One afternoon I strolled into my local Rite Aid and found this cute little vanity mirror within minutes of walking through the front door. $9.99, light-weight, and functional- I had to buy it! Here are some highlights as found on Amazon.com…
Magnified vanity mirror; 6″ tall
Optical quality glass; 3X and 1X magnification
Non-slip base; swivels 360 degrees
Swivel head allows for easy viewing at any angle
3.25″ mirror; satin nickel finish; dimensions: 3.75″ x 2.5″ x 6″
I find that it’s just as good as my regular-sized vanity mirror; however, you may desire a bigger mirror for checking your coiffure of the day. I’d like to add that since it’s so light, you can even bring it on your domestic travels if it can be stored securely. It seems that many chain drug stores as well as online shops currently stock this item, so purchase it while you still can!
Cute little makeup cases excite me! My current favorite is Stephanie Johnson’s Mumbai Collection. I love seeing the new designs that people can dream up e.g. the double pocket, the tall vanity, etc! Really wish Lisa Stickley would have more American stockists. Paying for international shipping on top of an expensive vanity case is a killer =(! I’m also waiting for someone to invent a stunning multi-section coupon case. Below features a few that is both forward-thinking and beautiful…
Every once in a while, Pier 1 can pleasantly surprise me. I adore these furniture pieces which are part of their Hayworth Collection. They look more expensive than they really are and can spruce up a plain room in a very pretty way. I believe any of these can be combined well with a shabby chic sensibility.
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!
There are two new sources I’d like to share on this topic. Yes, some more wonderful ideas I’ve collected from You Tube. Storables and Sally Beauty. I personally own the large acrylic organizer and love it (purchased it from The Container Store). The acrylic is super thick and sturdy. It will look great on any vanity table. Though these two products may reflect very different sizes of makeup collections, I wanted to post them together anyway. I almost forgot to mention another great idea for storing MAC palettes; try an acrylic DVD holder (measures 10 1/2″ x 4 7/8″ x 8 1/2″)- it’s not a bad solution and will match any other acrylic organizers you may have. Hopefully your vanity area is more spacious than mine.
Recently I’ve been obsessing on this subject since I yet again had to do an update. I settled for the typical white Sterilites, being that it was one of the best solutions for my current situation. I transferred everything I had from my Target Castelas to those tiered plastic towers. The Castelas are now housing smaller items e.g. layering camisoles, scarves, stockings, nailpolish etc. I also thought of all of you who have been wrestling with how to organize all your things. You really can get many great ideas off of You Tube, so as an avid YT viewer, I’ve collected a multitude of good and creative ideas (wood, plastic, acrylic, metal) I’ve seen from various gurus, cosmetic princesses and queens alike.
*Photocredit or Sources: Amazon, Staples, Organize.com, The Container Store, Target, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Teen, Lion Star, Walmart, Michaels Craft Store, Rubbermaid, IKEA, Marshalls, USP Home.com, Office Depot (Realspace), TheClearCube.com, BuyInterdesign.com, etc.