Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Beauty Systems: Nail Care Organization

I am generally one of those people who is obsessed with reading about organization, but is not very good at finding and sticking to a good system. I've noticed lately that I seem to be in a pretty good place with my beauty storage, so I thought I would share some of my solutions with you over the next few weeks. First up: Nails!
I keep all my supplies in the bottom drawer of my bedside table for two reasons: practicality and functionality. I'm very much of an "out of sight out of mind" type of person, but having all I need so close to my bed really reminds me to actually use my products on a regular basis. Also, I usually do my nails in bed so there is really no excuse for leaving bottles of polish strewn all over the room when I can just bend down and put them away immediately after use. Keeping the polishes in a separate box means they can all be moved quickly and neatly to another space if need be.
Since I'm always looking at them from above, I learned that to keep myself organized I had to find a way to see the colours from the top. I had seen some people paint dots on the top of the bottle, but I still wanted to be able to see the shade names underneath so instead I painted white page reinforcements and stuck them to the labels.

Most of you would probably stop at this point but I like to take it one step further and arrange the polishes by use/colour. I keep base coats/top coats and neutrals on the side closest to me since they are my most reached for products, and then from there filter down through shades. Since we're in fall/winter season I'm gravitating more towards metallics, deeper shades and glitters at the moment and leaving my brights and pastels in the back for when I rearrange for spring/summer.
In the back of the drawer I keep my reinforcements, which as mentioned I use for identifying polish colours, but also for simple nail art like this look I did a post on last year. In a little glass container I keep all my grooming/shaping tools: nail clippers, files and buffers (glass files are an absolute must for smooth nails!). I usually keep a separate container for cotton pads and qtips for touchups but I was running low so I tossed them all in one to keep it simple.
Up at the front I keep some more essentials. First, a mini bottle of polish remover that I'm hoping to soon replace with the kind that allows you to pump out the product (any suggestions on brands?). Second, I have my bottle of Seche Restore, which I don't actually use with Seche Vite since I don't own any. This stuff is like magic for making your older polishes that are starting to dry out/thicken like new again! I have used it coutless times to bring some of my favourite discontinued shades back to life.

Finally, I have two different hand creams, one of which I will use either after everything has dried or before bed. The True Blue Shea Cashmere Hand Cream leaves your hands feeling like silk, but it has a pretty strong sweet scent that I sometimes find overpowering. When I'm looking for something unscented I'll use this Cetaphil cream that I got as a sample. It is really meant for the body, but is pretty lightweight so it makes a decent hand cream. Once I finish this one I'll be replacing it with my all time favourite which is the St. Ives Skin Renewing lotion, since it is completely non-sticky and smells amazing.

What do you use to store/organize your nail care products?

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Alternative Holiday

Even though I am always one to pile on the jewelry, sometimes an outfit doesn't need a ton of accessorizing in order to shine. I've had this belt probably since high school, but it has seen a surprising amount of wear considering it is pink and sparkly. I've found that it works best when it can be the star of the show - and what better way to do that than to pair it with a simple black dress.
Dress: Forever 21 {similar} | Belt: Old {similar} | Clutch: Handmade {similar} | Bracelet: Forever 21 {similar} | Ring: Tiffany & Co. {exact}
Even though it may be a bit a-typical, I think this could be a great look for early festive parties this season. The little hints of sparkle give the holiday feel without being quite so literal in colour palette. Pastels are in for winter this year right?

Do you have any basic accessories that instantly perk up your look?

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Holiday Makeup Must-Haves

Having to scrape off the morning ice from my car officially signals to me that the holidays are right around the corner. Before we know it we will be off to holiday soirees, so here are a few simple ways to take your everyday look to holiday perfection.
Graphic Liner
This is definitely not limited to holiday, but I think a basic graphic liner look is the perfect base in order to build a holiday look. It can easily take you from day to night with a few simple additions for those after work parties. Consider adding a gold liner on top of your typical black for that extra bit of holiday glamour!
Red Lips
Nothing says holiday like a bold red lip. Bright red's with blue undertones are traditionally festive, but if you are looking for something a little bit different, you can check out what I've been loving this season.
A Little Bit of Sparkle
I will be the first to say I am a big fan of glitter, and there is no better time to get your glitter fix than the holidays! Go bold with a glitzy eye, or work it in more subtly by getting some use out of your favourite glitter polishes. Don't let the opportunity to sparkle go to waste!
Fresh Skin
This is the time of the year when even oily-skinned girls can lay off the heavy powder. Nothing looks prettier in dim holiday lights than a little glow! Think about skipping the powder all together for a fresh and natural look, or topping your makeup with a setting spray instead to keep everything in place without looking powdery. Top it all off with your favourite cream or powder highlight and you'll be looking candlelit all night long.
Stay tuned to see how I use these products to create my favourite looks for the holidays!

What's do you use for your signature holiday look?

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