8/24/2012

My Stash

HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE YOUR MAKEUP?

WHAT DO YOU KEEP YOUR MAKEUP IN??

SHOW US WHERE YOU PUT YOUR STUFF.

I've got variations of this message about 9000 times since starting this site, so I am finally going to show y'all.  I will admit that I feel mildly shamed showing this, since my setup is probably the most expensive thing I've ever bought for myself, and it was a 100% selfish purchase, since I keep it in my bedroom where nobody ever sees it, and it is only for me and nobody better get their stinking fingerprints on it.

Welcome to Natalie's Folly.


I grew up with 3 sisters, so when we were younger, we all had vanities in our rooms so we wouldn't dismember each other in the morning fighting over the bathroom.  I'd wash myself, and get the hell out of the bathroom and do all my girly stuff in my bedroom.  When I got a place of my own, I tried getting ready and doing my makeup in the bathroom, but it just didn't work for me.  I needed a table to steady my elbows on when I do eyeliner, and I like sitting when I am spending a lot of time setting my hair or something.  I got a light-up makeup mirror, and for a while I kept it in my desk and did my makeup there, but I really, really wanted a vanity.  When we bought our house a couple years ago, I saved up my money and finally bought one, since I'm not planning on moving again until I am dead or something terrible happens.

I searched the far corners of the earth until I found one that had all the storage I wanted, and a big mirror, looked sweet, and was a heavy duty piece of real furniture that I wouldn't have to replace.  SO YEAH.  My vanity.  I like it pretty well, and it keeps all my stuff in one place, and it makes me feel like a classy lady when I am getting ready in the morning.  I said I felt guilty about it, but I use it every single day, so I don't feel like it was a waste.  

Let's pop this fucker open.
So, I got that mirror that lifts up, and a compartment with no lid, then a second compartment with a lid.  I keep all my makeup in the lidded compartment, and my odd sized stuff in the area without a lid, since big stuff will keep that black door from closing all the way.

Look at all the bullshit in my vanity.
First off, I keep my hairpins in that jar.  It's just a regular cottonball/Q-tip jar from Target.  I got it a long time ago, then I commandeered it when I bought my vanity and saw that it matched.  The top pic of the inside of the vanity shows where I keep my big powder containers and my eyeshadow palettes.  The bottom two pics are just halves of the same compartment area.  The area closest to the hinges has my primers and concealers and foundations, and the compartment closer to the bench has my blushes and highlighters and eyeshadows and pencils and lipglosses.  I will admit that I have an embarrassment of Primer Potions, but they had the old packaging Primer Potions on clearance in a pack with plain, gold, and rosy-shimmery flavors for $20.  For all three!  That shit was a good deal.  I was gonna link y'all to it, but it seems like they're all sold out.

There are also some drawers in this cocksucker.
The left side has two drawers...  The top one has my lipsticks and mascaras (and a lighter, I guess.)  The left bottom has all my hair claws and headbands and stuff.  The drawer on the right is a double-decker one, so it is as wide and long as the others, but twice as deep.  I keep all my round brushes and my hand mirror and all that kind of stuff in there.  Next to my vanity is that cube thing with the boxes from Target, and that's where I keep my hairspray and stuff, and my hair appliances, and where I store extra bathroom stuff since the bathroom has hardly any storage at all.  The black case on top of the cube thing is where I keep my jewelry.  SO THAT'S THAT!

I refer to this area as Natalie's Folly because, while it is lovely and completely functional, it is a massive pain in the ass.  When I bought it, it didn't occur to me that a mirrored piece of furniture would be impossible to keep clean, even if I didn't do messy stuff at it every day.  So I sit there and spray stuff and use powdery stuff, and it just makes the biggest mess in the world and sprays dry on it, and it takes a whole bottle of Windex and a roll of paper towels to clean it.  OH, and Nona likes to lick stuff that is shiny, so she will come up and lick the vanity all the time, which completely chaps my ass.  It is always either covered in dried hairspray or foundation smudges or dried spit lick marks.

The inner compartment with the lid is lined with flocked material, which is also always trying to be filthy.  The bench matches the vanity, but I have to keep it covered with that old scarf from Urban Outfitters because the seat is upholstered in white woven fabric.  It was basically begging for me to ruin it.  

There you have it!  That is where I keep my stuff, and where I get ready in the morning.  It does the job, even though it is a pain to keep clean.

43 comments:

  1. I don't envy the Windexing, but I do envy having a such a cool space to do all your beauty junk. I find myself trying to constantly pare down my makeup routine so that everything I love will fit into the teeny tiny drawer I've allotted myself in the bathroom!

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  2. Our set-ups are nearly identical, only I've got so much crap piled up on mine that I can never close the mirrored part.
    TIP: On cleaning the glass/mirrors. Try using newspaper (or those mailer ads for stores/markets and stuff that always come in the mail) instead of paper towels. It's totally streak-free and doesn't leave little bits of white fuzz like the towels do (also it's free!) It's seems weird and awkward, but once the paper is kinda wet w/ the Windex it will be easier.

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    1. i used to work at the body shop, and they had us clean glass with newspaper, and i have ptsd from it now. no streaks or fuzz, but it's still not fun at all.

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    2. Coffee filters work just as well! And you won't have to relive the trauma of the newspapers.

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    3. I use coffee filters as well for "light cleaning" but I straight up use microfiber cloths and dawn dish soap to scrub the hairspray and foundation crap that manages to get caked on to my mirror. After that, I do a quick wipedown with windex (to get rid of streaks) with a coffee filter - the budget dollar store kind. Cheap and cheerful fix.

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    4. I used to work at the body shop too, and also have cleaning-related trauma! Also, holiday decorating PTSD.

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  3. Oooh that is so lovely! but indeed mirrors are hard to keep clean!

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  4. I have some serious vanity envy now! Sitting on the floor in front of the closet mirror no longer seems acceptable...

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    1. Haha, that's my set-up too! :(

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  5. It...is...GLORIOUS. Dear god who made this monstrosity? I need it.

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  6. I think this is the Horchow Claudia vanity (and, presumably, the bench also), as it was already on my Amazon wishlist (using that thing where you can mark stuff from other websites): http://bit.ly/QbrgbG

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    1. yah, that's it. i got mine a couple years ago... it seems like they jacked the price up on it, and i got mine at 20% off the old price. i definitely did not pay that much for it hahaha.

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  7. I want a vanity so badly, but it's not gonna happen until we get a house and I can start coordinating rooms and decorating properly.

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  8. Wow! I love all the storage space in that vanity!! I have an old vanity from my grandmother-in-law that I really like, but it doesn't have near as much storage as yours! Plus I tend to fill the drawers with all kinds of crap that I don't want to look at instead of storing makeup and shit in them. I'm the kind that once I put it in a drawer, I totally forget it's there and it never gets used. I keep a travel makeup case on my vanity and just keep everything in there. It's not attractive at all, but it's all ready when I go on vacation! :o)

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  9. love your space! i have entirely too much makeup my sister got me a storage box people use for crafting supplies and i have it completely full
    and i love it i keep the products i use every day in the top section along with my eye shadows... before i had a train case for most of my makeup from sephora then a box for just my lip stuff
    love this sucker.. not a fancy pants as yours but on a budget this thing rocks
    http://www.amazon.com/Creative-Options-Sewing-Storage-Organizer/dp/B000XAJMLU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345858108&sr=8-1&keywords=creative+options+storage
    (sorry i dont know how to do a fancy link)

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    1. and wow i really should have proofread that before posting i look so dumb

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  10. I love how you are so organized! All of my stuff is either shoved in a drawer all mis-matched or randomly left on accident around the house. (That sounds weird, but we have two bathrooms and I move my stuff between them so some of it gets left around when I'm getting ready for work.)

    I have to ask you though: do you keep this set-up in an office or den, or in the bedroom?

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    1. this is set up in my bedroom, in the corner with my closet/dresser. it's like my little getting-ready area. i used to just keep my stuff in a train case and get done up at my desk w/a light up makeup mirror before i got a vanity.

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  11. It doesn't have the storage, but I made myself a perfectly good little vanity out of an Ikea wall shelf. I got this http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00168730/
    and this
    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50168704/
    and a cheap but cute little chair, and it takes up almost no space.

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  12. Oh fuck balls. This is where I imagine a grown ass woman like Jolene Jolene Jolene gets ready to take my man just because she can. I need to step up my game.

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  13. man i wish i could fit a vanity in my tiny ass apartment. :c i need to find somewhere to get ready that isn't on my futon.

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  14. I want that table SO BAD. Windexing and all!

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  15. Nice to see your set-up! That too organized, separate drawers for lipsticks and separate ones for hair accessories,all things at the right place. The attached mirror is wonderful.I'm looking forward for such set-up to store my make up stuff especially my hair extensions. Thanks for reminding.
    buy human hair extensions

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  16. Before my boyfriend moved in with me, I had some busted vintage furniture that I got off Cheapcycle and intended to refinish. (LOL!) So I had a vanity with a big, round mirror and four drawers for all my shit. We had a yard sale last summer and got rid of it. Now all my makeup is in a Caboodle I've had since 1994, and I have to sit on the floor and do my makeup in front of a standup mirror from Big Lots.

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  17. I would expect nothing less!

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  18. Okay, so I know this post was about the vanity and stuff in it. I know this, but I completely lost my shit over your walls and anything afterward had NO chance of being retained. I LOVE THE SHIT OUTTA THAT PAINT.

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    1. i forget the name of the paint, but i will recommend that you do not paint a room this color (at least not the room you do your makeup in, or do a lot of entertaining/taking pictures) because this color green will reflect on your face and make you look very sick. i noticed this, then read an article in some designy thing that said the same, but it was tooooooo late. looks good until there are people in the pic as well, then they look like they are going to die of the plague or something.

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    2. Oh yeah, I bet. I work with greenscreens sometimes and that shit is not cute. On the plus side, I'm a hermit and bathroom-makeup-doer.

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  19. This is incredible. Thanks for posting your vanity setup, Natalie. The vanity is gorgeous.

    I am 33 years old and having moved 16 times in the last 15 years, I am tired as hell of moving, and someday I dream of my future house complete with nice furniture. I'm going to spend maybe another 4 years working in remote Alaska so hopefully after that's done I can settle down somewhere and not have to keep uprooting and moving.

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  20. Maybe you could use one of those primers that sticks to everything, and paint the whole thing a glossy black or something! It seems like a shame to cover up those mirrors, but if it annoys you every day, it's just not worth it!

    This is impressive. My makeup stash is just stuffed into various Clinique bonus-time bags. And everything is covered in eyeliner-eyeshadow-foundation goo. :(

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  21. Wow! How organized. I sooo want a vanity now . . .not that I have room in my bedroom for one. My makeup is randomly thrown into two wicker baskets in a cabinet in my bathroom. Baskets which seem to be a family catch all so there may be toys, first aid supplies, sample size hair products, jewelry, hair accessories, and random male grooming products (I have three sons)mixed in at any given time. I can always find things but it is a pain.

    In other news, my bathroom is painted a nearly exact shade of green and I get ready in there . . .I never thought about how the reflection would make my skin look, but that explains a lot.

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  22. if you use newspaper and windex instead of paper towels it might make cleaning it a little easier.

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  23. I have to say, I'm LOVING these comments. You guys are creative as balls with the make up stations. If balls were creative that is. . .

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  25. Hey y'all, the Urban Decay primer set that Natalie mentions here is back on Sephora for sale at $22! She's right, it's a super deal.

    Go Here!

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  26. I'm pretty sure none of you actually have PTSD. Rad vanity though.

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  27. So awesome. I wish I had room for something like this in my apartment.

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  28. ::::raises hand because she has PTSD for real and spends lots of money on meds and shrinks and therapists and therefore can't afford even a Sauder vanity and listen to her mouth run::::

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  29. To clean your vanity glass: NORWEX. Really quick clean with their basic 2-pack--1 'enviro' cloth + 1 window cloth. A friend of mine cleans all her exterior windows in only like 10 minutes! I'm a professional window cleaner with hundreds of dollars in other glass-cleaning equipment and I haven't found another user-friendly product like Norwex.

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  30. So how do you like all-nighter. I have it and am completely sold (I went through a little sample bottle of it first).

    But I'd like to hear if maybe I've just convinced myself it's great from someone else.

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  31. Awesome! I have a mirrored coffee table and I find Dettol Disinfectant to be the best glass cleaner. Mental, right?
    But it works awesomely! No streaks either. Nona sounds like SUCH an awesome kid, when I have kids I think I'll be a lot like you are :) (Seeing as how I'm a lot like you are now...) LOL!

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  32. That's a sweet setup! I'm so glad you spoiled yourself right! =)

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  33. Woah this is awesome!My makeup is just stacked on shelves in the bathroom. :(

    http://LifeAsKatarina.blogspot.com.au

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