I’ve never really been one for New Years resolutions, yeah I’ve made them before, but such like putting a stop to chocolate and revising more. Both of those things, I knew, would never last. However, there is something about the past month that has made me want to be a better person in many ways. Health, living and the blog are all mentioned on my long list of goals for 2016. That’s right ‘long list’, I have 7 or 8 goals for this year. I feel like you can work to more than one at a time (maximum of three I’d say though) but it’s nice to know that when I succeed at one there is another one for me to smash!
My first resolution of the year is to, as the title suggests, to find a beauty regime and stick to it. I think that’s going to be the hardest part, properly caring for my face before ending my day by flopping into bed and sleeping my night away.
Pre-Cleanse // Garnier – Micellar Water
This is the first step to my regime, taking my makeup off! I’ve talked about how much I love Bioderma before but it’s pretty hard to get hold of. So I recently picked up the Garnier Micellar Water to which I’ve heard pretty impressive things. The ‘better than Bioderma’ statement has been thrown around a little too. I’ll use this only at the end of the day to remove the thick of my make-up and any daily wear & tear from working.
Cleanse // Liz Earle – Cleanse and Polish
I have used this cleanser since I was 14 I think, maybe 15. I always get given tubes of it for Christmas because everyone know’s how much I love it and go through it like wildfire. Up until about October, it had been the beginning, middle and end of my beauty regime. Pretty poor I know, but it kept me acne free. This cleanser will be to remove any remaining makeup after my pre-clease in the evening but also by itself in the morning. I actually recently purchased the Emma Hardie, Moringa cleansing balm, I used it for the first time yesterday evening instead of the Liz Earl. It’s much richer in texture and has more of a nourishing effect, great for after a hard day to help my skin relax and recharge!
Toner // Pixi – Glow Tonic
Toners are a pretty marmite subject, some people think they’re useless others couldn’t live without them. I’m going to be honest and say that back when I first started caring for my skin, I thought they were pretty pointless, never really seeing results. But I’ve come to learn that toners are more of a product where it works on the deeper layers of skin, thus benefiting the top layers. I’ve been using this morning and night but Caroline Hirons actually recommends alternating between two different toners to get the best results. I’ll give this a try this come payday when my bank balance has recovered from rather pricey Emma Hardie spending spree!
Serum // Korres – Anti-aging and Firming
I picked this product up on a whim from TK Maxx a few days before deciding on this resolution. I’m pretty self-conscious about wrinkles and sun damage, especially around my eyes. I can hear you screaming “a 23-year-old with wrinkles, yeah right” but they’re there, trust me. Whilst they’re not the wrinkles of a 65-year-old, I like to indulge in the sun all year round and that has definitely taken its toll on my skin. I’ve been using this product for just over a week now and I can already tell the difference, my skin is much smoother around the eyes, and the shallow wrinkles on my forehead and around my eyebrows are dimming. I’ve been using this product morning and night too, however, it seems like everyone on YouTube is talking about Luna by Sunday Riley at the moment and I’m so tempted to make the splurge of the century and see how these bad-boys would work together!
Eye Cream // Kiehl’s – Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
I have kind of a love-hate relationship with this cream. I have dry skin, especially under the eyes and it really hydrates and makes my eyes look more awake but if I use it too often it dries out my skin even more. How that works, I’m unsure. I might just have more sensitive skin under my eye, seeing as it only happens to the one eye, but who knows. I’m on the search for something new, but committing is proving difficult at the moment because all the hype seems to be around this one! If anyone has any advice, I’m all ears.
Moisturiser // Burts Bee’s – Daily Moisturising Cream
The final step to my beauty regime, moisturising. For me, this is one of the most important steps because it’s the step specifically designed to hydrate your skin and with as dehydrated skin as mine, it’s not something I can skip. I picked up the Burts Bee’s moisturiser in New York because the dry, sharp air was playing havoc with mine and Georges skin, it’s ok, does the job but isn’t the best in the business. I’m keeping my eyes peeled for something a little more rich and hydrating, though.
Next thing to add is going to be an SPF, just in the mornings before I move on to my makeup. But, just this week I picked up the Chanel Vitalumiere Foundation which has SPF-15 in it, so adding anything else into the mix will be a little pointless seeing as the 15 will cancel out anything underneath it. When I run out of the Chanel though…
I totally get the “why should you wait until the New Year to set a goal and make a change”, if you decide in the middle of March that you want to get fit, then that’s a better time than any to make a difference in your life. But for me, there’s something refreshing about New Year. I’m not one for saying “this year is going to be my year” because, in my eyes, every year is my year. But there is something about the year changing and everyones positive attitudes towards resolutions that motivates me even more. What’s your opinion? If you are for goals and resolutions I’d love to know what yours are for 2016.