Original Post Date: March 3, 2009

i don't know about you, but for me wednesday is the worst day of the week. it's got the earliest wakeup, i have to head to the farthest campus, for the longest day, with my LEAST favoruite classes. (nine' o 'clock french anyone?) i know in high school waking up at 5:45 wasn't such a big deal, but lately it's been killing me! so i went scouring the internet for interesting, yet practical ways to look more awake even when you're not =)
  • cucumbers. this isn't as hocus pocus as the stylist in Princess Diaries would lead you to believe. cucumber actually contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce redness and puffiness of eyes. i've done it before and it does feel really nice and tighten things up. unfortunately, this solution isn't really viable in the morning, cause I can just see myself kicking back with two slices on my eyes, and falling asleep again.
  • concealer. fortunately, i don’t really have a big problem with get dark circles under my eyes. but there are some days. the quick fix is to swipe a concealer a shade lighter than my actual skin tone. today i read that bronzer can also give sallow skin a lift, but i don’t own any.
  • eyelashes. if you're lucky enough to own an eyelash curler (i don't. i'm trying to find one that doesn't scare me) that's your best tip for getting eyes that look instantly alert. curling your eyelashes up and away literally opens your eyes. mascara works too. you're better off using one with a brush as opposed to a comb for the curliest results.

another eye tip? feel free to use eyeliner but avoid putting it on the bottom lash line. you want to draw the attention away from your bags! teehee. try a dabbing a very light liner in the lower inner corners of yours eyes to brighten them up. this works best in white, pale pink, ivory or silver. of course, you could always substitute with a light dab of eyeshadow in similar shades. i’m big into making the most out of what you have.

  • lips. keep things simple. pick a nude/neutral coloured lip gloss. a shiny one might work cause it’ll pick up natural light.
  • dress. i find that the days i’m feeling worst are the days it’s most important to look my best. dreary days are the most important ones to wear bright colours. wearing black will only drag your look down. so choose a lighter shade that compliments your face and hair. one that makes you happy! (i have a light purple shirt that is my go to on days like these. unfortunately, i wore it last week, so i’m not sure what i’m going to do tomorrow =P) also, a high ponytail or bun gives your face a nice little lift instead of letting it fall all over your face.
  • etc. i feel obligated to mention that drinking water and getting sleep are pretty much the go to remedy for any ailment, cause i read it EVERYWHERE. i really should drink more water. coming to a weekly resolve near you! anyway...

tomorrow’s the start of a new semester for me. i’m a firm believer in the “fake it till you make it” school of thinking. hopefully i’ll be able to pull this off. wish me luck! and a happy wednesday to you! =)



in my makeup bag:
cover girl exact eyelight eye-brightening mascara, approx. $7
bonnebell eye definer eye liner, approx $2
l'oreal infallible lip gloss in "blush", approx $8

what's the worst day of the week for you? tips for looking more awake?