In Defense of Having Beauty Resolutions ... Plus Products to Help You Keep Them!Missy Pink Pistachio
Happy 2014, friends! I love the sense of spirit, the excitement, the unknown, and the overall fresh start that comes with a new year. For many of us, it’s resolution time — time to make new goals and create better habits.
When thinking about new year resolutions, how often do we make beauty-related goals? Probably not as often as we should.I know, I know, that may sound conceited as ever, but hear me out — there is nothing wrong with taking time for yourself or caring about how you look! That’s right, I said it! When you give a little extra love and care to your appearance, your self-confidence boosts up a notch or two resulting in you being a better mom, friend, spouse, and co-worker. Choose at least one beauty resolution this year to help you reflect your internal beauty outwards.
When it comes to beauty resolutions, I’ve narrowed it down to four: Keep your purchase more budget-friendly, take time to unwind, be kind to your skin, and be more reflective in all ways.
Resolutions and Products Too 1 of 25
What beauty resolutions are you going to make to help you feel and become a better you?
Be Budget Friendly 2 of 25
Giving yourself that extra confidence boost doesn't have to come with the guilt of empty pockets. Keep your wallet fat and happy this year by opting for a few budget-friendly beauty products! When it comes to beauty products, a higher price-tag doesn't always mean better quality, pigment, or lasting-power. Now I understand there are times to splurge on some of your favorite beauty buys, but did you also know there are lots of dupes out there for many high end beauty products that are half, sometimes even a quarter of the price? Drugstore beauty brands are stepping up their game — making it easier than ever to look pretty on a pocket-friendly budget!
Budget: Rimmel London Natural Bronzer 3 of 25
Fake a naturally sun-kissed face with this waterproof bronzing powder that's light on the skin and on the wallet! And at only $2 you can save the extra pennies for taking a trip to Tahiti (in my dreams).
To Purchase: Rimmel London Natural Bronzer â€˜Sun Shine'; $2
Budget: Maybelline Eye Studio Master 4 of 25
Line your lids with this extra easy liquid liner pen — the ultra-fine tip is perfect for skinny lines or turn it on its side for a more dramatic line that's simply divine.
To Purchase: Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Liquid Liner; $6
Budget: Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm 5 of 25
Who doesn't love to play with crayons? Color in your lips with one of these flirty matte chubby sticks — they are loaded with pigment and infused with shae, mango, and coconut butter for ultimate moisture!
To Purchase: Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm; $6
Budget: e.l.f. Studio Baked Blush 6 of 25
Add a healthy dose of warm, golden flush with this little 'Peachy Cheeky' it's the perfect budget-friendly blush!
To Purchase: e.l.f. Studio Baked Blush â€˜Peachy Cheeky'; $3
Budget: NYX Glam Shadow Stick 7 of 25
Let your eyes sparkle bright on any given day or night — NYX retractable Glam Shadow Sticks will add the perfect amount of pep to your peeps while staying totally waterproof during your weeps. Their pigment is powerful and great and will continue to stay un-creased throughout the whole day!
To Purchase: NYX Glam Shadow Stick; $3
Budget: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup 8 of 25
Healthy skin is always in even up your face with a light, healthy glow! Neutrogena's Healthy Skin foundation is a light-medium coverage option, so your skin will still look like skin while being protected from the sun's vicious rays with SPF 20!
To Purchase: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup; $11
Take Time to Unwind 9 of 25
This resolution is especially perfect for all the deserving, busy moms out there. Find the time to relax and unwind with spa-like products that are sure to soothe body and mind. This is probably one of the hardest, yet most important beauty resolution to make! Life is busy, and it is SO easy to get caught up in all the stress and responsibilities that come with the all too familiar territory. Taking time to unwind at the end of the day or even end of the week is a wonderful way to re-center and refresh yourself. Figure out which product works best for you so you can relax and feel happier too.
Unwind: EYES by ToGoSpa 10 of 25
Rejuvenate your under-eyes with cool collagen gel pads loaded with vitamins, amino acids, and other nutrients to plump and moisturize underneath your eyes. The gel pads are activated by the body's heat to release the nutrients into the thin, gentle area under your eyes — skin brightening and calming ingredients work together to relieve redness, dark circles, and puffy eyes, revealing fresh, hydrated, and youthful eyes. Simply apply the collagen gel pads underneath your eyes and leave on for 15-20 minutes, remove, and unveil for a more refreshed face!
To Purchase: EYES by ToGoSpa â€˜Ice Water' Collagen Gel Pads; $25
Unwind: Burts Bees Therapeutic Bath Crystals 11 of 25
Slip into a warm sea salt bath chock full of therapeutic lemon and eucalyptus essential oils to relieve soreness, pain, and daily stress.
To Purchase: Burt's Bees Therapeutic Bath Crystals; $9
Unwind: Re-Charge Your Locks 12 of 25
Treat your locks to an extra-luxurious, intensive treatment that smells sweet enough to eat! Hydrating shea butter adds moisture and shine, while hydrolyzed wheat protein envelopes each strand with strength and nutrients for truly pampered tresses!
To Purchase: WEN Sweet Almond Mint Re Moist Intensive Hair Treatment; $58
Unwind: Earth Therapeutics Comfort Wrap 13 of 25
Stress happens. Kick it to the curb with warmth and soothing herbal aromas! This rice-filled comfort wrap infused with a relaxing blend of lavender, citrus, and chamomile is the perfect way to relieve stress and tension at the end of a long day.
To Purchase: Earth Therapeutics Microwavable Anti-Stress Comfort Wrap; $14
Unwind: Yes To Cucumbers Calming Facial Mask 14 of 25
Cucumbers are always a good way to go when it comes to the soothing department. Give your face a break with Yes to Cucumbers' Calming Facial Mask. Organic cucumber extracts work double time to calm skin, soothe irritations, reduce puffiness, and aid in cell renewal. Dead sea minerals detoxify by pulling out impurities while aloe heals and gently cleanses the skin for an all-over, refreshing facial mask.
To Purchase: Yes To Cucumbers Soothing Calming Facial Mask; $15
Unwind: LOccitane Lavender Harvest Foaming Bath 15 of 25
Soak in a rich, foaming bath infused with lavender essential oil for a relaxing experience that will soothe and set you up for sweet dreams. This is one I'll definitely be trying!
To Purchase: L'Occitane Lavender Harvest Foaming Bath; $34
Be Kind to Your Skin 16 of 25
Even just the day-to-day an really take a toll on your skin, and you should never feel guilty about taking time to combat this. You only get one set of skin; treat it with tender loving care — this is actually one of my personal goals this year. Strive to take care of your skin by protecting it from the sun, loading it up with moisture, preventing future aging, and exfoliating. Choose to feel good in your own skin this year!
Be Kind to Your Skin: ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment 17 of 25
Start 2014 off right with healthy skin with a weekly at-home facial using ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment it's truly a treat for your face! It's one of my must-have products that I can't live without! Results are immediate after one application. The gusto of fruit enzymes work to remove dead skin cells and bacteria, leaving you with clearer, smoother skin and a more glowing complexion!
To Purchase: Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment; $22
Be Kind to Your Skin: Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil 18 of 25
Brighten, tighten, moisturize, repair, rebuild, and prevent aging with this miracle oil for your face! 100% organic and undiluted maracuja oil is packed full of vitamin C to instantly brighten your complexion, fatty-acids to rebuild skin cells, and rich, moisturizing properties to hydrate the skin without making your face feel greasy.
Note: Pure maracuja oil is fabulous for any skin-type and will not clog pores or cause breakouts.
To Purchase: Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil; $46
Be Kind to Your Skin: Aveeno Active Naturals 19 of 25
Take action to really protect your skin from the sun's feisty rays! Aveeno's Active Naturals Protect+ SPF 70 Lotion makes it easy to shield your precious skin from UVA and UVB rays because of its oil-free and fast-absorbing formula!
To Purchase: Aveeno Active Naturals Protect + Hydrate SPF 70 Lotion; $11
Be Kind to Your Skin: Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil 20 of 25
Keeping your skin moisturized and hydrated is one of the keys to softer, glowing skin! Lather up with this ultra rich, whipped body butter full of Argan oil to provide vitamin E, anti-aging properties, hydration, and prevent hyper pigmentation and inflammation your skin will radiate health and joy!
To Purchase: Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Ultra-Hydrating Body Butter; $35
Be Reflective 21 of 25
Choose to let your inner light shine nice and bright because you deserve a boost this year! This goal may seem purely surface-based, but with the added confidence this resolution will lend you, you'll your best version of you to everyone around. Be reflective in all ways, from your makeup application to your skin, lips, and nails. Being reflective internally and externally can help you feel more rejuvenated and ready to face any kind of day with a fresh outlook!
Be Reflective: Smashbox Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss 22 of 25
Let your lips reflect brightness and light while being conditioned and moisturized by vitamin A and hyaluronic acid for a pout that's perfectly reflective in every way.
To Purchase: Smashbox Reflection High Shine Lip Gloss â€˜Buff'; $19
Be Reflective: Tweezerman Pink Perfection Magnifying Mirror 23 of 25
See a little bit clearer, 15X to be exact, for a better makeup application, tweezing, and more. The battery-powered light allows for an even more clear view, so you can see exactly what you are trying to do.
To Purchase: Tweezerman Pink Perfection 15x Lighted Magnifying Mirror; $30
Be Reflective: NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator 24 of 25
Add an illuminating pep to your everyday foundation routine to help reflect your inner glow outward. Simply mix the illuminator in with your regular foundation and apply it as you normally would for a warm, candle-lit glow!
To Purchase: NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator 'Beige'; $7
Be Reflective: Dolce & Gabbana The Top Laquer 25 of 25
Add a layer of brilliant, mirror-like shine to your tips to take any polish to the next level. Diamond dust is infused in this luxury top coat to both strengthen nails and leave them looking glossy as ever.
To Purchase: Dolce & Gabbana The Top Laquer High Shine Nail Coat; $24