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How to Store Jewelry — Earrings, Necklaces, Bracelets, and Rings


How to Store Jewelry — Earrings, Necklaces, Bracelets, and Rings

A few weeks ago, I went looking for some sort of storage system for my earrings (and other jewelry, but the earrings were what motivated me). I want something that would put them on display and easily accessible, because then I’d actually wear different pairs more often, rather than reaching for whatever pairs I left on my desk. Etsy seller Jewelry Holders For You had some lovely compact and sleek-looking holders, but what I loved about them (and Etsy in general) was how customizable they were. Whether you’re a fiend for earrings, bracelets, necklaces, or rings, you can find a holder that works for you.

I’m an earring gal, and I thought I had far too many earrings (turns out, I have plenty of room to grow!), so I decided to go for one holder that was almost entirely for earrings with a row of pegs on the bottom (to hold necklaces/bracelets). It can hold anywhere from 90 to 180 pairs of earrings. There are two types of holders–little open slats, which are where post earrings fit best, as well as circular holes, which anything with a hook-like backing fits well in. The open slats can also accommodate hook-like backings, though. Underneath all the rows to hang your earrings, there are eleven pegs for necklaces that are staggered on the bottom.

The second holder I bought was the “jewelry combo plus ring storage,” which has three rows for earrings, one row for bracelets (with five pegs), ring storage (up to 20 rings, depending on the size of the rings), and eleven pegs staggered on the bottom for necklaces. I bought both in a black high gloss finish (because it would match my makeup storage units), so they were $54.95 and $74.95 respectively. They’re available in several other (cheaper!) finishes, so prices would range from $39.95 to $54.95 and $59.95 to $74.95. There are additional styles (check their policy page) designed for a combination of jewelry, just earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and you can even get ones that sit on a table top, rather than ones that hang.  Each unit I have is 21″ x 14″ in size. You can also get the holders without the curved top (just a straight edge) if you desire.

Hanging these was ridiculously easy. I think it took me about two minutes each, and I was making sure they were level and that the two of them were even. They give you a template, and you hammer two small nails into the wall, and the holder hangs from the heads of both. The holder isn’t too, too light, but it isn’t heavy either, so it’s easily held up by the two nails. I ended up putting these on a wall in my makeup bathroom, since that’s usually where I’m getting ready (and it was where my jewelry was housed previously).

I’m a nut for organization, so I could not resist sharing this particular new find with you, especially after the encouragement via Twitter and Instagram to make a post about these 🙂  I don’t like to make a lot of non-beauty related posts, but hopefully, there’s enough overlap between beauty enthusiasts and jewelry enthusiasts to make it useful!

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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #135

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul:  A whole bunch of Bath & Body Works’ soaps!
  • Weekend plans: Planning posts for June, Farmer’s market, brunch, trying to get my parents’ dog and Mellan to love each other (he loves her, she hates him)
  • Do you collect anything?: Camel figurines/stuff

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This week’s Mellan photo…


Mellan just waking up–it’s so hard to be Mellan!

Oh, most definitely–on both accounts! I wore no makeup for all of high school, so there were surely a few comments about my lack of makeup there. I think I just brushed it off then. When I did start wearing makeup, I gravitated towards really bold, bright eye makeup, and when I had criticism about how colorful it was, I’d just tell them it washes off, and it’s my face–not theirs!

— Christine

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Make Up For Ever #25 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #25 Aqua Cream
Make Up For Ever #25 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #25 Aqua Cream

Make Up For Ever #25 Aqua Cream ($23.00 for 0.21 oz.) is described as a “light blue shimmer.” It’s a light-medium sky blue with a frosted finish. Dior Swimming Pool is lighter, less cool-toned. Buxom Husky is lighter, softer. NYX Cool Blue isn’t as icy. MAC Styledriven is lighter, softer, almost yellow-toned in comparison. NARS South Pacific is darker.

There’s something about this color that makes it just a little different from the many other sky blue eyeshadows I’ve come across. There’s an iciness–an overall coolness–in it that doesn’t turn it silver or white, but it’s still there. It’s not as soft or as light as a really pastel, sky blue shade would be.  You can apply it as opaque as you’d like, you can use an itty bitty amount of product to get a sheer layer of product, or you can apply an opaque layer of color–these go on more opaque than not, but if you want sheer color, you’d deliberately apply very little and blend out right away. The finish on this particular shade is very high in frost content, so it can look more reflective as a result.

The texture is creamy but thick.  Because of the frosted finish, it seemed to dry down a little quicker than other Aqua Creams, but even with the less frosted finishes, it’s the kind of product that’s better to work with one eye at a time if you’re trying to apply several of them or need to do a lot of blending. If I use it as a base, I can blend out any edges without too much hurrying, but if I’m trying to blend two of these together, I work one eye at a time. I love the Aqua Cream formula, because it’s long-wearing, waterproof, and extremely pigmented. I don’t have any problems with creasing, fading, or smudging, whether I use it alone, sheered out, as a base, or over primer.

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Pigmentation
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Longevity
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Q&A with Urban Decay – A Follow-Up on Animal Testing and Entry into China

Urban Decay reached out to me yesterday, shortly after I published the press release, and said that they were happy to take any questions I might have. On behalf of readers, I took the opportunity to ask several, and I also included a couple asked by Twitter followers. I’m still waiting on the answer to another question (and they’re working on it), but here are their answers to the questions I had and a reader question:

What has Urban Decay done in the past to proactively change the way animal testing is done or perceived in the US? Have measures been taken beyond being a cruelty-free brand? Does UD fund alternative testing research?

Urban Decay has been a cruelty-free band since our inception in 1996 and was one of the first few brands to adopt the Leaping Bunny Logo. We created our “How Could Anyone” campaign to raise awareness about animal testing in cosmetics. Bracelets with our “vegan paw-print” and “How Could Anyone” statement were sold at all retailers to benefit the Humane Society of the United States. We do not work with any manufacturers that conduct animal testing. We work regularly with organizations such as PETA and the HSUS to raise awareness and funds for alternative research.

We have turned down several opportunities to participate in high profile fashion shows and designer collaborations that use or promote fur. Despite that fact that many cruelty-free brands sell brushes made with animal hair, we only manufacture our brushes with synthetic fibers. We do not make donations to organizations that conduct or condone animal testing. We are the first brand ever to create a vegan shopping section on our website to cater to our vegan fans. We have made, and continue to make, monetary donations to further research into alternative testing.

How does Urban Decay intend to change the mind of Chinese government regarding animal testing and women’s rights?

We will continue to seek out alternative methods for testing and creating a demand for them in the industry, as well as influence the community to request this of their government. By creating new jobs for women and putting them into positions of importance, we hope to influence the community and our consumers via education and brand messaging.

How does injecting money into a country that has historically been difficult to persuade put either Urban Decay in a position of power or China in a position to listen? When major business and brands, both within and outside the cosmetic industry, can’t create impactful change in the country, how does Urban Decay intend to do so?

We are working with cruelty-free organizations on the ground in China to focus our efforts and make sure we are making the most impact. We consulted with the Feminist Majority Foundation and learned from them that giving Chinese women professional opportunities is an important step in creating cultural change. As we gain an understanding of the market, we plan to develop creative solutions to drive awareness about these issues.

With Urban Decay’s home country still requiring and allowing animal testing, why is the push into China so vital – particularly when UD has stated that they don’t even plan to make money for quite a while and the market isn’t quite ready for the brand? Did UD consider participating in the dialogue as a potential market entrant, thereby still holding onto all of the potential dollars and business to bring into the country?

While me may not be out of the woods yet as far as eradicating animal testing in the US, there are approved alternative methods approved and available for use here. We are implementing additional efforts in China where immediate change is necessary to provide alternatives in order to continue our fight to end animal testing.

How is UD planning on enacting the changes? Will the brand hire experts in Chinese culture to make an education plan? (Asked by Phyrra)

UD is working on developing a team based in China who will drive our education program and media outreach. They will train and educate our employees who will then pass our message on to the consumer, thereby raising awareness of the issue. We also plan to support via marketing and social media as we have successfully done here in the US.

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