Sunday, May 20, 2012

Brighter Mornings with Allegra #ClearBeauty #cbias

I am soooo not a morning person. Having seasonal allergies does not help matters either…sniffling all night, waking up all stuffy, and a runny nose all day. Add in contact lenses, and 3 years of sleep deprivation (that’s how long it took my girls to really sleep through the night!), and I certainly don’t look awake either! It’s hard to look and feel your best when you want to crawl under the covers! When I have taken allergy medicine, they make me drowsy so I took it before bed. While that helps me get some sleep, it does leave me kind of blah in the morning.

Allegra CVS Go From Drab to Fab

So I took this opportunity to try Allegra, which I found at CVS Pharmacy. It says “non-drowsy” right on the front, and it was on sale for $17.99 with my (free) CVS membership card. After a few days of taking Allegra, I am waking up with a less stuffy nose and I don’t have that groggy feeling when I wake up. But, I also got to try some cosmetics to perk myself up even more.

***Edited: Jenn @ Rook No 17 has a good point (see comments) about checking with your doctor first. Allegra is non-prescription now, but if you have any qualms or questions about Allegra, whether it may interact with other medications or if it may otherwise not be right for you, please talk to your doctor. And make sure you read the directions and warnings on the label first (i.e. you can’t take Allegra with fruit juice). I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on this blog. I rub funny bones if they get bumped, put Cars bandaids on boo-boos, and sometimes can guess right if someone’s faking a tummy ache, but that’s about it.***

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Back story: My mom and I went to a department store opening a few weeks ago and took advantage of all the freebies they were offering that day, including a makeover. The makeup artist taught me this really easy eye makeup trick that really made a difference in my eyes. I looked so much more awake!

{And there’s probably some magical mood lighting in the store too, which would explain the “angels singing” rays of light coming down upon my newly made-up face}

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While I splurged on a new moisturizer that day, I thought I could probably find the eye makeup for less at the drug store. In addition, she had used regular eye shadow that didn’t stay on my eyes for long, so I wanted something more long-wearing. I set out to find an eye liner that was easy to use that would also wouldn’t smudge. I found this Revlon ColorStay eyeliner.

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In addition, I went shopping for under-eye concealers. I haven’t had the greatest luck with these and I really need help covering the purple-ness under my eyes. CVS had a huge selection of course, but I was worried about matching colors. One I purchased was Almay Smart Shade Concealer with SPF 15, which is supposed to transform to match your own skin tone when you put it on.

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For more pictures from my shopping story, please check out my Google+ Album.

So this morning, I woke up and even though my Allegra didn’t leave me groggy, I apologize for the annoyed look on my face haha! I guess I really don’t like mornings! Will see if I can use this pic on my next drivers license.


I have added a few steps to my morning routine now…well, I saved one step by taking my Allegra last night. Previously, I just moisturized, then put on my powder foundation, then a lip gloss. Now I’m adding in my concealer (applied with a brush I already had) and the eyeliner.


First I put on the moisturizer, then I started on the Almay concealer.


I squirted some on my hand, and dipped in my concealer brush (you could also use your ring finger)


I remember the makeup artist applied my concealer in a triangle pattern, starting with the inner corner of my eye straight down along my nose, then directly to the outer corner of my eye. I used the concealer brush to fill in the triangle, using a dabbing motion. Then I used my ring finger to blend it together.


I think the color does match well with my skin. I am really happy with that! And, it does look like the side with the concealer is a little bit lifted and brighter than the other side. Not a huge difference, but I do notice.

{I also notice I look like a deer in the headlights here…so that must have been how I looked when I found out I was having twins.}


Now for the other side.


Then I blended everything together with my powder foundation and a makeup sponge.


Done with the concealer and foundation!


Now for the eyeliner. This kind is softer than a pencil so it should glide right on.


The trick I learned from the makeup artist was to line the inside of my upper eyelid. I admit I was kind of weirded out at first! But she did it so quickly and I experienced no irritation in my eyes. So here goes my attempt…I drew on the eyeliner about 2/3 of the way over, right underneath my lash line. I also went up a teensy bit to add the eyeliner right on my lash line. This way, no mascara is needed and I save myself another step (I will save the mascara I bought for nights out…remember, this is a quick daytime look!).


Here’s one eye done. That’s also my “How you doin’?” raised eyebrow.


And now the other eye. The makeup artist advised me not to line the lower lid. She said it would actually drag my eyes down which would make me look sleepy.


A little bit of lip gloss and I’m all done.


That was a really fun experiment and I hope you learned something as well. I am excited that just adding a few extra steps that took no time at all make me look more awake (and less frumpy, which I really love!).

To learn more about Allegra, visit their Facebook and Twitter pages, and check out the Allegra Makeover Game!

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  1. Steph, those are some really great make-up tips and recommendations! I'm going to give the eyeliner and the concealer a try! I'm going to talk to my doctor about Allegra too. It's been a rough allergy season and I've particularly suffered with itchy eyes. Just have to make sure it doesn't conflict with my asthma prescription.


  2. Very pretty! I'm going to use this triangle technique and see if it helps with the sleep deprived Mommy eye-bags I've gotten since having my boys. And I'll be trying Allegra soon! My allergies have been bothering me lately, so maybe this is what I need.

    -Erin @ DIY On the Cheap

  3. Love the tips, seriously. Especially because I get dark circles under my eyes from stress! Thank you Steph!!

  4. I sympathize with you on the allergies. I have year-round allergies and take prescription meds for them. Singulair. No drowsiness there either. I also know about sleep deprivation. I had 3 babies in 4-1/2 years. The first two were 12 months and 10 days apart. Then 3-1/2 between the 2nd one and the last one. And I was only 21 when I had the last one.

    I do love your make-up tips! Awesome! I use the mineral makeup, so my makeup time is short also. I do use a liquid concealer, but don't put the mineral makeup over it.

  5. I so love the tip about the liner going on the inside of the upper lid! I would have never thought to try that. Thank you! :)

  6. Great tips. I want to try lining under my eyelashes but the thought kinda freaks me out - I will definatley have to try it!


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