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And finally, my third resolution: getting my skin in shape! Hula hoop not included. No, I mean getting my skin as clear as I possibly can. This is sounding super obsessive, but I mean, like, skin is a huge part of self-confidence, at least to me. This kind of came about during the Christmas break, when I’m not so keen on putting on a ton of makeup just to lay around the house. I noticed about a week of minimal makeup that my face was looking way clearer. And come an event in which I had to finally make myself up, I realized just how obvious it was that I had face makeup on. I didn’t look like skin. It looked like makeup, and that annoyed me because my skin under it all was actually looking alright yet I was covering it up. While I can no longer lay around without makeup (school, ugh), I’ve promised to take better care of my skin. And with this resolution, I’ve opted to wear light, light coverage foundation. It’s scarier having less on, I won’t lie, but it’s better for your skin and it’s way less obvious. So let’s get into it already!

I go for Jet Peel treatments every month, as I have been doing for about four months now. Amanda’s praised these before– they essentially clear out your pores, which has benefits for EVERY single skin type. On my acne-prone oily skin, I’ve seen less discolouration and less frequent breakouts. My facialist recommended that I start IPL Photofacials along with the Jet Peels, which I start this weekend. They promise a multitude of results and also speak to many skin concerns as well– my main aim is to get rid of old acne scars and prevent future acne. It’s not a cheap monthly visit, no, but the results are obvious.

Even fancy treatments won’t work if you don’t put in your own effort. I wash twice a day, always, and I follow up with toners, serums, moisturizers, the whole she-bang. I should really do masks more often but considering I always do them right after I wash off my makeup, I’m always to tired and, well, they don’t get done. So moral of the story, with this new years resolution comes the promise to do at least one mask a week–my favourites right now are Boscia’s White Mask, The Body Shop’s Blue Corn Mask, Éminence Clear Skin Mask and the Murad Blackhead Remover. After a mask, I always follow up with Lancôme’s Généfique Serum, just because I feel like it replenishes my skin after a strong mask.

As for makeup, I’ve ditched my beloved MUFE Velvet Mat and opted for Hourglass’ Immaculate foundation. It’s super light coverage, it feels amazing on my skin (you’d think it’s a primer-foundation hybrid) and most importantly, my skin looks like skin when it’s on. For any remaining spots that need covering, I use my Amazing Cosmetics Concealer. Now, I’m aware that this concealer is like the highest coverage concealer in the universe, like industrial strength, but hear me out. I put like a tiny, tiny dot of it on the back of my hand, then I dip my finger in a just a bit of it, then start dabbing it on my hand to get it all off. Then I dab another finger into the dabbed concealer, and only then do I apply it to my face. And I’m sure you’re wondering what the fuck was the point of all that. Well I’ve got some really, really dark acne scars and they’re a pain in the ass to cover. By only using a really thin layer of the product (which I get by said process), I get only the coverage and not so much the thick texture that I think gives that cakey look. Less makeup means better skin and well, it just looks like less makeup.

–Anna Raponi


Hideous bags make for great exercise equipment!!
anuary is kind of a blah month–coming down from the craziness surrounding December, along with the disappointment of all the resolutions you failed to keep, it’s a shitty month to say the least. So instead of promising that I’d hit the gym on the daily, which I don’t think ANYONE can actually keep up, I decided that I’d hula hoop on days that I couldn’t/didn’t want to make the 10 minute walk to the gym (slash get my hair dirty). I was actually inspired from Annie from a video she did for XOVain (she’s also the new writer for Into The Gloss), and considering she’s in enviable shape AND she swears by hula-ing, I thought I’d look into it.

So, if you’re wondering, hula hooping…

  • Tones your abs (enough said)
  • Makes you more coordinated (it was really hard for me at first)
  • Burns fat!!
So, you need to get yourself a hoop! We ain’t talking about the plastic ones you played with at daycare, that’s child’s play. The actual exercise hula hoops are really big and weighted (not by much), and I even invested in little arm hoops to get me some Michelle Obama arms. None of which are super pricey and once you have them you’re set for good.
Now in terms of actually hula-ing, I won’t lie in saying that it’s pretty boring–hula hooping while watching TV is easiest. I go for half an hour in each direction. That’s all there is to it. In terms of arms, its the same idea, just less time.
Annie has a few other tricks in the video but more importantly her body jewels are really cool.
–Anna Raponi


I’m sure this isn’t news to anyone but no one eats enough fruits and vegetables and well, smoothies are a really easy way to hide a lot of not so appealing greens (there really is no way to eat kale on it’s own without gagging) and other superfoods (wtf is a superfood??–I hear ya). So for the new year, along with a few other resolutions, I figured I should start drinking my nutrients on a daily basis. Why? Well if you haven’t heard from, I don’t know, the bazillion blogs and magazines and little features on talk shows for middle-aged women (well, actually, it’s usually my dad I catch watching CityLine on his days off. He also loved Desperate Housewives if you were wondering), they can kill, like, four or five birds with one stone (this article is going in a really dark direction and I apologize for the bird homicide). SMOOTHIES ARE GREAT IF YOU DO IT RIGHT SO LET’S GET ON WITH IT.

Basically I try to pack in as many greens as possible, then only use as much fruit as needed to offset the unpleasantness of said greens, like kale, spinach and swiss chard. Fruit packed smoothies are full of sugar, will actually decrease your energy level and could even break out your skin. I’ve found that you’ve really got to balance the fruits and the veggies, and if you do it right, you can’t even taste the greens.

Then you’ve got your bases. It’s always a little smoother when you start off with a liquid. You could go for a juice, but I personally use either coconut water or almond milk (unsweetened and unflavoured). Coconut water is super-hyped because it’s hydrating, low in calories, fat and cholesterol free and packed with potassium (more than four bananas!!). As for almond milk, it’s one of the best milk alternatives out there, also low cal, minimal carb and sodium levels and cholesterol-free. Both options are full of vitamins and surprisingly won’t make your smoothies taste any different even though all this health stuff is sounding like it would taste as bad as the also super-healthy kale.

Now for the superfood add-ins. A superfood is basically a food that is found to be like, really, really good for you, also typically seen on talk shows your mother watches. Chia seeds are my favourite to add to my smoothies because you can’t taste them, and they have a ton of fibre, omega-3, calcium, manganese (yah, I didn’t know what that was either, but it’s important), phosphorus and protein, but particularly because they make me really full. I’ve also heard of adding hemp seeds (don’t think I can get behind that one), matcha powder (I LOVE matcha, like I eat it by choice) maca powder (apparently tastes like butterscotch, but let’s not get too excited, it is a superfood), cocoa powder (no explanation necessary, also tastes really good) and goji berries.

So while everyone has their personal preference on what goes into the blender, I can kind of lay out the groundwork.

1. Ice– if you haven’t got frozen fruit in the mix, you’ll want some ice.

2. Liquids– your coconut water, almond milk, OJ, apple juice, whatever you fancy.

3. Frozen fruit– I usually do mangoes and berries.

4. I don’t know what to call these, but I want to say like creamy ingredients– literally your only options are banana or avocado– definitely do one or the other, or both, don’t skimp on this step.

5. Fresh fruits and vegetables– this is your cue to throw your greens in, and any fresh fruit. I’ve found that apples are really good with the not so desirable vegetables.

6. Superfoods, if you are so inclined.

7. BLEND!!

So once a day, usually in the mornings or after I work out, I down a smoothie. These things are f***ing filling, like a whole meals worth, and you can feel like a super fit athlete that’s got it all figured out for the day. Or maybe that’s just me.

–Anna Raponi