Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Confessions of a Beauty Addict: When your collection looms before you, growing by leaps and bounds, and you have no self-control to stop it from exploding, that is when you know you are a beauty addict.  I spent tonight going through boxes of products I hadn’t yet organized to come up with a better system than a bunch of cardboard boxes scattered about my living room!  I didn’t include a few things, like my MAC eyeshadow/blush palettes and regular, everyday products since they’re totally strewn all over my bathroom countertop, but there’s only so much one girl can organize in one night!

We all know I use a TV stand/dining cabinet as my main makeup storage, so some of this is old, but I did have to find homes for a whole lotta stuff… which means plenty of new things to see.

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Check out my storage solution to the madness…

Left side of the TV stand: top shelf has perfumes in the back, along with some nail polishes, and then a silverware drawer filled with pigments and beauty powders; second shelf has a plastic tray from Ikea that holds non-MAC, but high-end products (Dior, Chanel, etc.) as well as two boxes (also from Ikea) that hold anti-aging/eye creams and high-end body creams.

Right side of TV stand: top shelf contains two silverware drawers filled with MAC pigments, eyeshadows, quads, blushes, and lashes; second shelf contains a silverware drawer with MAC cream-based products (fluidlines, CCBs, paint pots), some loose powders, and mascaras, while the plastic tray holds more high-end non-MAC; and the bottom shelf contains two boxes (from Ikea) that contain all my lower end body creams and cleansers.

Hall closet: both photos show products I’ve tried, have yet to try, or tried and didn’t love.  There’s also a big box o’ brand new MAC.  This is the “beauty blogger’s” closet, for sure!

When it’s all laid out together…

Two silverware drawers filled with beauty powders, pigments, and pre-made quads/palettes.

Two more silverware drawers filled with more powders, paint pots, fluidlines, etc., potted eyeshadows, blushes, and lashes.  I have a lot of depotting to do some night!

Top left square container has my high-end body creams; second top left container holds my foot/underarm products (ha!), and the top right rectangular container holds products I’ve tried that have no homes. The big square container on the bottom is all MAC products are potential contest prizes if I manage to resist digging into them!  The right bottom square container holds a bunch of random balms and glosses.

Bottom left box containers products I need to try, as does the lovely box next to it!  The middle right rectangular container holds products for traveling (a bunch of Aveda stuff!).  This picture pretty much shows what I will be testing and reviewing later on in the blog for the next month or two.

The top left plastic container houses my high-end non-MAC makeup products (Chanel, Dior, Estee Lauder, Guerlain, Lancome, etc.).  The bottom left rectangular container holds a lot of cleansers/face products.  The bottom right plastic container holds my NARS, Px, extra foundations, and a gaggle of mascaras.

Top left box shows more giveaway products, while the rectangular box below it houses a lot of anti-aging/cream products.  The bottom left box containers my lower end body creams (like B&BW).  The boxes on the right contain products I will be playing with soon.

As you can see, I am really trying to expand what it is reviewed on the blog by having so many different brands and types of products represented in my to-try boxes.  I want to be able to make cross-brand comparisons, as well as operate a blog that gives people product ideas that aren’t just high end.  I have been working to increase the amount of drugstore brands that I try to better represent the entire price spectrum on the blog!

Storage products:

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81 thoughts on “Storage – Confessions of a Beauty Addict

  1. Camilla

    wow!!! you can open a drugstore! i cant even imagine having that much beauty products, i would spend all day just lookin at them and tryin them one by one, any time i buy a new eyeshadow or lipgloss i keep trying it, then washing off and trying it again so with your collection i wouldnt even leave my room! my collection is really small compared to yours but its getting bigger last time so maybe in 10 years i will have a half of what you got lol congratulations for keeping it in order i mean all in boxes cause i would probably have amazing mess and would forget what i even got beetween all those products!!

  2. WOW! Who needs to shop in stores??! I’ll just shop in your closet! LOL

  3. Nell

    Thank you, I love nothing more, than peeking at other people´s beauty stashes!
    As for the unopened MAC products as contest prizes – fabulous idea!!!!
    (please let international readers participate, too)

  4. n.fiona

    O DEAR GOD.

    my jaw dropped. i was gawking!! I LOVE IT!. christine did you use just regular shoe boxes? if there was an earthqauke and i was trapped in your room – i would be sooo satisfied – id keep myself busy and play with your collection lol.

  5. Cosmetics porn! I love it :)

    I really need to go out & find some of the silverware drawers for my pigments, I see alot of people who use those. Looks like you are doing a great job of organizing the mass amount of products you own!! I give you props :)

  6. Crystal

    Holy!!!! haha i thought i was bad… you must have a blast trying all that stuff out!

  7. Brooke

    oh my damn. i’m coming over.

  8. Jade

    Wow! So many lovely colours! Two question though, Is all of that make up still ok by the sell by date?! lol And secondly, Honestly, How much of it do you actually wear :P

  9. Okay you just made me feel better about my stuff. I was organizing last night and I felt bad. Now, I feel normal again.

    Nothing like shopping in your own collection.

  10. Pia

    That’s gotta be a hard work putting things in order. congrats! Now what time should I come over?

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    I loved looking at your stash – mine is pretty big too – it’s a sickness…lol…

  12. Holy…crap…I’m bookmarking this post so that when my friends/family complain about all the products I acquire, I can show them how small my stash is in comparison! So jealous!

  13. Tekoa

    *falls over* I have this odd impulse to say “I love you. Make me your minion.”

    No I’m not quite sure what that means…

  14. Oh my, this is amazing. I love watching youtube collections of people’s make up. Makes me feel better about the amount I own as well as at the same time wishing I had a bigger collection!

  15. woo hoo!! girllllllllllllllllll
    ur closet is like girlporn! lol
    i said to my bf i’m like duuude MAKEUPS MAKEUPS! lol
    yay on contest prizes ! I wanna win some loot!

  16. Tanya

    deep sigh…I sooooo want to be your new best friend :) We can have slumber parties, eat vegan cupcakes and you can do my make-up and then when you get bored you can just tell me to help myself to whatever misc make-up you no longer want/need…what a nice dream :) LOL

  17. victoria_m

    omg i asm not the only one with all this makeup lol thats a relief :)

  18. claudia

    You’re my idol, role model and worst influence all rolled into one.

  19. eliza

    You are my hero.
    You have just answered aquestion I have asking myself for quite some time…”How in the @#*& am I going to store all of this stuff?”

    “Hello, my name is Eliza and I am a make up addict”…..

  20. Tracey

    Wowwww… I wanna grow up to be just like you!

  21. mjr

    hey…at least it’s organized…

  22. tricia

    oh my gosh, ohhh my gosh i want to be your best friend, be like you, come over to have makeovers, everything. this is super out this world, and i so love it. do u have liquidation sales, or have u considered one? can i place my order fab n flashy, goin bananas, romping. i think i saw them in the 5th pic.

  23. Aiyayay! I loved ogling at all the photos….that’s a GOOD collection Christine. On an average, how many of those products do you use everyday? How do you decide what skincare/body products you will need?
    Annnnd the biggest question – do you have to rummage through a lot of boxes – doesn’t that take time though?
    Loooove yr collection! I’m going to bookmark this page and show it to my husband – huh! He thinks I’m (emphasis) addicted!

    • lol! Honestly, I don’t use that many on an every day basis – a lot of these are for the blog so I can test and review, share results with all of you :)

  24. claudine

    love the pics hehe
    i got most of my stuff in my living room now too my bathroom is to small lol

  25. oh man.. you make me feel like robbing your beauty closet! hehe

  26. Zainy

    OH MY GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGOD!!!!!!!!1

    MY JAW IS CUT AND NOW ON FLOOR!!!!!I CANT BLEIVE ON MY EYS WOT I JUST SAW IN UR FU….. SHELVES OR WOTEVA!!!!!!

    i JUST PRAY SOON TO BE LIKE U ”MAKEUP FREAK”

    Luv
    Zzainy.

  27. HAHA i see he/she buys lush. Their products are really awesome :]!! Very natural and very little chemicals.

  28. misstee

    AAAAAAGHHHHHHHH! *hold breath for 60 secs

    God pls help me!
    Maybe you should do some make up charity give away, I’d come, I’D COOOME.

    I could just stare all day at the pics and feel complete. Yeah, I’m that sad.. lol..

    That’s sickness and I envy you so much for having it!

  29. Lish

    Christine YOU ROCK! where were u doing all of those slumber parties???..GIRLS WE OUT TO CHRISTINE’S HOUSE!!!

  30. Ana

    This is awsome!!! I don’t know if this is a nice thing to say, but I really like to peek on other people’s makeup stash! On one hand I’m happy my stash hasn’t taken over my apartment but on the other I’m sooooo jealous!!! I couldn’t agree more with Tanya! Count me in on your slumber party. Tough it is a long way from Portugal, it is realy a sacrifice I’m willing to make!

    Congratulations!

  31. Sash

    HOLY F**K! OMG, u are an addict! LOL

    OMG, Christine! I’ve never seen all that beauty product belonging to just one person! HOLY SHIT!

    You must have spent like MILLIONS already! LOL

    Honestly, Christine! I’m coming over! And if you miss a few products when i’m gone, then you’ll know that IT’S ME!

    DAMNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN, CHRISTINE! I just can’t get over this, I’m startled! WOWWWWWWWWWW *stares in envy* LOLLLLLLLLLL hahaha. THAT’S A LOT OF BEAUTY PRODUCTS HOMEY! O_O

  32. sidra

    Woooooooooooooo my O my is that all yours. I’m so happy and exited to see this huge collection. i want the stuff like this really .lovly soooooooo lovly

  33. Ava

    Let’s go to Christine’s for makeovers ! Now that would be fun. ***

  34. Sasha

    That’s a collection to be proud of!

    Where did you get that lovely tv stand/dining table? I never considered using a piece of furniture like that as a vanity/storage area; great idea =) And, I love the cute mirror!

  35. Jen

    I love, love seeing people’s collection like this! Its something I can show my boyfriend and say, “See, I’m not the only one.” :D

  36. Chynna

    My makeup drawer’s DWARFED by your stash. I’m wondering, how did you afford all this?

  37. Chrissy

    So.. if you ever need someone to help take some products off your hands, I’d be more than willing to help you out ;)

  38. Leea

    I also use the white box thingsies from IKEA in the picture 3rd down. They’re really useful to store like hair products, lotion bottles and just.. everything in :))
    I plan on making a proper vanity when i move this summer! I want a big mirror with good lighting, which i think is a must.
    I love your collection, it’s quite impressive :D

  39. kristi

    hey,
    i see you have a blog, i would love to check it out, if you dont mind. by the way, do you have a youtube channel? love your collection and how you organized it!