Faking Beauty Sleep

A couple of days ago, I received an email from a representative at the Home Shopping Network (HSN) asking if I would like to contribute my input on a piece beauty author Carly Woods recently did on how to manage looking well-rested when you’re really not. In Carly’s post titled “4 Overnight Beauty Products You Should Be Using,” she talks about women having to do a “darn good job faking” that we have slept, because let’s face it, 8 hours of sleep (or more) is a luxury usually only reserved for weekends and sick days.

Right now, I am a full-time college student approaching final exams and sleep is becoming a scarce commodity. With seemingly endless projects and due dates on the horizon, sleep is sometimes put on the back burner of things to do. Fortunately, I have discovered a few tricks and tools that help me to maximize the precious sleep I do get! Below are my tips and tricks so you don’t end up looking like this infamous cover of Carrie Bradshaw who seems to have forgotten to utilize her own beauty sleep!


Here are my steps and tools to looking well-rested even when you aren’t: 

  1. First, before you go to bed, make sure to always take all your makeup off entirely (especially eye makeup). I can’t stress how important this is! I know sometimes we get lazy and are too exhausted at the end of the day to do that one extra chore but it’s worth it! I swear by Johnson & Johnson Baby Oil to remove stubborn mascara and eyeliner. It does the job and keeps your eyes moisturized and non-irritated. Plus it’s only about $3!
  2. Next, to remove the rest of my makeup, I use a soft cleanser (one that doesn’t contain salicylic acid or a product that strips away moisture). Several years ago, a dermatologist recommended I use a Dove Bath Bar to gently wash away a long day from my face and I have done so ever since! These bars of soap are inexpensive and leave your face (and body) feeling moisturized and hydrated.
  3. After washing everything off your face, it’s important to moisturize (as mentioned in Carly’s post). Not matter the climate you live in, your skin loses moisture at night. I use a light, non-greasy formula by Olay that keeps my skin from drying out.

Bonus Tips

  • DO drink plenty of water before bed! If you are hydrated you look more well-rested the next morning and your skin will be softer and less prone to blemishes.
  • DON’T drink alcohol right before bed, it will make you puffy in the morning and cause those dreaded under-eye circles.
  • Make sure not to sleep with your phone or computer within arms reach. This has been proven time and time again, if your brain is overly stimulated by the light and countless notifications, emails and messages you are receiving when you should be sleeping, you won’t sleep as well.

I hope those were helpful! Feel free to share with me what your secrets are for faking a good night’s sleep!

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xx Aly

Cadaqués: A Hidden Treasure

While in Spain, I stayed with my friend friend Laura Roca of ROCAVENEN as I mentioned before. She invited me on the final weekend of me staying there to meet up with her family in the town called Cadaqués located in the provence of Girona on the Mediterranean Sea. The town is about a three hour drive from Barcelona around a mountain with sheer cliffs making it slightly difficult for people to get to (this journey also weeds out a lot of tourists there).

I not only wanted to visit the town of Cadaqués because I had heard of its amazing beauty, but I also knew that the artist Salvador Dalí, had a residence there for most of his life. I have studied him a lot and know that the unique beauty of Cadaqués inspired much of if not all of his artwork.

Here are a few snaps taken in the hidden and perfectly tranquil paradise of Cadaqués.


Laura took this of me on a perfect day wearing traditional shoes from Catalonia, they cost 8 EURO.


The main playa in Cadaqués.


The views are incredible there. I don’t think you can take a bad photo.


This photo doesn’t even do justice to the stark contrast between the bright white walls and vibrant flowers.


Salvador Dalí’s house and personal cove on the back side of Cadaqués called Port Lligat.


Backside of Dalí’s house surrounded by olive trees.



Let’s just day it was REALLY hard to leave…


xx Aly

New Locks

  The other day I got my hair cut after taking a very long time to grow it out. It doesn’t look that long but believe me, it was really short before! I also got it dyed after growing out the ombre (aka bad roots) for a while. I like that it looks more clean and kept now. What do you think of it?

  Here I am wearing an Anthropologie top, Urban Outfitters jeans, and my favorite Victoria Leather purse.