A Tour of My Vanity

I know that I always love seeing how other people’s vanities are set up so I thought I should do a little tour of my own for those who are interested! I recently outgrew my old vanity so for my birthday I got this lovely little set up from IKEA. My makeup desk is made up using the Alex drawer unit, Alex add on unit and the Linnmon table top. The whole thing ran me about $150. Also, check out those windows on either side! I kind of lucked out with the vanity placement.

Vanity Tour - IKEA Alex

A little closer view overall view before we really get into it!

Vanity Tour - IKEA Alex add on unit

My main lipstick holder! I like to keep lipstick brands together for whatever reason so whatever lipstick brands didn’t quite fit into this holder are living together elsewhere on my vanity. Here I keep my MAC, Kat Von D, Too Faced, Urban Decay and YSL lipsticks. I picked up this handy little piece at The Container Store but there is a practically identical piece on Amazon.

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I had to decorate my vanity a little for Halloween so I found this sparkly skull a home on top of my three drawer organizer! Again, I got this at The Container Store but there is a very similar piece on Amazon. In the container to the left of the drawers, I keep various setting sprays, mixing mediums, etc. as well as hang my tweezer and eyelash curlers on it, as you can see! lol I also always like to keep a container of Q-Tips around because they can be really useful little tools!

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In the top drawer I keep most of my eye related cream products like a few shades of Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow, Inglot’s AMC Eyeliner Gel, Maybelline Color Tattoos, NYX Eyeshadow Bases and a couple other things.

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The middle drawer is chocked full of more lipsticks, which are totally my weakness! As you can see, I have bunches of the NYX Matte Lipsticks, which I really love.

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Moving on to the bottom drawer, we have pigments from Makeup Geek, MAC, Sugarpill, etc.! This poor drawer looks too empty.

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I also have a little box full of eyeshadow singles from Kiko, Urban Decay, NYX, MAC and lots of other brands! I recently depotted some of my favorite MAC shadows though and they’re now living happily alongside my Makeup Geek singles in a Z Palette.

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Check out this beast of an organizer! I received this as a gift from my husband last Christmas and it’s proving really useful.  Here I keep a few more lipsticks, a hoard of NYX lip liners, NYX Matte Lip Creams & Butter Glosses, glitter liners, lash glue, brow pencils and just various other makeup bits.

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Mascaras, primers and brow gels fill up this little container!

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Here I keep all of my foundations although lately I’ve been pretty much exclusively wearing Make Up For Ever’s HD Foundation. Also, a cute little Frankenstein! =D

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All of my brushes! Whew. It was really difficult to find a way to store so many brushes and while this still isn’t ideal, it’s working out. I partially filled this multi-compartmental piece with rice to help my brushes stay up right rather than just falling all over the place and it’s pretty much working. It really could use a little more rice though and I have no idea why I haven’t put more in it yet..

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One of the drawers built into the top piece of my desk is filled with single blushes as well as my Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit & BH Cosmetics Glamorous Blush Palette.

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The top drawer on my Alex drawer unit contains most of my “face” related products such as powders, concealers, cream highlighters and contour colors, color correctors, etc.

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The second drawer holds all of my eyeshadow palettes! Makeup Geek, Anastasia, Lorac, Urban Decay, Too Faced and lots more.

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The third drawer is a little random. It holds various lip products including lots of Buxom glosses, all of my eyeliners and my collection of eyelashes. So what about the other 2 drawers? Well one is still totally empty and waiting for me to hoard more makeup and the bottom drawer just contains some office supplies such as Post-It’s, pens, tape, etc.

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Wondering where my mirror is yet? Well here ya go! I moved it to take pictures because it’s so big and was blocking a lot of things. The mirror I use is an Ott-lite Makeup Mirror. I’ve had it for about a year now and have been really pleased with it! The light it offers is the best I’ve personally found in a makeup mirror and that’s the most important aspect to me. One gripe is that the mirror doesn’t like to stay angled in certain positions and just wants to fall straight again so I just wedge a piece of paper in the side of it and roll with it.

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And that’s my makeup desk, folks! Hope you enjoyed the tour! =)

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13 thoughts on “A Tour of My Vanity

    1. I know you get this a TON, but I’m new to you. I found you on Instagram. But anyways, why don’t you do YouTube? I know I’d follow you for sure. If you do, I must be missing it. Either way, you do beautiful work, and I like following you. I was just curious and hoping you might. You’d do wonderful on there. Hope to hear back. Thanks, Shelbie.

      1. I do get asked this like every day! lol I’ve been dancing around the idea of videos but I’m just not sure yet. It’s all new to me plus video editing can be a lot of work. I’d like to get on it one day though!

  1. I like your setup! And the Frankenstein is cute 🙂 I’ve never commented before but I’ve been reading for a while and I have to say I love your blog (and style!) And happy birthday! From creeping on your instagram I gathered it was the 5th? I only creep so hard Bc my birthday was the 6th! Oh and my names Ashley too! *nerdin out a little lol* and I did your last lorac pro 2 palette tutorial for my birthday and like twice more, it’s just so beautiful! So thank you, I’ve been having trouble coming up with ideas so you helped 🙂

    1. I’ve never even noticed those before but thanks for letting me know! They look really useful and much better than having all these singles everywhere.

  2. Hello 🙂

    I really like your vanity, i been searching for the perfect vanity to fit in my room since I have a small room >.< and yours is perfect :). Can you post the links to buy the items for the vanity.

    Thanks.

    1. Hey there! The vanity came from Ikea. You build you own desk by choosing a table top, legs, drawers, etc. so it’s up to you how to customize it! =)

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