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Pretty New Year – My Beauty Resolutions for 2012

3 Jan

Happy New Year, readers! I can’t believe it’s already 2012! To be honest, I have no complaints about moving on to this year. I don’t know about you, but I’m in dire need of a fresh start. Do you make any New Year’s resolutions for this year? I’m pretty terrible at keeping resolutions myself, but I figure that if I make them beauty related, that I’ll be more likely to stick to them. (We all know that even if I intend to start working on my fitness, keep my room clean, or improve my math skills, somewhere around February my resolve to do any of those things will peter out.) Are you the same way? If so, here are seven pretty New Year’s resolutions that I’m going to stick with that will be good for me in the long run – some fun, some challenging – and feel free to take them for yourself!

Resolution No. 6: Play with My Hair

Resolution No. 6: Play with My Hair

  1. This may be a little gross, but I have a tendency to pick at my skin, often for no reason (i.e., even if I have no pimples). Sometimes I really can’t help myself. I’ve gotten a lot better at controlling this, but I am going to stop picking, poking, and squeezing this year. I have nice skin! I should leave it alone. (Science fun fact: this is called dermatillomania.)
  2. This is another bad one: I am not great at remembering to take my makeup off before I go to bed. Especially with the advent of so many makeup removal wipes on the market and the fact that I received a limited-edition Clarisonic Mia for my birthday this year, this is inexcusable behavior. (And the more regularly I remove my makeup at night, the better my skin will be – therefore, the less I will have anything to pick at. Good habits beget more good habits!)
  3. Moisturize with more regularity/frequency. I guess the importance of this is especially apparent to me in winter, when parts of my face (I have combination skin) are flaking off like a sfogliatelle and the rest of it is just drier than usual – but my face is the only part of my body that I give any moisturizer love to because of its high visibility. I need to moisturize my whole body ALL the time. I recently read somewhere that I should keep my moisturizer in the shower so I can apply it as soon as I towel off – and I’ve started doing that. I’m pretty forgetful, but this has worked out pretty well so far!
  4. Start an anti-aging skincare regime. I’m in my early twenties, sure, and I am very lucky that my skin is in the shape that it is, but I am getting a little anxious about my skin. I especially need to start taking care of the area around my eyes, my forehead, and around my mouth, because I am highly expressive. Related: I need to find my ultimate everyday SPF facial moisturizer. Recommendations, anyone?
  5. Switch up my beauty routine! I completely love the beauty look I have now, but sometimes I feel like I’ve taken the easy way out and that I’m too comfortable with it. I know there’s the whole adage, “find what works for you and stick with it,” but beauty is an art – and artists should take risks! I wear “crazy” lipstick shades often, but in high school I used to wear bright eyeshadow shades with way more frequency than I do now – I’m going to try to get back into doing that, at least once in a while.
  6. On a related note to the last, I NEVER experiment with my hair. I don’t mean cutting it all off, because I’ve had short hair, long hair, bangs, layers, and everything in between. My hair is ALWAYS straight, however, and I never take the time to curl it or make it wavy, so I want to play with my hair more this year. And I’ve never dyed my hair and I keep thinking about taking the plunge, or at least with semi-permanent dye – is this my year?
  7. Drink more water. You might be thinking this is an easy one, but only in the past year have I started to drink more water. I am really proud of myself about my hydration habits and this year, I’m keeping it up! I drink maybe three or four glasses a day, so I’m going to attempt to up the ante a little bit. It’s so good for the body and the skin – and I get migraine headaches, so I’m hoping that drinking more water will help them.

Okay, everyone – what do you think of my New Year’s beauty resolutions? Am I going to stick with them? Do you have any advice for me to help me keep my resolutions (I would love the help!)? Are there any on here that you are going to try to keep yourself this year?

Thank you so much for reading my blog in 2011. I’ve really appreciated all your visits and comments, and I hope you stop by in 2012!

Product Spotlight: Boscia Soothing Cleansing Cream

17 Oct

Hey readers! Hope you had a nice weekend! I definitely did. It’s finally fall here in New York and I am loving it! I busted out the spring/fall cape and totally rocked it. Though a weird thing about my weekend was that I saw a man selling COUNTERFEIT MAC MAKEUP IN UNION SQUARE and freaked out! It blew my mind. I’ve never seen it in person before – only online. Of course I didn’t buy any – who knows what was in it?!

So, in the past, I’ve shared that I use an exfoliating face wash several times a week. I don’t use a face scrub any longer, and I’ll tell you the reason for that soon. You may have been wondering what I use the other days of the week – or what I now use pretty much exclusively!

Boscia Soothing Cleansing Cream

Boscia Soothing Cleansing Cream (picture from beautylish.com)

It had admittedly been a struggle to find something – anything at all – that fit the bill so Boscia‘s Soothing Cleansing Cream is what I’m using right now. I’m obviously pretty picky about products, but when I went into a Sephora to buy a facial cleanser, I only knew that I wanted something mild. My skin was more flaky than a sfogliatelle (or a croissant, if you prefer) – which was why I’d been exfoliating so frequently – but little did I realize that overexfoliating was causing my skin to flake! It’s a delicate balance, my friends. I needed a gentle, milky cleanser to give my skin a break, and after trying a few with the awesome SA at the Union Square Sephora (my favorite one), I went with Boscia.

Boscia‘s Soothing Cleansing Cream is fragrance free, an excellent cleanser, and leaves your skin deliciously touchable. In fact, once you’ve washed your face, you’re suddenly terrified the product’s left behind a greasy film. False, you’re just seriously moisturized. Because of this, though, I advise that you use this product before bed instead of in the morning. (I might not recommend those of you with especially oily skin check this one out.) It’s also a natural product, for those of you who find that important. You really only need one or two little squirts of the product for your whole face, so a little goes a long way.

Though you might go far with just a bit of product, Boscia‘s Soothing Cleansing Cream is unfortunately a bit on the steep side – $26 for 5 oz. It’s also not much of an in-shower face wash for the multi-taskers out there, as Boscia suggests you use it on on a dry face. And, because of the fact that it’s a natural product, it contains no preservatives – so once you buy it, I suggest you start using it so it doesn’t go bad…

It may not be the perfect face wash, but I’m digging it right now. It’s great for fall/winter, especially with its moisturizing qualities. I bought mine at Sephora, but you can also buy it here from Ulta, here from drugstore.com, or here from Boscia‘s own website.

Does anyone else have this face cleanser and like it, or any other Boscia products that they’d like to recommend?

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