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How to Organize Your Clothes to Fight Fast Fashion

As a part of my own personal journey, I have dedicated myself to a new way of living. I will come to explain many of my changes over the next few months, but today I am going to tell you about how I am organizing my life to fight fast fashion.

What is fast fashion? Fast fashion is the result of America’s consumeristic attitudes of things. It is the fashion industry pumping out $5 t-shirts made of toxic materials from people slaving away sweatshops. I can’t claim to know all about this subject but there are a few documentaries on the subject such as The True Cost and The Machinists.

So come next year, I strive to have a closet filled with a majority of natural fabrics from ethically sourced brands. But I don’t want to wait till next year, I want to make moves now!

The first step, get educated! If you really want to change your own habit of consumerism and fast fashion, please research it and find your own reasons why. Don’t do it because it’s a trend, do it because you want to. You need to make changes in your own life that will be sustainable for you.

The second step, make your choice. Once you have educated yourself on the issue, make your choice on how you want to tackle fast fashion! Do you want to own only natural fabric clothes? Do you want to own clothes from ethically sourced brands? Or do you want to make the full commitment of organic, non-toxic, natural fabrics, from ethically sourced brands? I would love to make the full commitment, but I’m not personally there yet. I have decided to start by owning equal amounts of natural and synthetic fabrics clothing items.

The third step, take inventory. Take out all of your clothes and lay them down somewhere you can go through them easily. Depending on your personal choice, you are going to separate your clothes into categories. Because of my choices, I separated my clothes into “natural materials” and “non-natural materials.” Because of the clothes I had, I chose to put items that were made of at least 70% natural materials in the “natural materials” pile. Everything else went in the “non-natural materials” pile.

The fourth step, discard. After you have taken inventory of your items, choose which items you are going to donate and/or sell. You need to take this step in order to get to your goal. Take a look at my inventory!

 

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Separated clothing items

The pile to the left holds 41 “natural materials” and the pile to the right holds 68 “Non-natural materials.” I decided to donate 26 of the “non-natural material” items, leaving me with 42 items to *almost reach my goal.

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Items to go for donation.

 

The fifth step, be mindful. Be mindful and aware of the clothing items you have and cherish them. Be aware of the choice you made and keep that promise to yourself. This doesn’t mean that you get to clean out your closet and then when the next holiday sale comes along, you go crazy because you “were so good getting rid of those other items.” This may take some discipline but it is probably the most important step because it is sustaining your choice. I hope this post is helpful in you making the choice for yourself to fight fast fashion in any way that you can.

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Product Empties: August 2017

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Product empties for August. Let’s review and see if I will use these again.

Green Light = Yes purchase again

Yellow Light = Maybe under certain circumstances

Red Light = Nope, not for me

 

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Bath Items

Bath & Bodyworks Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Tea Body Wash & Foam Bath: I am working through my collection of soaps, and I know I like the eucalyptus scent. I think in the future I will mindfully purchase soaps with this essential oil, but not the plastic packaging. Yellow Light.

SweetSpot Labs Vanilla Blossom Gentle Wash: This was a nice find at Target. I like that it comes from 97% natural ingredients, but then it makes me think how long the products last… I used so little each day that it took so long to go through it. Yellow Light.

Bath & Bodyworks Golden Sugar Scrub Warm Vanilla: I bought this on sale because I like sugar scrubs in the shower. But this was used up too fast to make it worth it. I also noticed that the oil residue felt more synthetic than the aromatherapy ones I have used in the past. Red Light.

Nature Republic Argan Essential Deep Care Hair Pack: I got a free sample of this from Nature Republic and the sample smelled so good and worked so well! Once I used up the regular size, I found that it didn’t smell as good, but still worked nicely. Yellow Light.

 

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Skincare Items

Dr. Brandt V-Zone Neck Cream: Probably too toxic to keep around. I bought this because I sleep on my side, which now creates beautiful crease lines on my chest. But I don’t use it often. Red Light.

Etude House Moistfull Collagen Emulsion: I thought I would like this because of the Tony Moly Goat Milk Emulsion I had before. Unfortunately, it was too thick and ended up very sticky on my face. Red Light.

Cover FX Custom Infusion DRops Vitamin C + Lemongrass: I used this not to mix in my foundations but as a night moisturizer. However, after some research, I found that Vitamin C is very sensitive to light. So this bottle is not ideal for keeping Vitamin C. Red Light.

Heimish All Clean Balm: This is a sample size. I found that this does not keep very long. It is a solid-like balm to take off makeup. It works very well and I ended up purchasing two full-size jars. Yellow Light.

Sephora Mud Mask Purifying & Mattifying: This was a nice clay mask at an affordable price! I don’t know all of the ingredients so I will have to check to see if it’s non-toxic. Yellow Light.

Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel: This is a great kind of product. I know there are other kinds of brands that have similar peeling gels and they work well for people who need exfoliation but hate physically sloughing off the skin. I prefer the latter, but do enjoy a gentle peel once in a while. Yellow Light.

Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser: This one was interesting because it was black and had a warming sensation. I don’t think it helped my acne and I don’t think it was worth it at all. Yikes, I guess I just don’t like Boscia products. Red Light.

The Face Shop Chia Seed Fresh Cleansing Foam: A very nice gentle cleansing wash that takes off residual makeup. It doesn’t dry out my skin and is very affordable. Green Light.

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Makeup Items

MAC Prep + Prime Fix Plus: I caved in and purchased this because of popular Youtube stars. In some ways, it worked for me helping to set makeup or make eyeshadows more vibrant. I already have some backup setting mists so this won’t be on my list for very long. Yellow Light. 

Maybelline Mega Plush Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara: I liked this mascara from a couple years back. But for some reason, the wand is too flexible and doesn’t coat my lashes very well. Red Light.

Benefit Rollerlash Mascara: Love this mascara! the wand is perfect and the formula works well for me. However, I am working on becoming more cautious of the ingredients going in and on my body. So I will check if this is non-toxic. Yellow Light.

Maybelline Color Jolt Intense Lip Paint 05 Stripped Down: The color was perfect, but it separated on my lips after a while of wearing it. Red Light.

TonyMoly Peach Lip Balm: This smelled nice and is a thin consistency. This did not have a long shelf life so it turned stale on me kind of quick! Yellow Light.

TonyMoly Pocket Bunny Sleek Mist Facial Spray: This was supposed to help keep my oily skin from getting crazy, but it didn’t work. It just smelled strongly of alcohol but came in a cute package. Red Light.

As you can see, I’m trying to use up my products wisely, but also moving on to making wiser choices about what I put on my face. Have you been more mindful of your beauty products? Let me know if the comments below.

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How To Keep Track of your Product Expirations

We all know that cosmetic products have a shelf life and most people want to keep to it. So what do you do? Do you keep all of your receipts and look back when you purchased an item? Do you keep an Excel file on everything and organize the items by purchase date, and expiration date? Gosh no! I mean, you could, I’m not judging you. But…

This post is dedicated to how I keep track of all my product expirations.
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A few years ago, when I was a Younique presenter I needed to label all of my products to make them legible for my customers. I bought a labeler that has lasted for many years and I love it.

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I choose the smallest text size with the date purchased or opened. *After doing this for about a year, I now put the calculated expired date just in case the label wipes off like the one below.

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This foundation was purchased almost a year ago, but the label says that it is good until 24 months after opening the package.

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One also wants to remember that in order to keep products lasting (not turning bad before the expiration date) is to keep them out of the sun and heat. This means that the bathroom may not be the best place to keep your makeup!

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Beauty Travel Packing

Here in Hawaii, summer is over. The youth are making their way back to school and of course, everyone thinks summer went by too fast. Fortunately, I was able to take a two-week vacation last month. Here is how I pack my beauty products.

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First off, I had to pack my new Face Shop samples. I like to use these small samples quickly so they don’t use expired products.

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For body and hair, I packed a small bar of soap, taken from a hotel I previously visited. The Dove Advanced Hair Series samples were from a subscription box. Next, I have two shampoo bars from LUSH. I love these shampoo bars because they don’t leak and get messy, they are made from natural ingredients, and they work great. Next two are hand creams which are always needed when traveling. In the small plastic container is my charcoal tooth powder. Lastly is my new hair love, Marrakesh OIL.

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Pictured from left to right.

Heimish All Clean Balm

Sephora Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

Amore Pacific Treatment Cleansing Oil

Tatcha Purity Cleansing Oil

Tatcha Polished Rice Enzyme Powder

GLAMGLOW Youth Cleanse

Dr. Belmeur Toner

Benton Snail Bee High Content Steam Cream

Dr. Belmeur Alto Salt Cream and Moisturizer

Cover FX Custom Infusuion Drops C + Lemongrass

Lumen Eye Gel

TonyMoly Panda Dream Eye Stick

Yes, I have multiple makeup removers, cleansers, and treatments. I pack this way because I know I am going to use up at least half of the products within the two-week span. Some of these products are at the end of their product life so I knew I had to use them up soon.

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Next to pack are my makeup items. For the two weeks, I decided to pack at least two of every kind of product. Two foundations, highlighters, concealers, eyeshadow pallets, blushes and so on.

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All of my makeup products fit perfectly in my Thirty-one cosmetics travel bag. I recommend people find their perfect cosmetics travel bag.

By the end of the trip, I was able to use up and trash a little over half of the skincare products just like I had planned. Do you have a favorite travel bag you need for all of your travels? Let me know in the comments!

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Product Empties: June 2017

Product empties for June. Let’s review and see if I will use these again.

Green Light = Yes purchase again

Yellow Light = Maybe under certain circumstances

Red Light = Nope, not for me

Skincare

Goodal Trans Foam Cleansing Oil: A gel-like consistency. Not oil. It cleaned my skin from makeup really well. Green Light

Benton Aloe BHA Skin Toner: I first started using this product by patting it on my skin. But then I found that I like it best wiping it with a cotton pad. Yellow Light

Tony Moly Goat milk Moisture Toner: I loved how this toner helped to moisturize my skin, almost like an emulsion but thinner. Green Light

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum: Almost sticky gel to help exfoliate your skin. I couldn’t use it regularly to make a difference in my skin. Red Light

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater: I loved the smell of this. It was perfect for daily use. Green Light

Caudalie Vinoperfect Moisturizer and Radiance Serum: Got this for free from Sephora as a birthday gift. It worked nicely and didn’t give me any bad skin. Yellow Light

Erborian Bamboo Eye: This was promising, a matte moisturizer for your eye area. It didn’t work for me. I was super dry and had to layer it with another moisturizer before I gave up on it. Red Light

Skincare continued

Seacret Clarifying Mud Mask: This is a gentle mud mask that doesn’t dry all crusty. Yellow Light

Lush The Sacred Truth: Oh yes, I love this mask. I love most of the fresh masks from Lush. Green Light

Boscia Luminizing Black Mask: A black peel-off mask to help pull out impurities. Doesn’t work well at all! It will take a while to dry and doesn’t pull out half of my impurities. Red Light

Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration and Firming Serum and Cream: I recently purchased the Tatcha set from TJ Maxx for a crazy discount. I needed to try it asap before it expired. So, I love it. It is so gentle but helped to keep my skin clear of blemishes. Green Light

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Wipes: Love! Green Light

These sheet masks I reacted to and got a pimply rash on my face if I kept it on longer than 5 minutes. Red Light

Bath & Bodyworks Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Spearmint Body and Shine Conditioner and Body Wash Foam Bath: The conditioner gave me the best smelling hair that lingers. But it didn’t condition it so well. The body wash smells the same but I love that it is a gel formula. Red Light for the conditioner & Green Light for the body wash

Bath & Bodyworks Japanese Cherry Blossom Golden Sugar Scrub: Bought this on sale and chose this scent because I like the lotion version of this. Found out that I don’t favor the scent as a sugar scrub. Yellow Light

Destiny Boutique Charcoal Facial Detox: I tried this as a face wash but found that it was too slippery. I ended up using this up as a body wash. My body scrub ended up turning black but whatever! I didn’t want to wait. Yellow Light

H2o Plus Spa Sugar Scrub: I love this stuff. I usually only find it at Ross. Green Light

Toms deodorant: This is the only natural deoderant I have quick access to. I have used natural deoderant (or aluminum free) for almost five years. I chose to change my deoderant because I was having issues with sweating and irratation. Ever since I have changed, I have less sweat and less irratation. Green Light

Victoria’s Secret Scandalous Fragrance Wash and Lotion: I got this as a part of a gift set. don’t like these but I do like the scent. Red Light

Nature Republic Aqua Cream: This was supposed to be good for oily skin. I just couldn’t continue using this because it was too fregrant and super sticky. Red Light

Maybelline Dream Cushion: This worked out nicely for me. BUT! You get half of the product for an expensive price (for drugstore). One more issue I have with this is the fact that you have to keep opening the product with the sponge. I felt like it turned bad because of exposure to the air and bacteria. Red Light

Maybelline FIt Me Foundation Stick: I used this as a contour stick but found that it was blending away and not showing up to make a difference in my look. Red Light

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip: Love this product, but this one just got bad and expired. Green Light

I finally went through my nail polish and moved it from storage. I swatced everything and found that these are not my favorite colors or have gone bad and just don’t work.

Thanks for checking out my post!

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Monday Makeup Tray: 3

I previously called this the 5 Day Makeup Routine. This week I am sharing what products are in my makeup tray for the week.

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Becca Backlight Priming Filter: My original thought for this week was to go light on the coverage because I got a tan, so a glowy complexion would work great.

Ready Set Gorgeous Fresh Complexion: Bought this on sale but on the first day, I realized that it oxidized very red on me. So I had to change it.

Loreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation: I wanted to see how well it would work mixing it with the Pro-Matte Foundation.

Loreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation: I wanted to see how well it would work mixing it with the Pro-Glow Foundation.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination: I need to use this up before it goes bad.

Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer: Works best with a tan for me.

Cover FX Contour Kit in Medium-Deep: Decided to pull out my cream contour kit to show some love!

E.L.F. Bronzer from the Bronzer Palette: A good and cheap bronzer!

Morphe 35O Eyeshadow Palette: Perfect for a warm bronze look, just like my new tan 😉

Do you use any of these products? How do they work for you? Have any recommendations for me? I would love to hear it.

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Makeup Declutter: Tools

So I realized that I never finished all of my decluttering series. Here I am, completing my tools to be decluttered.

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Hmm. It all seems unnecessary when you look at all of it together.

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Dirty brushes mean well loved!

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Morphe M439: I love to use it buffing in liquid foundation.

BH Cosmetics 113: my all in one extra powder brush, it is slightly domed at the top so it is good for buffing and blending loose or compact powders.

E.L.F.: Don’t know the exact name of the brush but it is awesome! Love how soft it is. I use it for bronzer or other face powders.

E.L.F. Powder Brush: I like using this for my compact powders to grab the powders evenly.

Sigma Flat Kabuki F80: Originally this was my liquid foundation brush, but it can be used for either liquid or powder foundation.

Morphe E26: This is used best with my compact creme foundations. I can use it to put different contour colors in the perfect place. It’s a good brush to have for cream contours.

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E.L.F.: Don’t know the name of this one either but it can be used to easily place contour powders.

E.L.F. Blending Brush: I like using this to blend out powder contours.

Morphe M601: This is generally used for highlights and brushing away eyeshadow fallout.

Real Techniques Blush Brush: I use this to set my foundation with setting powder. It keeps the powder light and not caked on.

Real Techniques Setting Brush: I originally tried using this to set my undereye area but now use it for highlighter.

Luxie 522 Tapered Highlighter: Great for highlighting.

It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Angled Radiance No 10: Perfect blush brush.

BH Cosmetics 117: I use this for my shimmery blushes.

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Yes, I even have these artist-like makeup brushes. These were bought from TJ Maxx. The foundation brushes work well and spread product evenly. I use them for liquid and powder products. My only complaint is that these brushes are too cheap and two of the brush handles have broken on me!

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Not going through all of these. Admittingly, I love all of my blending brushes and the cheapest brush all the way on the left is my favorite brush to place my base eyeshadow. The Younique brushes work so well and are perfect for traveling with.

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These are the brushes I am parting with. I have no use for them, or they are fraying. Thanks for reading! Or just for looking at the pictures ;)…

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Chloe Morello’s Collab w/ Ciate London

In honor of Chloe Morello’s Beauty Haul return, here is my review of the original collection.

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The original collection came with a beautiful dark blue makeup bag, mini mascara, liquid lipstick and eyeshadow palette.

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First off, these colors look beautiful!

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The top row has these browns and golden shades.

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The middle row has these cream toned shadows.

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The bottom row has these purple shades.

After using this palette for a few times I have realized that the shimmer shades suck! They swatch nicely with my finger but do not show up at all with a brush. I’ve tried to use them with Mac Fix + but it just does not do anything amazing to save it. I’ve tried to use my finger to put the product on my eyelids and that doesn’t work either. The matte shades work nicely and blend easily. Looking at this now, I wouldn’t purchase this palette again. For me, most of the shades that do work are a bit too dark for what I like to wear daily but are okay for what I would wear on a date night. I hope this review helps you if you were thinking about purchasing it.

Interested? Click on Chloe Morello’s gorgeous picture below to see the product site.

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5 Day Makeup Routine

I usually start my day by mindlessly looking through social media for and no good reason end up losing an hour of my day! I’m working towards being mindful of my mornings and using the time wisely to get my head clear and ready for the day.

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Recently I posted about my reasoning for starting this trend (for myself… my own trend… not saying other people follow my lead at all!). So here is space where I will collect my thoughts about these products. Call it a mini review. But for me, it is going to be my way of tracking all of my products (that I know I don’t need).

Primer

Becca Backlight Priming Filter smells nice and I like using it under medium coverage foundations to give me a little bit more dimension to my skin. I have oily skin but I don’t find this to add to my oily situation.

Foundation

Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation has a spatula of all things to get the product out?! It’s okay because I place the product on the back of one of my hands and rub it in with my fingers. I find that I like using a makeup sponge afterward to blend out any streaks. This foundation is pretty awesome for being a $6 foundation.

Contour

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick was purchased a while ago because it was on sale and I knew it was always going to be a contour product. I don’t think I’m in love with this product anymore.

Concealer

Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer is usually saved for my “light makeup” days because I don’t think it helps to cover much of my undereye darkness. It is still pleasant to use.

Setting Powder

Revlon Photoready was almost forgotten! I’m so used to using my RCMA powder but found that this one has the right color for me and sets my foundation nicely without having the powdery finish.

Bronzer

E.L.F. Blush/Bronzer in Fiji-matte. I love this product. But I think it is not the right color for me right now. I think it is a bit too warm.

Eyebrow

NYX Micro Brown Pencil in Espresso is a great product and easy to work with. This color is too warm for me, but it’s okay for right now.

Eyeshadow

The Becca Ombre Rouge Eye Palette was not appreciated when I first purchased this palette. I was expecting it to have all matte shadows for my warm plum eye looks. So I was disappointed. But after doing a few challenges, I find that it is a great palette to work with. The shades are satin like so they give some dimension to your eye look without having sparkles.

Setting Spray

MAC Fix+ was purchased because everyone on YouTube was talking about it. It’s okay but I wished that I had secured the limited edition scented version to make my makeup routine end on a high note.

*Missing: Mascara was missing from this picture. Honestly, this makeup routine was used in the beginning of the month so I can’t remember which mascara was used. Whoops!

 

 

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B-Tox Tea: Day 1-14

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Hey all, a few days I posted about starting the Queen B Tea Routine for an overall healthier lifestyle. I figure I start at the beginning of the week because we all like to start fresh each week, right? So here I go!

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Here is the info found on the B-Tox Tea Weight Management label.

Queen B N14 B-Tox Tea is created from the highest quality ingredients. Its carefully selected ingredients have nutritional benefits to assist in weight management whilst enhancing overall wellbeing.

Recommendations: Before you begin your B-Tox take photos of your body from the front, back and side. Once you complete your B-Tox, Take the same shots again and compare the results! We would love to share your B-Tox journey with you, so feel free to send your results to us at queenbhq@gmail.com (you may stay anonymous when doing this).

Directions: Steep 1 teabag in a cup with 200ml of boiling water for up to 8 minutes. You may use a strainer or infuser, or you may consume the loose tealeaves. Recommend 1 cup each night befoer bed, (effects occur 12 hours after drinking tea).

Ingredients: Cassia angustifolia dry leaf, crataegus pinnatifida fruit, alisma orientale tuber, plantago asiatica seed, nelumbium speciosum leaf, Hordeum vulgare fruit*, citrus aurantifolia fruit and cassia tora seed. *contains gluten.

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I can tell you I was surprised when the directions said to steep up to 8 minutes. I purchased this tea a few years ago and it was so potent, that the directions stated to steep up to one minute. My guess is that they changed the ingrediants or the potentcy for their customers. To me, it smells the same but the taste is not as strong (from what I remember). I steeped the tea bag on top of a strainer for about five minutes. We shall see how these next two weeks go!

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Project: 5 Day Makeup Routine

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Challenging myself to keep to a certain makeup routine for the work week.

Ok, it’s not really a challenge for me. I have been doing this for the past few weeks and have come to a realization that it’s a great plan.

What do I Choose?: I choose all of my basic products I want to use on my face. Primer, foundation, setting powder (if wanted or needed), contour/bronzer (or both), concealer, eyeshadow palette, mascara, and brow product.

What is Missing?: I tend to not choose a few items in this bunch because I like to switch it up depending on what I am wearing for the day.

  • Blush – I have been shying away from using blush on a daily. Sometimes I feel “too made-up” so I skip it entirely. Or maybe it depends on the eyeshadow look or clothes I am wearing for the day.
  • Highlighter – Similar to blush, it just depends on what I’m wearing or how I’m feeling.
  • Eyeshadow Primer – I only use one eyeshadow primer (Too Faced Shadow Insurance) so no use in switching things up.
  • Lip – I love choosing new lip products and changing them regularly. I will generally stick to one kind of lip product in the same week. For example, I will stick to liquid lipsticks one week and change to stick lipsticks another.

When do I Switch Things?: I keep up the same routine for up to five days. Mondays are usually when I like to choose my products for the week. I get a fresh start every Monday morning! On the weekends I like to try new products or go makeup free to give my skin a break.

Why Do This?: I’m choosing to do this for a lot of reasons.

  1. I wanted to be able to use a product long enough to form a good opinion about it. For example, applying one foundation throughout the week helps me determine if it’s the foundation that doesn’t work with my oily skin or just because I used a different moisturizer that day.
  2. I can appreciate the products I own. If I challenge myself to use different products, that will help me see the amazing stuff I already got. I might catch myself drooling over the new contour palette out on the market, but then I realize I have multiple contour products in my stash that I love using.
  3. It will challenge me to be creative. If I continuously use the same eyeshadow palette, I can get more creative with my looks. If I find that I can’t get inspiration from the palette, then maybe it wasn’t a good buy for me.
  4. It helps to take the stress of getting ready in the morning. Some days I would find myself taking too much time putting on my face before work. I would get overwhelmed some days because I had too much to choose from. This system helps me stay on track and use my time wisely.
  5. It allows me to use up my products wisely. If I see that one of my products is coming to the end of its shelf life, I can put it in the rotation more often.

How Do I Keep Everything?: I found this pink wood tray from Target about a month ago and it works perfectly. I put all my products on the tray for the week. In the morning I move the tray on my desk and when I’m done, I move it on top of my makeup container. This way, everything is clean and out of the way for when I need my desk.
I challenge you all to do the same! Pick out all of your basic makeup products and use them for the entire work week. Then switch it up next week. Let me know how it goes! I will be talking about my weekly products soon!

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Queen B Tea Routine

I have decided to try the complete Queen B Health Pack, found on the Queen B Official website. I want to start including healthier drink options into my diet and I thought a daily tea would be a great way to start! The description of each tea and steps were taken from the website.

This pack includes:

  • Day 1 – 14: DETOX (B-Tox): 14 DAY
    • NIGHT: Tea that aids in weight management, digestion, increasing the metabolic rate and suppressing appetite.
  • Day 15 -16: Rest
  • Day 17 – 30: SKIN: 14 DAY
    • Tea that helps cleanse your complexion by eliminating dry skin, blemishes, and scars; whilst replenishing collagen and elastin back into the skin.
  • Day 31 – 32: Rest
  • Day 33 – 42: ANTI-OXIDANT: 10 DAY
    • Acai berry coffee that is antioxidant rich and supports anti-ageing.
  • Day 43 – 44: Rest
  • Day 45 – 58: SLEEP: 14 DAY
    • Tea that promotes restful sleep by calming the mind and easing it from stress. The tea leaves from this can also be used in a hot bath or foot spa to release tension from sore muscles.
  • Day 59 – 60: Rest
  • Day 61 – 74: IMMUNITY/MENOPAUSE/PMS: 14 DAY
    • Tea that relieves PMS/menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and itchiness, whilst balancing hormones to reduce mood swings. (If you don’t experience menopause or PMS, it is still a great tea to help your immune system- or a fabulous gift for over 50’s)!
  • Day 75 – 76: Rest
  • Day 77 – 90: SHRED: 14 DAY
    NIGHT: Tea that aids in weight management to help shred, define and tone.

 

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I have bought and tried the B-Tox Tea before. Because it is coming from Australia (then to Hawaii) it took close to a month to get to me. It comes in tea bags with no strings. The directions are to steep it in hot water for up to one minute. You may have to try steeping it for 30 seconds in your first attempt because it can get very potent.

The first time I tried it, I steeped it for one minute, drank the whole tea. The next morning, I was running to the bathroom constantly. After I got used to the tea, I would only go to the bathroom twice and I was good for the day. I’ll give you all an update after I finish my first step of the cleanse.

  • Aurora D.