Sunday, December 25, 2011

New Year's Beauty Resolutions 2012

I'm a big fan of New Year's Resolutions. I know it's totally cliché, and I'll be the first to admit that I make the same ones every year. I'm pretty sure everyone else makes the same ones every year, too: lose weight, read more books, eat better, ect. According to this article, 88% of resolutions fail for a number of reasons, but that's not going to stop me from promising myself to get in shape and get a library card for 2012!

This year, in addition to my old standbys, I plan on making some less serious resolutions that I feel I have a waaaay better chance of sticking to--all of them have to do with beauty, whether they be health-, cosmetic-, or blog-related. Some are long-term, some are a one-time thing, and some are still kinda vague, but I'm excited nonetheless! These are my New Year's Beauty Resolutions for 2012. I've put them on their own page up at the top of the blog, and anyone who wants to submit her Beauty Resolution can leave it comment  on this post or email it to me. We'll put them on the Resolutions page to crossed off when completed! I think it will be fun to see what everyone else is trying to accomplish this year, and how we go about doing it.

TBlog more often.
Seriously, I have been slacking with the posts. In my defense, school and work are both kicking my bootay, but now, for a little while, at least, I should have some time to write more frequently.

TLearn how to franken.
That one's pretty simple. I've tried in the past a few times, and I am amazed by just how epic my failures were. This year I am going to buckle down, read about you guys' techniques online, and finally create at least one of my own personal polishes.

TWhiten my teeth.
I think I'll have more confidence, even if it's something as silly as feeling better about my own smile. I've heard good things about the Rembrandt 2-hour Whitening Kit. I'll be sure to document my progress on the ol' blog.

TGet a piercing.
Specifically, my ear. Even more specifically, my forward helix. I had my forward helix done a few months ago, but a lot of hypertrophic scarring built up, so my piercer decided to let it heal and try it again, this time with a curved barbell instead of a captive bead ring. I eventually want three, like this picture here. I just think it looks cute and fun. Any piercing junkies out there? I've also been toying with a microdermal on my clavicle, but that's a whole 'nother kettle of fish! :D

TLearn how to wax my own eyebrows.
I know that there are so many ways this could go wrong, but the benefits just might outweigh the risks, considering how often I have to get them done professionally. I have thick eyebrows with tons of random hairs that don't grow anywhere near the natural shape, and, truth be told, I am too lazy to pluck enough to maintain the work they do at the salon in between visits. This isn't something I'm going to rush into on the first of the year, but at least at some point I want to give it a try. Who knows, maybe I'll be a natural! ...or maybe I'll be bolting for the salon to have them fix what I've done...either way, it'll be an adventure haha! Do any of you wax your own eyebrows? Any kits or tips you would recommend?

TTreat my stretchmarks.
I know, I know, it's probably TMI, but at the same time, I know that most women (and some men) have them. When mine first appeared on the scene in eighth grade, I was pretty sure it was the worst thing that could ever happen to a person. Now, years later, I've come to terms with them, but all the claims of stretch mark erasers have left me curious. Will I be devastated and shocked if they don't work? Nah, but on the off chance that they do? I'll give it a shot. Stretch mark removal reviews...I don't know if that's something you guys are interested in reading, so I'll probably put out an anonymous poll when the time comes. Until then, it's on my to-do list for this year haha!

TLip makeup.
I'm not a huge makeup person in general. I was obsessed from ages ten to fourteen, and now I wear it for special occasions, or if I'm going out with some friends, or just on a regular day if I'm in the mood. I still love makeup, but I don't wear it a ton. What I don't wear ever is lipstick. Or lipgloss. Or lipstain. Or even tinted lipbalm. I have a decent amount of each product, and I've worn them in the past, but the combination of the precision needed in the application, plus that feeling it leaves on my lips is too much for me. This year I'm going to wear more lip makeup. Simple. :D

TGet a tattoo.
There is no time like the present, and the tattoo that I want has been a dream of mine since I was twelve. It's a simple tattoo, and I've received criticism from people when I mention it, but there is no reason for me not to get it. I have done a truly shocking amount of research, and I know exactly what I want: on my inner left wrist, the word "dream," in simple script, in white ink. Now I need to find an artist that has successfully done white ink tattoos, as they are tricky. Tons of people try to discourage me for it for tons of reasons that I'll write about later, when I actually get it done, but I have decided that 2012 will finally be the year I get my tattoo. Over a decade I've wanted to get this puppy. There are a few tattoos I want, but those might come and go. My "dream" tattoo has always been a dream of mine (I know, I know, CHEESY!) and this is the time to do it. If not now, when?

TTake better care of my nails.
Someone with a nail blog should be doing this already, but recently I've really let them go. This year I need to not overbuff, moisturize my hands and cuticles, and get more protein in my diet to help them grow stronger. I may start taking Biotin again. I took it a few years ago but I really don't remember if it helped or not. This was before my nail polish addiction.

TTake better care of my face.
Currently, my skin is, well...gross, in my opinion. I have fair skin that's relatively sensitive, and although I'm out of my teens, I still perpetual acne. I recently spoke to my doctor, who prescribed me a three part acne treatment, so we'll see how that goes. My roommates and I have recently implemented "Facial Fridays" into our weekly schedule, and until now I've been mooching off of them and their face masks. When I was younger, I was really into the whole spa idea and used those seaweed and clay facial kits you can buy at the drug store religiously. Now in 2012, I am read to start buying them again. I am interested in trying the Boscia Luminizing Black Mask after reading Scrangie's review of it her her blog.

So those are my resolutions. What are your beauty ideas for 2012? Be sure to email me or leave a comment if you want to share yours with the community! Thanks for reading, guys!


  1. I totally love the triple helix you showed ! I'd love it but I had my right rook and tragus freshly pierced ;)
    I also love your tattoo project, people shouldn't criticize it ...

  2. i agree with all of your resolutions. in addition to taking better care of my nails, i need to take better care of my hands overall especialy my cuticles.

  3. My personal resolution for the year to come is get a proper job :P But I do love yours!

  4. Eating better is big on my New Year's resolution list. Second would be to add a bit more beauty to my everyday routine (step it up a bit ya know, get out of the sweatpants!). The first and second resolutions go hand in hand. They both require a commitment from me to add some effort.

  5. that piercing is awesome! the only one i want left on my list is my conch, but i really like the forward triple helix! i might just add that to my list.


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