My recent solution to messy contents sloshing around in my handbag are the helpful and lovely double zip pocket Walker Bags. I love them in metallic mesh for their elegance, though they do come in a range of other playful colors and even in single pockets.
I really love CVS’s dual storage system for cotton balls and cotton buds (~5 in. diameter x ~5 in. tall, weighs ~1 lb.)! Keeps all your vanity essentials dust-free and also saves some desk space (which is an issue for me). I don’t tend to use cotton pads or makeup sponges but they will also fit easily into this container. It’s a great compliment to acrylic vanity storage systems. I usually keep mine atop my MAC palette storage system, which is a small acrylic CD rack. While I’m on the topic, here are other vanity essentials:
box of tissues
mixing medium e.g. Paula Dorf’s Transformer, Visine, and the like.
disposable eyeshadow applicators
disposable mascara wands
nail polish remover
rag to clean brushes
pencil sharpeners regular & large
I must have left something off this list? Please comment below about your fave vanity essentials. I would love to know!