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.