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Face up to a new routine

January has a reputation as a dreary and depressing month. Everyone's on a bit of a downer after the festivities of the Christmas period, too-tight waistbands abound, and the biggest credit card bill of the year is due to land any minute now.

As if all that wasn't enough, January also has the misfortune of being that time when ill-fated New Year's resolutions are made and broken in the space of just a few short weeks. The Gulliver's Travels and Devil Wears Prada star Emily Blunt has an eminently sensible approach: she says that since she never sticks to them, she simply doesn't make New Year's resolutions anymore.

This year, rather than solemnly promising to hit the gym three times a week or cut out coffee, why not try making just three easy-to-keep beauty resolutions instead?

You'll notice a rapid improvement in the condition of your skin, and switching to a fuss-free cleanser such as Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, €15 for 100ml, will limit the temptation to slip back into those bad old habits.

Shelling out on a new base only to discover that it's too yellow/pink/light/dark/sheer/ heavy when you try it at home is a disappointing, and expensive, practice. Vow to cut down on foundation frustration in 2011 by asking for a sample to try at home before you buy.

Test driving foundation like this means you can see if the product suits your skin and how it wears, in addition to checking that the shade is really right for you before handing over your hard-earned cash.