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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!

  • Aurora D.
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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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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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Weekend Pamper Routine

I have been dealing with some stressing times so this past weekend I decided to go back to my weekly pamper routine. I used to make it a very important part of my weekend to spend at least 2 hours relaxing and trying multiple masks.

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Step 1: 3D Crest White Strip

This was a sample of the Crest whitening strips. Surprisingly it did not make my gums or teeth sensitive during or after treatment. I saw some superficial results and that was nice.

Step 2: Sephora Mask

This clay mask helps to draw out “impurities” and bring them to the surface of the skin. Once it is dry, I rub the mask off into a trash then rinse it off with water. I usually look like I’m wearing a Halloween Zombie Face but it’s all in the name of beauty right!

Step 3: Pore Strip

Since I brought everything to the surface, I then use a pore strip to actually pull out all of the gunk! Yes, to me it is satisfying to see everything out and on the pore strip! Want to see? Click through the slideshow. Squeamish? Skip over 😀

 

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Step 4: GLAMGLOW Gravity Mud

Usually, my next step would be a cool pore mask or one to tighten my pores, after all I put them through. But this time I decided it was time to use up more of the GLAMGLOW mask. If you have read my other review articles you would know that I don’t favor this mask. But it was too expensive to toss so I will use it up.

Step 5: Moisturizer

This was not pictured, but I know the importance of moisturizing. So,

I let it rest with some nutrient rich moisture.

Do you have a weekend pamper routine? I’d love to hear about it. Comment down below your favorite pamper products! 😀

-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.

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How to Handle Makeup Product Regret

You know you’ve felt this. Regret. Maybe you just had to purchase that highlighter palette because your favorite YouTuber told you, you just can’t live without it! And you buy it. But soon find out, for whatever reason, it does not work for you! Here are three ways you can handle Makeup Product Regret (#MPR).

1. Toss it!

Okay, maybe that wasn’t the most tactful way to start my blog. But if you know me, you know I am not afraid to toss things that I know don’t belong in my life. Honestly, if something doesn’t bring you joy (#konmari), just toss it. Thank the product for its service in teaching you about what you may or may not like in that kind of product.

2. Use it!

Yes, that is the obvious choice for some people, even when they hate the product at first try, they still use it. Or at least keep it in their makeup drawer, haunting them until they begrudgingly attempt to use it one more time. I have two suggestions on how to use a product you regret purchasing. Try one of the following before you decide if you want to go through with tip #1 or try tip #3.

First: Product Regret One Week Challenge

Okay, not the best name, but you get it right? You take a product and use it every day for seven days. People try challenges to do something out of their comfort zone and it can be a positive experience.

Example: If it is an eyeshadow palette that every time you look at it, it just doesn’t spark creativity; challenge yourself to use that eyeshadow palette every day creating a new eyeshadow look forcing yourself to use what you’ve got! I’ve tried it and re-fell-in-love with some makeup products.

Second: Product Regret 7-way Challenge

If you have a product you regret buying because you feel it just does not work for you but doesn’t fit with the first challenge, try this one. Find 7 different ways to use that dreadful product!

Example: Lush oil cleanser. I bought this because I wanted to purchase products that were more environmentally friendly and cruelty-free. Lush provides just that because once I am done with the product, I can return 5 of the pots in exchange for one fresh mask! Plus this company claims to be cruelty-free.

But dang-it! I could not use this product for the life of me! Basically, you put this on your makeup-painted face (dry), rub rub rub, then rinse off with warm water.

1 – I fingered a small amount of the product rubbed it all over my face and rinsed it off with warm water. I hated it. It just created a thick waxy oil all over my face, not cleaning off much.

2 – I took the small amount of the product and rubbed it in between my hands. Maybe it needed warming before application? Then I continued as directed. Same result.

3 – I did the same steps, but this time in the shower! Maybe I need constant warm water? Nope, still waxy.

4 – Same steps, in the shower, but now I used a damp wash cloth to wipe off the waxy mess. It worked! Sort of… My eye makeup was still bleeding. Lovely.

5 – Okay. Maybe it just doesn’t work for my full face. Next, I used a pea sized amount on to a finger and worked it on my lips to take off the dried liquid lipstick. It came out super thick so I took it off with a cotton pad. It worked! Not fun but it worked!

6 – Since it worked for my liquid lipsticks, it should definitely work for my swatches on my hands right? Right! Rub it on my dry swatches and wipe it off with cotton. I guess that is using less cotton than a makeup wipe, right?

7 – Okay, last way to try this product. I used it specifically to take off eye makeup. I put the product on my closed eyes and wiped it off with a dry cotton pad and a wet cotton pad. Both did not work so well.

Conclusion: I don’t think it was worth it to keep this product while only using it to remove swatches. Now I should either go for tip #1 or tip #3.

3. Give it!

If you can’t stand to toss it. And it just does not work for you. Find a way to give it to someone. Maybe you have a friend or family member that is better suited for the product. Or you have a women’s shelter that you can donate the product(s) to? Another option is to sell your gently used products to glambot.com. But be aware that this kind of website only accepts certain products with a minimum amount of products to be sold.

Since I am pretty addicted to purchasing and using beauty products, I am getting better at choosing what works well for me. But some products may still slip by. Please let me know in the comments below what are some of your makeup regrets and what did you do to solve the problem?