Spring Cleaning, Diva Style!

By Sheryl Porter
In theory, Spring Cleaning is a brilliant idea!

Out with the old, in with the new, getting rid of the winter doldrums to welcome in a new, fresh palate of clothes and decor to hallmark the spring season.  For most of us, the idea turns sour a couple of hours into the process and all we have is a huge mess of clothes, dusty nicknacks and old magazines we don’t know what to do with.  Ever fall asleep in the middle of your closet during your spring cleaning???

While freshening up your home is a given, renewing your wardrobe can be empowering and money saving.  During my last closet make-over, I can not tell you haw many undiscovered treasures I became reunited with.  And by taking a few pieces to get updated (fix zippers, adjusted hems, replace buttons), you can save a ton of money that you may have otherwise wasted on MORE Clothes.
Stepford Spring Cleaning!!!  Run!>>>

If spring cleaning your home and closet is just too overwhelming or time consuming, you can take baby steps by freshening up your beauty wardrobe.  There is no better way to prepare for the warm months ahead by junking that dried up mascara and dirty foundation and treating yourself to some fresh, new, on-trend replacements. Cleaning out your makeup is a hygienic way to keep your look clean and fresh throughout the year, and definitely a healthy way to start the spring off right.

When to say goodbye…makeup

Concealer: Up to 12 months

Powder: 2 years

Cream & gel cleansers: 1 year

Pencil eye liner: 3 years

Eyeshadow: 3 years

Foundation: 1 year

Lip liner: 3 years

Lipstick: 2 years, but if it starts to smell, replace it.  This one strikes too close to home.  Just like my mother’s  Hummel collection, each lipstick purchase is tied to an emotional experience.  And because of all of these emotional purchases, I am on a self-imposed probation from buying lipstick or lipgloss until I use up some of the items I already have.  For shizzies and giggles, let’s see how long this lasts!

Mascara, the fastest of any to expire, will last no more than 3 months!  Definitely treat yourself to a freshy.  Luxe:  Estee Lauder Turbo Lash All Effects Mascara, $32.  This vibrating mascara uses a watch battery to get product extremely close to the lash line.  The Look for Less:  Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length, $8.95.  Like the name implies, this newest creation from Maybelline lengthens lashes and leaves a glamorous finish.

About ShaliniIn order your cosmetics lasting as long as possible, here’s a trick from Shalini Vadhera, Creator of Global Goddess Cosmetics.  “Use clean brushes, not fingers, for a healthy application. Brushes should be washed every 2-3 months in a mild detergent and laid flat to dry. If they begin to fray or split, replace them in order to ensure the smoothest application.”

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