Although this picture isn’t beauty/fashion related, I thought it was suitable ’cause it’s looking out onto the horizon, like a new start. Cheesy, I know.
Forgive me for being so late with this, but better late than never, right? I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions, sometimes it’s easy to over estimate and then be let down by the outcome. I’d rather have little resolutions every day, that are more achievable and realistic. So, I thought I’d share with you all my beauty and fashion resolutions for 2014, please share yours below, if you have any! I’d love to hear them 🙂
1. Wear my ‘Sunday clothes’ everyday : I’m terrible for this. You know when you buy something gorgeous, yet never wear it for fear of ruining it? You save it up for ‘a special day’ in the future, that usually never happens, and your new top/shoes/handbag hangs in your wardrobe for months, untouched. Then when you do go to wear it, you’ve outgrown it or it isn’t your style anymore. So this year I resolve to actually wear the special things that I buy. There’s no time better than the present, right?
2. Wear my ‘good makeup’ everyday : Same applies to makeup. I am not letting another year go by where my Guerlain lipstick sits untouched – it is there to be used.
3. No more ‘it would look good on her, but not me’ : I spend most of my free time reading blogs, magazines or looking at anything remotely beauty/fashion related, and often find myself seeing a new trend that I love, yet think ‘It wouldn’t suit me, but it would look great on so and so’. Fair enough, some trends don’t suit me or aren’t my style, but no longer am I going to sit in quiet admiration. If I like something, I’m going to wear it. It might just start with something small, but hey, any progress is good progress.
4. Use up the products that I already have : It’s so easy to forget what I actually have sometimes. A trip to Boots results in me picking up a body moisturiser, new shampoo and conditioner and a cleanser. Yet I return home and look under the sink to find three moisturisers, two shampoos, a half used conditioner and a full bottle of cleanser. Please tell me that I’m not the only one this happens to?
5. Let my nails grow : This has been a New Year’s resolution of mine ever since I was about eight. I can never seem to stick to it, however. This year will be the year that it carries through. Seeing all of the gorgeous nail polishes in Boots is enough to convince me. I’ll keep you updated with my progress!
6. Buy one, donate one : Every time I buy a new item of clothing, I will donate another pre-loved piece to my local charity shop. This is something that I really want to stick to, it will make me think twice about buying something new, yet I won’t feel so bad when I do buy something as I’ll know I’m helping a good cause. Win win, right?
7. Rotate my wardrobe : It’s so easy to get stuck wearing the same thing over and over again. We all have our favourite tops, jeans, shoes, and most of the time I only end up wearing a fraction of my wardrobe. So I picked up a clothes rail in Argos (for less than €20!) and am going to rotate my clothes on it weekly, to make sure that I wear everything I have!
8. Put down the heat tools : I’m a sucker for curling, straightening and blow-drying my hair. And my hair doesn’t thank me for it. So I’m putting the heat tools down and going to plait my hair instead – a nice, wavy result without any damage. I should have started sooner.
9. Plan my outfits : This kind of ties in with ‘Rotate my wardrobe‘, but I know that if I plan my outfit for college or whatever the night before, I’ll end up wearing nicer and different things, instead of throwing on classic my Topshop Leigh jeans, statement tee and boots combo. Fail to prepare and prepare to fail, and all that.
10. Pamper once a week : It’s all too easy to go from one end of the week to another, or one end of the month to another, without taking a breather. I want to make using hair masks, face masks, ful-body exfoliating and moisturising part of my weekly routine – I don’t think this resolution will be too hard to stick to 😉
11. Sleep on it : It’s 11 o’clock at night, my purse is at the bottom of my bed, and I’ve just accidentally clicked onto Missguided. This is what I call ‘After-hours shopping syndrome’ – you’re tired, everything on the website seems to be calling you and you’ve convinced yourself that buying €25 extra worth of stuff is a bargain, ’cause then you’ll get free shipping. Does this sound familiar? It’s too easy to whip out my card and make purchases online in the dead of night, then wake up the next morning with a post-online shopping hangover. My resolution? Keep my purse downstairs, I know that I won’t want anything so bad that I’ll leave my warm bed for it. If it’s still on my mind the next morning then maybe, just maybe, I can purchase it.
I hope you enjoyed reading this, please share with me any beauty and fashion resolutions you have – you can never have too many!
*Don’t stumble over something behind you*