Reflection 2016: New year Same Me

reflection 2016

Here comes my cliché statement of the year – 2016 went by all too quickly. You knew it was coming, hell I knew it was coming, so I thought it best to get it out there and out of the way.

The ‘new year new me’ statement that many of us adopt seems all too stereotypical doesn’t it? How many of us, regardless of whether or not we announce it, wait until the new year to wipe the slate clean and try again? Unashamedly I’m one of those people. The new year for me means that those all important changes which I couldn’t bear to face in October would be put into action. The new year means new goals, another tick off the 5 year plan, a ‘better’ version of me and a new method of thinking. A life which I’ve aspired to live for many years. A life which I’ve attempted every year, but failed miserably come February. A life which seems…well…perfect (my version of perfection at least). This new year, come rain or shine, I’m becoming that ideal of perfection that I’ve always craved for.

Sounds a little defeatist doesn’t it? I mean, what’s wrong with me? Why do I need to view the new year as a way of turning myself inside out to conform to ‘ideals’? I’ve lived through 2016 perfectly fine, why should 2017 be any different? Let’s think this through now. Do I really need to change in 2017? Yes and no.

2016 has been a huge building block for me. 2015 ended with the notion that the new year will bring prosperity, education and planning for a brighter future. The past 12 months have been used to build upon my knowledge, strive towards future plans and gain a foundation for 2017. Seems like a waste of a year, but 2016 was never about achieving goals, it was about working towards them.

I’ve eagerly anticipated the arrival of 2017 for quite some time. Several life-affecting changes will occur, some planned and some caught by surprise. Whilst working on a ‘better’ me seems like a great way to incorporate a fresh mind frame for these changes, I can’t help but focus on days gone by. My preceding years have been filled with great happiness and positivity. Not to say that I’m now not happy – not by any means. I simply ponder on the person I once was and wonder ‘what changed?’.

Well, for a start, age happened. Granted I’m only 30, but many of life’s occurrences have aged me immensely. Spontaneity, self-importance, personal gratification and a sense of adventure were all integral parts of my youth. Where did it all go? Have I become that much of an adult that I’ve lost my sense of fun? Perhaps. I’ve sacrificed a lot over the past 12 months and with that sacrifice, a little part of me drifted away.

Sounds a little sad when I read this out aloud. I’ve gone over it twice and twice again in my head, but to read it out aloud makes it all seem quite brutal. How could I let this happen? How could I lose my own personal sense of direction in order to achieve a great future for my family? Surely the old me is in there somewhere, just dying to come out. Even if I doesn’t suit my current lifestyle, surely the old me isn’t lost.

Despite my initial statement, 2017 DOES bring new hope for me. A hope that I become the exact same person I once was. A hope that my routine, my hobbies, my self-development, my goals and my aspirations become just as important as everything else that I’ve prioritised in the last 12 months. A hope that while I strive towards these life-changing alterations in 2017, I don’t lose a sense of myself in the process. I need to focus on what is important whilst maintaining self gratification. Find that right balance between responsibility and enjoyment, indulgence and self control and comfort vs self motivation. I need to get out there and do things for myself, even if it means that a little sacrifice will have to be made. Never, ever lose myself again, because the old me wasn’t all that bad.

So with all that said – does 2017 bring upon the opportunity to become a new person? Not for me it doesn’t. 2017 is all about becoming me again.

Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. May 2017 bring to light what’s important to you and give you the motivation to go out there and achieve it. Happy new year beauties xxx

Beauty Trends To Look Out For In 2017

I really can’t believe the new year is just around the corner. As cliché as it sounds, I don’t know where the year has gone. It seems like it was just yesterday when I was writing my 2015 Reflection post and now 2017 is just moments away.

2016 has been a huge learning curve for me, both personally and professionally. I entered the foreign world of beauty blogging with nothing but a passion and a few makeup brushes in tow. Fast forward 12 months and my collection (much to the dismay of my husband) has grown extensively as well as my knowledge.

Of course, 2016 would be nowhere without the inclusion of a few beauty trends. From glitter lips to silver-toned hair, the beauty community has been witness to some good, bad and shocking discoveries. 2017 brings a new era and along with that, new trends. I’ve rounded up 5 of them; which are set to make their mark in the new year. A few have already made a brief appearance, but yet to be released into the mainstream market.

Here are my top 5 beauty trends; which are predicted to rock the new year…

Chrome Nails
chrome nails

Just when you thought nudes were here to stay, in comes the chromes. Spread all over the pages of Instagram and Pinterest, we’ve seen an surge of chrome nails. I’m not talking glitter or even high shine finishes, I’m talking reflective AF golds, bronzes, silvers and rose golds. Mirror powder nails have made a brief entry into the beauty world in 2016, but it seems as though the trend is catching and every Insta-beauty around is sporting these not-so-subtle talons.

Facial Brushing
facial brushing

Originally derived from the Ayurvedic tradition of dry body brushing, this trend is slightly different to the traditional facial cleansing brushes that we’re used to seeing. Much like dry body brushing, a ‘brush’ is used in small, circular motions to remove dead skill cells, promote toxin release, combat texture and increase your skin’s natural radiance. Not only is it cheaper than most facial cleansing brushes and exfoliators, but it’s much more gentle on the skin. You’ll want to use a different brush on your face to the rest of your body as your face is much more sensitive, but 2017 is set to have a number of these specialised brushes on the market. Aveda currently offer the Tulasara Dry Facial Brush; which has received rave reviews and is already widely available.

Coloured Highlighting
coloured highlighters

2016 saw the mention of ‘rainbow’ highlighters. Not a particularly positive mention, more like a wave of ‘wtf’ across the beauty community. Yes they’re pretty to look at, but who can really pull off a multicoloured highlighter?! 2017 will see the rise of coloured illuminators in a much more subtle format. MAC’s infamous Strobe Cream now comes in an array of colours, all of which add that instant glow without looking like a clown. Jeffery Star’s Skin Frosts already have a pretty wacky colour selection, but the latest release of ‘Regina George’ (which is literally my favourite product name of life) really pushes the boat out. As long as you don’t go overboard, I reckon coloured highlighters would be quite fun.

Silicone Makeup Sponge
silicone sponge

One of the most anticipated inventions in the beauty world of 2017. The last month or so has been dominated by the independent cosmetics brand Molly Cosmetics. Ever since their Instagram debut of the Silisponge, beauty gurus around the world have been falling over themselves to get their makeup hoarding hands on one.

Think bra insert, or chicken cutlets in a flat BeautyBlender form. The Silisponge promises to blend out your base makeup with minimal cleaning effort, zero product absorption and no requirement for soaking in water – everything that the BeautyBlender doesn’t offer. Sounds like a dream come true, or is it? I’ll be tested it out once I get past the bloody waiting list!

Graphic Eyes
graphic eyes

Graphic eyes have made a comeback, gone away and made a comeback all over again over the years. However, 2017 is set to be the year for bold and dramatic eye liner to frame your eyes. A strong wing is obviously the safe route, but beauty experts expect to see more ‘detailed’ eye liner looks. Not sure if this trend will make it onto the mainstream market as many women, including myself, struggle to do a simple wing, but nevertheless it’s definitely a fun idea.