the sparkly life: That Time I Tested Eye Cream at A Rave

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

That Time I Tested Eye Cream at A Rave

clinique pepstart eye cream
A few favorite ways to wake myself up: Grady's Cold Brew coffee, some fun music or a podcast, bright accessories, and an energizing eye cream.
The scene
When Clinique first asked me to partner with them and take their newest eye cream for a test run, I was thrilled! I've used Clinique for years--long before I became a beauty editor--and they've always been a favorite brand. 

Then, I found out where I'd be testing it: At a rave. On a Wednesday. At 7am. 

It made sense though. The new product, Pep-Start Eye Cream, is designed to instantly make you look more awake, so I'd sure as heck need it for a crack-of-dawn dance party. (I mean, let's be honest, I'm a mom, I work, I stay up far too late and wake up far too early--I'd sure as heck need it any day.) I was game.

That morning, my alarm went off at 5am. (I live in Jersey, so I had to leave my house by six to make it to the far west side of Manhattan in time for the party.) I realized that it was probably the first time I'd set my alarm in a non-flight situation in years. (I usually rely on my no-fail alarm that's better known as "kids.") I dragged myself out of bed and slept-walk through my shower, then slapped on some moisturizer. 

Next, it was time to eye cream it up. The texture of Pep-Start is awesome--super light, almost serum-like, perfect under makeup--and the ball-shaped applicator is fun and smartly designed. You pull it out until it clicks, then use it to massage the cream on. (This helps to de-puff.) 

Plus, the ingredients are the real deal. There's caffeine (which helps to rev up the skin and get rid of puffiness), algae extract (to calm irritation), and seven different peptides to brighten and boost collagen over time. Having been a beauty editor for many years, I've truly seen it all. That's why, I hate gimmicky ingredients (just give me the stuff that works!), and why I'm totally into peptides, which have a ton of science behind them. Derms love them! So I do, too. (And can I just say? I was also seriously impressed that this eye cream costs under $30. I had to do a doubletake when I saw that!) 

Then, it was off to the party. If you follow me on Snapchat (and if you don't, what are you waiting for?? @alyssahertzig), you already got a peek at my morning at Daybreaker, the crazy pop-up dance party. It looks identical to a club or a rave atmosphere when you're in there, but it takes place from 7 to 9 in the morning. So for that reason, it's much more of a fitness, pump-yourself-up-before-work activity and less of a get-crazy-and-hook-up kind of thing. 

Still, there were 900 people there that morning. And, yes, I'm pretty sure I was the oldest one.

Luckily, 7 a.m. raves are a rare occurrence for me. But tired days, alas, are not. And if an eye cream can get me through a morning like this looking good, something tells me school dropoff will be a piece of cake. ;)

So what do you guys think? Would you try Clinique Pep-Start? And tell me: What's your favorite way to wake yourself up in the morning?

This post was sponsored by Clinique, but all opinions are my own. 


Unknown said...

I love Clinique products. This looks interesting, might have to try it out. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

You are really knowledgeable about the ingredients! I learned some new things from your review. This sounds great. Thank you for sharing.

Unknown said...

I have never tried their product! Will have to check it out!

Unknown said...

I don't know that I have ever used Clinique and I have never used an eye cream, but I think I may need to check them out. And a rave!? At 7am!? As a parent!? The coolest thing I have ever heard!

Brooke Genn said...

Sounds like the perfect addition to the mourning routine! Coffee + Clinique :)

theathomegourmet said...

Love this! Anything that will make me look like I had a full nights rest instead of only 3 hours sleep - sign me up!!

WorkingMomMagic said...

I love all of their products, I will have to check this out... I have a number of nighttime eye creams, but nothing specific for the morning!

Unknown said...

I love Clinique! I've never heard of this, but most likely something every mother needs!!

Unknown said...

I love Clinique! And I have been on the lookout for a good eye cream!

CourtneyLynne said...

Omg Clinique was the first brand of makeup I ever used!!! I have a soft spot to this day for everything they make.

Virginia Gudiel said...

Love Clinique! I need an eyecream. Will have to give this a try!

JLynnCorter said...

Okay, that is PRETTY awesome! I've been thinking about trying Clinique's products, I've heard great things about them!

Unknown said...

I need a morning cream! I love their products, but have never tried this one!

Stefanie / The Monarch Mommy said...

I need a great eye cream! It's the baby that keeps me up all night. No raves here!

Unknown said...

Hey that eye cream sounds perfect for new moms! I feel really old bc I did not even know they did raves at 7am, my goodness! I cannot wait to get me hands on some of this eye cream!

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