Beauty Resolutions Worth Keeping

You know it’s a new year when you can’t get on a treadmill on your usually empty gym, and Mint.com is frozen because of the flood of people creating personal budgets. We’ll skip the dieting pledges, but this month is a great time to overhaul your lifestyle, from your fridge to your bathroom vanity. Here, a few tweaks we’re making to ensure that 2011 is fresh and exciting.

Sort and Toss

That clumpy mascara and cracked compact are holding you back! Get out a garbage bag, stat, and give your bathroom a complete overhaul. Use our easy three-step guide to de-clutter and organize your products. Once you’re done, start replacing all those stale items with fresh new ones (check out the Birchbox Shop for inspiration).

Revamp Your Skincare Regimen

Don’t settle for anything less than clear, healthy skin. Take a good look at your skincare routine and make sure you’re using the right products—and getting the most out of them. A little intimidated by the skincare aisle? We don’t blame you. Get a crash course in serums, learn about the magic of exfoliators, and find out what makes those miracle creams so, you know, miraculous.

Experiment With Color

We love neutrals (and have a whole drawer full of taupes and sandy browns to prove it), but sometimes you just have to break out the brights. Red lips never go out of style—Just ask Lipstick Queen Poppy King, who gave us tips on finding the perfect shade of crimson. Brush off the winter doldrums with cheery eyeshadows in poptastic hues, or use Deborah Lippmann’s guide to give yourself a fun manicure — may we suggest the oh-so-current Don’t Tell Mama?

Switch Up Your Hairstyle

Want a big change? Try bangs—find out how to pick the right ones for your face here. For a smaller shift, test-drive a teasing brush to get an extra voomy ponytail (watch our video for tips) or sweep hair into a simple updo.

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