Posts Tagged ‘spring cleaning’

ORGANIZATION STATION!

 

Post/Graphic Design by Norah Curlee

So we know we’re a little late for Spring cleaning, but it’s never too late to get organized! This is especially important for your beauty stash as it can easily take over every surface. Not only does keeping your bits and bobs stored properly look really great, but knowing where everything is can cut down on time when it comes to getting ready. There’s a storage solution for every beauty product and tool under the sun and we’ve rounded them up here…pens at the ready!

JARS + CATCH-ALLS

These guys come in very handy for storing things like Q-tips, cotton rounds, hair ties, bobby pins, tweezers and scissors and so much more. Have several small odds and ends that don’t have a home? Into the jar they go!

Our faves:

1. Artisan Glass Container With Oak Lid

2. Jars With Chalk Labels

3. Square Glass Jar With Gold Lid

4. Acrylic Clear Canisters

5. Small Woodstock Tin

MAKEUP + HAIR

Probably the most important for obvious reasons. So many hair dryers and blushes and brushes…where to put them all? Here:

1. Doris Wall Cabinet – So great for tucking away that hair dryer and curling iron!

2. Diva Vanity Organizer - Makeup brushes up top and plenty of drawer space.

3. Marble Brush Holder - The chicest way to hold makeup brushes. Obsessed.

4. Acrylic Cosmetic Organizer – The perfect vanity topper with nooks and crannies for all the makeup!

CUTE CANISTERS

Just because it serves a purpose doesn’t mean it has to be boring! We love these storage canisters that are functional and pretty enough to display around your space. We’re getting them all.

1. Silver Ceramic Jar

2. Marble Swivel Top Box

3. Jonathan Adler Secrets Canister

4. Glass Apothecary Jar

5. Copper Ceramic Jar

6. White Porcelain Box

7. Striped Ceramic Jar

So what’s your beauty storage situation? Does everything have its place or is it all at random? We want to know because we’re nosy like that. Leave us a comment below!

BRUSH BATH

The two most dreaded words of the season: spring cleaning. Naturally you’ll do the windows, you’ll deep clean your room, break out some lighter-weight bedding, but will you shampoo your hair brushes? I realized this post needed to happen when I was talking to my client the other day. She said she was having a very hard time getting the silky smooth blowout that she normally gets. I asked her if she had been doing anything different recently and she said she was using a volumizing mousse for a while but had stopped. I asked her if she had shampooed her brush between then and now and she just gave me this stumped look. I’m pretty sure she realized right then why it made sense. But I explained that you blowdry with product, it obviously transfers onto the brush. If you do that for a couple/few weeks you will have a build up of product that will transfer right back into wet hair when it’s dragged through. The product on the brush will also attract dust. Long-ish story short, she shampooed the brush and then we got a cute email titled “hooray” to let us know that it fully did the trick. Seems so obvious but when you can’t see the product just by looking down at the brush you really don’t think much about it. It’s not just mousses either– it’s leave-in conditioners, hairspray, thermal protectant, serums, pomades, etc. If you’re a product user, take the time every couple of weeks to shampoo your brushes like this…

  1. Looking at your brush doesn’t tell you much. Looks good enough, right?
  2. Look at it a little closer. On metal-core round brushes, you’ll often see product that’s been burned while sitting on the metal. Particles come off and get in your hair the next time you run it through your freshly shampooed strands.
  3. Before taking them for a dip, use the wide side of a comb to get the hair out.
  4. I specifically encourage you to use a clarifying shampoo. I like THIS ONE + THIS ONE. Don’t just use soap as that can leave behind even more residue.
  5. Fill the sink up about halfway with medium to hot water while adding your clarifying shampoo. Let them sit for about 5 minutes– enough to soften the hardened product particles.
  6. Using a basic scrubber (which I get from the 99 cent store) rub at the core of a metal round brush or at the padding of a flat brush. If you’re cleaning a natural bristle brush, massage it with your fingers under the water instead.Rinse them well with cold water. Make sure you’ve removed all the shampoo.
  7. Now either lay them out to dry or blowdry them on medium heat, which is what I like to do.
  8. See. No more nastiness! You’re sure to get a much better blowout when you have freshly cleaned brushes. This only takes a few minutes and makes all the difference in the world.

ORGANIZATION STATION: HEADBAND HOLDER


photos and post by Kristin Ess

Tis the season for spring cleaning! Last week we did a DIY on hair jars for the bathroom. This week it’s time to organize those pretty little headbands! This is the easiest project ever and hopefully one that will be as beneficial to you as it was to me and my messy drawers of headbands. Here’s 8 easy steps to making one of these helpful holders…

  1. Get a large roll of paper towels. Test a headband on it to make sure it fits. If not, remove some of the paper towels until they fit properly.
  2. Get a fabric that coordinates well with your bedroom or bathroom. I went with a very thin taupe-y grey cotton voile fabric.
  3. Spray paint a ruler (or something flat that can stablize your paper towel roll) with a complimentary or matching color. I used flat white.
  4. Plug in your hot glue gun and get your scissors out!
  5. Cut a fabric square and leave an extra 6″ on each side of the roll. Hot glue the edge of the fabric to the paper towel roll as seen above.
  6. Wrap it all the way around the paper towel roll, overlapping by an inch or two. Cut and glue that edge into place. I folded my edge under before I glued it to make it cleaner.
  7. Once that’s secure, twist the excess fabric on the sides (like you would with a piece of candy) and tuck them into the paper towel roll hole.
  8. Put hot glue on your ruler or piece of wood and secure it to the base of the headband holder to prevent it from rolling.

Last but not least…

ON THAT NOTE…

photo: http://pinterest.com/jswesner/ post designed by kristin ess

Yes. Often a pain, but so worth it when it’s done, right? We don’t mean to sound like your mom or anything, but seeing all those pretty little sparkling bottles + packages organized like this just gets us more inspired to be fancy and play beauty shop! Get in there this weekend. Throw the old out to make room for the new. See you all on Monday.

XO Lauren, Kristin and Amy Nadine