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Shortcut to Fabulous Ways to Fake 8 Hours of Sleep


by Kristin Makai Sangren

Every once in a while, a Thursday happy hour somehow morphs into a bar-hopping-til-last-call sort of situation.  While dragging ourselves out of bed on Friday morning can feel like the hardest endeavor ever, sometimes we just can’t afford to take a sick day.  At times when we’re not able to squeeze in our proper 8 hours, we have to find a way to fake it at the office.  Throw on an extra large pot of coffee and try these techniques to look fresh and rested, even if you’re a complete zombie inside.

Take a Cool Shower

Cold showers are certainly not relaxing, but they do have a great stimulating effect.  Cooler temperatures encourage circulation in the skin and tighten up areas that are sagging with fatigue.  Cold water is also great for temporary mental alertness.  To amplify the effect, try a tea tree oil or peppermint infused shampoo (Paul Mitchell makes a great one…click here to check it out.

The Freezer Spoon Technique

This one takes a little foresight.  When you stumble through your front door at 1:30 a.m. and you know you have to be up at 7, head over to your silverware drawer, take out two spoons and put them in your freezer.  The next morning when you wake up, take the spoons out and cup them over your closed eyes until the spoons are no longer cool.  This will help de-puff your eyes by constricting the blood vessels around them, as well as bring a little circulation and color to your skin.  Then wash your face, do your makeup and head out.

The Corner Eyeshadow Technique

Grab a light-colored frosted eyeshadow.  Using a small fluffy brush or your ring finger, pat it into the inside corner of your eyes, right around the tear duct.  Be sure the shadow is well blended.   This creates the illusion of wide, open eyes, and draws attention away from dark under eye circles.  Darker or olive skin tones should choose a peachy shade, while pale girls can get away with a silver or starker white.  Whatever you do, do NOT use a glittery eyeshadow.  Glitter particles can lodge in your eye and cause serious irritation and redness, augmenting tired eyes.

Curl Your Eyelashes

Another tried-and-true tactic to open up tired eyes is to bust out the old eyelash curler.  For added staying power, hold a lighter up to the metal part of the curler for a few seconds.  The heat will lock in the curl for longer, but be sure to test the hot curler with your finger before holding it up to your sensitive eyelid skin.  Top with a few coats of waterproof mascara, which contains more wax than normal mascara and will hold your curl even longer.

The Covert Power Nap

We’ve all done it.  Come lunch hour, close your office door, turn out your light, curl up under your desk and catch as many Z’s as you can muster.  Don’t forget to set your cell phone alarm or you may find yourself awoken by the night maintenance guy…or your boss…eek!

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Shortcut to 10 Fabulous Beauty Products of 2009

top tenThe recession has taught us that home beauty treatments can be just as fun as a salon treatment and help keep your wallet fat! Just in time for 2010, we give you our top ten beauty products of 2009.

10. Dermablend Quick Fix Concealer SPF 30 Beige- This concealer will fix any blemish big or small. It might be a little thick, but it does not clog your pores and covers the darkest of dark circles and the reddest of red pimples.
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9.  Orly Bonder base coat and Orly Won’t Chip top coat- This base coat and top coat helps keeps your polish from chipping. These two little miracles in a bottle when used together have helped our homemade manicures last at least 50% longer.

8. SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque- This little mask is a spa quality facial in a jar. If you get pimples, blackheads or whiteheads use this mask once a week or a few times a month and watch your skin become the envy of all your friends.

7.  Sage Perfume Roll On 1/8 oz in Citrine- This pint sized roll-on scent will fit in even the smallest clutch. It is perfect for traveling on planes where liquids over 3 oz are a no-no. The citrine scent in universally flattering and the roller ball ensures perfect application and will help this scented yumminess last seemingly forever (we’ve had ours for two years now).

6.  Essie polish in Lady Godiva and Mint Candy Apple- These two nail colors are the must have colors for Fashion Forward nail care. Both are universally flattering on just about any skin tone and has them for $4.25 a bottle!

5.  Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Liquid- We were turned onto this lip color at S2F thanks to the rave reviews that came from my fabulous mom. At if you buy one you get the next at 50% off.

4.  Bobby Pins- Hair long or short can use these little metal miracles. Use them to hold hair in place or create the “bump it” style that all of the celebrities are sporting. You don’t realize how useful they are until you start using them!

3.  Sally Hanson Wax Strips- This is a must have for any guy or gal with unwanted hair. We use it to maintain between waxing appointments. But you can’t follow the directions on the box for optimum results. We told you how to use this product a few months ago…click here for details.

2. Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment- This cream can be used for E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. We mean everything…chapped lips, dry skin, silky smooth hands and feet. It is on sale right now at for $5.09.

1. Mac 138 Tapered Face Brush- This brush is not cheap, but great make up tools are vital to a fabulous face. Mac makes awesome brushes and this one makes application of creams, liquids, highlighters and blushes a breeze. You can even use it for contouring. Check out a review  and usage tips for the brush here.

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Shortcut to Fabulously Smooth Skin

wax stripsSmooth skin is something every fabulous woman has. Monthly or even bi-monthly visits to the salon for waxing is a regular part of my routine. A few years ago I started tracking my beauty and fashion expenditures. I was shocked when I realized how much smooth skin was costing me. In addition, there have been times when I have gotten busy and it seems like the hair on my upper lip grew in over night. With no time to go take care of business, I panicked and pulled out the tweezers…ouch!! After one painful tweezing session, I set out on a mission to try and find a way to “self wax.”

I found a quick, easy and inexpensive solution to reduce waxing appointments. Sally Hanson Wax Strips are the perfect product, but not if you follow the directions on the box. The directions on the box instruct you to warm the strips by rubbing vigorously between your hands. I tried that method and ended up with a glob of goo on my leg. Then, I had a light bulb moment and decided to use my hairdryer to heat the strips. Voila! Wax strips heated to perfection. I use the strips between salon visits and by heating the strips with my hairdryer, I am able to get optimal heat and hair removal. A box of wax strips costs about $10. So, for about $10 you can have silky smooth skin without monthly visits to the wax parlor, or you can just use the strips for touch ups when you discover unwanted hair has grown back. Follow all of the directions on the box, just use your hairdryer, not your hands to heat the strips.

***Oh, one more thing, the lawyer in me must tell you to use a thermometer or some other safe method to test the temperature of the strips before you put them on your body.

Get your hairdryer ready and enjoy this shortcut to fabulous silky skin!

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