Today in the blogparty we’re talking about vanities! Or.. lack of vanities. Turns out, we don’t all actually have those pretty vanities that we see in movies or on television! Laven does though, and I am currently pawing at the screen trying to find a way to make it mine. Soooo preeeetyyy *pawpaw*.
What I have is storage.
I love stationery and I love organisation, which is why it should come as a surprise to no-one that I have an extensive organisation system for my skincare products. This system didn’t just happen, I used to have everything scattered around the place, which made it really difficult to know what I had and to see what I was using. Slowly I started to build up a system that works best for me, and although it isn’t perfect (I’d love just the one big desk for everything), I think it works pretty well! At a glance I can see my entire collection which is pretty neat 🙂
My skincare is contained within two separate systems, the wicker baskets and the storage drawers.
The Wicker Baskets
Basket 1: The Regulars
With the exception of my cleansers which sit nicely in my bathroom, all my regular use items fit into this box. I try to keep only the things that I use daily, or at least once a week in the box, and I review it often to see if anything can be removed. If I find I don’t use it, then it goes into my giveaway box to find a new home!
Basket 2: The Masks
I used to keep my masks hidden away, but I found that because they were tucked away I didn’t use them as often. Now my masks are in full view, I can easily see what I have which makes it really easy to not buy any masks. Rather than impulse buy masks, I look over from my desk and see that I have a lot, so I don’t buy any more. That’s a hot tip right there, you’re welcome!
Basket 3 & 4: The Samples
I still think sample hoarding is still hoarding, but I cannot deny that samples are really important, especially if you are unsure about a product. I separate my deluxe samples and foil sachets just to make it easier for me to see what’s available. Space is a good thing.
The Storage Drawers
Drawer 1: Opened & Travel
All opened products that are not daily use go here. This drawer usually houses products that are my staple while I test out new products, or products that are no longer useful for me in the current season or climate. I try not to keep opened products around for too long. If a product has been sitting here for longer than a month I consider it no longer essential and put it in my giveaway bag. I’d show you this giveaway bag right now, but I gave everything in it away last week.. so it currently doesn’t exist, sorry team.
The cute pink bag right at the back contains all my skincare faves in travel size bottles (all Muji because, obviously) ready to go for any overnight stays. That way I don’t have to um and ah over what to put in the bag and no matter how badly I pack at least my skin will be clean!
Drawer 2: Unopened
Here lay all the shinies that I have yet to open. Some are backups of products that are almost finished and others are products that I have yet to test. While my spreadsheet (thank you based Cat) is useful to remember when I received something and when I opened it, sometimes it’s nice to visually have a look and see what’s next in rotation.
Drawer 3: Cotton puffs, boxes & empties
You may wonder why I have a dedicated space for cotton puffs? Well my friend, Muji cotton puffs are no joke. They are the gold standard for cotton puffs, try them once and realise that you now have very strong feelings about cotton squares.
Cotton puffs take up a lot of space, and they are the only thing I allow myself to buy in bulk and the main reason I have so many is to remind myself not to be too precious with them! I like to keep my products in their original packaging, so I tend to keep them in their boxes in the regular wicker basket, but not always. If I have some packaging that I need to save for pictures I keep them here, along with any empties that I can use for decanting later. Especially with Hada Labo toners, I won’t ever need to buy a bottle again, I can just stick to refills.
And that’s it! All my skincare! Oof, it’s a lot to take in right? I have a similar setup for my makeup, but that’s much smaller and fits neatly into two selves in a storage box. Maybe I’ll show you that another time? How do you store your beauty products? I’m super curious to see how others organise things.
If you liked reading about mine, then you’ll be happy to know the party train doesn’t stop here! The other Blog Party members have written up how they organise their
modesties vanities beauty storage. I think Amy’s is the most similar to mine as we both use a basket and Jude from fiftyshadesofsnail also uses storage bins, see mom, it’s not weird at all!