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14 Beauty Resolutions That Are Actually Worth Keeping In 2014

New year, new beauty obsessions.

1. Wear sunscreen.

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Just do it, OK? Your future self will thank you.

2. Invest in some good tools.

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You might be better off with beauty tools that matter — they could be better for your health and have more efficient powers than some conventional options. Microfiber cloths are gentle alternatives for your face, while glass files give your nails a better, healthier shape.

3. Go back to solid manicures.

Nail art is cool and all, but sometimes a solid color can speak serious volumes. It’s a lot less time consuming, too.

4. Turn your beauty goods into multipurpose items.

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Sometimes, you just don’t want to buy a specific product for EVERY. SINGLE. THING. on your body, so resort to the products you already have. Try lipstick for blush and eyeshadow, conditioner for intimates laundry, or nipple cream for cracked areas of skin.

You’ll save your money AND your energy!

5. Try a beauty subscription service.

Whether it’s a Birchbox, Julep, or the new Beauty Beat Box (launching February 2014), you’ll always get excited for every, single magical delivery.

6. Remove at least one harmful product from your routine.

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You could possibly improve your skin after taking out an irritant. For example, your foaming shampoo probably contains sodium lauryl sulfate, and it could be contributing to your forehead and scalp breakouts. Sulfate-free shampoos are also better for color-treated hair.

Additionally, try avoiding brands that still participate in animal testing, because that’s so 20th century.

7. Cut some time off of your morning hair routine.

 

Hair can sometimes be the worst, and could make getting ready feel like a marathon. Try some quick hairstyles like the 4-Step Bun or Five-Minute Chic Twists.

For more styling ideas, check these out:
29 Hairstyling Hacks Every Girl Should Know
22 No-Heat Styles That Will Save Your Hair
29 Awesome New Ways To Style Your Natural Hair
18 Awesome Style Ideas For Pixie Cuts

8. Actually take care of your teeth.

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Sure, a standard toothbrush and toothpaste do the trick, right? NOPE.

You could add floss, and choose products based on your dental needs — if you find your teeth hurt EVERY TIME you drink tea, it’s time to get some Sensodyne in your life. Or, invest in some cool dental hygiene tools, like the Flossolution that uses a dual brush and floss system.

9. Consider cleansing alternatives.

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Who knew that oil could be the cure to your oily face, or that purple shampoo is the key to gray hair? Well, now you know, so explore the possibilities.

10. Find your perfect MLBB shade.

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“MLBB” stands for “My Lips But Better,” and it refers to lipsticks or glosses that enhance the natural color of your lips. Instead of wearing nude, MLBB’s promote colors that are actually similar to your lip tone, which range in finishes and hue.

Check out this video from the From Head To Toe vlog about MLBB’s.

11. Take a hair color risk.

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Sienna Miller’s rose gold hair is the perfect mix of natural and candied hues. It’s a much more subtle take on the wild and crazy ombré locks of 2013.

12. Take off your makeup before bed.

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Don’t complain about breakouts if you don’t take off your makeup. When using makeup wipes, remember you should follow up with washing your face.

13. Recycle or purge your old makeup.

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Well, you probably need more room for your 2014 beauty hauls, so try recycling your makeup for different uses — or throw it out if it’s expired.

If you’re still at a loss for space after letting some stuff go, these beauty organization tips might be worth a try.

14. Finally, find out what looks good on YOU.

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This year, get rid of those excuses like “I don’t look good in red lipstick,” because in reality, people of all skin tones can rock a good red. The solution? Do some digging and find out which shades, remedies, and products work well on you, not on everybody else.

So, find out your skin type, learn the difference between warm and cool hues, and experiment!

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