Beauty Treatments For Tired Moms

January 19, 2016  |  

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Are you over hearing “you look tired”?

We are. Yes, all moms are tired moms for one reason or another, but we don’t need to be reminded. What we need is more sleep, but that’s not usually an option.

With the back-to-school season (and after-school activities) in full swing, if you’re anything like us, you’re not only tired but you’ve done lots of money spending with little left over. Next thing you know, it’s holiday season.

What’s a mom to do? Join us by turning over a new leaf and go DIY with your beauty regime. Here, are a few favorite facial beauty treatments you can do at home to freshen up and look like you got a good eight hours of sleep.

You may have seen celebrities on social media sharing this new beauty trend, sheet masks. They’re like a lazy girl’s (or busy mom’s) facial–individually wrapped thin sheets with cutouts for eyes, nose and mouth. Each mask is soaked in highly concentrated serums and liquid botanicals, designed to treat a variety of skin needs from anti-aging to mega-hydrating to brightening.

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Alternatively, we’re loving these under eye patches by AlureVe. You can target a key area of the face – under eyes – with this advanced, exclusive transdermal treatment patch. Watch skin transform as lines and wrinkles appear significantly reduced and skin is more hydrated, radiant and healthy. Apply one set under eyes twice weekly. Need full coverage skin care? Try AlureVe Day & Night Synergy Serum or their AlureVe Invisipatch Night Cream. (Tip: do not apply it under eyes on the nights you wear AlureVe Targeted Treatment Patches)

Here’s how to use them: Simply peel beneath the lower lid of each eye with the narrow tip closest to your nose and the wide tip covering the skin near your temple.  Designed to be used overnight, AlureVe’s patches work to hydrate and smooth skin – and fight signs of aging – while you sleep. The patches contain stand-out ingredients like micronized fresh water pearl powder to prevent wrinkling and uneven skin tone, while the retinyl palmitate oil stimulates cell turnover and collagen fiber production. As an added bonus, the patches’ proprietary blend of natural oils work to sooth redness and sun damage.

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After you remove them, gently rub in the leftover serums and boom: a luminous, dewy complexion. You don’t even have to wash up afterward, but we do.

Once or twice a week seems to be popular with the beauty blogger crowd, but amping it up to three to four times in the winter maximizes the moisturizing benefits. And the best part: They’re travel-friendly, so you can step off the airplane as fresh as an off-duty model.

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This tutorial is for all of us who’ve had to pull an all-nighter, especially our readers who are mothers barely getting any sleep with new babies! There are mornings when we look in the mirror and think to ourselves “who is that?!” From dark circles and bags under our eyes to puffy faces and dry cracked lips… we feel like we need a miracle yet we don’t have much time to dedicate to it. Luckily, cosmetic companies have made these lovely  weapons to erase the damage and help us feel like ourselves again!

TOOLS:

  • Eye Gel Pads — AlureVe are the under eye patches we’re loving.
  • Tinted Moisturizer/Foundation/BB Cream — Find one thin enough to not feel like you’re wearing anything or look like you’re wearing makeup but still gives good coverage. Or you can use your favorite tinted moisturizer or BB cream.
  • Egg-shaped Sponge — Make sure to dampen it with water first so it grows substantially then squeeze out the excess water with a towel.
  • Concealer — Again, lightweight but long-lasting is best, so you can build your coverage and not worry about it creasing.
  • Highlighter — Illuminators are all the rage for a reason, try one by Revlon.
  • Cream Blush — A staple in my kit, I used Stila Convertible Color cream blush.
  • Lash Curler — They may seem unnecessary but they do wonders to make you look alert.
  • Volumizing Mascara — Use your favorite, especially one that separates lashes and builds.
  • Lip Stain — Again, use your favorite, but a hue close to your lip color great for everyday looks. Go darker for night.
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STEPS:

  1. Start by placing an eye gel pad under each eye. This will dramatically decrease any puffiness and “bags”.
  2. Grab the electric lip scrubber and move it back and forth in circular motions all over  the upper and lower lip area. If you don’t have an electric scrubber, grab a disposable mascara wand and lip balm and scrub in circular motions. Both techniques will bring life, circulation and color back to the lips!
  3. Do a quick once-over of tinted moisturizer/foundation/BB cream and a dampened sponge. For a refresher on how to use a makeup sponge, click here.
  4. Tackle the undereye dark circles with the concealer.
  5. Highlight the eye area by tapping the highlighter just above each cheekbone. This step does wonders to wake up the face so don’t skip it!
  6. Smile in the mirror and stipple the cream blush on the top half of the apples with the blush brush. Continue along the cheekbone and dab the tiny remainder on the brush above the brows. (Revisit the Blush Balancer Tutorial to see why).
  7. Wake up the eyes even more with a pinch of the lash curler. Don’t forget to invert it while your pinching it!
  8. Add a couple coats of volumizing mascara to define the lashes.
  9. Finish with the lip stain so you don’t have to think about it for hours!

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