Friday, 30 December 2011

Beauty Resolutions for 2012

It's a cliche to say it, but I cannot actually believe that 2012 is upon us. 2011 seems to have flown by in the blink of an was an eventful year in my life, full of ups and downs, and one that saw me move continents and commence on a new phase of my life--and to become busier than any other time I can recall!

I love the thought of starting a new year fresh from scratch, so to me, New Year's Resolutions are an exciting and fun challenge! I, of course, have some serious resolutions (stop procrastinating, be more organized, make it to the gym or a yoga class at least 5x per week, waste less money....especially on expensive groceries which I always seem to let go bad and then have to throw in the bin), but I also have some beauty resolutions. And what better way to hold yourself accountable than to publish it online! So, here goes nothing.

Hakuhodo 5 piece vermillion handle set, available here
1. Invest in Quality Brushes: It has been said that it is far easier to get good results with low quality
makeup and good brushes than the other way around. I do own quite a few brushes, but these are mainly a hodge podge of store brands with an occasional Mac brush or Real Techniques thrown in. I'd like to upgrade my brushes and own at least one high end brush by the end of the year. First up, however, I am going to be slightly less ambitious in my plans and buy a Sigma F25 tapered face brush. At only $22, this brush is much more palatable for my wallet. I plan on using it for blush application, as I think a tapered blush will help my technique!

Missha M Signature Real Complete BB Cream SPF25 
2. Try out a BB Cream: Blemish Balms, a staple in the Asian cosmetics industry for years, have recently become the hot item in beauty blogging. The idea behind these creams is to provide some coverage, while also healing skin imperfections (some have skin whitening properties, others purport to have anti-acne properties, others anti-wrinkle, etc). Garnier and Smashbox even have their own versions. But I'd like to try a proper Asian brand to experience the original thing. I am leaning towards picking up something from Missha, as I've heard great things about the variety of BB creams they offer and the fact that they ship internationally!

3.  Remove Makeup and Cleanse Face Every Night: This is, hands down, my #1 beauty sin. It pains me to admit, but on occasion, I have been known to fall asleep without removing my makeup. Inevitably, a couple of days after I notice clogged pores and bumpy skin (not to mention the glory of waking up with the oh-so-sexy panda eyes look from my smudged mascara and eye makeup!) More often than going to bed with a full face on, I am nonetheless guilty of only removing the makeup on the surface of my skin with either a cleansing wipe or using a micellar cleansing water and then slapping on some night cream. This is probably a step up from doing nothing, but it still doesn't cleanse the face or remove the makeup (and daily grime) that has settled into my pores. So, I am resolving to remove my makeup, cleanse & tone my skin, and apply the relevant night cream (and eye cream) each and every night! 

Lately, for those interested, I've been loving Paula's Choice products. They offer cheap samples that you can order and test out before committing to a (very reasonably priced) full size!

Chantecaille Lip Chics
4. Find a MLBB (My Lips But Better) Shade: In the past, I have been more of a 'lip gloss' girl, than a 'lipstick' girl, but that has gradually been changing. And now my latest quest is to find a perfect natural, nude lip color. The problem that I seem to encounter is that my lips are naturally quite pigmented and when I wear a nude lip, it looks unnatural and bizarre to me, but when I wear a pink lip, my natural lip color turns the shade (whatever it may be...petal pink, rose, mauve, etc) into an oh so charming bright fuschia. Not exactly suitable for every day wear! I now have a list I plan on trying out to find my perfect shade (including Hourglass Fresco, Chantecaille Tea Rose, Rouge Bunny Rouge Murmurings). Fingers crossed one of these will work!

NYX Taupe Blush - a contouring favorite!
5. Try out New Makeup Techniques: I often fall into a makeup rut, where if I am not using the exact same shades on my face day after day, I use the same techniques or styles. This year, I would like to venture outside of my comfort zone and try new things! In particular, I want to try out a smokey eye for hooded lids (the brilliant Sam at Pixiwoo recently posted this tutorial for this look) and I want to give contouring a try! Contouring in particular is something that makes me nervous. I'm not one for wearing bronzer and I'm worried that contouring my cheeks will make them look muddy and the makeup obvious! But I am also keen to have a thinner face, and I think that will help me overcome my fears!

Maleficent Von Bronckhorst, aka Millie, Blogger Extraordinaire
6. Keep on Blogging: I only just started blogging after toying with the idea for over a year! It's exciting and nerve-wracking, but mainly fun so far! I aim to continue blogging in the New improve the visual and writing style of my blog, to give you guys useful tips and swatches, and just to share the things that I enjoy! I also hope to get brave enough to start FOTD posts! Wish me luck!

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