Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010


Organized chaos!

How I Organized My Nail Polish, Part 2

Over the weekend, I decided it was time to re-organize my nail polish stash and put it back to rights! (The last time I did this was almost exactly six months ago!) I’m still using the exact same method: Clear Storage Boxes from The Container Store–shoe box size. (I also use all of the various sizes of the clear storage boxes for *everything*!)  I thought I’d share an update, since I know some of us enjoy a peek into each other’s stashes. :)

The way I started was by pulling bottles from one brand at a time, lined them all up, and then sorted them by color on the floor. After I’ve sorted by brand and color, I put each one (standing up) in the container. Depending on how full the container is, if there is any room for the polishes to slide around, I fold up a piece of bubble wrap and place it along the side.  I also turn some bottles upside down to fit the last few remaining of the brand in the same box, too.  I stack all of the filled containers on top of each other, about eight high (around four feet in height).

For brands that I don’t have too many shades of, then I try to combine them with similar-shaped bottles or brands. Barielle, Dashing Diva, and Duri have very, very similar bottle shapes, so I keep those together. I keep my higher-end polishes like Chanel and Dior together as well. I also keep base, fast drying, and top coats separate (along with other treatment products) in a separate container so I can easily access them as I need to.

I know that a lot of people have found Ikea Helmers to work well for storing nail polish, but I don’t have a good place for them in my apartment, and I don’t really dig the look and feel myself. Maybe one day when I have more room, I’ll be able to find a classier organization system! My dream is to have California Closets re-do a room and give it a freestanding beauty and makeup organization makeover…

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

MAC Eyeshadows

MAC Eyeshadow Palettes: Permanent Eyeshadows (April 2010)

These are all the permanent MAC eyeshadows I have to-date.  Over the past year, I’ve been working on increasing my permanent eyeshadow collection (although I’ve had many from over the years!), because I want to phase out my older limited edition shades from the looks I post on the blog.  There are a few limited edition and discontinued shades in these palettes, but overall, they’re focused on the permanent range.

How I Organize…

  • By color in rainbow order (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Brown, Gray, Black)
  • By undertone — e.g. blue-based purples are separate from red-based purples; cool neutrals from warmer neutrals

I have a tendency to buy PRO shades when I finally get around to visiting one, and so I’ve ended up with a few doubles!  Boy, nothing makes you feel silly like buying the same shade twice!

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Sunday, April 25th, 2010

MAC Eyeshadow Palettes: Limited Edition Eyeshadows (April 2010)

Here’s a round-up post of all of the palettes in one place :)  Please keep in mind that I’ve been buying MAC since 2004 — it’s not like my collection grew overnight!  The journey is there, and there’s a lot of fun to be had in taking that journey!

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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

MAC Eyeshadow Palettes: My Browns, Neutrals, & Grays — Limited Edition

And that brings us to an end!  Nine full palettes, plus four shades in the tenth palette, for a total of 139 limited edition eyeshadows!  I do have several quads, holiday palettes, and the like that I haven’t depotted (and probably won’t).

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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

MAC Eyeshadow Palettes: My Purples — Limited Edition

I never realized I favored purples more than any other color.  I would have thought green/teal.

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Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

MAC Eyeshadow Palettes: My Blues & Teals — Limited Edition

This is kind of a mish-mash of greens, teals, and blues… but I’d say mostly blues.

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