I hope that the first few days of 2013 have been happy ones for you!
For this month’s list-of-five-things, I’m going to share a few beauty-related New Year’s Resolutions. I have some larger, more serious resolutions in mind, as well, but I’m keeping those private!
Let’s see… I resolve to:
1. Get more frequent haircuts. Since I wasn’t working for most of 2012, I stretched out the intervals between haircuts as long as possible, in order to save the expense. Now that I’m again gainfully employed, I’m going to set a strict eight (or nine) week schedule. When I wait three months between cuts, I look messy and my stylist’s excellent work is undone.
2. Go for massages more regularly. Now that I’m back at work, I’m sitting at a computer much of the day, and then sitting at my own keyboard when I’m doing my own writing or freelance work in the evening. My neck and shoulders end up paying the price. I’m not talking about fancy, day-spa treatments with fluffy robes and herbal tea and all the other holistic bells and whistles: just a Saturday afternoon visit to my reliable local Chinese-massage storefront will do the trick.
3. Stop damaging my cuticles. I’ve never been a nail-biter, but in moments of boredom and/or stress, I do tend to pull at any and all broken cuticles and hang-nails. The cold weather has caused more rough edges and dryness, leading to further temptation. I’m going to use cuticle cream more frequently and give myself more home manicures to keep things neat. I won’t want to mangle my fingers if they look pretty.
4. Wear less foundation. I made a few steps forward with healthy skincare over the past year, so now I’m going to try to apply slightly less makeup. I’ll never be a “natural beauty” or the “girl next door”—that’s just not my style—but I’m going to try to lighten up just a bit.
5. Stop buying lipsticks until I use up the ones I have. Oh, hahhahhhahh. No, I couldn’t keep a straight face either. Let’s try again…
5. Organize my fragrance collection. Daunting, but necessary. My “perfume cabinet” is cluttered and dusty. My drawer of sample vials and decants is a disaster area. Small caches of additional samples and decants lurk in numerous other corners of the bedroom and living room. I need to do something about this situation.
Have you made any beauty-related resolutions for the upcoming year? Feel free to share!
Image: John Bull magazine cover (January 1954) via Allposters.