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Tuesday, January 05, 2016

16 Beauty Resolutions to Make and Keep

16 Beauty Resolutions to Make and Keep

Oh dear, I have only gone and used the term resolution and for that I do apologise - yes I am completely on board with self improvement but not so much with the under lying guilt, and pressure that comes hand in hand with resolutions. In my opinion trying is half the battle, so let's take it easy and only aim to make little changes and simple adjustments that are completely beneficial to our needs. Here are my top 16 beauty tweaks that are painless, straight forward and more often than not, free to do - 2016 may just be your best beauty year yet...

16 Beauty Resolutions to Make and Keep

1, Use Hand Cream - I'm obsessive about washing my hands but I often skip hand cream, half of the time it is due to negligence (aka I can't be bothered) or because I simply forget. A lot like our face, the hands are constantly subjected to the elements and are the area of the body we cleanse the most, as such our hands are one of the first areas to show the signs of age. If that doesn't have you slapping on hand cream, I guess nothing will. I find leaving hand cream beside the sink and on my bedside table to be a great way to get into the habit of applying lotion to the hands - when it is in plain sight, I am almost pressured into moisturising my dried out hands.

2, Make 2016 the Year You Finally Use SPF Everyday - yes everyday, anti-ageing products are great but without a good, daily SPF you aren't truly protecting your skin. Find yourself a facial sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, apply daily (rain, sun, snow and all that is in-between) and thank me in the years to come. I've also made a concious effort to apply a little to my hands and neck - y'know to ward off the hands of time that little longer.

3, Brush your hair daily - I know, I know this may seem like a ridiculous step to include but hear me out. As someone with long, thick hair, that also works from home it is so tempting to scrape my hair into a top knot and forget about it. I do shower daily but reserve washing my hair to every second or third day - it becomes overly dry otherwise. The problem with a top knot is that my hair becomes tangled and neglected, which may lead to unwanted damage and breakage. Seriously if you can (I know this isn't always possible for those with curly hair), brush your hair every single day. You'll feel better for it and of course have less tangles to deal with in the long run.

4, Change Your Pillowcase - As someone with blemish prone skin one of the best skin care changes I have ever made is washing/rotating my pillowcases nightly. Think about it, your pillowcase touches your face for around 8 hours a night, absorbing traces of oil, skin care products and dead skin cells. A lot like make up brushes, all of that bacteria builds up and may irritate the skin, resulting in blemishes. Do yourself a favour and change/rotate your pillows frequently.

5, Deep Cleanse Your Make-Up Brushes - Following on from above, your make up brushes particularly those used to applied liquid facial products, will harbour bacteria if not deeply cleansed regularly. This can be hugely problematic if like myself you have blemish prone skin, I personally set aside a day each week and deep cleanse every brush I have used. Don't get me wrong, on-the-spot cleansing is better than nothing but if you have noticed that your skin is breaking out for no real reason, perhaps the key to clearer skin is to properly wash your brushes every so often.

6, Use More, Buy Less - Pretty self explanatory and a concept I really need to grasp; before purchasing any new beauty product, perhaps ask yourself if you really need another golden toned highlighter, or nude lipstick to add to the other 100 shades you already own. The money you save and the products you complete will feel far better than staring at another neglected beauty product.

7, De-Clutter Your Make-Up Collection - Weed out any product you do not use and/or, let go of any expired items. Not only will you have room to add new items to your collection should you wish or need to, but you will feel much better once you let go of any clutter - not to mention expired beauty products aren't exactly great for your skin.

8, Care Less About Trends - Not so long ago, contouring was all anyone could talk about. Now it seems to be the trend that is quick to be criticised, with many claiming it is outdated and over the top. Personally I couldn't care less, if I want to contour I will, if I want to shave off my eyebrows and replace them with Nike ticks I will (I have no immediate plans to do this) - my face, my rules and that is all there is to it. Be confident in not only your cosmetic choices but your natural beauty too.

9, Find Products that Work for You and Stick With Them - There is two things I know only too well: the joy of purchasing a long awaited beauty item and the constant search-slash-struggle for the next best thing. If you have a mascara, lipstick or any beauty product that you utterly adore, stick with it. Why waste time and money wondering if there is something better out there? Chances are you won't find an adequate replacement and end up repurchasing said item anyway.

10, Invest in a Pair of Sunglasses - I'm sure my cousin will forgive me for sharing this but in his youth he played football professionally, as such he spent a lot of time on a grassy pitch squinting into the sun, which has resulted in a lot of lines around his eye area. Admittedly Scotland is not the most sun soaked of destinations but on bright, sunny days I will be found with a huge pair of sunglasses on my face. You know what they say - prevention is better than a cure.

11, Sleep Well - This is my ultimate New Year resolution, I really struggle to sleep at night and according to Mother this has always been the case - I've read that our skin requires adequate hours of sleep (between 7-9 hours depending on the individual) to self repair. After months of dull skin and a broken temper, I have actively taken steps to gain a better night of rest and not only feel better but dare I say it my skin looks better for it too.

12, Drink More Water - Plumper, clearer, brighter skin not to mention healthier hair and nails, and all it takes is to drink your daily quota of water. I know that this is easier said than done, and to begin with the countless visits to the restroom may put you off but stick with it - I promise it is all worth it. If you need motivation to drain your water bottle, pop a 2litre bottle of water in your handbag and let the weight and overspilling handbag, spur you on to sip your way to better skin.

13, Read More - Before you impulse purchase another foundation/lipstick/face mask that you don't really need, why not run a quick Google search and see what people really think? I also think it is a savvy move to not only read up on what ingredients are within each product, but to learn just what said ingredients do - especially in relation to skin care products. The more you know.

14, Try Skin Journalling - If you have easily irritated skin and a passion for beauty products, you may find yourself constantly battling breakouts and never really knowing what is the root of the problem. A skin care journal in which you list what you have applied to your face and when, may help you to get to the bottom of the irritation. I will pop a full post with my example diary tomorrow and why I find it to be so beneficial.

15, Give Your Hair a Break - In person, one of the questions I'm asked most is how did I grow my hair so long, and what do I do to keep it fairly damage free. The truth is I don't use heat unless entirely necessary, I stock up on deep conditioning treatments and only do the minimum in terms of hair colour - i.e I don't get an all over colour/tint treatment, rather I only get my roots done. Less is more.

16, Embrace a New Brand - Part of the fun of being a beauty junkie is finding new products and brands; every now and then I urge you to throw caution to the wind and purchase a product from a company that is completely alien to you. I tend to use this as an excuse to try independent brands which is something I hope to explore more in 2016.

Whatever you vow to do in the following months, don't beat yourself up if you do forget to apply SPF, hand cream or brush your hair. No-one is perfect and I would rather be happy than bogged down by a regimented routine...just saying.


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33 comments:

  1. I just got silk pillowcases, which will be helpful with my curly hair!

    www.makeupmusicbooks.com

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    1. Me too, I have ones that are infused with copper which is apparently great for the skin? I shall keep you posted either way :)

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  2. I need to stick to changing my pillow cases more often. And to growing you hair out I agree less heat makes wonder to the hair. Deciem have amazing growing products too x

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    1. It is so easy to forget isn't it! Oh really, I will certainly look the brand up :) x

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  3. My only resolution is to not buy what I already own a thousand of. X

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  4. I really need to embrace some of these, I have been making an effort to drink more water each day and hope to continue this throughout the year. But I am going to try and start working through the rest of these, and keeping to them! Especially using more rather than spending and buying new stuff.
    Ottilie | O is for Ottilie

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    1. I think little changes over the course of a year all add up, I'd rather stick to a few small ideas and know that I will achieve results than one big set to fail grandiose idea ha! Best of luck with whatever you decide to implement and I'm with you on scaling back in terms of spending :)

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  5. I need to start using hand cream! They get so dry and my skin cracks to easily. Definitely going to be keeping one in my handbag xx

    http://whiteshirtchic.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I hear ya! My hands are forever a mess - best of luck :)

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  6. Really good tips ;) I have to buy silk pillowcases!!

    http://camellia.blogs.sapo.pt/

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    1. Thank you so much :) I have a few and have to say, so far, so good!

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  7. Truly amazing post! I NEED to start using hand cream, I am typing this with bleeding hands and they're so itchy of how dry they are. About facial SPF, might I ask do you have any you prefer/know/recommend? Thanks in advance! xo

    Klaudia // klaudiam96.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww thank you so much :) oh no! I hope they heal soon - if you can, source the E45 Night Repair hand cream, it is a miracle worker on dried out skin :) of course, do you have any SPF requirements i.e tinted/budget etc? x

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  8. Really good tips. I really like the one about the skin journal.
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    1. Thank you, tomorrow's post is all about my skin journal so I hope you will enjoy that :)

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  9. This post is like you're writing about me :D I really need to change my ways. And I have to start brushing my hair everyday, as well, because I get a small heart attack every time I wash my hair and see how much has fallen off :D xx

    http://beautypeptalk.blogspot.com/

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    1. Haha I'm so glad you could relate :) oh I clog drains constantly with my shed hair...it is pretty gross haha! x

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  10. It's so true about hand cream! I wash my hands 10 times a day and I always forget to use hand cream.

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    1. So glad I'm not the only one :) pop one near the sink and promise it gets easier!

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  11. Beauty Resolutions, i find are the hardest to stick to because I become really lazy - maybe this year I can turn it all around!
    Parie x
    classandglitter.com

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  12. These are seriously GREAT beauty tips! I think a lot of people forget to do these things so its nice to have a reminder! I have the goal to declutter my collection here soon. I like to do that once or twice a year when I see it getting ridiculous or I come across something I haven't used in a while!

    -Ashlee Michelle
    www.makeupandmodifieds.com

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  13. Such a great post with really helpful tips!!I will probably pin it on my wall as a reminder because all of them sounds so beneficial for the skin and in general i guess!!Thanks for sharing ^_^

    xoxo Afrodite ~ BubblyBeauty

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  14. These are all amazing tips! Thanks for sharing!

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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  15. I love the brush the hair daily haha my hair is thick and unruly so I can relate http://maybemayhemmakeup.blogspot.com.au/

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  16. OMG!! Every single one of these are things I need to work on myself!! Drinking more water is soooo hard for me. Wine is easier to swallow. :)

    ~Mel
    www.thegossipdarling.com

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  17. I love your goals! In terms of beauty resolutions, I really want to work on my skincare and being able to keep it in a consistent state (i.e. stop with all the random and temperamental breakouts!). I'm also hoping to get through some of my beauty products, and work on my blending skills! Best of luck in the new year!

    Katherine || The Green Bows

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  18. That's such a good idea about the pillowcases; I usually forget to change mine and goes for quite a while without changing. One of my resolutions is to try to use more environmentally/animal friendly products.

    - Louise x
    be-ryllium.blogspot.co.nz

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  19. Loved these ideas. I especially like you advice to stop searching for the next new thing and appreciate what you already have.

    http://a-woman-of-a-certain-age.com/

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  20. Love all of these! I always forget to put SPF on my hands and after noticing a small brown spot on one hand, I've vowed to start doing it (hopefully) every day! xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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  21. These are great ideas, I definitely need to wash my makeup brushes more often! x

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  22. I really need to start changing my pillow case more now that I have read this, I normally change it when I change my duvet, but didnt think how long my face is actually on it. ICK!

    (Sorry I have been gone, back now! :))

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  23. AGREE AGREE AGREE! Such great points ^_^ hope you get to stick to them.

    As for my own [other than the excellent points you mention that I should also incorporate in daily life, not just have as points on a to do list xD], I have to find a good routine for my hair when I sleep. Some people suggest having one of those, mmm what are they, silky cap type things? I usually wear a topknot but it's still messy and tangly in the morning... but maybe pillowcases help as well. I never thought about the pillowcase affecting your skin, now I feel like 'duh'! haha. great point.

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