2017, brand new and full of promises. And full of new discoveries, skincare and makeup wise I hope.
To be quite honest I don’t get the whole New Year New Me stuff, I like to make changes whenever I feel like doing them, not wait for a specific date. And my major changes have already happened, like going back to working full time, there is nothing that exciting in my near future.
So let´s take the time to look back and reflect on skincare, which is my favorite thing to do anyway.
I really was determined. You see, I was planning on doing a blogging break over Christmas, so I could finally relax. Just prepare some new posts.
And film a favorites video.
A short one, covering makeup and skincare.
But it seems I can´t do short. After rambling on for hours and then trying to edit it down, I surrendered. And accepted the fact that I had to do two videos. With two blogposts. And fit them into an already packed blogging and vlogging schedule.
My first ever You Tube video (linked here if you really want to see) was a „Taking out the trash“ video. And it was almost one year ago that I set it live. So to make up for my (obviously missed) You Tube anniversary, here is my December Empties video.
Honestly, I am rubbish at remembering anniversaries. I missed my blogging one for the second time this August and I don’t think I will ever remember to do a special post or something similar like I see on all the other blogs.
Oh well, I am going to celebrate everyday that I manage to keep up with it, I guess, and just go with the flow.
If you are not familiar with the „Inspired by…“ series, click here for an explanation.
But short story even shorter, each month I choose a seasonal ad and try to recreate the models look with colors I already own.
Dressing up and awkward posing included!
Quite honestly, the Dior Splendor Holiday 2016 makeup wasn´t much of a challenge, makeup wise. Nor was it super unique. But I have done the Dior Holiday look every year since starting the series (here and here), and I have a weakness for dark eyes and red lips, so I decided to stick with the tradition.
And recreating the makeup did prove a challenge after all: The black eyeshadow stick, the one I bought for my first ever „Inspired by“ blogpost, did not work like I had hoped it would. Even with lots of layers, it still looked a little patchy, and it did not stay put too well. So if you have any black eyeshadow recommendations, I am all ears.
Just to put it out there: I don’t believe in strictly following a seasonal color scheme or trends. I do believe in wearing whatever you enjoy, no matter if it is plum lips in spring or vibrant green in winter.
That bold disclaimer out of the way, I do realize that my makeup changes with the seasons. I guess the reasons are many. For one I am easily influenced, so when I see lots of dark lips and smokey eyes, I start doing, you guessed it, dark lips and smokey eyes. I am a victim of social media.
And second, I get bored quickly. So after wearing the same, or at least a similar look for a few weeks, I want change. And start experimenting again, reinventing myself through my everyday face.
November itself was a pretty uneventful month for me. It went by very quickly, and at the same time some days seemed to drag along, which is probably due to the fact that I did not do that much fun stuff.
It was all about preparation so I could have a little Christmas break from blogging despite starting to work again in December, and on top of that it was quite rainy, leaving me to the challenge of keeping two kids entertained indoors. I really did my best, but we still ended up with a few drawings on the wall in my daughters room. Oh well.
But enough of the blabbing, the best way to keep yourself entertained indoors is to focus on makeup and skincare, and that is exactly what I am going to talk about in this video.
I used to go out a lot. Like, almost every Saturday, and then sleep in every Sunday. But even if I could not sleep in on Sunday, because I had an early appointment (like brunch at 11 am, basically in the middle of the night!) I would be tired, but function as a human being.
These days, things are different. Weekday or weekend, my kids are up at 6 am, demanding attention, toys and, most of all, food. And I, granny that I am, usually stay at home in lounge wear, watch Netflix (and chill, I am married after all) and turn off the lights at 10 pm.
But on the rare occasion I do go out, stay up late and get the chance to sleep in I feel my age more than anytime else. Because even if staying up and partying is no problem, recovering is. One night out and I am wasted for weeks!