Let’s make 2015 the year that you nail all of your beauty resolutions. BeautyintheBag has simplified the process with our best problem solvers for resolutions you can meet and exceed without even breaking a sweat.
TURN OVER YOUR CELLS
C’mon ladies, it’s time to ditch the skin care that isn’t working for you, and make room for the products that enhance, beautify and that you just love to use. We all have tons of half used jars of this and tube of that, petrified creams that need to be tossed, and vitamin C’s that turned brown ages ago. Purge your skin care collection and recharge your regimen. Think of the age-old closet-cleaning rule: if you haven’t used it in six months or longer, you never will.
Start with a New Year’s SilkPeel Dermal Infusion to slough away dead cells, debris, and oil from your skin’s surface and restore radiance. Turning back the clock on your skin will let you start with a clean slate. Your skincare will get absorbed quicker and better too. For best results, resolve to pop in for monthly treatments. If this is too much to handle, use a home peeling system in between SilkPeel treatments. We love ZO Medical Invisapeel. Use weekly to renew your epidermis (outer skin layer) and keep dead cell buildup under control. It’s also great for acne prone and oily skin types.
2015 is the year that you should resolve to protect your precious skin every day, 365/year, even in cold or cloudy weather. The easiest way to do this is choose a brilliant daily SPF30+ formula that your skin soaks up without causing clogged pores, breakouts or sensitivity. One of our favorites is La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF45. This matte finish sun protector absorbs fast and wears beautifully under makeup, so there is no excuse not to use it daily.
What looks great on beautiful skin? A perfect, expertly selected concealer to enhance your complexion and camouflage flaws like pigmentation, blotches, redness and blemishes. We love Colorescience Mineral Corrector Palette ($50) which features five complementary colors to mix and match as needed. The intense pigments cover and correct while providing natural looking coverage that looks flawless under foundation or alone.
Another resolution that adds big impact to your beauty routine is to never ever leave home with fluffing up your eye framing brows. Brows should always be groomed and look consistent – it’s not a one-off event. Once you find the ideal brow shaper product for your color, never let it go. Tom Ford Beauty Brow Sculptor ($44) is a waxy pencil with an angled edge on one end and a brush on the other end for natural looking brows every time. Comes in 4 shades – blonde, taupe, chestnut and espresso – and lasts well because a little goes a long way.
LASHES & LIPS
If time does not permit a full on makeup application every day, stick with the basics and don’t forget the eyes and lips. One coat of glossy black mascara is a minimum for eyes (along with your well shaped brows) and a swipe of a lipstick or gloss on your lips will get you out the door at least looking semi-polished. If your day-to-day plan is to stick with the lazy girl’s ‘no makeup’ look, better make it count. bare Minerals Lash Domination ($18) has an exclusive twisted wand spirals to 180 degrees to curve around every lash from all angles for extra volume. Your lashes explode and the smudge-proof formula keeps them looking fresh throughout the day. For lips, choose a product with staying power like Clinique Long Last Soft Shine Lipstick ($16) that comes in a bevy of beautiful shades.
CLEAN YOUR FACE
Never go to sleep without taking off your makeup – even when you’re dead tired and can barely make it to the bathroom mirror. Why is this important? Because the day’s makeup, dirt and debris sink into pores, causing blemishes and blackheads. The easiest way to get rid of all traces of makeup any time is to stock a pack of wipes in your nightstand. Neutrogena Makeup Removing Cleansing Towelettes ($7.99) found in the little blue package in every drugstore or grocer in America take it all off, even waterproof mascara.