More make-up / jewellery storage

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I am always on the look out for innovative ways to store make-up, beauty products and jewellery. I spotted this box in W H Smith (a stationery store) and thought it would be perfect for my up and coming move to a new city. I think it is designed for keeping stationery in, but I thought it would be perfect for nail polish and jewellery.

I plan to select a few of my favourite polishes and put them in the bottom compartment and then I will keep earrings, hair accessories, etc. in the top. As you will see I have had to be ruthless in deciding what to take!

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Spring Cleaning my Make-up Collection

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Okay so it isn’t quite spring time yet, but I decided it was close enough to have a spring clean. Not of my house (don’t be crazy) but of my make-up collection. I own far too many make-up items which I don’t really use and they just sit around taking up space. I decided to be brutal and throw them away.

Face products wise I ditched two different foundations which are really the wrong shade for my skin. I am always paranoid about looking too dark/orange so I don’t wear them. I also chucked a concealer which is questionably old now.  I threw out my bronzer because again I am paranoid it makes me look orange, and also two blushers, one which is too red and an MUA cream blusher, which is nice but I just don’t wear cream blushers a lot.

I threw out a few lipsticks, mostly pale ones which don’t have a lot of pigment and are therefore a bit pointless, and Rimmel Moisture Renew in Nude Delight because it is virtually identical to Notting Hill Nude so it seems a waste of time owning both. I also threw out Lush’s It Started With A Kiss because I find applying it with a lip brush a bit of a pfaff.

From my eye collection I have abandoned Rimmel’s Scandel Eyes mascara as I’m not a fan, some scarily bright eyeshadows I never wear, and some tacky glittery eyeliners which belong in the make-up collection of 13 year old from the nineties (that wasn’t when I bought them don’t worry!).

And that’s it! Now I have lots more lovely space to buy exciting new products! Could your make-up collection do with a spring clean? What would you be willing to part with?

New make-up storage

Now that I’ve moved. I wanted to get something nice to store my make-up in. As many of my regular readers will know, my make-up has been crawling out of about 6 different cosmetic bags recently, so it was definitely about time. My new bedroom has an old meets new theme to it. There’s a lot of wooden pieces of furniture, including a gorgeous big wooden door, and then I’ve paired it with modern art work and cushions in black, white and red. I was keen to get something either of wood or with a bit of a vintage theme, but most of the make-up storage solutions I found online were glass or acrylic. In the end, I lucked out whilst browsing in a couple of little craft stores. Here’s what I ended up with:

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This is actually a tea light holder with a glass jar inside. It’s covered in birch bark. I removed the tea light and am using it to store my make-up brushes, eyelash curlers, tweezers etc. I have also put in the concealer and mascara I use every day so that they are easily accessible.

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I thinned out my make-up collection to the essentials when I moved, so miraculously it all fits in this adorable little miniature wardrobe. In the top drawer I am storing lipsticks and lip products like Vaseline and my lip liner. In the middle drawer are my three foundations, tinted moisturiser, blushers, powder, bronzer and spare concealers. Finally, eye products are in the bottom drawer. I have managed to fit in four eyeshadow palettes, a couple of single shadows, a spare mascara, a tonne of eyeliners, eyeshadow primer and a pencil sharpener. As you can see, it’s deceptive in terms of size and actually will store quite a bit!

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I am now on the look out for something to organise my ever expanding nail polish collection. Any ideas?