How To Be A Morning Person (or at least how to fake it).

Anyone that knows me knows that a bomb could go off, a tornado could rip through my house and Karl Lagerfeld could be splashing me with water and I STILL probably wouldn’t wake up. What can I say? I LOVE SLEEP. I love it so much that I commit to long hours of it and frequently (naps are gifts from God). This makes it extremely difficult for me to get up in the morning to get ready for work. “But Alex! You’re an adult, you should be able to get up on your own!” You don’t get it, I.LOVE.SLEEP.

Over time, I’ve had to come up with fool-proof ways to get me out of bed and to be happy about it. Hopefully, some of these tips and tricks can actually turn you into a morning person, or at least fake it long enough to get you to work on time and looking refreshed.

 

 

Actual Morning Person:

1) I used to keep my phone next to my bed and use it as my alarm. The second it went off, I turned off the volume button and returned to my cruel mistress, sleep. Needless to say, that wasn’t working for me. Even putting my phone across the room didn’t work. So I invested in an ACTUAL alarm clock. Yes, they still make them. I got this one at Anthropologie. It looks adorable on my dresser and there is no way I am sleeping through that thing. I also tried waking up to the radio on my iHome. It worked some days, but other days I fell back asleep listening to the “blah blah.. Kim Kardashian..blah…cat befriends walrus..blah blah..”.

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$38.00

Anthropologie, http://www.anthropologie.com

2) Put a speaker in your bathroom. If you’re like me, I shower every morning before work. I use this simple one from C. Wonder. I just put my iPhone in it and blast some serious jams while I’m in the shower. No batteries, no cords, simple yet effective. There is no way in hell I’m not having a good day when I’m blaring 112’s “Peaches & Cream”.

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$7.99- on sale for another 50% off right now!

C.Wonder, http://www.cwonder.com

3) I know this is a weird tip, but my mom told me to do it and it works. When you’re in the shower, or after washing your face, try smiling. Just smile a big, cheesy, borderline-creepy grin. Most of us have the same, “oh my God I can’t believe I have to work” frown on our face all morning. Just smiling a few times relieves the stress of the morning hustle and makes you just a bit happier. It works and my mom was right, PER USUAL.

 

How to Fake It:

There are just some mornings that not even coffee or funny cat videos can fix. For that, I have to cheat a little.

1) I put my face primer in the fridge. If you’re not using face primer before you put on your makeup, SHAME ON YOU. It makes your makeup go on so smooth and gives you a great base. Putting it in the fridge makes it nice and chilly, so when I put it on my face it really wakes me up. My all time favorite is Bare Minerals Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer.

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$24.00

Bare Escentuals, http://www.bareescentuals.com

2) I like to shower everyday, but sometimes I wake up, turn on the shower, laugh, and turn it back off. No time to shower, but plenty of time to still look good! I recently Discovered Oribe Texturizing Spray. It’s great on clean hair too to add some oomph, but I also use it as a dry shampoo on second-day hair. I spray it on my roots and wherever I want volume, throw it up in a messy ballerina bun (steps below work perfect for me) and I’m done. (ballerina buns usually take me a few tries, I  blame taking Jazz/HipHop instead of Ballet when I was 7).

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Blue Mercury, http://www.bluemercury.com

3) Brighten your peepers. I use Benefits Watts Up! Highlighter on the inside corner of my eyes. It instantly brightens them up and hides the fact that I stayed up until 2 a.m. watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix (still can’t cope with Lexi dying..Shonda Rhimes is a BETCH).

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$30

Sephora, http://www.benefitcosmetics.com

 

4) You didn’t shower, so you probably smell just a little. No need to take an Irish Shower and douse yourself in perfume (note, co-workers WILL NOTICE and no-one likes Flowerbomb THAT much) .Body wipes make you feel fresh and clean when you don’t have time for the real thing.

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5) My new favorite trick that I swear by: blow dry your eye-lash curler (Thanks LC). I blast my lash-curler (I live by Tweezerman Procurl) for a few seconds, then wait about 20 more seconds to curl. I promise you, your lashes will curl and look SO.MUCH.BETTER. Eyes will look instantly more alive. Just add a few coats of mascara (Covergirls’ Lash Blast is bomb.com) and you look like you just got back from 6 weeks at Promises Resort (for a shopping addition…not boxed wine…).

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                               Sephora, http://www.Sephora.com                                                       Drugstores

 

Just try ONE of these things this week and I guarantee you’ll have a little more pep in your step in the morning. At the very least listen to 112’s Peaches &Cream. It will change your morning and possibly your entire outlook on life.

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Nars-issistic V-Day

I’m officially back from the dead. Seriously people- I was non-existent from all life in the past week. BUT I’M BACK and brighter than ever- mostly in part to these amazing new products. Nars has always been my go-to makeup brand, and while I was sick and feeling sorry for myself I found an excuse to buy myself something new from them (I had a gift card so that doesn’t really count towards my February-no shopping rule..or so I told myself).

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These products are perfect for Valentine’s day and just about every day- I love the pops of pink that make me look  fresh and alive- which is something my Valentine (my cat…jk it’s my boyfriend..and cat) hasn’t seen me look like in over a week now. Both of these are from Nars Limited Edition “Final Cut” Collection available at Nordstrom, so I highly suggest grabbing them up A.S.A.P before they’re gone!

|NARS “Adelaide” Illuminator: $30|

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I apply this on the top of my cheekbones BEFORE my powder/concealer and rub it in good- so it’s not too glittery. I put a bit of Nars Orgasm blush over it after applying powder to really make it have some depth.

|NARS “Villa Lante” Satin Lip Pencil: $25|

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I LOVE this shade. It glides on so easily and even after a few hours it leaves you with a nice pink-flushed look.

 

Hope everyone has a great V-day! Single, taken, whatever, it’s a great day to celebrate love in all shapes and forms. Plus it’s the perfect excuse to go get a dozen heart-shaped doughnuts and share with NO ONE.

Disclaimer: I lied about having a cat. Wishful thinking since my dear Mr. Pepper went to the litter box in the sky.

 

 

Couture to Contour

Aside from being a slave to my job, networking events and style.com this week- I’ve had time to experience a beauty revelation. I’ve been very curious about “contouring” and what products were best for it. Some photos REALLY scared me (see end of post). I found one from Birch Box that was simple and easy enough to follow. Since pay day is still a few days away, I opted out of going on a Sephora bender and just used the makeup I had in my bag.  I’ve gotten more compliments on my makeup the past few days than I have in the past few months, and I actually feel like I’m wearing less makeup than before. Call me Kim K (but please don’t) ya’ll- I’m now a contouring convert.

Here’s the photo from Birch Box: (white lines are for highlighter, the brown for bronzer and the pink for blush).

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Products I used:

1) I start with Benefit’s “Fake Up”. I have dark circles under my eyes and redness around my nose, and this stuff is AMAZING for covering it all up. Then I lightly brush bareminerals powder all over.

Benefit-Fake-Up-Hydrating-Concealer $24- http://www.benefitcosmetics.com/product/view/fakeup

bareMinerals-make-up-006$27- http://www.sephora.com/bareminerals

2) Time to begin the contouring miracle. I use Revlon’s Photoready Eye Primer and Brightener. It’s not the best- I’m in the market for a better one, but I like the applicator and it does the job for now.

revlon$10- http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod4040057

3) I use an Elf angled brush with Nars Laguna bronzer. I apply it pretty dark and then blend it in.

nars$36- http://www.sephora.com/bronzing-powder-P12790

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4) Next comes Nars Orgasm blush. I just use a regular blush brush and blend with a beauty blender.

nars2$29- http://www.sephora.com/blush-P2855

flawless-forever-makeup-sponge$6- I got mine at TJmaxx. WAY cheaper

5) I finish it out my filling in my brows with Benefit’s Instant Brow. Best brow pencil on the market for those of us that want Cara brows, but unfortunately had a plucking party 6-8th grade.

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SO EASY. Pictures like the one below can be so intimidating.

1) I don’t want to look like a cast member from the Broadway version of The Lion King when I’m doing my makeup. 2) Girl looks good in the end but I can’t sacrifice my morning coffee and instagram binge for this.

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Anyone a Contour Connoisseur? Feel free to recommend some products I can try once pay day comes around!(well…maybe NEXT payday, I’ve got my eyes on some Attilio Giusti Leombruni‘s that need me)

Birchbox.com, Benefitcosmetics.com, Ulta.com, Sephora.com & Samer Khouzami for photos