The eyes have it, so let's look after them
It was the morning after a friend's birthday party, and I was very, very happy to see the sun had come out to give me a good reason to put on my sunglasses.
I wasn't suffering from a hangover, thankfully. But the after-effects of a late one weren't pretty, and I was relieved to hide the evidence.
Once I eventually took them off, it was time to repair the damage and make sure that my eyes really do have it.
These products definitely helped.
Clarins Eye Revive Beauty Flash Balm, €33.04
This brightens up the delicate skin around the eye area, reducing puffiness and dark circles and giving a wide-eyed look.
It's not the most moisturising cream available, but then it's not promising to be. It absorbs nice and easily and gets to work as a pick-me-up after a long night as it's very reviving and soothing.
Make sure to warm it in your hands before applying though.
Maybelline The Falsies Mascara, €11.99
This is a serious black and really volumises lashes – without any icky clumping – while also lengthening them and leaving them looking well defined and quite full.
But be careful when applying because sometimes the wand picks up a little too much product and the result isn't so pretty.
On the upside, this everyday mascara comes off easily (when you want it to, that is!).
Estee Lauder's Double Wear Eyeliner, €24.50
This has a lovely creamy texture so there's no awkward tugging when you apply it, even on upper lashes.
Doesn't smudge, sets quickly and it's long-lasting, even in warm and humid weather.
Coffee, a deep brown colour, is very rich, but if you're looking for a serious black, try Onyx.
On the downside, the sharpness of its line can fade about halfway through the lifetime of the pencil.
Mac Eye Brows pencil, €17
A thin-tipped retractable pencil, this goes on smoothly and, importantly, precisely where you want it.
It's nicely pigmented, waxy and a few slicks give a very natural look.
Fling is particularly flattering on blondes and those with light to medium complexions.
One drawback though – and it's not just the price tag – you can get through the product quicker than expected.
Benefit Speed Brow Quick-Set Brow Gel, €19
Yes, some Vaseline and an old toothbrush will do the trick. Brush it over your brows and you will instantly look more groomed. But sometimes a girl needs a little more.
This gives a good matte (and natural) finish with a faint brown tint, and not even a single hair will dare to be unruly throughout the day.
Lancome Hypnose Palette Collection, €48
Lancome is aiming to please everyone with this collection, which is divided into three groups
Star Eyes is a sophisticated mix of brown, khaki and gray; Drama Eyes will suit those who love a smoky look; while Doll Eyes offers a fresh and natural approach. There's a total of 12 different palettes, each of which includes five well-pigmented and long-lasting shadows, so really you're bound to find one you like, if not six, seven or eight!
I'm quite taken by Brun Adore, its mix of metallic browns and taupes is versatile enough to be elegant during the day and suitably sultry when the sun goes down.
Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer, €28.50
This is surprisingly moisturising and the opaque creamy texture blends well while camouflaging dark circles.
Lovely matte finish with great staying power.