I was about to give you a cheeky run down of my fave beauty products for 2017 but then realised that I’m actually pretty bored of my current make up ‘go tos’ to be honest and am in a bit of a minimal, ‘your skin but better’ rut. And I’m over it, so I’m going to write about my beauty resolutions instead; because I’ve decided that 2018 is going to be the year that I actually crack out my (rather extensive) make up stash, shake up my looks as well as add a few choice bits to my collection along the way.
I’ve been dabbling with this – but to be honest being more lazy than diligent – and my skin has suffered for it; it’s not spotty just lack lustre and I need to get it back to its normal pretty decent self. And if you’re not familiar with the double cleanse concept, it’s as straight-forward as it sounds; rather than trying to take your make up off at the end of the day with one simple cleanse – and god forbid using a wipe or just a micellar water because they’re just not sufficient to remove skincare and make up (both of which are designed to stick to the skin) – you go in a second time to remove all traces of whatever you’ve put on your face that day before you go in with your exfoliants, serums and moisturiser. I’m 44 next month so need to make sure that I’m back on track with my skin routine this year.
And talking about getting back into good habits, this one’s a no brainer, particularly as a red head who burns to an attractive crisp in the Australian sun. And as somebody who uses acid exfoliants regularly, SPF is a must, but despite both of those things I’ve been a bit hit and miss lately and relied a bit too much on the fact that the IT Cosmetics BB Cream (fab by the way) has SPF50 in it, which isn’t sufficient and not good enough. So must.do.better. Every flipping day.
I’m also thinking that I need to sort my life out and have a good go at my pigmentation this year as it’s clearly not going to go away by itself. I used to have pretty great skin before I moved to Australia and have really noticed changes in the 13 ish years that we’ve been here, with pigmentation being the pick of the crop. I’ve had some success in the past with Indeed Labs’ Pepta-Bright and Clinique’s Smart Custom-Repair Serum but I’ve not really committed to it so still have a few patches here and there that need attention. 2018’s the year.
And finally, on the skincare front, retinoids my friends..it’s time! I know that from an anti-aging perspective, this Vitamin A derivative is where it’s at and I’ve been late to the party with this one; probably because as I’ve researched them, they look like they can be pretty harsh (there can be irritation, peeling and redness after you’ve used them) so as somebody with sensitive skin I’ve been hesitant to have a play. But I know that I need to – and just need to experiment with a few to see which works for me – as I know that the long-term results will be worth it. I’ll be hopping on over to Caroline Hiron’s blog to get the lowdown as she is the ultimate skincare guru and my ‘go to’ walking talking skincare encyclopaedia.
And now Make Up
Lipsticks, lipsticks and more lipsticks!
It’s occurred to me that I spend more time organising and admiring my lipstick collection than wearing the things. Which is plain silly as I’m a big lippie fan. I’m not sure if it’s because as I’ve got older and my lips a little thinner that my preference has shifted to the more nude spectrum but whatever the reason I have firmly shifted gear into the safety zone of nudey pinks (and corals at a push) which is just plain boring. Yes reds, berries and any statement lip is harder work (and requires a bit more maintenance when you’re out and about) but it’s fun and I’m going to make the effort. Because as Frenchie says to Sandy in Grease ‘ Beauty is Pain..’ Where on earth did that come from?!
Take care of the small stuff
I’ve decided that this will also be the year of the details; doing my brows, curling my eyelashes and basically not doing ‘drive thru’ make up on the school run. Actually, I take that back, I will totally cut every corner that I can in the mornings; it’s all about survival Monday to Friday and dependent on whether I’m with a client or working from home I dial up and down accordingly. Let’s put it another way, I will do as little as possible for the maximum effect but when it is a ‘make-up’ make up day, I won’t cut corners as it’s the little touches that make the difference.
All about that Base
And I shall cut the cord from my trusty IT Cosmetics BB cream which was my base staple in 2017 as there are loads of new releases and formulas that I fancy trying like Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation (I’m already a big fan of her Light Wonder) and the Nars Velvet Matte Foundation Stick and their Soft Matte Complete Concealer.
And finally, I vow to START trying out new brands, STOP buying more of the same things that I never use (I’m looking at you eyeliners, powders and blushes) and most importantly CONTINUE adding to my Charlotte Tilbury collection as it’s simply my favourite and a girl can’t have enough rose gold in her life!
What are your beauty resolutions for this year?