My Beauty Resolutions for 2015

Happy 2015 lovelies!

Truth be told, I’ve never been the biggest advocate of making New Year’s resolutions – when I’m inevitably back on the Mint Slices by afternoon tea time on Jan 3rd, no point in making myself feel like a total failure. However, there are a few beauty-related resolutions I’ll be tackling in 2015, which – if I can stick to them! – will get me set up in better habits, help me protect and and take better care of my skin, and save me some dollars in the process.

Thou shall not leave house without applying SPF
Yes, I know this should be second nature by now, but it’s not, and that changes now. Two bright orange bulk tubs of factor 50+ have been procured, they are now very visibly stationed in the bathroom and by the front door, and I won’t be setting foot in the great yonder without a layer on.

The end of the 24/7 bun
In the months leading up to the Great Hair Chop of 2013 (below waist length hair became ‘lob’ length), I came to the conclusion that Rapunzel-esque hair was just too hard and time consuming to detangle/style/deal with – hence the decision to get rid of it. Despite the fact that my hair is now infinitely more manageable, my ‘I just can’t be bothered doing my hair’ attitude has stuck around, and for the bulk of 2014 you would have found my hair in one and only configuration – a nondescript bun. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the ol’ messy bun, it’s now beginning to bore me to death given I wear it at every. single. occasion. Recently I’ve dusted off my ghd’s and started straightening my hair again, and of course my arms didn’t fall off with the effort, so my hairstyles will hopefully be seeing some variety once more.

Get to know the products I already have – and use them
Waaaaay too many time this year, I’ve found myself having a Priceline swatchfest, fallen in love with a gorgeous lipstick/eyeshadow/whatever, only to get home and find I’d already fallen in love with that particular shade two months ago, and since then it’s been sitting gathering dust in my stash. This is the year where I’m going to be actively shopping the stash I already have, and putting those saved pennies towards more ‘investment’ type purchases, rather than the impulse Priceline grabs.

Take care of my skin from the inside out
This one sounds like a cliched, ‘new year new me’ type resolution, but it’s one I want to try really really hard to stick to. I made a little discovery in 2014, being that if I religiously keep up my water intake and supplements (zinc and fish oil), keep a fair amount of salmon in my diet and get in a little bit of daily exercise, my skin stays relatively freak-out free. It’s only when I’ve gorged on pizza that my face resembles one about two days after, so the plan is to keep the pizza on hiatus and make sure the good things are flowing for the majority of the time.

Set up a Bedside Beauty station
Lately (read: for a LONG time), I’m finding I’m skimping on the beauty bumpf that doesn’t get as much attention as it should, such as hand cream, lip exfoliating and applying a brow serum. The plan for the new year is set up a storage stand on my beside table full of these before-bed beauty treatments, kept in easy reach so I can quickly apply before heading off to sleep.

What do you think about New Year’s resolutions, do you make them and stick to them? Let me know in the comments!

  • Kerri

    I used to love doing up my hair but for most of 2014, it’s been in a messy top knot. It’s so shameful that my hairdresser even commented on it lol.

    • Angie

      Hehehe yep I’ve had that from my hairdresser, just the look on her face when she starts taking out the hairband and bobby pins every time I come in says it all :)

  • Kat

    New products are always so tempting, but I totally know how you feel! I find myself wanting and buying new things only for those products to end up at the back of my collection once the next big thing comes out. My resolution is a bit similar, I’m just trying to cut back on my purchases and to really use up what I have!

    x beauty, style, life | bespectacled

    • Angie

      It is so tempting isn’t it, especially the budget buys which don’t feel like they are doing much damage on the bank balance but they all add up in the long run! xx

  • Kat Ness

    I have never heard of an eye brow serum?!?! Not that I need it haha. I don’t make resolutions but do try to make little goals along the way. I don’t think I can cut off my hair!

    • Angie

      Hehe I hadn’t heard of brow serum either until recently, when I started trying to grow my brows back in after tweezing them too much in the past – the serum really helps to grow back the hairs into the patches where they are not growing back, but it only helps if I apply it religiously! I had a moment before I cut my hair of ‘should I do it?’ but I haven’t regretted it at all thankfully! xx

  • TriedandTestedBlogger

    I’m definitely with you on the saving $ for investment purchases instead of impulse buying, only to find I have basically the exact product at home! It’s just so hard though when a new product is released and there’s so much hype and a great display in store!

    • Angie

      Exactly!! The struggle is definitely real hehe :)

  • Sheri

    OoOoh salmon is good for skin? YES I LOVE SALMON!!! One of my goals is to also eat healther for good skin’s sake. And now that you mention it, I too have been sporting ye ol’ bun almost every day. Oops.

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

    • Angie

      Yay for salmon! I love it as well, I could eat A LOT of it and never get bored… which is why I was soooo happy to see my skin looked so much calmer when I was going through a phase of eating it all the time! Lol, my hair is in a bun right now, but I did straighten it and put it in a half up-half down style yesterday, so progress is being made! Hehehe.

  • Vicky (blush and simplicity)

    It’s always so tempting to buy new products and ignore what you already have. I’m also hoping to shop my stash more this year and stop wasting money on things I probably already have.

    blush and simplicity

    • Angie

      Oooh glad to know I won’t be the only one trying to resist temptation!! :)

  • Annabel

    Totally with you on the skincare one, I’m awful! Good luck with them all though :)

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

    • Angie

      Thanks, sometimes I feel like I’ve got the poorest will power ever to carry out resolutions, so I might need the luck hehe :)

  • Kerrasan .

    Honestly, the Bedside Beauty station is incredible. I keep my Lanolips tube there and it has made the world of difference to my lips, because if I forget to put it on before I’m comfy in bed, I don’t have to get out of bed to apply it!

    • Angie

      Oooh yay, that’s exactly the outcome I’m going for, just need to get out and buy a little storage unit… I’m finding if I leave tubs and things all over my bedside table they just get knocked of, and then completely forgotten about! x

  • Dani – KaBOOM! Cosmetics

    I’m with you on these, especially using up products that I already own rather than buying up the entire Priceline stock willy nilly! I’d love to see your new bedside beauty station when you get around to setting it up

    Dani | KaBOOM! Cosmetics

    • Angie

      Hehe yep, it’s going to be VERY hard to resist the lure of Priceline, I’ll just have to snap a rubber band on my wrist or something when I walk by one, and visualise all the lovely things I can buy with the saved money… Definitely will post about the bedside setup up, when I finally get to the shops to buy a little storage unit, the heatwave in Melbs pretty much equals crazy crowds at the shops, so now it’s cooled down maybe I’ll venture out :)

  • Carmen Starick

    ha, i get the hair thing, though mine isn’t just the messy bun, but i followed the same pattern, wash, straighten and/or leave out, day 2 ponytail, day 3 dry shampoo and messy bun, wash and repeat :-) I’m thinking about chopping all mine off again, but it took me so long to get it this long!
    Love your idea of the bedside beauty station, i’m hopeless with remembering to do all the little things as well.

    Carmen | Paint Powder and Polish

    • Angie

      Yep it’s definitely hard to contemplate chopping it when you’ve invested time into growing it, I just got to the stage where my hair permanently lived in a big sumo bun because I just couldn’t face dealing with it, it took an hour minimum to wash/detangle/dry/style and I just couldn’t do it anymore – but sometimes I definitely miss having long hair!!

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  • Sarah Foote

    Those are some amazing beauty resolutions! I have a little bedside hub, and it definitely helps to force you to use it more! I apply my lipgloss, serum, face cream and eye cream all while in bed :) I also need to wear SPF more and shop more of my own collection. Great post! Happy 2015 :)

    Sarah | Bows & Pleats

    • Angie

      Happy 2015 to you too! :) That’s exactly what I want to be doing, I hate it when I crawl into bed and realise that I’ve forgotten all the extra bits and pieces, because there’s no way I’m getting back out of bed to do it all hehe xx

  • Beauty Bee

    The bed side beauty station is such a great idea! I must do something similar :) I’m also a tad lazy when it comes to sunscreen application, ONLY because on days when I’m in the office I get minimal sun so I can skip the sunscreen, but then I forget about it when I’m just working from home :/ Perhaps sunscreen should feature in my beauty station also? :P

    • Angie

      Hehe maybe! I’ve definitely been seeing the effects on the sun on my skin now that the afternoons are longer and there is more direct sunlight while I’m out on a walk or run, especially on my décolletage, which is definitely something I want to protect as I get older! xx

  • Andrea @ Sublime Finds

    LOVE this – excellent resolutions! So many resonate too, especially the 24/7 bun! I [shameful confession coming here] had my hair cut once last year, at the end of the year, so my hair was pretty long at the point… and I was the same. 24/7 bun. My hair’s never held a curl well (probably why I’ve latched onto that profile pick on the left) or done anything much other than being straight… and even after getting it cut I haven’t worn it out much. So hair: I resolve to make you more interesting this year!!

  • Marj B.

    Amen on the SPF Thing! As a pale, Southeast Asian lady with Chinese blood from my Mom’s side, I use an SPF50 everyday, but when I hit the beach or conduct site visits that require me to stay under the sun for long periods of time, I actually use a Japanese brand of sunscreen that has an SPF of 130! Lifesaver. :)