Nights are getting longer, days shorter/colder/wetter...making getting out of bed in the morning significantly more difficult. As much as I'd like to spend the day curled up in my PJ's staying warm and cosy, life gets in the way and I have to get to work! SO despite feeling like a zombie I need to look bright eyed and bushy tailed. So I thought my current go-to brighteners might be worth a mention as I doubt I'm the only one in this position!
Starting with the Scandal'eyes liner from Rimmel - love it! It's so much better than the old-fashioned white inner-eye line that frankly just looks a bit silly. But this offers a subtle brightening effect, countering any redness and making eyes look brighter. This will be a daily use product for the foreseeable future for me. Oh, and it stays put for hours - very impressive for such a bargain.
Next up are two new additions to the bareMinerals range - a correcting concealer with SPF20 and the Stroke of Light eye brightener. This combination banishes dark circles to make me look less like a dirty-stop-out and more like Sleeping Beauty (ahem, well - closer than I was before...). I absolutely adore the Eye Brightener - just pink enough to counter any blue areas, when combined with the concealer... it's magic.
What I like about this trio is that they brighten the eyes but without making them looked caked in make-up. They offer impressive brightening or concealing - but without drying this delicate area. The concealer can also be used to cover up other blemishes and imperfections - not just around the eye area. I'm I'm not looking as tired (as I feel) I will skip the concealer and just go for the brightener - it has a similar effect to the YSL touche eclat (and similar) in perking the area up. For me it's especially good around the inner corners where no matter how much sleep I get they still seem a bit on the blue side.
So if you're lacking sleep but can't avoid life and indulge in a lie-in then I highly recommend these three gems. Amazing stuff.