March 10, 2015

Hangover Beauty Remedies

Let's be real for a second...

I feel like I keep a pretty clean persona on here. Aside from my Hpnotiq Sparkle post series, I never talk about alcohol or partying or anything that I don't think is apprioprate. I don't want to advertise anything that may put me in a poor light.

But like I said, let's be real. I'm a 22 year old post college girl. I've had my fair share of drinks on a night out, I've partied with the best of them, and I've had a decent amount of hangovers (okay more than a decent amount.

So now that we're all being real, let's get to what this post is really about...curing your hangover with beauty products. Yup, you heard me.

A few months ago, I came across an article in Cosmopolitan called "Stay Sexy at a Tailgate." It was all about how to daydrink and still look like a rockstar, using specific beauty products.

You know how obsessed I am with beauty products and I'm all for using them any way I can. I loved the article so much I ripped it out of the magazine and keep it in my drawer. I don't know why, I know I'm weird, it's just me.

Since then, I started seeing more and more articles with "Hangover Beauty" in the title. What you should do for your face and skin when you have a hangover...that's actually kind of brilliant and I knew I wanted to put my own spin on it.

I then realized as much as I hated a "morning routine" on a Sunday morning after a long night, I did do some stuff to make me look semi-presentable as I trekked to get a BEC and iced coffee across campus.

I don't drink as often now (#postgradproblems) but when I do, the hangovers are far worst. I've been playing with these "remedies" for a while and I'll pretty much swear by them. I also like any excuse to do a good product post.

Enough rambling, Briana, let's get into it!



Visine Eye-drops: Before you do anything, get rid of the redness in your eyes. No one needs to know you had 5 Tequila Sunrises just by staring into your eyes. Moisten your pupils with your favorite kind of eye drops and be on your merry way.

Hangover RX Primer: Too Faced released this primer last year and I just bought it (after lusting for months) and I'm kind of obsessed with the idea. It's a little gimmicky but this silicone free primer moisturizers your skin with electrolytes, probiotics, and coconut water--everything your body (and skin) needs when it's dehydrated. I notice that the redness in my face is almost completely gone when I apply this primer and I naturally look more awake. This will definitely help brighten your complexion so no one knows you were almost kicked out of the bar for dancing on a booth (may or may have not ever happened to me)

Green Concealer: In addition to the regular concealer you apply in dire situations, add a green concealer to the mix. I like the NYX HD Green Concealer and I just dab a little under my eyes or wherever need be. Green cancels out redness so this is essential to making your skin look even.

NYX Wonder Pencil: This is a universal pencil that I've formed a love affair with. You can use it as a lip liner or on your waterline. I use it on my waterline to brighten and widen my eyes when I feel extra sleepy or sick (or hungover, duh). It's the perfect nude, almost invisible liner that instantly makes your eyes appear larger. One quick swipe and you don't need sunglasses to shield your small, raccoon eyes.

Eyeshadow: If you really have to go somewhere the morning after, stick to bright eye shadows all over your lid. I find that pink, white or gold, shimmery shades really make your eyes pop (especially after you use your eye drops) so you'll be able to conceal the fact that you were out till 2 A.M. Don't go crazy with the shadow, just all over the lid to give you a little shimmer. Add some mascara into the mix to really open your eyes and you're all set!

If you don't have time or energy for ANY of this, which I wouldn't blame you and more props to you if you get to spend your hangover in bed, there are still some things you can do to help your skin.

Hydrating Facial Mask: If you're plans consist of Netflix, Gatorade, and your couch, then slap on a really great hydrating face mask. It'll fill your skin with the nutrients that were loss on your vodka binge. I really love the Freeman Anti-Stress mask, it's not advertised as a hydrating mask but the blue color and light texture really wakes up my skin. I also want to try the Sephora sheet masks; I'm most intrigued by the Pomegranate mask which is an anti-fatigue sheet.

Cooling Eye Products: My eyes give me away, all the time. If I've been crying, haven't gotten enough sleep, or took that extra shot, my eyes will surely be able to tell you that. They get puffy, red, and dry--it's not a pretty sight. I swear by my eye products and cooling, hydrating eye products are even better. I love these Sephora Depuffing Eye Masks; they feel really hydrating and cooling under the eyes. Also, throw an eye cream or cooling roller in the fridge the night before and apply that in the morning as well.

I hope this all made sense! Hangovers are the devil's doing and if you can't feel good, the least you could do is look good!

What is your morning after beauty tips?

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