Great Beauty: New Year’s Resolutions

New Year, New You

These beauty resolutions will have your hair, skin, lashes and nails looking so spectacular, you’ll be excited to keep them! Check out our top get-gorgeous resolutions of 2011.

1.) Refresh Your Complexion

True beauty starts with flawless skin, and there’s no faking it! Clear up with Fresh Soy Skincare Set ($38,, which includes a cleanser, exfoliator, serum and face cream.

2.) Buff Winter-Worn Hands

Winter takes a toll on hands, leaving them dry, cracked and ashy. Smooth rough spots and moisturize cuticles with Cake Beauty’s Milk Made Smoothing Hand & Cuticle Buffer ($16,

3) Deep Condition Your Hair

Nothing weakens and dries out Black hair like heat styling, relaxers and color. Apply VO5 Hot Oil Shower Works Treatment ($6, onto wet hair before shampooing for glossy, healthy locks

4.) Exfoliate Chapped Lips

Don’t even think of kicking off the New Year with chapped lips! Score a supple, smooth, baby-soft pucker with a gentle lip exfoliator like The Lip Scrub in Red Velvet ($24,

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5.) Boost Lackluster Lashes

Lush, long lashes are always sexy! Give your fringe a boost with a nourishing, lash-lengthening conditioning treatment like Givenchy Mister Lash Booster ($30,

6.) Brush Your Hair

Many Black woman don’t actually brush their hair (we comb or finger-style). Brush with Denman Paddle Brush ($11.95, to redistribute oils and stimulate the scalp, encouraging growth.

7.) Invest in a Great Concealer

Fabulous skin begins with the right concealer. Get the most natural finish with a creamy, yellow-based formula like MAC Studio Finish Concealer ($16.50,

8.) Get Bi-Monthly Trims

Please don’t hang on to long hair for the sake of having long hair! Snipping your ends every two months leaves tresses swingy, bouncy, and healthy-looking. Plus, your tresses will hold curl better!