I don't technically have a vanity where I sit and do my makeup -- I learned some time ago that my life is laptop-centric, so if my makeup is anywhere farther than arm's length from where my computer lives, it's not being used. True for eating as well -- Tod and I don't have a dining room table because we eat over our Macbooks. Right.
That said, since we both prep/eat/watch tv/blog/tweet from one single, narrow IKEA table, I've learned to invest in very streamlined storage that keeps my everyday products organized. I've also given myself a little room to squeeze in a few options so I keep my rotation fresh and my collection in use.
My set up consists of a MUJI Acrylic 3-Drawer Case that I schlepped home from New York last year (YAY for Muji coming to Toronto!). The drawer height is very narrow, just high enough to accommodate a Tom Ford lipstick. In fact, that was the original reason I bought it -- this unit used to house lipstick in one drawer, lip gloss in another, and lip balms in the third. After a huge decluttering sesh, I've managed to fit 95% of my lip collection in one drawer. The rest is in various bags or at the office. *pats self on the back*
On top is a cosmetic case from The Container Store -- I was inspired by Emily Weiss's set-up on Into The Gloss. In the back I keep all tubey makeup things like brushes, pencils, mascaras, and general tools -- I think my nail clippers live in there, but I never cut my own nails so...that's moot. In the tray in front I keep a tin of cotton wool and cotton buds and everything I need to prep my base.
Is anyone else as obsessed with makeup collections and vanity tours as I am? I find myself getting sucked in to those videos for hours. Worst clickhole ever.
PS: Today is my big brother's birthday -- you know, the brainiac behind this video.