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Seven Beauty Habits To Step Up In The New Year

31 December, 2017 - 10:29pm by - Head Pixie | 22 Comments

By BR Amelia

While we can choose to start a better beauty routine at any time of the year, New Year feels like the perfect time - a fresh start for a new year. So what are the routines that we can up our game on this year? Check these out...

1.  When it comes to cleaning brushes It's so easy to just think 'tomorrow, I'll do it tomorrow', but it's so easy for that tomorrow to turn into a month... or more. And during that month your brushes are being exposed to more product, dead skin cells, bacteria, general dirt. It's all a bit gross if you think about it too long. The internet will tell you to wash your brushes anywhere from every day to once a month. We're aiming for once a week. The pay off? Product applies better, skin is less likely to be irritated or break out, and your brushes will last longer.

2.  Speaking of caring for our face by giving things a wash... If you haven't implemented a skincare regime then now's the time to start. It doesn't have to be a fancy ten-step K-beauty extravaganza, but committing to simply cleansing and moisturising your face twice a day (with products suited to your skin type) will leave your skin looking clearer, brighter and hydrated. Once you're comfortable with that you can add in a toner, serum, eye cream, exfoliant - and next thing you know you'll be like BR Kellie and spending forty odd minutes on her nightly routine and getting asked for ID at the tender age of 38. 

3.  You know what makes a person beautiful? Feeling good about themselves. You know what can help you feel good about yourself? Exercise. We're not talking in a physical manner here, either. We're talking mentally. A good bout of exercise can clear the cobwebs, give you time to sort out the stuff whirling in your head, and then there's that delightful endorphin boost. Whether it's a 30 minute power walk or a one hour boot camp, we think regular exercise is just the ticket for helping us feel fab this year.

4.  Holding onto an eyeshadow palette that's way too old? Got a lipstick rollling around your purse that's been there since the Spice Girls came out but you're unwilling to part with it? Make this the year that you commit to keeping your cosmetics fresh. As we've said time and time again, cosmetics have expiry dates (read that article here), and keeping hold of them - and using them - can lead to infection, break outs, irritation. And ain't nobody got time for that. 

5.  Could we harp on anymore about sunscreen? No. We. Can't. If you're heading out then slap it on. The amount you need to use? Sunsmart.org.nz suggests that you use about half a teaspoon for your face, ears and neck, and one teaspoon on each of your legs, arms, and the front and back of your body.

6.  If there's one part of your body that won't lie about your age, it's your hands. Those babies show the passage of time like nobody's business. BUT, you can at least halt that progression with regular moisturisation. So if you've not shown your hands the love they deserve, now's the time to start!

7.  It's not just our hands that we tend to forget about - our poor extremities are left in the cold too! If your heels are hard and/or cracked, if your toenails are ragged and/or long, if your skin's feet are so dry they could be mistaken for that belonging to a lizard it's time to get down and get loving. Invest in a tool like Scholl's Velvet Smooth Wet & Dry Foot File and get exfoliating, then smother your tootsies in moisturiser, pop some socks on and let the goodness soak in. Before you know it you'll have fab feet!

So there you have it - seven ways to step up your beauty routine in the new year. Which will you be tackling? Or are you shining your halo and humming happily to yourself because you've got all seven covered? Is there anything else in the realm of beauty that you'll be working on improving? We'd love to hear about it, so get chatting!

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One heel of mine seems prone to getting a hard bit of skin it doesn't crack but just a major buildup so must pay more attention to fixing it more often. I have one of those battery file thingys that seems to work well.. I just have to remember to use it often and then moisturise the area :)

I need to improve in the sunscreen section - I tend to make do with the tidbit of SPF found in my skincare. I'm not doing too bad in the other areas but I would like to spend my time and effort on skincare vs. makeup in 2018.

With me it's the opposite. It's not unusual for me to use 3,4 masks in one night and then 2 the next night. I also have a detailed long skincare routine and apply heaps of sunscreen. I need to make an effort to use the makeup that's expiring and pan

1st January, 2018 at 2:08 pm

some palettes and lipsticks that I've had for ages.

1st January, 2018 at 2:08 pm

Such great resolutions! Happy new year, beauties!

Mine is to start using everything up before buying more stuff. I am pretty good at all those but could be better with applying sunscreen.

Me too with the using everything up before buying more!

1st January, 2018 at 6:46 pm

I could say that, and it's a great goal, but I suspect I'd be lying. I certainly will be more frugal this year tho.

1st January, 2018 at 7:09 pm

I am going along the same road, use it up before I buy more, a bit hard when there are sales happening!

1st January, 2018 at 7:15 pm

True Kim, and I'm sure the BBBEs will be a source of temptation too :)

2nd January, 2018 at 12:20 am

I believe if you start each day looking for something you are grateful in your life you start the day off with a glow . happy New Year to you all and thank you BR for all your hard work.

Thanks for the tips ladies. And wish you a very Happy New Year. Here's to another year of innovation in the world of health & beauty. Hope you all have a wonderful year full of fun and happiness!!

I've been pretty good at all of them except for number 4. I love my palettes and a good percentage of them are limited edition so I don't really want to throw them out.

I have a bit of a love/love relationship with palettes, couldnt really see myself partying with them until they are panned.

1st January, 2018 at 7:10 pm

Yep especially eyeshadow palettes they're so fun and pretty to buy so we buy more and then we play with them a bit until something else catches our eye and then it expires at the back of the drawer and we don't want to throw it out because it cost

1st January, 2018 at 7:14 pm

so much money. I have tried to change the greed for palettes to more face palettes because I know I have only three atm and I pan through those quicker since I have more cheek space then lid space.

1st January, 2018 at 7:17 pm

Although a thicker layer of eyeshadow goes on my eyelids as opposed to my cheeks which get more of a shear wash of bronzer, blush, highlighter and setting/finishing powder.

1st January, 2018 at 7:18 pm

I definitely need to do #3 and #7 more often

Exercise, always on my list. Getting better at applying sunscreen daily. Footcare. I am doing really well on the other things, though I am implementing a "don't buy unless you actually need it" clause for myself this year. I found buying too many products and not getting to use them before expiry dates annoying. I also figure i'll save some money too this could work..

Erm..sun screen and tool cleaning :(

and throwing out old stuff..I try and I try...

2nd January, 2018 at 12:21 am

Yes I need to do those things too. I cleaned my brushes yesterday so I’m feeling good about that. As for the old things that’s another story lol

2nd January, 2018 at 9:10 am

Yes my brushes are long overdue

2nd January, 2018 at 7:22 pm

Yes, I'm feeling really overwhelmed, overloaded, and dsiempowered by the 'stuff' in my house. It mostly belongs to my ex husband (now deceased) and my kids, and I can't move on until it's all gone. So this is the year...so help me God...

2nd January, 2018 at 9:52 pm

I need to work on using stuff up before it expires and also before I buy more stuff! I also need to work on cleaning my make up brushes!

My feet have been neglected . I don’t even have time to do them these days. I have been forgetting sunscreen as well.

Definitely need to start looking after my feet more the poor things take thousands and thousands and thousands of steps every single day at work and don't get any love

Oh dear I'm guilty of not doing a few of these things. New Year New Resolutions right? Let's get it started!!!!

3 5 6 and 7 are something I should work on

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