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Tuesday Giveaway: Hiding the Darkness [CLOSED]

Kate Somerville CytoCell Dark Circle Corrector Eye Cream ($92)

Over the last few years, I have spent thousands of dollars on skincare products.  On miracle potions, lotions and creams that really let me down.  So when I find something that works consistently, I want to shout from the rooftops.

I’ve tried a number of under eye creams that say they’ll deflate puffiness, treat fine lines and eliminate dark circles.  Most of them didn’t work at all. 

Kate Somerville CytoCell is one of the few exceptions.  Cytocell works by strengthening. moisturizing and treating the delicate skin under the eye. 

You need to apply it morning and night for several weeks before you see results (it took three months for me).  But you use suck a teeny-tiny amount (a pencil eraser width drop will do both eyes), that the bottle lasts long enough for you to see the difference.  (I’ve been using the same bottle since January.)

Just remember, that no matter which eye cream you use, you want to apply it with your ring finger.  That finger is the weakest one on your hand, so it’s less likely to tear or damage the delicate tissue you’re trying to repair.  Also, dab eye cream, never rub or smear.  Applying eye cream incorrectly is as good as not using any at all.

If you don’t have $92 to spend on eye cream, Kiehl’s Eye Alert ($22) is the best product I have ever found in the under-$50 range.  If the CytoCell is an A- performer, the Kiehl’s is a solid B.  Which, when you’re saving $70, is a pretty good rate of return.

Lastly, if you want to cover your dark circles, I have found a number of concealers that do a great job.  My go to is Benefit Erase Paste ($26). I’ve also tried and loved Benefit’s Boi-Ing ($20) and Lemon Aid ($20). (If you want to try these, I’d spend $36 on the kit and get all the tools in the Benefit concealing line. The small concealer is more than enough to last you for six months.

I also like Bobbi Brown’s Concealer Kit ($33), though it’s so creamy you really need to set it with powder for sticking power. In the under-$10 category, women swear by Maybelline Age Rewind to treat and conceal your circles.

Now, for the giveaway.  I’m giving away a full size ($92 value) Kate Somerville CytoCell Dark Circle Corrector.  To enter, leave a comment telling me what keeps you up nights.  Maybe it’s stress at work, a crying maybe, noisy neighbors or just a desire to dance til you drop. 

One entry per person.  Remember to sign in with your email or you can’t win.  Good luck.

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    322 comments

  1. B.P. says:

    My neighbor working on his motorcycle at all hours!

    November 30, -0001/Reply
  2. Heather M. says:

    Work stress keeps me up at night. That and trying to decide if/when to start a family. So you know–nothing too major! =)

    I'm constantly on the hunt for something to battle my dark under-eye circles. Just in case I don't win the contest, it looks like the Kate Somerville eye cream can be found for a better price outside of Sephora.

    SkinStore.com seems to have it for $75 and they are offering 15% off the entire site with the code “Gold15”

    November 30, -0001/Reply
  3. Michelle says:

    work. and then I dream about work. and then I talk in my sleep about work.

    November 30, -0001/Reply
  4. SBB says:

    Law School!!

    November 30, -0001/Reply
  5. Sarah L says:

    Work work work work work. It never ends.

    And I thought law school was busy. Practice is even busier.

    November 30, -0001/Reply
  6. Truc says:

    Job searching….funfun!

    November 30, -0001/Reply
  7. Becca says:

    Work and school…

    November 30, -0001/Reply
  8. PW says:

    Worrying about what I'll do after graduation…. hopefully law school!

    November 30, -0001/Reply
  9. Irene says:

    Work and studying for the LSAT keep me up at night…no fun at all.

    November 30, -0001/Reply
  10. JessJ says:

    5 kids, enough said!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  11. Ash says:

    My cat. That little devil loved to play at 4am!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  12. Amanda says:

    Great giveaway! I've inherited the “worry-wart” gene from my mother, so my current issue that keeps me up at night is school debt. Just out of grad school, loans go into repayment soon, and while I'm lucky enough to have a job, it still makes me antsy that I'm going to have a big bill hovering over my head for a while.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  13. CAM says:

    Scary or sad books and movies keep me up at night.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  14. SP says:

    Those damn kittens keep me up at night.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  15. Erica says:

    Work. Bills. Life. You name it.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  16. NAJ says:

    Being a cynical dreamer keeps me up at night, but this product makes me very optimistic!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  17. Kelly says:

    Why do your 11 o'clock posts show up after 11 but still have the 11 o'clock time stamp?

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  18. b23 says:

    Work! Work work work. Doesn't my life sound wonderful? πŸ™‚

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  19. Ella says:

    The upstairs neighbors, who are extremely athletic and energetic. And apparently have several pet elephants.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  20. a says:

    The folks sitting outside on the stoop of my apartment building. They might as well be sitting in the middle of my bedroom, having a conversation

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  21. AVV says:

    What keeps me up at night? My night owl husband. Apparently marriage means adopting a few of each other's habits, and consequently I haven't seen a pre-midnight bedtime in almost six years. (A few years of graduate work didn't help, either.) Fortunately, my hours are flexible and I usually don't have to be in the office until 9:30/10am, but still… I am now so habituated that I find it hard to go to bed before midnight even if he's NOT there.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  22. Aunt_Pete says:

    Another vote for naughty kitties!!! They knock things off the counters if I don't put everything away before bed.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  23. MM says:

    A good novel always keeps me up late.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  24. Amanda says:

    DC has too much going on to sleep! I've got to see and do it all- I'll sleep when I am dead!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  25. Mrs Type A says:

    My husband and I just moved into a new house (that we bought). There are so many things that need to be unpacked, painted, decorated, etc!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  26. Lindsey says:

    Law school. Yikes.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  27. Meg says:

    I usually sleep pretty well, but this summer the two fans in my room are not enough!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  28. Tiffany says:

    The train that seems to run through near my house about 50 times a night…

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  29. Sarah says:

    I have a toddler who likes to wake at 1am and screams like his bed has become a bed of sharpened razors. If you hear him, ignore it, I am trying the 'cry it out' method.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  30. JF says:

    Post bar exam nightmares

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  31. Elle says:

    Stress dreams. No fun.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  32. Katie says:

    What keeps me up: Trying to find a new job back in my hometown.

    I have to echo the Benefit strategy Belle listed above. I discovered the 1-2 punch of Boi-ing and Erase Paste for concealing my skin by first buying the kit and experimenting.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  33. Kendall says:

    Nats baseball keeps me up most nights – just have to watch it!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  34. CJ says:

    Worrying about pretty much everything keeps me up at night. I can never seem to clear my head when it is time for bed

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  35. Terri says:

    Up all night trying to satisfy the creative process…usually makes for some nasty eyes in the a.m.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  36. EF says:

    Fios. I have access to WAY too many good movies these days.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  37. Lizzie says:

    Fear of a low LSAT score.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  38. HCG says:

    Lost my job in DC a month ago, and still do not have a job.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  39. AS says:

    The daunting task of finding employment as a recent graduate with too many student loans πŸ™

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  40. Marta says:

    My annoying upstairs neighbors who jam at all hours – piano, guitar, bongos, house music. Police next time.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  41. Tiare says:

    Work, husband, kids…

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  42. Ellen says:

    Great give away! Two things usually keep me up at night.
    1. My over active brain that keeps thinking of things I need to add to my various to do lists
    2. My new neighbor's dog, Rocky. He only seems to bark between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am. My prime sleeping time during the week!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  43. Hannah says:

    Dustmen collecting my bins at 2.30am kept me up last night. Because I live near the Olympic Park in London all deliveries and collections have to happen outside working hours, but 2.30am….ouch!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  44. SJK says:

    My soon-to-be-completed MBA!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  45. K says:

    Thinking about fitting everything in my closet into one suitcase for an upcoming move overseas. Eeek!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  46. Jen says:

    Stressful consulting job for DoD and about to move!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  47. aw says:

    Working extra hours late to get to that next promotion… and then a bf who steals the sheets (we use two to avoid this!) when I do get in bed.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  48. Sara says:

    Not so much as keeping me up at night as having to WAKE UP at 4:30am…. not a fun lifestyle.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  49. C says:

    I live next to a highway and am directly under the take off/landing path for Reagan.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  50. Liz says:

    lately, its either work or the Olympics! or my loud neighbors…

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  51. Rachel says:

    work stress and a fidgety dog

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  52. Miss S. says:

    Law school and the always fun and surprising side effects of cancer treatment have kept me awake for the last five years. I'm now a cancer free lawyer, but at 28 sometimes I wish I didn't look like I've been though a battle.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  53. Binna says:

    Video games and I-Phone Game Apps. Oh for shame. πŸ™‚

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  54. GC says:

    Regrets about breaking off my engagement.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  55. Alleigh says:

    Honestly? Nothing. It doesn't matter how stressed I am, how much noise the neighbors make, how much tossing & turning Hubby does…I sleep like the dead.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  56. Nancy says:

    Reading for law school!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  57. Susan says:

    Recently, what's kept me up at night is watching the Olympics. Mary Carillo's late night show is the best worst thing to happen to my sleep in months!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  58. AC says:

    A kitty whose favorite game is “Push things off of shelves.”

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  59. Colleen says:

    Thinking about how my life is going to change in October when my first child is due to arrive!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  60. Kate says:

    Wondering if my law firm was going to give me a job offer (until yesterday!)

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  61. Amy says:

    Starting law school in the fall is definitely what's keeping me up!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  62. rachelM says:

    my frat neighbors… they party all night every night

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  63. Cathryn says:

    My snoring husband keeps me up at night!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  64. Tara says:

    Bad dreams keep me up at night – I hate when I can't go back to sleep after something that seemed so real.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  65. jes says:

    my neighbors stomping around upstairs keeps me up. they're so noisy.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  66. EJI says:

    Clinically diagnosed insomnia. I rarely have a problem falling asleep, but I often wake up in the middle of the night (sometimes after just two hours of shut-eye) for no apparent reason and am unable to fall back asleep.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  67. Laura says:

    Oh good lord my job. My boss is going on vacation and we've been crashing for a month (7 days a week) to get everything done before he leaves.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  68. MominHeels says:

    What keeps me up at night is the desire to get everything done that I had planned to do — from the must-do's to the want to do's!!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  69. SP says:

    I'm a tenure track professor, the whole publish or perish thing is real. Writing keeps me up at night.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  70. Amy says:

    Reading keeps me up at night. If I have a good book, I cannot tear myself away.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  71. Michele K. says:

    Trying to decide if I should stay in DC or move back to NY.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  72. CH says:

    Oh jeez, what doesn't keep me up at night? I'm a total night owl. “One more chapter” of a great book, “one more episode” of a good TV show, and “one more refresh” on Pinterest have been the culprits lately.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  73. vidya says:

    My infant daughter keeps me up at night!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  74. TScali says:

    This week: The Olympics!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  75. Jess says:

    LSAT preparation!!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  76. ES says:

    The DC August heat!!! Miserable

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  77. EC says:

    The combination of cops, firetrucks and construction vehicles that keep driving by. Maybe I should move to the country.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  78. Ali C says:

    I am constantly kept up at night by my inability to just shut off my thoughts and relax!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  79. TA says:

    Wedding nightmares–I'm getting married in 2 months… AHHHHHH!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  80. bex says:

    Pretty Little Liars- so embarrassing, but so true.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  81. ANH Style says:

    I am (many years) late to The West Wing party, but my latest habit is to watch an episode while winding down at night.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  82. Emily says:

    Nothing keeps me up at night. I go to bed at 9:00 pm and sleep like the dead. In my husband's words, I'm a “champion sleeper”. πŸ™‚

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  83. RT says:

    Work, work and um…work!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  84. Kristina says:

    Blogs, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter! Social media is so fun but has been causing a major sleep defecit. Need to be more disciplined about reducing screen time when the sun goes down.

    P.S. Love you, Belle!!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  85. M says:

    My internal clock! It has always been set for staying up late and sleeping in. Since my work schedule isn't flexible and I need to be in early, it's just staying up late and getting up early.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  86. AD says:

    Fear of having a nightmare keeps me up. πŸ™

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  87. Carly says:

    Lately planning a wedding from California to take place in Maryland in the next 20 days, along with worrying about moving to a new apartment in the next 15 days! That'll keep pretty much anyone up every night!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  88. Elise says:

    Technology keeps me up – reading on computer screens before bed (the white light from screens stops melatonin production, apparently) and an addiction to checking email on my phone right before falling asleep. Such a bad habit!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  89. Liz says:

    Another reader with a night-owl husband! He'd happily stay up til 3am (and now has to in order to finish a Master's), and I find it hard to sleep while he's still moving around the house…

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  90. Emily says:

    money. or lack thereof.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  91. Morgan says:

    The noisy ceiling fan above my bed! Apartment with no A/C makes it necessary, but the whirs and hums and rattles are almost as unpleasant as the heat!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  92. Sarah says:

    Getting ready for my sister's wedding. Arranging flowers till all hours!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  93. Hanan says:

    What's been keeping me up lately is the Olympics! Wish it would end a tad bit sooner.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  94. M says:

    The third trimester!!! No mattress soft enough, ha

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  95. Rachel says:

    My cat. I love her to pieces, but not when she tosses her catnip mouse at my face and expects me to play with her at 2 a.m.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  96. Sally says:

    Good books, the internet, and the ID channel.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  97. Katie says:

    Life keeps me up at night. Oh and my upstairs neighbors who apparently are tap dancing bowlers in the nighttime hours.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  98. Christine says:

    Stress at work can absolutely keep me up at night, my Mother too…

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  99. S says:

    Going through what I need to do the next day, whether it is for work, friends, personal errands, etc. Sometimes the brain just doesn't want to shut off!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  100. Lynn says:

    A kicking baby. All. Night. Long. Apparently she only sleeps while I am exercising. Can't wait until she's out of my belly and stops headbutting my ribs!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  101. Sarah says:

    Don't kill me for saying this, but by the team I reach my bed I am too exhausted to think and I'm normally asleep within 5 minutes.

    Of course, this blessing becomes a curse when I want to watch movies and my body thinks the dark room and comfy couch means it's time for bed.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  102. mam274 says:

    Law school. 'Nuff said.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  103. Katie says:

    The awful construction outside my apartment is keeping me up!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  104. Lauryn V says:

    It has been the olympics this week!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  105. Jenn says:

    Pintrest, sad but true…

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  106. APW says:

    Right now, the OLYMPICS!! I love watching them, but they are keeping me up every night!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  107. Hilary says:

    Roof decks just outside of my bedroom windows keep me up at night, especially during these summer months!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  108. emorie says:

    definitely work and a never-ending to-do list.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  109. r says:

    A good (or even not-so-good) book. Must know what happens next!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  110. Melissa says:

    Law school.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  111. RF says:

    A little dog with a bad case of insomnia.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  112. Emilie says:

    Getting out of my current company is at the top of my worry list. Last week they were 5 days late in paying their employees, making purchasing any eye cream a potential risk. So now I spend my nights sending out my resume…

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  113. LS says:

    Right now it's the Olympics!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  114. LCP says:

    My puppy. Well, she's not a puppy, she's 2- but thinks that 3am is a fun time to get out all of her squeaky toys. And she wakes up at 5:45 every morning- regardless of alarm. Or day of the week.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  115. meg says:

    my 4 year old is not a good sleeper and my pinterest addition!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  116. M says:

    I'm about to move AND start grad school. Yikes.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  117. HS says:

    work!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  118. Sarah says:

    I am actually woken up early (5:00 am) by dump trucks dumping their loads in the dumpster in the alley outside of my apt building. They are violating the noise ordinance but that doesn't seem to stop them….

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  119. Leslie says:

    Roommates…banging the pots in the kitchen.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  120. EmilyS says:

    Pretty much general worrying over all the things I need to do the next day/week etc.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  121. Lauren S says:

    My husbands snoring!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  122. c says:

    My brain's off switch and my body's are just not synchronized.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  123. Lisa E says:

    What I'm going to wear to work in the morning and what I'm going to eat for breakfast πŸ™‚

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  124. Elizabeth says:

    Trying to plan my future!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  125. Emily says:

    At night I usually find myself awake thinking about the dreams I have for myself and my future.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  126. Caroline says:

    You can hear my roommate and her dog snoring through the walls. Its awful and just ruins a good night's sleep.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  127. p says:

    Thinking too much – my darn brain won't turn off sometimes.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  128. strin012 says:

    My terrible habit of napping when I get home from work, which inevitably means I won't sleep at night.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  129. Deanna says:

    Knowing I have to move in 2 weeks has been keeping me up at night. I hate packing!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  130. Sara says:

    Loads of freelance work, including my own blog, keep me up way past my bedtime.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  131. Tina C. says:

    What keeps me up? I love late night online shopping!! (:

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  132. Tina says:

    Studying for CPA…

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  133. Amanda K says:

    Campaigning keeps me up all day and all of the night!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  134. Kara says:

    law school reading.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  135. HH says:

    Habit – despite the propensity of my colleagues to schedule AM meetings, I am a night owl through and through.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  136. amandal says:

    Lately, it has been the Olympics keeping me up at night. Otherwise, it is usually my snoring husband!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  137. EK says:

    Night school! Not recommended after a long day on the Hill.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  138. Kristen says:

    I'm in kind of transition period right now, so planning my next steps has been keeping me awake… that and the Olympics πŸ™‚

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  139. NJN says:

    This week, the Olympics is messing with my sleep schedule but it's usually, the fire trucks barreling down my street or U Street noises or my obnoxiously loud window unit. Girl has got to have A/C on at night but the noise is so loud.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  140. JE says:

    A good read

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  141. JB says:

    Cheering on team USA in the Olympics!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  142. LC says:

    Right now, it's Downton Abbey, as I'm catching up on episodes of Season 2…

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  143. Emily Severino says:

    Twins under 2 and trying to clean up the house after they have played all day!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  144. pamela says:

    hot summer nights keep me up because i can't get comfortable to sleep

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  145. mkbrod2 says:

    the internet. it does not believe in bedtime!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  146. JD says:

    Recently: construction. I'm the daughter of a math teacher/contractor and am doing projects around my boyfriend's house to put it on the market, since we're moving

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  147. Sara says:

    Lately deciding whether to buy my apartment or move and keep renting keeps me up late nights.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  148. Theresa says:

    My sister's cat Ò€” I am still a cat lover, but I do wonder if it is possible or healthy to remove a cat's voice box.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  149. CR says:

    Love Kate's products – her face lotion with SPF 50 is wonderful. Right now, wondering if I passed my state bar and preparing to transition into my new legal career has definitely kept me up!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  150. K says:

    I bought a house in April and every little noise keeps me up. Is that just the wind or is my roof leaking again?!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  151. Kim says:

    figuring out what i want to do with my life! always a stressor.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  152. Suzy says:

    Stress dreams and deadlines!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  153. K says:

    A good book…I can start reading at 9:00 and the next thing I know, it's 1:00 am. If only my dark circles were caused by that and not genetics!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  154. IRMcK says:

    A Husband going to B School on the West Coast. Time Zones, I tell you.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  155. Bekki says:

    The heat!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  156. Diane T says:

    Working two jobs at 80+ hours means very little sleep most days!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  157. Rae says:

    The ever looming prospect of my parents visiting. And staying with me. For a week. That's the cause of my dark circles.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  158. CJ says:

    The neverending to do list in my head.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  159. C says:

    Finding a new job that I'll actually enjoy– and pays enough that I can afford my apartment!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  160. Megan says:

    Post-work chores after a long, stressful day at the office!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  161. K. says:

    Helicopters circling for hours on end. A Los Angeles specialty!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  162. Katherine says:

    I'm often kept up at night by reading – once I start, I forget the time and shut off my light too late to get a good sleep.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  163. Nancy says:

    A baby AND stress at work!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  164. Paige says:

    LIFE keeps me up – haven't figured out a way to shut off my brain!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  165. Tracy Lynn says:

    What keeps me up at nights? Working for an elected official. Being out of office doesn't mean done for the day.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  166. Heather says:

    snoring boyfriend….a very loud snoring boyfriend. so loud the neighbors have complained.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  167. Sharon S. says:

    I stay up way too late watching Nats games with my roommates! #Natitude.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  168. BN says:

    Worrying about work keeps me up at night… a lot.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  169. KW says:

    Worrying about the future!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  170. Jennifer says:

    Work stress, money worries, and chidren concerns have all caused me sleepless nights at some point. I need this stuff!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  171. EmZ says:

    Law school, finding a job for next summer/after law school.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  172. Amanda D says:

    Currently? The Olympics.
    Normally it's my family…they don't have to wake up as early as I do.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  173. Ashleigh says:

    Trying to find a full-time job in DC keeps me up late at night working away on different cover letters, resumes & writings samples!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  174. ~M says:

    I love to read, but I can only do it when I've got a lot of free time because I will get into a book and stay up until iIve finished it, whether that's at 12:00 or 3:00.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  175. Lauren says:

    My snoring cat and my snoring boyfriend! Between the two of them, I think I'm lucky if I get 3 hours.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  176. Lindsey says:

    My new neighbors across the street. I thought the construction was bad, but it turns out an occupied building is worse.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  177. mm says:

    fashion blogs…

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  178. Miriam says:

    my 5 week old baby!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  179. Sam says:

    Lately, the Olympics has been ruining my sleep schedule. I don't want to find out from Facebook or any other internet resource the next morning if the USA won gymnastics! But, in general, I keep myself up with to-do lists for the coming days only to inevitably be tired during the day and forget what I was stressing over.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  180. Amy says:

    Wedding planning.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  181. Jenn says:

    I've been watching Supernatural at night, and it's really a bit scary for me. I'm such a wuss. Also, there's a squirrel that likes to scratch on my window. Bad combination.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  182. Lindsey says:

    I have a tiny little kitten. Not so adorable at 4:45 AM gnawing at your hand to wake up and play….

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  183. jessk says:

    I'm currently visiting my parents in NY from SF, and the time difference is kicking my butt! I cannot sleep! At least I have a good book to keep me company- “The Passage” for anyone looking for a good recommendation.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  184. Kiri says:

    The Olympics coverage. It really needs to stop.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  185. emily says:

    The Olympics…why does NBC show women's gymnastics so late?!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  186. AJL says:

    Loud neighbors! Hate it when that happens!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  187. Kel says:

    Sounds like I'm not alone in this, but worrying about my “next steps,” whether personal or work-related has been causing me to lose a lot of sleep lately.

    Belle, this may be silly to ask about a product that you seem to love, but do you find that this wears well under concealer?

    Thanks for the recommendation!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  188. HM says:

    Noisy neighbors.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  189. Moose says:

    I am a chronic overbooker… slowly but surely I am learning to just say no! Maybe it is a bad case of FOMO (fear of missing out) but I stubbornly try to fit as much as possible into every single day. Sleep feels lazy.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  190. ECD says:

    work, work, work.
    Oh. and accidentally getting sucked into watching TV. just one more episode….

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  191. mcf says:

    The lovely trashy television shows on Bravo!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  192. Liz says:

    Creaky pipes in the old building I live in. I'm convinced they are ghosts!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  193. animalcrackers says:

    Once I am in bed, I sleep like a rock. But it's a struggle to actually get there with all the things that need doing around the house once I get home from work.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  194. KO says:

    A snoring boyfriend.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  195. ska says:

    The Olympics!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  196. Britt says:

    this time of year, the Olympics keep me up! I need to shut off the dang tv…

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  197. Kirstin says:

    Living in tornado country with a dog that hates thunder.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  198. Lynn says:

    Trying to finish all of the books I want to read!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  199. MH says:

    Going to the gym at night. Too much post-workout energy won't allow me to go to sleep and I end up staying up watching tv, playing iPhone games, picking up around the house, etc. Working out in the morning would solve this problem but I just can't drag myself out of bed that early…

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  200. Stephanie says:

    Thinking about falling asleep keeps me up!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  201. Chris says:

    Worrying. and relationships. Worrying about relationships.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  202. Sarah D says:

    I'm up late every night learning music- when I go to sleep, it's all I can think about, so I end up singing in bed! Quelle romantique…

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  203. Jamie says:

    My cat – she loves to knock things over in the middle of the night!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  204. Karin says:

    Having t go back to work after having the summer off….

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  205. Nicole says:

    Stressing over falling asleep keeps me up at night. “Gah, I need to fall asleep to get a good 7 hours before I have to wake up at 5am.”

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  206. Jen says:

    Work. And 5 dogs that hog the bed.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  207. Kath says:

    Ugh, the 3 guys in the apartment above me. Who would think near-30 year olds still play Rock Band?

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  208. Sam says:

    Olympics!! I am addicted!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  209. Christina says:

    Each day is different. Sometimes work, sometimes just thinking about the day (i.e. getting into an argument with someone close), or I am really excited about something (travelingggggg). But my trick is to try to not think of anything and just focus on my breathing. I NEVER look at the clock because that just wakes me up. Even if I do wake up in the middle of the night I REFUSE to look at the time.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  210. Ann says:

    Worrying about my gorwn children – they would be mortified at that thought

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  211. C.Y. says:

    Friends re-runs. lol. the BF. good movies. worries about work, money, life. and sometimes, i just can't sleep.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  212. R says:

    For me, my source of stress is maintaining a good work-life balance. Very tough with a 3-year old and high stress career.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  213. S says:

    A noisy A/C unit that starts randomly clanking in the middle of the night!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  214. Frances says:

    I am a DC native currently attending the United States Military Academy at West Point. In addition to a full course load, I have military obligations, and rigorous physical demands that wear me down everyday. I start my day at 5:30am and rarely does my day end before midnight. I stay up all night studying and all day learning. My summers are not spent poolside or on a sunny beach; they are spent doing military field training. It is hard to feel beautiful and stylish in such a harsh and male dominant profession but I do my best. I read and love your blog because I feel more connected to my beloved hometown and my affection for politics and style.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  215. Kelly says:

    I'm always running through random scenarios in my head, like what would happen if terrorist take my building hostage the next day.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  216. Emily says:

    Stress from work keeps me up at night

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  217. Jenny says:

    I'm responsible but forgetful–sometimes I lie awake thinking about all the emails I forgot to send, bills I might have forgotten to pay, burners I didn't turn off…

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  218. CMB says:

    Everything on my to do list…

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  219. Jess says:

    My manuscript from my thesis…not only do i have to pull allnighters to get it finished, but it practically gives me nightmares! πŸ™‚

    Thanks Belle for another great giveaway!!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  220. Caroline says:

    I worry about what I am going to wear to work in the morning. My office started a new dress code, “business stylish”. One evening, I stayed up all night googling and taking notes on what that phrase meant exactly.

    I do have to say that the chs' “two ways” polyvore sets have helped a TON! it helps me not worry as much about being the dreaded Lizzie McGuire's “outfit repeater” ever again…

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  221. Lauren says:

    Luckily, not much keeps me up at night, but if anything it's studying for law school!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  222. Shannon says:

    Lately, it's the heat that has been keeping me up late!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  223. teresa says:

    reading great, well written and entertaining blogs like yours is keeping me from getting my full night's beauty sleep! πŸ™‚

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  224. Mackenzie says:

    My dogs keep me up most nights – jumping on and off the bed and taking up all of my leg space. But it's probably my own fault because I'm too much of a pushover to actually make them stay on the floor. πŸ™‚

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  225. BizBee says:

    Work. What I'm going to wear to work in the morning. How many of my work clothes are covered in dog hair, etc.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  226. LH says:

    Work and bills definitely keep me up at night!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  227. CDH says:

    The “ding” of the elevator!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  228. Carrie says:

    Wedding planning, but it's mostly fun

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  229. Carolyn says:

    Nothing! I crash as soon as I hit the pillow.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  230. Leah S. says:

    Nerd Alert: Staying up late for work often keeps me up, but my frivolous 'i-can't-believe-i-wasted-so-much-sleep-by-staying-up-so-darn-late moments always come at the hand of a Criminal Minds marathon.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  231. CSB says:

    With each passing day, I am turning into my worry wart (but amazing!) mother. Current woes keeping me up: work, having enough money to buy a house, and the fact that neither hubby nor myself have a clue about investing for retirement. Charles Schwab, here we come.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  232. Gina says:

    Work!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  233. Allison M says:

    Financial stresses!
    Allison M

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  234. Mallory says:

    I'm a full-time grad student with a 9-5 job. You can have good grades or sleep, and I'm paying way too much money to fail my classes!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  235. KRF says:

    I am often kept up at night going through the “list” in my head (in random order): baby, work, husband, house..will I have enough time to blow out my hair in the AM (the answer is ALWAYS no…LOL

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  236. Carp says:

    Watching Breaking Bad keeps me up cuz that show is stressful! But so awesome.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  237. Nancy M. says:

    What keeps me up at night is usually remembering (obsessing about) a conversation with a random coworker that REALLY annoyed me, and I made it clear I was unhappy. Working with students can do that to you, though. What a waste of my beauty sleep…

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  238. J says:

    Fear that my big bet – starting my own business – was a mistake.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  239. Jeanna says:

    Great giveaway! Having to finish that last glass of wine after a long, stressful workday keeps me up!

    Thanks so much!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  240. kme says:

    Oh, the usual – work, the inability to turn off my mind, over-thinking the bit of dating that I do, and occasionally my pup. Plus, dark circles just run in the family — thanks Mom!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  241. JW says:

    My partner in Australia who can only skype at 5am CST!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  242. Mattie Levin says:

    My “kids'! I work with Children with Autism, and I stay up nights planning activities that are both entertaining and enriching…..they are the most intelligent and complex kids I have ever worked with, but I love 'em!

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  243. Carolyn says:

    I recently graduated and thoughts about the future and finding a job are constantly on my mind. =/

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  244. SW says:

    Post-bar exam nightmares and apartment hunting stress. The San Francisco apartment market is ridiculous this time of year.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  245. Mary says:

    My students. Teachers never sleep.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  246. Nicole says:

    Some people may view this as irrational, but my eminent demise keeps me up at night. It has become so terrifying that I sometimes have panic attacks. At 26 years old, I thought I would have come to terms with the fact that I will die someday and it is out of my control. I have to some degree, but I still wrestle with what comes after.

    August 7, 2012/Reply
  247. Linsey says:

    Building our new home!!!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  248. frannie says:

    Work, money, bills!

    P.S. I love your blog, and have been reading it now for a while now. I recently purchased Aveda's color enhancing conditioner per your recommendation. Thanks for all the free advice!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  249. Alyssa says:

    Thinking about what my future is going to be like keeps me up haha. I don't know why I worry about things I can't change.

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  250. Emmalu says:

    Let's us see: keeps me up all nite? Menapsuse- sleepless nites to be sure! We have 3 20 something years old children- 2 with grad degrees – 1 finishing up college.
    The state of the union-division among so many. Lack of jobs-youth without vision/gumption. Lack of respect for each other-rising anger in our nation.
    Just plain no vision from leaders – – .
    I am so saddened with current climate, I luv this country-I hope we can get back on course-luv one another.
    Oh, I really enjoy your blog- and I use the Kate Summerville line- I see good results from her products. Thank-you for your posts!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  251. NR says:

    The sirens from the emergency room 100 yards away keep me up at night.

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  252. Pickles says:

    My brand new job keeps me up – I left a job I loved for a promotion and more freedom. Turns out I'm expected to follow policies that aren't written down (even if I have written policies in hand stating otherwise), everything's worse that I was told (and I was brought in to fix things), the office is filled with people I would fire if I had the authority to do so….and as of today, I'm documenting my boss' actions for a possible sexual harassment claim.

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  253. TW says:

    My never ending “to do” list. It grows every day and every night I'm trying to plan how to accomplish it all!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  254. Terri says:

    Work!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  255. Heather says:

    Oh I need this! My dark circles are so hard to hide! The Olympics have been keeping me up at night these days, but usually I'm laying in bed thinking about work, budget, etc.

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  256. Anna says:

    Worrying if I'm built for the political rat race I was convinced was my dream

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  257. LC says:

    Bravo TV.

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  258. B says:

    Stress and the feeling that I should be doing more work rather than sleeping.

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  259. Olivia says:

    General demands of juggling being a wife, state staffer during August recess and going back to graduate school.

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  260. lad2113 says:

    snoring husband!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  261. Amy says:

    Worrying about how the hell to get rid of my dark circles and eye bags!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  262. Eden says:

    The Daily Show!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  263. Sarah says:

    Stress from school is keeping me up these days. I'm about the start my final semester of grad school and the balancing act between work and school is only getting harder somehow.

    Great giveaway though!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  264. Anne says:

    schoolwork, ugh!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  265. Victoria says:

    A stressful move overseas is what's keeping me awake lately. I haven't seen dark circles like this for awhile!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  266. Linda says:

    Work, boyfriend, family, friends, and my future.

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  267. sai says:

    woooork work work work. in fact, that's what i should be doing. right. now.

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  268. ak says:

    street lights… and my partner's restless legs!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  269. CBK says:

    My iPad!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  270. Allie says:

    I just finished my undergrad degree in Biochemistry, where I found plenty to keep me awake at night…going over metabolic cycles, trying to remember the names of all the different structural forms of glucose, etc. Now I'm about to start law school, where I'm sure I'll have the same problems, just with statutes and case law examples instead. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  271. Sylvia says:

    Anything and everything . . . I'm a natural born worrier!!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  272. Alli says:

    I'm a prosecutor, so figuring out how to get the Bad Guys keeps me up at night!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  273. NM says:

    My neighbor's normally adorable toddler starts screaming between 12:30 and 1 every morning. Right when I'm starting to fall asleep.

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  274. Nicole says:

    I never seem to be able to shut off my brain. I've tried the “write it down” trick, but it doesn't usually help.

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  275. Morgan says:

    My husband — who not only could sleep through a tractor trailer coming through our apartment, but also talks and laughs in his sleep! Extra frustrating when you have insomnia!!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  276. Angela says:

    Trying to balance a full-time job and part-time grad school definitely keeps me up at night!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  277. L says:

    My constant amount of reading and prep for law school exams keeps me up at night. I will definitely not miss exams!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  278. Amber says:

    I actually sleep pretty well but somehow manage to still have undereye circles…hmm

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  279. Emily K. says:

    Crazy stress-ball thoughts. One leads to the next which leads me to tossing and turning all night. Doesn't quite help that the cat is nocturnal and I can still hear sirens from my back bedroom on the city street. Deep breathing, though, and sometimes a good audio book lulls me right back!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  280. Tanya N says:

    I'm an emergency room doctor – I've got an erratic schedule of shiftwork, so I'm up all night half the week working.

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  281. meaghan says:

    Right now? The Olympics.

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  282. Elise says:

    Work!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  283. Kari says:

    It's not that something keeps me up at night, but rather that it's impossible to get the 10 hours a night I would get in a dream world. I'd have to go to bed at 8pm.

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  284. Kate says:

    I'm pregnant, and having alot of anxiety related to whether the baby is ok. I probably look like I've aged 10 years

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  285. TMTX says:

    I'm in the midst of planning a destination wedding. I never thought I would be the girl that lost sleep over flowers or napkin colors… it happens to the best of us!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  286. Beth says:

    The Olympics! I can't turn them off.

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  287. KJ says:

    My 6 month old puppy on occasion.

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  288. Tricia Luker says:

    The new puppy has his days and nights mixed up. He likes to sleep during the daytime and stay up and play at night. I hope he gets his days and nights figured out soon! Great giveaway — my coworkers have asked if I am getting enough sleep — so I hope this cream will live up to your review! πŸ™‚ Thanks!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  289. kristiina says:

    My husband's snoring…

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  290. Chele says:

    I'm a bit of a worry wart, so many things keep me awake. Even temperature variations (too hot or too cold) can affect my sleep.

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  291. Amber says:

    Moved in with a new roommate who has cats! I've been a dog girl all my life so I've never had to experience the meowing and scratching that seems to happen every night between 11pm and 2am. Thanks for the opportunity to win, Belle!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  292. Betsy says:

    Metro Buses. You think living across from the metro station in wonderful until the buses keep you up all night and wake you first thing in the morning.

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  293. Tessa says:

    Allergies keep up up late at night this time of year! I'm looking forward to fall so I don't have a permanent head cold πŸ™‚

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  294. mcby says:

    I've got a cat and a baby, and they alternate waking me up in the wee hours. Would love to win!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  295. EA says:

    Graduate school and applying for fellowships

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  296. ColleenMarie says:

    I usually sleep sound but occasionally the stresses of work or just life keep me tossing at night!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  297. Mkaye says:

    I'm kept up late at night by the arguing/partying neighbors below me. It's the slamming door olympics of 2012 ladies.

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  298. B says:

    Olympics!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  299. Lolabolt says:

    Lately, I've been staying up late watching Dawson's Creek on Netflix, which is embarrassing to admit. So it goes….

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  300. TJ says:

    Nothing keeps me up at night! I sleep like a baby because I'm currently a medical resident and my hours are insane. I'm going to have to buy a bottle of this for myself if I don't win.

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  301. MIchelle says:

    My house's broken AC does terrible things for my sleeping habits!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  302. Kim says:

    Wedding planning!

    August 8, 2012/Reply
  303. Tepring Piquado says:

    My husband's CPAP machine keeps me awake…think darth vader breathing all night…better than snoring, not as good as silence =)

    August 9, 2012/Reply
  304. Brittnie says:

    the stress of beginning law school in two weeks definitely keeps me up at night!

    August 9, 2012/Reply
  305. Kay says:

    Work stress and this summer heat!

    August 9, 2012/Reply
  306. Morgan says:

    Never ending homework!

    August 9, 2012/Reply
  307. Mackenzie says:

    Since I am interning with the UN in Ethiopia I have to say just about everything keeps me up at nights these day from the crazy person on the megaphone at the church to the street dogs barking all night!

    August 9, 2012/Reply
  308. Mel says:

    Barking dogs and meowing cats.

    August 9, 2012/Reply
  309. scq2 says:

    absolute fatigue from a lack of vacation and overwork

    August 9, 2012/Reply
  310. Rachel says:

    My husband and I are buying our first home in DC, and we close on Tuesday! Needless to say, the stress of getting all of our paperwork together to satisfy various banks and other parties has been very, very stressful. But it will pay off in the end!

    August 9, 2012/Reply
  311. Erica Z says:

    I stay up at night when I watch True Blood and then can't fall asleep because I'm terrified.

    August 9, 2012/Reply
  312. Rose says:

    The upstairs neighbor – I swear he just walks around his bedroom ALL DAY AND NIGHT, creaking floorboards, and all, just to keep me awake.

    Also, any night before I'm traveling – I just can't sleep.

    August 9, 2012/Reply
  313. Ashley B. says:

    Grad School!

    August 9, 2012/Reply
  314. Genevieve says:

    What keeps me up at night? Drinking coffee past 5pm. Somehow a lesson I have yet to learn…

    August 9, 2012/Reply
  315. Alexandra says:

    There is always something keeping me up–work, a good book, catching up with friends/family– but mostly I would say my thoughts keep me up at night. It's hard to wind down and rest after a busy day, I think about the day's events and what needs to be done tomorrow!

    August 10, 2012/Reply
  316. Michelle says:

    The West Wing! Last week I realized that Amazon added it to their Instant Video library and I haven't been asleep before midnight since.

    August 10, 2012/Reply
  317. Elyse G. says:

    The trains going by my apartment building

    August 10, 2012/Reply
  318. Elise says:

    Loud storms and loud neighbors keep me up at night.

    August 10, 2012/Reply
  319. mb says:

    I usually sleep great, but a good book can keep me awake all night!

    August 10, 2012/Reply
  320. whitney says:

    my fiance – he talks in his sleep!

    August 11, 2012/Reply
  321. M says:

    these days, it would definitely be the summer storms every night – I live right on the beach in Florida and am ready for hurricane season to be over!

    August 12, 2012/Reply
  322. Molly says:

    Realizing my current career path is not what I want to do with my life.

    August 14, 2012/Reply