…and I read over some others but I have always liked your techniques and your honesty. I don’t have under eye problems but since others were posting “honestly” I have always wondered why the before picture is shaded and overall dark and the after picture is lit and overall bright? Found this in all makeover pics and makes me wonder why change the lighting. That said, let me reiterate….LOVE my Cara ❤️

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      Claudia
      January 9, 2014 at 10:53 am

      I was wondering about the same thing!!!! even you can tell from the reflection in her pupils the light is different 🙁 … I love my Cara too 🙂 but in these pictures that lighting issue is so obvious. Even the cheek bones look so different!

      • Reply
        Cara
        January 9, 2014 at 11:05 am

        In this case I totally agree with you that the lighting is different and better in the second photo. I really didn’t even think about it since it wasn’t a makeover and I didn’t intentionally take the before and after I just grabbed two photos of me that I think demonstrated my point! I am sorry it came of as misleading! My makeovers often start midday and the lighting in my makeup room is brightest in late afternoon, so the second photo is often brighter for that reason but sometimes I start in the brightest part of the morning so the first photo is brighter, an example would be : http://www.maskcara.com/2013/08/12/monday-makeover-4/ where the second one is darker. I should probably just get indoor lighting so I can have the exact same lighting in each for, I just love natural light so much!

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    Sherri
    January 9, 2014 at 5:35 am

    I actually appreciated this post. Cara gave her opinions on 2 solutions that work for her. There is no procedure or product that works for everyone. Nor does any one makeup application work for everyone. I believe she has addressed makeup applications for concealing under eye issues in past posts. These are just 2 solutions that may or may not work for other people. I am planning on trying the cream myself. Thanks Cara!

    • Reply
      Cara
      January 9, 2014 at 11:07 am

      Thank you! You’ll love the Teamine!

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    Lindsay @ Makely
    January 9, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Thanks for this post, Cara! I probably wouldn’t go the injection route personally (I’d rather spend that money on new furniture!), but I’m definitely interested in trying the cream. I don’t have puffy eyes at all unless I’m sick, but my dark circles just never go away. Sure, I probably need to sleep more (what mother doesn’t?) and drink more water (coffee is my life blood), so those things will help me, too. I might have to get this cream, as I’ve never seen much difference with other creams. I feel like I need to keep trying until I find “the one” for me.

    Previous commenters, this post has helped me a ton: http://www.maskcara.com/2013/03/21/baggage/

    As did this Before and After – I need to pick up some Toma’s
    http://www.maskcara.com/2013/12/02/makeover-monday-10/

    Hope that helps!

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    Cyrena
    January 9, 2014 at 5:53 am

    My favorite thing about you Cara, is that you are so gorgeous despite simple things like the “bags” this post highlighted. Your natural glowing beauty is what makes me feel more beautiful, and forget my own “imperfections”.

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    BR
    January 9, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Here’s the link. Worth every single penny. 🙂 http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod5770259 A tiny bit goes a LONG way (seriously). I squeeze a small amount to the back of my hand and then dot it in the area with my finger. I usually blend/pat it in with a sigma P88 or P80 brush, but I’m sure finger blending would work fine too. I set with a tiny bit of powder and it lasts from 5:30AM – 10PM! Remember, if you buy from ulta or sephora, you can always return anything for full refund if you don’t like it.

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    Rachel White Pennell
    January 9, 2014 at 5:56 am

    I have dark under eye circles and really injections probably ARE the only way to get rid of them. I know I’ve tried everything under the sun. I don’t get the attitude toward Cara because she’s being honest. If you’ve had the circles your whole life then you already know trying to cover them with concealer is your only non invasive option. I’ve never, ever, ever found an eye cream that does the job and am very doubtful I ever will.

    • Reply
      Melissa Whitaker
      January 14, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      I agree with Rachel. Cara is not a chemist with the blending solution that will fix all under eye issues!! Injectables are your best bet for a longer lasting result. Being “disappointed” in her post is laughable. Don’t take your own beauty “issues” out on someone making suggestions from their own experiences.
      Cara, I love your Maskcara products, they work for me! Its absolutely crystal clear you are not on here trying to sell products for your own personal gain. After watching pretty much all of your video tutorials, you always tell it like it is about a product. If I try one you recommend, 9 times out of 10 you are right about the benefits and the tweaks YOU would make to make them work better with the skin/hair. It’s apparent why your products work with the skin, the colors, the textures – because you seem to have taken all the good ideas from a lot of products out their, and added your own spin on how to make them work better. I bet you the lllD Foundation did’nt come together over night. You knew what you wanted it to be, and you probably worked your ass off making sure the makeup producers got it right. Bravo!!
      Give this girl some credit, she’s successful because she believes in what she is recommending.
      Thank you Cara!

  • Reply
    MC
    January 9, 2014 at 6:00 am

    Thanks so much!!! ☺

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    chameleonstampede
    January 9, 2014 at 6:01 am

    I have such a problem with bags! I just ordered a new cream to try yesterday. It’s a constant struggle. Thanks for the suggestions!

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    jerry
    January 9, 2014 at 6:08 am

    I really agree with MC, who had the first post. You used to be all about brining out your inner beauty, and now you are suggesting ways to change it with procedures. What’s next? Also, you are always pointing out your foundation. I feel like this is no longer a blog but a sales post.

    • Reply
      Cara
      January 9, 2014 at 11:13 am

      I am so sorry you feel that way! I do still talk about inner beauty and it is BY FAR the most important thing to me but to me loving yourself and experimenting and enjoying beauty techniques are not mutually exclusive! I am sorry if I am pointing out my foundation too often, it is definitely not in an attempt to sell it since I don’t even have it in stock, I just noticed it and was pretty amazed myself at how much prettier it looked so I shared my thoughts. I can see how that might seem too “pluggy” That was not my intention though!

      • Reply
        Karianne Jones
        January 10, 2014 at 10:38 am

        Beautiful Cara, when I read this post, I did feel a tinge of disappointment…and it was NOT because of your post, but because I knew you’d get slammed with criticism about “selling out” or something. I have had severe dark circles since I was in junior high. I’ve also noticed the hollowing you mentioned and I’ve tried every concealer/cream/remedy under the sun. When I read about your honest and very vulnerable experience with this issue, I was brought tears. I never knew about fillers like this…and I finally feel like there is an option that might actually work for me.

        Anyone who has read a single post of yours should know that all of your advice is straight from the heart. I also LOVE that you talk about your IIID foundation. Your videos/posts always share what you’ve tried and found to be the very best products. If your HAC pack is what you love the very most, then of course you would want to use it and share it with us! I cannot wait for Medium to be available again so I can try it out.

        I’ve always trusted your beauty recommendations and with your bravery to publish a post admitting that you found a procedure that worked for you, I respect and trust you even more. Don’t let the haters get you down. You are an absolute inspiration. Your inner beauty matches your outer beauty and I know your mission is to help other women feel the same.

        Thank you for all you’ve shared with us. Thank you for not hiding behind a perfect, flawless, facade and deciding to share your honest journey. I hope to be able to set up a make-up consultation with you someday so that I can see and hear your recommendations for me, personally. THANK YOU for all you do. You’re amazing.

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          Rachel Nelson
          January 10, 2014 at 11:11 pm

          Boom! Karianne hit the nail on the head here! Couldn’t have put it better. Thanks for your honesty Cara. We love you!

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          Sabrina b
          January 11, 2014 at 5:11 am

          Agree with karianne. Well said

      • Reply
        anais1028
        January 13, 2014 at 5:08 pm

        It doesn’t seem too “pluggy” to me! You are an entrepreneur! This is your livelihood. This is your website. You have created an amazing new product line, and you need to sell it. Can you imagine any other makeup “brand” not plugging their own products on their own website?? No way!

        I want to hear and see more uses of your products here, Cara. I am so proud of the work you have done and I am very excited for what the future holds for you 🙂

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        Aubrey
        October 16, 2016 at 3:50 pm

        I know this is an old post but I found it on Pinterest. Can you tell me how long the injections last you? I’ve been seriously considering it. Any chance you or the girl who does yours knows anyone in Arizona?

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    Amanda
    January 9, 2014 at 6:15 am

    I’m seriously so sad IIID is sold out AGAIN!!!!! I was going to purchase it tomorrow on pay day 🙁 Looking forward to the newer solutions so I can finally try this!! I hope I have enough concealer and foundation to last until the next shipment comes in haha!

    • Reply
      Cara
      January 9, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Amanda! I am so sorry! I did not think it would go that fast! I’ll keep you posted!

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    Viviane
    January 9, 2014 at 6:16 am

    Nooooooooooo! I am disappointed that a gorgeous young woman like you is using injectables…Moreover, I think you look better (more ‘real’) in the ‘before’ picture.
    PS : Love you!

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      Cara
      January 9, 2014 at 11:16 am

      Thank you!

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    kartasi
    January 9, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Love your honesty! It’s the number one reason I keep coming back to your site.

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      Cara
      January 9, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Thank you:)

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    Vieve
    January 9, 2014 at 6:21 am

    I just feel this is a really misleading post when both pictures have completed different lighting involved…lol It’s honestly pretty disappointing to see a shameless product plug too.

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      anais1028
      January 13, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      As I read through the comments after Cara’s posts, I get really upset by how many people comment on the “shameless plugging.” Seriously, people, she’s launching a new product line! So many startups fail in the first year, and the only way entrepreneurs can be successful is to plug away! I don’t know what Cara’s financial situation is (and that doesn’t matter), but I imagine she has put a lot of her own money on the line (and other investors’ as well) to launch her products. Let’s support her!

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    Elaine
    January 9, 2014 at 6:34 am

    I’d much rather know everything about Cara’s skin and beauty regimen than to think that everything can be achieved by makeup alone. I even want to know what she eats! I haven’t had any procedures done, but am open to it. Having “work done” whether it is a slightly invasive procedure or more intense doesn’t take away “inner beauty” — that comes from being a wonderful, kind person who glows from within with “goodness.” As for Jerry’s comment, I never feel like this is a “sales post.” I want to hear updates on the makeup line (and I think many others do too) especially when it is not the “star” of every post. Plus, I adore my HAC pac and want to know anything new going on. Keep up the fab work, Cara. Keep on being you and telling us like it is.

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      BR
      January 9, 2014 at 6:58 am

      I agree completely, Elaine!

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      sarah
      January 9, 2014 at 10:09 am

      I couldn’t agree more!

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      Cara
      January 9, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Thank you so much Elaine! Love your comment so much:)

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      TW
      January 9, 2014 at 4:57 pm

      Exactly!!!

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      Karianne Jones
      January 10, 2014 at 10:39 am

      Yay for Elaine! I 100% agree with everything you just said.

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      Heidi
      January 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Yes, exactly! Her honesty is refreshing. I would rather know everything than to be lead to believe that all flaws can be covered with makeup.

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      Kelly
      January 14, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      Well said Elaine!

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    Suzy
    January 9, 2014 at 6:47 am

    Well said, Elaine – I give Cara all the credit in the world for being honest and upfront. Isn’t part of good makeup instruction knowing not just its potential but also its limitations? As for the commenters who are disappointed the post wasn’t a how-to, I think Cara titled it fairly and accurately as a “confession.” I say keep the updates / marketing for the IIID line coming, too – considering Cara can’t seem to keep the stuff in stock, there’s obviously an audience for the information. I for one love her dedication to the product – she’s obviously working her butt off in support of her business…tough to fault anyone for that.

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      Cara
      January 9, 2014 at 11:17 am

      Thanks so much Suzy:)

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    jessvii
    January 9, 2014 at 7:01 am

    I appreciated this post. I have inherited under-eye circles (like many of the commenters). I’ve read so many magazine articles that just talk about how I must need more sleep or have allergies or whatever (even though I have bags no matter how much sleep I get). I was thankful to FINALLY read a post that mentioned a new approach. I’m not sure if I’ll get Perlane or not, but it was nice to at least know that it exists.

    Regarding “injectables”, I think it’s a matter of personal preference, risk tolerance, and finances. If a person can afford injectables, and finds their risks (e.g. bruising, irritation, swelling…) acceptable, and would prefer to get an injection twice a year than apply makeup every day to cover up bags, then more power to them :).

    I did not read anything online about Perlane and use by pregnant women (or women who may become pregnant). Is it safe for those women? I didn’t see anything written one way or the other.

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      Cara
      January 9, 2014 at 11:19 am

      Thanks Jess, I don’t think it is safe for pregnant women to have the injections done but as for women who may become pregnant I am not sure! I’ll ask Allie!

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      Just Me
      January 14, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Injectibles should not be used by those who are pregnant or trying. There is no proof that it can harm a baby, but there also hasn’t been significant studies to deem it completely safe, so better safe then sorry. If you get it and become pregnant after injectibles, I wouldn’t be overly concerned, but Id advise not to seek it if you are or plan on becoming pregnant, just to be extra safe.
      Regarding injectibles for me, I do get fillers in both my cheeks and undereye. Ive always had visible dark circles and wrinkles under my eyes and you wouldn’t believe some of the horrific comments I received. I would start to look in the mirror and that’s all I would see. It wasn’t diet, allergies, etc, it was just me (and my veins ;). Finally I resolved with injections and I do love them, but they aren’t w/out risk.
      Be very careful on who does your injections, if they hit a vein you could get a serious black eye. You usually will have some slight bruising for a day or so regardless. Also, if its filled too superficially you can actually see it and it will leave a blue tint. Up close it isn’t perfectly smooth and you will get slightly bumpy and, as it dissolves, it can do so unevenly and the bumps intensify and look unnatural. Everyone is different, so how long the fillers lasts is different, I usually get significant dissolving in only 3 months. Ive seen two top Dr.’s in LA and my costs are much more, ranging from $1700-$2500 each time for just cheek and under eye. From my last visit I have a bump under my eye at the injection site, so even with a top Dr there can be visible mistakes.
      Now I get comments like “You look so amazing! Wow, you look so good. Remember when you use to have those horrible dark circles and look like you had gotten dragged by a truck the night before?” Yes, I occasionally get those backhanded compliments from people who have no clue how I “fixed” it. Its a shame and it reminds me why I was so self conscious in the first place, so as Cara points out, its an option and it does help, and to each their own… but just do your research.

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    Amber
    January 9, 2014 at 7:01 am

    I’m interested to see what the HAC changes are and if there will be possible exchange options. What if I like what the changes are better than the current HAC pack? Doesn’t seem fair to make changes so quickly to the product I would never typically spend that much money on. I almost feel like a test dummy. Mostly because I didn’t love the product as much as I hoped I would. Either way, Cara has changed how I will ever do my makeup and I’m grateful to her for that!

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      Cara
      January 9, 2014 at 11:23 am

      I am making a few changes just mostly based on options, some people weren’t able to get the right color so I need more colors and many people are using their contour much more than their highlight so I am making a change there. While I am listening to the requests of the IIID buyers I already had a bunch of text dummies the whole time I was working on it so don’t worry you aren’t one of those!

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    Elizabeth
    January 9, 2014 at 7:02 am

    So excited about this post today and I seriously just bought the cream on Amazon! Great reviews on there as well. I’m not disappointed at all to learn that you splurged and had a minor procedure. After all, you are human, even though in my mind (and other followers too I’m sure) you are a superstar 🙂 and plug away on IIID! (Not that I think that’s what you’re doing). You’ve worked too long and hard not to be proud of this amazing product! Anyone who thinks otherwise should take a step back and think about why they want to comment negatively on such a good thing or take it elsewhere. ❤

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    Ashton
    January 9, 2014 at 7:07 am

    I don’t have bags very often neccisarily, but I have very fair skin, and the skin under my eyes is SUPER thin. The Teamine cream sounds like exactly what I need, I’ve never heard of a cream claiming to make the skin thicker!! I’m a drug store beauty junkie, but I think I’m going to work that in the budget!!

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    Trisha
    January 9, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Thank you for your honesty Cara! I think you did a great job of being true to yourself and just “putting it out there”. Injections aren’t for everyone and you make that clear. As an esthetician I’m glad I have something to recommend to people with serious dark circles that can’t just be treated with an eye cream and concealer (aka, hereditary causes). BTW, it looks so good on you, not that your before picture was bad though 😉

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    Jennifer S
    January 9, 2014 at 7:35 am

    I don’t see why so many people are having a fuss about having any injection, especially related to inner beauty…how is getting an injection any different than using an eye cream or concealer to fix the issue? It’s just different ways to conceal something you don’t like on your face. I’ve never heard about this procedure before, so I’m glad that you’re putting it out there. My boyfriend has big problems with puffiness under the eye and is wanting to try an eye cream, so I’ll definitely be looking at that cream for him. Thanks for sharing!

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      hush
      June 7, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      Amen! The anti-injectables haters in this thread are majorly overreacting– injectables are a more time-efficient, and far more effective form of concealing. Like makeup, they are also non-surgical, temporary fixes (although longer-lasting than makeup), and are seriously no more of a big deal than say, putting on false eyelashes, dying grey roots, or getting a spray tan. Sheesh, people! I’m grateful for your honesty, Cara!!!

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    PamJ
    January 9, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I’m 47, and it’s gotten to the point where I may have to save for Perlane. But Cara, you are a young, beautiful woman! Why go the route of injectables at such a young age? If you “fix” one flaw, another one will just pop up & start bothering you – no one is “perfect”.
    Also, although you recommend the eye cream, be aware that a strong minority of people found that this cream made their undereye area red, irritated and drier.

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    fiammisday
    January 9, 2014 at 8:35 am

    I’d really need it!!!
    kisses from Italy
    Simona

    http://www.fiammisday.com/

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    Annie @ The Littlest Sparrow
    January 9, 2014 at 8:40 am

    I think its amazing you are letting other women know about that option! As long as you are doing it for YOURSELF and no one else, and you’re certain for your reasons thats all that matters!

    http://littlestsparrow.blogspot.com

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    Ariel
    January 9, 2014 at 8:51 am

    I think you do an amazing job of balancing it all. We all have a lot to be thankful for with the beautiful bodies we have and there is nothing wrong with being the best we can be, our bodies are a beautiful thing and embracing that beauty by magnifying it is wonderful! Of course your right, there are some treatments out there that are a bit TOO far, but I don’t think you’ve crossed it! Thanks for sharing! I think I’ll try the cream!

    xo
    Ariel
    —> http://crashingthroughglass.blogspot.com

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    Amanda
    January 9, 2014 at 8:54 am

    This post bums me out.

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    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen
    January 9, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Figuring out what eye cream is actually effective is practically impossible so I’m so glad you recommended this. For $44, it’s actually not bad. I think I’ll give it a go!

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    Jules
    January 9, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I actually don’t get why some people are annoyed with this post. People who have hereditary dark circles or just dark circles because of a lack of sleep are searching high & low for creams to “fix” their problems. What is the difference between using a different method to “fix” the problems? Yes we are all naturally beautiful, but if everyone walked around without make up to “beautify” their faces, i’m not sure how beautiful we all would be. I’m glad you are offering suggestions for ALL of your readers.

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    Jessica Bell
    January 9, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Love this!! Thank you for sharing this! It is a night and day difference

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    Leigh
    January 9, 2014 at 9:41 am

    I think you have to keep in mind that this post is talking about under eye bags (puffiness), not circles (discoloration and darkness). Clearly two very different issues. I have bags but no darkness, so for me tips on reducing the puffiness are really helpful.

    I agree that this doesn’t address how to cover up those dark circles but I also think it wasn’t intended to as that’s really a completely different issue. Looks like there is a ton of interest in that however!

    while I think the injections are not for me, I appreciate the alternative cream recommendation!

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    Samantha
    January 9, 2014 at 9:49 am

    I wouldn’t say I’m annoyed by the post… More disappointed. Seems like a sponsored post for her friend or something. I could care less if you have any or everything fake, but the post just doesn’t seem like the old Cara.

    Still waiting for promised videos and tutorials 🙁

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      Cara
      January 9, 2014 at 11:28 am

      If it seems strained it’s probably because I was concerned about this post so it might have come off uncomfortable! I wasn’t paid to talk about this and never take money to talk about anything, in fact when I got the procedure I paid full price because I didn’t want to be obligated to give a positive review about it incase I had a negative experience. I just think this is a touchy subject but I had to breach it because I would feel fraudulent to have something like that done and not be honest about it. Good news? I’m posting a video tomorrow!

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        Samantha
        January 9, 2014 at 7:42 pm

        Thanks for the reply!!! Strained is the perfect word for it. Completely understand and respect you for being upfront about what you’ve had done; us lady folk tend to start thinking what we see on a magazine cover can be had if we just try a little harder when really that aint ever gonna happen for anyone without airbrushing! And since you are gorg enough to be on any mag its good for us to know EVERYTHING it takes to be as pretty as you, inside and out.

        Can’t wait to see the new video!

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    Whitney @ EHFAR
    January 9, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I’ll look into this cream. People used to ask me, are you tired even when they were concealed. I would always answer no, because I wasn’t tired. Someone even thought I did meth due to the circles+I’m skinny. So far nothing really works as good as I want. I’ve researched injections and really want them, but it is way too expensive. I don’t know if they will work for me since I never talked to a professional about them. I’d love for the circles and puffiness to go away.

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    Melissa Dunsmoor
    January 9, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Cara. I was not offended by this post. In fact, I appreciate the honesty. I’ve suffered from dark circles and bags under my eyes since I was a child (as does my mom, and her mommy before her). I have it so bad that on my bad days (mean) people have asked me if I’m on drugs!! Or they ask me what is wrong, or if I’m just super tired. Ahhh! It’s my number one beauty concern and although I am comfortable with the way I look, it bothers me so much that I’m willing to try out any reasonable solution. I wouldn’t want anyone shaming me for it either. Its nice to know that this may be an option for me.

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    Elisabeth M
    January 9, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I’m all for whatever makes YOU feel great about yourself! Whatever route a person takes is their personal choice and I say GO FOR IT!!!! I always hear people go on and on about how disappointed they “feel” about the route someone took to “alter” their appearance yet things like makeup, hair dye, and braces are made to do exactly that! I think that people feel a need to dislike what is unattainable to them in many circumstances (not all but most). What works for her may not work for you, me, and many others…and vice versa! The KEY is to RESPECT the decisions others make the same way we want others to respect ours (yours)!

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    Francesca
    January 9, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Disappointed ….

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    Claudia
    January 9, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Hi Cara,
    it also looks that something happened to your cheek bones, they kind of disappeared??? is that because of the treatment? I just want to know whether you see changes somewhere else in your face besides your eye bags.
    Thank you!
    Claudia

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      Samantha
      January 9, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      She mentioned in other posts that she wasnt going as heavy on her contouring anymore, or focusing it more on the apples of her cheeks instead of all the way up (I think it was on one of the face shape posts) so that might be why her cheekbones aren’t as defined

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    Ashley
    January 9, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I am getting a kick out of all these people that are upset by this! I guess I don’t get the difference between doing a procedure (and this one is a small, temporary, non altering one) and dying your hair, wearing makeup-especially for hiding your flaws or enhancing more appealing features- how about acrylic nails? eyelash extensions? Using anti-wrinkle creams? Going to a dermatologist and using all sorts of crazy stuff to fix acne? It’s funny to me that no one thinks there is anything wrong with doing any of that stuff, but as soon as “surgery” or “injections” is involved well, then everyone gets all crazy— “You should be happy with what you look like!!” “You shouldn’t change who you are!” “Beauty should come from within!” I guarantee ALL of those people do something to improve their looks on a daily basis, some more than others. How many of you are born brunette but “alter” your hair and are now blondes??? I guess I didn’t know there was an invisible line between acceptable and not acceptable. Don’t you dare cross it! And don’t try to pull the whole “it’s different because of the risk involved” card, because if you really want to get down to brass tacks nothing is COMPLETELY safe!! Putting chemicals on our hair and allowing it to soak into our scalps for hours at a time-yep that sounds safe. Putting chemicals on our nails that not only can leech into our nail beds, but we also use those same chemically coated fingers to handle food, pry things from babies mouths etc… yep, I am sure that is safe! Using a chemical glue to attach plastic lashes onto our own natural lashes, as close to your eyeball as possible–yep perfectly safe!!! Chemicals and oral meds to prevent acne–yep soooo safe!! No side effects at all!!! 🙂
    We all have boundaries for what we feel comfortable with doing to our bodies and what we don’t feel comfortable with. That’s the beauty of it, we get to decide for ourselves!! I am sure there are some things that you are ok with and that she is not ok with. Let’s just leave it at that!
    Cara, you look beautiful, as always! What I really love about getting the injections, is the idea that I don’t have to put makeup on to hide those ugly bags, I could feel more confident in my skin alone! This might just be on my list of “one day…” Thanks for the info!! Love, love, love the blog!!!

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      Elisabeth M
      January 9, 2014 at 11:25 am

      EXACTLY!!!! I couldn’t have said it better myself. I think people also… totally missed out on the fact that she was not asking for their approval or opinions…she’s just informing us of what worked for her.

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      Heather
      January 9, 2014 at 11:40 am

      Thank you for putting into words what I also was thinking!!

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      Gianna
      January 9, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Amen!!!

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      Lynn D
      January 9, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      Perfectly said!! 🙂

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      Glorya
      January 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      I support what Ashley stated. I posted my comment to Cara before reading all the comments. I am surprised also by all the negativity. Ladies if you do not want to open your minds to options, then keep your mouths shut, because there are women here who want to here what Cara has to say about all the options. I am not offended at all. Perhaps the offended women live in Hollywood so there is some emotional connection that results in negativity. Women do everything to alter their appearances. Hair color, contact lenses, diets, exercises, massages, facials, etc…some do have surgery, breast implants, some because they have to, others because they want to, yet as women we all go forward sharing similar concerns. I do not mind personally when someone states injections are not for them. But disappointed? What is this all about? Have you put Cara on a pedestal only to state she’s fallen off because of her openness to options? Cara’s a great make up artist and we would all be fortunate to have her work on our make up. I believe it’s safe to say that everyone reading her blog gets something personal from her, but to imagine that she is Goddess like is not her fault, it’s faulty thinking on your part. In this posting, I’ve read an openness to different ideas that comes with maturity. I appreciate this level of disclosure. I am 50 years old as of last October and you bet I worry about looking older. I think I look younger than my age. And one persistent bag is making me look older. It is a real concern and if injection could help, I would be there in line with no shame in my game. Get a grip, this is life.

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      TW
      January 9, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      Well said!!!

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        Sena
        January 9, 2014 at 10:30 pm

        Well-said Ashely and others! However I can’t help but express a few things that bother me about this thread.

        The secondmost thing I love about maskcara.com (after Cara herself) is our COMMUNITY of readers (caps for emphasis). Almost everyone is always so sweet and helpful to each other and friendly, it feels like my little beauty family (and I don’t have many of those because until this blog I never used much makeup and my mom and my friends are not really into makeup either).

        So it pains me to see people attacking the “dissenters” so harshly. I admit that I was surprised by Cara’s post, mostly because I had never heard her talk about “procedures” before, but “disappointed”, “bummed”, “cheated because the post wasn’t about something else”? No way. So I am firmly in the “this might not be for me but I totally appreciate the honesty and the information” camp. And I’m sure I love Cara as much as the rest of you so I do empathize with the impulse to jump to her defense.

        But I do FIRMLY believe that we must respect other people’s opinions and their right to express them without being instantly “attacked” as “attacking” Cara!!!!!! It is OK to disagree with Cara, it is OK to criticize her sometimes, IMHO. I don’t want to see our community chase away every dissenting voice until all we have is a bunch of groupies singing her praises momatter what she says (Im not saying this is what we have here, just that I am afraid of us becoming that, and I put myself in that scary-future-groupie category too!).

        I don’t believe most of them were “attacking” her and many took great lengths to express their negative reaction in a non-attacky way and to make sure to mention their gratitude and love for her blog still (with a few exceptions). I think it’s ok to feel and express those things, that is what a community is about and we can all respectfully agree to disagree on this one.

        To the people who feel like “this isn’t the Cara they knew” I offer only this: it is remarkable that ANY of us (myself included) feel like there IS a Cara that we DO know, right? Her unique strenght is in being relatable and letting us all into her mind and soul, and making us all feel like we know her so that we are in a position to feel like “this is not her” in the first place. And that is an accomplishment not to be overlooked I think. The only other blog I follow is Lisa Eldridge (upon Cara’s mention!) and she is super talented and gorgeous and seems like a very sweet and kind person. But do I feel like I “know” her? Like I could just talk to her? Like she could ever be “not herself” and I’d have an inkling that that was the case? No way. You get my point.

        And the only way she can continue to give off this feeling is by being herself, injections included. But feel free to disagree.

        My 2 cents.

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          Sena
          January 9, 2014 at 10:47 pm

          I forgot to add that I don’t mind her bringing up the IIID foundation all the time (though she does :)). It is a far-fetched dream actually coming true after all, so I’d give her personally a little more leeway. Plus she DOES believe it’s the best product out there. And it’s only been a couple of months! AND she’s gone on and on like that in the past about other products she loves too, just read her old posts.

          I do however agree with a later comment that it would be a pity if this means that she will stop reviewing/recommending other foundations and products in general. But we can’t fault her for not buying oodles of new stuff to review/recommend RIGHT NOW when she is busy using and perfecting her own line! She HAS to use her own line on her clients so she can make changes. I think that is understandable?

          So I hope this adds some perspective though, as I said above, you are welcome to be annoyed by too much IIID talk. And if those annoyances come from being let down by the product I am very sorry, that must be disappointing after all the hype :(. I am struggling a bit myself but hanging in there and loving it for some things, still learning for others.

          Love to all my maskcara family!

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          Cara
          January 10, 2014 at 12:08 am

          I absolutely LOVE your comment Sena! I couldn’t agree more with everything you said! I am so grateful to have women who care about me enough to want to stick up for me but at the same time I want this to be a safe place where women can feel comfortable to share their feelings. I do think that most everyone is perfectly respectful to me and to everyone else and even when they don’t agree they are kind and tactful and I hope to see that continue always! When there is someone who says something cruel or senseless (which is rare) I don’t think they deserve my time and they especially don’t deserve my readers time. Thank you for your insight!

          • anais1028
            January 13, 2014 at 5:19 pm

            You have a big heart, Cara! And you are very patient!

          • Becca
            January 15, 2014 at 8:36 am

            @ Sena … You took the words right out of my mouth. I agree with you 100%. I was FAR more disappointed to see the few harsh comments to this post than anything else.

            It’s okay to disagree with Cara! I disagree with my friends (note: Cara’s like my virtual friend. Well, she doesn’t know that, so it’s kind of a creepy one-sided friendship, but whatevs.) and my friends disagree with me. And that’s alright! I respect Cara’s honesty. In fact, I think that this post is TOTALLY “Cara-esque” because one thing we can always count on with her is her honesty. And kudos for that Cara. Thank you for your open book policy.

            I would be very bummed if no one felt free to give feedback to Cara because they may, in turn, be attacked for disagreeing. The give-and-take of the maskcara community is part of what makes this blog so good.

            I would not get an injection. In the grand scheme of things, under eye circles are not important enough to me to spend the bones on an injection. I’m glad it worked for Cara and has for others. To each her own. That doesn’t make me enjoy this blog ANY less.

            I never feel like Cara is plugging something because someone paid her to do so, or she’s scratching someone else’s back. 6 months ago, did we think she was being paid to suggest Bahama Mama as a contour? No. No diff.

            Cara – I really admire your ambition and your ability to start the IIID line. As an entrepreneur who genuinely believes in her product, you’d be doing yourself a disservice NOT to mention IIID. If it works, let us know!!! I hope you don’t feel discouraged.

            I love this blog, and Cara. It’s changed my whole world. Just this morning, someone said, “I just love your makeup! It’s so pretty!” So of course I started gushing about maskcara.com and how it taught me every good thing I know about makeup. Keep fightin’ the good fight Cara.

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      Sheri
      July 10, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Amen, Ashley! Your words are my sentiment, exactly. Folks who are “disappointed” in Cara’s post clearly skipped over her disclaimers and reasoning and decided to close their minds off, right then and there. I’ve actually had fillers done under my eyes and in my smile lines, and I’ve kept completely quiet about it because people can be very harsh and mean. It’s my business and it really only alters your appearance a little. I applaud Cara for being transparent. Cara, I think you are gorgeous and a really cool person. Let the negative stuff just float on by…

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    Gianna
    January 9, 2014 at 11:43 am

    Thank you, Cara, for this post! I had no idea this option was even out there. I’m tired of trying to find the perfect cream that, let’s face it, are not miracle creams. It’s like trying to mask a Nanny McPhee mole on your face; nothing will work unless its removed.

    I respect and applaud your decision to put this on the blog today. Obviously, it was very gutsy with so many disrespectful and unsupportive women out there of YOUR own decisions, which did not injure or harm anyone else (unlike some of these nasty comments) I’m glad it worked for you and I appreciate the information. Have a fantastic day and keep your chin up! 🙂

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    Amanda
    January 9, 2014 at 11:49 am

    Hey Cara! Love your blog. Love your honesty. It makes me feel like I can be honest in return! And I have to tell you that I think you look so much prettier in the before picture. The makeup and everything. Your cheeks look puffy or something in the after pic. I can totally see that the darkness is gone though.

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    Kristin Vanhoozer
    January 9, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Loved your honesty! You are awesome!

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    megan
    January 9, 2014 at 11:55 am

    I am having this done – did you have bruising or swelling?? I want to do it without my husband knowing =)

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    Emma Gat
    January 9, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Thank you so much, Cara, for this post! I, too, suffer from pretty serious under-eye issues, genetically, and nothing really seems to solve it. Right now I’m just a student, so I can’t afford anything too fancy, but I keep telling myself that there must be some sort of injection in this day and age that could solve it for us! You have just showed me the light (both at the end of the tunnel and under your beautiful eyes), and I can’t wait until I’d get to try this myself.
    I am super happy to know about this. Thank you, Cara. You look absolutely fabulous, as always.

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    Samantha
    January 9, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    I am so sad to see how people are attacking you about this topic, you were simply trying something new, seeing how it worked and, of course, sharing it with your readers! That is what we come here for ! I’m heartbroken about how you’re being attacked and everyone is comparing it to a nose job, this isn’t permanent, like someone above said, much like hair dye! I LOVE your blog and I ALWAYS have. Just because you got ONE small, VERY small, procedure done doesn’t mean you’ve forgotten inner beauty! Also, the assumption of some readers that you have never addressed this and you’re saying they have to get it fixed that way is silly, you have TONS of posts on this I feel! I feel like you love us all so much and comments like that certainly have to be getting to you. Please remember we LOVE you! <3

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    Aly
    January 9, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Cara,

    Thank you for this post! I appreciate that, not only are you honest, but you are mindful that people have different backgrounds, tolerances and budgets. I never feel that your posts are pushy and, in fact, I LOVE when you give product — or procedure — reviews letting us all know how it turned out. Your great, honest content is what keeps me coming back daily!

    As for those “disappointed” in you for this post: they need to get over it. If you ran your blog based on everyone’s negative opinion, I’m sure there would be absolutely nothing left to write about…. and then they’d be upset about that, too.

    Keep on keepin’ on!

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    Mickey
    January 9, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Good for you! You are so beautiful inside and out and such an honest person. You just have to ignore people that are jealous or make different decisions than you do! You look fabulous!!!

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    Ashlee
    January 9, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    There will always be people that disapprove of any personal choice eh? Interesting that there have bend some real honest posts on this blog about your personal life and things you’ve experienced and you weren’t shamed for being vulnerable. However, girl if you get injections you just got served up a hearty bowl of shame. You win some and you lose some I guess :).

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    Crys
    January 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Hi!! Sorry I didn’t know where to contact you other than writing on a random post. Will you do a post on general eyeshadow one day? I’ve read all you have (different color eyes, etc) but I’d like to know how to do other eyeshadow. Like the Stilla pallette for example- what colors do I use and where do I put it? Darker color on outside and highlight to eyebrows but I don’t know what else to do. Just an idea. Keep up the great work!!!

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    Jaime
    January 9, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    I seriously can NOT understand the folks here disappointed that Cara would go try a new method to reduce/eliminate the bags under her eyes. You came here looking for a way to get rid of your own bags and are now criticizing her for doing EXACTLY what you are trying to do!! It makes NO SENSE whatsoever!! How is anti-puff cream any different than an injectable when the goal of both is the SAME THING?! And all their talk about “inner beauty is most important”…well, DUH, we all know that. But HELLO?? you are on a MAKEUP blog that talks about PUTTING STUFF ON YOUR FACE TO MAKE YOU LOOK BETTER THAN YOU DO WITH OUT IT. Where is your inner beauty now?

    I have been “makeup challenged” my whole life and stumbled across this blog at 37 and now I am FINALLY getting the hang of it and am able to look halfway decent when I walk out the door everyday. Cara has removed the intimidation factor from makeup and she is always honest and stresses that beauty comes from within. But for crying out loud people, unless you do not apply one iota of makeup, anti-wrinkle cream, etc to your face, you have no business shaming her for this. None.

    I mean, unless they are slaughtering unicorns and grinding up the horns to make the magic anti-puff injectables, I really don’t get the big deal.

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      Ashlee
      January 9, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      You said it girl.

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    Cecilia
    January 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Way to go Cara…. Love love love it! Keep up the great work and do keep us informed with the secrets, confessions, suggestions, and ALL! You have changed entirely the way I apply my makeup and cannot thank you enough! As for the IIID FOUNDATION, I love your product, it is AWESOME! Regarding the injections, why not? if they improve the way we look then do them!!!

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    Glorya
    January 9, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    Hi Cara, I have one very bad bag under one eye…it’s terrible and it’s is getting worse with age. I decided that when I get my money from the lawsuit in which the accident left me with debilitating injuries. In the first years of my accident, my eyes were crazy looking with all the pain, pain medication, sleepless nights, etc. I tried all type of eye creams…Now I am not on many pain killers which is better for my skin and I try to drink enough water each day and eat right. Still I can hardly wait till I can go see a surgeon. Please put me on an alert list when the medium comes in, I keep missing out on IID. I was thinking about you…It would be great to make a pin product that all of us can post on our boards to help spread the word about your new beauty product. Whadda think? Social Media Marketing works…let us help you.

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    Andrea Lee
    January 9, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I don’t want to sound redundant, because I also disagree with all of the ladies saying they are “disappointed” in you, so I won’t go down that road. What I do want to say is that I hope their comments don’t dissuade you from being honest with us in the future. That is one of the things that keeps us coming back, and it is incredibly refreshing and appreciated! Thank you for this, and all of your posts! My eye brows thank you too. 🙂

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    Loren
    January 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Cara! Just wanted to say that I absolutely love your blog. It has completely changed the way I apply all of my products! If I’m looking for a new beauty goodie, I always check here first to see what you love and so far… you’ve been right on point about it all! And please, continue to promote your make-up line! You have worked far too hard on something that you have dreamed about and believed in for so long and we should all be congratulating you and not putting you down for it! Keep up the excellent work!

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    Glorya
    January 9, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Hey Cara, Do you have a private email, I’d like to send my resume to you. In my former life, I developed and marketed education programs. If you like some help, perhaps we can work something out. Let me know. Glorya

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    PamJ
    January 9, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I think your post has hit a sensitive area, because we all have to ask ourselves how much we are willing or able to pay for physical perfection. Those who are wealthy can afford $500 creams, expensive fillers & botox, and maybe even surgery. They often end up looking terrific well into their 60’s. On the down side, the wealthy sometimes become addicted to pursuing physical perfection, and end up looking even worse than they started out!

    Most are like me – they usually could not afford injectables, especially when in their 20’s and 30’s.
    They feel insecure because they fear they cannot “keep up with the Joneses”, beauty-wise. I understand this feeling, and hope that everyone can figure out a beauty budget that is right for them.

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      Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
      January 9, 2014 at 3:17 pm

      Your comment is very balanced, thanks 🙂

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        PamJ
        January 9, 2014 at 6:43 pm
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        PamJ
        January 9, 2014 at 6:49 pm

        Thank YOU 🙂

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      Sena
      January 9, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      I thought that was a insightful, balanced observation as well. Thank you!

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    aussiechick
    January 9, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Cara you are so honest, brave and beautiful! Good on you for telling the truth, and for putting your photos up here for us all to ‘judge’. (Most celebrities are no where near as brave!)

    I’m clueless when it comes to make up and prefer a more natural look rather than too made up. I’ve had injectables and love them for that reason – I can wear no or minimal make up and still look ‘fresh faced’…

    Id rather spend a few hundred dollars a few times a year on something where I can see results rather than try creams and facials (which are just as expensive in the long run) where I cant really tell much difference… half an hour of my time and I look better for months.. I think its great. Of all the beauty things to get done (like nails, hair, facials etc) injectables are the one thing that I think makes a lasting difference and is worth the money.

    I love that you tell the truth about what beauty things work and that you provide different options for all price ranges.

    Keep up the fantastic work and ALWAYS be honest because that’s why I read!!

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    Karina Hubbell
    January 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I am going to try that eye cream. Between this post and the amazon reviews (and the price isn’t THAT bad) it seems like a good option to try. Also bummed that medium foundation is sold out. Oh well, will get it next time.

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    Pink Haired Princess
    January 9, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I haven’t had time to read all the comments, but I can understand that some are disappointed with the injection thing and where they are coming from. Personally I know and am very sure that it isn’t something I’ll ever want, no matter how many people recommend it (at 18 I had to have a lump removed from my face and the anaesthetic was injected into my face and it hurt like HELL, 15 years on I can still remember how it felt), so anything even slightly invasive isn’t for me. There’s nothing I dislike about myself enough to want to go under anaesthetic, start injections or have someone cut me up, not with all the risks involved (plus my personal stance is it feels a little like ‘cheating’). Plus as much as I love changing my look with hair dye or makeup, any surgery type thing just isn’t something I want to try. I’m not even the slightest bit interested. I feel it’s something that most people then go on to try more procedures or it’s a constant battle of up-keep, so I don’t think it’s a quick fix. However, you knew all this before doing it, like you say everything was well explained to you. It’s your blog so you can talk about whatever you like and you’ve been honest about it which I think is good. That said, these sort of procedures isn’t something I’m interested in reading, but it may be someone elses bag.

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    Beth Graves
    January 9, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I had never heard of these injections, I had thought about botox, which I know is expensive, so I can’t afford either right now. Is the injections you got like botox? I would also like to ask if you would check out my new blog at http://www.bethandbeauty.com. I just started it this week! Hope to hear from you!

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    Cait
    January 9, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I have to admit that i’m on the fence about this post as well. On one hand, I appreciate you being honest about the injectables- by telling us about them you are going againts the girl norm ” oh I ate a giant cheeseburger before that show’, or ” absolutely my hair is real” or my favorite ” I never have to workout”- on the other hand it reminds me of Legally Blond when Brook’s alibi was her having had liposuction- kinda disappointing, especially when the the blog is all about highlighting the beauty that is already there. Injecting a chemical into your face, expecially in your late 20s, goes against your usual model. Once again though, props for being honest.

    I also agree that your product line is getting a little annoying. I think it’s awesome that an everyday girl like you had the opprotunity to fullfil a dream and create somethig as awesome as their own make-up line, obviously you are going to have a ton on hand and naturally you are going to want to share in the awesomeness, (I plan on purchasing it myself when the new stock arrives) but one of the reasons I fell in love with this blog is because you introduced your followers to so many different products that ranged in so many different price points and colors. I feel like I am seeing less and less new products ( maybe do product reviews) and more and more posts that are just about your line.

    Now that everyone and their mother has put you through the ringer, I hope that your feelings aren’t too battered. I love your blog. I started following a year ago and I have learned so much about make-up. I spent the first 27 years of my life trying to guess what worked, and resorted to just picking a counter, giving them my credit card and letting them tell me what to get. Never having had a mother to teach me the make-up ropes I was kinda helpless, but you sorted me all out, and I have to say im looking pretty darn hot these days ; )

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    kerry
    January 9, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    I’m glad you were honest about what you had done, but still upset about it. Too many plugs about your foundation. I am so happy for you don’t get me wrong! But, it’s in almost every post, even after you made a separate place for it. Seems like we won’t get anymore foundation reviews. Also, I read a comment on Tip Tuesdays post….you did seem to take that idea from YouTube’s Tati from glamlifeguru. She has done that for so long and it seems like you got the idea from her, since you did compete in the Allure competition together. I wish you the best.

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    Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
    January 9, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    This has taught me that you don’t start getting haters until you start doing well.

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      Alyssa
      January 9, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      I’m fairly astonished at all the negativity here. I have fair skin and a double whammy of dark circles and bags under my eyes. Frankly, I’m over the moon about the cream she suggested and it looks like it has great reviews on Amazon. I haven’t been 100% successful with my HAC pack (I didn’t look FABULOUS like Cara!). However, the Light was a great match for my skin tone (which is what l usually struggle with) and I look forward to the tips and updates Cara has for the IIID foundation! 🙂

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      anais1028
      January 13, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      Miss Viola Swamp, that’s exactly what I was thinking!

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    jenn~the stylish housewife
    January 9, 2014 at 11:32 pm

    THANK you so much for sharing!!! I don’t know anyone who has tried fillers so I’ve just been researching non-stop online. I was thinking Restylane was the way to go but now I am going to look into Belotero! Btw, did you have it listed as Perlane earlier? Very few sites show before/afters for under eyes…it’s usually mostly used for lips/nasolabial folds so it makes me a little nervous. And there’s the price issue…but I REALLY want to try it!

    XOXO, Jenn
    The Stylish Housewife

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      Cara
      January 10, 2014 at 12:03 am

      Yes it was Belotero, I mistakenly wrote Perlane and quickly fixed it when I realized my error! I researched it forever too, I love looking at before and afters but I feel like so many of them go too far and look kinda puffy ya know?

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    Dana
    January 9, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Cara, the email I got regarding this blog says Perlane, but on this page it says Belotero. Which is it? I have TERRIBLE bags plus dark circles (actually more like blue/purple circles), much worse than yours were. I believe they’re from allergies and sinuses. I just don’t know what’s causing my allergies and any medicine I take doesn’t seem to work. I’m thinking about going to start getting an allergy shot and see if that works. If not, I am definitely going to try injections. I need to know which it is though, Perlane or Belotero?

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      Cara
      January 10, 2014 at 12:01 am

      I am so sorry it is Belotero! When I first posted it I had mistaken the name and quickly fixed it, I didn’t think about the email not updating! So sorry!

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        Dana
        January 10, 2014 at 12:05 am

        Thank you! 🙂

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    Victoria
    January 10, 2014 at 3:38 am

    Dear Cara, I have just found your site, wow I’m in awe, you are super inspiring. I have one question not related to todays post however, as you have run out of ~ and do not post internationally ( England ) yet ~ please can you tell me of an alternative to your IIID foundation.
    Thank you xxx

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      anais1028
      January 13, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      What?? You want Cara to name an alternative to the product she just launched? With all due respect, I truly hope she does not answer your question.

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    Eloise
    January 10, 2014 at 5:18 am

    OK I LOVE Cara and her website and products. But to anyone reading this blog post please DO NOT get injections! I showed this post to my husband who is a plastic surgeon and the first thing he said was, “how old is she?!” Long story short if you are injected your face in your 20’s, 30’s even 40’s you are setting yourself up for skin failure. These injections mess with your skin and it’s natural abilities. My husband has patients all the time who come in and at age 45 their skin is messed up because they started injections waaaaaay too young. Please for the sake of your face and skin DO NOT have injections until you are much, much older!!!!

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      Awilda Piedra
      January 11, 2014 at 11:04 am

      Eloise what would your husband recommend is a safe age or procedure for this problem of puffy dark under eye circles?

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      MEP
      January 14, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      While I’m not lucky enough to be married to a plastic surgeon, I have a friend who is a very experienced professional aesthetician working for a plastic surgeon, and when I saw Cara’s AMAZING results, of course I asked her about it immediately! I wanted to get an appointment the next day! And unfortunately, her advice was much like your husband’s. The surgeon she works for, one of the top plastic surgeons in my midwestern city, also recommends against tear trough injections and very rarely performs them on his clients. If you do a minimum of research, you will find that tear trough injections are an off-label usage for these types of fillers, and my friend has seen way too many people who are very much dissatisfied with their results come to her doc to have them reversed or addressed. My friend has had A LOT of procedures done as a result of working for this doctor (she gets a discount, who wouldn’t???) and she has never risked this one herself, which speaks volumes to me. I trust her implicitly as a professional and a friend. I’m thrilled it worked out for Cara (and I’ve got no beef whatsoever with her posting this recommendation since it worked for her!) but please, do the research yourself before jumping in.

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    Sue
    January 10, 2014 at 6:17 am

    Never talk about Religion, Money, Politics….or cosmetic injections in mixed company! lol!

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    Anna Belle
    January 10, 2014 at 9:25 am

    I appreciate your honesty in this post! (Also, my IIID just came in the mail – so excited!)

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    becca
    January 10, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Yay, so excited to read about the It Cosmetics concealer as a possible solution to try…a concealer that covers and stays put?! Amazing. Checked the ingredients…its full of parabens, to which I am allergic. super un-yay.

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    Lisa Carroll
    January 10, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    How is getting injectables any different than all the makeup tricks we use? It is all enhancing our looks, so if you think getting injectables is fake, you better not be putting makeup on, because that is also temporarily changing your looks as well. Dear critics….you have a double-standard, and make no sense. Dear Cara, I’m terrified that you will let these jealous people affect what you reveal to us. Please don’t let that happen. For every critic there are a hundred desperate women out there that need your help, and don’t have a twisted sense of logic. God bless you and keep you strong!

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      Dana
      January 10, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      I agree! People complain when they can’t get the same look as a person with makeup tricks, and say that they must have had work done. They complain when the person isn’t telling them they had work done and say they feel like they are being lied to. THEN, if the person is honest with them, they have crap to say about that! I mean really people! Live and let live! Let people do what they want! If you don’t agree with it, then you don’t have to do it! I don’t see anything wrong with getting injections to get rid of bags under your eyes because I have lived with terrible bags for years and no makeup tricks work. Plus what about when you’re going swimming or don’t want to wear makeup and you got two gigantic bags under your eyes where people always look at you thinking you are either sick, been crying all night, or on drugs! That’s how bad my bags are. So I really appreciate Cara’s honesty, because now I know there is hope to get rid of them. It’s a lot better than all these other people that have had work done and aren’t being honest and are saying, “oh well, I just clean my face with this and this, moisturize with this, and wear this makeup and that’s how I look this good.” All the while you go out and buy all these products and then it doesn’t work for you, because you’ve been lied to. So thank you Cara for your honesty, and please don’t let these people make you afraid to reveal anything to us. There are always going to be critics with everyone. You’re beautiful!

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    Amanda C.
    January 10, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Hey Cara! Just wanted to say that I love you for this post and your honesty on such a divisive issue. Everyone must decide what’s right for them, and that’s obviously what you’ve done. Btw, you look fresh, rested, natural, and amazing! xo

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    Skyeandrea
    January 10, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    I LOVE your honesty Cara!! Thanks so much for sharing what works for you 🙂 & putting “it all out there”! You had NOTHING to gain from this post & I’m sure you debated sharing knowing the possibilty of negative feedback. I applaude your integrity & willingness to share the information with us about yourself! I know you weren’t “pushing” the injectables on your readers rather just letting us know what you did & that helped YOU instead of pretending you didn’t use it. I have awful dark circles, puffiness & bags under my eyes that I have had all my life, so I will take any advice I can get from you to minimize them :). Injectables may or may not be for me but I like knowing it’s an option. On your blog in general, I love the fact that you are VERY particular on what products you highlight & only do so with products you truly believe in 🙂 I trust you 100% on any & all beauty advice. Thanks for being “real” with us :). You are beautiful inside & out & I adore you :)!!

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    Kami
    January 12, 2014 at 1:10 am

    I’am noticing more of a difference in Cara’s mouth lines than the eye bags in the before & after picture. Am I the only one?

    Keep up the honesty & I love your blog 🙂

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    Ashley
    January 12, 2014 at 9:39 am

    The only thing that disappointed me about this post is the fact that I cannot afford the injections myself! Haha!

    I have a feeling that if Cara had not been forthcoming about her injections, she would have received ample future criticism from readers when they saw her post-Perlane photos. I can “hear” it now, “Something has changed with your face! Why aren’t you being honest with us!?!” Sometimes it seems like a person can do no right!

    Frankly, I HOPE Cara makes money when she promotes products and individuals she believes in. Do any of you have blogs? Are you aware of how much work goes into maintaining them? Don’t you think she deserves a little compensation for the time spent away from her family to feed your fancy pants selves with free information? Even if she didn’t make a dime, I appreciate that she tells us what she is using. You’d all be complaining if she was giving tutorials without product information.

    No offense, but I think a few readers have taken Cara’s personal choice WAY too personally. I envy them. I must not have the kind of time that they have to worry about a stranger’s cosmetic procedure decisions.

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      Lisa Carroll
      January 14, 2014 at 5:44 am

      I was thinking this too….she deserves to be paid for her time! Sheesh, people are so entitled. Well said, Ashley.

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    Tricia
    January 12, 2014 at 11:04 am

    THANK YOU for your honesty, Cara. I am in my early 30s and something happened after I had my baby. I got deep hollows under my eyes, making them also appear baggy. I looked like I aged ten years in such a short amount of time. I tried EVERYTHING (including a prescription retinol) and my dermatologist suggested fillers under my eyes. I got them done and don’t regret it any single bit! Completely worth it and if folks aren’t aware, the product is natural and water based. I say to each his own.

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      Christie in MT
      January 13, 2014 at 5:23 pm

      sweet. I’m in my early 40’s and also noticed this right after having my children (hmmmmm . . .) — I may have to start a little savings account and give it a try. You only live once, and it’s not a face lift, people.

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    Christie in MT
    January 13, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    oh puleeze people! Give her a break. Cara has always been honest. She didn’t have to write about this. We are all still learning here, and skin care and cosmetics is a dynamic field that is always changing. I appreciate her insight, and I also greatly appreciate the comments above. We are all on the same team, not competitors. Girls gotta help each other!
    I like my IIID foundation, but I am still committed to my Benefit Playsticks. I read Maskcara religiously, and sometimes repetitively. I send her videos to my nieces who are learning to navigate the world of makeup. Cara is a beauty icon for many reasons, not just makeup. Fashion, personal style, DIY tricks, oh and she’s also a MOM. Helllooooo!
    Thanks for this post – I may try the eye cream and even the It cosmetics concealer mentioned above. xoxoxoxoxo

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    HWM
    January 14, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Cara for President!!! haha

    Thank you for this post!
    Thank you for being honest!
    And, thank you for being the little birdie that sits on my shoulder giving me advice whenever I walk into Sephora or down any beauty aisle.

    Love,
    A faithful follower 🙂

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    rgs555tneah
    January 14, 2014 at 6:37 am

    Cara, I used that same filler under my eyes and I LOVE IT!!! Thanks for sharing. It is wonderful that we HAVE that option now!! Seriously ladies. If you are born with darkies and puffies, it IS an option, and it lasts for 9 months. We blow money all the time, why not invest in something that you can change and will make you look less tired? I am ALL for botox, fillers, lasers, but at the end of the day, applying makeup correctly, eating right, drinking enough water and laughing alot matters most. If you are not on “team filler” that is okay too. I love that Cara was honest, none of those Hollywood types are, and we ALL know they do everything they can to look their best. Rock on kids.

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    Stacey
    January 14, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Really appreciate you. for giving such a unbiased opinion on the product. It was a good review. Each and every product has its own uniqueness. and may not be suitable for each and everyone. It has to be critically determined whether a product can be used or not.

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    Aimee
    January 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Agreed Karianne!! Cara, your honesty is much appreciated and sometimes even the most amazing and well placed makeup cannot hide all we wish it would. Your tips and posts have inspired me many times over. This one is not any different.

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    RaShelle
    January 14, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    Thanks for your honesty with this! It would have been much easier to not even mention the injections and pretend that it was great makeup. Honesty is always appreciated!

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    Nicole
    January 14, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Loving this honest post and admire the guts it took to write it. A (very wise) mentor once told me when presenting new ideas, almost anything goes when given with “R&R” – Research and Respect. In my opinion Cara writes with both.

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    caitlin
    January 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    People: it’s a beauty blog. And you’re not the author. You don’t have to agree with what she thinks, posts or does! If you don’t like it, then don’t do it!
    When a fashion blogger posts an ugly outfit, you can feel free to think it’s ugly- but don’t condemn her for wearing or posting about it!
    (Also, she posts her foundation news as a “PS” and probably in lieu of responding to a thousand one-off emails everyday with the same question.)

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    Alice K
    January 14, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Cara- I support you no matter what. It is YOUR blog, and if you choose to post this then that is your business. It is yours to change. These negative posters are not your bosses, they do not employ you, and I appreciate that you are honest and don’t hide what you have done. I can imagine people would be VERY negative if they found out you had injections and hadn’t disclosed it. If this is what you want to make you feel good about yourself, then by all means go for it. I love your blog, I think your inner beauty shines through, regardless of injections, changes, sales of IIID, etc. Thank you-

    Alice

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    Ella
    January 14, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Cara, you seem like a lovely person both inside and out! So thankful for your blog and honesty! Keep up the awesome work! You are an inspiration and blessing to many…looking forward to what’s in store for you!

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    Andrea
    January 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Really baffled by the negativity here, I have to be honest. I think it’s obvious to anyone who has read Cara’s blog for any length of time that she is all about wanting women to feel good about themselves as they are, but to also give us options and tips with makeup. If her self-worth was totally tied up in the presence (or lack thereof) of under-eye circles, then that’s a problem. But if she loves herself whether they’re there or not, then at the end of the day: what’s the difference between eliminating under-eye circles with an injectable vs. a concealer? It doesn’t define who she is and how she feels about herself. Some of these harsh comments just make me think that by that logic- don’t wear makeup at all. Don’t alter how you look in any way, and just be natural or it’s misleading and a sell-out. It’s silly.

    As for her promoting her IIID foundation, I think it was pretty clear she was updating us that the Medium was out of stock at the moment. Even if it was self-promotion, what do you expect? This is HER blog, and HER brand. Of course it’s going to be on here.

    There’s so many beauty blogs that I just don’t read because for a variety of reasons, but I appreciate the honesty that Cara always brings. Thanks Cara!

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    QA
    January 15, 2014 at 1:04 am

    I have bad dark circles and have looked at a lot of different concealers and correctors. The best one to date I have found is Bobby Brown’s Light Peach or Peach Under Eye Corrector. I actually have yellow undertones, and so choosing peach may seem like an odd choice. But try it ladies, because it seems to counteract the purple under the eyes. It also has a nice consistency and stays put.

    As far as Cara getting fillers, c’mon ladies, no need to hate. There’s enough of women taking down other women. Please stay positive and support other strong, independent women’s choices. Power to you Cara!! I have a boob job and couldn’t be happier after being completely flat chested all my life. I still work out (I’m a runner!!), take care of my skin, and try to watch what I eat. If there’s a few things in life that can help us ladies out, and we can afford them, why not??!! Stay strong, Cara, and don’t let the negativity get you down!!

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    Angelina
    January 15, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Loved this post! I DO appreciate the honesty. Ya gotta help a girl out I think! I’m the same age as Cara, follow all her beauty tips, but sometimes a little more help is required. It’s a personal decision. Can we please get off the whole “Miley Cyrus is disappointing me” horse we rode in on for crying out loud?! How about we support Cara as women? Correct me if I’m wrong, but would you want your friend to lie to you about a pair of jeans making your butt look big? I wouldn’t! I want to know about the pair of jeans that make her butt look awesome and her look amazing. This is a metaphor of course. Grant this girl some GRACE! She’s devoted to helping her readers out. I applaud Cara and her honesty. Notice, I have not said whether I am for or against injections. It’s none of my business what each person decides to do for themselves. Supportive is a much prettier quality than judgemental girls.

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    Molly Haungs
    January 15, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Why is an injection any more vain than makeup? If injections were cheap and available to everyone easily like a tube of mascara would they be easier to swallow? The only thing I disagree with in this post is that improving your self esteem isn’t a great reason to do something. The way we feel about ourselves is a pretty important relationship and one that dictates our relationship with others. Example: if I’m feeling fat and greasy with sleepy eyes how am I going to approach my husband? Probably not real warmly. What’s wrong with feeling great about yourself? I’m a nice person, I go to Church and I do for others AND if the day comes I feel I need filler – I’m in. I don’t see the difference between that and fake eyelashes. It’s all about feeling good and if you’re not a fan of that you probably wouldn’t be reading this blog.

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    Christie in MT
    January 15, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    Just one other comment regarding the IIID makeup, I was wearing it at work this week (along with my brows filled in as per Cara’s tutorial, using also her tips from the “Baseball Makeup” post) and a co-worker says, “You look different, what is it? I mean good – really pretty, I can’t put my finger on it.” Of course I said I had been drinking my water, ha ha ha ha ha! That MADE my day!! Thanks Cara! xoxoxox

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    Maggie
    January 15, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Thanks for the post Cara! I love your website. I can’t wait for your IID to come in again! Hopefully the next time I will be able to get it. I love to hear how to use it so when I get it I will be ready.

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    Lindsey S
    January 16, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Cara you are a gorgeous girl and an amazing friend. Your post made my day. Because you are still the same person you were when this all started 3 years ago. I can vouch for her as her friend that she is honest and not doing any of this for the money or because someone offered her a chunk of change to sell their crap.
    I love the eye injections!!! They look fantastic on you and I personally save up to get them every year. I have had these injections yearly for 3 years now and it is the one thing that has truly helped me feel more confident about my looks.
    Just about every kid gets braces, so I don’t even see the difference in this situation. Is it disappointing that we would “do that” to our children because they aren’t good enough already… I think not!
    I think your honesty is absolutely priceless and makes your blog better than any others.
    Love you!

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    Wendy
    January 17, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Cara, I appreciate your honesty. I had Juvederm injected under my eyes a year ago and WOW what a difference. It’s a personal decision. I consider it an investment in myself and will continue to do so as long as I can afford it. :). Keep up the great work!

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    Jessica
    January 17, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    I think a good portion of people commenting on here need to just open a chat room somewhere so you can bicker with eachother.

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    Hayley
    January 23, 2014 at 11:44 am

    At least she didn’t hid the fact that she got injections. Women are so critical of one another. If someone wants to get cosmetic surgery, that is their desire. For some reason, people are so quick to point fingers and insult one another. When did this trend begin?. I admire Cara for creating a blog in the first place. Putting yourself out there is not any easy task. I know I couldn’t do it. So let’s take a deep breathe and be a little more gracious for her beauty tips and kindness. The beauty world is so competitive, we should feel lucky she is sharing her insight so that WE may feel more beautiful and confident as women.

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    Lauren
    January 23, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    I actually don’t care that you got injections. My big concern is promoting the eye cream that works so well, but you needed the injections anyway? Also,just my opinion but don’t stop promoting your product every chance you get. It’s your business, you have to. Best of luck to you. Love your blog.

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    Heather
    January 27, 2014 at 5:07 am

    I just want to say I really love your blog! I have been trying most of all the products you have recommended, as well as your IIID Foundation and I am very happy with them all! I purchased Teamine in hopes of it helping my puffiness and dark circles and have been using it for about a week now. I just started to notice that it has left little bumps around my eyes. I was wondering if any one else has had this problem and if you have any suggestions for it. I want to keep using this product to get rid of my bags but I dont want to deal with the timy bumps.

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    Allison N.
    February 7, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Hi Cara,
    I’ve never commented before, so I really hope that you have time to reply!
    I, like so many others it seems, have been dealing with serious under eye circles for as long as I can remember (in middle school I made the comically tragic mistake of using white eyeshadow on top of under eye concealer).
    I have tried every concealer under the sun, and am now using MAC’s Pro Longwear. I like it very much, however I have the same problem with it as every other concealer that I’ve tried: I have to set it with powder or it creases and slides off in an hour. The problem with setting it with powder is that it cakes and exaggerates any tiny little lines that were blurred away by the concealer.
    Also, setting with powder seems to “matte-away” any highlighting that I’ve done on my cheekbones!
    Reeeeeeeeally hoping that you can help with this; I am turning 30 very soon and all I want for my birthday is to finally figure out how to look rested!

    All my best,
    Allison

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    Kate
    February 17, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Ugh, so annoyed with the cry babies on blogs all the time. Don’t read it or simply dismiss it if it isn’t something you’re interested in. She is not here to ruin your self confidence- she makes suggestions based on things that she finds benefit her or could POTENTIALLY benefit you.

    I am interested in the procedure, I’d spend $400 bucks to get rid of the bags under my eyes. I am “young” as well, but as someone stated before me, it is temporary and if it makes me happy- then who cares. I love finding new information on personal blogs that I can choose (or not choose) to investigate further.

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    Boni
    February 23, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I don’t understand where all this negativity is coming from? It isn’t what Cara was trying to do, and that’s all that matters. Why not believe that and believe her and let it be? On a side note if you had your own line of makeup and your own blog, what would you do? Business is business, not to mention Cara is constantly talking about and using other cosmetic lines in her makeup looks and tutorials. ‘Nuff said.

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    heather
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    your nose looks slimmer at the tip as well- is this because of the fillers?

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    I believe it was Katie Couric who said, “There is a special place in h*** for women who don’t help other women.”

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    Jackie
    March 2, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Thank you for being so brave, Cara. I have been using my HAC pack, and I kept thinking “Why don’t my under eyes look as good as hers?” Thanks for helping me figure it out!
    People can be so cruel in their comments here, saying things they would never have the guts to say to your face. People are being very hypocritical to slam you for getting the injections. How is it any different than hair coloring, body waxing, nail polishing, tanning, or covering a face in makeup? Furthermore, how is it any of their business?
    Also, I have a HAC Pack, and I love watching you use it! It helps me practice my technique to get it looking as good as you. You have also continued to use other makeup products in your posts. So I don’t even know what those people are complaining about.These people are just raining on your parade. They need to listen to that old advice of “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” Keep up the good work, lady!

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    Shelby
    April 26, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    WOW. Tough crowd on this post. This is a BEAUTY BLOG. Meaning products and methods will be shown and reviewed in the bloggers opinion. This is also a platform for selling a product by the author of the blog… which includes some self promotion, you’d be crazy not to! Not to mention, you wouldn’t be selling it if you didn’t believe in it and we all know how tough it can be to find a good foundation. If we can all take your opinion for what it is about blush or mascara, I don’t understand why such negativity is necessary when you happen to be sharing a product that you are apart of.

    You have taken some serious bashes in my opinion, but your responses have been nothing but classy. I don’t know that I could have done that nearly as well as you have.

    Thank you for continuing to share information about products and how they’ve worked for you. After all, this is YOUR blog and YOUR opinions. 🙂

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    Elsa
    June 26, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Cara , i came across your blog , because i was searching for information about fillers , next week i will have an appointment to try to resolve my under eye bags and dark circles … i am from Portugal , and i can not understand why people are so critic about a post like this , for me is like an open window to know how you experience was with fillers and the under eye problems , thank you for sharing it , you really helped me to not be afraid !!! and i also become your fan !! big , big kiss

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    Jennifer
    November 4, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Months late to the game on this one (recently started reading your blog and LOVE it). My two cents? Do what makes you feel better about yourself. I’m 36…I’ve been seeing a derm for Retin A since I was in my early 20’s (fights acne AND wrinkles-double score!). While my skin is pretty good I do have a few wrinkles (fun thing about getting closer to 40) and finally took the plunge on a few injections (a little botox in the forehead and juvederm around my mouth-pretty much painless and very quick) after really not appreciating how deep a few of the lines were getting. Guess what? I’m going to keep up with them as it has boosted my self esteem drastically. I don’t look plastic or fake nor do I plan on going overboard; I just look like a healthier/fresher version of myself. I know it’s not for everyone and in my early 20’s I would have said I was really against it as my skin was perfect and I couldn’t fathom wanting to do that. Fast forward 16 years and I have definitely changed my views on that! I think you look lovely either way and if it makes you feel better about yourself more power to you.

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    November 26, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I have been looking into getting the injections as well, the only thing holding me back is the idea of pain and I am VERY sensitive/touchy about my eyes.. I don’t even like touching them myself lol. Kudos to you for coming out about it, so many people do fillers and don’t admit it, and I understand why. Some people are just so judgmental, they think if you do that then you’d do all kinds of other drastic stuff. Injections are like make-up imo, they temporarily enhance something by filling it up. Think of it as hair spray to volumize your hair, so many stuff that women do and have been doing for the past decennia can be seen as ‘fake’… I would rather praise someone for going the extra mile to make themselves more beautiful than bring them down! Go Cara! 😀

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    I just appreciate your honesty. I know there are Beauty Bloggers out there who have had work done, but never own it on their blog. That can be discouraging as a viewer because you think to yourself “well, I used that same product and I don’t look close to that!” This post was perfect because you were so honest about exactly what you have done. Thanks!

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    I have looking into having these fillers done under my eyes and by Google searching I found this post! I have a question… I’ve been reading about the huge possibility of bruising under the eye after the treatment… Did you bruise much and if so was it very noticeable?? Obviously I don’t want to announce that I had fillers done to the world so that’s the one thing that scares me is that if have to confine myself in my house till bruising was gone! Thanks!!

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    It looks beautiful! I just had mine done, and I wish I had done it sooner. I hated looking so tired all the time. I feel like myself now. Great post:)

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