If you’re anything like me, getting ready in the morning can be something you dread. Knowing you have to leave for work in 5 minutes, while staring into your closet and wondering if anyone will notice if you re-wear the shirt you wore last Tuesday, is not fun for anyone. While spring may seem far away, being snowed it is a great time to do a thorough “spring” cleaning of your closet! Not only will it help you feel fresh and more efficient, donating the clothing and accessories you no longer need is an easy way to give back to charity. We’ve all heard the hanger trick – turn the hangers in your closet so they’re facing the same way, and when you wear something and put it back, turn the hanger the opposite way – but who has the patience for that? Here are my recommendations for cleaning out your closest in the quickest and most painless way possible!
1) Get Inspired
Pour a glass of your favorite wine, browse dream closets on Pinterest, and put on some music or inspiring episodes of TLC’s What Not to Wear. If you’re feeling particularly unmotivated, Hoarders works even better.
2) Divide and Conquer
Go through each item in your wardrobe, and in addition to your “keep” pile (items you absolutely love, wear all the time, and are in great condition), seperate the remaining items into the piles below. Evaluate every piece of clothing and check for damage, and try it on to make sure it still fits (be honest!). Take into consideration how much you’ve worn the item, as well as how it fits in with the rest of your wardrobe – and don’t be afraid to let things go!
Toss/Recycle (the v-neck tee you sleep in – and OK, sometimes wear to brunch – that has seen much better days)
Go ahead and throw out items that have irreparable holes, stains, or are otherwise no longer wearable. Even better, find a clothing recycling program in your area that accepts textiles in any condition, such as H&M’s Garment Collection Service.
Donate to Goodwill (the sweater your ex-boyfriend’s mom gave you that is definitely not your colour)
Any items that are in decent condition, but no longer fit you, aren’t your style, or just no longer fit in your life, but aren’t top name brand, can be donate to Goodwill or similar organizations.
Donate to Fashion Project (the designer dress you wore to 3 weddings last season that is still in great condition, but you and your tagged Facebook photos are ready for something new)
For gently used or like-new designer items, Fashion Project is a great option to easily pass on your clothing to a new home while allowing you to give back. Simply request a donation bag online (see their accepted brands here), send them the items (shipping is on them!), and know the majority of the proceeds from your items sold on Fashion Project will go to a charity of your choice.
Fix (the boots you wore every day last winter until you wore the heel out)
Don’t put it off any longer – get these items repaired and back in your life! You’ll be happy you did.
Save (the dress you wore to your bachelorette party that is a little too short now, but reminds you of your best friends)
If you have space, it’s OK to hold onto items with sentimental value a little bit longer.
3) Say Hello to the New Organized and Stylish You
Once you’ve sorted through all your items, put everything you’re keeping back in an organized fashion – in a way that makes sense to you. Do you plan outfits around colour schemes, or would you rather be able to grab a blouse from your new “tops” section? If you’re short on space, put off-season things (hello, puffy winter coats) into storage under your bed or on the top shelf of your closet. Now, enjoy how much faster and less stressful it is to get ready with your new organized wardrobe, while knowing you have given back to charity (with the karma and tax receipt to prove it)!
I’ve recently been using Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in Light again. While not the most covering, it’s very creamy and light, and can therefore also be used more like a foundation if necessary, without things getting too heavy. I like this concealer a lot, but I don’t think it really lives up to its “creaseless” name. The tube I have is a mini version from a set, which makes it great for lugging around!
My skin gets super shiny throughout the day, and MAC Blot Powder/Pressed is great at mattifying while adding a little more coverage, without making your face cakey. It includes a convenient round puff applicator for on-the-go application, so there’s no need for carrying around an extra brush (though towards the end of using up a compact the applicator gets pretty destroyed and isn’t as easy to use). The compact mirror is also very handy for other makeup touch ups!
Tinted Lip Balm
I’m constantly applying and re-applying lip balm throughout the day, so I usually have at least 2-3 tinted and untinted versions with me. If my bag is extra small though, I always go with tinted so I can easily add some moisture and colour to my lips. I also love that tinted lip balm can double up as a blush in emergencies! My current favourite tinted lip balm is Vaseline Lip Therapy in Rosy Lips.
I ended up with both the aerosol and non-aerosol version of the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk completely by accident. I originally purchased the aerosol spray version after hearing great reviews from pretty much everyone, including my friend Lisa. I went to repurchase it during a special 40% off select items promotion Birchbox was running, but purchased the non-aerosol version without realizing. Both versions are made with rice starch and oat milk extracts, and soak up excess oil while not being too drying on your hair.
I use the non-aerosol version how I use baby powder as dry shampoo – by putting a small amount in my hand and applying it with a (very old) makeup brush. To get the product out of the non-aerosol bottle you have to squeeze the bottle until the dry shampoo puffs out. I find that the bottle dispenses way too much product to apply it directly to your hair and can be very messy, which is why I squeeze it into my hand first. It leaves your hair feeling a little more powdery than baby powder and the aerosol version, and has a pretty strong white cast, but since I’m blonde that isn’t really an issue (I use the makeup brush to make sure it’s all blended in, plus it makes roots less noticeable). It has a pretty strong scent, but it definitely smells better and less obvious than baby powder. I don’t think I would repurchase the non-aerosol version as I don’t think it performs much better than baby powder, but is a lot more expensive. It is more volumizing than baby powder, but I can live without that. Since it is non-aerosol, it is better for the environment.
However, I LOVE the aerosol spray version and have to refrain from using it every day. I like that it works as both a dry shampoo and a light hairspray, and adds some volume while allowing you to move and shape your hair a little. The aerosol bottle is very convenient and dispenses the perfect amount of product, making it much easier to apply than the non-aerosol version. I shake the bottle and then spray it directly on my roots, and brush it out a little with my fingers. It is not as strong smelling and leaves less of a white cast than the non-aerosol version, and there’s also a version for brunettes.
It definitely feels like I’m going through the aerosol spray version a lot faster, even though I use the non-aerosol one significantly more. I usually use the non-aerosol version during the week, and save the aerosol version for the weekend or more “special occasions”. I think the non-aerosol version is a bit better when it comes to oil absorption, but the spray version works fine for me as my hair doesn’t get too greasy. It you have super oily and fine hair you might prefer the non-aerosol version. I will definitely be repurchasing the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk aerosol spray version when I run out, but sticking to my usual baby powder during the week. Sorry environment!
I was worried the polish wouldn’t be opaque and might be better as a glitter topcoat, but it was opaque after three coats. Since the polish is made up of a fine shimmer, I think it would also work well as a top coat! I’ve never tried a Nars polish before, but I really liked it. The polish applied smoothly and the brush was a good size. The finish of the polish is a super shiny, metallic silver – it almost looks like a micro-glitter, but the texture is very smooth! Bonus: I now know how to spell odyssey.
This may be TMI, but during the winter I often struggle with my scalp getting dry and itchy. I’ve used apple cider vinegar mixed with water in a spray bottle in the past, but this winter I’ll be adding tea tree oil to my home remedy as well! Tea tree oil, also called melaleuca oil, is an essential oil derived from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, a tree native to Australia. Apple cider vinegar and tea tree oil both work to relieve dry scalp by reducing inflammation and cleansing away build up, which can dry out your scalp. Getting rid of build up also helps make your hair a lot softer and shinier, so definitely a win-win!
Apothecary Extracts 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil was created when the founders wanted to incorporate essential oils into their lives but were tired of inconsistent quality from the leading brands. As a result, their tea tree oil is 100% undiluted, and without impurities. The bottle also comes with a free eBook that includes over 50 uses for tea tree oil, ranging from skin and hair care to first aid remedies. As the tea tree oil is very concentrated, it is not recommended using it without diluting with a carrier such as water or other oils.
I created my own recipe, and used:
4 parts water 1 part tea tree oil 1 part apple cider vinegar
I added the ingredients to a mini spray bottle, and sprayed mostly on my roots and scalp, about five minutes before hopping in the shower. I then shampooed and conditioned as normal. Both the apple cider vinegar and the tea tree oil are very strong smelling, but I promise you can’t smell anything once your hair dries. After using, my scalp felt less dry and itchy, and my hair was shinier. I’m definitely planning to start using this recipe every few weeks this winter!
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