Great Beauty: New Year's Resolutions

We know, we know--New Year's resolutions are meant to be broken, right? Well, 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.
ESSENCE.COM Jan, 03, 2011

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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.

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

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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, cakebeauty.com).

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

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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, bathandbodyworks.com).

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

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

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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, maccosmetics.com).

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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!