Monday, 3 March 2014

Vanity tour - Gemma's turn!

Hey guys! So if there is something I LOVE on YouTube and blogs, its make-up collection and storage videos or vanity tours. I just love seeing what other people have and how they store their make-up (basically just nosy!) and I loved Laura's post so I thought I would do my own. Now I am not 100% happy with my storage but I can always update when I do! Lets get started...

So this is the overview of my vanity (excuse my stumpy legs in the mirror). My parents got me this from a shop in Glasgow and in typical parent form they can't remember what the shop was called, however if they ever regain memory I will let you guys know. I had been searching for a vanity for months and seen this is a brochure and fell in love. It is so easy to clean and due to the white with the black seat, I feel like it will go with any room I have. 

I generally like to keep the top of my vanity simple and de-cluttered. Although I do have a few things on it.

On the left side I have this adorable holder that Laura got me for Christmas which I just keep cotton pads in the top of and my tweezers, nail clippers and usually nail scissors in the bottom. It is such a cute holder and now means I am no longer losing my tweezers all the time. Beside it I just keep a 'Flowerbomb' perfume bottle, that for health reasons I can't actually use. Looks cute though!

On the right side I just have my brush holders which are a black and white box that one of my candles came in and a washed out honey jar. I then have a canvas of me and Sam on a night out which he got me for our anniversary a few years back. 

This is a close up of my brush holders. My room is white, black and red and I just thought this goes so well, I couldn't believe it came with a candle. Then that is the honey jar in the background that did have a red ribbon around but I don't know where that wandered off to...

Ok, so into the actually vanity now!

So at the left side I have what looks like one deep drawer or cupboard. The inside is full of surprises! At the bottom of the drawer there is one deep drawer and at the top there is a more shallow one.

In the bottom drawer I keep all my hair products such as my hair dryer, curlers and straightening irons. I also keep a heat protector in this drawer just so I remember to grab it. For some reason I also have Cheryl Cole's book here.

In the top drawer I keep all my eyeliners, jumbo eye pencils and mascaras. I keep them in these plastic case from a set of drawers I used to have. They are slightly like the Muji cases. This just allows me to keep everything desperate. Behind my mascaras I just have a bunch of nail wraps and then loads of Nadine Coyle eyelashes. Can you tell I am a Girls Aloud fan? At the side of these drawers I just have all my lip-liners and a few high beams that didn't have anywhere else to go. Behind them I have an Estee Lauder duo, my Sleek eyebrow kit and a MAC cream shadow palette. 

The middle drawer of my vanity is probably my favourite and this is why... 

Ah such a fun time! This came all sectioned off which I love as it enables to be able to organise everything better. The left side of the drawer is just all my MAC eyeshaows which actually go a few rows further than this picture shows but I couldn't get that far in! There is a few bigger shadows in the front. The side is lined with the eyeliner I use everyday then MAC Paintpots and Maybelline Colour Tattoos. The back of the middle section is just all my foundations, concealers and primers, both eye and face. The front of the middle sections is just all my MAC lipsticks, a few are missing as some where in bags and pockets!  The right slide just has all my MAC mineralize skinfinishes, natural skinfinishes. Then my Nars lagunas with Nars blushes hidden underneath. Beside them I have all my E.L.F, Sleek, MAC, Stila and Illamasqua blushes. 

One too many primers right?

On top the right side of my vanity, I have three deep drawers. The first one is just filled with all my skincare and haircare. 

Sorry for the shocking quality of these pictures, it was very awkward trying to get into to take pictures as my bed is behind it! I got this little basket from Tesco just to try and at some sort of organisation to this drawer (it used to extremely stress me out!). I think it was around £4 and I am really chuffed with how well it works in my drawer. In my little basket I just keep my babywipes (I can't use normal face wipes), my simple moisturiser, cleanser, gel wash and toner. I also keep my Skindinavia setting spray in this basket. I am so in love with this spray, I have used the one for dry skin for years and it just makes my make up last all day. In front of the basket I keep all my hair protectors and a roll on deodorant. At the side I just keep lots of extra cotton pads and a few hairbands that I use when applying my make-up. 

In the second drawer I keep most of my smaller palettes and my other lip products. 

I just line all my palettes up at the front and then have my lip products at the back. I also have my EOS balms and EOS dupes lined up at the side with my Lush lip scrubs. I have a Too Faced bronzer in here that didn't fit into the middle drawer. 

For palettes I have a few! Including the Too Faced Natural Eye palette, both the RiRi loves MAC palettes, an Illamasqua one, a Benefit smokey eyes and the Naked 1 and 2 palettes. I don't usually use the Naked palettes often but for some reason I am still lusting after the 3rd one! I also have my eyes on the Too Faced Chocolate Bar and the Smashbox Full Exposure palettes but I am trying to tell myself I don't need anymore eyeshadow!

I currently I keep my lip products that aren't MAC in these containers, one of which is a takeaway food container which I hate! I usually have a lot more Boots/Superdrug brand lipsticks in this drawer but these are all packed away for London. I have all my glosses and baby lips in these. 

In the bottom drawer I keep my larger palettes and things that don't have a home!

I have an old Urban Decay 'NYC' palette which I still love. I then have on top of that my E.L.F palette. Under those I have two BH Cosmetics 120 palettes in the first and fifth editions and a Benefit Sugarlicious palette if you can class that as a palette! I also keep an old Elizabeth Arden palette in this drawer. Along with my sharpers and a new Clinique body scrub that is only waiting here until I finish my old one. 

So that is my vanity guys! As usually said with these posts I am in no way trying to brag about any of my make-up. I know it is not the biggest but I also know it is not the smallest. It was all purchased either by myself or giving as gifts and I have been collecting this for a long time now! I hoped you enjoyed seeing what I have and how I store it all!

Until next time, lots of love,


  1. I love it when things are organised and have to admit that I am UBER jealous of your make-up collection!

    I have a couple new posts up and a giveaway to win D&G Sunglasses, if you would like to catch up on my latest posts xx

    1. I love some organisation in my life! Thank you :D loving your blog xx

  2. Omgosh!
    I need your makeup collection in my life right now!
    Love how organised you are!
    Have you seen my latest obsession? Find out more on LifeWithFrancesca x


    1. Aw thank you, thats so sweet :D! Following your blog :D xx

  3. Wow I am speechless! You have so much make-up haha, more than I could ever imagine owning! Amazing post and I must admit I love watching youtube videos on storage especially with Ikea pieces ;) wish I could fit a vanity in my room however as its so tiny :( lovely post xx

    1. Aw thank you lol! I think everyone secretly loves those videos! xx

  4. Your dressing table is gorgeous!! I am mega jealous of how much makeup you have! xx