Feb. 20, 2013 at 5:32 AM ET
You've recovered from the holidays, and you've made your resolutions. And if you're holding on to cracked compacts, crusty mascaras, stale lip balms, and expired sunscreens, it's time to make another vow for 2013: Revamp your beauty product stash stat. Don't worry, it's actually going to be a lot more fun than you think.
Here's TotalBeauty.com's short list of what to toss – from the completely defected to the germ-infested.After all, flushing out gunky old products is therapeutic – and there's no better time than the beginning of a new year to take on the task. Not to mention that spring – and all of the exciting beauty trends that come with it – is right around the corner, so you'll need to make room for more loot.
Anything without a cap or cover
I get it, you love your Chanel lipstick, but if you lost the top months ago, the tube needs to go, too – especially if it has been floating around in your bag collecting debris. Cosmetic chemists and dermatologists will tell you it's loaded with bacteria, but it's also just gross. Lipstick should never look like it's been rolled in rubbish.
One of the most ubiquitous Fashion Week beauty trends for spring was pretty, perfect skin – but not fake-perfect. So forget about using a full-coverage, studio makeup foundation to get the look. Instead, try something more natural, like a tinted moisturizer or BB cream, and finish if off with a quick dust of loose powder such as Laura Mercier Mineral Powder, $36.
If you have hair clip-in pieces rolling around in the bottom of your bathroom drawer, knotted and greasy, it's time to throw them out. And unless you're a Victoria's Secret model, you probably won't need them anyway: Hair trends for 2013 reflect shorter and more manageable styles. "I'm so excited that super-long hair is finally going away," says celebrity stylist Janine Jarmon. "Modern cuts are short to mid-length, and texture is more natural."
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Nail stickers are one of my favorite new beauty inventions – I'll take Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips, $8.99, over a bottle of actual polish any day. But there's one major problem: They dry out. If you've ever tried to apply old or unwrapped strips, then you know they just won't stick. Take a moment to clean out your supply – and make a mental note to only buy them only as you need them.
When it comes to my beauty regimen, one of the things that annoys me the most is struggling to tweeze a stray eyebrow hair with dull tweezers. After three failed attempts I'm about ready to throw the tweezers across the room in a fit of rage – and I'm not over exaggerating. That's why I highly suggest investing in Tweezerman Tweezers $22. They sharpen your tweezers for free. (Seriously!) You only pay to ship them to the sharpening facility (they'll cover the return shipping), and then it's like you have a brand new pair.
After you open a new mascara, cosmetic chemists and ophthalmologists give it about a 3-month lifespan. After that, it could turn crusty – or worse, give you an eye infection. So if you're a mascara hoarder like me, January is the perfect time to get rid of all the mascaras you've collected over the last year. If you can't remember when you bought it, it's got to go.
Anything that's changed color, consistency, or smell
If it doesn't smell or feel the way it did when you bought it, throw it away. Manicurists have tricks they use when it comes to clumpy nail polish (paint thinner) or runny lotion (adding Vaseline), but doctors agree that if something's questionable, you're better off ditching it. Besides, if the sun block you think is from last summer is actually from three summers before, you're in for a wicked sunburn.
Now that you're ready to clean out your makeup bag, how about the rest of your lifestyle routine? Try these simple resolutions to star.
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