Thursday, February 27, 2014

NEW Makeup Vanity and Organization

Hey everyone! Today I'm finally sharing my NEW vanity space. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you may recall that I was getting a new vanity. I've been looking at inspiration all over the internet for months. I just really wanted something nice since I was moving back in to our master bedroom. And even though it's a girly space, I didn't want too much product out since it's a shared area with my husband. {I don't like the master to be too girly anyway}

I couldn't get the original desk and side glass units I wanted {due to really high s/h} so I ended up with this desk. It's much bigger than my previous one, which was several years old and I had outgrown. I love the white, clean look of it and it's really quite large.

I'm also still utilizing my Muji drawers. I just really love the acrylic look of them and they are actually quite useful for me. I'm a out-of-site-out-of-mind kinda gal. So after my big Makeup Purge, I needed to re-organize my makeup to make it work for this new space.

I explain and show more in the video but you can see a breakdown of all the organizational pieces and decor I used to get this look and function.

{Source List}
Desk: Home Decorators 
Daylight Bulbs: Amazon or Lowes
Lamps: Home Goods
Acrylic Drawers: Muji
Brush Storage: My post on that here
Turn Table & Clear Organizers: Bed Bath Beyond
Dress Form: PB Teen 
Lipstick Holder: Amazon
Large Mirror: Walmart
Makeup Mirror: Costco

Friday, February 14, 2014

Makeup Purge

Hey everyone! Well, every year around this time I tend to go through my makeup and beauty items and purge some things. That way I sell or donate items I'm not using and it lets me better see what I have and will actually use. This year I decided to be pretty brutal! No messing around, just clear out what's old, not used, not liked.

The above picture shows the first start of the purge where I basically cleared out my vanity drawers. This happened for a few reasons: one being that I moved my vanity back into our master bedroom from a spare bedroom. Also, I needed to get more space for storing the makeup that I actually like and use. I basically made two piles - one for tossing in the garbage (too old or shouldn't be shared), the other for donating. {I do always keep that blue bag and occasionally toss things in there that I'll sell on a Blog Sale or give away.}

Well, that worked so well that I started on my main makeup drawers while I was still in brutal "get rid of it" mode. I keep the majority of my makeup in these clear acrylic drawers from MUJI. I've had them for several years and really like them. They are actually several put together in the configuration I like/need. {I have about 4-5 separate drawer systems.}As you can see by the above picture, I was left with several empty drawers after the clean out.

Some things I got rid of were old lip glosses. I was holding on to SO many! Really, gloss is one of those products that shouldn't be around for more than a year because bacteria can grow. I'm still keeping way too many but it was a good start. Another thing I do is hold on to makeup for reference. Being a Beauty Blogger, I always feel the need to reference a color or formula when reviewing another product. Well, this has to stop! I'm really going to try and NOT do this going forward.

Have I mentioned clutter makes me physically uneasy? It does. Too much of anything or messes drive me a little nuts. I believe in controlled chaos, lol. ;)

Here's a video where I show more about what and why I'm getting rid of certain things. I've loved hearing from so many of you saying that this encouraged you to purge some things you're holding on to. :)

If you feel this is too overwhelming, start small. Maybe with just categories like lipsticks, then glosses, then move on to face, eyes, etc. Happy Purging!

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