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.