How I store and organize my makeup

Its an age old problem – at least for those of us with a beauty addiction. Where and how do you store all of your makeup and skincare products? In the last few years I’ve really picked up a lot of products, from sponsorships to Ipsy items, Sephora samples to actual purchases. The result is that I found myself storing my beauty products all over the place, and never reaching for new or different items because they just weren’t visible and/or accessible.

So this year, when I moved for my medical school clerkship, I decided it was finally time to sort out the problem and get my makeup and items all in neat order. Maybe its just me, but there is something so totally satisfying about everything having a home and knowing where to find the products I want.

The first step was finding the bits and pieces to store it all in. I knew I wanted lots of clear acrylic dividers to make it easy to see things, and I picked up most of those at the dollar store. Then it was a trip to Ikea to find the storage units I wanted. I know a lot of people like using the Ikea Alex drawers (Left) but I wanted something that I could have two of, and a little smaller. I was afraid that the Alex drawers were too tall, which (1) would look bulky and (2) would just encourage me to get more stuff. My goal was to only keep enough beauty products to fill the space I designed, no more, so I wanted to make it relatively compact. I also liked the idea of labelling things, so it was love at first sight when I saw Ikea Helmer unit (Right). I didn’t like the wheels but figured I could just not put those on. So off I went, and got two of those.

 

The next step was to find a desk or workstation that I could put over top of my drawers to give me a working counter space. I carefully measured out the height of the Helmer units without wheels, as well as the depth, and then kept my eye out for something that would suit my needs. I was lucky and came across a sale at AllModern, where I was able to snag their Leo Console Table for half price! It was simple, white – which kept with my aesthetic – and had the perfect dimensions. It is still available for full price, and I’ve linked it below.

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Leo Console Table from AllModern, $149.99 here

I finally had the skeletons of my setup done! Given this was all being set-up while I moved homes and started my clerkship year, it took a while for it to all come together. I arranged my makeup into the 12 drawers, which I then further divided with my acrylic dividers and labelled. For anyone curious, the 12 drawers I have are:

  • Lipstick (which I’ve sorted by colour groups)
  • Lipgloss and stains
  • Blush and Highlighter
  • Eye Makeup
  • Face products (this includes foundations, powders etc.)
  • Body products (mostly just lotions and creams)
  • Face masks (I’m obsessed with face masks so there’s a lot in this drawer)
  • Skin care (a lot of my skincare I keep in my bathroom so this has my extras, samples etc.)
  • Hair products
  • Products to review (this is where any sponsored products go while I’m testing or waiting to review them)
  • Products to gift/give away
  • Samples (It’s so nice to have a drawer for all my foils and random samples, and it reminds me to try things out)

This was all fine and dandy, but quite a boring set up, so then came time for some of my final touches! I wanted somewhere to put my day-to-day basic makeup easily in reach, and I came across some products by Kate and Laurel that were just too perfect to pass up! They weren’t exactly cheap but the white and gold was exactly what I had in mind to match the rest of my room.  The first was the Industrious Desktop File Folder Organizer, which had a few slots that I knew would fit my palettes, a ledge on the front to put some bottles that I use often, and two drawers for other products. In the end these two drawers have my primer, setting spray, mascara, eyebrow products, and concealer, products that I tend to use every day no matter what the look I’m doing is. The other item I got was the matching white and gold Industrious Magazine Holder, which now stores my copies of Vogue.

 

To top it all off, I added a few little details using things I already had lying around the house. I put a few pretty bottles out, I put my makeup brushes in an old candle jar, and I used a big mirror that I originally had leaning in a corner and propped it up on the desk to be my makeup mirror. And are you ready to see the final results??

Drumroll please . . .

IMG_0953It may not look like much, but together with the white and gold accents in my room, its the perfect set up for me. It’s efficient, organized, and laid out exactly how I want. It also forces me to keep my makeup hoarding to a minimum! The only thing I would change is turning those silver accents into the same gold as the Kate and Laurel products, but I’m a student on a budget and we can’t all be perfect!

A close up of some other details include the desktop organizer with my day to day makeup, my magazine holder with my Vogue copies, and some of the labels I set up on my drawers.

And there you have it, the way I store and organize my makeup! I hope that gives you an idea of how I lay everything out and maybe even inspires anyone whose looking to find a better way to store your own makeup and products. Feedback or comments? Leave them below!

Kat Von D Saint and Sinner Perfume Review

My name is Charlotte, and I’m a perfume snob. It’s a problem. I really like the idea of having a signature scent, so I’ve dedicated myself to two, max three, scents that I rotate depending on mood and location.

That being said, my deep love for candles and my selectivity for perfumes means I generally can tell right off the bat exactly what I think of a perfume or scent. I figured this would make reviewing the Kat Von D Saint and Sinner perfumes quite easy. I received these perfumes as part of an Influenster campaign, meaning they were complimentary to me.

Unboxing

As per my previous reviews, there is a certain formula to the Influenster boxes. They generally come with a nifty little hand out that explains the product and has some information about the Influenster campaign. This box however killed it in terms of packaging.

The two small perfumes came in a lovely themed box that really played up the dichotomy of “Saint” and “Sinner”. They had their own packaging with the beautiful detail that reminds me of the full sized product which Kat Von D herself designed. Each package was laid gently in a nest of white and black tissue paper – simple and stylish, but a great touch to the whole thing.

The Product

The perfumes came in a sample size, but still relatively hefty. I feel like this allowed me to get an idea of the scent, get used to wearing it, and maybe have a feel for the real bottle. Unfortunately I can’t really comment on the design because the true to size bottle is much more ornate and of course larger, so these were simpler versions. I received one of each the white “Saint” and the black “Sinner”.

 

Now onto the actual scent. Remember, perfume snob here. I was pleasantly surprised by the fragrances to be totally honest. Mostly I just liked that there really is a play between the two products. Where the white “Saint” is a little sweeter and has more lightness to it, the black “Sinner” is muskier and heavier to really had some complexity. And yet, they complement each other. I could really see myself having fun mixing and matching the scents, and even layering them strategically.

The Verdict

I have a few final thoughts about this product before I wrap up this (relatively) short review.

As much as I liked the clever packaging and colours, I have a real pet peeve with one part of it. On the little handout that it came with, there was the question “Which will you choose” and the options: “Dreamy, Romantic, Alluring” (Saint) or “Dark, Sultry, Empowering” (Sinner). I really did not like the word choice here. The implication is that we as women should be choosing a “side”. The feminine, soft, innocent look, or the dark but empowering look? Really Kat Von D? A girl can’t be both? More importantly, empowering was only applied to one of these pieces. I hate that empowering a woman has to be associated with only a part of someone’s identity, or even worse, that only a certain personality type can be empowered. NO! Empowering a woman is about enabling her to make her own choices, to live the life she chooses in the way that she is most fulfilled. Wether its white, black, saint, sinner…an empowered woman is not something that we should force someone to chose between. Very poor wording, Kat Von D.

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As for the fragrance, I’m really happy I was introduced to these two together. I love the idea of playing between two scents based on the mood I’m in. Honestly if I had picked up either one alone I probably wouldn’t have made much of a fuss over them, but together they’re pretty dynamic. Not quite enough to replace my current scent choices but still a good option if you’re looking to start building a fragrance repertoire.

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Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara Review

A mascara that defines, lengthens, doesn’t clump and doesn’t flake. Theres just one problem, and I go over all that and more.

Once more Influenster has sent me some sponsored products to try out, something I can never say no to. What I do promise? Honest reviews. So here we go, a review of the Revlon Canada Mega Multiplier mascara from unboxing, through travel, and home again.

Unboxing

Like most Influenster products, the mascara came in the signature black Influenster box – I was just excited to see  that it was a Revlon product. Revlon is one of those brands I’ve always been around, my Mum always used their lipstick, so I’m familiar and trust this brand.

IMG_6273As I opened it, there was a bit of tissue paper protecting the best goodies of all inside: mascara! Now let me get one thing straight: I love/hate mascara. I love it like anyone does, it makes your eyelashes that much fuller and darker. But I’m the kind of person who is loyal to winning products, and yet not to mascara. I try new mascaras almost every other day. I’ve yet to find my dream mascara, and instead find bits and pieces I like about each one that I try. So when the opportunity comes up for a new mascara, I’ll be the first one to jump on board and give it a try.

The Revlon Mega Multiplier mascara came with a nice info card. Not going to lie, if my lashes ended up looking like Gwen’s lashes, I would be happy. Do I believe those lashes are real and achievable by this mascara? It probably helps her falsies look good… but that remains to be seen I suppose.

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The Product

Now for my very first impression of the mascara – I mean straight out of the packaging and into my hands kind of impression. To be honest, it is a wide and flat tube that immediately made me think of an old school highlighter. Do I hate it? No, but I feel like this tube belongs in a pencil case.

On a closer look, the shape of blue is pretty (I have a thing for blue according to my Clarins Hydra-Essential Review), but more than anything I really liked the black matte portion. It is subtle and sleek and gives it a modern feel. Overall packaging was average but this stepped it up a tiny bit.

The wand starts wider on the handle end and narrows towards the tip, with a round even distribution of brushes. When I first put on the mascara this meant that I really noticed it separating my lashes, which is always a plus. The brush also carried enough product that I wasn’t constantly dipping into the tube, which is definitely a plus.

The Results

Well, this mascara has been through the ringer, the gauntlet, the full kahuna. I decide to take it along on my road trip through upstate NY, and wore it pretty religiously every day. You can see from my failed attempt at pictures that I was really excited to try the mascara: see fail #1 (tube upside down) and fail #2 (squinting so you can’t see the lashes).

 

Safe to say that I gave up on the cute graffiti wall behind me (thanks Saratoga!) and went for a plain white background, which showed off the length of my lashes at a nice angle. You can really see how the Revlon Mega Multiplier lengthens the lashes and really defines them.  I was also impressed with the staying power – these pictures were on a day around 30 degrees (Celsius, I’m Canadian) and humid. It didn’t smudge or flake which I was actually excited by.

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On the other hand, as much as the mascara defined my lashes it didn’t thicken them much. Even with a few coats I found that my lashes weren’t the usual dark thickness that I like. It isn’t the biggest problem but like I said earlier, I’m on the hunt for a perfect mascara.

The Verdict

Overall I was happy with this mascara for what it is: a sponsored product that I was really excited to try out. I’ll keep it in my arsenal and probably keep using it everyday because its a pretty good mascara! That being said, without the thickness factor it won’t be a repurchase for me.

Did you get the Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara Influenster box? Comment below with your thoughts!