I’d be lying if I said I am organised or overly neat but as it’s the beginning of a new year it seems like a good time to make the effort. No matter how big or small having a clear out of your makeup collection every now and then is a good idea.

The easiest thing and most important thing to start with is expiry dates. Be truthful- how long have you really had that lipstick? I’ll do a post soon about how long products really last but you can usually tell by the consistency and smell.  I also think if they are near their expiry date and I am unlikely to use them, just bin it- it’s just taking up space. Be brutal, it’s worth it in the long run. It’s really not worth keeping a product that may be off, not only will it not work as well but it might be harmful. If there is a foundation that you have almost finished make a conscious decision to finish it, that means you’ll get rid of a bottle that is taking up space with not much product in.

Next, it’s time to be realistic. Are you really going to wear that lilac lipstick you’ve stored at the bottom of your makeup bag for the last 5 months? If orange lipsticks don’t suit you and you know you wont wear it, it is simply taking up space. For products like these that are in a good/nearly new condition I like to give them a good clean (a spray of rubbing alcohol works well) and share them amongst my friends.

It’s then time to give everything a really good clean. Shampoo your brushes (also get rid of any that are misshaped and/or you don’t use) rather than just spot cleaning. I like to use baby shampoo, reshape them and just hang them off the side of a shelf to dry. Give packaging a good clean with a baby wipe/damp cloth and pop any washable makeup bags in the washing machine.

Finally, it’s time to reorganised you downsized collection. Use old candle glasses and pretty mugs to store hair bands, pencils, cotton buds, brushes and other tools. Tuck your darker foundations and yellow nail polishes to the back (since it’s winter- do the opposite in the summer). I also like to find a special place for products I have forgotten about an need to rediscover but if they don’t get used even in this box they are clearly unloved and need to go. If you don’t have a home for all your makeup yet I find that Glossy Boxes (or gift boxes) can be great for smaller collections and Muji/Ikea also do great drawers for those of us with larger collections. If you’re lucky/organised enough to fit your entire makeup collection (or at least most of it) in to a makeup bag I’ve included a list of my favourites below.

What are you beauty clear out tips? I’d love for you to share them in the comments
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Looking Back

I really have had a great year this year- someone told me being 21 is the best age to be and I think I might have to agree. I was blessed with three holidays; a short but sweet one to Paris, a relaxing break to Madeira and a long 5 week (best-ever!) holiday to Portugal.

Apart from that I finally graduated with a 2:1 in Marketing with Fashion which means I am finally done with educations, for now at least!

And I was blessed with amazing friends and family which made this year ridiculously fun!

Looking Forward
I really don’t want to sit here and tell you how I’ll lose 50kg by the end of January but I will say that I would like to travel a little bit more. Hopefully visit at least one country that I’ve never been to (I really haven’t been to many places at all!). Like everyone else I would also like to get a little healthier (I done okay in 2013 it lasted from Jan-July… Kind of) and maybe even try to be a little more tidy- which will be the biggest struggle of them all.

I have come up with some beauty resolutions:

Take Vitamins
My mum has been urging me to take some for year and I think I’ll finally start making the effort to do so as now everyone keeps telling me they’re important.

Upgrade my skincare regime
I feel like I am finally getting there with skincare but I just need to spend a little extra time and put in a little more effort to actually keep it all up.

Find the perfect contour
I usually have the mentality of why fix something if it isn’t broken so I haven’t tried an new contour since discovering the Sleek Contour Kit but I think it’s finally time. First on my hit list is the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting powder- which is your favourite contour product?

Try New Brands
I feel like the worst beauty blogger saying this but I have never tried Laura Mercier (actually I’ve tried a primer) or Bobbi Brown which seems ridiculous as they are both huge brands!

Stick to hair masks/face masks
I often forget the importance of a face mask or just how much difference a hair mask can make. This relates back to my skincare point, I just need to make an extra effort.

Find the perfect drugstore lipstick
I could probably name you lots of favourite everyday lipsticks from high-end brands such as YSL and MAC but I still haven’t found the perfect drugstore inexpensive one and as they are much more affordable I feel like I simply don’t have an excuse! I currently have my eye on the Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks- what is your favourite drugstore lipstick?

I’d also like to thank all of you that have read my blog throughout 2013, have support me and followed me on all my social media platforms. Its really nice to know that you guys read my blog and I hope that you will stay readers throughout the next year as I am hoping to put an extra bit of effort in.

I hope you all have a great time celebrating the new year today and most of all I hope you will all make next year your best year yet. I hope you have a fabulous time surrounded by all your friends and family.

Lots and lots of love!
Sabrina XX

PS What are your beauty resolutions?
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New Years is my opinion the last day for while where you can wear crazy gold nails and get away with it so it calls for one thing- the Vintage Gold Rockits Set from Nail Rocks. It comes with all you need for super blingy gold nails.

Inside you get a gold nail polish with a nail art tip too, gold glitter, gold mix caviar, gold crown and gold stars- what more could you ask for?

Plus I’ve even seen them on sale for just £5 on the River Island Website!

What nail polish/look are you going for on New Years?

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Happy New Year!!!

I hope you all had a fantastic NYE

 I always think that New Years Resolutions are a little stupid, you don’t need a new year to change your goals in life but after watching a couple of videos and reading some blog posts I just couldn’t help but get involved!
Most of my resolutions will be no different from most other people but I thought I would share them…

1) Drink More Water. 
Although this is a very basic resolution it is one that makes a huge difference. My skin, hair and my overall health change dramatically depending on the amount of water I consume.

2) Spend Less Money.
It would be fair to say that I am some what careless with money. As a student my income is very little but I still buy too many clothes and spend far too much money eating out!

3) Read More.
I am a little embarrassed to say that I can’t remember the last time I read a whole book which I think is a great shame! I buy lots of books, download them onto my iPad in the hope that I will read them but I never do and considering I spend a lot of time travelling on the train to uni it seems like such a waste of my time to just stare out the window.

4) Blog More
I love blogging but sometimes I think I don’t prioritise it highly enough, although it is just a hobby I really want to blog more and hopefully provide better content. I also want to start a YouTube Channel, I have been saying this for a while and have lots of tweets asking me to but I still haven’t got round to uploading my first video.

5) Be More Organised 
In terms of my time I think I am quite good, I keep a diary and write endless lists to make sure I that I keep myself up-to-date and on task however I when it comes to my bedroom it is always a mess. I could easily change this by simply putting things back in the correct place but I don’t and I really must change this.

6) Stop Leaving Uni to the Last Minute
As I write this post I still have a 2000 word coursework to write for University due in tomorrow but I always find more interesting, less important things to do. I must try even harder to get University work done sooner, even if it is quite boring and seem slightly pointless.

7) Travel More 
This is very much inspired by Mouldy Fruit who done a lot of travelling this year! I don’t quite have enough time or money do as much travelling as Zara did but I really should plan more mini trips within Europe or even within the UK! I do have plans to go to Paris a couple of times and Portugal but I have visited both places numerous times and I really should start exploring other places!

8) Do More Exercise 
I have been saying that I would take up swimming again for a really long time! I don’t really think the gym is for me but I do really enjoy swimming and it such a great full body work out. I would like to lose some weight but the main reason I want to start going swimming is to get fit and more toned.

I think I have set myself eight resolutions which are all within reach as long as I put in a little more time and effort.

Leave below some of your resolutions and any tips you may have to help me achieve mine! 
Hope 2012 is a fantastic year for you all!!
Sabrina X
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