My Beauty Resolutions for 2012

Being a lover of lists and self-improvement, and therefore a huge fan of resolutions, over the past couple weeks, I’ve been trying to come up with a few rules/guidelines to follow when it comes to cosmetics and the purchasing and collection of them.  While I think I am almost conservative by most bloggers’ standards, in the real world I spend much more on cosmetics than I should, and I want to hold myself accountable and perhaps find a way to both satisfy my love of all things beauty, but keep my budget (and stash) in check.  As such, I’ve come up with some resolutions I hope to keep in the New Year that will allow me to achieve all of these things (more likely to be added):

- Extend sunscreen and treatment applications to back of neck, décolleté, and hands (places we too frequently forget)
Do not exfoliate skin with scrubs; use only chemical exfoliants like glycolic acid (reduces chance of irritating skin)
Apply jojoba oil to body every night (gotta get rid of the eczema scarring somehow)
Buy a new fragrance (I haven’t picked one up since early last year, which was only a rollerball, so it’s desperately time!)
Throw out all old makeup (past five years old)
Give away/swap any makeup that I haven’t used in 3 months (excluding seasonal shades) *process of elimination previously determined*
Try to procure a beauty item through swapping first before buying outright
Purchase no more than 5 nail polish a month (or $50/month) *May be carried over into the following month if quota/dollar value was not reached*
Avoid making repetitive purchases (similar shades eg); regarding palettes, I must have less than half the shades (similar) in order to justify a purchase
When making a purchase, assess frequency of use vs. cost (i.e. the less frequent the use, the lower the cost should be *certain exceptions apply*)
BUT, don’t restrict myself so much that I turn around and go overboard to compensate
- Clean my makeup brushes every week
Drink green tea (hello, age-fighting antioxidants!)
Drink 2L + of water daily
Sleep on a satin pillowcase (decreases damage to hair and skin)
Massage scalp weekly (helps keep dryness at bay)
Floss daily (…yea, guilty!  I might do it once every few days :S)
Soak feet weekly in Epsom salts and lavender oil (walking 7+ kilometers a day to and from work takes its toll!)

- Treat myself every 3 months to something FABULOUS!

I think all of these goals are reasonable and aren’t restrictive/overly ambitious – just the way I like them :)  Small targets that are achievable so that I’ll be more likely to attempt larger goals moving forward.  Some of these I’ve been meaning to do most of 2011, but being a touch lazy and a procrastinator for all things that aren’t immediately imperative, they keep falling by the wayside.  I want to focus on looking after my body – after all, it does a heck of a lot for me – and also try to alleviate my purchasing anxiety which I’ve spoken about several times.  No more of that, thankyouverymuch!  I’m so eager to get started, I’m not going to wait until January 1st to begin – I’m going to start right now!

Do you have any beauty resolutions you want to start in the New Year?  I’d love to hear them – I’m sure there are some great ideas I’m missing out on!

Hehe…LOVE Calvin and Hobbes :)

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  1. #1 by Eugenia on December 28, 2011 - 11:25 am

    I congratulate you, Toya my friend, for even being able to put down on paper what it is you aim to do; most people never really define their needs as thoroughly as you have here! I’ll be sending you tons of positive vibes so that you can achieve your goals, that’s for sure! I personally do not make resolutions and never have; instead, I try to tweak my lifestyle continuously throughout the year, by taking a step back every so often and taking stock of what needs to be adjusted/added/taken away. This way, I don’t need to feel bad or guilty if I don’t follow all the rules & restrictions I’ve placed on myself, lol!!

    • #2 by Latoya on December 28, 2011 - 10:43 pm

      Yay, thanks Eugenia!! I have a feeling your good vibes are strong enough that they’ll help me immensely :) I tend to be a constant work in progress, but due to my affinity for lists and my ridiculously busy lifestyle, writing things down is imperative or I’ll forget LOL! I think it’s great that you pause to reflect, as I’ve come to realize that not everyone takes the time to do so. Here’s to another year of being awesome! :D

  2. #3 by beautyreflections on December 28, 2011 - 10:03 pm

    LOVE your list Toya. I’ve been looking at my “collections” as well, and have decided to go on a blush ban for 6 months, which I shall post about. I just don’t use the pretty things I have! I also want to get healthier this year and am planning on going back to Weight Watcher’s. I’m tired of having to “angle” the camera to get rid of my chins lol! :)

    • #4 by Latoya on December 28, 2011 - 10:46 pm

      Thanks so much Tracy! I’m glad you liked it! I fully support you in your blush endeavor, though I will sorely miss all the temptations you post about :P Sometimes it just needs to happen, I totally understand, for the same reason – all your gorgeous things don’t get enough play because you have too many others waiting in the wings! It gets to be a bit crazy. I have to admit I never noticed any extra chins, I LOVE your self-shots – but it’s all about how WE feel about ourselves, not others, so I say – Rock Out and get ‘er done if it’ll make you happy! I’m behind you 100%!!

  3. #5 by Abi on December 30, 2011 - 3:28 pm

    Your List has inspired me to write my own… But about hair care which is where I am lacking behind. Your list is Amazing.. I finally took charge of my appearance later this year and changes have seen is amazing.. I don’t break out any more and I get a lot of compliment..

    • #6 by Latoya on December 31, 2011 - 8:11 pm

      Wow, good for you!!! Sometimes all it takes is a little extra awareness to make big changes. I’ll be interested to see your list, I might be able to get extra ideas from you :) Thanks so much for the compliment Abi, I’m truly glad you enjoyed it!!

  4. #7 by M on December 31, 2011 - 8:38 pm

    I admire your dedication to nail polish. I only WISH I could be as ardent of a polisher as you. But alas, I am too lazy. One of my resolutions is to take better care of my hands and nails. Any tips to help a lazy girl stay on top of her mani?

    • #8 by Latoya on January 2, 2012 - 8:58 pm

      Haha, it takes a “special” breed to be as insane as I am about polish, thats for sure :P Thanks for the compliment though!! I think if you’re looking to keep your nails looks good 24/7, the best thing you can do is moisturize like crazy – even if you don’t have polish on, hydrated hands and nails will do wonders. Particularly try to moisturize your cuticles regularly – I keep a Burt’s Bees one at my desk at work so whenever I remember I put some on. Also, when you DO do a mani, just be sure to prep your nails properly by using a remover first before applying any polish (to get rid of any oils that might make your mani chip faster) and use a good base and top coat to additionally help it last. At least that way you can be worry free for a week or so – no maintenance required :D

  5. #9 by Liz (Beauty Reductionista) on January 7, 2012 - 4:41 pm

    Great list! I love the one about soaking your feet. Gotta be good to the parts that do so much work!

    Good luck with these resolutions. I’ve no doubt that you’ll strike that balance you’re striving for. Can’t wait to see your 3-month celebration goodies. ;)

    • #10 by Latoya on January 9, 2012 - 4:26 pm

      Thanks Liz!! I think I need to post these on my wall or something, because other than the blog, I don’t have anywhere to refer to them and I am already failing at keeping up LOL – merely because I can’t recall what they are! All I remember is that every three months I get something awesome hehe…wonder when I should begin that – March? I’ll have to start making my wishlist :D

  6. #11 by Sarah Forshaw on January 9, 2012 - 8:28 pm

    This is a wonderful post!

    • #12 by Latoya on January 10, 2012 - 9:44 pm

      Thanks Sarah! I think I have a few more to add to the list as well :)

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