Sunday, January 29, 2012

Beauty Resolutions and Acne Solutions!

So I know January is almost over but still think that posting my beauty resolutions is a good idea. Posting things on the internet usually makes me follow through on them ha. So here they are:

1. I must take better care of my hair! In the past I have bleached it and colored it pink, which I liked at the time but it ruined my hair and took forever to grow out. I finally got the bleached parts cut. No more of that. I still love the idea of pink or turquoise hair but there are less damaging options like the Colorbug. I would love to try it in the summer. I am going to put heat on it less, and use a heat protectant when I do. My hair is short but long enough to put into a ponytail, which makes it much easier to not style everyday. Rhiana wants me to stop washing it everyday but I don't know if I can do it. Maybe I will try. Maybe. Probably not.

2. I want to do my eye makeup more often. I get up so early and don't like to put on much makeup in the morning, but I really do like the way I look when it is done. And as Rhiana said, experiment a little more. I always say I want to try new things but I usually go back to brown and gold or just mascara.

3. This one is not exactly a resolution but kind of a goal. I want to find a red and an orange nail polish that look good on me. I search for a while... and then give up and purchase yet another blue or pink nail polish that looks similar to about three others I already own. This must stop.

4. Paint my nails more often. I have like 60 polishes but I don't use them. Why?! I have no idea. Not much else needs to be said here.

5. Stop dressing like I don't care. I haven't resorted to sweat pants yet (and I never will. NEVERRR.) But I get up late and throw on whatever. Jeans and slippers every day. With a ponytail. It's a good look. I would love to curl my hair for school more. It's a little cold for dresses but when the time comes, I have a few that I would like to wear.

I think that is a good start. And now... Onto something I have been kind of excited to post on here. My skin through the years and how I fixed it. I have had acne since I was like 12. It has gotten worse over the years and was the worst from July to about November of 2011. I have used so many different products to try to get rid of it.

December 2010:

Dec 2010:

Jul 2011 A few weeks before I started using Clinique Acne Treatment:

Jul 2011 The day I started Clinique:

August 2011 After I had been using Clinique for about a month:

It really hurt my skin and it was so expensive, so I started seeing a dermatologist. She prescribed me oral antibiotics and topical creams that cleared up my acne within a month. I also switched my foundation, face wash and moisturizer.

December 2011:

Jan 2012

Jan 2012

Jan 2012

I went from trying all this....

To (alongside my antibiotics) finding success with this...

Now that my acne has cleared up, I am much happier and a lot more confident. My attitude greatly improved, and now I don't have to spend so much money! I am thrilled. :)

Hope everyone has a great week :)


Friday, January 6, 2012

Beauty Resolutions 2011

I'm a little late in posting this, but I'm not big on "new year" changes anyway- I'm of the group that believes that changes can be made any time, regardless of the date. Anyway though, I have some bad habits I'd like to break that involve beauty.--

1) I've got to stop chipping my nail polish off. This is my first one for a reason; it is easily my biggest problem. For as long as I can remember (even as a little girl), every single time my nails have been painted, I pick it off. I'm such a perfectionist about my nails that I just can't keep polish on, no matter how much time I spend on it. If I'm stressed or bored and my nails are painted, they will soon be destroyed. I own a ton of polish, and as Naomi always tells me, it's going to waste because of this habit. So... I almost hate to write it, because it might be a promise broken. But. I am going to try to stop picking my nail polish off.

2) I'm going to exercise daily or at least every other day. As is the consensus, a healthy body makes for a more attractive person. Plus, I have a lot of steam to burn, and it makes me feel better.

3) I'm going to try more new things with my makeup. I love doing my eye shadow, truly. I have no problem making time for it, but sometimes I find myself getting stuck in a rut. I have difficulty finding styles I like that will flatter my weird eye shape, so I end up doing the same neutral eye frequently. When I first got into makeup, I was all for experimenting. I want to go back to that! :)

4) I want to be more well-rounded in my collections. I get really into one color of nail polish, or really into one style of clothing, and lately, I haven't been buying much new makeup at all. I have a lot of eye shadow, and that's about it. Until I can save some money to buy some other things, I need to stop adding to my nail polish collection (especially if it's a deep purple), and buying shirts/jackets/cardigans.

Does anybody else have any resolutions? I don't make personal ones, but if I did, I guess I would want to finish my last semester of high school with straight As, and enjoy the things around me more. Hope everyone has a great weekend! I'd love to do a fashion post next- it's easily the most neglected aspect of this blog.