6 beauty resolutions for 2012

smoky eye makeup

Happy new year! As I look back on 2011 and what I resolved to do last year at this time, I’ve come up with an additional list of beauty goals for 2012.

While it’s a shorter list than last year’s (because it’s not like those things from 2011 just go away!), these six goals will inspire me to continue to take care of myself. I hope it inspires you, too!

1. Experiment with different hair and makeup looks.

smoky eye makeup

{In 2012, I want to master the smoky eye. Photo Courtesy Allure}

In 2012, I want to step outside my hair and makeup comfort zone. Why don’t I wear more purple eyeshadow, which brings out my brown eyes? Why don’t I get streaks of color in my hair this spring, or chop it a bit more just because? Hair grows back. Makeup washes off. Tomorrow’s a new day. Just try it, and if you don’t like, don’t take pictures (and make sure to untag).

2. Invest in a monthly massage.

hot stone massage

{Who wants to play 90 minutes in heaven? I do, I do! Photo Courtesy Pinterest}

I sit at a desk for nine hours a day. It gets stiff. This year, I’m going to invest in a monthly massage to work the kinks out and welcome relaxation into my life. I’m discovering some of the best spas in the Kansas City area as part of my freelance work, so I don’t have to worry about “being unproductive” for 90 minutes a month. It’s research! And, luckily, routine massage is part of my health and wellness program, so this is a “luxury” that I can pay for with my flexible spending account. You should definitely look into what your health care program allows; massages are a great way to mentally unwind and de-stress, and taking care of your mental health this way is a lot cheaper than loading up on anxiety meds!

3. Skip the shampoo.

clean dry shampoo

{I may not be able to go without washing my hair for more than one day like some of my friends can, but I can start small and embrace dry shampoo and every-other-day washes. Photo Courtesy Sephora}

Skipping shampoo is a tough one for me. I’m a naturally oily girl, and just one day without washing leaves my mop an oily mess. I’ve tried dry shampoo, but I just don’t think I’ve found the right formulation or figured out the right way to use it — yet. This year, I resolve to go a day in between washes as much as possible; even if it’s starting small, such as no washes on Sundays, to see how getting my hair back to its natural texture and consistency looks and feels. After doing a quick search for some natural dry shampoos, I came across Clean,which uses natural cotton seeds and extracts to sop up oil and amp up shine. What dry shampoos do you recommend?

4. Keep my hands soft and safe.


{Besides the neck and chest, the hands are one of the first places that can reveal a person's age. Photo Courtesy Pinterest}

I’m religious about wearing sunscreen on my face. But what about my hands? It may seem kooky, but keeping your hands moisturized and protected with a daily sunscreen can take years off your appearance. Ever see those beautiful ladies who have stunning faces but harsh, dehydrated hands? Should’ve used sunscreen! I’m on the hunt for the perfect SPF 15 or higher hand cream that will keep my hands feeling soft and free of sun spots. And in case you don’t already, make sure to keep your neck and chest moisturized and protected year-round, too! The skin in those areas is more delicate and prone to sun damage. It’s not just about your face!

5. Pamper myself with a weekly facial.

green facial

{Treat yo'self! Once a week, relax and detox with a purifying facial. Photo Courtesy Pinterest}

In 2011, I started reserving time on Sundays to treat myself to a facial. Though it didn’t happen every single week, the weeks that I did find 20 minutes to apply a mask and pamper my skin were always incredible. This year, I want to make Sundays count when it comes to my skin. While I don’t have it in my budget to get a professional facial at the spa every week (wouldn’t that be amazing?!), I have some just-as-effective at-home treatments, both DIY and ready-to-use, that I’m excited to share with you in 2012. As far as the pro spa visits go, I’d love to find a facialist to visit every three months to keep my skin in tip-top shape. Do you have a favorite facialist or aesthetitian?

6. Take my vitamins.

eminence clear skin vitamins

{Beauty pills DO exist! They're called vitamins. Photo Courtesy Eminence}

I’ve never been good about taking my vitamins. I think I do a decent job of getting the vitamins and minerals I need through good food, but a little boost here and there shouldn’t hurt, right? This year, I want to get back on to a regular supplement system to get in the extra goodies that aren’t usually in my diet. I’m starting this Clear Skin vitamin system from Eminence this week to see how it goes. It’s packed with borage seed oil, an anti-inflammatory, zinc and other miracle ingredients that are supposed to help keep my blemish-prone skin calm. What vitamins do you take?

Do you have any goals for 2012, beauty- or non-beauty related? What resolutions from 2011 are you carrying over into the new year? Leave me a comment and let me know what you’re doing this year to make your mind and body better!

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