How to Avoid Beauty Resolution Failures

Each year we vow that this will be the year we work out three times a week, cut carbs from our diets and follow a stricter beauty regimen… and each year around this time many of us start to fall off the wagon.  In fact, according to the New York Times, “a third won’t even make it to the end of January.” – oops

The best way to keep a resolution is to start small.  Integrate realistic changes into your routine that enhance your life without threatening feelings of failure if you fall off the wagon.

We’ve explored the aisles and present some realistic resolutions coupled with our recommendations to help you make and keep some positive changes this year.  So here’s to hoping that seeing an instant difference will keep you motivated.  At least until the end of the month.


Dead Sea Essentials Aloe Vera Cellulite Spa Sponge – $9.99 at Target/Target.com
Help reduce the appearance of cellulite as you shower.  Formulated with the anti-inflammatory and hydrating benefits of Aloe Vera, and the moisturizing, soothing benefits of  Dead Sea minerals, this specially textured pad exfoliates and smoothes the appearance of cellulite, as its hydrating body wash leaves skin clean and soft.

Elemis Body Sculpting Firming Cream – $75 at timetospa.com
To keep your body firm, you don’t necessarily have to hit the gym. This specialist cream targets cellulite while Bitter Orange Petal helps detoxify the skin and mineral-rich Spring Sea Water helps skin feel firmer. It also contains a trio of plant and marine extracts to help inhibit fat storage. In a series of clinical trials over 28 days, 96% of women experienced positive slimming results.

bliss lean machine – $145 at Bliss Spas and blissworld.com
spa-powered body contouring system
Take ‘charge’ of your firming routine with the first power tool in the Fatgirlslim® family. The Fatgirlslim Lean Machine Body Contouring System delivers effective vacuum-assisted massage action and helps visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite. Along with a healthy diet and regular exercise, it’s a seriously ‘thigh’-tech (and spa-tech-approved) way to help you achieve a smoother, sleeker-looking silhouette. Clinically proven to make skin look and feel firmer and smoother. System includes Lean Machine vacuum massager, 2oz. jar of Fatgirlslim® and power adapter.
•       Helps visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite
•       Assists in smoothing and toning the skin
•       Gives the legs, buttocks and abs a more contoured look


Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask – $75 at timetospa.com
Combining the patented Tri-Enzyme Technology* with an anti-aging Tetra Peptide, Amazonian Acerola Cherry, White Truffle, Great Burdock, Erysiumum and Amino Acids, this gel mask safely encourages effective resurfacing of the skin’s surface. The technology works naturally to stimulate the skin’s function, accelerating cell-renewal while removing dead skin cells. This is a safe, yet highly active, treatment gel mask that promises to leave skin appearing instantly smoother, shine-free and more radiant.

Peter Thomas Roth Instant FIRMx™ Eye – $32 at Sephora and peterthomasroth.com 
The eye skin is the most delicate facial area. The latest innovation is designed to tighten, firm and smooth the eye area to instantly minimize the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines, and deep wrinkles while eliminating under eye puffiness.


L’OrĂ©al Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm – $6.99 at drugstores nationwide
Between mother nature, hot tools and stress, our hair is constantly immersed in a hostile environment. A quick cleanse and condition is no longer enough.  This rinse-out reconstructing balm helps repair up to one year of damage in just one use. Powerful and luxurious, it helps reconstruct broken fibers from root to core to tip and visibly repairs split ends, weakness, roughness, dullness and dehydration.

Oscar Blandi At-Home Salon Glaze – $27 at Ulta/Ulta.com and blandiproducts.comYou don’t need a single process every month; save time and money with this professional-quality, color-preserving glaze. Nourishing plant emollients and a protecting paraben-free formula enrich hair with spectacular shine, lustrous conditioning and a clean silky touch. When used weekly, this clear glaze prevents color fading and adds moisture, brightens natural & color treated hair and protects hair from heat damage.


PRIME TIME SMILE Fast & Easy Teeth Whitening Pen – $22 at select Walmart stores nationwide and on Walmart.com
Don’t let coffee get the best of your teeth. This portable whitening pen can easily be stored in a small handbag and whitens teeth without the inconvenience and discomfort of strips and trays. The clinically proven formula releases oxygen ions that pass into the teeth through tiny pores in the enamel, and break down stains inside of the teeth, working quickly to yield whiter teeth. Results can be seen in as little as one use. For full results, use twice a day for 10 consecutive days!


Dead Sea Essentials Comforting Vanilla Body Massage Bar – $5.99 at Target/Target.com
Give yourself a home massage as you bathe. The Comforting Vanilla Body Massage Bar is formulated with the aromatherapy benefits of vanilla to help moisturize, nourish and soften skin with Dead Sea minerals.  Its massaging action helps to stimulate circulation and leave your body skin with a healthy, radiant glow.

Elemis Spa at Home Quiet Mind Temple Balm – $27 at www.timetospa.com
This soothing temple balm contains a powerful blend of essential oils to help promote harmony, tranquility and relaxation. And, it’s the perfect size to keep in your bag for those stressful days.


AHAVA Extreme Radiance Lifting Mask – $42 at AHAVAUS.com
Lightweight and gel-textured, this fast-firming, mineral-based active mask instantly smoothes the skin to promote a younger, firmer more radiant complexion. Enriched with the range’s existing Extreme Complex™ (AHAVA’s mineral Osmoter™, Himalayan Raspberry Root Extract, Tibetan Goji Berries, and Icelandic Moss), as well as natural extracts such as Moroccan Argan Oil, Siegesbeckia extract and various fruit acids, skin is visibly smoothed, even-toned and radiant.

Caudalie Divine Oil - $48 at Sephora, Sephora.com and Us.Caudalie.com
This dry instantly oil moisturizes, nourishes and enhances the face, body and hair, thanks to its unique formula made with an exceptional blend of oils (grape, hibiscus, sesame and argan) combined with our patented anti-oxidant Polyphenols. It envelops the skin with a subtle, floral and a sun-kissed fragrance with woody notes.

CARGO Jet Lag™ Concealer – $32 at CargoCosmetics.com, Ulta/Ulta.com and Beauty.com
If you resolved to get rid of those hard-to-eliminate dark circles in 2013, CARGO Jet Lag™ Concealer is a must. Combining cutting-edge skin case with a full coverage concealer, Jet Lag™ works on the spot to cover under eye shadows and brighten the eye area. While Jet Lag ™provides instantaneous coverage and illumination with light-diffusing pigments, the product’s fortifying, nourishing and repairing formula also reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness over time. Free of parabens, fragrance and synthetic dyes. Available in two shades (Light and Medium).

Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm - $32 at UrbanDecay.com
This lightweight, all-in-one beauty balm is a true multi-tasker – it hydrates, primes, protects, perfects and treats skin – all while giving it a luminous and beautifully “blown out” finish instantly (even without foundation.) It perfects skin instantly while fighting the signs of aging over time. Universal light beige tint dries to a translucent finish that works on most skin tones. Broad-spectrum SPF 20 guards against UVA and UVB rays, while Pepha®–Protect, which is derived from watermelon extract, inhibits DNA damage and protects the cellular barrier against daily stress caused by UV rays.

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