Sunday, July 15, 2012

July Glam Bag Opening!

Hello there!  Here is a list of the products I received in this month's Glam Bag:
  • Yes to Cumcumbers Soothing Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes (10ct)
    • Yes to Cucumbers says these wipes have cucumbers and aloe vera to cleanse, remove makeup and nourish skin...all in one swipe.
    • Paraben free
    • Review on claims to come! 
  • Nume Hydro Punch Hydrating Conditioner (.67oz)
    • Nume says this is a professional solution for dry or coloured hair, making revolutionary synergy between traditional Moroccan Berber women Argan oil and innovative patented technology of SERATIN-K Pretein Complex.  The active ingredients replenish moisture for intense softness, movement and shine.
    • Paraben free
    • Review on claims to come! 
  • Circus by Andrea's Choice in Reverso (full-size)
  • Josie Maran Magic Marker Lip & Cheek Stain (full-size)
    • Color: Tango
  • Kiehl's Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion (1.0oz)
    • For normal to oily skin types
    • Kiehl's says this oil-free lightweight, moisturizing lotion helps visibly reduce excess oil on skin's surface, leaving a shine-free and balanced appearance.  Our non-greasy hydrator traps moisture to deeply condition skin and restore its moisture barrier.  A complex of hydrating ingredients - Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, antarcticine and Vitamine E - helps keep skin fresh and healthier looking all day.
    • Colorant Free, Fragrance Free, Oil-Free, Paraben free
    • Review on claims to come! 


I bought this nail polish at Marshalls for $1.99!  It is a pretty peachy color, but unfortunately the bottle has no name.  The accent nail is Essie "Jazz", and the dots are Loreal's "I Will" from Loreal's new nail line.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Makeup/Nail Polish Storage

Lipstick/Lipgloss Storage
I purchased this organizer at Marshalls.  It is supposed to be an office supply storage unit that rotates it, but I found it was very handy to store all of my lip products.  After trying many different ways to organize these (i.e. by color, lipsticks vs. lip glosses) I decided the most asthetic and less chaotic way for me was to organize them by brand.  The colors are so much easier to find now!

Another view of the my lip product storage.

Because I love to coupon, I have aquired many back-ups in addition to my already large stash.  I have sorted all the eyeliners/lipliners I have duplictes of as well and put them in a little container so that as I run out of a color from my main collection I can just replace it.  Most of my duplicate items are from collecting many Urban Decay collections.  The little leather box that is holding my liners is a Michael Kors box one of my watches came in.  The larger leather box is from Target.  The little round box was given to me as a container for a gift. 

Lipstick and Powder Storage Stored Away Under Sink

Countertop Storage
This is my go-to area on my bathroom counter.  As you can see I have a rectangular marbe piece that holds containers for lipliners, eyeliners, and primers, and two palettes of drugstore eyeshadows I have depotted and am trying to use up.  (I have even hit pan on some of these! Yay!)  To the sides there are two more containers.  Both hold lipglosses I am working on finishing up as well.  Each glass container holds my makeup brushes--one for face brushes, the other for eye brushes.  The small leather containers are also Michael Kors boxes repurposed. 

Another view of my countertop storage.

Wall Storage
I purchased some plastic containers from the Container Store and used three 3M Command Strips per container to attach to my wall.  They hold up very well and I am able to store my concealer, foundation, finishing powders, blushes I am working on finishing, Fix-+, them without taking up counter space.

Here is what my entire counter looks like from afar.

Middle Drawers
I have three drawers down the middle of my bathroom cabinets.  In the first is where I keep all of my Loreal Infallible eyeshadows.  (I love these!) I also hold small everyday makeup tools in a rectangular storage here (think scissors, Clarasonic charger, eyebrow shapers etc..).  I also took three of the Michael Kors box tops and organized all of my Mac Paint Pots and Maybelline Color Tatoos (which I used as eyeshadow bases) and stored them in there.  The rest is night stuff, my husbands hair wax, lint remover...nothing special really :).

I keep all of my hair tools in my second drawer. 

I keep palettes, a Sketch Diary (with swatches of all of my eyeshadows by color), and two makeup bags full of fall/winter nail polishes (yes I have organized my nail polish stash to this degree!).  The lipstick bag is full of Back 2 Mac ready containers.  I like to store them there so that I can quickly grab it and pack it for the next time I visit a city with a Pro Mac store that will accept depotted eyeshadow containers. 

Nail Polish Rack
I have organized this rack to include all my glitters, nail art polishes, spring/summer colors, and universal colors.  I love being able to see everything right off the bat!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Project Pan

So I have a ton of lie.  I have way more than I could ever use but every time I see a Walgreens I have this urge to just go inside and "look".  Lucky for me I am also very "accomplishment driven" which is why I am steadily working towards finishing up products.  By products I mean every beauty sample I own (hello GlamBag) and half-finished lipsticks, eyeshadows, and lipglosses.

Back in the day, when I was younger, I used to buy a lot of drugstore eye-shadows.  Now that I am a bit older (not much--just a tad) I have invested in higher end makeup.  The problem is I feel so guilty using those higher ends without having finished my drugstore ones!  So I have since de-potted all of these older drugstore items and put them into two z-palettes.  They sit nicely on my bathroom counter where I can reach for them and use them every day.  I have hit pan on a couple and have shamefully realized I did not need to buy all of that high end stuff since the drugstore makeup can be just as great over a primer!  And so many of the colors are near exact dupes for my Mac and Nars stuff.  Grrr...oh well, lesson learned. 

I also have an absurd amount of lipglosses.  So I rummaged through my things and started organizing.  I sorted all of those lipglosses by colors and what do you know...I have a ton of similar colors and finishes.  They are from different brands but similar nonetheless.  So I pulled out the ones that were half way done and placed them inside a little container on my counter for me to use.

I went through the same exact process for blushes, bronzers, and highlighters, foundations, concealors...etc, you get the drift.  And let me tell you it feels so good!  Will I stop loving and purchasing makeup...umm no.  But I will be methodical and try my darnest to finish stuff up so people can't call me a hoarder. :) 

Are you with me?  I'd love to hear about your methods for getting through your products!

Until next time,