Sep 15, 2010

Clean up the Act - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

I have this image from ages back, my mom had 2 or 3 lipsticks and a foundation - of course, Lakme - that was her makeup. And the Lakme loose powder. My dad had taken an empty toothpaste cover/carton and punched holes in it so she could stand these in them. I don't know if either Ma or Pa even remember this, but to this day, it always brings a smile to me when I think of it. Guess that was my first lesson in the 3Rs - reduce, reuse, and recycle.

I had planned on Operation Clean-up today, and partly with memories of my mom's old toothpaste cover stand and some posts on internet, I decided to use up all the empty covers I had been saving up with this vague idea.

Reduce:
  • Hmmm..This is not working very well for me, but I am going to be more careful about what I buy. Read more reviews and don't just buy because it looks cute.
recycle paper bags covers makeup storage
You can give away makeup you don't use or hold a blog sale - if the product hasn't expired or is not too
shabbily used.
  • I always carry big bags - no small bags for me. Yet, I never would say no to the bags at the cosmetic counters. I suppose a Chanel lipstick seemed incomplete without the bag! I have stopped taking bags now. Just put product in my bag, and err..make sure the bill is safe with me. If I don't get a bag home, I don't have to worry about throwing it away. Of course, if it's a gift for someone, I would still get the bag - it just looks cuter that way :-)
recycle paper bags covers makeup storage

Reuse: I used the empty covers of my moisturizer/toner to store my lipsticks in. That just ensures everything stays in place. And my empty Q-tips container too :-)

recycle paper bags covers makeup storage
recycle paper bags covers makeup storage
recycle paper bags covers makeup storage
recycle paper bags covers makeup storage

Recycle:  My most succesful recyling so far has not been makeup related though - it's this supercute money plant growing happily in an old plastic bottle :D

old plastic bottles recycle ideas grow money plants containers

65 comments:

  1. awesome video!!!!
    and i so liked your cleaning..i need to get this done ..

    by the way is this girl a Japanese:P

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  2. Wow...that was really cool!! Nice ideas actually..I must go home and hunt for such stuff...may be soon have to go on the same operation!! :P

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  3. If you have to hunt for empty dabbas and covers, your place must be pretty clean and organized anyway :D :D

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  4. ha ha...noo...they are all dumped inside. My cupboards look like they have gone through an earthquake of scale 8!! :P

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  5. Oh then you are just like me :D I do the same...dump everything into the cupboard and hope and pray they disappear.

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  6. hmm..somebodys ona cleaning spree :-)

    Btw, I texted u today..no news..busy ho kya?

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  7. Ohhhh...I didnt see...checking checking...

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  8. awesome man ... u r a cleanliness freak i think .. i loved how u use ur moisturiser containers .... nice way ...

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  9. Nooo...absolutely not. I just cannot throw away anything..and so found this a useful way to use up the rubbish I had lovingly collected :P :P :P

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  10. @ anamika ..... she is video spokesperson for LANCOME ... and a big big makeup artist. .... love herrr she is amazing :)
    she is vietnamese american

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  11. tat is one impressive hoarding! :)

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  12. :P :P...cartons and brown paper bags????

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  13. woooowwwwww!!!!!!!! but I cant see the blue TBS e/s I ws supposed to get :(

    Love to see how others organize their makeup stuff as it gives me ideas too :)

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  14. Wait I will post a pic of those two just for you tomorrow ..you and ikky :D :D

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  15. Aren't you the one with an amazing makeup cabinet...now I am confused..

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  16. is it??? where did u read that?? I sent u a mail

    Ohh and u found that E/s??

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  17. Yup..now I am verrry veryyy sure..its you only...me mail..wait I will check..and yes I found it..cleaning has its uses :D

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  18. ohh u talking abt tht 3 tier drawer?? I hv very less stuff so it all fits in....n m serious

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  19. Well it is good though, if its the same thing that Rashmi promptly bought :D

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  20. yeah Rashmi got similar thing in 4 tier

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  21. :) she also need one...I mean my total makeup stuff is much lesser than maybe her lipstick collection too so she needs more space na

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  22. Yaaa she does have lots! I have a tiny makeup collection....my only consolation is this way I get to buy all the new stuff and I am very careful about what I buy - well most times at least :D

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  23. My sister & I love this phan lady.. We saw this video last year & did try out this paper bag trick - it totally works..

    As for your "unimpressive" makeup collection - lady, all I can see is Chanel there, and that is very very impressive :).. I'd love to have a small collection but made entirely of NARS and Stila products :P

    I too am on a cost - cutting spree. At least till Diwali. :)

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  24. Oh it does..I have been collecting the paper bags to try it out..tx for telling :D Oh noo Tanveer...its pretty unimpressive and I don't have that many Chanels..I have loads of Avon..and some Loreal stuff..and Bodyshop. Is just the interlocking Cs kind of blind us to the rest :D :D

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  25. wow i didnt knew i am SMART .... i am blushing and grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr i buy sensibILLYYYYY too yeah i said billy billy doesnt mean i am meaow ???

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  26. Hahaha..am sure you buy sensibly too..but HD and I were admiring your collection of lipsticks..its quite a lot :)

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  27. And you had to come and check if we are complimenting you naaa...:D :D :D :D Next time anything good is written about you, I shall make sure its written in invisible ink :D

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  28. hahhaha my sweetie i do come back and check hahha isnt it more fun when ur name is taken in good or bad i feel very nice and energetic ...
    ahhhh i am boosted for the day i dont need any BOURNVITA to boost me up....
    u know na how much i eat sweets to boost myself ahhh thats a sad story will tell u

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  29. Did you see my Lancome dabba...haaaa..I have an empty Lancome dabba...haaaaaa I shall show off

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  30. Such sensible post , Rads. i must stop taking bags now but it's so difficult to resist them. :(( I think I shoulod blame these companies only for making their bags looks so cute. I am innocent. :D

    Cute collection you have...:*

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  31. Nice idea Rads :)I can almost always never say no to bags given at stores ;) ...and I love Michelle Phan...all her tuts are awesome and her DIYs are to die for :)

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  32. I guess its something none of us can say no to..the shopping bag :) Michelle Phan is awesome..she has this egg mask video, I think, where she is so cute she makes an omelette with the remaining and egg and eats it up :D :D

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  33. no modesty arnd na!! I dont have many chanels!!! smug smug!!

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  34. Do you see all those pencils HD? All Avon, and I found 2 which look like I picked from the roadside :-( No name nothing...

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  35. I have many Loreals :D :D :D Wonder why nobody tries Loreal..everyone seems to love Maybelline.

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  36. Ohhh...i too love maybelline...and as for me...i dont have a single Chanel lipstick :(

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  37. You will have one some day for sure :-) :-)

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  38. You know a Chanel gloss is the only thing my mom actually told "I like this" for :D :D

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  39. I am gonna join aunty now and take one of ur chanels :P

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  40. loved your post Rads, and everythings so neat and tidy..all my stuff is dumped in the cupboard out of Aidan's reach... I too have started carrying cloth bags to the groceries and anyways rather dump the skincare and cosmetics directly into my handbag.

    Renuca

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  41. Hiii Renuca..how are you? Oh no its neat and tidy now..and in the photos..so far has stayed this way. In another week, I might make a mess of this too :-( Aidan is soooo cute, but ya I guess must be difficult to hide things away from his reach...my sister was super destructive when she was small :D :D :D

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  42. oh ho myadam....so as a cleanup act, you decided to give away that trio to Ikky......and I am the person who is burning all starch, vitamins, minerals, and calories trying to keep up the fight with you and what do I get.....nothing...thenga....I am not on speaking terms with you....KATTI.......KATTI :(

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  43. Heheheee...I asked and asked...nobody wanted it. Everyone thought its some chippad horrid trio. And now EVERYONE said its pretty...haaaa..next time when I say I want to give stuff away...you better contact me FAST.

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  44. And Ikkky the ogre is no better...she kept jumping between yes and no..and then sees the pics here and Immmmmmmmmmmmmmmmediately goes all shameless and sends me her address...but but but....hehehheee..she agreed to sing the jomo-wilbur song whenever she sees you :D :D :D

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  45. and i read this also! this is a win win situation! singing the Jomol Wilbur song and getting the trio! and i said dint say say yes earlier, cause i was waiting to see if you'd be an interesting and amusing stalker!:P

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  46. Am tooo lazy to put in that much effort into tracking an ogre :D

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  47. :( we all know how much you lou me.. and how interesting and amusing an ogre i am..just let me enjoy my moments no.. especially since i dint receive it yet!:(:(

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  48. Awww...I just checked online..was showing out for delivery :-(

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  49. meaning?:-S like it is in the process?:P

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  50. I assumed thats what it means...some Begumpet something office..and out for deliver..but its been showing that since 4...goodness knows what it is. Once my computer gets back and working will search the number and give you...

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  51. :D:D oh begumpet.. its in between hyd and sec'bad. :D

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  52. Well how far is that??????? Is been showing the same stupid status from past 2 hours...

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  53. lol it is 15 minutes away from my house!:P

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  54. HUH???? Meanies horrid peoples...then what do they mean by outing for delivering from past 2 hours..me no like them..grrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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  55. We never get any courier this late here..its usually all around 3ish.

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  56. i never got courier.. :(( once i guess.. around 3 only.. so i really dunno.. maybe tomorrow.. :-S

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  57. Awwwww :-(( I was hoping you get it today :-((

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  58. me too!:(( as long as i get it.. i shouldn't complain but.. :P

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