Organizing Makeup Odds & Ends...
When you think about Caboodles...
Chances are, something like this comes to mind:
I'll be the first to say- there's absolutely nothing wrong with a hot pink makeup case! :)
But I've realized Caboodles has a whole different world of organizational products...
they're from the "Crystal Clear" collection! These acrylic trays are quite classy... and would coordinate well with "Clear Cube" makeup drawers & other similar products. I've actually been seeing these in stores like Wal-Mart, Target, and Ulta for awhile... but I just recently realized my need for some different storage things like this.
I wanted to show you how I put these to use in my makeup room... so below are the best pics I could take (it's kind of hard, because it's clear!) And I'm kicking myself because I threw away the packaging-- these all had specific names. They run between $15 and $20 apiece.
1. Storing Products I'm Testing...
I've found it's helpful to keep products I'm testing out to review separate from the rest of my collection- that way I don't forget about them. Out of the 3 Caboodles pieces I have, this one has the most divided areas. The back part of the kit has quite a few small compartments... places that could store multiple eyeliners or a lipstick. Some of those compartments are slightly larger and can fit foundations. In the front, there's actually a drawer, and on top of that (where the it cosmetics powder is sitting) is just a flat platform where products can sit. In the lower right, there's a square compartment with a removable lid.
I'm storing this in an open space on my desk by my makeup palettes. As I review various products, some will come out of the storage area, and others will go in. The varied sizes of the slots here should cater to any product. It's a much cleaner look than multiple little containers sitting all over my desk holding various things.
2. Storing Smaller Palettes...
Makeup comes in about a zillion shapes and sizes. I've found that small palettes- like those from Too Faced, are tough to find a good place for. They're too chunky to fit in the file-folder type things that I use for Coastal Scents palettes... and I feel like I'm constantly moving these things around. This storage tray has more open space than the first one, with about 5 smallish slots, and 3 fairly large open spaces. It holds multiple palettes from Too Faced, Benefit, and tarte.... and I also like that I can put another organizer inside to hold squeeze-tube lip glosses. This tray also has small handles on each side.
This easily slides out above some of my other storage drawers in my bookshelf. I could see this tray as being a GREAT drawer organizer product and I'm thinking about getting more for my bathroom drawers... it'd be so great for bobbi pins in the smaller areas, and other little hair tools, skincare items, etc.
3. Storing my Formerly Homeless Products
There are some products that have just never had a good place to live in my makeup area. Let's list them... kabuki brushes, Benefit stains, mini brush cleanser & water mist bottles, q-tips & cotton pads, and my abundance of Mally eyeliners. I also recently picked up some Real Techniques brushes (many of you told me I needed to try these!) so I needed some space for those too. What's cool about this round organizer is that the bottom two wings can be pushed in, taking up less space. The smaller slots in front are just PERFECT for those hard to store kabuki brushes! I see this as also being great for your tall products- liners, mascaras, and brushes. While this doesn't spin, I like that it's tiered so from front to back- you can see everything you have.
Now all of these products that used to clutter up the area around my makeup mirror sit contained, off to the side. Still very accessible, but much neater.
I hope this helped those of you who are looking for some new makeup storage options! For those who have large collections like me, this may take care of your odds & ends. For others- a couple of these might handle all the makeup you have! One of the most versatile pieces is probably the second tray I showed... with larger spaces, you can even put some of your own containers inside. And for anyone needing some brush storage-- the round organizer is ideal! Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)
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