My Organized Chaos: I love an organized vanity-it makes me smile

Monday, May 12, 2014

I love an organized vanity-it makes me smile

Hey all! Today I wanted to walk you through my vanity and how I organize my makeup. I am in LOVE with my vanity. It's perfect for what I need and I love the look of it!
I picked up my vanity at an antiques store in Kentucky. It was a store that I drove past at least 800 times and never thought to stop in. One Saturday I was bored and decided to stop and I'm glad I did because I got this little beauty at a great price!
Don't pass up on those little tucked away shops- some of them have the best items-usually WAY in the back under the creepy figurines and the mix matched dining set. They also offer the best prices and sometimes are willing to negotiate.
Anyways- on to the makeup. At first glance my vanity doesn't look like it would hold much with those two little drawers but it has a secret. The middle part of my vanity opens up to show a whole space made for makeup heaven!
When you do open up the vanity you find all my makeup organized by type. I bought a simple clear drawer organizer a long time ago for about $10 and it works great. Organizing the makeup by type allows me to spend less time searching for what is next and helps me see what all I have. I also have sort of developed a routine of the way I put on my makeup and which bins go first. Side note- I know it looks like a have a TON of Q-tips and yes I do but I just bought a new box of them. It's not like I have to go to QA meetings or something. (Q-tips anonymous) Just saying.
I also decorated my vanity with a few cute things so it is functional and pretty. I put a frame a friend gave me that I love, a zoom mirror (aka-makes you look at all those wrinkles, pores and flaws in super zoom grr......), and a ring holder.

This ring holder is for my wedding rings for times like working in the yard or the garage when I don't want to get them dirty. It is the cutest thing ever! I got it at Tuesday Morning-btw so shop there-love that store!  It is a little puppy and I thought it was fitting since I'm obsessed with my dog, Wyatt. Maybe I should look into PA... Puppies Anonymous. Seriously.....maybe....
On the other side of my vanity I placed my favorite perfumes and all my makeup brushes. I found this silver tray for the perfumes at Bed, Bath, and Beyond in their clearance section- 50% off! I love the look of it!

For my makeup brushes I used an old small glass vase I had and some clear and white stones to hold them up. They are easy to get at and they look great.
Final look of the top of the vanity: looks put together, user friendly and pretty!

Also! If you don't already do this you need to! Like your milk, makeup also goes bad! I'm not even joking. Not like makeup goes bad and it looks bad on your face, I'm talking goes bad and could cause disease and health issues. Ever heard of pink eye? Oh yea....not a cute look. Quick way that I label my makeup is with these circle stickers I got at Walmart in the office supplies aisle. I put the date I purchased the makeup so I remember when to throw it out. Below are the timelines for each type of makeup and how often you should change them out.

Lipstick: 1-2 years
Lipglosses/chapsticks: 2 years
Powder eye shadow: 2 years
Cream eye shadow: 12-18 months
Eyeliner: 3 months
Mascara: 3 months
Powder blush: 2 years
Cream blush:
6 months
Oil-free foundation: 12 months
Cream foundation: 18 months
Concealer: 12-18 Months
Lotions: 2 years
So, check out that makeup and throw out that old stuff!
No one wants to hang out with Pink-Eye Patty.

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