Nearly half way through February and I have finally found time to write myâ€ Resolution a Monthâ€ for February. What with computer viruses, hacking (not coughing computer) and that small thing called life; time has been a bit illusive.
The whole of February is â€˜anything beauty relatedâ€™.Â I picked beauty for February as itâ€™s my birthday month and if youâ€™re a reader of my blog you will have got the fact I will be turning 40. For some, turning 40 is full of excitement; itâ€™s a new decade to throw yourself into. For me itâ€™s all quite the opposite. I like being in my thirties. I do not want to be in my forties but I know resistance is futile and if I have to turn 40 I will do it as beautified up as I can be.
I hope to achieve Short Miracles! I have always admired the mums who manage to get a full set of makeup on their face each morning. I am in awe of how they find the time and how dedicated they are. I know I will never be that dedicated but I would like to finally learn how to wear makeup and how I am supposed to look after my skin, especially as my skin has now joined in on the aging process.
The rules are same as last months. I have to do the resolution for the whole month. Itâ€™s not to cost me any extra money, so I canâ€™t cheat and nip into the beauty salon. Itâ€™s also got to be easy and fit in with work and children.
Although were half way through the month it doesnâ€™t mean I havenâ€™t started this month resolution. I have been pretty good so far. My first task was to tackle the draw that anything beauty orientated use to get stuffed into. Did I really need 6 different mascaras? Itâ€™s not as if I have more than one pair of eyes or that I actually wear the stuff every day. So my makeup was trimmed down to the newest – for hygiene reasons – and colours I had any hope of ever wearing. Dark blackberry lipstick may have been in at some point but being realistic I don’t think I or Asda would ever be ready for it. The new slim lined essentials were put into a makeup bag. Next I went through all the miracle creams and potions. Now my limited beauty knowledge does stretch to the fact that every good girl should cleanse tone and moisturise. Having several different bottles of each product doesnâ€™t get it any nearer to my face. It makes the task more daunting as I wonder if I am using the right one. Again binned the old and half used leaving me with one of each. With the draw now nearly empty-Â I figured I would never be inclined to use the stuff if itâ€™s hiding in a draw – I have made space in the bathroom. If itâ€™s blatantly staring me in the face I am more likely to use it. The other piece of beauty knowledge I poses is the positive effects of body brushing. I confess this is one item I did by new. The old body brush lurking in the corner of the bathroom had definitely seen better days.
So with everything I have organised, have I started my new beauty regime? No, mornings are too much of a rush and blur to expect anything beautifying out of me. So the cleanse, tone and moisturise has had to be scheduled into the evening. So far so good. Two weeks in and my skin is softer. I use to multi task in the shower as it seemed such a waste of water on just me and would clean the shower at the same time as me. Not a good idea really as I have been known to get shower gel and shower screen cleaner muddled. My defence is that it was early mornings, but I did emerge squeaky clean and streak free. So multi tasking showers have had to stop, showering will be just me time. Before showering I use the new body brush. I have read that it should always be used in an upwards-towards-your-heart fashion. This coupled with my non-tumbled dried towels (free exfoliation) has had a good effect too. My legs look less like they could stand in for a chicken. My skin is smoother, less bumpy and the body brushing before the shower does sort of leave me more awake.
Not being an expert in the beauty department I have managed to rope in two very dear friends for advice. One is a makeup artist who specialises in and promotes mineral make up, the other is a salon owner who has the most beautiful skin. Both have agreed to be bombarded with questions and my findings will follow shortly.
One other thing I have been doing is making Thursday nights my beauty nights as this is the night my two go to their Dads. Thursday nights use to be the mad housework dash or shopping night. I have figured if I get my act together I do actually have time for myself as well. As for what I do I leave this to what I feel like on the night. A face pack has been tried and so has a manicure so far. Lastly lurking in the previously mentioned beauty draw was an epilator. More commonly known as a form of torture. After actually reading the instructions and using the cold pack for what it was intended and not just for propping up the peas in the freezer I have found it does actually do a damn good job. I am yet to be brave enough to go any higher than my knees though.
The rest of the months regime my change as I am meeting my salon friend later today. I am still hoping a Short Miracle may occur and I will turn the dreaded 40 a complete goddess.