Every year in December I map out my New Year’s resolutions. I separate them into personal and professional goals… But this year, I’m adding one more category: Beauty resolutions! I’ve always been pretty good about taking care of myself and my skin, but there’s always room for improvement so I’ve set some goals for 2013 that I intend to stick to! Here are my six beauty resolutions:


1. Drink more water. We all know that drinking enough water is essential for good, hydrated skin. I have to admit: I simply do not drink enough water! In fact, I’d say I’m way below average in the water intake department, which I’m not happy about. I guess it’s no wonder that I have the skin of a crocodile! So in 2013, I’m gonna kick dry skin to the curb by chugging more H2O!

2. Find more cruelty-free brands. There’s simply no reason for animal testing. It’s been proven and we all know it, so why is every beauty product not carrying the cruelty-free seal? Some of my favorite brands like Urban Decay and Anastasia Beverly Hills are cruelty free, and in 2013 my goal is to find more makeup and skincare brands that are against animal testing.

3. No more bleach! Ahh, my hair. My poor, poor hair. I’ve done so much to it over the years, I’m surprised it’s stuck around for more abuse. My natural color is a very dark brown— almost black— and I’ve always liked a softer, lighter look on me. So for years my colorist has had to resort to bleach to lighten my hair. And though she’s always been careful and conservative about the way she uses the harsh chemical in my hair, it’s still caused quite a bit of damage. So, in 2013, I’m sticking strictly to color highlights and no bleach. I’m just going to soften it up with some chocolatey brown highlights and embrace healthier, stronger hair!

4. Leave my cuticles alone. I don’t bite my nails, but I have to admit I do pick at my cuticles all the time. It’s horrible! I’m a girl, I should have pretty fingers. In 2013, no matter how stressed I get, I am not touching my cuticles!

5. Make anti-aging a priority. I started educating myself on anti-aging products when I entered my 20’s and began using products in an effort to prevent aging rather than have to fix it later. In the last couple of years, though, I’ve been less concerned with keeping my skin looking young. I’ve been doing just the minimum: Wash my face every night, apply a moisturizer, and never leave the house without sunblock. That’s good, but not good enough! I’ve lost track of my strict routine of applying eye creams, serums, and hydrating masks because my schedule has become so hectic. This year, I’m getting back into the anti-aging game! I’m 28 years old… My skin should be a priority.

6. Clean and disinfect my brushes regularly. I think we often forget how much bacteria and pore-clogging crap lives on our makeup brushes. And then when we break out for no reason, we wonder where it came from! In 2013 I’m going to make it a point to clean my brushes at least every two weeks. And ever since I discovered the Cinema Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner, this’ll be easier! All you have to do is dip your brush into the solution and wipe on a clean washcloth. This stuff not only cleans brushes, but it also disinfects and conditions, keeping them in good shape for longer.


And there it is! A very doable list of beauty goals for the new year. What are your beauty resolutions for 2013??


17 Comments on 2013 BEAUTY RESOLUTIONS

  1. Jennifer
    December 28, 2012 at 12:31 pm (2 years ago)

    I love these… Do you care to share any of your personal resolutions?x

    • Teni Panosian
      December 28, 2012 at 4:22 pm (2 years ago)

      Haven’t drafted those just yet!! :P

  2. Liz
    December 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm (2 years ago)

    wow those beauty resolutions tick all the boxes for me too. I pick at my cuticles all the time and really have to stop as Im getting married next year. I can go all day at work and not have a drop to drink, this is sooo bad and has to stop.
    I think I will try and join you in these resolutions :) (my hair will have to wait till after the wedding)

    I’d just like to say I love your blog and youtube channel, you are so great in your tutorials. I looovvee your wedding look tutorial and just hope that my makeup will look as nice on my special day (although somehow i doubt it) Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into your blog and videos. From what I can tell your stunning inside and out xxx

    • Teni Panosian
      December 28, 2012 at 4:21 pm (2 years ago)

      thank you for the lovely comment, Liz!! I appreciate the feedback :) Looking forward to making more videos and posts for you all in the new year!

  3. sheena
    December 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm (2 years ago)

    I agree!! i need to drink water too!! and for sure we all need to support cruelty free brands.

    if you can make a video or a post about anti aging i would be very happy :) also could you racommend a good eye make up remover?


    • Teni Panosian
      December 28, 2012 at 4:20 pm (2 years ago)

      Sure! I’ll do a new skincare video in the new year and cover those questions :)

  4. Lexie
    December 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm (2 years ago)


    Have you tried Smashbox? It is cruelty free and almost all of the products are HD. The StudioSkin 15 Hour wear Foundation is an incredible product. I am blown away by the brand, it is safe to say it is my all time favorite cosmetic company… && a little side note the brand was created by Max Factors grandsons :)

    My beauty resolutions are

    1. To keep my makeup kit clean and organized at all times, so when I have to travel to a photo shoot or wedding I am not stressed before the event thinking I have to clean and REorganize my kit.

    2. NO more hoarding products that are almost all of the way empty, I need to throw them out and let go of them! I struggle accepting an empty container, especially if it has been discontinued.

    3. My skin regimine is very planned out and methodical, I need to step out of my comfort zone and try other products. I also need to mask more often, my pores would appreciate the extra effort.

    4. Being an esthetician and make up artist have wonderful perks but I need to remember to take more time for myself, go for a facial instead of always giving them, get a wax, doll myself up for day time instead of reaching for my natural day time look.

    It looks like we have a full plate for 2013!! Bring it ON!

    Your blog is just as lovely as you, I really enjoy your videos and your wisdome!

    • Teni Panosian
      December 28, 2012 at 6:52 pm (2 years ago)

      Ahh, Lexie, thanks for the recommendation and for sharing your beauty resolutions!!! I can SO relate on the product hoarding… I’m a neat freak and I get anxiety when I see an overload of products in my makeup area!!

  5. SarahE
    December 28, 2012 at 7:51 pm (2 years ago)

    great list Teni, I too have a list of beauty resolutions I need to stick to but I’m so lazy when it comes to skincare.

    I did however discover a product recently that ticks a lot of boxes regarding skincare, all in the one bottle so I thought I’d share :) It’s Rachel K CC cream; it’s a primer, anti aging, whitening, pore-refining, SPF containing, skin correcting, tinted moisturiser combo (I know right!). It comes in 3 shades but doesn’t deposit too much color so the pink bottle (which is neutral) usually suits – I’m same skin color as you. It’s a light shade when first applied but it melts into the skin and plus I usually use it under foundation, powder or liven it up with some bronzer and blush. When I read your list, I thought I’d mention it in case you’d like to try it too.

    Thank you for all your hard work on the blog, loving your videos also and looking forward to many more. Have a happy new year!! xx

    • Teni Panosian
      December 28, 2012 at 8:11 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Sarah! I’ll have to look up that Rachel K product :) Happy New Year and thanks so much for the support! xx

  6. Tessy
    December 30, 2012 at 2:02 am (2 years ago)

    Teni can you do a video about anti-aging? Do you maybe know any tips? :)

    I’m 20 and I used for about a year now L’Oreal’s Youth Code. It didn’t break me out whatsoever and makes my skin feel very soft! :)
    Since I’m running out of it, I wanted to try something else and I purchased the Avalon Organics lotion SPF 15 and the night cream :) I’ll try them after I finished up Youth Code. So I would be really intrested what worked for you for the past years and how to prevend rinkles and stuff? :)

    P.S : I also have the Rachel K CC Cream! You definitely should try it out :) Have a Happy New Year!! :) <3

    • Teni Panosian
      December 30, 2012 at 11:40 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Tessy! I’m going to be doing an updated skincare video in the first few weeks of the new year, so I’ll talk about about my anti-aging favorites ;)

      • Tessy
        January 2, 2013 at 10:08 am (2 years ago)

        Aw thanks so much! I appreciate that :) Hope you had a great New Year’s :) <3

  7. Ana
    December 31, 2012 at 10:36 am (2 years ago)

    Haha I’ll join you on the war against cuticle picking! I recently bought LUSH Lemon Flutter and it is doing wonders in case you want to try.

    ps. You are GORGEOUS!

    • Teni Panosian
      December 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm (2 years ago)

      i LOVE Lush! I’ll definitely check out the Lemon Flutter :) Happy New Year!! xx

  8. Annette Vartanian
    January 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Teni. Have you tried Tarte Cosmetics? It’s a great line of cruelty free and natural beauty products (no sulfates or parabens). I have used a lot of their items and I have not been disappointed yet.
    Love all of your posts and have been following since the beginning!

    • Teni Panosian
      January 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm (2 years ago)

      Yes!! I’ve used very few Tarte products (which I’ve loved) but definitely need to try more! I love that they’re natural and cruelty free… Good recommendation!! Thanks :)


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