How to Make Yourself Look Less Hung over

We all know that feeling. You have been rudely awaken by the harsh tones of an alarm clock after having next to no sleep and realise that in twenty minutes you have to be presentable. Whether you are going to work or a lecture, to see your tutor or a brunch date, it doesn’t change the fact that you look like death warmed up and dragged through a field. So what can you possibly do in a short amount of time to remedy the situation?

  • Drink a litre of water. Let’s rewind. It’s the night before you became the monster of the morning after and you haven’t gone to bed yet. Not only will drinking water make the next morning a little easier to take headache-wise, it will drastically improve the look of your skin. Dehydration leaves the skin looking dry and flaky and if alcohol is involved, chances are it will be a whole lot worse.
  • Take off your makeup. Preferably do this the night before, but even if you forget, make sure to do this before you leave the house. Smears of mascara under the eyes are a massive giveaway to the reality of your fragile state, so get rid of them.
  • Don’t reapply your makeup. It may seem like a good idea to cover your entire face with products in the hope that you will mask how you are really feeling, but this is not a good idea. Instead, ditch the concealer and give your face some time to breathe and recover. If you really can’t bare the idea of going makeup free, apply a thin layer of tinted moisturizer like this one from No7. Its lightweight formula means that it won’t clog up your pores but it will cover those dark circles under your eyes.
  • Wear layers. Being extremely tired often goes hand in hand with feeling cold. Being extremely hung over often goes hand in hand with sweating. So, in an effort to combat both problems with a limited amount of time, wear layers that you can take off and replace as often as necessary. This could take the form of a shirt, tank top and cardigan; just remember to keep each layer light.
  • Sort out your hair, love. Nothing says hung over like frizzy, knotty hair that may or may not be stuck to your face. If you haven’t any time to wash the beast, arm yourself with some dry shampoo like this one from Batiste, and throw your hair up into a messy bun. Then thank the lord that this is a genuine trend, which you legitimately could have copied on purpose.

Disclaimer: this is not my usual sort of post; however I thought it was worth sharing as I spent a considerable part of this morning writing it for another site, only to realise that the task had already been snapped up. Sugar!

What size is beautiful?

What size is beautiful? If we think about it, there is no clear-cut answer to this question. And yet, women continue to define their own beauty by the number on their clothes hangers.

According to, the most desirable dress size in Britain is a 12, but the real average size of British women is a 16, and shop mannequins are a size 10. To add to the confusion, while ‘plus size’ models, like Tess Holliday, have helped to glamorize the larger form, many women are still feeling the pressure to shrink down to a catwalk model size 0 (UK 4). All this considered, it’s not surprising that some women replace the labels in their clothes, diet excessively, or go to more extreme length to achieve the ‘ideal’ body.

So I was pleasantly surprised when flicking through October’s Cosmopolitan magazine. Their ‘Curve Edit’ featured models that the fashion industry would label ‘real women’. In other words, these women represented the average-sized British woman more accurately than conventional models. And they were beautiful.

But wait a second, ‘conventional’ slimmer models are also beautiful. As are women so arbitrarily labelled ‘plus size’. The notion that all sizes are beautiful now provides the fashion and beauty industries with another question:

If size doesn’t matter, how can we define beauty?

As we have seen from Superdrug Online Doctor’s research into photoshopping, beauty is completely subjective and differs from person to person. I can’t define beauty for someone else as much as they can’t read my mind. The only thing I can be sure of, is that beauty should not be restricted to a number.