Beauty Guru: New Year's Resolutions for a More Beautiful 2014

Beauty resolutions for New Year's 2014 are at the top of my list for self-improvement in the New Year. Oh, you know, I always start off the year with great plans for a better complexion, prettier hair, and healthier skin, not to mention getting in better shape and getting plenty of sleep. But as the New Year fades away, I end up slipping into my old, bad habits. Can you relate? I have decided that this is year is going to be different! I'm going to take my beauty routine, and my health, more seriously, and come up with goals that I can manage. Here is my plan.

Take better care of my skin. I'm always in a hurry, so my skin gets the least amount of attention possible. But I need to give it a little extra love to make it through the harsh winter, so for the New Year, I plan on making sure I remove my makeup completely at night, rinse away any cleanser thoroughly, and use a moisturizer with salicylic acid to treat breakouts.

Condition my hair. I have a terrible habit of not conditioning my hair. As a hair stylist, I tell everyone they need to use conditioner, and yet, when it comes to my own fine locks, I tend to let it slide because I don't like my hair to get weighed down. Instead, I will use a lightweight conditioner to gently moisturize my platinum locks and keep them in great shape.

Clean out old makeup. As a total beauty junkie, another very bad habit that I have is letting old makeup accumulate. I just love eye liners, shadows, and mascara, but these products, especially the mascara, can harbor bacteria and need to be replaced regularly. Keeping them in the warm, steamy bathroom only accelerates the growth of bacteria. So my first job of 2014 will be to sort through my makeup stash, which - as you can probably guess - is pretty substantial. I will need to dispose of anything that is outdated. Mascara should be kept no longer than 3 months, and everything else no longer than about 6 months. Of course, this means I may have to make a trip to Sephora to replace my favorite mascaras and liners, but the health of my skin and eyes in 2014 will be totally worth it.

Look healthier by being healthier. I really want to look healthier, and that means changing my lifestyle to be healthier. First, I need to replace a few of my coffees each day with a plain glass of water. Staying hydrated makes skin look and feel much nicer! Second, I'll step up my workout routine and be more consistent. This will help me look more toned, have more energy, and improve circulation which will improve my complexion. And, probably most importantly, for this New Year, I will adjust my routines so I can get a little more sleep. Not getting enough sleep means I have bags under my eyes and dark circles. I think there really must be some truth in getting your beauty sleep!

Those are the steps that I am taking to accomplish my beauty resolutions for 2014. I am looking forward to a healthier, happy, and more beautiful year. How about you?

Amanda Furbeck is a Yahoo Shine Beauty Guru, cosmetologist, and blogger at thebeautifulblog.com. Read more of Amanda's articles at Yahoo Shine.