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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 Beauty Resolutions



Chances are last night was a late night, you came home a little tipsy, and you're just too ill feeling to do anything. Hey--that's why we have New Year's Day off.
So, even though I reigned in the new year with my best mate (and you better bet we slapped on face masks, sipped hot cocoa, and watched Gossip Girl from the beginning--until the vital minute when the ball begins to drop, of course), I'm going to apprehend from preaching the importance of not using foaming cleansers and other rambles and save you from my general gibberish. I'll keep today's post light and airy--whipped cream-like--with my 2014 beauty resolutions.

NO MORE SPOT PICKING. I've read it far too many times, but it's just so tempting--I've now exposed you to my nasty habits. Yet, this article has me rethinking: there actually is a way to rid of the white puffy head without going in with your fingernails. The answer is a drying spot treatment, and if keeping this resolution means that I have an excuse for a shopping trip, then I'm in.

NO SKINCARE VARYING. Back in July and August, my skin was pristine. No spots, no scars, and no woes; I thought I had figured everything out. Then, the bottles and tubes ran down and I ended up purchasing different products. Well, I deserve a slap on the wrist because my skin hasn't been very good since. So, when my current standings hit the bin, I'll be resorting back to my summer skincare routine for a shopping list and then I will vary no longer.

DISCOVER MORE BUDGET OPTIONS. A peek inside my beauty stash and you'll notice one theme: quality, not quantity. Although I continue to have more makeup and skincare potions than the average joe, I'm assigning it my task to unveil more wallet-friendly options.

TRANSITION INTO CLEAN AND NATURAL BEAUTY. Ever since I discovered RMS Beauty and admitted a whole day watching 'Cloudy Apples' videos, I've been itching to make the switch; and I hope to do so this year. On the body front, I've delved slightly. Yet, when I consider switching my skincare options, it seems to go against the previous determination, and when I acknowledge the makeup category, the options are far pricier and I don't know if I'll be able to part without my beloved Dr. Jart base.

GET RID OF STUFF I NO LONGER USE.  Some people have fierce attachments to their cats (I don't blame them), but I have a strange attachment to my products. Non, it's not the kind of Gatsby tale it seems, but there are more unloved products lurking around my living cube then I know what to do with. So, if you have any parting tips, share the love; because I need some aid.

Because beauty only occupies a small bit of my life (okay, maybe just a little more...), I can't apprehend from including some other goals as well: laugh more, drink more coffee, enjoy more time with friends and family, be more confident in myself, and be more accepting in who I am.

(Around) five resolutions and twelve months. Unfortunately, this documentation means that three hundred and ninety four of you (at the moment) are holding me accountable. So, cheers, to reigning in 2014, watching the Rose Parade--an American thing for those of you worldly denizens--and getting over that hangover. Me? I just had a little too much hot chocolate.

And a shout out goes to my new 2014 organization and planning station: a 2014 Pocket Monthly Planner in Shell  from an Etsy seller called Dozi; my OCD is teeming with joy.

22 comments :

  1. I've been switching to natural products slowly for a while - it's definitely easiest to do it through skin care!

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  2. Good Luck with your resolutions! I think I'm aiming to have a big use up few months so I can get rid of my hoard and start afresh half way through the year. It's an excuse for a bit shopping trip no? :)

    Amy x A Little Boat Sailing

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  3. Good luck to you! Some of those are very true for me too

    http://chelsealeighbeauty.blogspot.com/

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  4. I am such a spot picker - it never ends well & I need to pack it in! Thats such a good resolution.
    I can't wait to read about the budget friendly skincare you discover this year.

    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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  5. Your beauty resolutions are bang on - I think everyone could do well to adopt these! I really need to do the skincare one especially! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  6. Good luck with your resolutions! I'm hoping to follow at least half of mine!

    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  7. I definitely need to stop picking on my spots and discover budget friendly options too. Good luck on your resolutions!


    -Nita
    xsimplynitax.blogspot.com

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  8. Good luck with your resolutions! I have quite the same as you. I think the 'laugh more' part comes along with with 'accepting yourself', and I'm definitely adding those to my list as well :) Happy 2014!

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  9. Happy New Year, I hope that you can achieve all of your resolutions this year! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

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  10. I hear ya on the spot picking! Its so hard to resist sometimes but it is really bad

    http://mercuteify.blogspot.com/

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  11. The same goes to you; and I hope I can, as well. (; xo

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  12. Same to you. Let's hope we can stop this nasty habit together. xo

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  13. I think it's part of the beauty blogger bug. Best of luck and best wishes for the new year. xo

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  14. I can only wait for the moment my wallet thanks me.
    I think that, in terms of spot picking, we have to remember that it's harder to cover up a bloody mess than it is to cover up a single lump. Still gross, but true. xo

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  15. It is the perfect excuse! Best of luck and best wishes for 2014. xo

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  16. Ooooo; send over your recommendations puh lease! Hehe. I haven't had much luck; I attempted the oil cleansing method with castor oil and it made me break out like crazy. xo

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  17. To start, I LOVE using 100% jojoba oil for basically everything - makeup remover, cleanser, moisturizer, hair oil, etc. You can get a bottle for around $5 at trader joe's and it lasts forever. Makeup brands that I've liked so far: tarte, physician's formula organic wear, bare minerals (some don't call this natural, but I do!), rms, juice beauty. Skincare: juice beauty (again!), alba botanica (LOVE - and it's super cheap off of vita cost), Acure, and yes to (I love their carrot night cream). I really want to try some products from KORA organics! Nail polish-wise, Zoya isn't too bad, and Scotch Naturals is supposed to be brilliant. If you need anything else, let me know!

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  18. Oh my gosh--thank you, thank you, t h a n k y o u! I've been interested in trying Juice Beauty recently--do you have any favorites? And, as you can probably tell, I really love RMS. I've seen Acure in Whole Foods, and I've been wanting to try their stuff. Thanks so much for the recommendations; they'; go to good use. x

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  19. Juice beauty has great lip glosses, but I've used their blemish serum and their acne face wash before and both are great. The serum is a pretty basic one, but has a ton of antioxidants in it. The cleanser is a bit watery, but nonfoaming so it's really gentle on the skin. I really want to try their soothing serum next! The only thing I haven't liked from juice beauty is their CC cream. Acure is a really good brand - I really like their eye cream, but I haven't tried anything bad from them! Here's a post I did on some of my favorite natural products (Ignore the origins in it! live and learn) http://www.kellysmakeupbag.com/2013/08/picks-so-far.html

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  20. Girl, I feel ya on the transition to clean and natural beauty products. I started switching over late November but, there are still some products I can't seem to part with. It's a healthy balance, right?

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  21. Thanks so much! You have no idea how much this helps. You're such a babe! xo

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  22. I completely agree with trying not to vary skincare products too much - my skin has been looking phenomenal recently, but I swapped a couple of things out and now it's a mess. Ah, well. Live and learn.


    This was a pleasure to read! Hope you're having a nice year so far and I hope 2014 brings you much happiness!


    <3 Em (Mascara Warrior)

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