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Fashionable Friday with Donna Roland

Fashionable Friday with Donna Roland

Hello Beautiful!

I am loving this spring weather and I hope you are experiencing sunshine wherever you are today too! I spent this past weekend doing one of my favorite things to do this time of year.  I went through my closet and moved the sweaters to the back and brought the spring and summer things to the front!   It is such a good feeling to go through and clean out and organize your closet (or is that just me?).  

 
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This is a good time to get rid of the things you didn't wear all fall and winter.  If you didn't wear them this year, you probably won't wear them next year.  It is also a good time to reevaluate the things you have for spring and summer.  If they don't fit anymore or they just don't fit your taste anymore (remember if you wouldn't buy it in the store today, you don't need to keep it) then it is time to donate or take to your local consignment store.  

Your closet is one of the fastest places to get cluttered but it should be one of the most valued spaces in your home because it contains all the clothes that make you look and feel fabulous!

Here are some steps to help you get started on getting your closet ready for the spring and summer 2017!

Six Steps to Closet-Fabulous

Don’t forget to keep your closet smelling fresh and clean!  Here are a few ideas on how to do this:

  • Spray air freshener or disinfectant
  • Baking soda to absorb any odors
  • A bowl of potpourri
  • Essential oils or perfume
  • Scented sachets
  • Dryer sheets – cut a slit in them and hang over the hangers

Don’t forget to “Spring Clean” your makeup bag too!  According to Health.com website here are some guidelines for when to toss those beauty products:


Mascara

Average life span: four to six months

Switch out your mascara every four to six months or as soon as it starts smelling funky (think: burning plastic) and depositing more clumps than color. Take no chances with eye products—germ-ridden formulas can cause infections and sties. When you buy a new tube, do all you can to safeguard it from bacteria. Close it tightly after each use, avoid pumping the wand in and out, and never, ever share your mascara with anyone.

Eyeliners

Average life span: one year

Immediately part ways with your pencil liner if the tip starts oozing an oily substance or forms a white film. Hang on to liquid liners for no more than six months, and dump them sooner if they thicken or smell like decaying roses. There’s little you can do to extend the life span of a liquid formula, since the applicators tip is in constant contact with your eyes and can quickly become a breeding ground for bacteria. But you can shave away germs on pencils by sharpening every few days.

Foundation

Average life span: one year

Most formulas—liquids, creams, and compacts—can last up to a year if kept out of direct sunlight and away from heaters. But once your liquid starts to separate, your cream thickens, or your compact color develops a rubbery aroma, it’s time to toss it. Use a compact? Wash the puff or sponge every few weeks. 

Concealer

Average life span: one year

If you use a pan or stick formula, you’ll know it’s gone bad when it cracks or turns tough and elastic-like. It’s time to throw out your liquid concealer if it separates, appears oily, and/or smells rancid.

Blush and eye shadow

Average life span: one to two years

Expect creams to last one year, powders about two. If your powder grows a white crust or starts to crumble before that time, chuck it. Creams tend to thicken and smell funny when they turn. Other makeup-life-extending tips apply, too—use cotton swabs, tighten lids, avoid heat and sunlight.

Lipstick

Average life span: eight months

Unless it turns gooey, smells rubbery, or no longer applies to your lips, you can safely use lipstick for at least eight months. Of course, if lipstick comes into contact with a cold sore or another type of infection, kiss it goodbye.

Makeup brushes

Average life span: a year or longer

Natural-hair brushes—the ones you use for powdered products—can last almost a lifetime, if taken care of. Wash them once a week with gentle soap and warm water, and then set them on a table to dry with the brush end hanging off the edge. Synthetic brushes, used for creams, last only about a year and need to be cleaned at least twice a week with an alcohol-based cleaner. Toss when they start shedding, become rigid, or stop applying color evenly.

Have fun “Spring Cleaning”!

Donna

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