The 10 (beauty) commandments of 2015

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Alrighty, let's discuss New Year's resolutions. What's been your experience with them? Any luck? Do you even bother anymore? Kudos to those who have stuck to their to-do list year-round. And to others who forget all about them by February-you're not alone.

Don't get us wrong, setting goals for yourself at the top of the year is a great practice. But we all know that when life happens, it's just hard to keep up with every little item on the list. Like, err, kicking that nail-biting habit that's been on the list consecutively for as long as you can remember.)

But there are some things that should just be a way of life if you're looking to improve your health and happiness (and yes, might even make you feel a little prettier than you already are). We're here to help you prioritize some beauty rules that should always be on your annual checklist. Bookmark this page, print it out, re-write it, and carry it in your wallet, because it's the beauty girl's guide to every year resolutions. No excuses accepted.

1. Always remove your makeup.
Sick of hearing this one? Tough. If the goal is to look pretty in public, your responsibility doesn't end once you get home. Ideally, you should have a P.M. skin care regimen that includes a good cleanse (to rid your skin of makeup, oil, and other impurities), and application of a rich moisturizer. However, you're human and sometimes you slip up. Yes, we've all got a little lazy girl in us. Try tucking a pack of cleansing wipes under your pillow. The sound of the package crumpling when your head hits the pillow will remind you what time it is (makeup removal time!). You might want to also keep a trash can near your bed for those used towelettes...

2. See a dermatologist.
Whether you're acne-prone or consider your skin fairly normal, a visit to an all-knowing derm is worth it. You'd be surprised by what you can learn about your skin, and what's causing those pesky breakouts or that blemish that's practically parked itself on your chin for the past few weeks. Part nutritionist, your dermatologist can tell you the types of food that may be affecting your skin-and not to scare you, but a derm can even detect the first signs of skin cancer just by noticing a stray facial hair that you may have been poking fun of lately. (True story) Go ahead and book that appointment now!

3. Treat yourself to (at least) one beauty splurge.
No questions asked, we know that you deserve some retail therapy every once in a while. Whether you're a full-time student or a working girl, we say you're allowed one beauty investment a year if it'll keep that spirit (and confidence) high. Go ahead and ring up that facial cleansing brush or a brand new heat styling tool if you so choose.

4. Don't wait until next year to wear shimmer again.
For some reason, society says that glitz and glitter is reserved for special occasions like New Year's and birthdays. But we say, keep on shining! Go for a glammed-up mani or shimmery liner any day of the year.

5. Try at least one runway trend.
We get it. Sometimes catwalk makeup just doesn't seem realistic for everyday use. But give your usual ponytail-lip gloss-repeat routine a rest and go for something that'll get heads turning. You'll be the trendsetter for once and we'll be so proud!

6. Give your hot tools a rest.
Easier said than done, but with a world of hairstyle options out there (hello, braids and buns!), we're confident you can manage without your blow dryer, curling iron, and flat iron for a few days a week. Seriously, give it a try and you'll notice a big difference in your hair. It'll likely get longer, stronger, and all-around healthier in no time.

7. Commit to regular trims.
If you find yourself complaining about split ends often, it probably means you're not following the doctor's orders and getting your hair cut regularly. It might be an old wives' tale that your hair will grow faster if you go for regular trims, but it is true that a good snip every six to eight weeks will improve your hair's health, keeping it as sleek and even as it should be.

8. Commit to regular conditioning treatments.
You guessed it. The key to healthy hair is loyalty. As you should get into the habit of trimming your hair regularly, you should also set a good conditioning routine in place. Take one day a week to apply a moisture mask and run a steamy shower to let the formula really penetrate your strands. If your hair is really parched or damaged, make that moisture mask a bi-weekly treatment and alternate with a cholesterol conditioner to strengthen fragile pieces.

9. Go makeup-free once a week.
We're firm believers in letting your skin breathe as often as possible. Take one day to skip the makeup and give your pores a chance to inhale some oxygen instead of being clogged with piled-on foundation, blush, and concealer. A clearer complexion will lead to smoother makeup application for the rest of your days, we swear.

10. Join the #FaceMaskSunday movement.
We can't stress the benefits of regularly using face masks enough. Follow our editors' lead and invest in a hydrating sheet mask for an ultra moisture surge. You'll look all good and glowy for the week ahead.

Bonus! Make it a #SpaDaySunday by applying your hair mask, face mask, and by going makeup-free all Sunday long.

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