You know the drill: It’s the beginning of the year, which means it’s time for resolutions and new beginnings. If you’re going to promise yourself any fresh beauty and fashion routines, it’s best to make them easy ones that you’ll stick to. So, here are five (fairly) simple updates to kick-start your beauty and fashion regimens for 2018:
Facial rollers have been getting a lot of press lately, because they’re both easy to use and easy to incorporate into any skincare regimen. First up is the jade facial roller, which has come to the West via China. Traditionally, jade is associated with detoxification and boosting the immune system, and essentially, that’s what a jade facial roller does: It improves blood circulation and skin tone, promotes lymphatic drainage and reduces wrinkles and puffiness, even under the eye. Use it after applying a serum and roll in an upward motion. sesenskinbodywellnesss.com
Another option is dermarolling or at-home microneedling. This dermaroller by Stacked Skincare has tiny spikes on a roller head; the spikes puncture the skin with micro holes to stimulate skin repair, which in turn increases collagen production and the absorption of skincare products. As with the jade roller, use it after applying a serum and roll horizontally, vertically and diagonally across your facial planes. One word of warning: You need to thoroughly cleanse the dermaroller after EACH use and never share it with anyone else. $30, Aillea
Did you catch that you need to use a serum with the above facial rollers? The one you use should boost radiance, help to combat midwinter dryness and give you a glow. Try PUR Fusion-C radiance serum, which contains a potent dose of four different forms of Vitamin C. Together, they deliver a skin cocktail that lightens age spots, combats hyperpigmentation, evens out skin tone and texture, and improves skin elasticity. $39, purattitude.com
If all of the above sounds too complicated, try just changing up your pout. Yes, the matte lipstick trend of the last couple of years is giving way to the glossy lip (think of it as an extension of the dewy skin look). The most wearable version of this lip trend is a high shine gloss in a nude-pink tone. If you must do color, go for red shades. My first two picks are by RMS Beauty (Moment, $25) and Ilia (The Butterfly & I, $24, both shown above, both vertbeauty.com), because I really do love wearing non-toxic lip products. For a glassy effect without any stickiness, try Kevyn Aucoin’s super moisturizing The Lip Gloss in Pasiflora, Starlight or Candlelight ($30 each, lstylebar.com).
All stylists say the same thing at the beginning of the year: It’s the perfect time to cleanout your closet and reorganize it. Why? Because the clothing and accessories you don’t wear take up physical and mental space. A proper closet cleanout and reorganization will probably take an entire weekend (invite a friend for moral support, if you need it), but aim to get rid of the following: Stretched out and discolored clothing; clothing you’re keeping because it was expensive; items you never liked (even if they were a gift); anything that’s needed mending for a while; and any pieces you don’t wear, have nothing to go with or that don’t fit. To organize, stock up on plastic shoe boxes ($1.89), linen storage boxes ($24.99 and $29.99), lavender-scented cedar balls ($3.99), and – of course – everyone’s favorite Huggable Hanger by Joy Mangano ($23.99 for 40 hangers). All available at thecontainerstore.com
Give you wardrobe one more New Year boost by upgrading your basics. In fact, with so many shops on sale now, it’s more than likely you’ll find some serious deals on them. One thing to keep in mind: Shopping for basics is the time to shop like a man. So, if you find a great fitting short-sleeve T-shirt, long-sleeve sweatshirt or sleek tank top, buy the style in several colors. And remember, basics don’t have to be boring; if a standard T-shirt isn’t your thing, go for one with a special sleeve detail or neutral stripes. Monrow classic sweatshirt, $120, and Philanthropy short-sleeve T-shirts, $72 and $108, all strutdenver.com. Velvet long-sleeve stripe T-shirt, $108, short-sleeve stripe T-shirt, $99, and ruffle sleeve T-shirt, $128, all Dragonfly.