TAKING A TRIP FOR THE UPCOMING HOLIDAYS OR JUST NEED A SOLUTION FOR YOUR BUSY LIFESTYLE? THE BEAUTY CLOSET HAS YOU COVERED!

by Christina in ,


EVER FEEL DISORGANIZED?!

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



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London SOHO New York Disney Train Case:  Ursula

London SOHO New York Disney Train Case: Ursula

 

LONDON SOHO New York

Disney Villains

Ursula

$11.99

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! ---->



MY BEAUTY PICKS FOR THE

MAKEUP & SKINCARE BEAUTY CLOSET:

 

 

 

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

Notes:
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


DESIGNER PERFUMES A BIT TOO EXPENSIVE?!

I absolutely LOVE designer and luxe scents, but many others might feel the same way as I do- I don't care too much for the pricing that comes with it! It's nice to wear perfume that makes a statement or just relays how you're feeling on that particular day.

I've never understood however, why they have to normally cost a decent amount of money. Many times I am sure it has a great deal to do with the brand name that you're actually paying for, but they still seemed overpriced to me in most cases.

Recently, I came across a really neat service that solves this problem. Scentbird takes a unique approach and it's a great alternative to a pile of often over-sized and expensive perfume bottles collecting dust on your dresser :) Check out my review of this awesome service below + a BONUS code for 15% OFF your FIRST month at Scentbird. 


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[BVLGARI Omnia Coral]

REALLY LOVED this scent- light but still lasts ALL day and didn't give me a headache ;) I'm often sensitive to stronger smells and can even end up with my head hurting or other allergic reactions. This perfume however, was exactly what I was looking for: a nice clean scent that even my fiance could appreciate ;)

REALLY LOVED this scent- light but still lasts ALL day and didn't give me a headache ;) I'm often sensitive to stronger smells and can even end up with my head hurting or other allergic reactions. This perfume however, was exactly what I was looking for: a nice clean scent that even my fiance could appreciate ;)

The service really is all it's cracked up to be and I'm so glad that someone put this fantastic idea into motion! I've gotten stuck with quite a few designer fragrances myself and spent quite a bit of money in the process- I didn't always end up happy with my purchase either. I think that this happens to many, but with this service you aren't going to have that problem any more :)

There's a super easy sign-up at scentbird.com and after answering some easy questions for under 5 minutes, you can pick from over 350 scents! In your first shipment you will receive the Scentbird re-usable spray container that also happens to be neatly designed too. The twist up spray has a metal cap with the Scentbird logo on top and allows for the glass vial inside of the metal casing to be pulled up for use.

Simply twist back down in 2 seconds when done- perfect for on-the-go trips as it won't make a mess and doesn't take up tons of room either ;) When picking out your scents, you can pre-select them and decide what and which month you'd like them to arrive. You do however need to ensure that you edit your selections to your final choice before the 5th of the month, otherwise the changes will be effective the following month.

There's an option to purchase extra cases if you would like, but you can NOT order another fragrance bottle. This is because the glass vials are replaced with each new scent that arrives, allowing for you to easily pull out the previous vial and replace with your new one. If you don't make a selection ahead of time of by the 5th of the month, Scentbird will send along their recommended fragrance of the month.

One thing that they've included since I last checked them out, is their addition of guy's fragrances which means you could get this service for that special guy in your life and it makes a great inexpensive gift that he's going to use :) Even if you have a women's subscription, you CAN try out a man's fragrance as well! I REALLY like this feature, as it means that I could share it with my fiance and it would be something that he's going to really like too. 

You have the option of a month-to-month subscription or you can save a bit more cash and go with a: 3 month [$43.50 up front cost & FREE shipping], 6 month [$84 up front w/FREE shipping], or 1-year [$162 up front w/FREE shipping] subscription as well. You can cancel the service at any time, however you MUST do this before the 5th of the month so that you can avoid being charged.

The slight drawback to this is that if you have purchased a 6 or 12 month option, then you will NOT receive a refund for those months that are remaining in the subscription. I would advise to wait to cancel if you have purchased several months so as to avoid this issue all together or just sticking with a month-to-month basis.

In regards to shipments in general, they do ship around the same time every month on the 15th and it can take up to 10 business days to receive your perfume. This is nice to know that they have a good consistency that you can count on AND they even send out an email once your fragrance is on its way so that you will know when it's arriving.

I've seen a LOT of monthly subscription services don't offer this as an option, especially one at such an affordable cost as this one. The downside right now for their shipping services though, is that they only ship to the US at this time. They do however promise that they are going to be expanding and to expect this to change in the near future.

They don't accept refunds or refunds on orders, but at $15 a month you aren't risking too much if- even if you don't end up liking it all. The short quiz that you can take at any time is a really helpful guide in choosing possible picks you might like, which does lower the risk of getting something that you don't ;) Overall, I would give the service a 5 STAR RATING due to it's affordability , range of product options that are offered to BOTH genders, and painless process!


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