Welcome to 2012!

I hope you all had a joyous Holiday season and are ready to hit the ground running for this new year. I know I certainly did and I certainly am! 🙂

Around this time last year I started a blog “tradition” of posting my personal beauty resolutions for 2011. Let’s see how I did and what I need to work on for 2012…

1 ) Even Out Skintone – Draw – My first goal from last year was to even out my skintone from years of past breakouts and sensitivities. Well, I’ve known for a while that my skin is sensitive to acids which are the primary ingredients used in almost all peels. So even though I went a professional, my skin still did not take well to the treatments. This year we are going to try a much lighter acid and I am going to try a holistic approach.

If you are sensitive to acids and/or do not need a deep peel products like Earth Science Papaya-Glycolic Gentle Skin Peel may just do the trick. For gentle lightening of dark spots, try combining with its partner, Earth Science Ginsium-C Skin Lightening Creme

2) Regular Manicures and Pedicures – WIN/lose – As I mentioned last year, my nails grow nicely, but since I work with my hands they often look haggard. I am going to rate myself 90% WIN and 10% lose on this Resolution because I did great with this throughout most of the year and then really lost the handle during the Holidays. In maintaining my nails I did discover a couple of great new products that l love and use regularly: Goe Oil, which is a super rich Jojoba Oil based moisturizing cream and Qtica Intense Overnight Foot Repair Balm which harnesses the healing power of honey to bring dry, unhappy tootsies back to life.

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3) Keep My Brows Groomed – Lose – I do not think I looked at my brows even ONE time in 2011 😐 For lazy people such as myself, Smashbox has devised a new Travel Pen version of their amazing Brow Tech. Brow Tech to Go has a built in brush and a stick version of the Brow Tech brow filler. Just fill-in your brows, brush and go. Surely I can manage to do that this coming year.

4 ) Deep Condition My Hair Regularly – WIN – Curly/Coily/Kinky hair needs extra conditioning and moisture to keep it happy and mine is no exception. Other hair types – however – can also benefit from regular deep conditioning treatments, particularly if you heat-style your hair often. As mentioned before I tend to pamper my hair anyway, and in 2011 I kept the love-fest going. While Anita Grant Rhassoul Deep Condish will always be my “ganxta boo” I did branch out and try a few new conditioners as well and I particularly fell in love with Darcy’s Botanicals Deep Conditioning Mask. Darcy’s Botanicals hair mask combines rich vegetable oils with hair-loving plants such as Horsetail and Sea Kelp. For me the end result is hydrated and happy hair.

5 ) Drink More Water and Smile – WIN – On a photoshoot this past year one of the guys on the shoot mentioned he starts out each morning by drinking 2 quarts of water. He does it because he’s an athlete, but I have to tell that was one of the best beauty tips I’d received in a long time. It is a lot of water (4, 8 ounce glasses) but my skin and hair glow, and my body just feels better. It actually makes me feel more awake than starting out the morning with a cup of coffee (although trust me I do still have my morning cup of coffee). Water really is the Fountain of Youth!

Here’s to being your most fabtastic you in 2012!

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