There are only a couple of days left in 2010 and then we embark on a new year full of possibilities. Never before have I approached a new year with such enthusiasm and dedication full of resolutions and promises. Most of my goals for 2011 are in regards to establishing the name and reputation of my spa, Broadway Skin & Body Retreat. On a personal note, I also plan on getting myself back on a daily exercise routine, eating healthier, and mastering the art of cooking. 🙂 You can look forward to my blog posts extending beyond just the skincare realm and entering into the kitchen. 🙂 I will be sure to include fun recipes, unique cocktails, and you can even look forward to a good laugh as I’ll be sure to post my food fiascos! However, it is still 2010 so I am going to stick to what I know. 🙂 Here are some of my beauty philosophies that I have developed over the years. Perhaps they will make your list of 2011 beauty resolutions.
Use protection: It is so easy to abuse your skin while you are young because the thought of yourself in 10, 20, 30…years is almost unfathomable. However, your future self is the one that will have to deal with your skincare mistakes of your past. If you don’t already incorporate a sunscreen in your daily skincare regime, there is no better time than now to do so. Make your first purchase of 2011 be a moisturizer with SPF (Try this). This way you are killing two birds with one stone and you may not realize it now, but your future self will thank you for preventing age spots and premature wrinkles that you would otherwise develop over years of unprotected sun exposure.
Strive for natural beauty: It was always a goal of mine to feel comfortable and beautiful without a lick of make-up on. Of course everyone looks a little better with some help from cosmetics, however, I didn’t want to have to rely on the contents of my make-up bag to hide my flaws all of the time. It wasnt until my twenties that I embraced my natural look and would forgo applying make-up during times that it was not necessary (i.e. lazy weekends, vacations, etc). During my late teens I probably wouldn’t even leave the house to get the newspaper without applying some mascara and lip gloss. The better my skin looks without make-up the better I feel about going au natural. So, the idea I am trying to convey is that you should strive to correct your skin opposed to relying on make-up to cover the flaws.
Experiment and get inspired: It is always fun to experiment with different make-up and fashion trends in an effort to derail from your mundane, everyday, safe looks. However, on the cautionary side, not all trends sported my celebrities and fashion models work for everyone. Experiment but stick with trends that flatter your skin type and body type. Sometimes we all need a little fashion inspiration from our celebrity idols, however, make sure to put your own spin on it.
Get comfortable: Most of us think that we have to forgo comfort in the name of beauty. Not true. There are so many trends now that allow you to look your best and feel your best simultaneously. Flat, tall boots for instance are kind to your feet yet give you a long, lean look. Or an oversized tunic sweater looks dynamite paired with opaque tights or leggings. What’s more comfortable than that?
Find your feature: One of the great things about make-up is that you can emphasize or minimize your favorable and unfavorable facial features. Pick a facial feature that you like and accentuate it. This is not only great for your self esteem but you will find all kinds of ways to play up your most flattering feature. If you have enviable eyes, then experiment with different eye shadow colors and techniques. If it’s your pretty pout that you like, then try various shades of lip sticks.
Smile: A great smile is the best accessory to any ensemble. Smiling makes you appear friendly and approachable. Play up your smile by whitening your teeth (try this) and taking extra good care of your mouth. This is also a perfect example of preserving what you have. Your teeth are just as important as your skin so take care and preserve what you’ve got.
Be happy: Perhaps the most important of my beauty philosophies is to be and feel happy. Even if you have the best outfit, make-up, hairstyle, etc, they will appear completely insignificant if you are unhappy on the inside. Allow yourslef to be comfortable in your own skin and surround yourself with people and things that bring out the best in you.
Happy New Year from the Broadway Retreat family! xoxo