Monday, April 25, 2016

The Power of Skincare & Make-Up: How To Look Wide Awake Even When You're Tired


Monday morning, ugh! Anybody else have a sleepless night last night? Definitely not a good look for anyone, especially for someone who already suffers naturally from dark circles like me. Lack of sleep and tiredness lead to dull skin and dryness, and blemishes that are not fully healed as they should be. Not to mention the eyes, the biggest sufferers! Eyes are a big giveaway of how rough your night was; dark circles, bags, puffiness, you name it- there are a LOT of things that happen to our eyes when we are tired (and I'm tired a lot). With this in mind, I set out to find a few skin and eye products that would help me fake the whole "awake look" on a Monday morning. After trying a handful of goodies, I have nailed a routine down and now I want to share them with you too. Let's go!

SKIN

Colour imbalance, dull and dry skin are our enemies so the first step is skincare, aka hydration! Prior to applying my day cream, I find myself reaching for the Skinbreeze Brightening Serum* £40 which I've been using for around 4 weeks now and I'm in love! It is designed to lighten the skin tone and leave the skin refreshed and rejuvenated; ideal for when I'm looking tired as hell. The combination of hyaluronic acid, glycerin and natural extracts in its formula yield moisture, de-puffiness and everything I look for in a product to help me look as fresh and like I had the best night of sleep ever. Its price tag? Not a pretty one but it sure works on me so totally worth it. More on all other serums available from Skinbreeze here.

Next step for me is choosing a make-up base that combats my skin concerns, whether its redness or dullness. I like skipping primer and going for a balm instead, ideally the No7 Instant Illusions Rapid Radiance Balm £17.99, for skin that is beautifully radiant looking and full of vitality. For my foundation base, I always go for something light and colour correcting, aka the Boujois 123 CC Cream £9.99. Its 3 colour correcting pigments give a fresh and luminous result, getting rid of my tired looking complexion and the 24hr hydration brings back moisture too. 

Glowy skin and highlighting go hand in hand, so rather than choosing only one, I first apply the liquid Technic High Lights Highlighter £2.99 and then a powder one on top to ensure this glow lasts all day long until I'm ready to go home and get some well deserved sleep. This little gem is a great (and much cheaper) dupe of the so famous Benefit High Beam, which I also like but its price tag, not so much.

EYES

Skin around the eyes is not only thin, but also a lot more sensitive. When you're tired the area is more likely to become dehydrated; the answer? A hyaluronic acid based eye product that brings back much needed hydration, helps boost dull and delicate skin, and instantly brightens it up. The Botanics All Bright Refreshing Eye Roll-On £8.75 (review here) is a very lightweight roll-on gel designed to reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness, and as soon as I apply it my under eye area feels immediately cooled, refreshed and de-puffed! 

A good concealer is a must and I'm currently devoted to Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer £7.99; it brightens my under eye area, and due to its formula with Hanoxyl, it also helps decrease puffiness. Whilst it doesn't completely mask my under eye circles, they are faded quite nicely and that is is ok given it's an inexpensive drugstore product. To finish off the eye look, highlighting the inner corners of my eyes helps massively, and I always reach for my gorgeous MAC Soft & Gentle Highlighter £24. When it comes to eyebrows, I make sure to groom them as framing the face helps put everything in place. For my brows I am in love with the Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara £4.99 which on top of the ABH dip pomade lasts all day long, and is natural and even looking. Skip the eyeliner (if you must go for a brown one as black is too rough when your eyes are tired), finish with a little mascara and you're ready for Monday morning!


Whether you stayed up all night without any shut eye or just went to bed really late last night (I always have trouble falling asleep on Sundays, do you too?) there ARE ways to look wide awake thanks to a few eye products and make-up! Stop yawning and remember hydration, colour correcting and highlighting will make everything look better, even if you're still pretty tired and dying for the day to end.

What are some of your tips when trying to look more awake? Let me know below!

Thanks for reading beauties and wishing us all a happy (and non-sleepy) Monday!


zzzzzzz 
xoxo


*Contains PR Samples. All opinions are my own (disclaimer here).
SHARE:

65 comments

  1. Great post. I like your blog!

    Uniq - new brand with unique spirit
    http://starlingdays.blogspot.com/2016/04/uniq.
    htmlhttps://www.instagram.com/mira_shpak/

    ReplyDelete
  2. I would also reccomend Benefit's Puff Off. Really helps me with my indereye area x
    http://www.yukovablog.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thanks for these tips hun. Having dome issues with my skin lately which is very irritating:(

    Mich xx

    ReplyDelete
  4. I completely agree with the age rewind, although I do prefer their fit me concealer instead! It adds a little extra glow but has lighter coverage. X
    Words By Katie

    ReplyDelete
  5. Thanks for all the tips, love the l'Oréal product, perfect for my skin :)
    .
    Sand.
    www.taimemode-fashionblog.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. My "awake" routine is pretty similar to yours. I do apply a nude eyeliner to my inner waterline as well. And funny enough I just filmed a video yesterday showing my routine that will be up later this week.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    ReplyDelete
  7. Great tips! I don't really use an undereye concealer.. not sure why :D I really should get one... I would add a white or nude eyeliner for the lower lash line... that really helps to open up your eyes :) xx

    http://beautypeptalk.blogspot.com/

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great tips hun. I believe concealers are everything! Life saver :)

    BamBam BLOG
    Xxx

    ReplyDelete
  9. It's diffidult for mee too to fall asleep on Sundays... Makeup can help a lot a so tired skin, you're right... :)
    Lovely post, Pam!

    xoxo
    www.bellezzefelici.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. I do use the Maybelline Eraser from time to time, but my main saviour to cover under eye circles is my Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Corrector. It's amazing at colour correcting and nourishes the skin at the same time. Love it!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    ReplyDelete
  11. oh my gosh, amazing tips and products here pam :) Highlighter is really a MUST HAVE for me :D I always LOVE to use it and I think it gives the skin such a wonderful healthy glow (or is simply gorgeous :D)
    Have a wonderful monday my dear <3
    http://www.youtube.com/c/MissLovelyAttitude
    http://lovelyattitude.com

    ReplyDelete
  12. I think highlights give a great lift on your face in the morning.
    As for me, i pop up my blush and lipstick to hype the day

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

    ReplyDelete
  13. This is a great post for me because I am perpetually tired hahaha! Personally, I think concealer and mascara and good brows help pretend that I'm in good shape. So thanks so much for this awesome post <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

    ReplyDelete
  14. Light pink blush on the higher point of my cheeks helps to give the illusion that I am fresh, healthy and awake. And yes, dewy finish is also my go to if I need to look more awake. Great tips here!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    ReplyDelete
  15. I agree with you, make up is the perfect solution for looking awake and put together :)
    Even though I don't like to use too many products on my face on daily basis so I think foundation and concealer are totally must have everyday! :)
    xx
    http://putitallonme.com/

    ReplyDelete
  16. Love this post, great tips! Love to focus on the eyes when faking the way to look awake! Xx

    www.thefashionfolks.com

    ReplyDelete
  17. I'm definitely in need of a few of these products, esp the concealer, thanks for the tips lovely! xx

    SHARPEST.LIVES

    ReplyDelete
  18. Thanks for sharing your routne, Pam. I definitely want to check out this Bourjois CC cream.
    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

    ReplyDelete
  19. That high lights color though!! x

    Liz
    www.raw-shrimp.com

    ReplyDelete
  20. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  21. so many great tips! I definitely need to adopt some of these...

    Nati | Polished Polygot

    ReplyDelete
  22. looks so good !
    please follow my blog : YOUNG BLOG

    ReplyDelete
  23. Great tips, I use the garnier bbcream and is perfect for me!

    xx LL

    www.lalouuula.com

    ReplyDelete
  24. Such a cute post! And I love that CC cream! Its the one I use! x
    http://christbelle.blogspot.co.uk/

    ReplyDelete
  25. I love that concealer for looking more awake

    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin'

    ReplyDelete
  26. Definitely an eye cream to help me look more awake! And I always curl my lashes before putting on mascara to attempt to look more wide awake! Thought the high lights was Benefit till you said!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

    ReplyDelete
  27. Produtos maravilhosos, tenha uma semana maravilhosa.
    Blog:http://arrasandonobatomvermelho.blogspot.com.br/
    Canal:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmO8csZDARM

    ReplyDelete
  28. I love your tips... I use the smae CC cream as you and it's perfect :) If you want to follow eachother please leave me a coment :)

    www.italianfashionpasta.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  29. Nossa, que bacana suas dicas! Eu também sofro muito com olheiras...

    www.priscilaaborda.com

    ReplyDelete
  30. Eu não tenho muito jeito para maquilhagem. Aquelas paletas tem cores bem giras.


    Isabel Sá
    http://brilhos-da-moda.blogspot.pt

    ReplyDelete
  31. beautiful blog post <3 I love blogs like this <3 keep up the great work hun :)

    Jadiee'sLittleBlog

    Jadiee'sLittleBlog

    ReplyDelete
  32. Produtos ótimos postagem maravilhosa
    Canal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmO8csZDARM
    Blog: http://arrasandonobatomvermelho.blogspot.com.br/

    ReplyDelete
  33. I have the cc cream, really want to try the eye eraser concealer though, great tips!

    Charlotte Harvs | Blog

    ReplyDelete
  34. the Highlight form benefit issssssss amazing!

    xx

    isa

    www.un-likely.com

    ReplyDelete
  35. Some great tips here! MAC's Soft and Gentle is nice and certainly helps.

    For my I can't live without my YSL Touche Eclat to help with under eye circles, a great product, and so great for highlighting also!

    Thanks for sharing your lovely tips!

    Laura xo

    www.shehearts.net

    ReplyDelete
  36. highlighters and concealers are a must for me when i need to look awake when i'm not. i'd love to try high beam.


    loovelle.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  37. Great tips :-) I love all the products you mentioned and they often feature in my daily routine!
    xoxo
    http://gingersnaphattie.blogspot.fr

    ReplyDelete
  38. Thanks for the great tips, very informative & longgg post :) Love your blog!

    www.salmashaheensblog.com

    ReplyDelete
  39. I agree that under eye concealer and some light reflecting base products are 'a must' for those days that all we want is to come back to bed! I also like to use nude eye pencil for my water line to make the illusion of my eyes being wide awake and less tired and some pink blush to add healthy glow to my cheeks :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    ReplyDelete
  40. Thx for the tips, Pam. The brightening serum sounds like something I need in my life.
    xox
    Lenya
    FashionDreams&Lifestyle

    ReplyDelete
  41. Really nice! Hope get a chance to read my latest post. Have a great day.

    Style For Mankind
    Facebook
    Bloglovin

    ReplyDelete
  42. I have the same concealer and absolutely love it!

    Take care doll! Kisses,
    BLOG | TAISLANY

    ReplyDelete
  43. Great tips I'm sure. Warm greetings!

    ReplyDelete
  44. last time I look very tired so thank you for advices :-)

    ReplyDelete
  45. Great tips Pam, I need more sleep and I am always late spending too much time at the pc so I need a few tweaks ;) Kisses

    Fashion and Cookies - fashion and beauty blog

    ReplyDelete
  46. Tolle Produkte!

    Chiara

    http://www.culturewithcoco.com

    ReplyDelete
  47. Concealer is definitely a must! Which one is your favorite btw? ☺
    Nati xx
    www.simplyartdicted.com

    ReplyDelete
  48. You've got such a great morning routine set in place. Need to try out the No7 Radiance Balm & Maybelline Erase Eye Concelear, they have been on my list for too long now x

    Beauty with charm

    ReplyDelete
  49. concealer is a Monday-must! xxo
    Jamie
    www.jamieeverafter.com

    ReplyDelete
  50. I always go to bed late,so the best tips to look great in the morning is the concealer....
    great tips, babe, I need the Maybelline concealer so bad
    kisses
    http://www.theitalianglam.com/

    ReplyDelete
  51. I always go to bed late,so the best tips to look great in the morning is the concealer....
    great tips, babe, I need the Maybelline concealer so bad
    kisses
    http://www.theitalianglam.com/

    ReplyDelete
  52. What a very helpful post! Really great tips! =)

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    ReplyDelete
  53. Love the power of makeup! This will help me a lot. Thanks for your wonderful comment on Qing's Style Please always keep in touch, I would love to hear from you!

    Follow me @qingsstyle on Instagram and Twitter!

    ReplyDelete
  54. Great skincare products! Thanks for sharing these tips!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    ReplyDelete
  55. great make up cosmetics ! love it , kisses:*

    ReplyDelete
  56. I'm glad you've got some No7 in there Pam ;) love that primer!

    hannatalks

    ReplyDelete
  57. This is such a great post! I must try out that Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer! I could really do with that on some mornings! Lovely post as always hun!
    Fix Me In Forty Five - A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog
    Blog Lovin' // Instagram
    xx

    ReplyDelete
  58. I'm obsessed with the Bourjous CC cream, its so amazing - This reminds me that mine is nearly out and I need to order some more xxx

    Danielle - Miss Sunshine & Sparkle

    ReplyDelete
  59. The Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer is definitely a great drugstore concealer! I love it for getting rid of any blemish marks the most. The NARS Radiant Creamy concealer is my holy grail when it comes to giving me 'awake eyes'. But I love the idea of highlighting the inner corners of my eyes too. I'm going to do that when I'm applying a quick make-up look, as I always forget.:D

    - www.veebzboo.com
    - www.youtube.com/veebzboo - Manny MUA x Makeup Geek Palette Tutorial

    ReplyDelete
  60. I really want to try the erase eye concealer! ❤️
    Lovely blogpost!

    Francesca, ❤️
    http://bellamomento.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for commenting! In return, I am happy to check your blog so make sure you leave your link below but please NO SPAM and NO FOLLOW FOR FOLLOW, ok?! Thanks for the visit beauties, Pam Scalfi♥

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
© Pam Scalfi♥ . All rights reserved.
BLOGSPOT TEMPLATE BY pipdig