Tuesday, February 3, 2015

How I Organize My Makeup

I love organizing, and I love makeup, so it only makes sense that I try to keep my cosmetics as neat as possible. When I'm getting ready for work early in the morning, the last thing I want to do is rummage around looking for my mascara.

Here is how I keep my makeup organized... the pretty way!

I keep the makeup on this bookcase from Target (it's on the left side on the top and middle shelf), along with some office supplies, a candle, and some milk glass of course.

Here is a closer view of the middle shelf. I added the smaller jar after I took the first photo... I had just painted the bottom with gold paint, and it was drying! I kept the larger makeup brushes in the bigger glass vase (actually a candle holder from the dollar store) and the smaller eye shadow brushes in the small jar. To make the gold jar, I taped around the middle of a clean jar, brushed on a few coats of gold acrylic paint, and removed the tape. So simple! The plastic drawers are just regular Sterilite small drawers (similar here) with glitter on the drawer pulls. I painted the pulls with gold paint, then topped each one with several coats of a mixture of rose gold glitter and Mod Podge. It took some patience to get the glitter to cover the pulls evenly, but it eventually worked! These drawers hold small skincare products, eye makeup, and foundation.

This is a closer view of the top shelf of the bookcase. I found the clear acrylic box at a thrift store, and lined the bottom with a monogram printable from Chicfetti. I keep lipstick, lip gloss, etc. in the box because it's the perfect size to stand the lipsticks upright. I originally got the small brown tray to use as a remote control holder, but it was too small so I used it as makeup storage instead. It works perfectly for storing eye shadow palettes and powder foundations.

And there you have it! I try to keep everything organized like this all the time, but obviously some days are better than others. The key is finding a system that works best for YOU!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Little Things: Winter Favorites

Here are some of my favorite things right now!

This candle, though. It smells incredible. I never was a fan of scented candles until moving into my apartment (my mom never used them at home) but now I can't get enough. I love Bath & Body Works 3-wick candles because they're large and when they're all used up, you can use the jar as pretty storage. I am working my way through the Cinnamon Caramel Swirl candle, which I don't think is available anymore, and I have a lavender one that I'm excited to use in spring.

I love vintage botanical prints, and until I find some real ones of my own, I've settled for free printables. I have some cute Valentine's Day printables behind these ones in the frames. I'm hoping to amass a collection of prints to keep in these frames and switch out whenever the mood strikes.

The milk glass addiction is too real. This isn't even all of it, but I don't have space in my apartment. I love milk glass because it's both beautiful and functional. It's not "fine china;" it was made to be used. Which also serves as justification for collecting way too much of it. I get my milk glass at thrift shops, antique shops, and antique fairs.

My newest beauty favorites. Maybelline Full 'N Soft waterproof mascara is a classic, but it's a favorite in beauty bloggers' lists of "holy grail" products. You won't find it at eye-level on the drugstore shelf, where makeup companies keep their newest products. It's always on the bottom shelf of the Maybelline section, so it can be hard to find! It's incredible, though. Full N' Soft provides length and volume, but doesn't get crunchy or flaky.

Fresh Sugar lip treatment is always a favorite, and Rosé has just the right hint of color. It keeps lips moisturized and smells amazing, just like a lemon poppyseed muffin!

I've raved about L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream before, and when I ran out, I decided to try the new anti-redness variety. It's just as good as the original! It provides light coverage, keeps skin moisturized (so important in winter) and reduces the look of skin redness. A great all-in-one face product!

What are your favorite things this winter? Besides waiting for spring... ;)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Beauty Review: Best of 2014

Here are some of my all-time FAVORITE beauty products of 2014. I have very little brand loyalty when it comes to cosmetics, so most (if not all) of these products are things I actually tried (and loved!) in 2014. Enjoy!

Suave Professionals Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner // $4.49 each

I have extremely thick hair, and it tends to get dry and frizzy. This shampoo and conditioner duo is amazing! My hair was so smooth, soft, and shiny after using it.

L'Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream // $10.95

I use this B.B. cream instead of liquid foundation because it provides very light, sheer coverage and leaves my skin feeling healthy and moisturized.  Be sure to shake the tube before each use, or else the cream will not blend well into your skin.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil // $20

This eye liner is a bit expensive, but so worth it because it actually lasts all day! I have it in Perversion, and I use it to line my waterline. Even with my watery eyes (that I tend to rub a lot!) it stays put.

Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio // $21

This powder trio is a blush, highlighter, and bronzer all in one. I have it in "Sweet" which is a good neutral mix of shades. I usually swirl a brush into all of the colors and brush it on the apples of my cheeks for a not-too-pink but not-too-orange look, but one day I will actually learn to contour and use it for its intended purpose. Either way, a great product!

What are your favorite beauty buys of 2014? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Bath and Body Works Holiday Favorites

I love Bath & Body Works. I always have, ever since middle school when everyone had their own "signature" scent. I definitely still have mine (#noshame), but I always get excited for the holiday products! Here are my favorites this year.

Iced Gingerbread Gentle Foaming Hand Soap // Bath & Body Works foaming hand soap is awesome in general, but gingerbread scented?! Heavenly! I wish more products came in the Iced Gingerbread scent: I've only seen foaming hand soap, regular hand soap, hand lotion, and hand sanitizer

Frosted Wonderland Body Cream // Bath & Body Works lotion is good, but the body cream is the true star. It's full of moisturizing shea butter, and it's not greasy at all. Frosted Wonderland is a new scent this year, and I hope it comes back next year because it's amazing! It's a sweet blend of coconut, jasmine, and spices... it's a little difficult to describe. Try it!

Cinnamon Caramel Swirl 3-Wick Candle // Oh man, this candle is fantastic. I was never a big fan of candles until this year... there's something about living in a (usually cold) apartment that makes burning a delicious-smelling candle so comforting. This candle smells like caramel spice cake baking in the oven.

Remember the Bath and Body Works Semi-Annual Sale starts December 26! And don't forget to enter my $50 Uncommon Goods gift card giveaway!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

GIVEAWAY + Holiday Gifts from Uncommon Goods

Buying holiday gifts can be challenging. You want the gift to be personal, but also something the recipient will actually wear or use. Uncommon Goods is a site full of unique gifts for everyone on your list. Many of the gifts are handmade, too! Check out some of my favorites, and take a look at some Gifts for Women, Gifts for Men, and Stocking Stuffers.

Cheese & Cracker Serving Board // $48
I love ampersands. And cheese. This serving board is so cute and functional... it's an easy way to display cheese and crackers for a party without actually having to arrange them. This would make a great host/hostess gift.

Nesting Storage Containers // $35
You can never have too many food storage containers. And this set of six is a great buy! They're freezer-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe (because why bother with containers that aren't?) and everything nests nicely together for easy storage. This would make a perfect gift for a college student or someone who just moved into a new home.

Baby Bird Earrings // $28
How cute are these little bird earrings? I usually refrain from buying earrings as gifts unless I know the recipient's style, but these earrings are so simple and pretty that anyone would enjoy wearing them. A great gift for the person who has everything (and who has pierced ears... that's very important!)

A Year of Gratitude // $30
This set contains 52 thank you notes, one for each week of the year. What a great New Year's resolution: write one note a week, and send it!

Wine Pairing Towel Set // $28
Now this is smart... dish towels with wine pairing recommendations printed on them! Again, this would be a fantastic host/hostess gift.

Penguin Booties // $25
How cute are these?! These little penguin booties are a perfect, unique gift for baby's first stocking stuffer!

Like these gift ideas? Enter to win a $50 Uncommon Goods gift card... there's something for everyone on your shopping list! This giveaway runs from December 12, 2014 at 12AM EST to December 19-2014 at 12AM EST.
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This giveaway is sponsored by Uncommon Goods, and all opinions are my own.

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