Hello my lovely ladies (and lovely gentlemen), I hope we are all doing well. Welcome to week one of #simplify with Cheri! I thought I’d start out with something quite easy to tackle – makeup! Sure, not every girl is a makeup hoarder and/or fanatic, but all can admit that a little mascara and lipstick can go a long way in not only improving your appearance, but boosting your confidence!
Pictured above is my makeup collection..To some of you, it may be far smaller than your collection, to others this may be the mother load. My philosophy is simple, have as much as you will use. I know there are so many beauty guru’s who have cabinets in their bedrooms filled with thousands and thousands worth of high end makeup. Sure, collecting is nice…but what do you plan to do with makeup enough for a hundred faces? Also, on the topic of high end makeup – if you can afford it, I think it’s wonderful. But you don’t need to go out and spend hundreds to have a nice every day makeup collection. Mind you, I’m a college student with a bank the size of a piggy, and I get by just fine. Occasionally I will treat myself (usually when I have a gift card to Sephora or Nordstorm), but not often. I love a mix of both drug store and high-end because I believe they both have amazing products to offer. Anyways, enough rambling – let’s get to organizing!
Part one: Lip products. This is my lip product collection. I divided all of it into three parts. Starting from the top left: most used – these are products I seem to reach for the most (on the daily). Middle bottom: Products I used every few weeks – these are old lip glosses and lipstick I used to be obsessed with, but I’m now phasing out of. And finally in the top right: My ‘once in a while’ products. – things I pull out randomly on days that I have more time to get ready.
Just for fun, I’ll show you two products I reach for the most – #1 No7’s Stay Perfect lipstick in Nude (10). It’s quite creamy and perfect to throw on and go.
And #2 – NYX’s Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee
I’m going to organize all my products in this simple and clean all purpose organizer (I think my mom got this for me at big lots or target, a lot of stores carry organizers like this these days). In the big section goes my most reached for products. The next pile will be organized in the front. And for the products I’m not using at all this month, I’ll put at the back of the organizer. You can choose to put it away completely so that it doesn’t clutter your organization, but I like to leave them out to remind me that I should use them more often instead of forgetting about them.
Part Two: Brushes. Brushes are a hit or a miss, depending entirely on the individual. Everyone wants their makeup to look a certain way, and sometimes you don’t like the finish a brush gives you. It happens, but be mindful of this when purchasing expensive brushes. I’d suggest you ask the girls at the makeup counter to try the brush on your face before purchasing so you know exactly what you are investing in. Naturally, I also have brushes that don’t seem to tickle my fancy anymore. And as you can see below, I store them away in a little vase (ikea) to keep them organized and to not damage the bristles.
Part Three: Everything else…And for my favorite part, my main makeup organizer. Everyone likes to store their everyday makeup differently. Some like to keep it in a big makeup bag, but although that’s the easiest route to take, it’s also the messiest. Simply because you toss a product in and sometimes it opens, or cracks, or spills on everything else in the bag… Trust me, I know from experience. I stumbled across this organizer one day, it ran for about $13 at the container store. It’s simple and in my opinion it’s quite chic. I’ve seperated it by parts of my face. The largest section holds my brushes, the section next to it contains all priming products and concealer, the top section holds all things – lashes, the bottom carries all my daily eye shadows and the middle 3 seem to be random things that I used daily.
Part Four: Excess makeup. Pictured above is all the makeup I either am not using right now or that is out of season. For example, my cream blushes I use for the summer, super bright eye shadows, or anything that I’m not planning to use during the fall season. I threw away random products I haven’t used in months, and everything else I wanted to keep had to fit in this bag. If it didn’t, I had to reevaluate and chuck a few more things. Unless you plan to collect, this keeps your excess makeup to a minimum.
Part Five: A Makeup Bag. First off, please excuse my disgustingly messy bag..haha. It used to serve as my everyday makeup storage, you can image how that turned out. But yes, I will do a thorough cleaning soon. Second, I think everyone needs a versatile makeup bag. I’m not a fan of the big bag, where you just dump everything in it. I found this Betsy Johnson bag at Nordstrom rack, and I adore it. Make sure to buy one that will carry your products securely, because the last thing you want is a flimsy bag that allows space for things to fly around and ultimately break.
So here it is, my final product – an organized makeup table (haha yes! I have a makeup table. Don’t judge me)! I think it looks clean and simple. Thank you for reading, if you read all the way through. I really do hope you enjoyed this first week’s series. Was there anything that stuck out to you? Do you have tips on how else I should organize my makeup? Leave your thoughts in a comment down below, I’d love to start a conversation. Also, if you’d like to see a ‘my favorites’ post, let me know as well. I’ll see you mid-week with a verse and a fun random post. Have a wonderful Sunday, kiddos!