Consider this existential crisis: I am a Beauty Director, but I don't tend to beautify. Worse than this, I am very rarely happy with my hair or the length of my lashes or the state of my eyebrows, but I don't really do anything about it. How idiotic is that?
I blame my diary, it's sooo busy, I never have time for a haircut etc. etc. OK, ok I just don't make the time. I'm not a huge fan of small talk and I don't like facials. *Gasps*. I said it. I just think 'I can wash my own face, thanks'. Yes, I know that they do a million more beneficial things than cleansing - I write about it all the time - I'm just making excuses because I'm basically lazy when it comes to my own beauty.
So here's the thing. I need to put my money where my mouth is. I need to fully embrace the wonderful industry that I love precisely for all its confidence-boosting, glow-giving, prettifying benefits, but I need to direct it more toward me. My resolution: Do Better Beauty.
On a grooming scale from Kristen Stewart to Kim Kardashian, I am Cameron Diaz. I polish up, but day to day am pretty low maintenence. As in, I rarely bother beyond a bit of eyeliner and brow mascara. I do love lipstick, obviously, but it's the quickest route to a whole new look, so that's kind of cheating.
My plan is this:
Block book all the regular appointments that I preach about and stick to them. This means haircuts, colours and glossing treatments, brow grooming, tinting and shaping and maybe a little lash extending too.
Take advantage of some beautifying shortcuts. That is, I tong my hair (at the front only) pretty much daily to inch me up the grooming scale, so instead I will personally investigate the Return of the Perm. Imagine! Perfectly voluminous, wavy hair every day. Why am I not doing this already?
Get my brows shaped and build a relationship with my technician so she can grow them into the kind of eyebrows Lily Aldridge would be jealous of by month 6 or 7 (it takes commitment). Lily who you say? Oh, only my ultimate beauty inspiration. This is the key: visualisation.
In 2016 I want to look as effortlessly groomed as Lily, because I will be. I want her hair colour = perfection. Hair shape and texture = the dream. Eyebrows = beyond fleek. Overall the kind of look you could confidently answer the door in at any time. In your PJs on a hangover and still the postman will fancy you a little bit. Probably
To kick off my mission: EYEBROWS. But that's another story...
From zero to almost hero in three train stops