Total Reboot: New Year Beauty Duty

beauty finds 2016

Out with the old, in with the pretty.

Make room for the season’s best and brightest beauty loot by tossing those things that didn’t work, didn’t flatter your complexion or are just plain suspect.

Here’s what to pitch and what to poach.

Unidentified mascaras

The simple rule of mascara is that when in doubt, toss it out. Way out. The FDA recommends ditching mascaras at the 3-month mark because of the repeated “microbial exposure” (um, the ewww factor) that carries with it a high risk of eye infections. Get the long and flirty lashes you crave with a shiny new tube of Guerlain Cils d’Enfer So Volume Maxi Lash Mascara, $30 at

Jars of creamy things

Good things come in pretty little jars. Except when icky stuff starts growing in said pretty jars. Skin creams that require you to dip in for a dollop can introduce bacteria into the product. Make a resolution to use your tiny application spoon (or wash your hands before your dip) and make room on your vanity for a luxury moisturizer like Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Aging Creme, $75 at

Mangled brushes and combs

It may be your favorite brush ever but if the bristles are mangled or misshapen, you could be damaging your hair. Your post-shower comb missing teeth? Same deal. Upgrade your hair arsenal with a quality, healthy-head-promoting brush like the Gloss Dual Boar Paddle Brush from Sephora at, $22.

Gummy hair sprays

These useless spray cans are just taking up precious space. If your favorite hair spray is coming out in sporadic bursts, it’s not doing you or your bathroom floor any good. Start the new year fresh with a celebrity fave like Living Proof Flex Shaping Hairspray, $24 at

Funky nail polish colors

Seriously, green nail polish? It’s got to go. Toss it and make room for the soft, feminine hues of winter like this wondrous wearing color from Victoria Beckham-inspired Nails Inc in Bamboo White, $25 at

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