My New Year beauty, life and fashion resolutions

It does feel rather strange sitting here knowing that next Friday it will be a new year. This past year has gone by so fast and in many way was a pretty big one for me, and so much has changed. But one must always be true to ones self and that is why I have decided to write this post. I'm a firm believer in new year resolutions and I don't think they are made to be broken, they are just a small way of making a commitment to yourself. Some of the things I am going to say are things I do already so I will just make a mental note to myself to keep up the good work!

*Lose weight- A total no-brainier I know,  and is top of most people's list (That and stop smoking, but I don't smoke so that will not be featured on my list)  But in the new year I would like to lose about 2 and a half stone and reach a weight I am happy with.
*This will sound odd, but wear lovely matching underwear everyday. I don't do this because I tend to stick to things that make my chest look bigger, my tum &bum look smaller and no VPL. This is not a sexy look I can assure you...it must be fixed as I think it gives you a sexy boost of confidence. 
*Always take my makeup off before bed. I'm totally religious about this already but must be sure to keep it up!
*Always be sure to get a bikini wax every 3\4 weeks. I tend to do my own bikini waxing, but I find if it's left up to me because I'm so busy I tend to just put it off until I can no longer bare the idea of being such a hair monkey! That is not a sexy feeling girls, so that is why I will book one once a month to make sure I stick to it and make me feel no so monkey-like!
*Stay away from the razor.....I'm pretty good with this one and only ever shave my under arm area.
*Be sure I use my beloved (Yea right) epilator once a week to make sure my legs are always super smooth. 
*Make sure I use a good body scrub twice a week.
*Body brush every single day......we want smooth skin right?!
*Use a hair mask twice a week to make sure my hair is in tip top condition.
*Wear high heels more often.....I do wear them most days because I'm short (That is what I tell people anyway, the truth is because I adore heels!) but must try and wear them more.
*Drink more water. I'm pretty good at drinking water, but I have not been very good lately....
*Treat my skin to a good face mask twice a week.
*Work out everyday.
*Go for long, lovely walks outside
*Eat better
*Brush my teeth twice a day....I always do this anyway, but like I said we must keep up the good work!
*Always have a good pedicure.....dry feet are not cute on anyone! 

And I think that is pretty much it....There may be a few more I'm not thinking of but I'm sure it's ok. Let's just hope I can stick to them all!

I hope you all have a fab new year and let me know what your new year resolutions are!


My everyday face

A few of you have asked me to do a post like this and truth be told I love reading these types of posts, they are like a semi-tutorial but no need to worry about things like angels and lighting.

So here it is, my everyday face routine:

1)I am not the type of girl to be faithful to one foundation, I switch them to go with what I need that day and how my skin is feeling. At the moment i'v been using NARS sheer glow in the shade Barcelona. The reason I tend to reach for this is it a grate NATURAL looking winter foundation. I always feel I need more coverage during the cooler months as my skin tends to look a little dull and NARS sheer glow gives you lovely coverage with a natural, my skin on a perfectly polished day look. I apply this using my QVS stippling brush. 
2)Next step is concealer. this is one product i'm pretty faithful to and I use the laura mercier secret concealer  in shade 3. This very expensive but it is a HG product, a little goes a long way, it's super creamy and easy to blend and covers dark circles like a dream. 
3)I am an oily skin girl. So sadly, this next step is a must for me......yes we are talking powder. I have loved this powder for years and it's the RIMMEL silky loose powder. This truly is like no other powder I have ever used. It is so finely milled, that is leaves no powdery residue (a pet hate of mine) and looks and feels invisable on the skin.
4)Next we have bronzer.  Bronzer is a must for me because my face is always slightly lighter than my body due to my religious spf application on my face. I use to bronzer to just warm up my skin tone, and lightly contour my fat face and fake the appearance of  sexy cheek bones. The bronzer i'm loving at the moment is the  MUA bronzer in shade 3 because it has a slightly cooler tone that works well with my paler winter skin.
5)I am a brow lover. I realize you will be reading this thinking "Avia, you strange girl you....making such a statement" but I really think brows are the unsung hero's of the face. A good shaped brow will add so much definition to your face and  help show off your eyes, make your face look slimmer and  just really help your face look polished. Basically I love them. I love a good strong, thick yet well defined brow and use a matte brown shade by benefit and an angled eye shadow brush to fill them in and then set them with a clear MUA mascara.
6)Now it's all about eyes. I always use a MAC paintpot to prime my lids and atm i'm loving bare study which is a pale shimmery shade. After patting that on with my finger I start with my eye shadow. I NEVER use the same eye look everyday because I get bored with is, but it's pretty much a neutral shade all over the lid with a darker brown in the crease. I don't use liner as I feel it doesn't suit  my eye shape but I do love plenty of mascara. At the moment I'm using MAXFACTOR flase lash effect fusion (Which btw, I don't love i'm just trying to be a good girl and use it up) on top and bottom lashes (After curling them of course!).
7)This is the part where I apply a pretty, fresh shade of blush. I'm a firm believer in blush because it simply makes you look more awake and pretty, and who doesn't want that?! I don't really tend to use the same exact blush everyday (the boredom factor yet again) but most of my blushes are in the same family of shades- pinky/peachey colors.
8)Almost done! I love using benefit eye bright pencil on my cupid's bow (Above you lip) to really make them look fuller and just under my brow bone to make them look more defined. If you are not doing this as part of your routine it's a must day because it really does make a huge difference! 
9)Last but not least lips: I apply a little lip liner just to help shape my lips and use a shade that matches my lips perfectly by NO 7 in nude and then apply my lipstick of choice. This changed on a pretty much daily basis but atm I seem to be reaching for MAC'S way to love lipstick (LE but if you can get hold of it do, it's a beauty!) most of the time.

And that is it! It may seem like lots to you but this is second nature to me and takes me 5 mins to do in the morning and it's the part of my routine I love the most. I love feeling made up yet natural and ready to face the world!

What is your everyday face? are you always loyal to your old faithful's?