Jewelry Organization in a Small Space

So in my last post, I showed how my side table/dresser housed my everyday makeup on one side.  Today, I’m going to do a quick post on my lotions, fragrances, and jewelry on the other side of my table.


On the left side of my table I have my Tarte “The Starlet Limited-Edition Makeup Vanity” from their 2011 Holiday collection.  I no longer have any makeup in this and have repurposed it as my jewelry box.  It’s a truly beautiful box.  It has a top compartment that flips open and two drawers.  It also has all mirrored sides and the the mirrors are of great quality as in there isn’t any odd warping or anything like that.  For a better look at this, I have found a great youtube review on this palette which you can see by clicking here.

ImageAs you can see, I keep my Lavanila “vanilla passion fruit” perfume and body butter; my bath & body works “Paris Amour” lotion, body spray, and hand sanitizer; and my Clinique “dramatically different moisturizing lotion” and “moisture surge intense”.


Now on to the jewelry organization.  First off, I didn’t bring that much jewelry to college because a) I don’t wear that much to begin with and b) If anything was stolen, I wouldn’t be too heart broken.  Because of this I am able to keep most of my jewelry in one place (except for a few long necklaces that I keep on a 3m command hook to keep from tangling).


Also, if you’re wondering what the zebra print in the mirror is, that is my bed! 🙂


How do you store your jewelry?


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Everyday Makeup Organization

Okay, so if you’re anything like me you may have seen a few (okay, like a hundred) youtube videos of someone’s “makeup collection” or “makeup organization”.  I think I may have a serious problem.  In my dorm, I don’t really have the room or need to have a whole designated area or room devoted to makeup.  It also isn’t very practical to have makeup laying around everywhere, so I keep the bulk of my collection in a train case and only keep the makeup I reach for on a daily basis out.  

Now, my goal is to use up makeup products this year (and keep it that way).  I really just want to live with less overall.  I find that I regret purchases often and end up never finishing up products.  Anyhow, here is how I store the makeup that I use everyday.

I keep my makeup on my three drawer chest/side table right next to wear I keep my lotions, body sprays, and hand sanitizer.  


On the right I keep all my makeup in an acrylic 3-drawer organizer that I bought from the Container store for around $12.  I also have a double sided mirror (one side is magnified) that I bought from the dollar store.  On the left of that I keep theBalm’s Nude tude’ palette which is the palette that I am currently using. 


Then to the left of that I keep my Sigma Mr. Bunny Essential Brush KitImage

In my first drawer, I keep my face products such as foundation, blush, powder, and concealer.  It’s actually my favorite drawer so I have it as my top drawer so that I can see it from a bird’s eye view :).


In my second drawer I keep my lip products, eyeliners, eyeshadow primer, and mascara.


And my third drawer is kinda where I keep my beauty tools.  I keep my eye makeup remover,  tweezers, eye pencil sharpeners, and my Maybelline dream lumi concealer (because it didn’t fit anywhere else).  



And that’s how I keep my everyday makeup organized.  I think this is a good amount of makeup (maybe too much) to have on hand because it’s not too overwhelming where I have to dig through drawers to find what I want but there’s still enough for a little variation.

How do you store your everyday makeup?


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He who fails to plan is planning to fail

Hello!  I am so sorry for not having a fresh new post in more than a week!  Agh, but I promise I have a good story to tell in an upcoming post. Now on to today’s post:

Living in small places, such as a dorm or a small studio apartment, can be quite a challenge sometimes.  It takes a certain skill to balance how to personalize your place without cluttering it up.  Now, some may think that you should only bring the bare necessities to college, and that’s fine, but for me, I truly believe that a dorm should feel a little bit like home.  It should be comfortable and personal, a place of rest for your body and mind.  With that being said, I have finally come up with a new topic to talk about for the next couple of weeks: my dorm.  Basically I’m going to show how I’ve set up my dorm room, how I organize it, how I decorate it, and things that I have found useful or not so useful to bring to college.

I live in a double, which means that there are two people in the room.  We each have a twin bed and a desk at the end in front of our closets.  We also have a 3 drawer chest that doubles as a side table next to our beds and a two drawer storage area underneath our bed.

Today, I’ll be focussing on my desk- arguably the most important place for a successful college life.  For my desk, I like to keep it solely school related.  I find that having too many things stuffed into drawers is distracting and may cause me to lose important assignments.  I also like to keep my desk top clear except for my desk lamp, my computer, and all my school books (having them all in front of me serves as a constant reminder of the work I need to do).  I also have a router (we don’t have wifi because of our ugly concrete walls) that I actually keep on the post of my bed.

My cute little stuffed monkey is the only piece of decor I keep on my desk. 🙂

I also love using 3m command hooks.  These are super useful in creating extra space to hang various items so you don’t lose them, while not damaging walls as to comply with most dorm rules.  At the side of my desk I keep my school bag on a command hook (Michael Kors Quilted Hamilton).  This is a great spot so that I can grab it on the way out of my room and unpack it at the end of the day.


On my other bed post, I keep reusable grocery bags since the county I live in has outlawed plastic shopping bags.


My desk has 3 drawers, 2 on top are a good size, and the bottom one is huge (I know it’s cut off in the picture, but it’s about double the depth of the other 2).


In my first drawer I keep my writing utensils, which for this semester is just a pack of my favorite Pilot G2 ink pens in 8 different colors.  I also keep highlighters, dry erase board markers, some sharpies, scissors, tape, stapler, paperclips, and other various office supplies that I reach for on a frequent basis.  I bought the white drawer organizer fromt the dollar store and I highly recommend using something like this to organize school supplies versus a pencil holder.


In my second drawer, I keep my four folders for my classes, which I have talked about before in this post.  They are the Mead trapper keeper folders in various colors.  I also keep two sets of cards in case I need to write a letter to anyone.


In the bottom drawer, I keep a billabong backpack, a Mickey Mouse binder, a Mead binder/notebook, and my Michael Kors laptop sleeve.


For the wall next to my desk, I have put up a whiteboard decal calendar and memo board.  I also have 2 more command hooks to hang my keys and umbrella.


I told you those concrete walls were ugly!

That’s how I have my desk area set up.  I’m quite satisfied with it and have found it an effective studying area that keeps me motivated and on top of my tasks.  How do you keep your desk area organized?

Also, be sure check out my giveaway here.


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Urban Decay Giveaway!

Hello all my wonderful followies ❤  I finally have some exciting news!  I am giving away the gorgeous Urban Decay Mariposa Palette.  It comes with 10 amazing shades that are bold and beautiful for a night out.  It also comes in a beautiful tin palette with a butterfly decoration, making it a wonderful piece to add to anyone’s collection!

Urban Decay Mariposa Palette - R$105,00

This contest will run from February 19, 2013 til the end of March.  Here are the rules:

This is a U.S. only giveaway (I hope to do an international one in the future so please stay tuned!)

1. Like me on facebook (mandatory)

2. Follow me on twitter (optional)

3. Tweet about this giveaway (optional)

4. Leave a comment below with a way to contact you either by email, facebook, or twitter. (mandatory)

That’s it!

I will contact the winner within 48 hours, if the winner does not respond within the week I will select a different winner.

This will be hosted by rafflecopter so head to my facebook page to enter! (

May the odds ever be in your favor! (hahah sorry, couldn’t resist!)


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Giveaway Update

So I’m assembling the items right now for the giveaway and I’m going to need some feedback from you:

Would you rather have 2 drugstore makeup items or say a (discounted) high-end product?

and also some sadder news for some, I think I’ll have to restrict the giveaway to U.S. only with the price of shipping and all.  I really am hoping that if the blog gains more followers I’ll be able to host an international giveaway so it’s fair to all my readers.



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The Extra Goodies

Welcome, to part 6 of my “makeup collection” goodies.  This is my final post on all the makeup I own.  So the goal of these post hasn’t been to “show-off” (well not too much ;P JK) but to kinda show where I am on the amount of makeup I have at the beginning of 2013 and ultimately minimize it by the end of the year.  So here we go:

1. Primers


Urban Decay Primer Potion Original:  A great eyeshadow primer.  This will keep your eyelids from creasing and goes on nude.  

Urban Decay Primer Potion Greed: The same formula as above, but with a golden finish.

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (Deluxe Sample Size): A pretty good primer.  It does what it says.  However, I still prefer my Urban Decay primer over this one.

2. Bronzer


NYC Sunny: A borderline cult favorite.  It’s great for medium-darker complexions, a bit too orange for paler skin tones.  A great, solid, matte bronzer for contouring. At about $4.00, it’s a product that’s great to have around.

3. Highlighters, concealer, etc.


1. theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer: This is a holy grail product for me.  It is the most amazing, beautiful, shimmery, golden highlighter.  I didn’t like or see the point of highlighters til I used this.  I put it on the bridge of my nose and a little on my cheek bones.  It gives you a natural, healthy, radiant glow that looks like it comes from within.

2. bareMinerals mineral veil (sample): I don’t really like this product.  It’s a bit cakey for me and in general I don’t like powder foundations as I have dry skin.

3. Benefit high beam: Another pretty highlighter.  It applies smoothy, blends easily, and has great staying power.  

4. theBalm time balm concealer: This is a cream concealer that applies sheer but is buildable.  It works well to hide acne and other blemishes, but doesn’t completely cover them.  It’s not that great for dark circles though.

5. Maybelline Dream Lumi concealer/highlighter in Nude: This is a decent concealers and works pretty well for dark circles.  I’m not crazy about the packaging or the application and I don’t use this for highlighting, just concealing.


So we’ve finally come to the end of my collection!  


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