Who doesn’t love a good snoop around someone else’s drawers?
Not like that you Philistine. Hash tag winky face emoji.
I know I love posts where I can gather inspiration from others, have a look at how others organise their storage and see what purse friendly storage techniques others use to make their home Pinterest worthy.
I call my space my make up station. Others refer to theirs as a dressing table, or some may use an en suite.
I call mine my make up station as this is where all things beautifying happen. I put my face on here, I trial new products here, I make over other ladies and I write about my love of cosmetics, all from this one space.
It is my happy space and for someone who is naturally messy and hoards everything in sight, it is the one space that I am territorial over.
Still a long way to go with the aesthetics as I would like to add some paperchase post cards but it fulfills its purpose.
The table is actually a desk and not a dressing table at all. I purchased this from the micke range at Ikea. For those of you who regularly see the malm dressing table, you may know that they’re actually very long and even though I have a decent sized bedroom due to doors and in built wardrobes I only had a specfic place where my station could go. Micke is the perfect fit and is brilliant because there is lots of desk space and there is a hole at the back of the desk where wires can be fed through. There is a thin wide drawer where larger items can live, a thin deep drawer where all my blog odds and sods live, scrabble tiles, tripod e.t.c. plus a set of shelves where my hair appliances live.
So as you can see its easy to stay organised in a Micke space and for £60 its more than affordable.
To take the space from study to beauty I purchased a mahoosive square mirror from Ikea but unfortunately I can not remember the name of the designer. It was £15 which I remember thinking was a huge bargain and it is for the amount of mirror you get for your money. Mine is placed leaning on the wall to prevent adding any holes to the wall, damn rental!
Moving on to the fun bit, readers of brazenrouge will know all about my love of acrylic stackers and I’ve wrote about the beautiful plastic that keeps my bank balance low and my aspirations high, if you’re undecided on whether these are a good choice for you or not check out that post here
So I have added to my collection since we last spoke about the stackers and we have had a little move around in my station.
So here’s how I’m organising my station at present;
I keep my make up brushes in this aluminium plant pot, from Ikea, it was about £1.50 and added a real juxtaposition between the softness of the beautiful girly brushes to a real industrial no frills holder.
I really like incorporating that into all my interior and even my style at the moment, I like the composition between opposites and will often wear a tailored white shirt with a loud brash pair of harem pants. My bedrooms no different, but thats just my personal taste.
I keep my eyeshadows and palettes in the long thin drawers and find that having the more visible means I am more likely to use them.
I also keep my contouring kits in one of these drawers as they seem to fit perfectly and it makes them so much easier to find.
In the 6 drawers stackers tend to be a variety of highlighter, blusher and bronzer although Maybelline colour tattoo’s just fit beautifully so they have pride of place there also. Having a quantity of different face products in front of me at eye level has definitely helped me switch up my daily routine and has got me out of the powder pink blush rut I had fallen into.
The top compartment is a bit of a jumble but there is method to my madness. The issue is that the compartments can only fit certain sized products.
I have all my eyeliners up here free standing, it makes it so easy to see on those early starts what I have at my disposal rather than my desired eyeline lying abandoned under a summer bronzer you’re not going to use for three months.
I also keep all my concealers up here and although I am a creature of habit and stick to the same two concealers normally sometimes remembering I have other options keeps me from becoming lazy with application.
I keep my highlighters and benetint up here and I have to say it is the perfect size for the mini benefit items. They fit beautifully and I reach for high beam every day rather than forgetting I own it because its got lost in some crevice of a dirty make up bag.
I also keep a loose powder tucked up here behind my favourite perfume for when I just need a quick touch up.
Moving alongside the desk near to my lamp which is a God send for those dark winter nights tapping away is my lipstick stacker.
The top tier was my first ever stacker purchase from amazon and I still love it.
The bottom row contains red lipsticks, the second row are nude browns, the third is pink shades followed by the top row containing all my berries and plums.
Sometimes the shades I wear don’t always fit directly into these categories so I take the strongest note of colour and pop it in there. I also place the lippies in bottoms up, so I can see the name and number of the shades.
I have three small drawers beneath that, the top two containing lip balms and lip glosses, the items I am least likely to wear, I find gloss so annoying but it is easier to maintain than a matte lip so I always keep some close.
The bottom drawer contains the beginnings of a lip liner-holic. Only a few shades but its grown exponentially and I blame Kylie Jenner! I’ve bought more lip liners over the last 6 months then I have done in 13 years of wearing make up.
Finally moving on is my final piece, an arena style stacker. It conceals my eyebrow kits and houses 9 mascaras, I love having them all in plain view as I really can mix it up depending on my mood. I also keep my make up revolution blush sticks and laquers here, they fit perfectly and my brush often finds itself tempted by the vivid pops of colours these bad boys produce.
So a lot of thought goes into this space and its constantly evolving as new products are introduced and old favourites are forgotten.
The wide long drawer is a bit of an Aladdin’s cave as you’re about find out but its a life saver.
So the back left drawers is home to the odds and sods, such as business cards and lash curlers, they take up a lot of room and aren’t the most beautiful to look at so they are relegated.
In front of them are the useful and miscellaneous. I have no clue what catagroy they fall under but I use them daily so they are close by. Cotton buds, primers and lip scrubs can be found here.
The back middle drawers contains all my nail polishes. I rarely paint my nails due to uniform regulations at work boo! But when I do its always a dark deep passionate colours and they can be found back there alongside, remover and decals.
The back right drawer is my lotion and potion drawers, containing a mix of soap and glory products, this turns Sunday night bath nights into something even more luxe. I’m slipping and sliding all over the place but its a once a week job for the thick butters so there they are.
And last but not least are my foundation boxes. I have split these into categories of oily foundations and dry skin foundations and use according to what my skins telling me that week. It is having a diva week at the moment according to the strip of spots on my mouth to cheek area.
Having the laid out neatly helps me use a variety of products and I never seem to neglect the cheaper products as they are laid out side by side. I have come to learn what foundation works best under what conditions and task them accordingly.
So my shelves are far from interesting but I am not one to hide away. Rollers, brushes, dry shampoo and boxes of the absconders that are known an kirby grips.
I keep my skin care in the bathroom due to the late nights, I don’t want to wake the old man up by turning the light on to remove my make up.
So there you go, a quick snoop into my make up storage.
I hope this helped and let me know where you keep your make up or if you have any suggestions for me on how to better utilise the space.
Lots of love
I live for tips. Not the monetary version, although that would be nice, the advice kind I mean. Tell me how to do something and I’ll drift off. Make it short and snappy and call it a Tip or a Trick and I’m yours.
There’s loads of tricks I’ve picked up over the years, for example;
Avoid yellow snow,
Consume the content you wish to create,
Drink wine in the bath, not in the shower,
But how many do I use in a day to day way? How many tips do I know that could benefit others?
Being a beauty addict and avid blog reader I’ve picked up a fair few.
Here are some of my favourites;
1) When I want a really nice crisp line from my eyeshadow I have a really simple Tip. Line a business card up against the outer corner of your eye. Take your crease brush and brush upward and outwards to the point where your eye socket is. Now brush the shadow across the socket before blending it out.
2) Take the same card and line it up in the same place.Take your favourite liquid eye liner and draw a line to your desired length. Complete liquid liner as normal.
3) Mix primer and foundation. Sometimes, I fancy a really sheer coverage on the days my skin is playing ball. But, I can’t simply afford a foundation for every possible mood. To make a sheer version of your favourite foundation pop a pea sized amount of primer on the back of your hand and a blob of your foundation. Mix with a foundation brush and apply.
4) The 2 finger rule. No this is not a drinking game.
Place two fingers next to the side of your nose and start your blush at that spot,make sure you are not lower than the bottom of the nose.
5) Rescue dryed up mascara with a cup of hot water by popping the mascara in the hot water for 5 minutes. This loosens the product from the walls of the tube.
6) Turn your eyelash curlers into mini GHD’s with this little tip. Heat up eye lash curlers by lighting a flame under it for a few seconds. Check its not too hot by placing on your inner wrist. Curl your lashes as normal.
7) Intensify eyeshadows by having a white base underneath. Take a white eyeliner, shadow, I actually use a white primer and cover the lid. Smudge gently and apply shadow.
8) The best way to cover dark circles is by dotting concealer under the eyes with a triangle shape. Not a semi circle. The triangle technique gives under eye bags a lift.
We all need a lift from time to time.
So there you have it, 8 tips you will use on a daily basis.
Let me know if you like the tips, or if you have any of your own in the comments or on Social media.
Lots of Love
We love a colab here at Brazenrouge! So I teamed up with the beautiful Ashleigh to bring you our January faves!
So there you go Lovelies!
Our January faves!
Lots of love
Oh em gee,
Another Vlog! Still haven’t been able to work out to change my display picture on Youtube but my skills are getting better! Slowly.
Ha, well anyways my Nanny Lily has been killing it lately when it comes to presents.
Check out this first impressions video on 10 full sized Soap and Glory products.