Blog Anniversary Post : My Makeup/Beauty Collection and Storage 2012

1.31.12 my little blog turned 2 years old!!!!! I can’t believe I forgot 🙁
I was planning on doing a giveaway but lost track of time. I will do one around my birthday in March (best month ever!!). So to celebrate I decided to do an updated makeup/beauty collection post. 
At the end of the year, I purged my makeup collection big time. I gifted and purged  many, many, many things and organized the rest in one unit (a chest of drawers) I got from Target years ago. I’ve always had large closets and I am not really into fashion so it became my makeup home. Besides I really don’t like to see my makeup etc., I rather have everything put away and out of site even if I use it everyday. So while this is not my perfect setup, it will do for now. I’m leaning more towards getting an armoire, where everything will have a home.
To organize the everyday items e.g liners, q-tips, bases, pots, mascaras etc., I purchased this ‘nuts and bolts’ plastic storage from Amazon for around $12. Everything fits nicely and I can actually see everything, so nothing goes unused or unloved. 
I used to use the popular 10-drawer storage system (see below) but I didn’t like it after awhile it actually looked tacky so I have it in my office now.
Old set up a year ago when I was between my old apartment and my new one. I stayed with my parents for a few months while I finished up my dissertation, thesis defense, looked for a postdoc fellowship etc.
On top I have my everyday items as you can see and my eye brushes, on the ledge I have a jar with spoolies, cotton, & some lotions.
The top unit
This is just a handy little storage unit, it doesn’t take up a lot of space and the multiple drawers holds a ton of stuff.
First drawer – all my eyeshadows and regularly used lippies. I wanted all my eyeshadows to be in one place so everything will have an equal oppurtunity to be loved. Includes singles, duos, trios, quads, small, medium and big palettes.
  Second Drawer – For a more in depth look into drawer #2 check out my Blush/Highlighter/Bronzer collection. 
 Third drawer (clockwise) – face masks; e/s pigments; face brushes I keep in a large Clinique makeup bag, I don’t like to have them in jars in the open; foundations; a face mask kit, and Samples – I almost used up what I had over the past year and then I somehow accumulated a ton via Sephora and my many beauty subscription programs.

 Last drawer – things I have not opened yet e.g mascaras, lipglosses, larger sample products. I only have one backup lipstick (Rimmel’s Airy Fairy) and all my soaps e.g LUSH, Belle Ame’, and other natural handmade soaps.


 My body lotions/butters/mists/hand soaps from Bath&BodyWorks and the Body Shop. My fragrance collection which keeps growing.

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