Hi guys, I hope you are well. Are you a makeup freak? Do you buy a lot of makeup?
In this post today, I will be talking about cosmetic organizing. It will include:
- My relationship with makeup
- Pictures & details of cosmetic organizers
- 5 beauty essentials for every girl
- 3 cosmetic hygiene tips
- Inspirations for you
Retail therapy is real. The happiness I feel after buying that perfect shade of lipstick cheers me up more than anything else.
The part that I really enjoy at the end of a hard day is comfortably sitting on my couch and applying my favorite shade of nail paint. It just gives me that quick happiness boost and lifts up my spirits. That is probably why I actually enjoy sorting out my dressing table. There is a tremendous thrill of purchasing just that coral lipstick shade or that emerald green eyeliner I had been eyeing for a while.
I even spray some perfume and apply lipstick before I get into bed. I like to think I get sweeter dreams that way.
My dressing table in Islamabad
Till university, I was the biggest tomboy in town so none of this really mattered to me. In fact, I used to be scared of mascaras and scream out loud if my sister tried to apply it on my lashes for a party. My idea of getting ready was to wash my face and dash out. Now I wouldn’t dare wash all that makeup off my face before going to a party.
When I was in university, I got my first dressing table after Nataliya got married. I was happy to have been donated her mirror and table with drawers where I could keep my newly bought cosmetics. My dad loved to see his girls decked up. So every time he had a trip abroad from the airline or Air-force, he would bring us loads of nail polishes, eye makeup palettes and eyeliners. His choice was the best and he got me the highest quality cosmetics that I ever owned. My friends would be surprised when I replied where I got them from as most fathers are not interested in such details.
Following is a picture of a cosmetic organizer I got as a birthday gift from mama. It has different sections for keeping pencils, lipsticks and other such items.
Makeup organizer on my dressing table in Islamabad
Makeup organizers like mine are available in the market in different styles as shown below. This is an excellent way to keep your cosmetics organized yet easy to access.
My dressing table drawer in my room in Islamabad
As shown in the picture above, chocolate boxes make great drawer organizers.
The key is to keep similar items together in a container.
I use a glass flower vase and a Ferrero Rocher chocolate box for my nail polishes. An antique silver container for cotton wool and an accessory hanger for the hair bands.
My dressing table top
Nailpaint while working
I spent two years at Davenport Black Limited as a Loan Executive. It was a typical office job where I was at my desk from 8 AM to 6 PM Mondays to Fridays (and some voluntary Saturdays too). It is true that such jobs can become really boring and one has to find ways to motivate one’s self in order to keep your head into it. Because its the Finance sector, one has to stick to the script and cannot change it around. Saying the same things to a million customers over and over again can play strange games with your mind. I remember hearing myself telling my customers the interest rates, lender details and policies even when I was in the shower, trying to sleep or even in my sleep talk.
Those endless beeps, tones, and voicemail messages can drive one up the wall. Numerous colleagues resigned as they just couldn’t bear hearing the phone beeps and same things over and over again, every single day. I was actually the only person throughout those two years who managed to survive. All other colleagues had either been fired or they decided to get a life.
Like everyone else, I had a locker and chest of drawer in my office. My locker had chocolates, soup, Cappuccino, and Nesquik, candies, marshmallows and squash bottle in there. I also kept my nail-paint pouch, nail polish remover wipes and file in my drawer. Our bosses knew that we had terribly tough targets and how tough our jobs are, so a little bit of entertainment didn’t do them any harm.
I quickly fixed my younger sister’s cosmetics
While being busy on the phones, we used to change our nail color in the office. I knew I didn’t have a minute for this once I got home so this was the only place I could make my nails look presentable. Once Silky Kohli, my best friend and I were testing out our oil reducing papers when our boss Joe walked up to us while talking to his customer (on the phone).
He took a few oil control strips and started dabbing them on his scalp and showing us how much oil there was. And we both started making gestures that meant ‘ew! you’re disgusting’. It was a little funny as this happened during our serious financial conversations with our individual customers. My colleagues from the whole office used to come to me for nail colors (and chocolates) to keep themselves motivated and entertained at work.
Makeup bag organizer
In order to keep cosmetics properly, one needs to have some makeup bags, pouches and makeup cases. This is a picture of a compartmentalized make up organizer that my sister gifted me years ago. It can be hung or folded and is comprised of different sections. If you get a deal on such a bag, don’t miss it. These are amazing and make the best gifts to a loved one too. Mini versions of this are also available in the market which are perfect for traveling. Check out my Travel Kits post on Organizing Chaos series.
My make up organizer along with a bag for extras
Here is a picture of a cosmetic case, which I was gifted years ago. It has elastic on the sides so one can easily make their pencils, manicure markers and brushes stand. In the middle, you can place any of your cosmetics as you like. I used sealable bags to separate similar items.
My extra make up pouch
This was an extra bag with the eyeshadows that I rarely used. So I decided to keep them in a separate bag altogether so they don’t confuse me in my daily makeup routine.
Beauty essentials for every girl
1. Cotton Balls
For removing Nail polish and applying rosewater/cleanser on the face.
2. Cotton Buds/Cutips
For cleaning ears, make up quick fix, removing eye makeup near eyes
– Hairband – To keep your hair away while you wash your face or apply a face mask
– Teasing comb – for backcombing on special occasions
– Hairpins, rubber bands, safety pins, a pair of scissors, nail file & nail cutter
– Johnson’s baby wipes – removing makeup including mascara, cleansing face/hands/body
– Easy wax strips – I normally avoid parlors and believe in DIY.
– Shine control paper strips – Just dab it on your face so the oily shine disappears
– Nail polish removing wipes – Great for on-the-go or traveling. Lightweight, easy application.
4. Skincare Essentials
– Rose water – as a cleanser, toner, a moisturizer, make up remover & eye refresher
– Ubtan – Mixed with Rosewater, it is the best face mask
– Sandalwood powder – A herbal face mask which does wonders on the skin
5. Haircare Essentials
– Leave-in conditioner – Works wonders on wet hair (Pantene or Loreal recommended)
– Hairspray – Hairstyling is impossible without it
– Coconut oil – Hair conditioner, moisturizer & lip balm
– Almond oil – Hair conditioner and skin softener
– Shine Serum – For those bad hair days (Livon recommended)
– Dry shampoo – for days when you don’t have time to actually wash your hair
The shelf in my dressing table
1. Clean hairbrush
Finding hair in a girls hair brush can give a terrible impression of her hygiene.
In order to avoid this, we must keep a bin right next to the table so every time we finish brushing our hair, we can clean our brush immediately. It actually doesn’t take more than 10 seconds but would make our housemates and our lives a lot more pleasant. In case you really can’t clean it every time you use the brush, make sure you clean it properly at least once every two weeks.
2. Clean makeup brushes
For concealer and foundation brushes, experts suggest washing them at least once a week (if you apply makeup every day) to prevent a buildup of product.
As these brushes are used on our faces, the cleaner, the better.
Brushes that are used around the eyes should be cleaned at least twice a month, while all others can be washed once a month. I simply use them by dipping them in warm water in a mug with some shampoo or dishwashing liquid.
3. Wash all makeup off before bedtime
It is vital for you to wash off all traces of makeup before going to sleep. The commercial makeup we cover up our faces with contains harmful chemicals which shouldn’t be left on the skin to absorb overnight. Our face must all be cleansed and moisturized before going to sleep.
Inspirations from ‘Pinterest’
1. Nailpolish organizers
One could use a bathroom organizing shelf to keep nail polishes or get one made especially for them. I find the concept really cute.
2. Nailpolish labels
Following is an idea that inspired me a lot but I haven’t yet been able to put it into action. Basically, one uses a punch on stickers and sticks the little circles on the top of each nail polish with its color painted on the circle. This makes it easy for us to pick up the color we want.
3. Key organization
Just a little tip is to use different nail polishes to identify different keys in your house.
5. Makeup organizers
Following are two more interesting ideas. The left one is an ordinary hanging organizer which has been efficiently used for makeup. The one on the right is basically sticking magnetic strips behind cosmetic items and letting them attach to a magnetic board. Looks great but honestly, I wouldn’t invest so much time in trying to make that.
6. Makeup brush organization
Following is an inspiration for storing our brushes. I love how they look here. But my only concern is dust. I wouldn’t want to rub all the dust that they accumulate, all over my face. In case you have space to put this arrangement inside a dust-proof shelf, its perfect.
7. DIY Cosmetic stand
Following is a DIY cosmetic stand which looks quite pretty.
My favorite Make up organizing blog:
Here is a link to PMP Mom’s Watches & Makeup organization article.
I hope this can inspire you girls in some way. If any of you are actually inspired to do up your cosmetics, my message would be to please check if there is anything on your dressing table that has been unused in a year. If so, please give it away for charity. There are so many beautiful women out there, who love to deck up especially on Eid but can’t afford even a single lipstick. Giving away what we don’t use is the least we can do for them in the way of Allah for His countless blessings on us. Best of luck with your dressing tables.
P.S. I’m absolutely loving the response on my blog so far. Your sweet comments and messages encourage me to write even on those off days. Lots of love. Keep smiling.