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31 days to a prettier 2017 : focus on healthier habits …

Just last saturday we chatted about setting up a beauty calendar, and how maintaining all your beauty appointments is just as important in your overall wellness as is regular doctor checkups and staying healthy. We’ve also touched upon healthier eating habits, which benefits your skin. 

Now, while many people start off a brand new year looking to hit the gym and lose weight, we’ve avoided that resolution during this guide … until now.

Day 30 : January 30

Get active daily.

Notice that there is no mention of losing weight. Or building muscle. Or entering a fitness competition. The direction is simply to get active on a daily basis. It could be as simple as walking your lunch hour away. Waking up and doing yoga poses for 10 minutes. Going for a swim. Playing a round of pick-up basketball. Get your body moving – plain and simple.

Sure, getting your heart rate up has nothing to do with killing your look with contour and highlight; and for the most part, no one feels pretty when they are sweaty … but the benefits of moving around can help improve circulation and reduce stress which then translates into glowing healthy skin and less frown lines, wrinkles and stress acne. If you lose a little bit of weight along the way … well, hey – BONUS!

Healthy habits = happy lifestyle = a beautiful you!

TIP : You don’t have to sign up at your local community centre to get started on healthier habits. Yoga poses and body weight exercises can be done at open and the minute you wake up!

HOMEWORK : Download some of those fun apps that give you a workout in 7 minutes!

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31 days to a prettier 2017 : prep a beauty calendar …

So, if you have been following the guide … you’ve made some appointments for your skin, your hair, and perhaps even eyelash extensions. That’s great. You deserve to treat yourself.

And treating yourself should happen regularly.

Day 28 : January 28

Prepare a beauty calendar for the next 8 months or for the full year!

A beauty calendar can help you stay on track of all the appointments for the one thing that matters the most : your wellness. Yes, many will say wellness is more about your internal health – like doctors appointments, therapy appointments, etc. – but wellness can also be nurtured by taking care of your beauty needs and giving you the opportunity to take care of you in ways that make you FEEL good about you. When you feel good about you, you’re mentally and emotionally happy … and happy is definitely a part of wellness. We tend to push aside our beauty appointments because we seem them as unimportant or not urgent … but your wellness IS priority.

Whether you use your Hobonichi planner, or that boy band calendar you received as a stocking stuffer this past holiday season, start looking ahead and the next 8 to 12 months. Start making notes on the days that you should :

  • See your stylist for a trim, cut, or colour
  • Book in your next facial
  • Get a Brazilian
  • Enjoy a therapeutic massage

There are many more beauty appointments you could include, but you get the idea. In addition, your calendar should include important event dates – ones where you’ll want to seek some professional beauty services in preparation for. Your cousin’s wedding, your high school reunion, your industry’s annual gala. This way, you’ll note to make any one-off appointments (manicures, pedicures, eyelash extensions) close to the event date.

The days that you mark can be used as loose placeholders too … you don’t have to make any appointments for that specific day – but you want to stay within range of it. When you see it in your calendar it will trigger your brain to book and KEEP your appointment just like you would any other appointment you have. Preparing in advance is like 98% away from success!

Plan away!

TIP : Colour-coding! Colour coding your different appointments and service providers can keep you focused.

HOMEWORK : Aim to do at least 6 months if 8 or 12 seem daunting!

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31 days to a prettier 2017 : change it up!

It’s Friday night and the weekend is here  …

Day 27 : January 27

Celebrate the weekend ahead with a quick polish change!

It’s easy to let your manicure sit and wear itself away until the first chip … but half the fun about nails and polish is that you can change it up in a quick minute and customize it to your mood. If you’ve been wearing an office appropriate shade all week long, strip it off and swipe on a new “weekend wow” colour.

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The great thing about today’s task is that you can do it yourself! You just need your remover and polish, and about 20 minutes. if you’re super handy with at-home manicures, then take some extra time to tend to any ragged cuticles and rough nails.

Paint away and enjoy your day!

TIP : Don’t forget your base coat and top coat! And speaking of topcoat, get to your Friday Night festivities faster with a quick-dry topcoat!

HOMEWORK : None – it’s FRIDAY!!!

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31 days to a prettier 2017 : choose your weapon …

Very early on in this January 2017 guide, we told you that you needed to clean your brushes thoroughly and regularly from then on. Hopefully, you’ve been in the habit of doing so. Having clean tools is the best for avoiding irritations to the skin and reducing any opportunity for contamination between products. But having the right tools, that are in great working condition, is key to having great makeup looks.

Day 25 : January 25

Do an inventory and quality control check on all your makeup tools.

Besides brushes, this would include sponges, tweezers, mirrors and even your cotton swabs. 

Check your brushes – are they losing fibres or shedding? Are the brush hairs frayed and bent and out of shape? Are the handles broken or wiggly? And what about your tweezers? Still sharp and straight? Are your special makeup sponges split or torn anywhere?

The goal here is to either repair any tools (if you can) as needed, toss any tools that are past their prime, and make note of anything that needs to be replaced. In addition, you may want to consider doubling up on any brushes that you use constantly or need to clean constantly because you are always using it. For me, this would include shader brushes and/or crease/blending brushes (in fact, I probably own two of every eye brush I have). 

Nice you’ve weeded out the brushes and tools that need to be retired from their job, and have restocked with fresh new tools, you’ll find your makeup application easier, cleaner, and more polished.

Get to work!

TIP : If you have brushes where the hairs or fibres are out of shape or somewhat frayed, try cleansing and then CONDITIONING the natural hairs, before you consider tossing it. Sometimes that can fix the issue.  If not … recycle!

HOMEWORK : If you happen to be a one brush per facial feature kinda gal, try broadening your horizons and seek out different shaped brushes for said facial feature. Different brushes have different jobs and can make a huge difference in the execution of a particular look!

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31 days to a prettier 2017 : find your perfect concealer …

Have you ever caught your reflection midday and thought to yourself : “woah …”; and not like an enthusiastic woah that you hear in rap songs but more like a “what happened?” kind of woah. Midday or late day, you may find that your coverage has faded, or that some redness has appeared, or at the very least you are just in dire need of a touch-up. Let’s prevent that from happening.

Day 25 : January 25

Get yourself the perfect portable concealer.

I’m a huge advocate for having a concealer stick or pencil in my makeup kit – even if you only wear a base and rarely need any concealer (if that’s the case you’re super lucky!). Concealer sticks/pencils are small, transportable,  and easy to use; and if you find the right one – they are super creamy and blendable. All of these factors combined makes it the best tool for makeup that always looks fresh and natural. All it takes is a quick look in the mirror during your lunch break, your concealer, and your fingertips.

As mentioned, you’ll want one that is creamy; this will allow you to blend over your skin without the aid of more moisturizer and if your skin tends to get drier as the day wears on. Concealer sticks are better for this, but some pencils can be creamy in consistency – it’s just a matter of testing products out. Creamier concealers are good for touching up under the eyes and around the nose. Concealer pencils – which tend to by firmer – are exceptional at covering up hard to hide zits or marks on the face. If you find your skin blemishes need more help than bags under the eyes, they might work better for you.

When it comes to application, it doesn’t get any easier – its basically apply directly from tube to face and use your fingers to warm the product and blend it in. No brushes, no sponges. 

Bye bye bad face days!

TIP : Get colour matched. It’s super easy and any makeup artist at any beauty department can point you in the right direction.

HOMEWORK : Know what brands work for you before you shop. If there are certain brands that you know work best for you as base products, try to shop within those brands for consistency and ultimate happiness with your chosen concealer!

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