by Christina in ,


With our busy lives and on-the-go ways, it's easy to become disorganized! I consider myself to be what you might call a "neat-freak" and that's why it wasn't easy when I came to the realization that it might be happening in my own life :0 But things in our lives change as they did with myself and I've definitely found that I just don't have the time I used to- especially when it comes to things like organization!

I used to pride myself in how organized I really was, which is why I decided that since I had a lot less time these days- I was going to need to take a different approach :) I came up with an easy solution that's perfect for on-the-go to work, school, etc. and even home! It took a while to find the organizer that was looking for , but I was eventually able to find one that would fit my entire "skincare & makeup beauty closet". I decided to create my own "closet" of beauty items that I could get into at any time AND anywhere for my all of my beauty needs in ONE place!?

It does seem difficult and perhaps you've heard of this concept before with makeup kits of a similar natures, but I wanted to make a twist on this idea. I did eventually manage to get together a few choice items that were specifically designed for on-the-go needs, but that I also still found usable at home :) As for the container itself, I chose to go with soft material in a taller & larger size.

A fun print is always a plus just as a personalized touch. One of my current skincare & makeup beauty closet's is in super cute organizer from London SOHO New York [priced @ only $11.99!]. It's a lot of fun and meets the practicality needs of my organizer as well. Check out more about this great item in my review below! Since I chose the organizer because I wanted to make my own dividers with a customized look and feel, there was one slight change that I made. You can do this as well- it's very easy to do and you probably can complete this in under 10 minutes. T

ake a neat design file folder or regular folder with unique patterns and then take a tape measure. Make measurements inside the organizer and then cut in inch to 1.5 inches [width] strips that match up to both the inside width and length. Take 2 strips and utilize these as the braces or "frame" by making a cross with them. You can keep these 2 strips together by making a small 1/4 in. notch on 1 side of each strip and then sticking them right together at the notches- add a small notch of clear craft glue or hot-glue to the notch and it will be even sturdier.

If you want more than 4 compartments, then create more strip(s) in the same way and put them where you would like. It really just depends on how many compartments you want! Once I had the organizer ready to go and my products picked, I started getting my choices over the course of a couple of months.

Make sure to see a few of the products that ended up going into my skincare & makeup beauty closet. Look for it below my review! I didn't include every product, but I did share my top 4 picks. Surprisingly, the top 4 items that I'm sharing with you today, didn't take up even half of my space inside the organizer! :0




London SOHO New York Disney Train Case:  Ursula

London SOHO New York Disney Train Case: Ursula



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This is a super cute and affordable option and a fairly spacious organizer as well! I always love Disney's Little Mermaid as a little girl and this brought make great memories. It's the perfect mix of fun and functionality that make it a big win in my book! The entire bottom of the train case is well-lined in faux leather material, with a nice rounded edging around it as well. This prevents it from getting wet and dirty, also making it a cinch to clean off if needed.

The top of the organizer is also made out of the same material, with a handle attached up-top too. As for the inside of the case, it's cutely lined with an alternating shell pattern in dark purple and green :) I was most-surprised though by the well-made zipper, which is something that I would expect to find on a very expensive case or organizer instead!

It won't get stuck or get loose as they sometimes do, and goes around each entire corner- this keeps your items securely inside the organizer and not falling out all over the place :/  The adorable Disney character Ursula adorns the front with a grin, her tentacles, and some gold detailing to add a bit of sparkle. The cardboard that comes inside the organizer is fairly stiff and can be left in the organizer if you want or you can pull that out and either toss it or utilize it for the small craft project that I suggested above :)

         SOHO Disney  Elsa  Train Case $11.99 @                                Walgreens.com

         SOHO Disney Elsa Train Case $11.99 @                                Walgreens.com

Overall, this is the perfect organizer for any age and would be fun for all ;) It's very affordable and decently made, with quality you might expect from an expensive designer instead. Plus, you will be able to get an adorable item that will actually help you achieve more organization! You can score this item at walgreens.com for right around $12 and that price, you might even be able to snag a couple of other designs and characters they have to offer! ---->






1. Tarte Stroke of Midnight Brush Set $44 at sephora.com 

This is a beautiful set that also fits into one compact and gorgeous case! What's great about this set, is that you are able to bring it out with you and stow away a couple of extra small items inside :) It makes the perfect disguise as the perfect quality brush set for makeup gals on-the-go! An added bonus? It took up hardly any room in my kit, yet I had a FULL SET of brushes for only $44...yeah!

- The buffer™ airbrush finish foundation brush  - Concealer brush  - Eyeshadow brush  - Complexion brush  - Blush brush  - Sequin brush box

- The buffer™ airbrush finish foundation brush
- Concealer brush
- Eyeshadow brush
- Complexion brush
- Blush brush
- Sequin brush box

2. Sephora Collection Color Around the World: 4 Eye & Face Palettes $28

At only $7 a piece or $28 for the entire set, these palettes are definitely a good buy! Sephora actually makes fairly decent makeup when it comes to their own brand and I admit they've been surprising me more and more lately. Each one of these "notebooks" contains 4 well-chosen eye shadows, plus a coordinating blush that ties with the color scheme of the "notebook" color and shadows. A great extra comes on each little booklet that gives you tips and a  look you can achieve utilizing the palette! 

- 0.25 oz Eau de Parfum - 0.5 oz Eau de Parfum Refill - Funnel   Notes:   Sambac Jasmine, Centifolia Rose, Cattleya Orchid, Ballerina Freesia, Patchouli.

- 0.25 oz Eau de Parfum
- 0.5 oz Eau de Parfum Refill
- Funnel

Sambac Jasmine, Centifolia Rose, Cattleya Orchid, Ballerina Freesia, Patchouli.



3. Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Travel Duo $35 at sephora.com.

This has it all: a fantastic scent with the ability to use the scent how you want with the included funnel that makes it a cinch! At only $35, you can feel like a million and enjoy the lifting floral and oriental style scent without getting annoyed :) 





4. GLAMGLOW Giftsexy Ultimate Anti-Aging Set $79 *on sale at sephora.com!

The set comes in at a $127 value and normally I don't always buy into those claims, but I would have to say that this 4-piece set does have a little bit of everything and deluxe-sample sizes with a bonus quality dual-ended applicator brush! All of the products are made with excellent quality and I could really see the difference in my overall skin health, including smoothness and luminosity :)

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by Christina in ,


I saw a recent study that was conducted here in the U.S. in regards to how much money we actually spend on haircare products and I wasn't surprised: researchers looked at a 3-month period from January 2013- March 2014 on amount spent on haircare products and found that over 25% spend under $50 and over 11% spent between $50-99. Adding those up in yearly terms, that means that on average, over 35% of us spend anywhere from $200- $396 a year in just hair care products alone :0

 For most of us, we could probably think of quite a few things that we could do with money instead. The good news is, things have changed in the haircare industry and for beauty as well- it's become a lot easier to snag awesome products that don't cost an arm-and-a-leg :) Check out my thick & coarse hair tips below + a couple of recommended AND affordable hair care products to achieve that beautiful sleek and shiny hair:






  1. As someone who has coarse and thick hair, I definitely understand the challenges that can often arise; the key is to start with how you're treating your body from the inside-out: boost hair's natural shine, strength, and manageability with natural ingredients and foods. Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Soybean Oil, and Shea Butter are all natural aids in protecting & moisturizing your hair that can be applied directly to the scalp and hair by massaging in when you have just cleansed your hair. As for foods, a few of my fav's are: Avacados, Kiwi, Dark Chocolate, Salmon, Walnuts, & Sunflower seeds- boost your hair's natural shine, strength, & overall health.
  2. Try a shampoo and conditioner that doesn't contain sulfates, parabens, and other ingredients than cause hair to become dry, brittle, and frizzy. I'm really loving both of ALTERNA Haircare's CAVIAR Anti-aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo [$9] & Conditioner [$32]. These ALTERNA products contain Caviar extract, Vitamin C to boost hair's strength and health + they don't contain Parabens, Sulfates, or Phthalates either :)
  3. Utilize a deep-penetrating treatment designed for your scalp and hair at least once a week and stick with a product that has hydration, smoothness, and rebalance of pH in mind. As I also have color-treated hair and it's super coarse and thick to boot, one my big fav's right now is the Cleansing Mask with Lemon from Christopher Robin; this awesome, deep-penetrating mask will cleanse, exfoliate, and soften your hair/scalp in a snap!
  4. Once you reach the styling stage of your hair, it's very important to stay mindful of protecting your hair-especially while heat-styling! You can cause more frizziness, damage, and dryness to your hair if you don't :0 This doesn't mean however, that you have to spend tons of money in order to do it! got2b has some awesomely affordable products that will help you achieve the perfect shiny & sleek hair in no time :) I recommend: got2b double curling power curling mousse and got2b glossy anti-fizz shine serum. Check out the lowdown on these items below...

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One of the BEST inexpensive curl-definers that I've tried! I fell in love with this product from the start and not just for the awesome pricing! It doesn't get sticky, defines curls with ease, and smells fantastic! I don't normally consider myself to have the most manageable hair when it air-dries, but I was able to apply this product after getting out of the shower and by the time my hair had dried, it had beautiful bouncy and defined curls- with NO frizz = yeah! :)

If you've been looking for a great mouse that doesn't break the bank and actually works, then the double curling power Curling Mousse from got2b is the way to go. It won't flake as it dries, has a lovely scent, and is still manageable! 







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I've been seeking an affordable version of any hair serum and I've had a bit of a tougher time in finding the perfect one. got2b's glossy SHINE SERUM is DEF my top pick, as it does an excellent job of taming flyaways and coarse hair in general- making it soft, shiny, and smooth! This is a perfect product for prepping hair before utilizing a heat-tool for styling or if you'd like to freshen up your sleek style or just calm down thick/coarse hair throughout the day.

A nice bonus about his less-costlier version, is that you can use it on both wet AND dry hair too. I'd normally expect to find this kind of quality and effectiveness in a much pricier product and I was definitely impressed. I would recommend this product to even those who may not have thicker or coarser hair, but just want to improve overall shine, health, and protection when styling. 

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