2017 Beauty Routine (updated)

Well the end of 2016 left me in a beauty dilemma. New Year’s Eve Eve I was getting ready to go out with my family and *CRUNCH* my eyelash curler snapped off a section of my eyelashes!! I couldn’t believe what was happening and I honestly don’t know how I didn’t break down in tears. Many people told me that eyelash curlers were bad for you and Miley Cyrus even had an issue with her eyelashes being cut off a few years ago and nothing changed by habits… silly me! I came out of a color guard season where every Friday and Saturday I would wear false lashes and caked on performance makeup which looked nice but KILLED my skin. I had skin drier than ever and I broke out all the time and apparently my eyelashes became dry and brittle. The few weeks preceding the incident I changed my routine from a good routine to a lazy one that consisted of makeup wipes and that was it. Since then I have sworn off makeup… for now. Believe me I will still be wearing it but in my everyday Monday to Friday life I won’t be wearing any. So far for January I’ve given myself 4 days when I can cheat because of events but my goal is to go barefaced as often as possible.

With that being said here is what my new beauty routine has changed to…

I think I’m saving money by not constantly buying makeup and my skin looks a lot healthier. It is strange seeing myself without makeup, especially in the winter when I’m so pale, but I’ve gotten use to it after a couple weeks. I would recommend this change to everyone especially if you’re looking to cleanse for a month even. I can definitely say I’m more confident after this change because I’ve learned that no one is going to notice if you’re wearing makeup or not and even if they have no one has made any comments to me about it. I wouldn’t care what they thought anyway and neither should you.

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What I learned from 2016

2016 was a crazy whirlwind and like most people I couldn’t wait for midnight to strike and for a new year to happen. A lot has happened in the year, both positive and negative, which has given 2016 the title of worst year ever. I like to try and see it from a different light and think about all the lessons I learned which has helped me go into 2017 feeling good about myself and feeling more content than ever. I thought I’d share some of those lessons /advice/tips to life with you..

  1. It’s okay to be stressed out
  2. Sometimes the best of friends need a break apart
  3. Do more things that make you happy
  4. Don’t be afraid to do something different in your life
  5. It’s never too late to be yourself
  6. Never give up on your goals (e.x. I’m back to blogging)
  7. The less time I spend on my phone the better I feel
  8. Surround yourself with loved ones more
  9. Make time for yourself
  10. Buy less expensive things rather than more cheap things
  11. Live in a clean room/house/dorm/office
  12. Think more positively

All of these things are relatively simple but I was constantly telling myself subconsciously that I shouldn’t go out and I shouldn’t do what I wanted to and every time I talked myself down or out of an activity the worse and worse I felt. I can honestly say that while I hate walking up at 6:00 every morning, I wake up feeling better and having better days. This feeling started happening in late November when I started making more time for my friends, family and myself. The rest of my life kind of worked out from there. It’s a lot simpler than we let ourselves believe. There were people I wish I didn’t leave behind but I will always cherish the happy times I spent with them and I hope they all do well. Overall, I hope everyone has a happier, healthier and a better 2017 because after the last year the world had I think we all deserve it.