Ok so, three brushes is probably too small to call a collection but, anyway. Over the last few years I have accumulated a few brushes from Samantha Chapman’s ever growing collection of Real Techniques makeup brushes. I have honestly recommended them to anyone that will listen and even managed to convince a couple of friends to buy some! They’re fab, super affordable brushes and have lasted really well down through the years (think I bought their Stippling Brush back in 2011!). For all you animal lovers the brushes are cruelty free, made instead from 100% synthetic bristles. Continue reading
I love finding new and quirky ways to display and store my makeup collection. I have scoured the internet for the prettiest, cheapest and most creative ways to make the most of the space you have. Whether you just want something store bought or to make a DIY project out of it I hope to cover all the bases in this post.
Flower pots/Candle holders
This flower pot is one of my favourites and from none other than Ikea. It only costs €2.25 and is the perfect size (15 cm in height) to store your makeup brushes. According to the website they only stock them in white but I have seen them in different colours so it’s probably possible to spray paint them. Ikea also stock a smaller candle holder (10 cm in height) in the Skurar collection for €2 if you want something smaller.
This may be a little old school but it’s very effective for keeping your brushes clean, especially after you go to the effort of washing them. You can buy them for any price on Etsy but if you’re more likely to find some cheaper options on ebay or Amazon. Obviously, this will better suit those with smaller collections of brushes or eye brushes. The colour options are almost limitless so it could be a bright and quirky addition to your vanity table.
Glass jars are reasonably versatile as far decorating goes. You can paint them or tie ribbons around them, fill them with colourful beads or leave them as they are. With tins you can wrap decorative wrapping paper to glam them up on the cheap. You spend as much or as little as you like ad glasses jars come in all shapes and sizes. Mason and apothecary jars are the most popular for the purpose of storing brushes.
(Click on the image above for a tutorial on decorating tins.)
Desk organisers are another easy way to organise your makeup collection. You can get them in all shapes, sizes and colours so you are guaranteed to find one to suit your need. I have found some simple ones in Ikea, Homestore and More or Mujii. For more something more similar to the third photo below I would check out T.K. Maxx or Dunnes Stores. Searching online might reveal some more unique finds or you could always decorate something for your local office supply shop.
This is a chic way of organising your makeup. It works well for any larger or irregular shaped products. While searching online might yield the best results it might be worthwhile scouring your local charity shops and car boot sales to find one of these on the cheap. You also have the option to make one yourself. Follow the link to a youtube tutorial $10.
There is a gorgeous selection of letter holders online. I have found decorative white metal holders (pictured below) in WH Smiths, Target, Barnes & Noble and Wilkinsons. A slightly more expansive option are the stunning shabby chic letter racks and wall racks, there are plenty of options available for a range of prices from TK Maxx and ebay.
I love this quirky use of DVD and toast racks to organise you makeup palettes. While the DVD rack will only work for larger palettes if you have a large number of them this may be the easiest method to display them. You can find these is any department store but you might find some quirkier designs online.
For more storage ideas and DIY tutorials check out my Makeup Storage board on Pinterest! How do you keep your collection organised?
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As someone who suffers from rosacea and dark circles under my eyes I always have a concealer on hand. I have bought a few over the years and thought I would share with you my collection and my thoughts on why I love them or loath them. I have combination skin but I have tried my best to take other skin types into account in the reviews. Continue reading
Summer is finally here and out come the brighter colours, boho hair styles and bolder makeup looks. I’m so excited to feature these five beautiful and talented bloggers today. Follow the links below to see how to recreate their looks and check out their blogs.
Since I skipped April Favourites I’ll try and make it up to you with a more detailed favourites post, swatches and looks included. I have relatively few stand-out products this month. The items I have picked are very wearable and won’t break the bank. Continue reading
I’m currently road tripping up the West Coast and due to time and luggage constraints I have picked my must have products for a road trip/beach holiday. Continue reading