Organized Chaos: How I Store my Makeup

If you’re a makeup hoarder like I am, you soon realize that there isn’t enough room for your collection. Your family members or significant other might start to say the dreaded “d” word-downsize, but that just isn’t an option. I keep makeup until it goes bad and that means that over time i’ve started running out of space. Now I don’t have an entire room with a vanity full of makeup but I do have more than most.

Usually a beginner’s collection will be stowed in a nice tackle box or caboodle. It’s a box that can fit just about anywhere with pull out shelving to store your eyeliners and eyeshadow and a large bottom compartment for the bigger things like foundation. Some caboodles even have elastic brush holders on the lid so you can also store your brushes. Plastic caboodles are much cheaper while acrylic or metal ones tend to be more expensive.

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I had to give mine away long ago and now I have a 6 tier plastic drawer and multiple storage pieces within the drawers for micro organizing. Even then there’s still a bunch that remains unorganized. But of course my organization was done on a budget and is fairly space conscious, in case that’s a worry for your collection.

My 6 Tier plastic drawer is skinny with semi long drawers that aren’t too deep. You can get deeper set drawers and  can put more things for organizing and separation inside, which would allow you to stack or keep bottles and sprays upright. I don’t have many large pieces so the shallow drawers worked nicely for me. The drawers can be a bit pricey, depending on how many drawers there are in one unit and where you buy it from, but these tend to be cheaper during back to school season. I don’t remember where I got mine at or for how much but I would assume Wal-mart as it’s usually the cheapest. Craft stores also have these organizers as well but they’re usually more expensive there. The 6 or more tier drawers can be around 3ft tall and higher. Keep in mind your height and how much stuff you have in order to determine how many drawers you need. You can also get the mini drawers that are usually located in the office supply section to help separate eyeshadow singles or eyeliners and mascaras.

Each one of my drawers has different different things inside it as well as small separators. These separators were only $6.87 or so at Wal-mart and come with 3 vertical slots and 1 horizontal. I used these to separate my brushes, eyeliners/mascaras, and lip products. My first drawer is just complete chaos of nail polishes. Most of my nail polish bottles cant stand upright since the drawer in shallow so they’re haphazardly placed in there.

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The second drawer has my brushes in the separator, the towel in which i  dry my brushes on after i clean them and my travel cases with their respective brushes.

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I separated them by eye brush, detail brush, face brushes, and miscellaneous tools. I have a small desk right next to my makeup storage area so it’s really nice to just reach down and grab a brush easily. The next drawer is my eyeliners/mascaras.

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I have liquid eyeliners in the first compartment, eyeshadow pencils and eyeliner pencils in the 2nd, and mascaras in the third. Brow products and eyeshadow primers are in the horizontal one. The rest of the drawer is filled with things I cant seem to find a place for; foundation in the wrong shade, body powders, primers, sharpeners. Creative chaos!

The next drawer is my lip and eyelash drawer.

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These are separated into lip paints/tars, lipglosses, and the nicer lipsticks i have that don’t fit in my lipstick organizer, haha. The fourth compartment has products like lipscrubs and lipstick remover. The eyelashes are set in a long semi deep plastic container that i got at my job for 99 cents. Most of my eyelashes are still in their containers so there’s a little bit more organization there as well. The last two drawers are also creative chaos. They are my face products drawer and my nail drawer, as in fake nails, acrylics and press ons.

Some other organization things I have are from Target’s $1-5 section. They have cute little boxes and storage things that can help organize your makeup. I got a small 2 tier drawer for $5 and i think the folder holder was around $3. I used the drawer to hold my face products like concealer, foundation primer (because I really dont have a lot), and then second drawer for blushes, bronzers, etc.

It’s great for people with a smaller collection or some who dont have many of one product to fill. And it doesn’t take up much space. I also bought a cheap lipstick holder off ebay for only a few bucks.

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I use the acrylic organizer to house the lipsticks I use the most. Theres a smaller set of drawers that houses my acrylic nail stuff for when I would used to try and do my own acrylics. All of my single eyeshadows are currently in the process of being made to stick to a magnetic board that I can hang near my desk. I didn’t take a picture of it since it’s in progress but I basically found a magnetic dry erase board at Micheals on clearance for $5, bought a roll of magnetic tape, cut it into small pieces and either stuck it on (one side is adhesive) or hot glued it on. You can move them around and arrange them as much as you’d like!

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The entirety of my storage  doesnt take up much space. My entire set up sits comfortably in between my desk and bookshelf and gives me easy access to it. Realistic if you have a collection as small as mine, it’ll be much easier to store. Bigger collections need more space and sometimes even an entire room!

If you guys are planning to move or take you storage out or even run out of it you can contact MakeSpace. They are a self storage company that not only stores your stuff but they pick it up too. They’ll bring it back to you at any time as well. They’re only in four major U.S. cities now but they’ll hopefully be coming to a place near you soon. visit their website for a full list of cities they currently service and ones they are going to service soon.

Hope you guys enjoyed the post! Tell me how you store you makeup or if you need any tips on budget organizing! Visit your local thrift stores, Wal-Marts or Targets (or international equivalents) for more help!

 

*This post is not sponsored 

DIY Lip Balm Rings

Hello Lovelies!

I took a trip to my local craft store recently and picked up a few things. Since my friend’s birthday is coming up, and she likes rings I wanted to make her something special. I found these rings at Micheal’s (in the bead aisle) on sale for $2.50. They had a really cute filigree like style and they were also small lockets.

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Here’s what they look like.

So I decided to fill these little locket rings with some DIY lip balm

What you’ll need (keep in mind that since these lockets are small I didn’t need much ingredients)

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  • coconut oil (about 2 parts)
  • beeswax, I used all natural beeswax from some honey farmer’s (1 part)
  • Vitamin E Oil, I actually didn’t have oil but I had a small Vitamin E Stick that I got from Sally’s and use a bit of that (a few drops)
  • A glass measuring cup
  • a spoon
  • a container for your lip balm
  • (Optional) essential oil or flavoring to make it smell/taste good (i used Rose)

So to begin you’ll have to grate your beeswax. I didn’t have a grater to I just took a knife to it and chopped off some small pieces. I should have used just a bit more that I put it but it’s ok. Practice makes perfect. Put the beeswax in the measuring cup.

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Then take some coconut oil and dump it right on in there. I used about a 1/2 tablespoon for this. Again I should’ve used more beeswax, this will give a more waxy texture rather than oily. I liked the bit of oiliness since it added extra moisture to by lips but maybe if you were pouring this into a chapstick mold you’d want it to be a bit more sturdy.

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Now here’s the vitamin E stick I got from Sally’s Beauty Supply.

20150207_214336I cut off the tip of this (literally that little bit you see is what I put in). Then you melt the oil, wax, and vitamin E in the microwave for about 45 seconds to 1 minute. Stir it a little to get rid of all unmelted chunks, they will melt in the hot liquid as you stir. When you oils and stuff is nice and liquid add a few drops of your essential oil or flavoring. You can also add color by using natural fruit juice from berries. Stir the essential oil/flavor/color in.

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Now just pour it into your container. You can use an eyedropper for this if you work quick enough and it doesn’t set up inside the tube.

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Mine however set up int he tube while I was trying to take the photo so I just had to pour it in very slowly using the measuring cup. Also I set up a little drying station so the rings would stay upright as the liquid cooled. I took a super small tupperware, added some tape strips across the center and set the rings in so they would stay in place. I let them cool on the counter for a few minutes before transferring them to my fridge to cool for a couple of hours.

Now they don’t have any color so it doesn’t show up on the lips but here’s what they look like all done:

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And there you have it. Super simple, cute and useful! Enjoy!

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DIY Milk Bath

Nothing is more luxurious than…MILK! Believe or not milk has great soothing properties and creates one hell of a spa like milk bath. The best part is you don’t have to go to a spa to be treated like Cleopatra. You can make your very own milk bath right at home for under $10!

(I realized that I used the rest of my milk bath yesterday so I don’t have any original pictures to show you. Instead I borrowed this picture from this blog which has amazing posts and useful tips, It even inspired me to make my own milk bath!)

So here’s what you need:

  • 1.5-2 cups of dry powdered milk (I found my powdered milk at Wal-Mart for around $3. I believe it was in the baking aisle. You might even be able to find it in the baby aisle as long as you don’t get powdered formula. Try and get full fat powdered milk though I got low fat skin milk and the bath still felt amazing)
  • 1/2 cup of cornstarch ($1)
  • 1/2 cup of baking soda ($1-1.50)
  • Essential oil ($3-4)

The dry milk comes in packets, about 3 to a box. I packet usually yields the 1.5-2 cups that you need. In a mixing bowl add the powdered milk, cornstarch and baking soda.

Here comes the fun part: choosing the scent you want for your bath. Of course you can use the milk bath plain but why stop there?! You can smell like awesomeness, be relaxed and have smooth skin.

I decided to make a lavender scented milk bath. Lavender is my favorite scent in the whole world. Not only does it help with relaxing and being calm but it can also bring in happiness. I used lavender essential oil that I got from Micheal’s in the soap crafting section. Then I added dried Lavender buds. You can also get these in the soap making section at Micheals, get lavender powder or the buds on Etsy as well.

Pour into a glass jar and you’re done! Using it is simple of course, make your bath and sprinkle the milk bath in. I usually use the whole thing since I have dry skin and want it to feel amazing. The good thing is with the box of powdered milk you can make about 3 separate baths in different scents. Or if you buy the larger box of powdered milk ($7, Great Value Brand at Wal-Mart for a 25 oz box) you can make a bit more.

I also made an orange scented one using orange essential oil.

I’m going to make a follow up post about my amazing bursting with lavender bath! Happy bathing!

Easy, peasy homemade lip scrub!

Great DIY from BubandBelle! Easy and cheap are the key to my heart!:)

As someone who suffers with dry lips, I am always looking for a great lip scrub! After trying out quite a few of the ones on the market I decided to give making my own scrub a go!

I wanted the lip scrub to be four things: Effective, Natural, Quick and Cheap…

…oh and of course yummy!

After quite a bit of research I think I have found the perfect combination!

Using just three everyday ingredients this easy, peasy homemade lip scrub recipe is the perfect quick fix to sore,chapped lips.


So what do you need to make this delicious, natural lip scrub?

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Ingredients


INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1:

SAM_1053 Measure 2 tablespoons of brown sugar (or white if you don’t have brown).

Step 2: 

SAM_1057 Add Sugar to a small bowl.

Step 3:

Honey Measure out 1 tablespoon of honey.

Step 4:

Sugar and Honey Add honey into the bowl with sugar.

Step 5:

Sugar, Honey and Vanilla Add a drop of vanilla extract for taste…

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DIY: Sugar Scrub

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Sugar Scrubs are one of the easiest and cost effective ways to pamper yourself. Sugar’s help exfoliate and add glow to your beautiful skin. Not to mention the oils use adds moisture which is great for dry skin. To make any kind of sugar scrub you need 3 basic ingredients

  • Sugar
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Essential oils

Let’s talk Sugar. Sugar is what is going to help exfoliate the skin when you rub it on. The crystals are small enough to not be so harsh, unlike salt scrubs (those are much better used for feet), and can be used on gentle areas like the face and neck. For any basic recipe you need white sugar, like the kind you use in your coffee but not any sweetener substitute like Truvia or Splenda. You could also use brown sugar if you’d like to create a brown sugar based scrub. But white sugar has the ability that anything can be added to it without contributing extra scent like brown sugar. You can make an orange sugar scrub with white sugar but orange and brown sugar might not be so great (smell wise anyway).

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For the Olive Oil, I use Extra Virgin. I usually by the off brand at the supermarket or Great Value brand at Wal-Mart. Those usually run $3-4 dollars. Find the cheapest one you can get, this is beauty on a budget after all. Save the more expensive oils for cooking. You could also substitute vegetable oil but I find that it’s too thick and might make the mixture too oily. You can try coconut oil or jojoba oil as well. Those two are using within beauty products anyway and add extra boosts to your skin. (Tip: Coconut Oil runs about $7-10 dollars and can be find either in the oil, baking, or vitamin areas of your store, Jojoba might be more expensive depending on where you look)

Essential Oils can also get costly but a great trick is hiding right in your pantry. Add a splash of Vanilla Extract (the cheapest bottles run for about $1) and then you can add spices such as Pumpkin Pie Spice, Apple Pie Spice, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, all work well for a rich and decedent smell. If you would like to purchase essential oils I usually get mine from Micheal’s, a craft store that has a section specifically dedicated to soap making needs. Here you can find a range of scents such as lavender, orange, and fresh linen and well as already made blends like Stress Relief and Relaxation. Other places to look for oils would be on etsy and any other soap making dedicated websites. Be sure to shop around so you find the cheapest price (and that includes shipping as well)

Now for the recipes. For a basic scrub you need:

  • 1 to 1.5 cups of sugar
  • 1/4 of a cup of EVOO
  • a few drops of essential oil
  • Soap Colorants (optional)

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For the Eucalyptus Mint I added about 5-10 drops each of Eucalyptus Mint and Stress Relief Essential Oils (From Micheal’s) and 1-2 drops of green colorant. The colorant is optional of course but I like the way It makes the scrubs look. Because these colorants are made for soap they WON’T stain your skin and dissolve just as naturally as the rest of the ingredients. You can use  food coloring HOWEVER limit the drop to ONE. Food Coloring can stain your skin if you add too much. They are a cheaper alternative (The soap colorants are about $3) but it might be a pain for mixing to get different colors. You might accidentally add too much.

For the Pumpkin Pie(Right of center) and Apple Pie (center) I added a heaping dash of the spice blends respectively, along with a bit of vanilla. I had left over Pie spices from the holidays so I just used that but the McCormack blends can cost about $6. So if you’re not going to be making pie afterward just buy some cinnamon and maybe nutmeg if your feeling fancy. These spices can be found at dollar stores that have food areas in them (like certain Dollar Trees or Dollar Generals) or look for the cheapest spice in your local supermarket.

For the containers I would suggest glass. You can buy these mini canning mason jars (which was about $8 for I think a pack of 12 or 16 at Wal-Mart), or craft stores have small metal tins for around $1-2 dollars each. You can also reuse glass pasta jars or candle jars as long as you clean and sanitize them before hand.

Happy Scrubbing!