Thursday, 2 January 2014

Happy New Year! (+ Beauty Resolutions)

Ok, so technically its now the 2nd of January...I spent most of yesterday recovering from new year's eve so I couldn't quite manage to get this post up on new year's day! :) Never mind, better late than never!
I hope you all  had a really great new year's eve and also a great 2013 generally!
I personally have never celebrated new year's eve until this year as I've always found it depressing and I never really used to go out to celebrate it...but I decided to change that and I actually surprised myself by having a great time!
Anyway I thought I'd just quickly list some beauty related (and maybe one or two non-beauty related) resolutions for this year...I know we all have flaws and bad habits so it seems like a good time to kick start some changes.
1) Change up my every day makeup look.
This one mainly applies to weekdays when I'm going into sixth form. Like many people I tend to be so rushed in the mornings and recently have found myself sticking to just one look which is pretty boring. I'd really like to switch things up a bit and try out some different looks! This was harder when I was at school because we weren't allowed that much makeup but now I'm in sixth form I can experiment much more. I know I have tonnes of neutral looks that are begging to be tried out!
2) Get more use out of my eye shadows.
Does anyone else just LOVE the feeling when you hit pan on (or use up completely) an eyeshadow??? I find it so satisfying to know that I've used up a whole shadow and I know that whilst I do use them a lot I don't get as much use out of my shadows as I should. Being a massive eye shadow junkie I have plenty to choose from!
 This actually ties in with the first one; I don't tend to wear shadows when I'm going into sixth form as I'm too rushed in the mornings but I have some gorgeous neutral shadows (Sleek, UD Naked etc) that I'd love to wear more.  
3) Use up some products.
This is pretty self explanatory and links to the second resolution. I love it when I've used up some products so I need to branch out and away from my daily routine so that I can use up some other products. I have lots of things that I don't love but still work; I should use them more often so that I can use them all up....and then replace with things that I do like! This will hopefully keep my collection clutter free and also mean that I'm getting full use out of my stash.
4) Do the whole "cleanse, tone, moisturise" thing properly.
Ok this is a bad habit that definitely needs straightening out. I tend to get a bit lazy with washing my face and sometimes in the evenings I'll just use a face wipe to take off my makeup and then just fall into bed. I've noticed that this has been taking it's toll on my skin recently and so I really need to get back into the habit of cleansing, toning and moisturising properly as I'm sure my skin will thank me for it!
5) Stop obsessing about flaws.
Ok, so this is kind of beauty related...
I have under eye veins.
I have an unsymmetrical nose.
One of my eyebrows is weird.
I have one (yes just one...) dimple in my cheeks.  And whilst we're on the subject I think my cheeks are too round and look too chubby/plump. I know that apparently having a round face with full cheeks is supposedly youthful but I'm only 17...I'm not that worried about looking youthful yet!

I'm pretty sure the roundness of my cheeks is only matched by the moon. And have a game of "spot the dimple" whilst you're at it ;)

BUT....That's life. Short of having surgery there is nothing I can do about it.
 And to be honest I've come to the conclusion that actually I wouldn't even want to "correct" any of my flaws.
One of the reasons for this is that any type of cosmetic surgery both scares and annoys me.
The other reason is that we are ALL human. We all have flaws and as soon as you try to "fix" one another will crop up. Say you don't like your go to get a nose job... and then a week later you realise you don't like your chin. It'll never stop! We will ALWAYS find some things we don't like about ourselves so what's the point in spending money trying to correct them?  :)
Personally...this year I've come to the conclusion that life it just too short.
I'll try to cut down the amount of time that I spend worrying about how my face looks like a balloon and go and watch Tarzan or make something out of clay instead.
A much more productive way to spend your time.

6) Get a grip.

By this resolution I mean "learn how to do the things that adults do".... such as paying in cheques, getting on buses, going out and socialising, applying for driving lessons & learning to drive. That sort of thing :) All of these things are things that I need to do but for some reason I'm scared of being adult about it. Its time to get a grip and do those scary things that you do when you're grown up!

Anyway, sorry for the lengthy post! I'll stop rambling now.
What are your new year's resolutions?
Thanks for reading!
Libby x

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