Sunday, July 31, 2011

Nail Polish Collection

If you couldn't already tell from my recent posts, I'm obsessing over nail polish right now.  While looking at her blog the other day, I noticed that Danielle from Sweet As Honey had a great blog post from awhile back about her nail polish collection.  I really loved seeing all the different shades she had and it inspired me to go and pick up some of the shades she had (Celeb City!).  So I thought I would copy her great idea and share my nail polish collection as well.  Enjoy!

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My collection, which I store on a spice rack.
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Each tier holds 2 rows of polish and about 8-9 bottles per row.
Let's start with the pink and red shades.  They are a mix of brands and prices but I tried to let you know if a shade was discontinued.  Most of them are still recent shades so if one you like is discontinued, you may want to check amazon or ebay.  All shades are listed left to right.

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Pinks and Reds
Pinks & Reds:
1.       Maybelline Express Finish in Racing Rubies
2.       Maybelline Express Finish in Berry Boucle
3.       Maybelline Express Finish in Mod Mauve
4.       Maybelline Express Finish in Cocoa Motion
5.       Sinful Colors in Beautiful Girl
6.       N.Y.C. Long Wearing Nail Enamel in Classic Coral
7.       N.Y.C. Long Wearing Nail Enamel in Love Letters (discontinued)
8.       Wet N Wild Fast Dry Nail Color in FuchsiaRama
9.       Essie in Cute as a Button
10.   Wet N Wild Mega Last in Undercover
11.   (front row) Nicole by OPI Nic’s Sticks in Express-ion of Love (discontinued)

1.   N.Y.C. in a New York Color Minute in Central Park
2.   Revlon in Endless Possibilities (discontinued)
3.   Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Malt (discontinued)

Oranges and Yellows
Oranges & Yellows:
1.   Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Snappy Sorbet
2.   Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Lightening

Greens and Blues
Greens & Blues:
1.   Maybelline Express Finish in Go Go Green
2.   Essie in Sew Psyched
3.   Essie in Turquoise and Caicos
4.   Wet N Wild Wild Shine in Bijou Blue
5.   Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Blue Me Away!

1.   Essie in Merino Cool
2.   Wet N Wild Wild Shine in Eggplant Frost
3.   Nicole by OPI in Virtuous Violet
4.   Milani Nail Lacquer in Totally Cool
5.   Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Lacey Lilac
Gray, Black, White & Metallic
Gray, Black, White, & Metallic
1.   Wet N Wild Fast Dry Nail Color in Gray’s Anatomy
2.   Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Celeb City
3.   Wet N Wild Wild Shine in Black Crème
4.   Essie in Blanc
5.   Essence Color & Go Nail Polish in White Secret
6.   Wet N Wild Craze in Shield (discontinued)
7.   Pure Ice in Fast Lane
1.   Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Teal-y Cool
2.   ULTA Nail Polish in Tinseltown (Holiday 2010 Limited Edition)
3.   ULTA Nail Polish in And the Oscar Goes to… (Holiday 2010 Limited Edition)
4.   ULTA Nail Polish in Tweetworthy (Holiday 2010 Limited Edition)
5.   ULTA Nail Polish in Paparazzi (Holiday 2010 Limited Edition)
6.   Milani One Coat Glitter in Gold Glitz

1.   Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat in Fuchsia Shock
2.   Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat in Vintage Violet
3.   Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat in Snow Blast
4.   Republic Nail Crackle in Blue
5.   China Glaze Crackle in Crushed Candy
6.   China Glaze Crackle in Cracked Medallion

Saturday, July 30, 2011

NOTD: Turquoise and Caicos

With the extra free time I've had since I'm off for the summer, I've really been into painting my nails.  Usually during the school year, I'm so busy lesson planning and checking papers that I barely have time to breath, nonetheless paint my nails.  So here's my latest artwork.  The color is Turquoise and Caicos from Essie.  I love this creamy aqua for summer and I've gotten a lot of compliments about my nail color!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Series: Everyday Makeup

This video is one of three in a series called Everyday Makeup.  These are all things that are neutral and apply quickly to get you out the door ASAP!  This video is on blushes.

Did you miss the first video in this series?  The first edition is on Everyday Eyeshadows!


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Fingers and Toes

I recently painted both my fingernails and toenails and thought I'd share the final look.  I'm pretty pleased with the polish I used on my toes but I was pretty disappointed in the way my fingernails turned out.  I think I'll be repainting them soon.
On my toes, I'm wearing Milani One Coat Glitter Nail Laquer in Gold Glitz.  I am really impressed with this polish!  Glitter polish is usually hard to make look good but this really went on with just one coat!  And to me, any nail polish that looks good after one coat is a keeper.  I think this will really look nice on fingernails closer to fall.

On my fingernails, I have on several coats of Essie nail polish in Blanc, followed by Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat in Vintage Violet.  I really did not like the way the purple crackle turned out.  The color looked much more violet in the bottle but turned out rather brown on the nails.  Not what I was hoping for.  I've picked up several new polishes lately and I'm really looking forward to trying some of them out.  I'm thinking the next time I paint my nails I will be staying away from the crackle.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

DIY Projects: Even more info!

This video is something I really enjoyed making because arts and crafts and DIY are something that I really love to do in my spare time!  But anyone who likes arts and crafts probably knows that it can get pretty expensive!  Luckily, the materials for most of these projects can be found at your local dollar store!  Below, I'm going to give a list of materials, alternatives, and other ideas for all of the projects in my video.  Please realize that materials that most people would have, like scissors and a pen, are not included in every project since I didn't want the prices to seem higher than they really are.  Enjoy and if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

Project 1: Recycled Glass:
- empty candle jar or other jar - free!
- metal nail file - $1 at Dollar Tree
- soap! - already have (I hope!)

Alternative: Dollar Tree carries lots of shapes and sizes of glass containers for only $1!

Project 2: Ribbons and Bows:
- glass jar or container - free
- ribbon - $1 at Dollar Tree (I bought mine for $2.99 at Hobby Lobby)
- hot glue gun - $1
- rhinestones, bows, or other decorations - I bought three black bows at Hobby Lobby for $0.99

Alternative: You could use the ribbon to make your own bows that match!

Project 3: Stay in Place Drawers
- Sterilite makeup drawers - free, as most people already have them!
- rubber shelf liner - around $4.50 a roll at Walmart

Alternative: Dollar Tree sells smaller rolls of shelf liner for people who have a smaller makeup collection.  You can also use the liner to line shelves where you keep things like baskets.

Project 4: Pretty Drawers
- Cardstock - I got mine in a large pack from Michaels.  Five different patterns (all black and white) with five sheets of each pattern were $3.99.
- Tape (Optional)

Alternative: Check out this video that gave me the inspiration for this video!  You could also do the labels like hers! 

Project 5: Wrapped Boxes
- recycled boxes - free!
- wrapping or craft paper - $1 at Dollar Tree!

Alternative: You can use cardstock to make origami boxes the exact size and shape that you need!  No wrapping involved!

Project 6: Nail Polish Rack
- nail polish rack - The one I bought was $5, but you can get metal wire ones at Dollar Tree too!
- empty box - I bought mine at Walmart for around $0.50
- wrapping paper - left over from Project 5!

Alternative: Check out my inspiration video on how to make an even less expensive version!

Project 7: Recycled Cardboard
- empty boxes - free

The video from EnKoreMakeup that showed me how to do this project!

Alternative: You can adjust the size of the pattern to make organizers for eyeshadows, lipsticks, or anything else you can imagine!  Look around at EnKore's Channel, as he has several videos for different sized objects!

Project 8: Pink Bouquets
- two bouqets of pink daisies - $2 at Dollar Tree
- Papermate pens, pack of 10 - $1 at Dollar Tree
- floral tape - $1 at Dollar Tree
- glass rocks - $1 at Dollar Tree
- vase - free, thanks to Projects 1 and 2!

Alternatives: Use more than one flower for each pen if you're running low on pens!  This bouquets make a great gift for a lady!  Present the bouquet of pens in a pretty terra cotta planter that you decorated just for your friend, mother, teacher, or sister!

Project 9: Makeup Photos
- old magazines or catalogs - free
- cardstock - left over from Project 4
- stencils - $1 from Dollar Tree

Alternatives: Instead of cutting out your own frames, you can buy miniature frames from the Dollar Store and cut the pictures to fit the frame.

Project 10: Girly Garbage
- garbage can - $1 from Dollar Tree
- rhinestones or other decorations - $1 from Dollar Tree
- hot glue gun - $1

Alternatives: You could use fabric paint to decorate instead of rhinestones.  Simply draw on your design!  You could do your name, write I love makeup, or anything you want!  Or you could use rhinestones and fabric paint for a really fancy can!

Finally, some photos of how my makeup area looks!

HOTD: Hair of the Day

Front view
I thought I'd give you a closer look at my hair from my FOTD post from the back and sides because I really like the way it turned out.  It's just a simple messy bun that I put in using the Goody Spin Pins I recently blogged about having purchased.  I have to say, I'm rather impressed with them.  I had low expectations but high hopes and they really have been working well for me.  This hair style stayed in place with no touch ups or redos for over nine hours.

To achieve this style, I started out with second day hair.  I sprayed some Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo into my roots and brushed it out after it set.  I'm not a big fan of this product, but I'm trying to use it up.  I much prefer Salon Grafix Invisible Dry Spray Shampoo or just plain baby powder.  Next, I used Garnier Fructis Style Anti Humidity Hairspray Flexible Control.  This is a flexible hold hairspray but it still holds well.  Yet at the end of the night, you can still get all that teasing out!  After spraying this in sections at the crown of my hair, I used a brush to gently tease the sections.  I also very gently teased the front sections together because the oil in my hair tends to make the front sections separate and look dirty.  By gently teasing them together, the hair stays as one piece.  Then I gently combed over that teasing so it looked smooth from the top.  Next, I pulled all of my hair into a ponytail (in my hands, no elastic) directly back from my ears.  Then I twisted the ponytail into a bun and secured it with the two spin pins, one spiraling down and the other spiraling up.  Then hairspray the whole thing into place and you're done!  I can't believe how messy-cute and simple this hairstyle is and I love that it keeps all of my hair up and out of my face and off of my neck for these super hot days!

Back view
I really just can't believe how well the spin pins held my hair and how nice it looks.  It makes me wish I'd tried them sooner!  Now I might have to pick up the mini spin pins for 1/2 up do looks!  For around $6, I think they are a great bargain, although if you have particularly long or thick hair, you might need two sets to get the hold you want.  My hair is neither of those so they work great for me.  If they continue to work this well for me, I foresee myself getting a lot of use out of them.

Side view

Another side view

FOTD: DIY Video Makeup

I love the makeup and hair I'm wearing in the introduction and ending of my 10 DIY Projects For Your Makeup Area video!  I've been wearing really light and natural makeup for most of the summer but today was date night with my husband (we went out for coffee) so I thought I'd glam it up a bit!  It was a really fun look and totally different than what I have been wearing.  My hair is just teased a lot and then put into a bun with the Goody Spin Pins.  Click here for a closer look at the sides and back of my hair, as well as my thoughts on the spin pins.

- Hard Candy Sheer Envy Face Primer
- Maybelline Mineral Power Liquid Foundation in Porcelain Ivory
- e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer (prime undereye)
- Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach (undereye)
- Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer in Light (undereye)
- Palladio Herbal Treatment Concealer in Ivory (blemishes)
- Physician’s Formula Bamboo Wear Bamboo Silk Face Powder in Translucent
- Physician’s Formula Healthy Wear Bronzer SPF 50 in Fair
- N.Y.C. Bronzer in Sunny (contour)
- L.A. Colors Professional Series Blush in Pink Blush (apples of cheeks)
- Ardell Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brown

- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- ULTA Christmas Eyeshadow Set (doesn't have names listed)
                - Gray Satin shade on lid
                - Sparkly Charcoal shade in Crease
                - White Shimmer shade on inner corner
- Wet N Wild Color Icon Single in Brulee as brow highlight
- Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner Pencil in Black on tightline
- Almay Intense i-Color Liquid Eyeliner in Black Pearl on top lashline (slight wing)
- Smashbox Limitless Eyeliner in Graphite (waterline)
- Too Faced Lash Injection Pinpoint (top and bottom lashes)

- Milani Color Perfect Lipstick in Beloved
- Hard Candy Volumizing Lip Gloss in Girl Next Door

Friday, July 22, 2011

FOTD: Summer Shimmer

I haven't done a Face of the Day in a long time so I thought I would post one today.  It's nothing too exciting, as I've been wearing very little makeup lately.  It's absurdly hot and humid here in Florida and my makeup tends to just melt off so this is one of several light makeup looks I've been wearing a lot lately.  My hair is also something I've been sporting often as of late.  It's just two loose braids with some face framing pieces left out in front.  I used a one inch curling iron and wrapped the front sections around the iron (did not use the clamp) for a few seconds to give them some texture.  Low maintenance and still cute!  Hope you like the look!

- Hard Candy Sheer Envy Face Primer
- Maybelline Mineral Power Liquid Foundation in Porcelain Ivory
- e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer (prime undereye)
- Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach (undereye)
- Palladio Herbal Treatment Concealer in Ivory (undereye and on blemishes)
- e.l.f. SPF 45 Sunscreen UVA/UVB Powder
- Physician’s Formula Healthy Wear Bronzer SPF 50 in Fair
- N.Y.C. Bronzer in Sunny (contour)
- Wet N Wild Limited Edition Everything Under the Sun Bronzer (apples of cheeks and back to temples)
- Ardell Brow Pencil in Medium Brown

- Too Faced Shadow Insurance
- Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Espresso (tightline, outer 2/3 of top lash line)
- Wet N Wild Limited Edition Everything Under the Sun Bronzer
                - pink shade on lid
                - dark brown shade on crease and outer ½ of bottom lash line)
                - medium beige shade as brow highlight
                - lightest sand shade as inner corner highlight
- N.Y.C. Showtime Mascara (top and bottom lashes)

- Hard Candy Volumizing Lip Gloss in Girl Next Door

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Haul (No Cheating!)

Today I went shopping with some friends and picked up a few new items.  But no worries, I didn't cheat on my makeup diet!  I was pretty proud of that, considering the fact that we met at Sephora!  I even saw the makeup line at Payless for the first time and wasn't even tempted.  I'm just to the point where I know I don't need any makeup so I don't even want it.  Here are a few things I did want.

The first two items I picked up at Target and both are hair accessories.  At the top, I finally found the dark hair Goody Spin Pins!  Yay!  I tried them out and was amazed at how well they worked!  So many of these "innovative" hair products have burned me before but this one is great!  Easy to use and does what it promises!

Below, I picked up another Goody Product.  It's an ouchless headband.  I actually love the two together also!  One of my most worn hair looks this summer has been a messy bun with a headband!  I have to say though, I have a different one of these ouchless headbands already and I think it is much more comfortable than the new one!  This one is tighter and not so ouchless.  We'll see if it gets better with time.

Lastly, I've been looking for a moisturizer for my face, neck, and chest with a high SPF.  The sunscreen I have currently from Aveeno made me break out in itchy, scaly hives on my neck!  So I wanted something SPF 30 or higher that would not irritate my skin.  I picked up this moisturizer with SPF 50 from Cetaphil.  Since it's classified as a facial moisturizer and not a sunscreen, I'm hoping it will be more gentle on my skin.  And if not, I saved the receipt and the woman at the counter said I can return it.  :)  What I like about it (first impressions!) is that it is in a squeeze tube so you can get all of the product out, but it also has a pump applicator so it's easy to get out now.  It also has a rather thin texture that blends easily into the skin, although it does smell a bit like sunscreen.  Also, since I live in Florida and the sun is really intense here and I'm very fair-skinned, I always go for high SPF, which this product has.  I have high hopes so far for this moisturizer and I'm really hoping it doesn't disappoint.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Makeup Diet Rules

I've been thinking about this makeup diet thing for several weeks now and I really couldn't decide what I wanted to do.  I really wanted to try to use up some things and stop buying for awhile but I wasn't sure if I wanted to do a Project 10 Pan, Makeup Diet or Makeup Spending Ban.  I knew a Project 10 Pan would probably take me another year to complete and I didn't think I had that kind of willpower (being honest with myself).  I finally decided to just call it a Makeup Diet and put some rules for myself in writing.  If they're in writing then it's like a contract to myself and I'll be less likely to mess up, cheat, or just plain give up on the whole thing.  So here are my rules for myself of how long I plan to do this and what I can and cannot buy.

1. Timeframe: I can't buy anything from the "can't buy" list until after I get my next paycheck (September 1st).  July 11th was the last time I bought anything from my "can't buy" list so that would make about a month and a half of no makeup buying.  Pretty good for me.
2. Can't buy list: makeup, self-tanners, hair products (hair spray, gel, etc.), skin care products with SPF 30 or lower, makeup brushes or other applicators, fragrances
3. Can buy list: hair accessories (hair ties and bobby pins), skin care products with SPF 35 or higher (tinted moisturizer is counted as makeup so that's a no-no), skin care products for ance (my daily face wash, spot treatment, etc.), nail polish and nail accessories
4. Exceptions: If by some miracle, I can actually find something super unique.  But let's be honest, brown eyeshadow is not unique and neither are crease brushes.  But a matte nude drugstore eyeliner... now we're talking.  Also if I completely run out of something (for example, face primer) then I can replace it.

That's all I can think of for now but you never know when I might decide to add something else to one list or the other.  For now, I'll focus on some things I'm trying to use up.

Use it then lose it!
Back Row from Left to Right: Bodycology Body Splash in Coconut Lime, Dove Body Splash in Cucumber Green Tea, Maybelline Mineral Power Liquid Foundation in Porcelain Ivory, Hard Candy Sheer Envy Face Primer (don't worry, I have a back-up!), and Revlon Colorstay Liquid Foundation in Ivory

Front Row from Left to Right: e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer, Essence Clear Gel Mascara, Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner Pencil in Espresso, Essence Long Lasting Eyeliner Pencil in Almost Famous, Ardell Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brown, Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner Pencil in Brown, and a sample size of Hard Candy Plumping Serum in Uptown Girl

Also, in addition to the items shown here, I am trying to use some free samples of things I've received in the mail.  I wouldn't count them as Project X Pan items or anything, I've just had them for a long time and need to use them also.  Plus it will give me a break from using the same items all the time as people often do when on Makeup Diets!  To use up, I have a sample of Bare Minerals face primer and eye primer, Urban Decay After Glow Glide On Cheek Tint in Quickie, and a few other random things that I can't remember right now.

Finally, here are a few things I've already used up: Clinique Happy to Be sample, Blistex Raspberry Lemonade Lip Balm, a sample of Benefit Stay Don't Stray Eyeshadow and Concealer Primer (which I really liked) and a sample of Alterna Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil.

There are also a few things that I'm trying to use up or that I use every day but which I never seem to see a dent in but I thought I would put that in a separate post.  Wish me luck in dieting!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Nail Polish Look

If you check in with my blog or Facebook page often (search FB for "Experimental Beauty"), then you may know that I am currently obsessed with crackle nail polish.  (If you missed out on those posts, click here for attempt #1 or click here for attempt #2.)  This was my third try at the crackle and I think this time was definitely the best.  This time I used Essie polish in Blanc as the undercoat (3 coats so it was really opaque) and Sally Hansen crackle overcoat in Fuchsia Shock.  I can definitely tell that the Sally Hansen crackle polish is much better quality than the Republic Nail so if you're having trouble deciding between the two, I would absolutely suggest you go for the Sally Hansen.  It applies very easily and looks great.

Essie nail polish in Blanc

Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat in Fuchsia Shock

I was at a friend's house last night with my nails done this way and she liked the way it looked so much that today we went out and bought her the blue Sally Hansen Crackle (Distressed Denim) and she's going to try it out with a turquoise color underneath and fine silver glitter on top.  I think it will look great!  And did I mention that while I helping her pick out polishes I decided to buy the Sally Hansen Crackle in Vintage Violet?  Purple is my favorite color... ;)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

New Video! Everyday Eyeshadows

I released a new video today on Everyday Eyeshadows!  Here it is!

Makeup Area Makeover: Part 4 - Details

Did you miss parts 1-3 of Makeup Area Makeover?  Here's the links to the other posts!
Part 1: More Space
Part 2: Spice It Up
Part 3: Pink Accents

So I was finally done with all the major work and now it was time to put it all together.  Here are some photos of what my makeup area looks like!

My new nail area.  The flower basket holds makeup items I've used up for my makeup diet.  It sits on top of my beauty books.  In front are two photo holders.  The one on the left is a butterfly.  The one on the right is a flower.  They were on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $0.60 each!  Then we have my spice rack of nail polishes and to the right, in the black and white polka dotted box are all the essentials I need to do my nails.  Now I just toss my polish in the box and I can take it downstairs to do my nails with everything I need.  :)

My free table now holds the new sterilite drawers and on top of them is the other spice rack.  I bought the strand of pink metal and mesh flowers in the outdoor decor section of Hobby Lobby for $3.67.  The trail around the table nicely.

Flower trail!  You could also cut the ribbon holding them together to make more than one chain.

The vanity tabletop now has some life to it!  Pops of bright pink color make it more fun and girly.

I made the top shelf of this 360 degree rotating spice rack even more organized by adding more decorative boxes, shown in part 3 of my Makeup Area Makeover.

Overall, I am very pleased with the results.  But of course, I don't feel like I am finished yet!  I would like to add some accents to the sterilite drawers like are shown in this video ( as well as cutting out some pictures of makeup and laminating them to place in the butterfly and flower photo holders.  If I get around to doing that soon, there just might be a part 5 to this series!  Until then, I hope you've enjoying watching my area transform and I also hope you've gotten some ideas of your own on how to beautify your area.

Missed a part of this series?  Click the links below to see what you missed!
Part 1: More Space
Part 2: Spice It Up
Part 3: Pink Accents

Makeup Area Makeover: Part 3 - Pink Accents

Did you miss Steps 1 and 2 in my Makeup Area Makeover?  Click the links to get caught up!
Part 1: More Space
Part 2: Spice It Up

My next step in my makeup area makeover (now that I had storage under control) was to get my craft on and spruce things up.  I went to Hobby Lobby in search of some cheap, pretty pink accents that I could add to what I already had.  I picked up a bouquet (50% off!) of hot pink fake Gerber daisies, some cute pink ribbon and black bows, and some fun pink accents.  My thought was to take the boring, inexpensive plastic and glass containers that I already had and add some fun accents to them.

The boring stuff I already had
First I thought I would conquer the black and white container.  This was actually a pencil holder given to me by a student I had a few years ago.  Once upon a time, it held my makeup brushes but I had since found new storage for them and the cup was currently empty.  I thought I would make it into a pretty faux flower vase.  I cut up the bouquet of daisies (around $4 at Hobby Lobby) and arranged them into some floral foam.  Voila!

Nero wants to "help".
A splash of color.

Next, I took several clear plastic and glass containers and hot glued the pink ribbon onto them.  Some of them then got black bow accents or faux crystal accents.  The pink ribbon was $2.99 per roll (2 rolls) at Hobby Lobby and the black bows were $0.99 for three.  I already had the faux crystals so I'm not sure how much they run.  This was definitely addicting!  Once I saw how nice the ribbon turned out, I went in search of anything else to which I could add ribbon or crystals!  Here are some of the items I decorated and what I store in each.

Pink ribbon and clear and pink crystals were added to $1 glass votive holders in which I store Q-tips and cosmetic applicators.

More pink ribbon and a black bow adorn this plastic candle holder which stores extra makeup applicators.  I think the ribbons sort of look like a garter belt.  ;)

More pink ribbon with a black bow to hold my mascara spoolies and brow shapers.

More pink ribbon and black bow.  This container actually came with the bobby pins that are stored inside of it so it was pretty much free!  I purchased these bobby pins awhile ago from Sally Beauty Supply and they are the best bobby pins ever!

A little basket I had that I wove some ribbon through and hot glued the ends.  It holds my brush cleaner, eye makeup remover, and other small bottles.

I took a small cardboard box that was going to be recycled and cut it to the right height, then covered it in wrapping paper.  Now it holds my kabukis, lip balms, and some other random clips and small items.

With all of my loose items now stowed in cute (and pink!) containers, I was ready to put it all together!

Click HERE for Part 4 of my Makeup Area Makeover!