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- Maintain a simplified skincare and hair routine. It can't get much simpler than what I am already doing, as I use very few products. I clean my hair with WEN or Revita and occasionally use a clarifying tea tree shampoo. I don't use conditioner. Skincare comprises the fewest products with the fewest ingredients: I currently cleanse with Boscia oil and/or gel, use one serum (Baltic Collagen), and moisturize only when I need it. I use my moisturizer as an eye cream.
- Release into the beauty ether the makeup I am not regularly using. This includes duplicates of the same basic shade and items I bought on impulse (the lure of pretty colors in pretty packaging) that never looked that good on me. After witnessing with my own eyes the transformative power of the right (and wrong) colors during my recent seasonal color analysis, it will be so much easier to let the bulk of The Great Unused go. Blog sale coming soon!
- Forget about brown. Brown eyeshadows and rose/red/pink lipsticks with a brown undertone all look ghastly on me, so I am not sure why I tried so hard to make them work. Maybe it was because they looked so pretty in their packaging, but brown makes me look tired, dirty, and older. Good-bye taupe. <sniffle>
- Keep it cool. As I snatch my hand back from reaching for those brown-based makeup items, I must re-train my eye to consider only those colors coolest in hue. This should not be hard, as my internal cool-seeking missile previously guided my natural instincts back in the days when you could not even force my corpse to wear brown eyeshadow. No cool is too cool for me, as long as I consider Munsell's color theory and keep value (darkness/lightness) and chroma (saturation) in the middle of the range and stray neither too dark nor too muted and definitely not too warm. Golden browns, for example, are so awful on me, pureed wet lentils would be a better look.
- Be patient. I feel very smug today after avoiding a near head-on collision with the Bobbi Brown Neon/Nude and Dior Garden Party collections for Spring 2012. I wanted them both so badly I had butterflies in my stomach, along with a sense of panic that if I didn't hurry, they'd be gone forever. But I waited, telling myself it would be helpful to see the first swatches appear on the blogosphere. Within 12 hours the urge had passed. I was able to look more objectively at those collections and acknowledge that I had experienced that all-too-frequent, momentary derangement over pretty packaging and bright, clear colors that would look better on me in clothing than as an eyeshadow. And, yes, Bobbi Brown's Bluebell below would be a spectacular sweater or scarf or coat color for my True/Cool Summer self.
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- Be discriminating. I do not need that seventh version of the newest dusty lavender or softly-shimmering grey eyeshadow when I already have more than one just like it in a different line from a different season/collection. No one is ever going to look at my face and think, "Her eyeshadow is so last season," so there is no need for me to keep up with every new thing that gets released. As fun as it is, I'm not having these things sent to me for free, and I'd rather have that retirement cottage on the ocean than a drawer full of makeup. Seagulls don't care how I look unless I drop dead on a sand dune.
- Use something up this year. I really mean it. Really. I can certainly use at least one product in full. It would be nice to stop buying new stuff and use up all of what I currently have, but I just made myself snort at the thought. Remember: goals I can easily achieve, not overarching resolutions I'll break within a matter of weeks the way the gyms fill up in January, only to see membership peter out by March.
- Focus on skincare and inner health instead of plastering goo on the outside. No amount of pretty makeup will fully conceal a bad diet, poor sleep habits, and a stressful lifestyle. Nuff said.
Meanwhile, many heartfelt thanks to all of you who follow and actually read what I write. Without you, this blog would not still be active.