"I WILL STOP BITING MY NAILS"
Ashley Lambright, 20
My New Years resolution is to stop biting my nails. Now, it's not a very big resolution, but it's small enough to stick to it. You see, for as long as i can remember I have always bitten my nails, and I'm forever jealous of those with long, pretty nails. I could always cheat and get fake nails applied at the salon, but that can cause problems with your real nails -- dents and what-not. So I've decided to just let them grow au naturelle. I am really looking forward to doing this because then I won't have the need for the fake nails, and they will be prettier with any polish on them. By the years end I'm aiming to do my own French manicure -- which will be a great way to save money, too.
"I WILL STOP ABUSING MY HANDS"
Sylvie Branch, 39
My 2010 New Years Resolution is to ditch the band aids and have pretty hands before I turn forty. As a 39 year old artist, my hands are my tools -- and they look the part. No more. This is the year I wear the gloves, moisturize and pamper. I want to be able to keep them out of my pockets when in public. I want to point or pass the salt without contortionist measures. I especially want to stop buying band aids like some women buy nail polish, even when the colors match, the look is childish at best. My simple three step plan involves purchasing quality disposable gloves, nice and tight like a surgeon would wear. Next, use tools as tools, give my nails a break. Finally, place a heavy duty moisturizer next to my studio sink to use after every scrub. Then, as a birthday gift to myself I will schedule a manicure, and keep the appointment. Since my fingers have to hang out in their birthday suit day in and day out, they deserve to be treated right.
Sara Masters-Blacksten, 24
Oklahoma City, OK
For more than a decade, I've been in complete denial about having curly hair. I've been flat ironing, and blow frying my hair straight. Well, no more! This year, I'm committing to embracing the hair I was blessed with, and rocking my ringlets! I'm tired of listening to the media bash curls, and tell women that curly hair should be straightened. Curly hair is beautiful and this year, I will respect what I was born with. I don't need to be like everyone else, in fact I don't want to be. I want to be me, and I have curly hair.
"I WILL SHAVE, DAILY"
Rodney Southern, 41
Here in North Carolina you do not hear of good old boys giving out beauty resolutions, but my wife says I am in need of it. She claims that I need to shave on a daily basis, but I am kind of fond of my shadow. Regardless of something ridiculous like my own opinion, I shall bend to the will of my wife and keep my beard stubble to a minimum in 2010. I intend to stick to this beauty resolution by shaving my face each time she shaves her legs. I'll have my shadow back in no time.
"I WILL LOOK PRESENTABLE ON WEEKENDS"
Kim Peiffer, 28
For some reason, I can't seem to get it together when it comes to my beauty regime on the weekends. Sure, at night, I get dressed up and do my makeup, but during the weekend days, I'm lucky if I am motivated enough to get a brush through my hair. Whether I'm lounging around the house or out shopping, I always look like a total wreck! And the worst part is, I'm always running into people I know. I tell myself, "ok, I have to start getting it together when I leave the house!" My resolution for 2010 is to develop a regime for the weekends so I actually look presentable Saturdays and Sundays. No, I don't intend to deck myself out in full makeup and fake eyelashes, but a cute, clean and put together weekend look that I can actually stick to is a must for 2010!
Colleen Larson, 47
What can happen to a 47-year-old woman in menopause? She can put on weight in places where she's never put on weight before. That's what happened to me. However, instead of turning to diet pills or impossible eating plans, my goal is to adopt a running life. Running is one of the best ways to lose weight and to keep it off. I began running in 2009, but it's been on again and off again. The year 2010 is the year I stick to a daily running plan to tackle the stubborn weight that middle aged women face.
"I WILL WEAR SUNSCREEN EVERY DAY"
Monica Patrick, forty-something
My main complaint is the spots popping up on my face because of the hot Alabama sun. Every year I pledge to protect my youthful appearance by wearing sunblock to prevent these spots from getting worse. This year, I have a plan. I've decided to use a face moisturizer that already has sunblock in it. That way I don't have to think about protecting my skin. Using a cleanser and moisturizer are already part of beauty regimen. This year, I think I've got it!
"I WILL SMILE IN PHOTOGRAPHS"
Nancy Lichtenstein, 41
It wasn't until I started taking social networking profile pictures that I realized that my mouth naturally turns down at the corners. I also have full lips, so I'm constantly hearing "What's with the pout?" and "Why do you look so sad all the time?" My smile is good thanks to genes and smile brighteners, and I smile a lot in real life, but I thought by keeping a straight face in pictures I was being "mysterious." When my photo prompted a potential suitor to nickname me "Misery Girl," I knew it was time for a change. In 2010 my beauty resolution is to smile more in photos.
"I WILL SHAPE MY EYE BROWS"
Wendy Rose Gould, 24
I recently learned from a makeup artist that one of the quickest ways to improve my overall look is to change the shape of my eyebrows. While my eyebrows aren't reminiscent of Frida Kahlo's or those of a bushy-eyed lumberjack, I'd still like to make an easy and inexpensive change to my appearance. That's why my 2010 new years resolution is to be more playful with the shape of my brows. Whether that means visiting the salon for regular brow check-ups or temporarily darkening them with a cosmetic pencil, I'm all about keeping my eyebrow resolution throughout the year. Who knows, maybe I'll snag a few extra kisses from my husband!