Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Time to Organize

Well, hello there, gorgeous!

Once upon a time, my makeup stash used to look like this: things I use often get to be stored inside the train case while other makeup items were thrown haphazardly in a plastic container. I call this the "dump" system. Next to the "stack" system to organize my paper, this way to organize makeup products is the worse. Most times, I had to dig my way through my stash just to get what I need. Also, the "dump" system causes me an illusion that I do not have enough makeup to play with. It's a vicious cycle:

thinking not having enough makeup -> buying more makeup to be stashed away -> not seeing how much stuff I already have -> thinking not having enough makeup (again!)

It got to a point that I used the same stuff that I put in the train case over and over again while pondering on where all my makeup goes. Then, one day it dawned on me the root of my problem is my organizing system" the "dump" method just does not work! Coincidentally, Target had a sale on their back to school stuff and I got one of this:

My new makeup organizer thingy :)
It has 3 drawers and totally solves my stash problem!

First drawer: eyeshadow palettes

Second drawer: more eyeshadow palettes and some single eyeshadows
(Picassa! again! Side way picture!)


Last drawer: blushes, MSF, powders, and a jar of lip balm

I also took time to make a lipstick organizer a la Enkore.
I watched his video way back but did not have time to make this one. And when I did, I did not even bother to look it up since the concept stays with me. Before, the lipsticks where "organized" using the "dump system" and it was very messy! I could not find the colors I wanted at all, gah!

Last but not least, my brushes and pencils. The ones I use often are stored in the brush roll but since I have so many of them, the rest are housed in a glass jar. The same goes to the pencils. I find it healthy to have my makeup stash organized. Obviously, the "dump method" does not work and no one should use it to store their makeup. If you have not done so, please take time to organize your stash. I find myself working through my daily makeup routine faster after I put them in proper places. These plastic containers are not really expensive but are very durable.

That's all, folks! Please tell me how you organize your stash. I'd love to hear :)


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  1. nice ! i think most of us need our whole makeup stash right there in our face so we can remind ourselves of all the stuff we already have & how much we dont need to buy more !

  2. great organization!! i love those drawer thingies!! at big lots, they're a bit cheaper but they're the plain clear ones...but still cheap!!

  3. I like how you organize your makeup, it's very neat! I keep my stash in several boxes and makeup bags organized by product type.

  4. I love seeing how people organize their makeup collection, as well as, their makeup. Maybe I'm just nosy but I like seeing what they own... hehe~

    Thank you for the encouragement on Tobey! I really appreciate it. :)

  5. Hi Bunee,

    So true, otherwise I have to keep buying more makeup :)

  6. Hi Kawaiikao,

    I saw the clear ones at Big Lots also, but I did not like the color. After I purchased mine, Target sold out their back to school stock. I'm glad to buy it just in time!

  7. Hi Gio,

    It's not always been that neat and it bugged me. Now, I have to think of a way to organize my mineral eyeshadow samples.

  8. Hi Alyssa,

    Obviously, I don't have a lot of makeup. I try to keep them neat and organized as much as I can. I hope Tobey is feeling better soon. He is so cute!

  9. I was looking for some ideas to organize my lipstick and I stumbled on your blog! Cute blog!

    That's so true about the vicious cycle! I really need to stop buying makeup despite of my humble collection. I like Koren's idea on the lipstick holder, maybe I'll go and try to be crafty myself. hehe :)

  10. Hi Fifi,

    I'm glad you enjoy my blog. Can't wait to see how your organize your lipstick stash :)

  11. hi everyone,
    Always good to organize your makeup so you can make room for more!
    Check out Koren from Encore makeup on a cool way to display and store your brushes, so cute!


  12. Hi Christi,

    Thank you for the tip! That's a neat way to store makeup brushes, for sure :)


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