8 Beauty Resolutions to keep in 2014


As we roll in this new year, we must begin to get comfortable with change…because it is inevitable. So let’s change for the better and charge into 2014. We say start with easy resolutions before you tackle the BIG ones, like making beauty goals and sticking to them! Here are 8 to get you started:

1. Clear out old clutter in your makeup cabinet.

Check dates, check cleanliness, and check to see if you still like it or have even used it. How many times have you gone to the store, saw a product you loved, and when you put it on hated it? So you put it away thinking you’ll try it again…but it’s never the right time, right look. Either donate it to a friend if sanitary, or ditch it!

2. Switch from drugstore mascara to makeup counter mascara.

Why? Have you tried Benefit’s THEY’RE REAL mascara? This product is the number one selling mascara in the UK, and for good reason. The product helps to create long healthy lashes that stay looking that way all night without the clumps.

3. Learn a new tip or trick from a professional.

It’s a new year, and so, it’s time for a new look. The professionals at ILLUMIN8 offer a Personal Makeup Workshop that is designed to teach you how to create the perfect day – to – evening look effortlessly. Next Workshop 11 January, runs 10am – 5pm, and if you bring a friend you get a deal!

ILLUMIN8 Media Make-up Studio

4. Try a new product once every three months.

This way, at the end of the year you have some fun, new items in your kit that you would not normally have. Have you seen these Miley Makeup, STICK ON LINERS? Fun & Funky!


5. Promise to wash your face every night before bed.

We all say we do it, we all try to make it a habit, but when we wake up to see yesterdays mascara smudged all over our tired eyes…guilty! Makeup is basically a form of dirt, especially mixed with the daily oil and toxins exposure. Be kind to your skin. 3-5 minutes is all it takes.

6. Give your body a good exfoliation once a month, and for more mature skin, once a week.

Body scrub can be found in many stores around UAE, but you can also make some fun options at home! Here’s a quick recipe that is sure to soften your skin and make you smell divine.

  • 1 Glass Jar to store scrub
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1-2 drops vanilla extract depending on your love for vanilla!
  • 1/3 cup mineral salt
  • ½ cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • -Mix Sugar, Vanilla and Salt together, then add Coconut Oil. Voila! Your first at home Body Scrub!

7. We blow-dry, flat iron, curl, spray, tease, brush, then wash, rinse and repeat. But where is the hair love?

Mark your calendar’s monthly for a good hair treatment. Consider Redken’s ALL SOFT Heavy Cream Hair Softening Treatment. It’s made with argan oil and targets dry/brittle hair for intense, inside-out softness, sleekness, and brilliant shine!


8. Most importantly, Rest & Hydrate. Nothing is more important to skin than H2O and sleep. During the night, your body naturally enhances its ability to fight environmental and natural damage, which translates into a better and brighter complexion. Sleep can reduce the appearance of thinning skin, stretch marks, discoloration, age spots & fine lines. And most of us are aware the skin is the largest organ in the body, but did you also know that water will reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin? So, it’s important to apply water to our skin and keep it there – through drinking lots of it, this will not only show a visible difference in hydration, but it can prevent wrinkles, as well.


The hidden influences to bad skincare – Part Two

Here are two more reasons why your skin is not at it’s best


1. Ignoring a healthy diet: This has been said time and again, however we are not preaching a dukan, paleo or harsh diet for anyone. The french have a saying, “everything in moderation, including moderation.” Following that philosophy for your diet, will help you to limit portions and emulate great energy. Drink lots of water and fruit juices (unsweetened of course), take a walk and keep your endorphins going. This will not just help with a glowing skin, but will add to mood upliftment.

2. Relying too much on product:  I love Estee Lauder, Korres, Bioderma or XYZ skincare as much as the next girl. However, relying too much on products can also effect your skin, as most often than not, your skincare alters every month. Some days, all your skin needs is a plain old organic honey mask to recover from all the product that are piled on it every day. Use simple DIY’s like honey/cinnamon masks, oatmeal/banana scrub to exfoliate, cleanse and moisturise in primitive ways. This is a great buck saver and safe for all skin types!

The hidden influences to bad skincare – Part One

In the blogosphere, many are trying, testing and reviewing a plethora of brands and products to bring you the best of all worlds. The downside of that is very few actually test a product for themselves before buying. Find out your hidden influences that nag you to make the wrong decisions. Here are some culprits to a poor skin condition and what you must do to change it.

Good Skincare

Product with good reviews will work for me: The bloggers who promote a skincare brand online will most likely than now have a completely different skin-type than you. Of course, there are always a few commonalities, for example your skin type can be ‘oily’, ‘normal’, or ‘dry’. However, you might have more sensitive skin, or a dry patches as well. Its good to take advice but, whenever you go out there in the market, always try a tester first and walk in the mall trying to notice how your skin is reacting to the product. This stands true for foundations, face creams, serums, etc. While purchasing cleansers or make up removing products, opt for the smallest size, this way you can try the product and re-purchase it if you like it or avoid living with an unwanted product for months.

Buying foundations online: Foundation is one such product that when it goes wrong, there is no saving it. When it comes to finding the right texture, colour or type for your skin, it’s better to opt for the tangibility of a store. Even if you have bought a foundation before and are re-purchasing, there are multiple things to be weary of. For example, you might be tanner or paler than the last time you wore the foundation, your skin adapts to weather, temperature, and environment. There is no way an online store can tell you if the foundation is worth it. So step in a mall, try the foundation (Do not buy immediately!), step out and let it oxidise on your skin and step in natural light. If it feels and looks okay after an hour or two, grab it.

Ignoring your neck, chest and body: Most women believe, the parts of their body that shows are the only places you must exfoliate, cleanse and moisturise. This is one of the biggest myths. Pigmentation, discolouration or dryness occurs because of an ignored skincare regime on parts of you body. Next time you shop, ensure you pamper yourself with a lush body butter. Use your face cream on your neck and chest as well. Never ignore sunblock for your body, especially in summer, as you are most likely to wear shorter length outfits because of the heat.