How’s your January going, so far? 50% of the people I ask say “Wooo! It’s going great” (these are the people who are smashing their Dry January/gym/work goals) and the other 50% grimace and tell me how much they dislike the grey weather and hate feeling the pinch, money-wise.
Let’s be honest, January is the calendar equivalent of a massive hangover – it follows the big prosecco-fuelled party that is December, and most people deal with it by battening down the hatches and waiting for February to arrive.
But I’m all about making January as much fun as possible. I’m talking ‘inviting friends over to drink gin, going on a little spa break, eating ALL the cheese’ kinda fun. If we carry on with the December fun, right through until February, before we know it, spring will arrive and everything will be well with the world. That’s my theory, anyway.
One of the things I’ve done to inject fun into January is treat myself to some pampering goodies – I bought some posh bath oil and a lovely hair conditioning mask, which are two of my favourite ingredients for a long soak in the bath (the other two ingredients are my book and Radio 2…. because I’m middle-aged).
I’ve also revamped my make up bag because I decided that I needed to add some summer glow to my look (apparently lots of gin and cheese isn’t so good for the complexion. Who knew?) A couple of months ago, I rediscovered Boots Natural Collection – read my post and watch my video – and because the range is all priced at £1.99, it’s ideal for a guilt-free January treat. I went for a bronzer, a gold eyeshadow, a brown eyeshadow and a brown eye pencil to give me a softer summery look, and also a lovely raspberry lip colour, which is a departure from my usual red lippy.
All five come in at under £10, which is a pretty good deal, if you ask me! I’m already loving the lipstick and I’m looking forward to trying the other products to give me a sun kissed glow.
If you’re thinking of revamping your make up bag, here are some tips from me:
- Even if you usually buy premium make up, trying out new colours and products from an affordable range is a GREAT idea because you won’t break the bank (plus you might just discover that affordable ranges can be excellent quality too – win!)
- Chuck out any old make up that you’ve had too long – check the expiry date and look at whether any mascaras are dried up (top tip: when your mascara stops making that ‘pop’ noise when you take the wand out of the bottle, that’s a sign you need to replace it.)
- Think about how you apply your make up and whether any sponges and brushes need replacing too.
- Check out Pinterest for new make up ideas and trends – and YouTube for tutorials on how to apply!
I’ve got some more ideas for beating the January blues, which you can see on this little video I filmed…
If you’ve got any more ideas on how to bring a little December joy into January, please do comment below and tell me! Now, who’s up for a cuppa and slice of chocolate cake….
I’m working with Boots and BritMums in a paid relationship, showcasing the Natural Collection make up, the simple, affordable and easy-to-use line. Find out more here. For more info on how I work with brands, see my Work With Me page.