50 New Year’s Resolutions for a More Beautiful You! 
Happy new year everyone! With the New Year just around the corner, I compiled a list of 50 New Year's Resolutions to try if you're feeling stuck finding a good idea. Don't worry, its impossible to do all 50, pick one and see if it works for you!

Quit bad beauty habits 


1. Quit Nail biting. Not only are chipped nails unsightly, but did you know that you can get worms from biting your fingernails? Wearing coloured nail varnish can help you stop.

2. Quit picking on your skin and pimple popping. These habits can lead to facial scarring.

3. Stop smoking.

4. Stop using tanning beds, which can increase your risk of skin cancer. Try fake tans instead!

Get Organized 


5. Clean out your closet. Check out Anna's tips on Capsule Wardrobes.

6. Reorganize your makeup drawer.

7. Clean out your makeup bag.

Better Hygiene!


8. Toss your pillowcases in the wash every week, especially in the summer to remove the build up of sweat and oils from your face and hair, which can cause breakouts.

9. Clean your mobile phone at least once a week. Ever notice that the right side of your jaw has a few more blemishes than you'd expect? That could be from all the bacteria on your mobile! You can use a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol on a tissue and gently wiping down your phone.

10. Don’t share makeup with friends! This is the easiest way to transfer germs, get a pink eye or even cold sores (herpes).

11. Avoid trying makeup testers at makeup counters for this same reason.

12. Get rid of your mascara every 6 months as they are a breeding ground for bacteria. You can attach a label to your mascara with the ‘expiry’ date or the date of opening to remind you when you’ll have to throw it out.

13. Throw out your old makeup sponges after use to prevent re-using dirty and bacteria-laden sponges.

14. Clean your lip and eye pencils every month by sharpening them.

15. Clean your makeup brushes weekly to prevent the build up of dirt and oils, which can lead to breakouts and infections.

Try a new Look 


16. Try a new beauty dare once a month! It may be red lipstick or winged eye liner, who knows – you might find a new look that suits you.

17. Experiment with new fashion trends. Breaking out from the usual black and adding in a new colour or accessory can instantly transform any outfit.

18. Change your hairstyle - If you can't remember the last time you got a different style, now is the perfect opportunity to go a little shorter, get a fringe, or add a few face-framing layers.

Better shopping habits 


19. Get the perfect shade of foundation by using your jawline to test. This is the most evenly toned area of your face. Don’t use your arm or hand as your skin colour may be completely different!

20. Wear blush for that instant pick-me-up!

21. Find affordable style and save money eg. Primarni and H&M

Get a healthier glow! 


22. Get at least 6-8 hours of beauty sleep. This gives your body enough time to revitalise itself.

23. Relax and give yourself a time out now and then to reduce stress and accelerated ageing that goes with it.

24. Schedule a beauty date with your best friend, sister, or mum. That way, you can both feel indulged and have some quality catch-up time.

25. Hit the gym at least 3 times a week for a naturally glowing complexion and a hot body!

26. Drink more water – at least 2 litres of water a day to flush toxins out of your body and keep skin looking supple and healthy

27. Eat more good-for-your-skin foods like vegetables, salmon, almonds, and berries.

28. Take a multivitamin every day - I love Holland & Barrett Pure Cod Liver Oil Multi-vitamins.

Gain new beauty habits 


29. Maintain your eyebrows with monthly threads or waxes. Clean eyebrows instantly improve your look!

30. Commit to a skin-care routine. Try a new regimen for at least two weeks before changing products, as this is the amount of time it usually takes for a formula's results to show.

31. Apply a moisturiser with at least SPF 30 to your face, neck and body prevent premature aging.

32. Don’t forget to apply SPF on your hands, especially before driving to prevent the sun’s UV effects on your hands!

33. Start using an eye cream. It's never too early or late to fight fine lines and wrinkles!

34. Use a body brush a few minutes before your morning shower to shift cellulite.

35. Moisturise after your daily bath or shower while your skin is still a little damp as your skin absorbs better at this time than when it is completely dry.

36. Start using a toner to clean your skin and also tighten pores.

37. Remove your makeup at the end of the day by either washing them off or keeping cleansing wipes by your bedside to prevent clogged pores!

38. Exfoliate your skin once a week using mild soap and a washcloth, loofah or exfoliating gloves (my favourite!).

39. Avoid taking very hot steamy showers as this can dry out your skin.

40. Start using a product with glycolic acid or retinol, which can help prevent and dissolve fine lines, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin texture and acne.

Take better care of your hair. 


41. Shampoo your hair every 2 days as washing your hair daily can strip it off its natural oils.

42. Don’t comb your hair immediately after you shower to avoid breakage. Instead, wrap it in a towel and let it dry for 10 minutes.

43. Use a wide-toothed comb to comb newly washed hair. This reduces chances of split ends.

44. Invest in an ionic hair dryer, which is gentler to hair and also dries your hair faster!

45. Avoid using the flatiron too often.

46. Use a heat protectant spray before using hot hair styling products.

47. Stop splitting your ends, instead trim them to prevent damaging your hair.

Improve dental care 


48. Floss your teeth daily. Did you know that brushing alone cleans only 65% of your teeth?

49. Keep a toothbrush at your desk and brush after you finish your coffee or tea. This will help prevent staining.

And lastly… 


50. Be flawsome! Start loving yourself for who you are, this includes wrinkles, flab, cellulite etc. Use these to guide self-improvement instead of self-loathing, and don’t let these hold you back!


Love it or Leave It? Leave a comment below!

Livia
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31/12/2015

50 New Year’s Resolutions for a More Beautiful You!

December Favourites from NARS, MAC, Charlotte Tilbury, Bare Minerals, L'oreal and By Terry
Every so often I shop my stash and rotate my products around, but these products have somewhat made it into my regular routine this December. Battling against central heating indoors and the chilly winds outdoors keeping my makeup in check. Let's go through them shall we?

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Bronzed Garnet. Supposedly meant to emphasize green eyes, I've been using this autumn/winter-perfect shade to match my brown peepers. I've recently reviewed this eyeshadow pencil in a previous post. You can read it HERE.

MAC Select Cover Up Concealer NW25. Harsh drying environments call for moisturising products. MAC's select cover up concealer does the trick. It's medium coverage and wonderfully hydrating while non-creasing. I like to use this on my dark circles underneath the eyes, but it works well for the rest of the face too.

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Buttercream. I'm totally late to this Complexion Rescue party. This tinted sunprotecting moisturiser provides a light veil of colour on the skin to subtly even out skin imperfections. It applies like a gel and feels like a cream on the skin.  I also love that it contains SPF30.

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation NC25. This product is perhaps the most re-purchased of all my MAC makeup. Its a medium coverage powder that is easy to build to a full coverage. It feels quite light on the skin. I pat it on top of my foundation with a large kabuki brush. 

L'Oreal Paris Double Extension Renovation Serum Mascara. And this is my most re-purchased product from L'oreal! I only purchase it for the serum-laden primer. I hardly use actual mascara bit. I think its thanks to this my lashes have grown a bit and I'm very pleased.

By Terry Mascara Terrybly. I picked up this sample size and its lasted the last two months. Truly impressed. It coats my lashes a natural black shade (not too stark) and the brush is easy enough to use, although I still sometimes coat my upper lid, but that's oriental droopy-ish lids for you. I am thinking of purchasing a full size of this, we'll see if I come across something better.

NARS Laguna Bronzer. You can tell how much I love this bronzer - I've hit pan! It's wonderful on yellow-toned olive skin (I believe the other one Casino is for the pink-toned). It mimics a natural tan on my skin. I use it to subtly contour the face with a pointed face brush.

NARS Lustre Blush. I think this is one of the most under-rated NARS blushes. It provides that healthy peachy golden glow that's not too sparkly (NARS Super Orgasm, I'm looking at you!). It creates a healthy flush on the cheeks perfect for these pale winter days. It is one of my favourite blushes and yes my to-go blush this winter.

That ends my ramblings today. Have you tried any of these products? By the way, Merry Christmas to y'all! 

Livia
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30/12/2015

December Favourites

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Review
Having finished up my bottle of Bioderma Crealine H20, I browsed through my local Boots for a suitable alternative and found this -- Garner Micellar Cleansing Water. The bottle looks almost like Bioderma's: large-ish, round and clear with a bright coloured top. I was curious to see how the product actually fares compared to Holy grail status Bioderma and picked it up. Let's see!

I am a big fan of using cleanser on cotton pads to wipe my makeup off at the end of the day and I keep these trusty bits on my bedside table. 

With these micellar cleansing solutions, I soak two cotton pads with a couple of drops/squirts and gently press them on closed eyes, waiting a minute for my eye makeup to dissolve, and then I wipe out in an upward sideward motion. 

I must say that Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is a wonder-dupe for Bioderma Crealine H2O. It dissolves eye makeup with no problem and does not leave even a hint of residue. But for a fraction of the price and large size of bottle it gives a much better value for money!

It's not the first time Garnier has thrilled me with skincare products... For waterproof makeup removers you may be interested to read my comprehensive review of budget-friendly alternatives you can find in the drugstores -- and Garnier tops the list!

Have you tried Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water? Let me know what you think!

If you've got a question or an opinion on this, leave a comment at the bottom of this post! 

Livia
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29/12/2015

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water - The Bioderma Dupe

L'Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Comforting Face Cream Review
Formulated with 25% shea butter, the L'Occitane Ultra Rich Face Cream intensely nourishes dry and very dry skin and effectively protects it against dryness and climatic damage. It relieves the skin from tightness, yielding soft comfortable skin.

It contains shea concentrate derived from shea butter to protect skin against dryness. Shea concentrate contains phytosterols which strengthen epidermal cells and help form a protective moisturising barrier.

I have tested this product for a couple of days, and I must say it feels wonderful on the skin, it essentially 'melts' like butter. My skin definitely feels softer and more hydrated. However, despite its non-comedogenic claims, I have noticed my skin to break out with a few comedones especially on my forehead, which is a no-no for me. 

Perhaps with my combination skin type it wouldn't work, but for dry skin types it might be a one to try. It does make an excellent body moisturiser however! 

L'Occitane Ultra Rich Face Cream is available at £28 from your local L'occitane shop.

Have you tried this face cream? Leave a comment below!

Livia
 | The Skin and Beauty Blog

28/12/2015

L'Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Comforting Face Cream

Parfums Coline Patchouli Praline Eau de Parfum

Just a quick post - I've been obsessed with this fragrance since my mum gave it to me as a present. She likes to update my fragrance wardrobe with new vanilla-scents. This is Parfums Coline Patchouli Praline Eau de Parfum. Its bottle is hard to come by as it hails from the world's perfume capital, Grasse in France. I am uncertain whether it is available in the UK.

At first whiff it reminds me of my favourite Thierry Mugler Angel Perfume. An oriental gourmand, with mixtures of vanilla and musk. To compare with Parfums Coline Patchouli Praline Eau de Parfum, the former is sweeter with more sillage. Either points could be pros or cons depending on the wearer.

It's for that reason that I've been wearing this fragrance quite regularly. It is not too strong or overpowering. I find it suitable for work. It still has that delicious Angel-like aroma without being over-bearing or too seducing. I will be sad when this eventually runs out with daily use, but by then I'm hoping my mum will strike gold with discovering another fragrance...

Livia
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27/12/2015

Parfums Coline Patchouli Praline Eau de Parfum

Charlotte Tilbury Bronzed Garnet Colour Chameleon Review Swatches
I've realised that I've stuck to a particular eye product for the last month and therefore I reckon its something spectacular to blog about. It's Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Bronze Garnet. This is a juicy fall-appropriate copper brown shade with a little sparkle, but with neutral tones that make it work-safe.

I use this as an eyeliner. To start with, I clumsily line the upper lashline, and just before it sets, I use the tip of a MAC 239 Brush to clean up and extend the liner to a wing. It literally takes 5 seconds for each eye. The formula is amazing. Once it sets, it lasts and lasts. At the end of the day, its still there when my foundation turns up in patches.

Overall I highly recommend this shade and the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon line up if you're an eye pencil kinda gal, and if you've got the £19 to spare. I'm saving up for another shade - tossing between Amethyst Aphrodisiac, Golden Quartz and Amber Haze. Do you have any particular recommendations?..

Livia
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01/12/2015

Charlotte Tilbury Bronzed Garnet Eyeshadow Pencil

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