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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.

  • Aurora D.
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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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Crisis Closet

This past weekend I helped a single working mother regain her space! In our initial consultation, she shared with me how stressed she gets in the morning just trying to find an outfit. She said, just looking at the space gives her stress!

The purpose of her closet is to hold her clothes, nice shoes, personal linens, and important papers. After going through all of her clothing items, we found that she has more than enough room to store her clothes and personal items. Exciting!

When listening to her concerns, the main thing she knew she wanted to be changed was to move her towels from one corner to the other for easy access.

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After taking inventory of her nice work clothes, I decided to make that the main focus of her space. Here you can see that the long side of the closet holds her dresses, jackets, and blouses neatly spaced.

*You want to make sure you have enough space between hanging clothes so they don’t wrinkle when being stored.

After seeing her space so open, she made the decision to move her shoe storage to the side wall, and her plastic drawers to the back wall. Now the plastic dressers are a holding spot for her purses that she uses daily.

Love the transformation? Book your free consultation today!

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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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Thoughts from my truck

This post is dedicated to all of the parents out there who wait patiently for their children.

First off, I am not a parent. I am an older sister who sometimes babysits or takes the place of my parents for certain tasks.

A couple weeks ago, I was waiting for my younger brother while he auditioned for a spot in our local youth symphony. As I was waiting there, I saw many parents doing the same thing as I; just waiting there.

I was thinking to myself, how amazing some parents are to give up an hour or more of their time for their child’s happiness. Once I decide to take that step in my life, I will have to make sacrifices to be happy and to make my child happy as well.

So thank you to all you parents and guardians out there! You are amazing.

  • Aurora D.
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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!

  • Aurora D.
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Makeup Declutter: Liquid Lipsticks, Gloss & Pencils

Of all the makeup products I have, lip products are ever growing. So many different colors, textures, and finishes. Yikes!

 

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Decluttered the lip products I am holding

 

Liquid Lipsticks:

I have a few brands and I love each of them in their own ways.

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipsticks: Soft and mousse-y texture, dries down nicely and does not transfer.

Tarte Tartiest Lip Paints: Creamy texture. It takes a while to dry down so it will transfer before then.

Jouer Lip Creme: Mousse-y and slightly sticky till it dries.

Lime Crime Velvetines (not pictured): Liquid formula that feels thin but very good color payoff.

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick: Mousse-y and slightly sticky but I love the colors I have.

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip: Thin and liquid consistency. Opaque in color but also very drying. Depending on how old your product is, it can crumble throughout the day. If it is new, you shouldn’t have any problems!

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip: Very comfortable on the lip. This does not dry down, this does transfer. But if you don’t have a problem with reapplying then you should definitely go for it!

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Glosses:

Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip: Love this stuff. Some of them have great color payoff. They feel comfortable on the lip, not too sticky. My one complaint is that there is no scent. It would make it a more pleasurable experience.

NYX Butter Gloss: I like the slightly sheer color and slippery formula. Plus it has a soft sweet scent.

Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain: I wanted a cheap glossy crayon to replace my Clinique Chubby stick that I love so much. So far it is good enough.

Shea Moisture: Didn’t love the color so it is gone.

Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balm: These were nice but turned stale so they had to go.

Colourpop Lippie Stix Sheer: Love this formula and wish they will come out with more colors.

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Lippie Stix, Lip Liners, and other Crayons:

Colourpop Lippie Stix: I love the scent and formula of all of these. I only tossed the old and bold colors I am not using anymore.

Colourpop Lippie Pencils: Love the matte finish and creamy texture. I think they did a great job with these.

Other Crayons: Don’t remember the names of the brands but I just didn’t want to keep the bold colors anymore.

Yes, lip products are a bit hard to declutter because of all the different types out there. Sometimes I just want variety! But they do get old, and it just not would be hygenic to keep using old lip products. Let me know how you are doing!

-Aurora D.

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Makeup Declutter: Face Powders & Single Eyeshadow

I’m on a roll with getting rid of the old products. However, I feel like you could keep powder products forever!

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The top picture shows the mess I had stored in my drawer that includes bronzers and face powders.

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Powders

I love my loose power from Younique. The texture is so fluffy, I will need to order more soon and encourage you to do so as well!

Other powders are either finishing powders, blotting powders, or powder foundation. I will make it a priority to work on using my powders on light makeup days.

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Single Eyeshadows

My Colourpop Super Shock Shadow collection. I mainly have warm tones but my shimmer shades are my favorite! The other shadows came from subscription boxes or other makeup sets.

I got rid of the basic shades and kept the shades that are more unique or ones I don’t have in my palette collection. I also chose to toss the Colourpop shadows that were dried out (one setback to the shadows).

Looking at my collection, in the future, I want to have single eyeshadows in a pan to easily put in z palettes. Single eyeshadows are just not as nice to store!

Let’s see what my makeup future holds.

-Aurora D.

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Makeup Declutter: Blushes, Bronzers, & Highlights

I realize wow, I have too much. #Konmari 1, 2, 3!

Ugh, this is more than I can handle. Blush, I do not see myself actually using most of these. I also realize that I only like neutral tan/peach colors.

I am keeping…

KVD Shade & Light Blush in Mickey + Mallory: It’s soft and leaning more on the peach color.

Milani Powder Blush 10 Awakening Rose: Love this color and it is cheap enough to try other colors.

Becca Mineral Blush in Wild Honey: Love the color too much to part ways.

Mellow Face Blush in Bronze: The closest color to my Becca Blush.

E.L.F. Baked Blush: These are perfect if you want a little glow with your blush.

Nars Blush Orgasm: Iconic color.

Japonesque Velvet Touch Blush in Shade 02: A very close dupe in color to Nars Orgasm with less shimmer.

Bronzers/Contour:

Keeping…

It Cosmetics Live, Love, Laugh Vitality Face Disc: It is soft and is a good color match for me during the winter time.

E.L.F. Blush and Bronzer duo in Fiji-matte: Using this constantly now. It is super easy to blend and the perfect pan size to bring traveling.

Naked Flushed Native: I bought this a while back but I found that I just can’t use the blush and highlight. I will keep because it is beautiful to look at and the bronzer can work with my skin tone.

E.L.F. Bronzer Pallette: Cheap and a good mix of bronzer colors.

Benefit Hoola travel size: I love how small it is and that even with my medium skin tone, it can work for me.

Maybelline FitMe! 330 Stick Foundation: I use this as a cream contour. It is super easy to blend. Love it.

Wet n Wild Megaglo Contouring Pallette Contour in Dulce De Leche: I will use this in the future when I get darker during the summer months.

Cover FX Contour Kit G Medium-Deep: I want to use this when my Maybelline stick runs out. Spent some $$ on it so I need to use this up!

 

Highlights:

Confession time. I didn’t toss much. Only tossed the pink Wet n Wild Fergie pan and two of the highlights in the square golden pans (don’t remember the names because they were bought on sale at Ross). They are all just too pretty!

Okay, let me know how you are doing with your decluttering below 😉

-Aurora D.

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Ditch that Starbucks Now!

Forget about the Unicorn and Dragon fraps. Those fads are going extinct. Stick with the real Dragon, Dragonfruit that is.
Also known as Pitaya, Dragonfruit can bring lots of health benefits (see poster below). Natural flavors and a beautiful bright color, my favorite way to consume this Dragon is in a fruit bowl.

Locally, Hawaii has a bunch of places to satisfy your Dragonfruit craving. But if you are nowhere near a local smoothie place, your nearest Jamba Juice should be there for you too.

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My favorite place to get a fruit bowl of any kind is Jewel or Juice located in Kaimuki and Kailua on Oahu. HICravings is another great place for fruit bowls with awesome topping. I think I need to make a trip soon!

Please do yourself a favor and go for the real Dragon!

-Aurora D.