The One Product That Makes Me Look Like I've Had 8 Hours of Sleep Even If I've Only Had 5

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Back in the mid-'90s when I was first getting into beauty in a big way, flash balms were all the rage. Promising to perk up tired skin with an instant lifting and tightening effect — without sacrificing hydration — the first wave of these do-it-all skin treatments were never far from the pages of glossy magazines, or the wish list of 16-year-old me.

But I didn't really need anything to perk up my naturally youthful skin back then. Fast forward a decade (OK, more like two decades) and now I am well-and-truly in the market for a product that promises to make me look younger and perkier. Step forward, Pixi Rose Flash Balm ($24).

This oil-free balm waves goodbye to tired skin, acts in place of a primer, evens out skin tone, and gives skin an overall perked-up feel. This is not a bonafide face cream (in fact, if you have very parched skin, you'll probably want to go heavy on your moisturizer in between uses), but neither does it dry the skin out. It smells beautiful (assuming you like rose) without being overpowering. And it really does wake the skin up. The trick to getting the most out of it is not to rub it in too much. You simply smooth it over the skin gently then leave it to dry: as it dries, you'll feel it working, gently lifting the skin as if by magic.

I love this stuff for faking a good night's sleep, you know. . . if you're on the market for a facelift in a tube.