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If you’re anything like me, it takes about three cups of coffee before anyone can even approach me in the morning. Despite the amount of sleep I actually get, I feel like I still look so tired when I wake up. Unfortunately, as much as I love the change of seasons and the fall breeze with the dry weather, I tend to look even more drowned out and tired during this season. Here are a few of my favorite items that help turn my look from tired to fresh each morning. 

The Face Wash

I have tried a few different products in this category and none have really been able to keep my skin clear and wake me up the way this one does. Clean and Clear Morning Burst ($6.99) has energizing beads that will instantly make you feel refreshed and awake. The facial cleanser also helps prevent shine throughout the day so if you suffer from oily skin like I do, it’s an even better choice. The wash comes in a few different colors and scents, but my favorite is the one that features lemongrass, for some reason that particular smell leaves you feeling truly fresh and relaxed. 

The Moisturizer 

Having the right lotion is an essential part of your day because this one product has the ability to give you glowing skin. My favorite daytime moisturizer is Shiseido Brightening Protective Cream ($54.50); not only does it include SPF 15, but it is formulated with vitamin C, which will help brighten skin and revitalize your face — an essential part of fall skincare.

The Eyeliner

Makeup is a necessity if you are trying to make yourself appear more refreshed, but it is even more important to make sure you are using the proper product to achieve the desired results. Using any old black eyeliner on the mornings you are looking especially tired is a risky move because it can make your eyes appear darker and more sunken in. The Almay Wake Up Eyeliner + Highlighter ($8.99) is the perfect item to achieve the look you are looking for. This dual sided pencil allows you to define your eyes while the illuminating side can help brighten your irises. On top of the shimmery color giving you a bit of refreshing, the highlighter delivers a cooling sensation during application to perk up your pupils, tricking people into thinking you got a full eight hours!

Adding these three things into your morning routine will without a doubt make you seem more refreshed and awake.

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As the weather starts to change and your skin becomes drier, it becomes more difficult to keep skin looking radiant. For most people, doing an overnight peel is a great option because you put the mask on before bed, let it work its magic overnight, and then wipe it off in the morning. However, some women (me included) have sensitive skin and these overnight procedures can cause irritation or breakouts. So I discovered my new secret weapon that I just can’t live without: the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads ($6.49). 

These pads help improve skin tone, texture and reveal brighter more radiant skin. The dual textured pad uses foaming skin-conditioning cleansers and natural soy extracts to leave the skin soft and smooth. One side is smooth in order to lift away dirt, oils and makeup, while the other side is textured in order to gently exfoliate the skin to get rid of dead cells. These cleansing pads are gentle enough to be used on a regular daily basis and work for any skin type and sensitivity. Also, in a clinical test, 100% of women showed improved skin. An added bonus, the container is small and light enough to carry in your purse!





There are very few things I love more than a good throwback, like an all-time classic movie like 90s teen hit Clueless — especially when it inspires something else I love: nail art. NCLA Clueless Nail Wraps are very similar to any other nail stickers on the market, except these are designed after Cher’s outfits from the movie: animal prints, road signs, even some of the best quotes from the film. There are four different sets from the collection, including “Cher’s Closet”, “Everywhere You Go Has Valet”, “I Totally Paused!”, and finally my favorite, “Virgin Who Can’t Drive”. If you’re a fan of the movie and not the best at doing your own nails, be sure to check them out — and even if you get them as a silly gift for a girlfriend, they’re all around awesome!

Don’t just opt for rosy pink or sunny coral cheeks this fall, instead opt for a blush that’s more plum or grape in color. These three take top honors in my book.
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I’ve been a fan of Tarte Cheek Stains for a long time and their Blushing Bride (pictured left, $30 at sephora.com) is the perfect sheer deep plum color and it packs a pretty plum scent, too.

Marc Jacobs Beauty is the hot new line, so this is sure to be the hot new blush — Shameless Bold Blush in Outspoken (pictured center, $30 at sephora.com) is a beautiful, soft lilac pink color.

Smashbox Halo Long Wear Bush is the most subtle of the three, offering a soft sheer color that has a lustrous shimmer to it. It also has the most staying power and comes in a stunning berry color, called Blissful (pictured right, $24 at nordstrom.com).
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Lack of sleep is something that we all experience no matter what the season, but when your sun-kissed skin starts to fade and you have a lighter complexion, under eye darkness and puffiness become more apparent, no matter how much makeup you use. Unluckily for me, I have very dark under eyes and they easily become super puffy with lack of sleep, so I went on a mission to find a solution to this problem that plagues many women. 

The First Aid Beauty Detox Eye Roller is a metal ball roller that banishes under eye darkness and puffiness while simultaneously cooling and awakening the skin to give a more refreshed look. After application, the caffeine that is infused into the formula begins to reduce the appearance of the under eye area, while the hyaluronate and advanced peptides help to restore lost volume and increase collagen production to reduce the fine lines and thinness of the area. Not only does this product work wonders but for the price of $24 you really can’t beat it!

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