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Or maybe we got sucked into watching British YouTube vlogs...or innumerable Once Upon a Time episodes. Until the wee hours of the morning.
Do as I say, not as I do, friends.
Whatever the reason, we've all suffered from a late night followed by little sleep and the morning after where not only do you have somewhere to be at an early hour. So here's some of my "morning after" tips for curing a lack-of-sleep hangover.
2. Blast a wake-up song. I usually start my morning Spotify playlist or open up Pandora. You want something upbeat and happy that will get you moving and add a bit of brightness to the all-too-early wake up call. I promise, it makes a world of difference to have a morning soundtrack.
Some of my tried and true favorites are:
When Will My Life Begin (Tangled)
C'mon, C'mon (One Direction)
Roar (Katy Perry)
Wake Me Up (Avicii)
Kiss You (One Direction)
When Did Your Heart Go Missing (Rooney)
and my latest favorite - Dance Love by the Millennial Youth Pirates featuring Mindy Gledhill and starring Olympian Kate Hansen's mad dance skills.
3. Slather on that concealer. I've said it before and I'll say it again...concealer is a girl's best friend, especially during college and post-college years! I love this Instant Age Rewind roll-on one from Maybelline and used it all through freshman + sophomore year of college.
I've since switched over to Maybelline's FIT line for variety and equally love it. I use both the Sand (shade #20) and Medium (#25) as I need Sand during winter/spring when I'm paler and Medium in the summer. I'm between shades right now, so I layer both under my eyes and blend away!
4. Coffee. Repeat. I can face any challenge, any class, any insane wake-up time, any unbearable thing as long as I have coffee. I also find cold coffee makes me more alert than hot coffee does (coffee is coffee though and I take it whatever temperature I can get it). So I try to keep a carton in the fridge if I don't have the time/money/energy to grab some from a coffeeshop.
The Starbucks Discoveries Vanilla Latte is my favorite...y'all, I'd consider myself a iced coffee carton connoisseur - I have tried a lot of brands - and this is by far one of my favorites. It's so strong there has to be fresh shots of espresso secretly hidden in it somehow! It also comes in Mocha and Caramel, which I also like, so I generally rotate between flavors each trip to the grocery store. International Delight is a less pricey, but also good option. Their Vanilla flavor tends to be too overly sweet for me, so I like the Mocha more.
5. Wear comfy, loose clothes. I don't know about you, but when I'm tired and groggy in the morning, the last thing I feel like is trying to put together a stylish outfit. I know I look tired and puffy, so why even bother? Most of the time you don't have the energy or time to try...instead, I've found having a "uniform" of sorts works best for days like these.
And if you really do want to jazz it up a bit, keep things simple and no-brainer by reaching for a striped shirt or chambray top with dark pants or leggings. Tie that hair in a messy bun or ponytail + you're set!
6. Last, but not least, reach for sunglasses. Not only do they shield your tired eyes from the sun as you step out into the harshly bright world, but they also cover up any puffiness, under-eye circles, and general signs of exhaustion that still might show.
I always have a pair in my purse or backpack and have amassed quite a collection. Forever 21 and Target are my favorite stores for finding a variety of cute pairs that also manage not to break the bank.
So there you go, friends! My top tips for getting your one hot mess of a self together after a late night. Hope you enjoyed - let me know if you have any additional tips. How do you recover from late nights?