HAPPY NEW YEAR Y'ALL! I hope you all had a great NYE, whether it was a calm night in or a wild night out. Personally, I just spent my night with lots of family and stayed in stuffing my face with food and gulping down drinks. Aside from having far too many glasses of bubbly and vino rouge, I did spend some time reflecting upon my year [whilst being still sober]. Sadly, I wasn't able to fulfil all my resolutions set in 2014, but I'm determined to start 2015 on a positive note and achieve all resolutions. You can call it the alcohol that's still in my blood – I swear it's not [just] the booze talking —but I call it eagerness to make this year freakin' awesome.
Go to bed before 11pm. There are many articles claiming we must sleep at least 8 hours a day, and probably even more articles claiming that's a myth. All I know is that I can't function without at least 6 hours sleep and I'm on top of my game when I've got 7-8 hours of rest. I've got awfully a lot of morning classes for a Masters student, which is sadly resulting in early mornings, seeing I don't live on campus/University residences (thank god). Aside from actually feeling good and energetic, my skin looks so much better, as it can recover from the day. I'm actually a true believer in the Chinese body clock, also know as the Organ Qi Cycle, which shows you which organs recover during which time of the day. It sounds really weird, but it's actually quite spot on and I definitely recommend you taking a look if you wake up randomly during the night or have difficulties falling asleep.
Read every day. This has been a resolution I've only been able to keep half the year, last year, but I'm going to make it count in 2015. I love reading, but due to assignments I've pushed back reading and would rather sit down for a movie instead. Bad, I know. However, with the many books I've bought in the past few weeks and the fact that it relaxes me much more than a film, I'm really excited to read at least 15 minutes before bed time, every day.
refrain from entering boots so often. Or any online beauty shops for that matter. 2014 has been the year I've gone a bit mad with my purchases. It's actually gotten this far that my house mates keep telling me I should be banned from Boots, for a lifetime. I've been using the phrase, "But I'm a beauty blogger, I'm doing this for the blog" a bit too often and yes, it's gotten out of hand. I've just cleared out my entire skincare stash and given away over 2/3 of it as I just didn't get on with it or haven't used it for a very long time. I should only buy things every now and again and don't get drawn into the sales and promos too much —I'm a sucker for a good deal. Sigh. Now is probably not the time to announce I've got my eyes on Burberry and Charlotte Tilbury make up...
buy a mansur gavriel large tote. I've been on the hunt for one of these for a year now and I've regretted every second that I waited too long to buy it when I had the chance to. So yes, I'm making it my mission to get my hands on a large tote. Black in Royal, Azur or Ballerina, please.
Blog regularly. 2014 has been a roller coaster year for me and the blog due to many reasons. I know I've said this before, but I'll make a better effort to write the content you're used to reading here and plan it ahead so you won't have to miss my rambling too much. I've got to find a way to combine my Masters with writing, as I truly enjoy this and I've confirmed my affection for the blog and the community when I was MIA. You won't be able to get rid of me just yet.
be active. Every kid on the block knows that being active equals health, productivity and errr...
Cutting out sugar. And following recipes from my healthy food books. I've got an insanely sweet tooth, actually I just like to snack all day —doesn't matter what. Sadly, I'm not blessed with good skin (thanks Mum and Dad) and highly reactive to anything unhealthy, sugar included. I've done a 2 week sugar detox last year – excluding honey and fruit sugars – and had noticed great results in my skin and body. Though with stress kicking in and the holidays, I've kinda 'forgot' about it. New year, new beginnings I suppose?
visit places. Travelling is, next to beauty, one of my favourite things in the world and I'm really regretting that I haven't explored more the times I've lived abroad. But not this year. 2015 is the year I'll be exploring more UK cities, whilst I'm still living in Leeds. Manchester, York, Glasgow and Edinburgh are already on my list of planned/close-to-confirmed trips, and this is just the beginning. 2015, here I come.