How I Organized My Nail Polish, Part 2


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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5-Minute Makeup: Easy Neutrals

5-Minute Makeup:  Easy Neutrals

Yeah, yeah!  Another neutral look!  What of it? :)  No, but seriously, I had some furious lip swatching to do today, and I always want to have some makeup on but nothing that would skew the lip color, so I tend to lean on the neutral side.  This is a great quick neutral look that works for most occasions.

What’s the best part about your Tuesday so far? For me, it was playing around with some NARS blushes… which are gorgeous!

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Dazzlelight eyeshadow on the inner half of the lid. Apply Soba eyeshadow on the outer half of the lid, then lightly blend Wedge eyeshadow in the outer crease and very outer edge of the lid with the 226. Blend Grain eyeshadow with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone . Bring everything together by applying Underground liner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Plushlash mascara.

For cheeks, apply Oasis blush on the apples of the cheeks and smooth with fingertips.

For lips, apply Oasis lipgloss for a complementing lip.

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Video Makeup Tutorial: Stream of Consciousness

Video Makeup Tutorial: Stream of Consciousness

This is a tutorial, but it’s also more about me going through the process of using just two eyeshadows, not loving the result, and trying to work it into something I did like.  Not everything always turns out according to what we envision, and sometimes, it may not even be perfect at the end, but each time we do something, it’s just part of the learning process!

You will need the following…

Chanel Les Contrastes de Chanel Collection for Fall 2010

Chanel Fall 2010 Collection

Chanel Les Contrastes de Chanel Collection for Fall 2010

Coco Chanel’s iconic style was a study in contrasts. She boldly mixed black and white, masculine and feminine, classic and modern. Paying tribute to her unique vision, Peter Philips, Global Creative Director of CHANEL Makeup, has created a makeup collection for Fall 2010 that brings bold emphasis to the eyes, and keeps lips soft and delicate.

  • Edited (6/21):  Now with high res images! :)

Les 4 Ombres / Quadra Eye Shadow ($56.00)

  • Enigma Shimmering peach, chocolate grey, violet grey, deep plum

Joues Contraste / Powder Blush ($42.00)

  • Pink Explosion Shimmer pink (Limited Edition)
  • Rose Temptation Shimmer rosewood (Limited Edition)
  • Plum Attraction Shimmer plum (Limited Edition)

Le Vernis / Nail Colour ($23.00)

  • Paradoxal Grey violet

Ombre Essentielle / Soft Touch Eyeshadow ($28.50)

  • Taupe Grise Chocolate grey
  • Vert Khaki Khaki

Le Crayon Khol / Intense Eye Pencil ($27.00)

  • Clair Beige

Stylo Yeux Waterproof / Long-lasting Eyeliner ($28.00)

  • Cassis Plum

Rouge Coco / Hydrating Creme Lip Colour ($30.00)

  • Chintz Peach rose
  • Rose Dentelle Rose pink
  • Chalys Luminous coral

Levres Scintillantes / Glossimer ($27.00)

  • Petite Peche Pale peach
  • Coral Love Coral shimmer
  • Rose Dilemma Soft pink
  • Pink Teaser Vivid pink

Availability: July 2010

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