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Goodbye 2015. Hello 2016! The end of the year bought many thoughts of resolutions and all I hope to accomplish this upcoming year. 2015 was filled with some of my favorite memories. From traveling to Maui with my fiancée to attending my first music festival (Governors Ball with Dove!), it was definitely a year to remember. I also collaborated with a few of my favorite brands, such as Tria, Revlon, Boots Beauty, and Head & Shoulders!
This year, my resolutions are pretty simple. I've learned that the most important thing in life is to be happy and surround yourself with people you love and care about. As a beauty girl, I'm always looking for ways to improve myself and my beauty routine. Here's are my 10 beauty resolutions for 2016!
I've always been a night owl, but it's important to get a full night's rest every single night. I'm notorious for staying up to the early hours of the morning to finish a story or project. This year, I vow to sleep better and get more rest. My pillows have just become more cozy thanks to my new iluminage Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase. It helps fight wrinkles while you sleep. That's pretty much a win-win.
Resolution #2: Experiment with makeup more
I'm a victim of routine and I want to be more bold with makeup this year. My signature look has always been a nude lip with winged eyeliner. This year, I plan to experiment with more with color and get out my comfort zone.
Resolution #3: Wear sunscreen everyday
Sunscreen is the most important part of anyone's beauty routine. Good makeup starts with great skin and the sun is very harsh. I've already starting adding items to my daily routine. I normally prime with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 and often use Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20. I also adore Supergoop! Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 to set makeup and touch-up throughout the day.
Resolution #4: Clean makeup brushes more often
I own so many brushes that I normally swap out dirty ones with new and then I'm left with 50+ brushes to wash. I vow to be less lazy and clean my brushes more often. Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo is the best cleanser for brushes and the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove is a lifesaver.
Resolution #5: Tone my body
For years my New Year's Resolution was always to lose weight and I'm finally starting to accept my size. It's okay not to be thin, but it's important to be healthy. My biggest goal for 2016 is to tone up my body and workout on a more regular basis.
Resolution #6: Eat healthier
This resolution ties into my previous one. I eat healthy on occasion, but I want to be more conscious of the food I'm putting in my body. When you're constantly on the go, it can be difficult to stop and order something that's actually good for you (plus, I love french fries). I've already begun purchasing more healthy items at my local supermarket. Incorporating more fruits and vegetables into my meals is also easy to do!
Resolution #7: Take vitamins daily
I recently tried Nature's Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies with Biotin and was surprised at how yummy they tasted. These gummies feature Vitamin C and Biotin for glowing skin, lustrous hair, and strong healthy nails. I recommend adding these to your routine. Set an alarm to remind you or just take with your morning coffee!
Resolution #8: Swap out makeup weekly
Being a beauty editor has it perks and one of them is getting to test new beauty products often. This also means that I've become a bit of hoarder with items living all over the house! I've started swapping out old products with new and vice versa, so every item gets a chance to shine. I have drawers dedicated to items (lipstick, bronzers, highlighters, etc.) and weekly, I swap products for different ones. Doing it weekly or bi-weekly helps me remember what I actually have and let's me fall in love with old products all over again.
Resolution #9: Wash hair less, deep condition more
I have fine, curly hair, so it gets tangled very easily. This causes me to wash my hair almost every day. While it's okay to wash hair often, you shouldn't wash your hair every day because of the natural oils on you hair and scalp. Your natural oils actually keep hair healthy and shiny. By washing daily, you're missing out on the benefits of natural oils. Not only do I plan to cut down on washes, but I also plan to deep condition more often. You can skip shampoo and deep condition to repair and nourish strands on an off day. Hair Food recently sent over their Moisturizing Hair Mask and Hair Food Apricot Conditioner and I could see a huge difference in my locks after washing. Try this product; you won't be sorry!
Resolution #10: Use more natural products
I want to add more all-natural items into my beauty routine and pay more attention to the ingredients in my products. Coconut oil was a big beauty trend in 2015 and there's a lot to be said about the benefits of natural beauty products. Brands like Tata Harper, REN, Kahina Giving Beauty and Nude are just some of the natural brands you can add to your skincare collection.
What are your New Year's Resolutions for 2016?