5 Secrets To Perk Up Your Peepers #BeautyBuzz

While I’m in Maine, my friend Corine agreed to step in for me and take on #BeautyBuzz this week. Corine is the beauty and the brains behind the lifestyle blog, Complicated Mama. She’s also a mom of three littles and a confessed shopaholic, so you can see why we can relate! She’s going to share her best tips on how to perk up tired eyes so I’ll hand it over to her!

5 Tips to Perk Up Tired Eyes

Battling tired eyes is something all women can all relate to on some level. We’ve all been there. Staring in the mirror at our exhausted reflection, fumbling through our make-up, trying desperately to cover up those designer bags under our eyes.

As a Mom of 3 (one being an 8 month old who has yet to sleep through the night), trying out a variety of different ways to mask those sleepless nights has become a personal mission of mine. So when Jo-Lynne invited me to contribute to this week’s #BeautyBuzz, I thought I would share some of my tried and true tips, tricks and product faves to help give your eyes a rejuvenated look.

5 secrets to perk up tired eyes

1. Deflate Puffiness

The metal teaspoon freezer trick is one has been around for years and I am here to say– it works!

Here’s how:

Leave 2 teaspoons in the freezer for those days you wake up with puffy eyes.

To instantly reduce the puff, take those freezing cold teaspoons and use the back of the spoons to massage puffy areas.


Small- Kiehls eye depuffer

|| Facial Fuel Eye De-Puffer, $20 Kiehl’s ||

Another solution? Kiehl’s makes an eye de-puffer that I swear by called Facial Fuel. It is technically from their men’s line, and I may or may not have discovered it in my husband’s travel bag. But since finding this gem, it has officially become mine because I use it all.the.time. It is cool to the skin, instantly makes your eyes feel awake, and is small enough to keep in your bag for wakening those eyes up mid-day (long cross-country flights anyone?)

2. Conceal Dark Circles

IT Cosmetics Concealer

|| IT Cosmetics Bye-bye under eye concealer + brush, $29 QVC ||

When choosing a concealer, you want to pick a shade or two lighter than your skin tone. I’ve tried many different concealers before finally finding and falling in love with … 

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Summer Beach Bag Essentials #BeautyBuzz

beach bag essentials

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Classic Cobb Salad Recipe #RealFoodRecipes


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how to wear black and white skirt

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Real Food Recipe Roundup Week 13


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English Peas #CSA #OldSchoolBlogging


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Fashion for the Fourth #FashionFriday

Red, White & Blue

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ISO Cute & Modest Swimwear for Tween Girls

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Designing A Functional Rec Room

Rec Room Makeover with Raymour & Flanigan

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Fashion Over 40 | Daily Mom Style 06.25.14


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Taking the Time To Reconnect “In Real Life”


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