What’s Your 2013 Beauty Resolution?

Happy New Year lovelies! I hope you all had fun-filled holidays and that your new year is off to a beautiful start. If you’re anything like me, you’re feeling motivated and excited to take on 2013 with a renewed lust for life and a drive for perfection. Yes, every January I find myself pledging to do and be better in just about every aspect of life, and this year is no different. And when I sit down to make my yearly resolutions, I inevitably include some beauty resolutions. I mean, what kind of beauty blogger would I be if I didn’t appreciate the importance of improving the tone and texture of my skin alongside the balance of my savings account?

Before I share my 2013 beauty resolutions with you, I want to know what beauty concerns YOU are hoping to address this year. Take a moment to participate in this poll (a For the Love of Gloss first!) and tell me what you’re resolving. Next week, in addition to telling you about my resolutions and how I plan to keep them, I’ll share tips on achieving your most popular beauty resolution goals. Let’s have a gorgeous new year – together!

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Resolutions

It’s that time of year, when countless magazines, websites and television shows remind us that we are not perfect and encourage us to resolve to do better. Like the rest of America, I’m planning on finally getting that gym membership and eating more fruits and veggies. But the resolutions I’m most excited about are those that involve looking fantastically beautiful and perfectly put together.

Time for beauty resolutions.

I thought of many, but I think my main focus will be on two areas: great skin and pretty hands.

I’ve been blessed with some pretty good skin. Occasional volcanic pimple aside, I don’t really break out and I have small pores. I do get rather dry in the winter but that has always been curable with moisturizer. So I can get by on little effort and still have okay looking skin, but I can also try a little more and have fantastic skin. So my number one beauty resolution this year is to cleanse and moisturize every day.

It seems simple, but just making sure you wash your makeup off at night can make a huge difference in tone and brightness of your skin. Not to mention it’s a lot easier to avoid bumps and blemishes if your pores aren’t clogged with yesterday’s foundation.

In honor of this resolution, I surfed my way over to the Clarins website (www.clarins.com) and completed the beauty prescription survey. It only took a few moments, and matched me with a slew of covetable products. I ordered the Water Purify One-Step Cleanser as my new year’s treat. I can’t wait to see how it works.

My second resolution is to achieve beautiful hands. This will be a harder task, because I’m a nail biter, have really dry hands, and currently have about 47 hangnails.

To stop biting my nails I have enlisted my boyfriend’s help. (He scolds me loudly when he catches me doing it; I now know how our dog feels when he sternly tells her to stop her incessant barking.) Where scolding falls short, I’m hoping a good manicure will pick up the slack, so I also plan to keep my nails trimmed and painted with a clear nail strengthening top coat. My current favorite comes from Essie.

I’m still on the lookout for the perfect hand lotion, so please feel free to let me know if any of you have found the miracle cure for dry hands.

I figure concentration on a nice complexion and repairing my damaged hands will be enough to keep me busy for a while. Now if I could only find time for the gym…