wellness tip

Fake a Full Night’s Sleep

Happy New Year’s Eve! Do you have fun plans to ring in the new year? Today’s post is perfect for NYE, because I’m sharing a few of my top tips and tricks to fake a full night’s sleep. Feel free to ring in the new year all night long, and wake up the next morning locked and loaded with some tricks to wake right back up.

No matter how little sleep I get or how late I went to bed/early I woke up, I always like to look (and feel) as well-rested as possible. Though I pretty much always get a full night’s sleep, when I don’t, I try my best to pretend it didn’t happen, lol. Otherwise, I think I’d be yawning all day long just thinking about it.

First thing’s first, you’re going to need a cup of coffee, or some other form of caffeine if coffee isn’t your vice of choice. Maybe add a shot of espresso (or two). Drink some ice cold water, too, while you’re waiting for your coffee to brew. This always seems to perk me up — and you probably could use some extra hydration anyways (we all could).

Now, let’s head to the beauty cabinet and pull out the staples. You’ll need concealer — obviously — and a nude eyeliner. The concealer will help cover up any under-eye circles that may be showing, which are a tell-tale sign of lack of sleep. Lately I’ve been obsessed with this one, and I like to apply it in a triangle shape under my eyes to really brighten up the whole area.

The nude eyeliner is for your lower waterline. I learned this trick years and years ago, and always whip it out when necessary. Once you apply it to your waterline, your eyes will immediately look brighter and more awake — it’s such a good little hack. You can find the one I keep on hand here.

I saved the best (eye) trick for last. I recently discovered these eye drops, and ever since there’s not a day that goes by where I don’t use them. They’re designed to make your eyes look whiter, brighter, and more radiant — perfect. I don’t know why but my eyes looking white is so important to me; I think of it as the same as having white teeth. These eye drops are perfect, and will get rid of any redness from lack of sleep.

Now onto skin. I don’t know if this is just in my head, but I sometimes feel like when I don’t get enough sleep, my skin lacks any bit of glow that it may have had before.

To get that glow back, I like to use a radiant moisturizer and a nice bronzer and highlighter. My favorite moisturizer for times like this is this one (I use the color Nude Glow). It isn’t shimmery, but very illuminating and perks your skin right up.

I also recently picked up this little palette, and it is absolutely perfect for adding a glow. The bronzey shade is so nice for bronzer if you have lighter skin like mine, otherwise it’s a great blush shade for darker skin tones. The highlighters are super super glowy. This combo will make your skin look radiant and healthy, not like you’re still half-asleep.

Okay the last two tips I have are a little more wellness-oriented. I’ve mentioned before that I carry a little bottle of peppermint essential oil pretty much everywhere I go, and it’s perfect for waking yourself up. I like to put a little on my wrists and behind my ears. It’s invigorating and wakes you right up. If you have 100% peppermint essential oil, it’s also safe to ingest, so I like to put a tiny bit in my water, too, if I really need a wake-me-up 🙂

Lastly, I like to do a meditation that’s geared towards mornings. If you have a Headspace subscription, they have two options that are perfect for this: Waking Up and Early Mornings. If you don’t have Headspace (first of all: get on that! It’s literally the best), then another good option is this one, which you can find on YouTube. Meditation is inherently relaxing, so it’s not alarming/going to jolt you out of sleepiness. It’s perfect for easing into the day, and waking up on the right side of the bed.

Do you have any tips and tricks to fake a full night’s sleep?

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