How I KonMari’d My Makeup Routine

I’m obsessed with the magic of tidying up. If you’ve been following my blog then you’ll know that I’m slowly but surely Kondo’ing my life and I am LOVING it. Yes I know that Kondo says that you have to tidy up in one go, but I have two kids and I just cannot work like a Trojan every moment of the day cleaning things up. However, I am following her mantra of sparking joy very closely and tidying by category and I am finding the whole process oddly soothing and therapeutic. My closet has taken the brunt of my KonMari craziness with a whole host of random clothes bought in a postpartum induced haze finding their way to the donation box. The biggest plus side is that I have noticed that getting dressed in the morning has become a lot easier as I can easily see everything I have and I have gotten rid of all the junk that just didn’t fit in with who I am now.

Where am I with the KonMari method now?

So I’ve moved on to Komono which is basically everything else in the house that isn’t paperwork, books or sentimental items. I will say that I kind of skipped over books as I don’t really hoard them. I always lend books out to friends if I really enjoyed them, I leave them on vacation for someone else to enjoy or I read on my Kindle. For someone who loves to read, I actually have very few books lying around the house. I did tackle paperwork but I didn’t want to bore you with my filing system. So here we are at the vaguely more sexy komono. This was the category I was most afraid of because herein is where the majority of my hoarding lies. I don’t know why but I have a plethora of old decor, craft items and most shamefully of all, outdated beauty products. Despite my fear I tackled komono head on and made most progress with my bathroom and product stash.

Tackling the tidying of my beauty products

Honestly I don’t know what I have been saving all my products for. My bathroom vanity is a graveyard of half empty bottles and an inexpiable amount of samples of various cosmetics that I would never in a million years wear. I am a bit of a product junkie and I will try anything out if  it promises perfect hair, nails, skin or eyelashes. I’ve tried it all. Forget Makeup Alley if you want a review, come to me and I’ll tell you the honest truth. I am also a little fickle with my products and rarely commit to anything long enough to finish the entire bottle. I mean come on, who can wear the same mascara until the end or stick to the same shampoo once the conditioner is finished (really though, why can I NEVER finish a shampoo and conditioner at the same time? It must be some conspiracy from the shampoo company to keep you repurchasing) I am a bit of a commitmentphobe when it comes to products and my bathroom vanity tells the story of past relationships and breakups. So I tackled my vanity head on in typical KonMari fashion. I threw away anything out of date, I got rid of any products that I haven’t used since Christmas and I separated everything into little boxes so they were easily accessible and didn’t roll around the drawers. To say it is now a thing of beauty isn’t hyperbole. I can easily find my everyday skin products and I can even find my hair ties (girls you KNOW how hard it is to lay your hands on those suckers). However, nothing has made my routine simpler than my makeup organization.

One Makeup Organizer To Rule Them All

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I LOVE makeup. I wear it almost every day and I have a lot of the stuff. I am constantly changing how I store it. I have had it in boxes, in cases and bags but every thing I used didn’t help keep in organized. I spent ages rifling through my overflowing make up bag to find my little pencils or my sharpener would leave shavings everywhere causing a kohly mess. So when I started doing the Marie Kondo method on my products, I knew my make up would require the most attention. I wanted one of those perspex organizers that would sit on my vanity to hold all my essentials but didn’t want something huge as I don’t have a dressing table and my vanity needs to be clutter free. I headed to Amazon and found this beauty for a steal and it has changed my morning routine completely.

I couldn’t find the exact one I got but I found one that is EVEN BETTER WITH AN EXTRA DRAWER!! I might need this one too… Click on the picture to check it out!

Sure it isn’t the biggest organizer but that isn’t what I was going for. I wanted something that could hold all my daily makeup essentials and keep them organized and easy to access. I’m busy and don’t get much time to do my make up what with being my kids’ snack bitch and all so I needed something functional and user friendly. I am not Sephora, I am a mum who likes to look nice. Overall, I wanted to simplify my morning make up routine. This organizers does that perfectly. The drawers are pretty small but I can put my tube of foundation, bronzer, highlighter pallet, eyeshadow pallet, blush and lipsticks in them which I think is just perfect. The organizer on the top is perfect for displaying your most used products and numerous pencils can fit into each compartment. I added a little mason jar to keep my brushes in and voila, everything I need is in one place. I do have my other make up in little boxes but for my everyday things this is PERFECTION. I cannot recommend it enough. Look at this organization nirvana!

Benefits of KonMari-ing my makeup

  1. I can see everything I have.
  2. My make up is clean as it doesn’t share a home with a pencil sharpener that constantly seems to have kohl and shavings attached to it.
  3. I don’t waste time rifling through my makeup bag every morning. Each product I use daily is at my fingertips.
  4. My makeup stays in better shape as the powders are not banged around in a bag.
  5. My morning routine is simplified and that is ALWAYS a good thing.

I am so glad that I got this little organizer, it sparks joy to see all my products looking so neat and tidy. Only negative is that it has spurred me to buy nice things so they look pretty on my counter (a make up junkie is always in recovery after all). I am also so glad that I got rid of the fake tan that has been sitting in my drawer for 5 years. No one needs to see a green tinged woman walking around the place (did you know tanner goes a khaki green colour after a while???)

So my friends I’ll keep on Kondoing (I like that verb) and keeping you all updated on little tricks and hacks I’ve picked up along the way.

What do you like to hoard randomly?

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The Quest For The Perfect Eyeliner: Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick Review

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Forget the quest for the holy grail or the golden fleece, the most epic crusade in the world is the search for the perfect cat eye .Okay, so maybe that’s a little dramatic but I feel like I have been on a never ending pursuit of inky black perfection that transforms me into a perfectly put together, clean winged, gorgeous vixen. I have always been a make up lover and love experimenting with my look. I’m particularly fond of my eyes as I think they’re quite large and a pretty colour (not to sound vain but I think we should all have a favourite feature) so that’s where I focus my most time in my make up routine. I’ve had a few trials and errors in my time. Lets take a walk down memory lane…

My eyeliner journey

  1. Barbie Make Up Counter FAIL
    One Christmas my parents got me the coveted Barbie make up counter that came with a beautiful array of blue eye shadows. That Christmas dinner I looked like Pat Butcher on a night out but I felt fabulous. I think this is where my love affair with eye shadows was born. More is more was my motto and I was LIVING it.
  2. The Goth Years 
    I really got into “alternative” music when I was in comprehensive school. I used to go to My Chemical Romance concerts, Reading festivals and love getting bashed about in a mosh pit. When I first started listening to this type of music I wanted all in. I used to wear the stupidly wide-legged jeans, ironic Stussy T-shirts (or worse still T-shirts with bands I didn’t really listen to), children’s headbands and a Hello Kitty back pack. I am absolutely dying as I type this as I cannot believe what I must have looked like. Maybe one day I’ll dig up a picture to post for your pleasure. As I navigated this painfully awkward phase I started wearing more make up. I vividly recall heading down the park with a Chinese symbol drawn by my eye in liquid eyeliner. How shameful. Fear not my friends, that particular fashion statement was short lived but my love for black kohl rimmed eyes was born.
  3. Smokey eye overload
    As I grew up a bit and started going out to clubs with my mates I really got into wearing makeup. I used to wear Rimmel’s black eye shadow or Bourgeois sparky graphite shadow all over my lids and line them heavily with Benefit’s BadGal. On top of that I would add a liquid eyeliner to really make my eyes stand out (let’s face it, they needed defining after being smokey-eyed into oblivion). I could never get it right and always ended up looking like a panda with a black eye.
  4. The more refined years
    As I entered my late 20s I stared wearing less make up. Eyeliner and eye shadow has a nasty way of settling into crows feet and fine lines and less is definitely more as you age. I still LOVE a bit of black eyeliner and wear it almost everyday. The one beauty rule I flaunt most often is to put the black eyeliner away in your 30s. NO WAY. I don’t rim my eyes in quite the same aggressive manner as I did in my teens but I always try to give myself a little cat eye so I look somewhat put together even if I’m wearing yoga pants and Uggs.

You’re a grown up now darling, invest a little in yourself

My mum always bought me beautiful Benefit and Clinique products and told me never to cheap out on what I put on my face. Now, I didn’t always listen to this advice (can you say Collection 2000 and Miss Sporty) but when I can, I always try in invest in my make up. As I’ve tested hundreds of brands of eyeliner of the years I can attest to the fact that it really is something you need to splash out on a bit if you want the rich pigment and clean application. For Christmas the year I got the Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick eye liner in Panther and I was so excited to try it and hopefully put an end to my quest. So let’s get to the review.

Review of Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick Eyeliner

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The packaging

Well obviously Charlotte Tilbury has beautiful, iconic burgundy and gold packaging that just looks luxe. I have my make up out on my bathroom counter in a little perspex organizer so I do like how it looks simple and classy.

The Price

I’m not going to lie to you, this is not cheap. It is $35 CAD and I appreciate that seems like a lot for a little felt pen. However, I am absolutely LOVING this product and believe it is worth the money. I’ve tried budget eyeliners before and they wear off before midday and the colour pigment is just not on point.

Application

I swear my eyes have two different personalities. I can do my right eye just fine. My liner is the perfect thickness and I get the flick at the corner just right. My left eye is the hot mess sibling that eats taco bell and didn’t go to college. Hoenstly, on the right I’m Sophia Loren, on the left I’m Amy Winehouse. It’s a problem. While I wont say my eyeliner is perfect with this product, that has more to do with my application skills rather than how the liner itself performs. It goes on so smooth and glides easily across my lids with no drag. I always apply my liquid liner on its side when I sweep it across my lids and this deposits rich colour even on its side. When I use the point to sharpen the flick the colour is inky black and comes out evenly.

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What I like about the product

  1. The depth of colour. This truly is an inky black liner.
  2. The pen itself has a comfy grip like a marker that makes it easy to hold from multiple angles. It is also non-slip so if you’re sweaty from chasing kids around or just from concentrating on your problem eye then this is perfect for you!
  3. The tip is super fine.
  4. It’s been about a month and the product is still as black as when I first got it. Cheaper eyeliners have always crapped out on me by this point.
  5. The packaging is so classy.
  6. The wear is phenomenal. I did a spin session with this on and it didn’t run and stayed on!
  7. The fact that it doesn’t come off all over my eyelash curler.

What I’m not so keen on

  1. Not going to lie it is expensive but like I said, you get what you pay for.
  2. It would be cool if you could pump it to get more product onto the tip but it’s not a big deal seeing as the colour is so good anyway.

Overall, I am obsessed with this product and it will definitely be a staple in my make up kit. I love how it looks and I think that it gives me a really great cat eye in seconds. I’m really impressed with the wear and how long it has lasted so far. I highly recommend this eyeliner if you are on the hunt for your holy grail. Spoil yourself! They offer Free Shipping and Returns so you don’t even have to hunt down suppliers (which are not close by if you live in the boonies like me) and can shop in your PJs. What more can a gal ask for?

I’m off to watch some more YouTube eyeliner tutorials to try and line my left eye into submission. Then I’ve got to give my right eyebrow a talking to.

Let me know if you LOVE Charlotte Tilbury!

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