Organizing Makeup 101


I don’t necessarily consider myself an “organized” person. I don’t like clutter but I have a lot of stuff. My closet? Organized chaos… However, thanks to instagram, I became obsessed with makeup organization. Something about clear acrylic cubes displaying pretty things (that make you pretty) just attracted me. Once I got that in my head, my make-up bag…well it just didn’t suffice.

After careful consideration, I decided spending 200-500 dollars on a plastic box was INSANE, but then found these acrylic drawers at MUJI in Times Square and got the look for under 50 bucks! I picked up one two-drawer acrylic tray and one two-drawer with a lid. I also grabbed a brush holder (that holds my Clarisonic upright).  From the Container store, I have an acrylic toothbrush holder, 2-type acrylic circular container and 2 nail polish holders (Essie only, of course). 

In my MUJI drawers I hold:

Drawer 1: Palettes and big compacts i.e. Naked Palettes, Nars laguna bronzer, albatross luminating powder etc. 

Drawer 2: Foundations, blushes and highlighters (all my Bare Minerals and MAC Powders go in here). 

Drawer 3: Lipsticks in the front (mostly all Mac) and eye shadows in the back (two MAC compacts and 4 NARS duos fit here) 

Drawer 4 (left open): everyday facial cleanser, lotion and eye cream, brushes/liners in the toothbrush holder separated by type, Q-tips and facial pads in a Container store jar, and my Laura Mercier Foundation (that I use everyday!) Also on here is a MAC shimmer powder and a candle I like to light when I’m knee-deep in make-up application. 

In the glass jar, I hold my MAC lipglasses and everyday glosses. I did this because #1 it seemed like a waste of the organizer to use a whole shelf for lip gloss and #2 they’re the most recognizable. I love being able to just grab and go without disrupting my organized make-up drawers. Plus, it’s pretty!

I should also mention that things like mascara, liquid eyeliner, bronzer, BB cream, concealer etc. are not in my make-up organizer. I keep those in a small make-up case in my bag for touch ups. 

Nothing gives me greater joy than walking into my bathroom and seeing how organized this very small section of my life is! Now if only I can get this organized in my closet…kitchen drawers…pots and pans….. 


When the Season Shifts


So now that I’m back to blogging, it frightens me that the last time I posted was December, 2011. Oh ok, Cassandra. Pretty much a completely different person now. In December 2011, I was only halfway through grad school and I had absolutely no clue what I was going to do as a career. Fast forward to September, 2013.  I’m a Director of a health-education non-profit and doing something I love, but didn’t really go to school for. In 2011, my boyfriend and I were battling a long distance relationship. In 2013 (we can skip right over 2012), we are happily back together in New York State.

So while plenty has occurred over the past two-ish years, I will say that I have learned A LOT and grown to be quite the little lady. I figured I’d start regular scheduled posting with some things I like to invest in when the seasons shift. Fall to me just screams “a fresh start.” Apparently the Great Gatsby thinks so as well.


1. Switch udecor. OK, so I’m not talking wreaths and pumpkins. I’m just saying give your space a bit of a makeover. I crave neutrals as the weather gets colder, so my mom and I took to my local Bed Bath and Beyond and picked up a $50 dollar duvet and some discounted throw pillows. This was a big change from my pink/gray color scheme, but is so serene. I love crawling into bed at night.

2. Vamp up your skin care routine. Is it just me or does everyone throw all caution to the wind in the summer when it comes to your skin? Being Italian has its perks – tanning comes pretty easy to me – but is also a curse. I find myself slapping on some  moisturizer and yay! I’m totally taking care of my skin. No. My skin is feeeellling it. So I bought some new products and I am committed to using my Clarisonic every night and a mask weekly. Also – eye cream. I’m 24 now.

3. No more lazy days so plan your life. OK, I’ve expressed my love for a good planner before. But this September, I took the plunge into the debit card and purchased an Erin Condren planner. AMAZING. This planner is everything. I could go on and on and on but just buy one. And then buy me some more notepads because I’m already running out.

4. Organize, organize, organize. I’ve been on an organizing spree. One of my main tasks was to tackle my makeup. I was looking online for an acrylic make-up organizer and was legit frightened by how much some of them cost. $300 dollars…for a plastic box? I already spend comparable amounts on groceries in NYC, thanks. Then, l I found Muji. Enter my $50 dollar imposter make-up organizer. I sat and looked at this for 20 minutes after completing this activity and every time I walk into my bathroom it gives me great joy

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