June “No Spending” Challenge

After May madness of spending way too much money on makeup…which did not go unnoticed by the husband, I made a commitment to not spend any money on makeup, or any unnecessary items for that matter, for the entire month of June.

I figured getting things for free was still perfectly okay though! I stopped by Ulta before going to Costco today to grab some free stuff. (Costco is near Ulta so I wasn’t even wasting gas to go there!)


Makeup Organization Station

Oh my goodness, it only took me 31…bordering on 32 years to become interested in makeup. Now, with a husband and two kids, I finally feel ready to really learn how to do makeup. I’ve put on eye shadow and mascara on special occasions for years but never really knew what I was doing. Now, with the help of lots of women on YouTube, I’m finally figuring it all out!

I’ve had little stock piles of makeup samples and makeup products in different places but now that I’m doing my makeup on a regular basis, I wanted to create a better “makeup center” if you will. I have this LACK wall shelf unit next to my bed. I cleared off the books on one shelf and moved them to another room. Voila! I had all the space I need.


Makeup Organization

I’m just starting out and don’t want to end up buying too many products too soon. Having a designated space for makeup allows me to really see how much storage space I have and keeps me from buying hoards of products.

Here is a better shot of the unit I purchased. I just popped into Home Goods on Saturday, looking for this exact type of unit. The drawers are just big enough to accommodate the products I use on a day to day basis. The container on top of the drawers was actually a different maker but fit perfectly on top of the drawers. I was super stoked about that. I used my clear label cartridge and printed off labels for each drawer. I put the drawers in the order that I use them when doing my makeup, FACE on top, then EYES and BROWS, and on the bottom I put LIPS.


The FACE drawer has my foundations, concealers, blushes and bronzers. I was able to fit a few sample creams and lotions in the drawer as well.



The EYES and BROWS drawer has my mascaras, eye liners, eye primers and brow pencils.



I have a TON of eyeshadows that I never use so I put them in a tupperware container in a drawer out of sight. Hopefully I can start using those as well.

In my LIP drawer, I have obviously lip glass, lipstick, chapstick, lip butters, etc.



This is a top view of the container I keep on top of the drawers. I decided to keep my Benefit compact/palatte thingy and my Naked Basics palatte on top since they would take up so much room in the drawer. I also have a few other items that I use on occasion, a Maybelline concealer and sponge applicator. Also I purchased the pointed q-tips from Ulta and placed those there.



I apply my makeup on top of my dresser so that’s where I am keeping the brushes. I got a mini caddy from the dollar section at Target awhile back and use that to keep the big brushes, small brushes and my hair brushes (in the back).



For a beginner I thought I was going crazy with the makeup but now looking at it all organized, it doesn’t seem that bad. I’ve seen some YouTube collection videos that are out of control! Having it all in clear drawers that I can easily pull out to see all my products will hopefully allow me to try all the things that I have!