COPD Beauty Resolutions

New decade, new year, new me

I turned 40 in August and I’ve taken the last few months of to reflect on my life over the last ten years. There have been some good bits, some great bits and some bad but the one thing that really sticks out to me was that somewhere around 2002 I lost my beauty mojo. I’ve always polished and scrubbed myself, that has never stopped. But I used to wear makeup everyday, change my hairstyle and colour often and wear fairly stylish (I think) clothes. I seem to have spent most of my thirties in beauty limbo not quite knowing what I should do with myself or my look.

I was quite confident in my teens going through a punk phase in high school with blue skyscraper Mohawks, combat boots and eyeliner that would make Cleopatra jealous. In my twenties I had a new hairstyle and colour every five minutes with eyebrows to match. I wore skirts, loads of funky jewelry, and was the proud owner of at least 20 piercings shared between my nose and ears. My look in my thirties can only be described as no mans land – like I’ve given up. Clothes that are just clothes with no distinct style, hair that just turned into a mop, and a makeup collection that has dwindled down to a few green eyeliners, a Bobbi Brown foundation stick that is way too heavy, and some mascaras that have seen better days.

I think I would have continued on this road to ruin had it not been for blogging. Jamie encouraged me to start my blog back in 2009. I tried it for a few months, got fed up and left it. Then in March I felt I was ready again and I haven’t stopped since. Thanks to blogging, reading other beauty blogs and talking to other beauty bloggers on Twitter the door to makeup has re-opened. My first and foremost passion will always be for scrubs and the never ending pursuit of skin that is smooth as glass but I am starting to feel more open to the idea of makeup again how good it can make me feel. So here come the beauty resolutions!

1. I’m going to sort out my eyebrows out once and for all. I over-plucked them big time in the 90′s and they have never really re-covered. I’ve been using Talika Eyebrow Lipocils for 6 months and will continue to do so until my brows look fuller and more natural.

2. Purge my makeup bag and start over. I think a re-visit to the MAC counter is in order. I used to spend most of my time there when I was at the London College of Fashion doing my HND in makeup artistry. Since then I can’t remember the last time I went to one and we have a gorgeous MAC shop right here in Nottingham. I’ve got to know lots of gorgeous beauty bloggers who have inspired me over the last 10 months like Jane at Modesty Brown, Karen at Makeup and Beauty Blog, Lydia at The Vintage Mama, and Rebecca at Beauty Gala.

3. The most important thing I plan to do is lose at least 3 stone (42 pounds) before my wedding in September. I’ll be wearing a dress for the first time in I can’t remember and I want to look good for myself and of course I want to look amazing for my husband to be. Jamie deserves a beautiful bride to be proud of on our special day.

For my blog I plan to:

1. Try and review lots of brands I haven’t used before like Betty Hula, Skinfood, and Liz Earle. I’m sure I’m the only person in Britain that hasn’t tried her Cleanse and Polish.

2. Have another go at making more homemade beauty stuff like scrubs, shower gel, soap and lip balm. I think I will leave bath bombs off the menu though because for all the faffing around to make them it’s just easier to pop down to Lush and hand over a few coins to get one that doesn’t look like someone stepped on it.

3. Continue to discover new beauty blogs and make more blogging friends like Adriana from Gloss Boudoir. She may be on the other side of the earth in Mexico but her and I share the same beauty passions and we both love fabulous bathrooms!

I hope you will join me on my new beauty journey and I will probably ask you for your help along the way. Who knows you may even see a FOTD on here at some point!

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  1. thebristolbeautyblog says:

    Hi lady. I love this post. I was the same, I spent a decade in beauty wilderness, or stuck in a rut, only that was most of my 20s, and I rediscovered my love of makeup when I was 30! I used to love makeup when I was a teenager, so I’m not sure where my beauty mojo went! I agree, it’s lovely to get to know other bloggers and they can be really inspirational in terms of finding products and trying different looks.

    Hope you have a fab 2017 and I’m sure you’ll be a beautiful bride! xx

  2. says:

    Aww thank you so much that means a lot to me. I don’t why it happened but I’m glad I’m on the road to recovery. MAC counter here I come!

  3. Lela says:

    I wish I could go with you!! I have seen every decade with you (helping you with the mohawk at 5:00am) and I think you are beautiful no matter what you wear, hair looks like or even when you first wake up in the morning!!! You totally deserve a new look..a new attitude and the wonderful new life you are about to start!! I self reflected about 2 years ago when I finally cut off all the foul hair!! My new look was liberating and I gained alot of self confidence. We will lose 42 lbs together but make no mistake my love…..even if you gain 42lbs, Paul will still have the most beautiful bride that he has ever seen!!!! I LU AMD MI U BIT!!

  4. says:

    Hello Lela my lubbins! The weight loss is not going to be easy considering how much fat loves our bodies and likes to stick around but I’m definitely ready to give some poundage the old heave ho!

    As for looking beautiful first thing in the morning you would say that because it’s before you’ve put your glasses on! lol

  5. Yay! I hope you have lots of fun at MAC. Thank you for the mention too. I really understand about losing your way. For me, it was having children and wearing maternity clothes for so long that resulted in me losing my way, style wise! I’ve never really sorted that out mostly because I hate buying clothes when I’m still “big”. Maybe I should make it my resolution to sort out my weight and my wardrobe?

    I look forward to hearing more of your make up adventures!
    Jane x

  6. says:

    Aww thanks Jane. You’ve really been a big influence on me. You always look good without being over the top – obviously a beautiful face (and lips) like yours really helps too!

    I’m really interested in the Champale Collection those warm sheer colours would be a good place for me to start I think. Jamie is already prepared to see black MAC littered around the house! x


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