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New Year's Hair and Beauty Organization Checklist

Before you finalize your list of New Year's resolutions for 2013 be sure to add these 4 often delayed hair and beauty organization tasks to your checklist.

Throw out old product: If your hair and makeup products have changed in consistency, smell, color, scent or effectiveness then it's time to toss them out.  Products that have passed their intended shelf life make great hosts for bacteria. General guidelines for product use by dates are as follows:

3-6 months: mascara

6-8 months: cream and liquid foundations, concealer, cleanser, moisturizer

12-18 months: eye and lip pencils (sharpen regularly to expose fresh layers), loose and pressed powders, blush, eyeshadow, lipstick, lipgloss, bronzer

24 months: shampoo and conditioner

Clean your tools: Tools and applicators work best when they're free of grime and debris, so give them a good once over. Makeup sponges should be washed after each use then discarded after a month. Check out these great tips for cleaning hair and makeup brushes. Wipe down thermal stylers with professional cleaning solution or rubbing alcohol to remove leftover build up that can snag strands.

Update appliances: Don't drag those antiquated, overheating and out of order appliances gathering dust under your bathroom sink into the new year. Upgrade to blow dryers, curl wands and multipurpose flat irons with temperature controls. Try hooded steamers that give glow inducing facials while conditioning your hair.

Organize your stash: Now that you've sifted through your stash, it's time to really get organized. Whether that means using stackable trays in deep drawers, installing shelves or investing in a totally separate organizer, do what works best for your style or you're less likely to stick to it. Start by storing products by similarity or frequency of use to make getting ready easier.

For the love of organized hair and beauty,

Nikki

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