I was having a clear out the other day and put together a little goody bag for my niece Jessica, 13 years old, to enhance her make up collection.
So I am a little bit of a cosmetic hussy. Hence the Brazen and the Rouge in case anyone was wondering.
Maybelline Dream flawless nude
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
You all know, I gotta lorra lorra love (ay-up, Cilla!) for make up revolution.
I am a serious fan girl but that isn’t to say that the budget beauty brand doesn’t still have to work its socks off to win me over with its new releases.
Makeup revolution is available at superdrug in the UK and its products start from as little as a quid.
I was extremely pleased to be given the opportunity to review the one blush stick in matte pink and dream.
The outer packaging isn’t much to scream about. Plain black cardboard with a band of the corresponding product colour around the top to indicate what goodness lies within.
Now this is a good idea in my opinion but it goes a little bit awry.
The actual packaging is beautiful. It appears to be very similar to NARS multiple. It comes in a black wind up tube with product inside that I can never see ending. The products I received came in a matte black tube or a gloss black tube. The matte black corresponds with the matte shades and the gloss tubes correspond with the sheer shades.
Don’t get me wrong the product packaging is beautiful but you cannot tell what colour is in which tube. Hello aggro!
So listen up Revvers! Take the thin band of colour off the cardboard and onto the tube. We chuck the cardboard away and mornings are confusing enough without the element of guess work.
I was a little bit intimidated by ‘matte pink’ so decided to give ‘dream’ a test drive.
Dream is a light shimmery lilac which is a very pale highlighter.
The texture is beautiful and really easy to apply.
Here are some swatches,
As you can see Dream pretty much disappears. Well it does and it doesn’t. The colour disappears but leaves behind an iridescent shimmer. I believe its too light to be worn as a blusher but may be the perfect addition in your contouring arsenal.
Its very comfortable to wear but due to its creamy texture I do feel that it wore away after about 3 hours.
I would recommend wearing a setting powder over the top. This took its staying power to 6 hours when I tested it.
As it was quite a light shade I felt confident enough to blend out with my fingers. This looked really quite pretty and natural but it wasn’t quite the pop of colour I was after from a blush stick.
All in all a pretty highlighter but not a great blusher.
But then, oh. I, can’t, even. Wait. Okay, then I tried the ‘matte pink’
Oh em gee.
This is the bees knees. It is a bright bubble gum pink with blue undertones. It is so vibrant in the tube, you can see why I was intimidated. I pushed this product onto the skin rather than drag it. The colour is extremely pigmented and the colour pay off is so intense.
I took my real techniques stippling brush and buffed it in. It blended so beautifully and gave this flush of colour on my cheeks that I haven’t been able to put down. By pushing the product on and buffing it with a stippling brush it did not disturb my base at all. A common complaint I have with cream blushers.
I set the blusher with some stay matte powder to keep it in place and this has some serious staying power. A full 8 hours and I still look rosy.
This is one of my January favourites and I can see this lasting a life time.
Here are a few shots;
So like I mentioned previously these are also marketed as lip products.
The matte pink looks beautiful on and is so matte. Its a really strong modern look and is surprisingly comfortable to wear. The only let down is that a lot of product is transferred from contact. Maybe a coat of lipcote would solve this.
All in all, Dream is a pretty highlighter and matte pink is a gorgeous HG blusher. I’m never a fan of putting blushers on your lips so I would suggest you ignore that as a feature. But matte pink as a blusher is just beaut!
You can buy these here
For only £5
Hope this helps
*this product was sent to me in exchange for an honest review*