This is a highly requested video showing my makeup collection and set-up. It also shows how I organize such a large collection and I hope you will get some ideas. I have resisted doing an updated version of my collection because of all the negativity associated with this type of video. As such, I will be moderating and deleting any outright nasty/spam comments as well as blocking and reporting any offenders.
Please check below for Frequently Asked Questions and Answers as well as website links to as many storage items as I was able to locate and list.
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On my lips:
NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg
On my nails:
Essie Cocktail Bling Nail Polish with a splatter design
Picture of nails:
FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions and Answers:
Before you ask a question please check the list below where I may have already provided a response. Not trying to be rude but I WILL NOT answer any question that I have already answered here:
How old are you?
A lady never reveals her age...plus it's rude to ask...naah I don't mind. For curious minds I am thirty and I didn't wear makeup (besides eyeliner, mascara and lipgloss) before age 25 --- YES I know.
How long YOU have been collecting?
My interest in makeup started in 2008. However, my hardcore collection really started at the end of 2009 into 2010 and continued from there. So as of today the majority of my collection is ≤3 years old.
What is YOUR profession? What do YOU do for a living? What is YOUR job?
I am a Professional Electrical Engineer by profession. This is my day-to-day career and I LOVE IT!
How do YOU afford all this makeup? DO YOU buy it all YOURself? Do YOU get products for free?
The bulk of my collection has been purchased by my well and hard-earned cash! I have studied long and hard and have been blessed with a successful career so I am quite happy to treat myself to my guilty pleasure which is makeup.
Quite frankly, all my bills are paid, my bank account is healthy, my 401K Plan is also doing quite well, my charitable donations are pre-tax, I have no pets/kids to provide for AND I am very happy to spend to the things I LOVE. You may not understand or support it but to each their own.
There are also many products/items in my collection that are gifts from friends, family and significant others. They all know I am a makeup lover so of course the best gift to get me would be makeup.
I have also received some of these items from various PR firms and companies representatives for reviews/consideration, gifts, etc.
Why do YOU have all this makeup? It’s such a waste of money!!!
Makeup is my hobby and now also my part-time job. I run a blog and a YouTube channel all dedicated to beauty and makeup therefore my collection will be much larger than a typical everyday makeup lover. What you may consider a waste of money others may not. Alcohol, partying, smoking, over-eating, coffee drinking, video games, sneakers, luxury handbags, jewelry, drugs, etc. can also be considered a waste of money.
What I choose to spend my money on is truly none of your concern unless it directly impacts you - which I can pretty much guarantee you that it doesn’t. I respect a person’s freedom of choice and I would appreciate the same in return.
ARE YOU a makeup artist?
I am not a makeup artist by profession but I do freelance very rarely for special occasions and only a selected few.
Is this a personal collection or used for makeup artistry?
This is mainly a personal collection but it is also used for business purposes.
where do you keep your nail polishes?
I keep my nail polishes and nail products separate and apart from my makeup collection for sanitary and compatibility reasons. You can check out that collection here:
where do you keep your HAIR/BATH/BODY PRODUCTS?
Again, I keep my hair/bath/body products separate and apart from my makeup collection for sanitary and compatibility reasons.
DO YOU USE ALL OF YOUR MAKEUP? YOU CAN’T POSSIBLY GET TO USE IT ALL UP!
My intent isn’t to use-up all my makeup - that would be impossible in my lifetime. I make use of as many products as often as I can. I like to use new things as well as test out products for my blog and YouTube channel. As the makeup industry evolves and grows so does my collection. Most of my collection has been used or at least swatched unless they are back-up products are still in the packaging.
OMG!! YOU DO KNOW THAT MAKEUP HAS AN EXPIRATION DATE RIGHT? YOU WILL NEVER USE THAT ALL UP BEFORE IT GOES BAD!
YES, I AM VERY aware that makeup/cosmetics have an expiration date. However, the marked shelf-life on makeup products is a very conservative estimate and is a recommendation RATHER THAN a RULE!
You can prolong the shelf-life/longevity of cosmetics by using proper storage (dry/low humidity, low-dust, pet-free, smoke-free, low temperature) and using hygienic methods when using the products. Also, make sure your products are sanitized along with your tools (brushes, tweezers, applicators, hands, etc).
Then of course toss out any product with a weird/different smell or texture from its original/brand-new state. Powders last the longest since they don't have the moist environment that bacteria thrive in. Creams, gels, lotions, liquids and the like will have a shorter life-span and should be checked regularly before use. Use your discretion!
A lot the products are kept for sampling, swatching, reference and even simple sentimental value.
And MY most hated question/request…..
OMG YOUHAVE SO MUCH MAKEUP, CAN YOU SEND ME SOME THAT YOU DON’T USE? I DON’T HAVE ANY MAKEUP, I AM POOR, CAN YOU SEND ME SOME MAKEUP?
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I will not send you ANY of my makeup!
First off, I used my hard-earned money for this collection and I ONLY give products to my friends and family. Any makeup that I am willing to give up or part with will go to those close to me just by virtue of me loving them.
It is very unsavory for strangers to BEG me for my makeup especially young girls. PLEASE DO NOT send me emails/messages me about sending you makeup. Makeup is a luxury item and is FAR from a NEED. You need food, clothing and shelter. You absolutely DON’T NEED makeup or any of these luxury items. Be happy with what you have and maybe aspire to being in a place where you can splurge on these items someday.
If you have the luxury of a computer and the internet to watch videos and send messages begging for makeup then you are already better off than more than 50% of the world’s population. Stop using the old poor excuse…you have NO IDEA what poverty is! TRUST ME!
Storage and Organization Items:
Large 9-Drawer Set:
ALEX Drawer Unit with 9 drawers
Small 5-Drawer Set:
VIKA ALEX Drawer unit with 5 drawers, white
MICKE Desk, white with birch effect
THE CONTAINER STORE:
White Wall Mounted Pull-Out Bins used for eye pencils, longer lip products, brushes and eyeliners:
Modular Flip-Out Bins
White Three Drawer used for larger eyeshadows, cream eyeliners/eyeshadows, glitters, etc:
Stackable Desktop Drawers
Clear Organizers used for lipsticks and lipglosses:
Baseball Card Case & Sleeves
Clear 4-Section Swivel Organizer used for frequently used neutral eyeshadows:
4-Section Acrylic Swivel Organizer
Clear 3 Section Organizer used for cotton pads and cotton swabs (q-tips):
Tall 3-Section Acrylic Hinged-Lid Box
Clear 4 Section Organizer used for brushes on desk:
Acrylic 4-Section Box
Clear Organizers for mascaras, eye primers, lip conditioners, concealers, etc:
Acrylic Edge Stackable Boxes
Drawer organizer used for eyeshadows:
Michael Graves for Target Small Cutlery Tray
Black Cloth Drawer Organizers used in my desk drawers:
Itso Three-section Fabric Tray (Black):
Black Drawer Organizer used for blushes:
Rubbermaid Drawer Organizers