Ah, January. A fresh year, a fresh start… a fresh set of self-imposed expectations. You make resolutions to be better, to do more, to dramatically make over every square inch of your life — from turning your side hustle into a full-time job, to starting a daily meditation practice. These goals tend to be so high that one oft-cited statistic claims only eight percent of people actually keep their New Year’s resolutions. So here’s an easy one that you can stick to: Commit to a single act of self-care by treating yourself to one (or more) of January 2019’s new beauty products.
Now’s the perfect time to step out of your beauty comfort zone, and the latest releases across makeup, hair care, nail care, skincare, fragrance, and wellness offer unlimited opportunities for experimentation. “My makeup predictions as we move into 2019 is that this will be a big year for more natural looking formulas in terms of foundation,” Marco Castro, an editorial makeup artist whose work has appeared on the covers of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar tells The Zoe Report. “More of a velvety complexion and a high gloss lip.” Pair Laura Mercier’s new Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation with the soon-to-be-released Dior Lip Glow To The Max gloss to get the look.
For hair, January brings styles that are a little more glamorous than your go-to messy bun. "Women still want hairstyles that feel effortless in 2019 but we'll see a move towards more polished looks, with extra lift and volume to the hair,” Justine Marjan, a celebrity hair expert known for styling the strands of Kim Kardashian and Ashley Tisdale, tells The Zoe Report. She regularly gives her celeb clients extra volume with extensions, and predicts that adding low-key length will be a big trend for everyone with headband-style extensions. “It’s one of my quickest tips for getting ready in a pinch and always looks glamorous,” she says. High shine hair is also on the radar for January, courtesy of IGK Hair Care’s brand new Speechless Dry Oil Finishing Spray.
On the heels of Pantone announcing Living Coral as 2019’s color of the year, orange and yellow nail polish shades will soon be everywhere. “Bright yellows were huge for 2018, and you will see a continuation of that,” Gina Edwards, a celebrity manicurist who works with Rosie Huntington Whiteley and Tiffany Haddish, tells us. “Think russet oranges, warm yellows, and even sage or olive green.” Butter London Patent Shine 10X Shimmer Nail Lacquer in Living Coral hits the nail on the head — especially when paired with Sally Hansen’s forthcoming Hard As Nails Vitamin Strength Serum to keep nails strong and healthy.
The theme carries over into skincare, where Indie Lee will soon launch its Daily Vitamin Infusion, an oil-meets-serum product infused with plant-derived ceramides and vitamins A, C, and E to support the skin’s barrier. Also trending? CBD oil. Mara Beauty Algae Retinol Oil pairs the ingredient with sea minerals and evening primrose; and Josie Maran is set to launch Skin Dope, a blend of the brand’s signature argan oil and CBD oil, in early January.
Ahead, 31 beauty buys — one for every day in January — that put the “new” in New Year’s resolution.
Resolve to level-up your lash game with the new Unlimited Mascara from L'Oreal, which features a tapered brush that bends into two different positions — all the better to coat those hard-to-reach lashes and keep them perfectly separated.
The brand known for flawless foundation is back with a brand new formula. This one is arguably the most natural-looking in the Laura Mercier repertoire, with a luminous finish, medium coverage, and intense hydration (courtesy of silver ear mushroom extract).
High shine hair, right this way. IGK's new SPEECHLESS Dry Oil can be used on hair *and* body for all-over hydration and glow.
Consider this the hair care equivalent of starting a juice cleanse for the new year (but so, so much easier to stick to). The cold-processed scalp treatment, shampoo, and conditioner deliver nutrients to your scalp and strands — without any harsh chemicals, parabens, sulfates, or silicones.
The easiest way to add a little Living Coral to your life? With this new Pantone-approved polish from Butter London.
Here's an easy New Year's resolution: Trade in your acetone polish remover for a non-toxic version from Tenoverten, made with natural ingredients like horsetail leaf extract (said to make nails stronger) and rose essential oil (so much nicer than that chemical acetone smell).
Josie Maran will be launching two versions of Skin Dope come January: One that features its go-to argan oil with 100 milligrams of pure CBD (to detress the skin), and another that utilizes a blend of 50 percent argan oil with 50 percent hemp seed oil (to keep skin clear and glowing under makeup).
Keep an eye out for something exciting from Pestle & Mortar in January. Its new acid exfoliator uses gentle glycolic acid to slough away dead skin cells and even skin tone — and with "a free acid-value of 6.8% and a pH of 3.8," according to the brand's site, it won't irritate sensitive skin.
The January cold is bound to be rough on your skin. Grab Indie Lee's upcoming Daily Vitamin Infusion to protect your barrier with plant-based ceramides (essential for plump, healthy skin) and your daily dose of vitamins A, C, and E (to neutralize environmental pollution).
New this month, IT Cosmetics has released a fresh take on their cult-favorite Confidence In a Cream Moisturizer; this time, with peony extract and rose pigments to deliver hydration *and* a rosy glow.
Beauty Pie's first fragrance, a blend of red apple and peonies inspired by "the air in a flower shop," was blended by the well-known perfumer Frank Voelkl (Le Labo, Glossier) — so you know it's good. Bonus: It's just $21.20 for monthly members.
Of course Goop's newest arrival includes ashwaganda, a buzzy stress-reducing adaptogen. The brand's Ginger + Ashwagandha Energy Body Wash is perfect for morning showers, since the aromatherapy benefits of ginger and pink peppercorn berries will wake you right up.
Made with full spectrum hemp CBD oil, Happy Not Perfect's first foray into daily supplements is said to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety — and we all know that less stress leads to better skin (not to mention a lit-from-within glow). What a way to start the year, right?