December 26, 2012

beauty secrets | how to organize your beauty products

To ensure that I give all my natural beauty products a fair shot at making it to my top shelf or makeup bag, I must keep them on display and within reach.

That old saying “out of sight, out of mind” is all too true with me — so I’ve devised a way to keep my beauty products out without being a total sensory overload.

At least for me.

Here’s how to organize your beauty products:

beauty stand on vanity

I recently picked up this pastry stand from World Market to store — yes — my makeup (bottom level), facial moisturizers (middle level) and hair products (top level).

Before getting this stand, I kept my eye shadow palettes in drawers in my bathroom’s closet. While this was fine, I found that I would take just one eye shadow palette out at a time and use the same colors every day.

Now that I have my assortment of colors out in front of me, I can be a little more creative about what colors I choose to wear every day.

The facial items used to be crammed onto my wall shelf, but I opted to pull down treatment items (Zum Rub Moisturizer in Frankincense & Myrrh and Stark Skincare Grapefruit Cleanse + Hydrate) as well as sunscreens (Badger Damascus Rose SPF 16 Face Sunscreen Lotion and Sunday Riley Cashmere Mist SPF 30) because they are crucial parts of my everyday routine.

natural skincare shelf

Aw, so now, the skincare shelf. This has been a lifesaver, as I’m low on prime tabletop space.

As you can see, I store wash cloths and headbands on the lower level. The middle level houses my oils and serums, and inside that cute Chinese soup bowl are lip balms. (Yes, I am a bit of a lip balm addict.)

The “top shelf” that I constantly refer to is the top shelf of this skincare shelf. My pure carrier oils live inside that yellow basket (argan, marula, castor, jojoba, avocado, tamanu and baobab are the current residents).

To the left of it is my small collection of essential oils (peppermint, lemon, lavender/tea tree mix, orange, rose and jasmine are in my arsenal) as well as my beloved Zum Oil in Frankincense & Myrrh, a couple of toners and the recently reviewed Defend Argan Oil.

makeup brushes in mason jars

Back on my vanity, I keep two small Kerr jars filled with makeup brushes.

The jar on the left houses an assortment of makeup brushes, including my lovely Sigma F30 Large Powder Brush and Sigma F40 Large Angled Contour Brush. These are my favorites for applying loose powder all over my face to set my makeup and for adding depth and color to my cheekbones.

The jar on the right holds my EcoTools brushes. I use the Eco Tools Eye Brush Set on a daily basis, and if I’m not contouring my face, I choose my Eco Tools Bamboo Blush Brush to tap color directly onto the apples of my cheeks.

I also have this great Eco Tools Bamboo 5 Piece Brush Kit in there — it’s great for mineral makeup as well as for blending eye shadow colors!

The third set inside that little Kerr jar is this Eco Tools Day to Night 6 Piece Set. It comes inside a cute clutch (great for travel!), and I decided to get this set because it contains a great concealer brush as well as that fluffy powder brush that is more easily portable than my Sigma F30.

bamboo drawer organizers

I don’t know how I found anything in my drawers without these bamboo drawer organizers. The two long organizers hold my hair styling tools and my natural deodorants.

The short bamboo organizer holds hair ties and bobby pins. The backward “L” shape that remains holds my fabric headband, a few Sephora compact mirrors and my glasses and glasses cleaner.

nail polish display

Finally, I don’t know where I would be without my nail polish display.

I was lucky enough to score two of these babies from my sweet manicurist last year (he was redoing his interior design and had these as leftovers!).

Storing your nail polish on a shelf is so helpful if you’re a visual person like me.

You can easily see what colors you already own, and if you’re like me and enjoy organizing by color, what colors you’re low on (or what colors you just don’t like on your nails!).

So, do any of you have a mini-Sephora in your bathroom, too? :) How do you organize your beauty products? Tell me your tips in the comments section!

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