Ok so you’re probably blocking the word resolution from your social feeds right now and rolling your eyes at the idea of MORE ‘yeah go girl, go get em, motivated, kick butt’ etc type posts…. (personally I’m all for them and love all the positivity of the New Year, but also get that they grate on some). BUT I do have a few resolutions of a different type I wanted to share. Because putting them out there makes it real and makes them more accountable. And as I’m sure you will understand these are VERY serious and important resolutions that I just have to stick to or else I will fail at life in 2017. There might be a hint of sarcasm there…but here are my beauty resolutions for 2017.
Wear More Lipstick
I have an excessive collection of lipstick. I recently cut it down so that it *only* fits into one of those four drawer Muji storage things. I know, I’m basically a minimalist. But the thing is, as much as I love a lipstick. I am terrible at wearing them day to day. But I want to get better at it. I have also learnt that I am actually happier/more comfortable in a bright lipstick or a bold colour than I am in a nude. Sometimes a nude shade seems a bit pointless so would sooner opt for a tinted balm rather than a nude cream shade. So 2017 – more bolds. Thinking bright magenta type shades and deep reds. YES.
Get my nails done regularly
An indulgence, yes. And of course it does limit my testing of nail varnish shades out. But I do love having my nails done. When I have gels/shellac type polish I can get up to three weeks wear before I have to get them re-done and I just like having them ‘done’ properly. Not having to think about re-painting or dealing with chips. I currently have a bright purple with holo glitter on and they’re certainly perking up January for me! But 2017, I will be a regular at the salon getting my polish on.
Finally sort out a few beauty ‘issues’
I’ve always talked about a few ongoing beauty ‘issues’ I have. From really dry hands and cuticles, sensitive scalp and more. Nope, not all the most glam and yes they make me very self conscious. I don’t like sharing photos of my hands because of how dry and ‘old’ they look as a result. When my scalp flares up I struggle with what to wear to conceal any flakes. None of this makes me feel especially good. Which sucks. So in 2017 I want to tackle them more head on. One ‘issue’ I haven’t talked too much about, but is very much on my radar to ‘fix’ in 2017 is varicose veins. I KNOW, I AM JUST SO SEXY! I have a few veins on my leg and they make me feel horrible. I really dislike wearing shorts or showing my legs. I won’t go into too much detail here. But it’s potentially on the cards for me to get these sorted this year which I am both daunted and excited about. Will be blogging it all of course so will save the detail for then.
Get better at applying make-up
I know, why would a beauty blogger need to get better at this right? Well, despite seeing tutorial after tutorial and many a make-up artist tips and tricks or masterclass session. Sometimes watching a session is very different to actually doing this on yourself or someone else. I am pretty ‘in a rut’ when it comes to my own make-up application and tend to stick to my tried and tested methods. Occasionally I try something new (for example in 2016 I discovered the joys of applying foundation with a beauty blender – NEVER LOOKING BACK). But overall, I’m no pro and never claim to be. Whilst I’m never going to reach ‘guru’ level. I’d love to get a little more nifty at a few tricks, in particular things like making make-up last and applying eyeshadow.
Don’t skip hair appointments
I am naturally blonde, but not *quite* as naturally light as it is at the moment. Which means a salon visit or two is needed. I am guilty of going six months plus between salon visits. When really, it shouldn’t be more than three or so to keep it looking natural and not having that tell-tale root stripe. In 2017 I want to find a salon that I love and is convenient enough that I go as regularly as needed. I found a salon in 2016 that I absolutely adore that gave me the best blonde I’ve had (Real Hair in Chelsea) and would love to go there consistently but it’s just the travel time that makes it trickier to go as often as I would love to. But if you’re more central or West London based and looking for somewhere that’s all round great from colour to cut – I can’t recommend Real Hair enough! In 2017 though wherever I end up going, I want to be consistent and make keeping my colour and cut looking fresh more regular!
Shop the stash more
Last, but by no means least. I want to throw this one in there. I’m so fortunate that I get sent a lot of exciting new stuff to try. But that often means I’m distracted by the shiny new things that I overlook the collection of great products I’ve built up over the years. With many going unloved. On New Years Day I had a big clear out of the stash and did cut it down and lot. Getting rid of products that had gone a bit funny or out of date and just cutting back. I want to do more of this in the year ahead. Being less ‘more is better’ and more compact with my collection. Of course my inner beauty junkie won’t stop a little hyperventilating at the chance to shop Sephora or like a kid at Christmas when I collect my blogger mail. But I want to be more considered in what I keep and use regularly. Making the most of the many lovely things I already have rather than just opting for shiny and new.
Have you made any beauty-related resolutions for 2017? As soon as I made my notes for this post I realised the list is actually endless so tried to narrow it down to my most important ones that I think are also achievable. Gotta keep those goals attainable!