It’s that predictable time of year when everyone’s attention turn to self-improvement and how we can make the upcoming year a better year for ourselves. Yep it’s time for New Year’s Resolutions. I wouldn’t necessarily say that I’ve had an horrendous 2016, but I can’t lie, I’m looking forward to it being over and a fresh start for me and the girls.
It’s clichéd I know, but I do think about and make New Year’s Resolutions every year. For me, there is something powerful about the chance to start over and make changes. This year, I’ve decided to make both beauty and lifestyle related resolutions. Hopefully, I’ll stick to at least one of them!
1: Remove my make up properly EVERY single night
I just don’t do this enough and then wonder why my skin isn’t as glowing and as unblemished as I would like…. I think my routine doesn’t help here. There are too many nights that I fall asleep straight after the children are in bed because I’ve rushed around after work, or got in too late following a meeting. I think now I will remove my make up as soon as I get in and cleanse, tone and moisturise properly rather than wiping my face with hot water in a quick late night shower. Fingers crossed that my skin starts to improve.
2: Complete my Make up artist qualification
I started a Level 2 qualification last summer as a distraction through my challenging divorce simply because I thought focussing on something else would be helpful. It was fun and I enjoyed it. I met new people and got to learn new skills whilst indulging my passion for all things beauty.
However, my circumstances dictated that I had to postpone studying as I needed to move home and also return to work full time. I was gutted! Recently, I decided to return to studying through an online course provider. I want to gain the qualification. Honestly, I have no intention of giving up my full-time job as I love it too much, but I thought it would be fun to pursue my teenage dream. Course materials have arrived and I’m excited!
3: Experiment more with my look.
It’s well documented that I’m more than a bit obsessed with a red lip, I don’t exactly hide my obsession… But my third beauty resolution is to break the mould a little and move away from the predictable. I am literally at either end of the lipstick spectrum. Red lips or lip balm. This is despite owning dozens of different colours. So, I think, especially as I’m starting my course, that I need to experiment a little. To be braver and bolder in my colour choice.
These little beauties are first on my list to try.
From left to right…
Arbonne Glossed Over Lip Gloss in Hyacinth
Make Up Revolution Salvation Lip Lacquer in Nothing Like You And I
Charlotte Tilbury Night Crimson
Make Up Revolution Ultra Vamp Matte
The last lipstick is also Make Up Revolution but I can’t find a shade anywhere on the packaging. It’s a lovely colour though.
4: Try different brands
I can tend to get stuck in a rut with my favourite brands and think I need to broaden my horizons. I realise this is just an excuse to buy more make up! I’m not complaining.
I recently tried some NYX products and was pleasantly surprised so I’m going to resolve to try more brands. I’ve made a wish list of 5 different brands that I would like to try this year for the first time. They are:
Unbelievably, I’ve never tried anything by any of those brands. So I am determined to experiment.
5: Clean my brushes more regularly
Admittedly, I tend to use my fingers a lot for applying make up, especially creamy products but I’d like to start using the lovely MAC and Real Techniques brushes that I have. I recently invested in the Real Techniques cleansing palette and brush cleaner as well as the MAC and Primark versions.
My intention is to use either the MAC or Primark cleansers to clean after daily use and the Real Techniques cleaner to do a weekly deep clean. Clean brushes mean that my skin won’t be subjected to the bacteria that can easily breed on dirty brushes and improving my skin is high on my to do list for 2017.
That’s all of my beauty resolutions and I hope that I can stick to them! Are you making any beauty resolutions?