Okay, so I was wrong about the storm. I wasn’t wrong that this area didn’t get hit as hard as they were acting like it might – but I realize that’s mostly just luck. I feel terrible for the people who did get it bad and if I thought going to New York to help out would actually be helpful and not just add to the mess I would have been there already.
Instead I’ve been at home enjoying an impromptu vacation and playing with my new toys. As promised, I decided to conquer something from my Pinterest boards since I had the time and on Saturday I headed to Ikea with Betsy to finally fix my makeup situation once and for all.
When we last left my makeup, I had it on the Ikea chalkboard.
It worked, but I found that I still didn’t trust the magnets to hold everything – those Color Tattoo cream eyeshadows are ridiculously heavy so they never held up. Nothing by bareminerals ever stuck because the lids are rounded (I could have done them backwards but I wanted to be able to see the color). Of course my palettes (the little mac ones aside) were too big to hang too. And the lighting in my bathroom is awful so I don’t really like doing my makeup in the bathroom.
Which lead me to leave all my makeup in a travel bag and start doing my hair and makeup in the hallway of my little apartment.
Yes, I would sit on the floor because I never did get around to putting the mirror back up after I re-painted my walls. But it worked, which was why I knew when I saw this on MODG that I had to do it too. Amanda took it all a step further cause she’s more dedicated than me and pressed all her eyeshadows into identical containers but I’m happy with my stuff the way it is.
Here’s the beautiful and so inspired original version:
Instructions are at the original source on Ms. Tapioca’s blog. And here’s my finished product:
By finished I mean it’s kind of a work in progress. I still need to get a chair and a few more trays to go with it. I’m using my desk chair right now which is a perfect height but impractical to carry back and forth all day. But I like that I can include all my hair stuff in it as well (since my makeup collection now looks quite small).
As I use it I keep finding different things I want to add – a jar to hold Q-Tips, a jar for my hair brushes, and then a jar to hold all those eyeliners, lip glosses, and mascaras. I need a trashcan to go under it and some kind of lighting solution because the overhead light is bright (and better than my bathroom lighting) but makes weird shadows. And not everything fits neatly in the trays so I’m sure I’ll keep adjusting.
The other downside is that the table gets messy pretty fast so if you’re anything like me you might be happiest if you keep a set of glass wipes nearby.
But there you have it – a really easy and fun DIY project – not to mention how girly and indulgent it feels to have such an awesome makeup table! Now that I have it I’ve been spending a lot of time sitting there playing with my makeup and trying to follow along with tutorials on YouTube. My next task is to learn how to take a decent photograph of my own eye makeup because every time I try I fail miserably.
Did you get hit by the storm very much? Have you done any awesome projects (from Pinterest or not) lately?