New years are for fresh starts. Here are tips to clean up your closet, trim your makeup case, and stay fabulous for the whole year.
This new year, less is more!
Start the year right with these minimalist tips and get on the right track for a more fashionable year:
Resolution #1: I want to clean up my closet
If you haven’t worn it in a year, and it doesn’t have any sentimental value (i.e. this is my favorite jacket from grade school), it’s time to say goodbye. Donate those that are still good. For what remains, choose a system of organization: by color, by occasion or by weather.
Resolution #2: De-clutter my makeup kit
While it’s definitely fun to shop for makeup and try on new looks, we can end up with more products than we actually use — and more bills to pay.
The biggest culprit here is lipstick, with its many colors that brands push consumers to buy. However, lipstick colors can actually be broken down into six types. Once you’re aware of these types, you can avoid impulse buys of “new” colors that may actually be similar to what you already have.
The minimalist solution? Buy new lipstick only when your old runs out.
What about old products I still use? As far as expiration dates go, Marie Claire lists these deadlines, beginning from the time you first open a product:
Powders and shadows: 2 years
Cream shadows: 12 to 18 months
Foundation: 1 year
Lipstick & lip liner: 1 year
Mascara & eyeliners: 3 months
Using expired or contaminated products can damage your skin. If there are any changes in a product’s smell, color or texture, toss it in the bin and get yourself a new one.
Resolution #3: Have better skin
Make 2014 the year you have great skin! First step: Figure out how much cream your face really needs.
As a general rule: The more humid your country is, the less added moisture you actually need. Here, you can skip the emulsion completely (it’s really just lotion with minimal active ingredients) and go straight to either essence and cream. For days when you need that extra dose of pampering, use a sheet mask in your “flavor” of choice.
For oily skin, you can do with even less. Instead of cream, go for a water or gel-based moisturizer that dries without any sticky feeling.
Resolution #4: Make better choices when shopping
Trends come and go, but the classics stay. Instead of blowing your hard-earned money on every trend that comes your way, invest in pieces that you’ll need for years to come: black pumps, a white silk blouse, a leather bag, a meet-the-parents sundress and a dressy number you can wear to special events.
As for trendy items, the trick is to be selective about what really fits your personality and figure. For minimal spending, split your shopping into two days — window-shopping and the actual buying. Sleep on any purchase to determine how much you actually want it. Then, always shop with cash instead of using your credit card.
When in doubt, remember: Less is more!