Temporary makeup storage solutions

Posted on February 06, 2015 under Thoughts

I have grand designs for my dream vanity, which I plan to begin executing next year. It involves an IKEA hack and a lot of acrylic, and it will be beautiful.

However, right now is just not the time for such things. I’m in the last two months of a year abroad in Scotland, meaning my makeup storage situation is very, very temporary. I had limited space in my suitcase when coming here, and while I opted to bring over all my makeup, I just didn’t have room for any of my organizers. Thus, I’ve had to improvise quite a bit.

I did pick up a really nice acrylic drawer organizer from TK Maxx that has been a life saver (and that I hope to be able to bring back to Canada with me), and a few jars and cups for brushes and eyeliners, but these things just don’t cover my whole collection.

So, here are some ways I’ve repurposed things for the sake of my temporary makeup storage here in Glasgow.

organization lips

One of the hardest things for me was lip products that don’t stand up well on their own. Traditional lipsticks fit in the drawer organizer just fine, but anything in a weird shaped tube, or that’s tall, needs its own storage space. This empty q-tip container fits almost perfectly into my main acrylic unit, and is a great place for my OCC Lip Tars and other smaller liquid lipsticks. (You can’t see them in this picture, but I have a Joe Fresh liquid lipstick and one from Collection in there as well.)

organization everyday

I bought some bleach powder from Amazon that came in a cardboard tube that turned out to be the perfect size for my Stila liquid lipsticks and Revlon Balms. Previously all of my liquid lipsticks were lying unorganized in a box, but now I can see everything much better, which makes me more likely to use it all. (This is also why I love having the big acrylic organizer – everything is laid out so I can see it. If I can’t see stuff, I won’t use it!)

The box that tube is in is also one of my makeshift solutions, which solves two main problems: my palettes and my everyday makeup. Before, my palettes were just sort of stacked on top of each other, which made it a bit tricky to access everything. My everyday makeup was also just strewn across my table – now it has a home! The box lid is from a fragrance and shower gel set that I got from Superdrug for only £10 (major steal!).

I am so excited to build the vanity of my dreams in the coming months, but for my remaining time in Scotland I’m really happy with this – it’s organized, everything is easy to access, and I made use of what I had.

Review: Topshop Glow Highlighter in Polished

Posted on January 30, 2015 under Reviews

I love the concept of highlighter. I love the idea of looking like I glow from within, like an ethereal goddess. I love the idea of drawing attention to the tops of my cheekbones, the arch of my brows, my cupid’s bow.

The reality of highlighter, as a product that exists in real life, is not my favourite, and mainly for a selfish reason: it’s hard to find one that works for me.

Many, many highlighters are gold-toned, when I generally go for cooler-toned cosmetics of all types. And many of them are actually darker than my skin, which surely defeats the point of highlighter. Benefit Watt’s Up, I’m looking at you. (But not just you. I’m just angry with you because you’re a gorgeous product – for other people.)

My previous favourite highlighter was gold-toned but fair enough that it worked for me: the cult classic Mary Lou-Manizer by theBalm. However, I only own that product in a palette, which makes it not super convenient for travel, as the palette isn’t one of my go-tos for eyeshadow. (One of these days I should get around to depotting it, but it’s more fun to buy new things!)

Enter the Topshop Glow Highlighter in Polished, a cool-toned, pearlescent cream highlighter with irridescent pink shimmer.


Topshop Glow Highlighter in Polished on cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and cupid’s bow.

I know that description sounds a bit nuts, but I love it. It’s a step above natural, but not so weird that it can’t be worn in an everyday setting. Once it’s tapped into the skin (and it positively melts in), you just look a tiny bit ethereal, like you might have a small amount of mermaid DNA. Which, I mean, who doesn’t want that?

The texture of this product is very interesting: it looks like a cream eyeshadow, but it’s not as solid. I would describe it as mousse-like. It reacts very well to body heat and blends easily with fingers. I haven’t used it with a brush because I pretty much always apply cream products with my fingers, since I find creams generally respond best to that bit of warmth.


Close-up of Topshop Glow Highlighter in Polished on the cheekbone.

A word also must be said about the packaging. That word is “lovely”. The matte, frosted glass pot is so clean and pretty, and I love the whimsical touches on the Topshop makeup packaging. The little stars and handwritten font are adorable! Plus, it just feels so solid in my hand. The glass – rather than plastic – is a nice touch; it makes it feel more expensive than it is, although it is a bit pricier than your average drugstore product.

This product is very difficult to photograph – pictures just don’t do justice to that irridescent, pearly glow. But trust me – it is seriously gorgeous, and my new go-to highlighter.


On the left, a heavy application so you can see the colour. On the right, the highlighter blended in to my skin.

Topshop Glow Highlighter retails for £9 ($17.27 CAD) and can be purchased in Topshop stores or online. At 0.14oz, the price works out to £64.29, or $123.36, per oz.

VIDEO: Top 14 Products of 2014

Posted on January 14, 2015 under Lists, Video

Long time, no see, huh? Where I last left my captive audience, I was on my way to Canada to spend the holidays with my family and friends, which is going to be my excuse for falling off the face of Blogland. I am now back in Scotland, which means I can back into the blogging game!

When my friend Manda did a list of her top 14 beauty products of 2014, I decided to shamelessly copy her. I love lists and clever gimmicks, so it was right up my alley! I decided to do this in video format, because I want to get more comfortable in front of a camera. As you can see, I’m not quite there yet – but practice makes perfect!

Products mentioned:

Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup (Blog post)
L’Oreal La Touche Magique Highlighting Concealer (Blog post)
Sleek Blush in Flushed
The Body Shop Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder (Blog post)
Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow (Blog post)
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick (Blog post)
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red (Blog post)
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (Blog post)
Tanya Burr Everyday Flutter False Eyelashes (Blog post)
Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat (Blog post)
Real Techniques Angled Shadow Brush (Blog post)
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge