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How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)

01/19

How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
The Container Store Luxe Acrylic Modular System | Read Review
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
The Container Store Luxe Acrylic Modular System | Read Review
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
The Container Store Luxe Acrylic Modular System | Read Review
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
The Container Store Luxe Acrylic Modular System | Read Review
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
The Container Store Luxe Acrylic Modular System | Read Review
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
Muji 5-Drawer / Read Review
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
Muji 5-Drawer / Read Review
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
Muji Acrylic Drawers / Read Review
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
Muji Acrylic Drawers / Read Review
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
Muji Acrylic Drawers / Read Review
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
Muji 5-Drawer / Read Review
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
byAlegory Makeup organizers | Read Review
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
byAlegory Makeup organizers | Read Review
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
byAlegory Makeup organizers | Read Review
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
byAlegory Makeup organizers | Read Review
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
byAlegory Makeup organizers | Read Review
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
byAlegory Makeup organizers | Read Review
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
byAlegory Makeup organizers | Read Review
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
byAlegory Makeup organizers | Read Review
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)
How to Organize Your Makeup Collection + Best Makeup Storage Solutions (2018)

If you’ve started to feel like you’ve reached maximum saturation on makeup, or if your collection has started to overwhelm you, might I suggest diving into organizing your collection to get the most use out of it? A well-organized collection means you’ll be able to find the products you want when you want them, and ideally, you’ll have a much better big picture view of what you have currently. My own collection has evolved from personal to ever-growing to certainly one of the larger collections on the planet (surely, right??), and I’ve learned a lot about makeup organization over the years. Below, you’ll find my tips on how to organize your makeup collection along with the best makeup storage solutions (both vanities/desks, organizers, and more decorative options).

How to Start Organizing Your Makeup Collection

When you start an organization process, it’s important to assess what products you have, how much you expect you may add to your collection over time, where you’ll store everything, how you prefer to access or look for products, what you’ll use to keep everything sorted/organized, and so on.

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5 Ways to Use Temptalia to Save Money on Makeup Products

01/04

5 Ways to Use Temptalia to Save Money on Makeup Products
It starts with registering and creating your own Vanity...
5 Ways to Use Temptalia to Save Money on Makeup Products
Then you'll be able to see dupes you already have in your stash...
5 Ways to Use Temptalia to Save Money on Makeup Products
And be able to see what dupes you own when you're looking up a product for dupes!
5 Ways to Use Temptalia to Save Money on Makeup Products
Check your vanity for dupes when browsing any product’s dupes!
5 Ways to Use Temptalia to Save Money on Makeup Products
5 Ways to Use Temptalia to Save Money on Makeup Products
5 Ways to Use Temptalia to Save Money on Makeup Products
5 Ways to Use Temptalia to Save Money on Makeup Products

While I cover thousands of products each year in the form of reviews, there are also several resources available to everyone to ensure that every purchase is a good purchase for your personal needs. My goal is to help you make better purchasing decisions, whether that’s indulging on a luxury product, getting a cheaper and better alternative, avoiding buying that 18th red lipstick you know you already have, or just cutting through some of the hype behind a product. This post includes five ways to use what Temptalia offers to save money on makeup products, resist temptation of buying a new beauty product, and getting the most out of the beauty products you own.

The Importance of Truth in Reviews | A Reflection of 12 Years


I’ve been reflecting over Temptalia and blogging for the last couple of weeks, as October signifies the anniversary of the blog (12 years now).  I’ve been thinking about where I fit in with the current beauty community, how I interact with brands today compared to a decade ago, and how I’ve been shaped as a person through my experience blogging, building a business, and continuing that business today.

I think that the outcome of my body of work is this sentiment: a commitment to reviews readers can trust and rely on.  I have spent over a decade building trust with my readers and with the larger community; every day is another day where I work to earn that trust over and over again.  I can tell you that it has been worth it, that it continues to be worth it, and I’m successful and happy in what I do and why I do it because of the readers I have.  My readers have rewarded me with their time, loyalty, readership, comments, and support, and they show me time and time again that what I do here is useful to them.

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Thoughts on New Beauty Brands and Authenticity

Flesh Beauty Tender Flesh Blush
Flesh Beauty Tender Flesh Blush

Last week, a new beauty brand–backed by a well-known, major beauty player, Revlon–officially debuted:  Flesh Beauty.  After the brand’s product catalog popped up on Ulta (the brand’s exclusive retailer) a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been thinking on what it means to build a new beauty brand in today’s environment, how it can or should be done, and can it be done authentically.  This is as much me teasing out my own feelings and thoughts on the topic and wanting to see how my readers feel.

Why do beauty brands resist diversifying their shade ranges? (Updated 1/18)

Tarte Shape Tape Foundation
Image Credit: PopSugar

For those who do not deep dive into the beauty community across platforms and channels, Tarte’s upcoming Shape Tape Foundation may not have hit your airwaves yet, so let me fill you in:  Shape Tape foundation is coming and will be available in two versions–Matte and Hydrating–with a 15-shade range accompanying each formula.  PopSugar had the exclusive and revealed swatches yesterday (shown above are swatches of the Hydrating range; the Matte range is almost as dismal), which only reinforced the absurdity of their ranges.

Based on the actual shades available, the swatches look like they’re veering lighter than they actually will be (on the whole), either because they need to dry down (more opaque foundations really do tend to darken as they dry down, especially more matte finishes) or that the lighting itself is washing everything out a bit.  It doesn’t actually matter since the difference between oh, I don’t know, 12-13 of the shades is minor and then boom! here are two dark shades for everyone not fair to medium.  The Shape Tape Concealer has 15 shades, and it’s common for concealer ranges to have less shades than foundation, so it really did come as a shock that Tarte didn’t have at least 20 shades, if not 25 to 30 shades.  Their own Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage has 23 shades and their Rainforest of the Sea has 21 shades (and I know this had recent shade additions–it didn’t start that way).

Updates

I think this is an important topic, and I think the response by the community (both from influencers as well as consumers/customers) has been incredible to see, so I wanted to provide a few updates that have occurred since last weekend.

First, PopSugar posted an updated article with a response from Tarte, which was that they already had “10” shades in the works to be added.  I’ll argue that the article was no more than PR fluff and worse, PopSugar had this gem in their write-up (which has since been removed):

A rep from Tarte explained to POPSUGAR that even when Shape Tape Foundation was revealed, the new colors were already in the works. Additional shades are usually added seasonally, which makes sense because your complexion tends to be paler in the Winter and darker in the Summer months (but please wear sunscreen, kids!).

No, additional shades being added seasonally does not make sense because people of color in shades beyond medium exist throughout the year.  I don’t know where that interpretation came from, but it should never have made it into print; it is the height of ignorance and blindness with no understanding about what people were frustrated with to begin with.

On the topic of shade extensions, it’s truly unclear what that means, because PopSugar tried to imply that the 10 new shades would join the “30 hues that already exist,” except it’s not 30 hues at all (and originally, compared to Kylie’s Concealer range, which actually has 30 unique shades!).  There are two formulas and each has 15 shades.  I went through, and the total number of unique shades is actually 20 between the two formulas, though I’m still struck by what a poorly done launch this was from start to finish (I’m still confused why the shades even differ between the two formulas as they do).

So when Tarte said “10,” I really don’t know if that means five new shades for each formula or a full 10 new shades for each formula.  There was also no confirmation that the 10 new shades would address the lack of medium-tan and deeper shades.  For reference, when Tarte expanded Shape Tape in December 2016, they added four shades: Fair Beige, Light Sand, Light-Medium Honey, Rich–that’s three more light shades and one deeper shade.  I recommend checking out Alissa Ashley’s and Jackie Aina’s videos where they both make it obvious why only two to three tan/dark shades fall so short.

Yesterday (1/17), Tarte issued an apology via Instagram stories, which is a short-lived media format (24 hours), and the apology is as follows:

We want to let you know, we hear you… You all know by now that we revealed our much anticipated shape tape foundation… & the final shade range that we launched was definitely not a full representation of all of you[.] It may be too little too late, but we can assure you this was not meant in any kind of malicious way.  We all just got so caught up in #shapetapenation and seeing your tweets asking for it… We wanted to get the product out as fast as possible, & we made the decision to move forward before all the shades were ready to go. We know there is no excuse, & we take full responsibility for launching this way.  We lost sight of what’s really important in this industry, & for those who feel alienated in our community, we want to personally apologize. We’re doing everything in our power to bring those unfinished shades to market as fast as we can, at any cost.  We CAN and WILL DO BETTER.

Prior to the apology, the brand turned off comments on their announcement post on Instagram. There are a lot of reports of comments being deleted and people saying they were blocked after commenting about the shade range of the new foundation.  Tarte cannot go back in time and release a full shade range, so we’ll have to just wait and see what exactly they release in terms of shade extensions and if, next time they launch a new complexion product, they actually do better than they did here.  I’m sure I’m not alone, though, in expressing that the apology was weak, shifts blame for releasing the shades they did due to customer excitement, and then putting that apology on a format that doesn’t even preserve it.

But 2018 has just started, and collectively, we made enough noise to at least get some acknowledgement of the issue, and that has to mean that their launch really did not go as well as they had anticipated.  Maybe Tarte will learn, but more importantly, maybe competing brands will take note and do better with their own future launches.  When we come together, we can truly be a loud, powerful voice for good.

Guide to Anti-Haul-idays: Going on a Low- or No-Buy & Avoiding Temptation

Whether you’re on a no-buy, low-buy, or are otherwise trying to limit your purchases this holiday season, this guide is for you. I find that the holiday season, particularly in beauty, can be a tough time to resist with the plethora of offerings and slew of sales.

If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of an anti-haul, it was (to my knowledge) made popular by Kimberly Clark (and originating with Amber’s Beauty Chair), a YouTuber, who creates videos discussing products she’s not going to buy and why (often newly-released or hyped up products).  I wanted to take the spirit of that and apply it more broadly to the holiday season, which even I find overwhelming after years of reviewing, as well as give some information on what low- and no-buys are about and some general advice on being successful with them.  You’ll also find some general reasons why to skip out on some of those holiday releases at the end 🙂