These simple goals are about making small changes to your routine and paying more attention to your skin, hair and body. We’ve done our research and tested the products that are set to take the beauty world by storm, so give them a whirl and look as pretty as possible in 2013!

Beauty resolutions for 2013 - Women's Health & Fitness

1. Invest in a quality under-eye concealer
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to concealer, especially when the delicate eye area is prone to dark circles. Opt for a concealer that will even out your skin tone and give the area a natural glow.

SPLURGE: Diorskin Nude Skin-Perfecting Hydrating Concealer, $52, This is a complete face saver, hiding dark circles and puffiness to leave a smooth, velvety finish.
STEAL: L’oréal Paris True Match Touche Magique Concealer, $25.95, In an easy-to-use wand, this light-reflecting, yellow-based formula is the perfect tool for covering under-eye circles.

2. Slather on the sunscreen, each and every day
Not only will a high SPF product save your skin from sun damage now, it will save you money on anti-ageing products and expensive salon treatments in the future.

SPLURGE: Shiseido Extra Smooth Sun Protection Lotion SPF 30+ Face/Body, $52, Finally, a sunscreen that doesn’t leave a sticky mess! Now there’s no reason to skip the SPF.
STEAL: Olay Complete Defence Daily UV Moisturising Lotion SPF30+, $14.70, A classic beauty staple with all-important SPF coverage.

3. Hands off your face
Picking and touching our faces does far more harm than good. Resting your face in your palm can spread bacteria, and picking at imperfections can cause long-term scarring. These products will help when disaster strikes.

SPLURGE: DMK Acu-Therm Blemish Gel, $29, An antibacterial gel that clears pores and calms acne and blemishes.
STEAL: Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Acne Spot Stick, $14.95, Turns out tomatoes are as good on your face as they are in your pasta sauce. We’re all for it!

4. Always wash off make-up before bed
It’s tempting to hit the sack without washing off your make-up, but this can clog pores and leave you with unsightly blemishes in the morning. Not ideal when you’re due for brunch!

SPLURGE: Sisley Paris Gentle Make-Up Remover, $80, It’s hard to beat this French formula, and the 300ml bottle will last you for months.
STEAL: Nivea Visage 3-in-1 Daily Deep Cleansing Exfoliating Wipes, $7.50, Leave these on your beside table and you’ll find yourself automatically reaching for them.

5. Put down the tweezers
We like big brows and we cannot lie! Just clean up stray hairs every now and then, and fill in any gaps with a light eyebrow pencil or powder for extra definition to your natural shape.
SPLURGE: Benefit Brow Zings, $55,, (02) 8353 5000. A brow-shaping kit with all the tools you need for perfectly lush brows.
STEAL: SAX Brow Styler, $12.95,, (03) 9568 5999. This little pencil doesn’t just fill in and shape brows, it’s enriched with aloe extract to soothe as well.

6. Find the correct foundation for your skin
A perfectly matched foundation shade is what you need for a flawless make-up base. Consider your skin tone and whether you have oily, dry or combination skin, and you’ll be ready for an endless list of make-up looks.

SPLURGE: By Terry Cover Expert Perfecting Fluid Foundation, $98, This is what the pros use, and it’s no wonder – fancy technology helps it adjust to the skin so you’re left with a smooth, even coverage.
STEAL: Maybelline New York Fit Me Liquid Foundation, $18.95, This foundation comes in 18 shades, so you’re bound to find one that suits you.

7. Stop over-washing hair
Over-washing not only strips the hair of its natural oils, it can also send your scalp’s sebaceous glands into overdrive, causing even more oil to be produced. Instead, use a dry shampoo between washes.

SPLURGE: Bumble and Bumble Hair Powder Spray, $72, This hair powder adds oomph to less-than-clean hair and comes in a range suited for brown, blonde, black and white hair.
STEAL: TONI&GUY Cleanse Dry Shampoo, $16, Quickly absorbing excess oil and grease from your roots, this also adds body to otherwise limp hair – a great fixer-upper!

8. Don’t forget your décolletage
Most of us are guilty of stopping our skincare routine at our chins. Problem is, the neck area has, potentially, the thinnest skin on our bodies and as a result, is often the first place to show signs of ageing.

SPLURGE: Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells Cream SPF15, $295, 1300 651 991. Reviving even the driest of skins, this top-shelf formula even softens the appearance of wrinkles.
STEAL: Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream, $44.95, The organic ingredients and antioxidants help this moisturiser pack a punch. And its smooth texture makes it a perfect primer.

9. Opt for an ionic hair dryer
Ever wonder why your home blow-dry doesn’t have the same va-va-voom as a salon job? Because most salons use ionic dryers, which can dry the hair faster and cause less damage to the hair’s cuticles.

SPLURGE: Parlux 3800 Eco Friendly Ceramic & Ionic Hair Dryer, $189.95, is what the pros use at fashion shows, when drying hair quickly is an absolute must.
STEAL: Remington Salon 5000 Pro Pack, $83.95, This comes with a diffuser, an active ioniser and a super-quiet but gusty motor for those mornings when you’re in a hurry. 

10. Start using an eye cream
The area around your eyes is the first place to show signs of ageing, think fine lines and wrinkles. Gently apply a pea-size amount of cream on the under-eye area before bed for a fresh, well-rested look in the morning.

SPLURGE: SK-II Skin Signature Eye Cream, $145, This works like an invisible eye mask that leaves you with smooth, radiant skin. Leave it on all day for maximum nourishment.
STEAL: Biotherm Aquasource Biosensitive Eyes, $59, The container may be small, but you only need a tiny amount to target puffiness and fine lines.

11. DIY mani and pedi
Sometimes a basic buff, shine and polish is all you need for that put-together look. Once you know how to do it at home, you can treat yourself to a mini spa – glass of wine optional.

SPLURGE: Gelish Mini Basix Kit, $39.95, (03) 9575 0600. A handy kit including all you need for a long-lasting mani on a budget. You’ll need to get their curing light separately.
STEAL: Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Foot Magic, $14.50. This chemist staple is just the thing to go with a foot massage after a long day at the office. 

12. Weekly hair treatments
Between salon visits, give yourself a luxe home treatment once a week to hydrate, repair and prevent damage until your next appointment.

SPLURGE: Sebastian Professional Penetraitt Masque, $36, After just three minutes, this masque will leave your hair soft and shiny. It’s also a colour-safe formula, so it won’t fade your hair colour.
STEAL: L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Instant Miracle, $7.95, This treatment is indeed a miracle! In 60 seconds the formula will strengthen, restore and nourish any hair type.

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