Makeup collection & storage

Makeup collection & storage

It’s been two years since I last showed you my makeup collection.  Like that time, a lot has changed, but not the storage! I still keep my make up in pretty much the same space and I’ve definitely outgrown it. I thought I could use this video as a kick off to my decluttering series that I hope to start soon. This is not only way more makeup than I need, it also no longer fits my current storage.  photo 2017makeupcollection1_zpsqea3nldq.jpg

My 2017 Makeup Collection & Storage

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Single eyeshadow collection

Single eyeshadow collection

You know I love eyeshadow right? I already demonstrated my love for eyeshadow palettes in this video, but today I thought I’d show you my single collection too. Because sometimes it is just handy to grab for a single shadow that you don’t have in your palette, or just to add something a bit more fun. This is them!

single mono eyeshadow collection

All 64 (!!!) single shadow I own in one glorious flat lay

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Eyeshadow palette collection

Eyeshadow palette collection

Happy New Year! For this first day of the year I thought I’d do something quite different and exciting. Today I’m showing you my eyeshadow palette collection. I keep my main palette collection in a separate drawer and when I posted a picture of that drawer on Instagram someone requested I show everything that’s in it. So that’s what I will be doing for you today. I will show you each palette and do some mini reviews at the same time.

Eyeshadow palette collection

These are the palettes I will be showing you!

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Collection Lasting Perfection concealer

Collection Lasting Perfection concealer

Talking about a long overdue review! If there is one concealer I always keep coming back to its the Collection concealer. This creamy concealer is raved about by many UK beauty bloggers and ever since I tried it years ago I’ve been a massive fan. But I never reviewed it, until today.

Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer 01 Fair & 02 Cool Medium

Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer 01 Fair & 02 Cool Medium

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Reorganized make up, beauty & clothes

Reorganized make up, beauty & clothes

The past few weeks I’ve been obsessed with decluttering videos and Konmari style organization tips. I’ve been watching many videos on Youtube and I love keeping my things organized. I like having an overview and for a while I have felt my make up collection had begun to become too cluttered and messy. I also felt my stack of t-shirts needed reorganizing and there were a few other sections, mostly inside drawers and behind closed doors that I felt needed the once over. But once I got started, I felt I could tackle a few other sections as well. I managed to take before and after pictures of the main areas I wanted to tackle, so I figured it would make a great blog post.

Ta-dah! My reorganized make up drawer. I also reorganized two hair care drawers, two other drawers with beauty products, my shelf with t-shirts, my underwear drawer and my nail polish collection. I started by sorting through my belongings and throwing things away. I got rid of quite a bit of make up (see the last picture in this post), a garbage bag filled with clothes and 2 handfuls of nail polishes. Because any round of organizing starts with purging your things.

Like I said at the start of this post, I watched a lot of make up collection and make up decluttering videos on Youtube. I also spent quite some time seeing people use the KonMari method for reorganizing their belongings. Now, I didn’t really stick to the principles of the latter ‘method’ as I am a pretty neat and organized person to begin with, I just wanted to be smarter about how I stored a few things. I ended up paying a visit to IKEA. After a browse online and looking in other home stores for the perfect solution for storing mainly my make up in a more clever way, I kept coming back to the Godmorgon series combined with some Skubb drawer liners. My main goal: to fit all of my make up into one single drawer of my MALM chest of 4 drawers.

Godmorgon Transparent box with compartments

I didn’t really see this Godmorgon series in too many of the make up organization Youtube videos, but I had decided I needed something new to line the one drawer in my MALM 4-drawer set to keep things organized. Before, I used the discontinued Anordna drawer liners and I felt the Gormorgon series offered the solution I needed: higher, more compartmentalized storage that can be stacked or at the very least layered. The first thing I opted for was this box with different compartments. The front bit can move and be lifted up and out if need be.

Godmorgon transparent box with lid set of 5

I got two of these 5 set box sets as they come with a lid, they are great for keeping products separated, while also allowing you to stack other things on top. Because the boxes are clear you can always see within the blink of an eye were all your things are and you can easily lift these up and out of any drawer.

Godmorgon transparent storage unit set of 3

These drawer inserts seemed handy, but when I got them, I wasn’t sure yet how I’d use them. I ended up using them to layer and put them on top of some of the transparent boxes you see above.

Godmorgon transparent storage with compartments

The final transparent storage solution I got was this, but I really only wanted the little drawer inserts. They seemed handy to me for putting away little things such as hair clips and ties. The idea of these is that you hang these from the sides of your drawer and thus you will always have easy access.

Skubb white box set of 6

The Skubb boxes have been a favorite of mine for lining drawers. I use them to store beauty products, hair brushes, socks: you name it. I seem to have one in almost every drawer. Ever since I reorganized my entire home last winter, I have been keeping my socks in these Skubb boxes underneath my dresses inside my wardrobe and I thought it worked fabulously. That’s why I bought some more boxes and decided to use them to help store my t-shirts and underwear.

On to the before and after pictures!

Make up organization before (above) and after (below)

I took the before pictures after I had already sorted through my make up collection the night before. Before reorganizing this, I kept my lip products in a separate drawer, used the Anordna drawer liners which are very shallow and struggled keeping a few areas organized, yet accessible. I used most of the Godmorgon pieces I bought to reorganize this. The only parts I didn’t use were the ‘cross’ shaped divider and a few of the boxes from one of the lidded box sets I got.

Make up collection before

Make up collection after

In the bigger organizer, with the moving tray, I ended up storing foundation, my favorite blushes, highlighters and bronzers, my extra lipsticks, lipglosses, different types of lipstick (pencils, liquid, etc.), concealers and other highlighters, face powders, primers and bronzers. I stored my remaining blushes in the compartment left void by the organization units. I used the two bigger boxes with a lid. One for small eyeshadow palettes and another for my cream and single eye shadows. A long rectangular box was used for small high end palettes and two of the square boxes were used for gel eyeliners and highlight eyeshadow shades.

Beauty drawers (after)

Finally, I used the three trays to store my favorite lipsticks, brow products, favorite pencil liners and some of my every day products. I filled up the rest of the drawer with my larger eyeshadow palettes and repurposed some of the spaces now freed by moving my lip products to this drawer in the drawer below and above this one. There isn’t a huge change visible in the area where I keep my brushes, but I also moved some things around and now only keep a container with extra eyeliners (colors, liquids, jumbo pencils, etc.) up top. I even managed to move my every day products such as mascara and eyeshadow base into one of the clear drawer sets on top, as well as all of my extra brushes.

Haircare products before (left) and after (right)

I then went through all of my hair products. I threw out a bunch of hair clips, hair ties and the like. I don’t think it’s likely I’ll be wearing butterfly hair clips any time soon and I finally parted ways with my excessive hair band collection. That left me with more room for hair products. I now store my every day and opened hair products in the top drawer. Leaving room for hair brushes and back up products in the drawer below.

T-shirt before and after (above), underwear before and after (below)

Only one part of my wardrobe was driving me crazy and that was my shelf with t-shirts. It was just a hassle to put things back or taking anything out and therefore there were shirts I hardly ever wore, because I simply couldn’t find them quickly. I now have a big Skubb box with neutral shirts and one with printed shirts. One of the rectangular Skubb boxes is used to organize colored shirts and long sleeves and another one is used for tank tops. I used the KonMari method for folding these (but I already used this method for my pants and jeans long before the KonMari craze started, so I guess I had already figured it out by myself).

My underwear drawer was quite messy as you could see, and there were plenty of items I had a hard time reaching in this section. I originally kept bandeau tops, which I really only use as underwear under sheer shirts or low cut tops in the back of my t-shirt shelf. But now I could move them into my underwear drawer. I also divided up my panties, had more or at least better room for my under shirts, dresses, skirts and pants that I use to layer under sheer clothing. All in all, it made for a neatly organized drawer.

Reorganized nail polish collection

But after reorganizing my make up, I was left with 4 drawer liners that I didn’t want to throw out. Since I was on a roll, I decided to also sort through my nail polish collection. And then it hit me: I can use the drawer liners to organize my nail polish. So I got rid of a few so it would fit and behold a much more organized nail polish stash. Just compare it to this post I did last year and you’ll see what I mean. It makes for such a big change now nothing can slide around anymore.

Make up I am giving away

So what is the end result you may ask? Well for the make up, this is all I am getting rid of. I also got rid of some nail polish of course, but I put it all in a bag and I am giving it away to friends and family. I have some cousins who are really into make up too and I’m sure they will be thrilled to try a few of these things out. It has also inspired me to do a make up I regret buying blog post and so that will be coming up in the next few weeks.

What do you think of my reorganized make up stash?

OPI Hawaii collection

OPI Hawaii collection

The minute I laid eyes on the OPI Hawaii collection on a number of blogs I decided I NEEDED a few of the polishes in my life. There hasn’t been an OPI collection in almost 2 years that I went crazy for like this one. The pretty pastel shades, combined with some amazing brights make an excellent spring nail polish selection. When I spotted the polishes in store, there were four colors that instantly grasped my attention. I took home a nude, two pastels and a bright shade.

OPI Hawaii collection
Do You Take Lei Away?, That’s Hula-rious!, Suzi Shops & Island Hops, Aloha from OPI

And this is them! Aren’t they beauties? By now, it isn’t a secret that I love OPI polishes. Of all nail polish brands, I think I may have most by this brand. The product stays on my nails the longest, the brush is thin and precise which makes for a flawless application every time and the color range is always stunning. I have been building quite the collection over the years and at €14.25 a pop, these do not come cheap, but so far I have had no regrets regarding an OPI purchase.

In total the OPI Hawaii collection contains 12 different polishes, not all of which I think will be flying off the shelves. There are some metallic shades, a deep purple and the funkiest yellow chunky glitter you have ever seen. I opted for all cream finish polishes on this round: Do You Take Lei Away?, That’s Hula-rious!, Suzi Shops & Island Hops and Aloha from OPI.

Left: Do You Take Lei Away?
Right: Aloha from OPI

Left: That’s Hula-rious!
Right: Suzi Shops & Island Hops

Do You Take Lei Away? is a creamy nude shade that is a tad on the darker side of the color specter. It is a cool brown toned nude which I think will be very pretty against my fair skin. The swatch is two coats and this went on very smoothly. I picked up this color because I actually do not own a lot of nude shades (would you believe it?!). I have one from last year’s Brazil collection and one or two by budget brand Catrice, but this shade is a) unique in my nude nail polish collection and b) a great staple to have. It is the first nude shade I buy that I can see myself wearing on its own, rather than topping it up with a glitter polish.

That’s Hula-rious! is quite possibly the prettiest mint green color I have ever laid eyes on. I have plenty of mint colored polishes but most of them are very blue toned. This is the first true mint green I have added to my collection. It’s a very fresh tint of mint as there are no undertones to take away from its brightness. It’s pretty, it goes on opaque in 2 coats, so what’s not to like? The main reason to pick this up is because the minute I saw this hit the blogs, I knew it would be perfect for spring/ summer.

Suzi Shops & Island Hops is a pale pink color that I was hoping could finally fill a blank spot in my nail polish collection. I have tried many light pink shades, but most of them are very sheer or they go on streaky. Out of all the polishes I am showing you today, this one went on opaque in two coats as well, but the first coat didn’t go on very evenly. This made the second coat leave some transparent spots. I haven’t tried it on my nails yet, so I’m hoping it’s just a result of my quickly swatching these. Other than that the shade is super pretty and if this goes on opaque in 2 coats I will surely get a ton of wear out of this.

Aloha from OPI is the brightest shade I picked up. A good creamy red nail polish by OPI was still on my wishlist. I picked up the Coca Cola mini collection last fall to make amends. But then I spotted this: a red with a lot of orange and a hint of pink? This is right up my alley! I love orange toned reds in spring/ summer: on my lips AND on my nails. It pleases me to have found one by OPI that not only goes on opaque in two coats, but also is a bit more special than your average orange toned red. In certain lighting this pulls towards coral and thus this is all the more special.

All the swatches in one go. Here you can see more clearly that Suzi Shops & Island Hops went on a tad streaky on the swatch wheel. All the other shades are opaque in 2 coats and I can’t wait to play around with these. Pastels are some of my favorite types of shades to wear during spring and a bright coral red and staple nude are must haves in any well-rounded nail polish collection. I am very pleased I managed to pick these up.

All in all, the OPI Hawaii collection is definitely worth a browse. In my opinion, OPI hits the nail on the head with a great mix of pastels and brights. The metallic colors aren’t my cup of tea, but of the shades I bought I don’t think there is a shade I won’t wear. The pale pink color will need a bit of getting used to, to make sure I can use it to its full potential, but other than that these shades are all definite hits for me. If you are willing to spend money on a good quality nail polish that comes in some stunning shades, the OPI Hawaii collection is definitely worth checking out.

What is your favorite OPI nail polish? And would you like to see my ‘collection’?

OPI 50 Shades of Grey

OPI 50 Shades of Grey

It is no secret that OPI is my favorite nail polish brand. At first I wasn’t too excited to see their special limited edition for the 50 Shades of Grey movie release. I saw some swatches online, but wasn’t blown away. That was until I laid eyes on the collection myself. I picked up two of the special shades which I will be showing you today close up and on my nails.

OPI Fifty Shades of Grey collection

Before I take you into the post, I have to apologize for the color and lighting difference in these pictures. I took the product pictures during the day, but I never have time to do my nails then. This time of year is quite challenging managing a blog along side long days at work. So I had no other choice but to take pictures at night under fluorescent light. The nail swatches are still very true to color though, but it makes my skin look a little bit more shiny than it really is.

The two colors I picked up are Shine for Me and Cement the Grey. In total the collection entails 6 polishes. Three of the shades are creamy grey polishes in varying degrees of darkness. Then there are a creamy red, a metallic silver and a blue and silver glitter. The polishes retail from Dutch high end drugstores such as Douglas for €14.25 a piece.

OPI Fifty Shades of Grey Cement the Deal

The first shade I picked up was Cement the Deal. When I saw swatches online, I thought I’d prefer the medium toned creamy grey called Embrace the Grey. But once I saw these in store, I felt it would be too dark against my pale skin. Cement the deal looked like a color I could wear easily on its own or as a base color for glitter polishes. It is the lightest shade out of the three creamy dark shades.

OPI Fifty Shades of Grey Shine for Me

Besides OPI polishes one of my major loves are glitter polishes. I had seen how nicely opaque this glitter would go on the nail, and when I saw it in store I was instantly mesmerized by the amount of glitter in this polish. At first glance this polish looks like a mixture of blue and silver glitter. However, when looking more carefully, the flecks are much more multi-toned. I can see both light and dark blue glitter, but I also see flecks that pull more purple. Pretty!

For the swatches I used two coats of Cement the Deal on all of my nails. I layered one coat of Shine for Me onto my pinky, middle finger and thumb. I love how this makes for a really easy yet fun nail look. The creamy grey just by itself looks very classy and timeless. Whereas the glitter adds a touch of sparkle.

One thing I love about OPI polishes is how long they last on my nails. I wore this on my nails for 5 days without chipping. I only had some tipwear. My nails grow fairly fast, so after 6 – 7 days, I was able to peel this off starting from the base. In fact, the nails with the glitter coat on, were easiest to peel off because I had applied more coats of polish onto those nails. I wore this nail look over one coat of Trind Nail Repair, one coat Orly Polish Bond and topped it off with one coat of Sally Hansen Insta-dry top coat.

What do you think of the 50 Shades of Grey collection?