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Other // Beauty Organizers For Under £10

There is nothing I wish for more than having my make-up carefully organized a la Pinterest. I envisage a whole room dedicated to my make-up storage where everything will be organized to within an inch of its life. I will have pull-out double-layered drawers, cupboards filled with eyeshadows which have been organised in colour order, fresh make-up brushes on hand whenever I need them... That really is my dream. Someone who lives my dream is Shaaanxo. She posted her make-up collection video on Youtube a couple of months ago and, oh my god, it is probably one of the best videos I have ever watched. I was in awe watching it. If you love make-up then I advise you watch her video as you will watch it with your mouth hanging on the ground. Also, if someone tells you you have too much make-up then tell them to watch her video and they will quickly apologise to you.

Until recently, my make-up storage consisted of one big old Primark make-up bag and a white cardboard box from Ikea which I actually had to build myself. My make-up brushes were all shoved into a pink and white ceramic pot which was too small for my ever-growing make-up brush collection. I knew my make-up organisation needed to be, er, organized, but there was only one thing stopping me. I don't have another room to turn into my make-up room. My bedroom is the smallest room in the house - I need all of the space I can get!

Of course, Muji is the first port of call when it comes to storage of any kind and as tempting as the ever-popular Muji 5 drawer acrylic box is, I decided to have a hunt for some cheaper alternatives first. I very rarely go to TKMaxx and by rarely I mean never but oh my goodness people, we are missing out. The make-up section alone is enough to take a visit but beyond that, they have clear, acrylic make-up and cosmetic storage for under £10. We're talking brush holders, lipstick holders, sets of acrylic drawers a la Muji.. I spent two hours trying to decide what to buy and in the end, I had to buy it all.

I bought a lipstick holder which fits 24 lipsticks, a brush and tool organizer and a 'bit-of-an-everything' organizer. I was so excited to sit and organize my main make-up and brushes into their new storage, although I had to return the lipstick holder as I don't own enough traditional lipsticks to sit in the holder properly. The brush and tool organizer has made life so much easier as I can now see all of my brushes as well as organize them into sections and I have plenty of space for lots of new ones. It also means I now have space to hold cotton pads, cotton buds and my beauty blenders. If I had hundreds of make-up brushes then I would definitely pick another one of these up as they are just so handy to store everything in.

The other cosmetic organizer I picked up is where I store all of my immediate make-up items, as well as a few of my liquid lipsticks as there is deep little sections within the organizer where they stand up perfectly. In this organizer I keep my foundations, mascaras, concealers, Kylie Lip Kits, eyeliners, lip liners and a few lipsticks. I really want to try and keep everything as upright as possible so this organizer makes this much more possible compared to when everything was shoved into a make-up bag. This organizer has many uses and you can store so many items in it so it is definitely multi-purpose.

I now need to find an organizer to keep all of my eyeshadows, palettes, blushers, highlighters and everything else which currently doesn't have it's own home. I may end up having to buy a Muji 5 drawer organizer to store everything else in, although moving to a bigger house may be another option too.

I think if you were on the hunt for some really affordable cosmetic and beauty storage then definitely take a look around TKMaxx if you live near one. Everything is so inexpensive and affordable and whilst you're there, you can buy more make-up to fill the storage up with too!


Other // A Small Colourpop Giveaway!

Yippeee, a giveaway! When I made my recent Colourpop order, I decided to buy two of the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lips in Midi. Midi is supposed to be a great dupe for the Kylie Lip Kit in Candy K and as I am a massive lover of Candy K, I thought it would be great to buy one for me and one for you. I actually tried out the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lips in Bianca today and I actually believe it looks pretty damn similar to Candy K so I will have to see which Colourpop shade is the best dupe for the highly expensive, very hard to get hold of, Kylie version.

Like I said, I tried out one of the Colourpop Ultra Matte Lips today and it definitely has the same staying power as the Kylie Lip Kits, which seem to have industrial strength. I know they are practically the same product with practically the same ingredients but I do think there are differences between the two. I will do a comparison post soon with the list of ingredients within both, then you can make your mind up as to which lip product is your best option.

Anyway, to enter the giveaway just enter your details into the widget below!


Review // Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita II

Another liquid lipstick post! Sorry. I would like to say this is the last one but I have many more to come! Today's liquid lipstick offering comes from Kat Von D and her Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks. The last, and first, time I had tried these was in the shade Lolita and I will have to admit, I found it pretty disappointing. Considering it has the word 'everlasting' in the title, I really expected it to last longer than an hour on the lips. I also wasn't too in love with the shade I had tried either. The first Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick I had tried was in the shade Lolita, but today I am going to show you is Lolita II.

About the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks:
"A long-wear, full-coverage liquid lipstick with a smooth, matte finish. Now in 28 bold shades, Everlasting Liquid Lipstick gives lips long-lasting wear and high-pigment color. Its creamy, color-rich formula glides over lips like a gloss but dries to a true matte finish. It's infused with natural comfort-enhancing ingredients, including Vitamin E and sunflower seed so you can flaunt lasting matte color that leaves lips feeling comfortable."

Like all of the other Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, Lolita II comes housed in a 6.7 ml thin tube which comes with a doe-foot applicator which is wedged into the twist-up lid. I like the thinness of the tube as it makes it easy to store but I find the whole application process rather messy due to the applicator. It is quite long and thin, which you would expect to make the job easier but I find it makes it harder somehow! I find using a lip liner really helps with application as when used without, the lipstick is smeared all over my mouth which is strange considering I was very good at colouring in when I was younger. 

Lolita II is described as being a terracotta nude which I think is the perfect way to describe it. It is a warm, orange-based neutral matte shade which could not be more different compared to it's original sister, Lolita. I found Lolita to appear very dated and very 90's on me. It reminded me of the lipstick my great aunt wears, which she has subsequently worn everyday for the last 23 years and I can't remember ever seeing her without it. Fortunately, I like Lolita II a hell of a lot more than Lolita and I find it much easier to wear, although I still don't believe it to be a shade which I would wear everyday as I am a little unsure if the orange-toned shade suits me.

Formula wise, I find this so much easier than Lolita. I found Lolita to be very thin and not very creamy in consistency whereas Lolita II has a bit more substance to it. I also found Lolita II to be a lot more pigmented than Lolita so you could quite easily get away with just one layer on the lips whereas with Lolita I found it applied very patchy and hard to build. I also found Lolita II much more longlasting than its original, with it lasting well over 5 hours before showing signs of wear as opposed to Lolita which I found to wear off very soon after applying.

When I first bought the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks and tried Lolita for the first time, I was really disappointed and worried that I had wasted my money as I had purchased a few different shades. I really did not like Lolita but I am so glad that I bought Lolita II as I just found the formula, consistency and longevity so much better than it's original shade. Whilst I still think I prefer the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kits over these Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, I definitely want to try a few other shades in the range to see if I could find my ultimate, everyday matte lipstick from Kat to rival Kylie and her industrial long-lasting liquid lipsticks. The next Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks I want to try are Bow N Arrow, Noble, Melancholia and Mother. (Because I really need more lipsticks!)

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