If You Can Organize Your Make-up, You Can Accomplish Anything!

Who’s sick of digging through drawers and bins full of eye shadow pallets and lipsticks to find what you need? I know I was.

So, Here’s a step by step tutorial on how I organized everything into 3 easily accessible makeup organizing accessories!

Decide what type of function you are looking for.

I really wanted:

  1. Firstly, create the ability to see the heads/tips of my brushes so that I could make an informed decision on which brush I needed to use with what product and get my desired effect.
  2. Secondly, organizing my makeup into categories based on their use.
  3. Thirdly, to stop having to dig and dig to find products!

So here are the three items I purchased to make that happen that are all available on Amazon!

Acrylic Make-up Organizer

Acrylic Makeup Organizer:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0721QQDC8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_image_o06_s04?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Brush Organizer

Brush Organzier:
https://www.amazon.com/mDesign-Decorative-Organizer-Bathroom-Dressing/dp/B06ZXS6SKJ/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=rose+gold+makeup+brush+holder&qid=1561493724&s=gateway&sr=8-7

Acrylic Eye shadow Pallet Organizer

Acrylic Eyeshadow Pallet Organizer:
https://www.amazon.com/Acrylic-Organize-Transparent-Cosmetics-Collection/dp/B0791CQXMJ/ref=sr_1_18?crid=1YYJOFMPQ08P7&keywords=clear+eyeshadow+organizer&qid=1561493819&s=gateway&sprefix=clear+eyeshadow+o%2Caps%2C157&sr=8-18

Let’s Get Crackin’!

Step #1: Firstly, dump everything out onto a flat surface and make every item visible. Certainly remove all of your brushes and put them into the brush organizer. See? This is easy! Secondly, take out all my eye shadow pallets and put them into the eye shadow pallet organizer. My pile is looking much smaller already.

My Piles VS. Your Piles

Well, then comes the interesting part. It will be different for every person depending on what products you have. The acrylic organizer that I purchased has 4 large drawers, 2 small drawers, and a topper with one large section, two medium sections and a bunch of little small sections for lipsticks. Lets start with the drawers. Divide you makeup into piles.

Large Items

Things that will not fit- These products just take up too much damn space. It’s not a perfect world. But at least I can replace my GIANT make-up bin with a much smaller bin to accommodate these four items.

Eyeshadow

There is no way I will ever use all of this before my untimely demise. Therefore, I will be leaving these in my will to one lucky son of a bitch in my will. Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor. This is most definitely my biggest pile. It wont all fit in one drawer, but we will get into that later on.

Lip Products

Obviously, this pile is incomplete as any makeup connoisseurs will be. That’s because they’re EVERYWHERE (in your car, in your junk drawer, in you purse or purses, in your desk.) Healthy habit tip: Once a moth gather them all up! Fortunately, there is tons and tons of extra room in the top divider to display my collection!

Eye Liners

Because the piles were so small, this includes eyeliners for your lids and brows. Throw away any dried up liquid liners you may find.

Blush

Non-Brush Utensils

Mascara

This is a good opportunity to clean out and old dried up mascara if you have any! THROW THEM AWAY PEOPLE!

Primers

Face and lid primers are both in this pile.
I currently have any type of contour/bronzer in here too, but later on you’ll see that I decided to combine different things together so that everything would fit.

Not Pictured:


Pile #10 is not pictured because I forgot to take a photo (“Great job, EmJay”): Highlighters!

Pile #11: Trash; sometimes baskets for storage can just be a catch-all for everything; just take it straight to the trash can!

I Have Too Many Piles and Not Enough Drawers!

Step #2: Secondly, you’ll need to combine some piles. But, how do you do that? OK, so there are 4 big drawers and 2 small drawers. That’s 6 drawers in all that I currently have.

What Piles Can You Subtract?

Subtract your piles by 3 if:

  1. If you have a trash pile
  2. A pile of things that won’t fit
  3. Or a pile of non-brush utensils. Essentially, I have 6 drawers but 8 piles.

Let’s Combine!

Therefore, I need to combine some of these piles. Subsequently, the non-brush utensils will go onto one of the little compartments on the top.

My two smallest piles were my liners and mascaras. Therefore I combined these and put them into one of the small drawers.

Too Much Shit and Not Enough Drawers Space?

Now I have 5 drawers left (1 small and 4 big) and with 6 piles. Certainly, my biggest pile is definitely my eye shadows. There is no way that all of my eye shadows will fit in one drawer. So I can a split them up in a functional manner?

Divide Big Piles into Smaller Piles.

In conclusion, I divided my eye shadow into 2 groups:

  1. Pallets/ or multiple colors in one compact
  2. Single colors

Take a look below at my two piles.

As you can see, I divided my eye shadows and then used to of the big drawers and they fit perfectly with some room for growth, but lets be real. I don’t need anymore eye shadow ever.

Combine What Fits, Not What Doesn’t!

Alright, what does that leave me with? I still have 1 small drawer and 2 big drawers. My piles are down to 5.

Take a Look at Your Progress!

Next, was the part I had a little trouble with. Long story short I felt like all face related items (e.i. foundation, concealer, primer, bronzer, contour, blush, and highlighter) really all belong in the same category, but I couldn’t fit all of it together. As a result, I had to move some things around.

Small Detour Ahead

During the process not everything will always fit. I tried to combine a few categories with no avail. But eventually I came out on top. Therefore, I took these 6 categories and divided them into:

  1. Contour & Blush
  2. Highlighter
  3. Foundation & Primer

Nope. Nope. Not Today, Satan.

Definitely didn’t like that. I didn’t like all my foundations and primers out on the top. Just for purely aesthetic reasons. It’s not pretty to look at. So I had to switch it up.

So instead, I combined my foundation, concealers, and contours into one drawer.
I then combined the blush and highlighters into another drawer.

Pucker Up Buttercup!

Lets go over what is left, shall we?. Well, its pretty simple. I have one small drawer left and a pile of lipstick! How meant to be is that? Keep in mind: You have lipstick all over your house. And I love all the colors I have. Put the ugly things in the small drawer and display all the pretty ones or ones you use regularly up top.

Fortunately, I still have some space on the topper. So, what can I use it for? Well, the topper is like, easy access, so I decided to pull a few every day essentials out of the drawer and store them on top. That way I can just grab and go!

Share Your organization Tips Below!

I hope that this little “how-to” was helpful for you. To see the finished product, please click the link to my Instagram!

xoxoxo

Plump Plump and Away!

Ever thought about getting lip fillers? Let me tell you. Love it and Hate it (sort of).

So when I originally considered getting lip fillers, it wasn’t actually because I wanted my lips to be bigger or more full or more defined. It was because I hate my nose. I know, all of you are probably like, “Shut up, EmJay. You have an amazing nose.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard this. And all I can respond with is that it’s not about how you feel about my nose. It’s about how I feel about my nose. I hate it. It’s too big for my face. It makes all my other amazing features seem smaller. I honestly, I don’t care what anyone else thinks. And honestly, if you’re doing anything cosmetic to yourself, it really should be about improving your own self image, not improving other’s image of you. BOOM…. Knowledge…. Anyways, so my thought process was, if my lips were more prominent then maybe my nose would feel so big and out of place on my face. Well, in this aspect of it. I think I was definitely right. Think about your face as a pie.If you cut a slice of pie that is 10% of the whole you will have 90% of the pie left, but if you cut one slice of by that is 25% of the whole you will have 75% of the pie left. It’s all about proportion AND portion.

So, when I first went to my dentist (yes, I get my fillers done by my dentist), I was worried about over-doing it. The celebrities or reality stars that come to mind are Pam Anderson, Catherine Argo (Bachelor contestant Season 23), Lindsay Lohan, Farrah Abraham (Teen Mom) the list goes on and on. But hey, maybe that overfilled plastic look is what they are going for.

How do you gauge how much is too much though? This is what I have experimented with. Start small. Minuscule. Microscopic even. You can always put more in. There is no waiting period for lip fillers. You don’t have to wait weeks or months in between sessions, but if you put too much in, it takes months and months for it to wear off and I know you can get a doctor to remove it, but really, that sounds painful and expensive.

So the product that my dentist offers is Juvederm. When I did my first session I had them do half of a tube (around $250). I wanted a little more definition and a little more volume. After leaving they were a little swollen and I loved the look.

However, after the initial swelling went down, you couldn’t really tell that I did anything to my lips at all.

So for my second session (about six months later) I got a full tube (around $500). Totally defined, totally plump, a little too big and puffy during the initial swelling. It’s only been about 24 hours since I had my second session done so the swelling is still there, but let me tell you. I have already had three people come up to me and say the same exact thing, “You look amazing. Something is different, but I CANT TELL WHAT” THAT right there is exactly what I wanted.

Before the Second Session

After the Second Session

I don’t want to walk around thinking that anyone is talking about my lips being filled. It’s a noticeable difference, but not so noticeable that you can pinpoint exactly what it is that I have done. I also haven’t been staring at my nose constantly wondering if I contour my face a certain way if it will make it appear smaller.

So the important thing to know about lip fillers from what I have gathered is that there are two different types or way of injecting it depending on what look you are going for:

  1. Definition: If you want more definition in your lips you will want to have the injections put in or near the outline of your lips. This will give you a clear indication of where your lips end and the rest of your face begins. I wore lipstick today to cover some of the initial bruising that takes place but even so I’m so happy. Before when I put on lipstick I have a very difficult time figuring out where to end my lip stick. I would always end up drawing them too big or too small or WAY uneven. Now with this extra definition I have, there is a clear difference between where my lips and and my face begins.
  2. Volume: If you want poutier, plumper, more voluptuous lips, you will have injections going directly in your lips in all different places. You can choose if you just want your upper or lower lip done or both! I have several friends who have either had some type of lip trauma or just have a thin upper or lower lip. In this case, they can volumize just one area. For example, I wanted to take away some of the attention from my SHNOZZ and redirect that attention somewhere else, being my lips! Therefore I had them add some volume to accomplish that.

Here’s the part that everyone hates. PAIN. I’ve heard women say countless times, “Why would I do something to myself that’s going to hurt like a mother fucker?” And look, I don’t blame women for asking that. It can hurt like a bitch. Find a good provider who offers pain injections, hence why I go to my dentist. I don’t feel a thing. I get enough local anesthesia so that I’m numb. Like so numb. It might be more expensive, but let’s be real. If you’re already spending money on lip fillers, a little anesthetic can’t hurt either.

24 hours after

And the bruising! No one tells you about that! I’m not going to lie, without my current lipstick, I would look like 50 Shade of Grey turned into 50 shade of purple. I can only think of this one GIF to sum up how it feels.

It may be painful both physically and monetarily, but boy, it’s awesome. How amazing is it that there are so many things you can do to boost your self confidence! But if cosmetic alteration isn’t your bag, that’s OK too. I’m all for it, but ONLY IF YOU DO IT FOR YOU!

Comment any questions or if you have your own experiences that you would like to share!

Ready, Set, LASHES!

Video

It’s FINALLY here ladies! Have you ever tried eyelash extensions? Have you ever wanted to try them? Let me tell you. I have all the tea. They are the best thing I have ever done to help enhance my appearance. I’m obsessed, but the downside is they are really expensive to keep up. So how can you get amazing lashes without spending all of your moolah? Watch my video below!

Here is a list of the products I used:

  • ARDELL PROFESSIONAL LashTite For Individual Lashes- Dark Adhesive
  • CHERISHLOOK professional eyelashes- Double Knot Free Flare- Short Black
  • CHERISHLOOK professional eyelashes- Double Knot Free Flare- Long Black
  • ARDELL DURALASH regular individuals- Short Black
  • ARDELL DURALASH regular individuals- Medium Black
  • ARDELL DURALASH regular individuals- Long Black
  • Regular Tweezers
  • Compact mirror

If you have any questions about what I used or my process, please reach out!