Make-up organisation has not been my strong point. My organisational style is best described as “ambitious, but fickle”, and my room is usually an explosion of shiny things and packaging detritus. And naturally, the pointy and breakable things have a knack of finding themselves under my feet.
So I was super excited when I recently received a mini make-up box from Make-up Box at Beauty Bloggers Utopia. So excited, in fact, that I embarked on a total overhaul of all the girly stuff in my room…
Everyday make-up: Mini original make-up box* – $49 from themakeupboxshop.com
I’ve always subconsciously avoided clear plastic because it felt kind of tacky, but the thick perspex and the sharp corners make this box decidedly not-tacky. And see-through storage is just so incredibly useful – no need for labels when you can see everything that’s there! I’ve put all the make-up I use regularly in this box – eyeshadow up top, then lips, then cheeks and foundation in the bottom two drawers. My BB cream and loose powder fit perfectly in the slightly bigger bottom drawer!
Make-up brushes: Glossybox (free with $15/month subscription)
Remember Glossybox? I kept getting them despite their appalling customer service and generally frustrating sample selection because these boxes were so nice, and I know I’m not alone! It fits on top of the drawers neatly.
Other make-up: plastic drawers my mum bought in Hong Kong
I’ve had these sitting around in the bathroom housing junk (single earrings, band aids, the biggest collection of unused bobby pins in the southern hemisphere). A quick empty-and-wipe has given me enough space to house my modest make-up collection. It’s going to be a problem when my collection grows since my mum can’t remember where she got them, but at the moment it’s pretty damn perfect, if significantly less stylish than the sleek Make-up Box!
Nail polish planning: Soft plastic bucket – Daiso, $2.80
This tub is pretty awesome, and incredibly good value! It’s great for when I’m planning a mani, since I’m usually short on time when I’m actually painting my nails. I’ve also got my new favourite cuticle treatment in there, Trilogy Everything Balm, so I don’t forget to moisturise.
Necklaces: ziplock bags in a Bellabox
I tend not to wear many necklaces, largely because I wear heaps of dangly earrings, and the two paired together can be a bit OTT. So they fit nicely into a Bellabox! The amazing Christina of Hair Romance gave me this organisational tip at Beauty Bloggers Utopia – the ziplock bags prevent tarnishing and chipping, and do a great job of stopping tangles (or at least puts your necklace into a tangle format that can be taken into the car for relaxed untangling when you’re in a rush).
So that’s my system so far! I’m sure as my collection grows I’ll have to expand, but for now it’s pretty perfect.
What’s your favourite organisational tip?
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