This is my first year I’ve experienced a New Year with GemmaPlumb.com. So, I thought this would be the first year of my Beauty Commandments. These are a list of beauty-related goals, I’m going to try and live up to for the full year of 2016! Feel free to join along with my commandments, or create your own!
- Drink Water! Lots of Water
I have to admit. Drinking enough water just isn’t one of my positive traits. If I’m thirsty, I immediately reach for a cup of tea. (I know, I’m such a stereotype). Drinking enough water is one of the best things you can do for your body in both health and beauty terms, and yet it’s one of the most overlooked points.
- ALWAYS remove makeup before bed and moisturise.
So, a little while ago I wrote a post about the effects sleeping in makeup can have on your skin and it scared me straight. Admittedly, there have been times when a little too much wine has been involved and honestly taking off my makeup has been the last thing on my mind. Hopefully, I’ll be better in 2016.
- Use SPF daily!
I have to admit, I never use SPF. Unless it’s been sneakily added to my foundation or I’m abroad in a hot country, SPF just doesn’t touch my face. Living in Wales underneath a permanent cloud, I never thought I needed it. Oh, how wrong I was! I’m now making it a priority to wear foundation containing SPF or wearing it underneath my regular makeup.
- Throw away all products past their dates! Even if emotionally attached.
We all have that 5-year-old blush, that 6-month-old mascara or 2-year-old lipgloss sitting in our collection. But why? Why do we develop bizarre emotional connections to inanimate objects like makeup? I’m making it a priority to cleanse my makeup collection this January and get rid of all those products I probably should have a loooonng time ago.
- Wash personal brushes once a week without fail.
Being a Makeup Artist, I’m constantly washing makeup brushes. CONSTANTLY! So when it comes to washing my own personal brushes, I couldn’t be less enthusiastic if I tried. But, ensuring they are properly cleaned is so important in preventing blemishes and infections. So, I’m making washing my personal brushes just as important as washing my clients brushes.
- I will not wear chipped nail polish.
I’m not proud of it, but I’m often found rocking incredibly chipped nail polish. I don’t know how but as soon as I paint my nails they’re chipped. I can’t escape them. So I’m making it a beauty commandment to carry nail polish remover pads with me in my handbag. This way when they get too badly chipped, no one has to catch me with my appalling nails.
- I will exfoliate my body weekly and moisturise my body daily.
Unless, I’m wearing fake tan I definitely neglect exfoliating and moisturising my body. I’m so good at keeping on top of my facial skin care routine, this year I want to get just as good at my body skincare routine.
- Hair masks weekly and trim split ends regularly.
I regularly use heat on my hair and have bleached it in the past, meaning it has a tendency of drying out quite badly. I love using hair masks but often struggle to find the time to use one. This year I’m making it a priority to use a weekly hair mask and have a regular trim to remove those pesky split ends.
- I will NOT experiment with my brows.
For some reason, I always think it’s a good idea to experiment with my brows. It’s not! Find your natural shape (the shape that suits your own face) and don’t base your eyebrows off what others look like because you think it’ll look good. It probably won’t. This is something I need to be constantly reminded of.
- I will learn to love my imperfections.
And lastly, this year I’m going to learn to love my wonky nose, my thin lips, my eyebrows bald patches and my hooded eyes. Without sounding vain, I’m generally happy with how I look. There’s obviously so many little things I’d love to change, like getting lip filler or a nose job or an eyebrow lift; but just changing one of those things can drastically change your overall appearance. Sometimes changing it for the better, sometimes for the worse. I’m happy with how I look and I’m not prepared to risk changing anything.
What are some of your beauty commandments for 2016?
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