It’s not even February and I’m already over winter.. Days like today have me really missing the warmer weather. Why must winter weather require so much effort?? From daily cleansers to exfoliating body scrubs to rich hand lotions, here’s a breakdown of my current winter skincare routine and favorite products.
Everyone needs a sick day. Or six.
I’ve worked in an “open leave” environment for the past three years. If you’re not familiar with open leave, it basically means there is no limit to the amount of vacation or sick days an employee can take. Keeping that in mind, I’ve always felt obligated to work from home instead of taking a true sick day. Why do I always feel guilty? I shouldn’t, but I do.
Anyways, that all changed on January 2nd. One of my resolutions this year is to not feeling so guilty all the time (coupled with saying “sorry” when I don’t need to). So I took the sick day. I didn’t check my email or even think about work. And I’m so glad I did.
On a lighter note, no makeup for 6 days. I basically smeared layers upon layers of Vaseline all over my nose and lips. My Dyson Humidifier became my best friend, again. And cough drops, Ibuprofen and Kleenex covered my vanity. But seriously, that Vaseline worked wonders on my raw nose and lips.
What did I accomplish in those six days? If it counts, I binge watched old seasons of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules. I also shopped ColourPop’s sitewide sale and scooped a couple of palettes that were on my wish list, a couple more makeup brushes and a bronzer compact. Did I need any of it? No. But it was a really good sale.
As I write today’s annual New Year’s post, I’m struggling to find the energy with this terrible cold/cough/fever. My husband and I have been surviving off chicken noodle soup, fruit & veggie smoothies and hot tea. While the last few days have been miserable, I’m just thankful I’m dealing with it now rather than later this month.
Anyways, I always like to check in on last year’s beauty goals and see if I accomplished them.
1. Take better care of my cuticles. While I’m very dedicated to trimming and filing my nails, I never purchased a good cuticle oil.
2. Give my lips some extra TLC. Check. I discovered a really great lip mask this year in addition to using a fab lip scrub from Fresh.
3. Find my perfect nude lipstick. I think veered a little of course with this one. I was obsessed with mauve and bright red lipsticks. Hoping I find my perfect nude lipstick this year!
4. Try at least five new hairstyles. Debatable. Although, I did start wearing more polished sock buns towards the end of the year thanks to a little help.
5. Hit the gym at least three times a week. I was good for a solid three months or so…
Now, for my 2018 goals:
Try more eye makeup looks. I’ve gotten better with my eye shadow application skills and I’m ready to experiment with more colors.
Do at least 3 beauty video tutorials. I’d like to publish more video content in 2018 and I have a videographer husband, so no excuses! If you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel here.
Find the best long-lasting eye primer. I’ve tried a bevy of eye primers but none seem to cut it in terms of longevity. Any recommendations?
Maintain a consistent exfoliating schedule. The last time I got a facial, the aesthetician told me I need to do a better job exfoliating around my nose and chin.
Travel more. Not exactly a beauty goal but something I’d like to do more of in 2018. Last year I traveled to Chicago and I’m hoping I get to go to southern California!
Wishing you and yours a happy and health New Year! What do you plan to resolve in 2018?