My Beauty Resolutions for 2014: The Twelfth Day of Christmas

For many, the new year is a time for reflection. We look back on the months behind us and hope for good things in the year ahead. New Year's resolutions are a little cliche, I know, but I do think it's important to set attainable goals—goals that help us become the best version of ourselves. I'd like to conclude this holiday-themed series with a set of beauty resolutions.

1) Drink more water.

I think hydration is one of the best things we can do for our bodies. I know I'll have more energy and fewer headaches, and I *hope* I'll see an improvement in my skin—just make it a little brighter and more supple. Have any of you seen this post about the woman who took ten years off her face by drinking water? It's stuck with me, and I'm going to give it a try. I bought a Sodastream on Boxing Day, and I'm hoping that sparking water whenever I want will motivate me a little! 

2) Exercise more regularly.

In addition to giving me more energy and making me healthier—I'll be honest—I'd like to trim off a few of the extra pounds I've picked up this year. (Too much takeout!) I really hate the gym, bit I've found I love being in the water. I've been swimming 15 minutes a day most days the last few weeks, which makes me feel like I'm off to a good start. Consistency is key, right?

3) Shop my stash.

My makeup collection has absolutely ballooned this year. It's been great fun, and I've picked up tons of products I love. I have this habit, though, of using the newest, most exciting products in my collection and moving on to the next new thing. This year, I'd like to spend some time rediscovering what I have. It will push my creativity, make me appreciate what I've got, and, as a bonus, be easier on my bank account and conserve space in our tiny bathroom!

I'm going to leave it there. I think, when setting goals, it's important to be realistic and begin with things that are achievable. If we set the bar too high, we're likely to get overwhelmed and give up. 

What about you? Have you made any resolutions—beauty-related or otherwise? I'd love to hear about them. 

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Chanel Le Vernis in Taboo - Nails of the Day: The Eleventh Day of Christmas

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Taboo.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Taboo.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Taboo is like a constellation in a bottle. Seriously, it's one of the most complex  nail polish colours I've ever seen—metallic purple with shimmer in red, gold, purple, and probably some other colours I'm missing. It's stunning. In the warmer months I found it too dark, but now, in the winter, I'm loving it. To top it off, it's nearly opaque in just one coat. If only all nail polish was this awesome. Am I right? The price hurts at C$27, but in rare cases (such as this one), I think the splurge is worth it.

Have you tried any of Chanel's nail polishes? What are your favourites?

Disclosure: This product was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict. 

Review of Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Enticing: The Tenth Day of Christmas

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Entice.

This product has been hyped like crazy, and with good reason. Don't you love it when a drugstore product brings it? I picked this up at Shoppers Drug Mart about a week ago, and I'm thinking I might need a couple more…

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm is a semi-sheer, shiny lip colour. Packaing-wise, it's similar to Clinique Chubby Stick, but the colour is more opaque, the product is more moisturizing, and it's about half the price. Yeah. 

I picked up Entice, thinking it would be a fun, warm brick-red. It's bold, but less bold (and more wearable) than a traditional red lip. Have a look:

Comparison swatches (top to bottom): Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Entice, MAC Lipglass in Hellbound, and MAC Lustre Lipstick in Oh, Oh, Oh.

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm applied heavily. A lighter application would result in sheerer colour.

Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm applied heavily. A lighter application would result in sheerer colour.

The verdict: A great product. A tad pricey, but only by drugstore standards. It averages $10 or $11 Canadian.

Rating: Four and a half stars out of five.

Available: Drugstores and other retailers that sell drugstore-caliber cosmetics, including Shoppers Drug Mart and London Drugs, for about $10 or $11 Canadian.

Have you tried any of Revlon's Colorburst Lacquer Balms? What are your favourites?

Happy tenth day of Christmas! See you tomorrow.