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Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

With 2008 in full swing for everyone around the globe now, many of us have made a few resolutions or are thinking about ones to make for the new year.  As with every year, at least half of us forget the resolutions we have made, fail to follow through on them, or simply give up.  I have to give kudos for those who stick with them to the end, especially if they manage to succeed.  My boyfriend teased me last night for not having any resolutions, which influenced me to come up with a few goals that I’d like to attain this year.

Get Organized

My apartment is overflowing with beauty products, and the lack of organization of them all is driving me batty–really.  I honestly think there may be too much of a good thing going on at my house!  I just don’t know how to organize it quite yet, but I would really love to overhaul some of it soon.  For this past Christmas, I definitely did a lot of passing-on of the beauty products to family members, which did make a nice dent into what I have but no longer use.  It is just so difficult to throw out beauty products for me–I hate wasting them!  A few weeks ago, I made a make-shift shelf/drawer out of a cardboard box to hold a bunch of skincare products, and I have to say, that is serving me well!  It has significantly decluttered my bathroom countertop (which has no room to spare, beauty products or not).  Do you have any hidden secrets to beauty organization?

I would also like to do some closet clean-out, because I have far too many shoes and clothes I no longer love or do not find suit me anymore.  I don’t think I have ever thrown out a pair of shoes for any reason other than wear and tear, so I am not sure I will have the will power to do it.  (Of course, by throw out, I do mean, give to the Goodwill.)

Study Harder

I haven’t gotten my grades back from my first semester at law school (I will get two permanent grades, three pencil ones – ones worth only 25% of my total grade, the other 75% to come in May), but I feel like I should have done better.  I am going to work harder to pay attention in class, take more extensive notes, and make sure to read more carefully. I would like to say that I do feel I worked much harder this past semester than I ever did for undergrad (which, sadly, wasn’t hard to do, considering how little I worked), which does impress me.  I stayed on top of the majority of my reading (boring!), went to nearly all my classes, and spent a decent chunk of time studying prior to the tests.

Appreciate More

I fear I take some things for granted, and I would really like to show people that I appreciate their effort and energy more often than I have in the past.  I want people to think of me as someone who is nice and approachable, so I hope that by being more conscious of this will help me achieve this.  I am encouraged by the fact that over the years, I have steadily become more appreciative of the things I have and the people I know.

Re-discover My Creativity

Sometimes I really do feel like I am running on empty (and this has been an on-going feeling for the past five years) when it comes to being creative, original, or remotely unique.  I have been in this rut for such a long time that I fear I don’t know what it feels like to be creative any more.  I am going to actively try to climb out and find things that enable my creativity and foster it.  I know you can’t force it, but I’d like to think that certain circumstances may persuade it to come out and play!

Lose Weight, Feel Great; Operation Hot Part 203822

Every year, like so many, I make weight loss a goal.  I know that many of my dear readers will also be tackling this particular resolution with the new year, and I wish everyone the best of luck and the utmost support in becoming active, eating healthier, and losing weight.  In 2004, I lost 45 pounds (I was on the Atkins’ diet), and while I never hit my “dream” weight, I did get to a weight I was happy enough with.  I have gained about 10 pounds of that back in the past six months, and I would really like to get back down to that “happy enough” weight or lower.  Being active is something I have struggled with for all of my life, and while I would love to say my resolution is to run everyday, it isn’t realistic.  Instead, I would like to add activity if and where I can, but my concentration will be on eating better and more moderately.  Bye-bye, Starbucks, you addictive fiend!

Here are some tips and tricks to keeping your resolutions… Continue reading →

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

If you were using MAC Golden Lemon pigment, what look would you create with it? What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips?

Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include Golden Lemon! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

Temptalia Asks You

How important is price to you when it comes to buying a beauty product? Are you budget-conscious or do you forget the dollar signs?

Monday, December 31st, 2007

LUSH wants you to “Go Green” this 2008, and I think it’s obvious that I am a definite LUSH fan, but me? Green?  I’m a bit loathe to admit it, but I’m not necessarily the greenest nor eco-friendliest person you’ll meet.  Despite this, however, I have attempted on several occasions to try more organic and environmentally friendly products, but I have met mostly mediocre results.  Becoming a LUSH junkie has given me a better taste for more natural and green products, though, so when they came out with some eco-savvy products for their Go Green promotion, I felt I had to give them a whirl.

Inspired by UK-based environmental activist, Rebecca Lush (really, that’s her name), Go Green is a whole new line of fragrance dedicated to those who focus on making a environmental difference by walking the walk, literally. A genuine lady, Rebecca eschews single-passenger vehicles and routinely walks, cycles or takes public transportation. But, sometimes such activities leave her feeling less than fresh. So, Mark Constantine, our founder, created a fragrance just for her (and those of us like her).

GO GREEN — THE SCENT | You must enjoy the Go Green scent, as it is infused into each product of the Go Green promotion.  If the scent makes you cringe, it’ll be hard to see you loving any of these!  The scent itself is a citrus-y scent with a woody after-scent; it tends to smell almost like cleanliness does (just that good clean scent).  It will definitely give you a vision of earthly delights and a touch of nature whenever you use one of the products.  I found that the perfume is the most heavily scented, while the other products are more subtle (which makes sense).

For reviews of Squeaky Green Shampoo Bar, The Greench, Go Green Solid Perfume, and Go Green Body Spray… Continue reading →

Monday, December 31st, 2007

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve? Are you staying in or going out? Hanging with friends, family, or significant other?

I’m at my boyfriend’s mom’s house (and have been for the weekend), and we celebrate with his family and a few of his friends that happen to stop by. Lots of appetizers and laughing galore. Can’t wait for my New Year’s kiss!

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

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As the year comes to end, the Splendicity community has gathered up it’s best posts from the year. Take a look at what you might have missed over the year. Be sure to check out all of the members posts to get to know some of the best beauty, fashion, style, and shopping blogs on the web.

BEAUTY
Viva Woman finds out how to read the secret batch codes of beauty products and determine their expiry date.
A Touch of Blusher brings you highlights from 2007.
Makeup and Beauty Blog brings you 5 Makeup and Beauty Tips from Paris Hilton.
Savvy Skin tells you the Top 10 Signs You’re A Beauty Junkie.
Just in time for you to ring in the New Year, makeup loves me teaches you the fine art of properly applying false eyelashes.
Ellen from Spa Beautifully shares the Top 10 Beauty Trends to Look for in 2008.
Beauty and Fashion Tech has found that The ThermaClear Acne Treatment Device is One of the Year’s Most Interesting and Useful Devices.
The results are in for Temptalia’s Best of Beauty Awards 2007, check out who won!
Sugar Shock says, “My Lips are Sealed“.
Christine at 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic spends time with Celebrity Makeup Artist Jake Bailey and Max Factor.
Beauty Secrets Revealed Shares a Blueberry Age-Defying Face Pack Recipe.
At Teen Style Lounge, Liberty shares 6 Quick Tips to Super Kissable Lips.
eBeautyDaily lists the top 10 beautiful things she couldn’t do without in 2007.
The Scented Life says that Bond no 9 is bringing Andy Warhol back to life – in a little silver bottle!
Beauty Banter muses on the 5 Minute Make-Up application! Including the EXACT products you’ll need to achieve the no-fuss look!
NY Spender asks “Is your hair color right for you?
A Girl’s Gotta Spa! thinks the Baby Quasar LED Light Therapy is a splendid secret weapon against acne & wrinkles.
Makeup Minute thinks Billy B’s Paintbrushes are splendid beauty tools that are worth every penny.
Cinnamon Kitten‘s 2007 in Review: 5 Favorite New Products.
Beautyholics Anonymous has Effective Ways To Losing Weight.
Beautiful Makeup Search says that this is one must-have beauty product that works for everyone.

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