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 eye...it 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|
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|
|NYX Taupe Blush - a contouring favorite!|
|Maleficent Von Bronckhorst, aka Millie, Blogger Extraordinaire|