Fresh Face & Bright Eyes

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a great Monday. For today’s post I wanted to talk about the three products I reach for when I am in a rush in the morning and need to look more awake than I am. I also go for this look a lot on the weekends when I know I am running errands but don’t really want to put on much makeup. The three products are definitely not new or anything (I’m sure you are familiar with them) but I am always interested in the products people use to look fresh faced and awake in the morning so I thought I would get in on that action! So let’s dive in.

The first product I use to look awake is my holy grail concealer – Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser. I know that literally every beauty blogger has used this and talks about it, but for good reason! The sponge applicator makes it so quick and easy to use – so it’s perfect for those mornings when you are in a rush or just don’t feel like spending time applying and blending out concealer. Not only does this concealer cover up my perma-dark under eyes, but it also acts as a brightener and really helps me look more awake than I really am (especially on a Monday). It does crease a tiny tiny bit, but not enough for it to be a problem for me. If you haven’t tried this product, please do me a favor and next time you are in the drugstore pick it up! It is a great day-to-day product and so quick and easy to use.

The next product I use on the mornings where I need to fool people into thinking I got enough sleep the night before (when really I was probably watching netflix per usual) is Colourpop’s Highlighter in Smoke n Whistles. When I first bought this highlight, I was a little disappointed. Not because it is bad – the formula is actually incredible and the glow is beautiful. I was just bummed because I realized that I’m not the kind of gal the wants a really intense highlight. I prefer a more natural “lit from within” glow. But what I have started using this highlight for is my inner corners – and it works *perfect* for that. It brightens my eyes and definitely helps me look awake. You can really use any highlight for your inner corners to achieve this, but I this is my personal favorite.

The last product I use to help me look fresh faced and bright in the mornings is a cult7B929E34-1562-4746-81B4-653387932B2A favorite – Nars Blush in Orgasm. I know that everyone talks about this blush – but for good reason. It gives such a nice pretty pink flush to the skin, with a hint of shimmer. I love using this on days with minimal makeup, and it really lends itself well to the “fresh face” look that I routinely go for. It lasts forever on the skin and is just all around absolutely gorgeous. Nars blushes are a bit of an investment, however I think it is worth it to get at least one really great blush. Since I usually go for a minimal makeup look, I end up using this blush at least 4-5 times a week, so I think I am getting my money’s worth.

And that completes this post! These are my 3 go-to makeup products when I am in a rush and want to look fresh and awake, as well as my routine look when I am going to be out and about and want to look *slightly* pulled together the morning after one too many glasses of wine…. 🙂  What are your go-to products to help you look fresh and awake in the morning? Let me know in the comments!


Did you catch my last post? You can read it here: Spotlight: Tree Hut Sugar Scrub

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