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    21 Little Ways To Wake The Hell Up And Actually Look Alive

    We've all had one of *those* days when we could use a little extra help getting up.

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    1. Make a pitcher of cold brew the night before, then roll out of bed the next morning and have coffee waiting for you. It'll give you the energy you need to start your day.

    This pitcher can also be used to infuse tea!

    Promising review: "Perfect way for us to still get our caffeine kick, since we are transitioning into the warmer months and not craving the comfort of a hot cup of coffee in our hands. Plus, I'm a busy mom of two little ones...I can't remember the last time I actually drank a cup of coffee that was still hot anyway. Brilliant idea to grab a cold brew and go about my business." —Lisa Walters

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    2. OR! Get a two-way coffee pot with a programmable timer so you wake up to the smell of fresh coffee, and are actually incentivized to get out of bed.

    This brewer can make a single-serve cup or a 12-cup pot, so you have options.

    Promising review: "I was contemplating a Keurig coffee maker because there are many days where I just make a cup or two of coffee. But they are really wasteful. Then I stumbled upon this one and thought it would be a good compromise. I get a lot of compliments on this coffee maker — people love the feature of being able to brew a cup on the go or a pot. We have found the flexibility very handy. The program feature is easy to set and is a good way to wake up to fresh brewed coffee. This one is still going strong in year three." —Andy

    Get it from Amazon for $57.99.

    3. And if regular ol' joe doesn't give you the boost you need, Death Wish Coffee has double the amount of caffeine in an average cup, with that what you will.

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    Promising review: "I cold brew this and then drink it with milk or Baileys creamer. This coffee will give you a kick like a mule. I mean, you are ready to go for the day. For G-d’s sake, don’t drink it in the afternoon or you will never sleep. If you are a graveyard worker, drink this stuff and you will be running a mile a minute, smiling all the time. I need to decorate for the holidays and I’m pretty sure after two iced coffees, I’ll have the boxes unpacked, the house decorated and everything put away in about five and a half minutes. That would include chopping down the tree, dragging it home and stringing it with blue lights." —Anonymous

    Get a 1-pound bag from Amazon for $19.99.

    4. Add an energizing foam face wash to your AM shower routine. The strong grapefruit scent will wake up your senses and leave you feeling refreshed instead of groggy.

    I put a bottle of this in my shower, and it's my favorite part of my morning. The small beads act as a great exfoliator, so my skin always feels incredibly soft afterward. Plus, it smells FABULOUS. The grapefruit is such an invigorating and powerful smell that it helps me wake up and get ready for my day. The only downside is my boyfriend constantly uses it for himself because it's *truly* that great.

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $23.61 or as an add-on item for $6.74.

    5. Keep an essential oil diffuser on overnight so your skin stays hydrated and you don't wake up all dry and crusty.

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    Promising review: "This little humidifier really impressed me. I moved into a new house several months ago and woke up the first night with dry eyes, dry lips, dry mouth. So I decided to get a humidifier. After I had it going all night, I would wake up and it would still be on, and I felt great. No dry mouth, lips, eyes, anything. Personally I fill it to the max fill line and push the button 4 times so it goes to auto off, and this seems to work the best for me. Now that it's winter, I have it going pretty much 24/7 since it's so dry." —Karin J.

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in five colors).

    6. Then, when you get up, refill, and add a vibrant essential oil (think: lemon, peppermint, or orange) to the diffuser while you're getting ready in the morning.

    Breathing in rejuvenating smells when you're feeling sluggish can help wake up your brain. Then again, I suppose it depends on the kind of night you had before. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    This eight-pack comes with lemongrass, peppermint, and orange; plus some other oils great for nighttime and relaxing.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    7. Use a face mask packed with all-natural ingredients (hello, avocado and açai!) that help calm the skin and revamp your complexion so you actually look/feel awake.

    Use this for 20 minutes before you go to bed, or when you wake up! If you're really having a long week, put it on every day as a treat to yourself for making it through.

    Get it from Glossier for $22.

    8. Have eyedrops in your nightstand so the second you wake up, you can drop some in and revive your eyeballs from being dead all night.

    I am a contact lens wearer and if my eyeballs aren't ready to go before I put them in, it feels like I am coating them in sandpaper. Eyedrops save me daily, and these specific ones have rave reviews on Amazon.

    Promising review: "These are great for waking up. When I wake up I find it hard to immediately go on my computer to get work done, but if I put these on as soon as I wake up I feel as if I've been awake for several hours." —JZ

    Get a twin pack of 10-mL bottles from Amazon for $14.71.

    9. In the morning, apply a three-in-one eye treatment that's like a tinted moisturizer to reduce eye puffiness and brighten skin.

    Promising review: "I expected this to be an eye cream, but what it actually is is even better. It's like a tinted moisturizer for your under eyes. Because of that, I feel like it doesn't crease like a regular concealer. I used it in the summer and the cooling metal tip felt fantastic on my eyes in the morning. The coolness alone reduces puffiness immediately." —jacolt05

    Get it from Sephora for $36.

    10. And at night, use a watermelon sleeping mask that does all the work for you while you're catching some z's, so you wake up with perfect, glowing skin.

    The breathable mask hydrates and smooths your skin, all while you sleep!

    Promising review: "This product works amazing on my skin. I use to wake up feeling super oily and like my face needed a deep clean even though it was washed the night before. Now I wake up feeling better and then my skin feels super refreshed and smooth once I was it off." —Daneh Love

    Get it from Sephora for $45.

    11. Make your bed as soon as you wake up to get your body moving and instantly feel productive.

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    We've also got 24 more reasons why you should make your bed daily.

    12. Invest in this incredible sunrise alarm clock, because waking up annoyed at an obnoxious buzzing sound is not a great way to start the day.

    On top of the relaxing light that gradually comes on to softly wake you up, it also has soothing sounds that play shortly after. I feel like this is how Disney princesses must get up each morning.

    Promising review: "My mornings waking up to this product are a lot more relaxed than waking up to my regular alarm. I find myself waking up to just the light, before the sound alarm, and easing into my morning routine instead of being startled awake. I live in upstate New York, the winters are long and usually cloudy, so waking up to a bright room in the morning is great way to start my day. The lowest light setting is good for late at night and I use the timer setting to read before I fall asleep." —Chelly Tea

    Get it from Amazon for $97.55.

    13. Whip up some overnight oats before you hit the sheets so you have a yummy breakfast waiting for you when the alarm sounds.

    14. Or spare five minutes of your morning (yes, just five!) to make a quick breakfast sandwich and give your body some much-needed energy.

    This mini maker guarantees you a tasty breakfast in FIVE minutes.

    Promising review: "I'm gadget-crazy and bought this on a whim, and I'm pretty impressed. My sandwich came out perfect the very first time! I used Pam spray, English muffins, ham, cheese, and an egg. Used tongs to lift up the compartments and whaddya know! A perfect, cute little sandwich! I pulled it out with a plastic spatula and set it on a tiny cookie rack to cool so the bottom wouldn't get soggy. Nothing leaked, nothing stuck. Very compact and tidy. Let the contraption cool, then rinse and wipe." —Amazoniac

    Get it from Amazon for $23.71+ (available in four colors).

    15. Use a nude eyeliner on the lower rim of your eye, in the corners, and under your brows to make eyes appear bright and open (and to trick people into thinking you're not dying inside).

    And don't worry — the bottom of the pencil has a lil' smudger so you won't be stuck with harsh, white lines.

    Promising review: "This is the perfect nude shade with hints of shimmer in it to reeeeally open the eyes. It glides on smoothly and lasts a long while. Beware, if you have super watery eyes, make sure it's relatively dry when you put it on or else the pigment won't catch as much. Amazing nude liner!" —tcc15

    Get Tarte's Fake Awake eyeliner from Sephora for $20.

    16. Apply a long-lasting concealer in a triangle shape to brighten the area around your eyes. This one has a soft cushion applicator that makes it a ~dream~ to blend.

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    I absolutely love Maybelline's Age Rewind Eraser concealer. It goes on so smoothly, and it's been my go-to drugstore product for years. Truly, it never fails me! It's lightweight, not cakey, and lasts all day. You really can't go wrong with this trusty thing.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.89+ (available in five shades).

    17. Use a color-correcting fluid to target whatever issue your face is dealing with that day: redness, dullness, or dark circles.

    Make sure you choose the shade that's specifically designed to address your skin concerns:

    • Green reduces redness
    • Lavender balances sallowness
    • Pink brightens dark areas
    • Yellow corrects dullness
    • Peach masks circles/spots

    Promising review: "I have very red cheeks, and am always looking for a good color corrector. This is the best one I've ever had! The formula is creamy, and so smooth. It melts into your skin, and blends flawlessly! A lot of color correctors tend to not blend so well, and are very noticeable, but not this one! It covers my redness wonderfully and doesn't cling to my dry patches, extenuate lines, or turn my face into a green mess." —samkeaysxo

    Get it from Sephora for $29.

    18. And wear a brighter matte lip ink to add some color to your face. Maybelline's Super Stay lasts up to 16 hours, so you won't have to worry about constant touch ups! WIN., Jonathan /

    Promising review: "This is the BEST liquid lipstick I've ever had the pleasure of purchasing. The formula stays on ALL DAY (10 hours plus, for me) and it's SO freaking comfortable. Its texture, once dried, is unlike ANY liquid lipstick I've ever tried before. Its very soft, but lightweight, and it doesn't do that gross cracking or caking thing that some matte liquid lips do! Add this to your Amazon cart already — its more than worth the $8 price tag! I bought the color Dreamer, and it looks great on my pale, cool-toned skin." —K.M.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.35+.

    19. Do some stretches in your bed so your body knows it's time to get the eff up. And you're literally lying in bed, so it's minimal effort on your part — no early classes or yoga mats involved.

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    Check out this video for more stretches!

    20. Make a pump-up playlist you can jam to while you're getting ready, and play it on a portable Bluetooth speaker so you can take your morning concert with you to every room in the house., Arista Records

    Seriously! It helps. Nothing wakes me up and gets me jazzed like Whitney's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" and Beyonce's "Formation." I play it on my wireless speaker while I roam from room to room getting ready for work, and by the time I leave, I'm ready to conquer the day.

    Promising review: "I purchased this to connect with my Amazon Dot. I wanted a nice sounding Bluetooth speaker that doesn't break the bank and would have decent sound. Purchasing this was a great choice. The addition of using a micro SD card to play music is nice. However, this unit really shines with the touch controls. It's very smooth and intuitive to touch. Sound wise you will be amazed at the sound coming from a speaker that is less than $100." —Andrew C.

    Get the speaker from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in four colors).

    21. And finally, use a hydrating spray throughout the day to keep your skin moisturized and fresh, even with a full face of makeup!

    You can use this spray to blend or set makeup, and spritz all day long to keep your face feeling rejuvenated. Bonus: It won't mess up or smear your foundation!

    Promising review: "My mom introduced me to this stuff when she got two travel sizes and I fell in love. I used it every day until it ran out, and it helped me wake up in the morning. I've noticed a significant improvement in my skin as if I'm glowing. This seems to really nourish your face! I highly recommend." —Emily

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+.

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