You’re browsing Pinterest at your infant’s 3am feeding.
You’re storing more DIY project ideas on your iPad than most people would dare to attempt in a lifetime.
You have one eye open at all times for affordable, time-saving, and life-simplifying ideas.
You are a 2016 Mommy, Working Professional Woman, or the do-it-all Working-Mommy. Whoever you are, we all share the same basic need: maintaining our SANITY.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed with organizing ideas, but an easy place to start your “Spring Cleaning 2016 Project List” is none other than… YOUR VANITY TABLE.
So let’s begin, as we clean out the ‘ol makeup drawer in 6 steps: S-A-N-I-T-Y.
S = STORING YOUR COSMETICS
I once read (I believe it was a publication from The Container Store) that you are either a DISPLAYER or a CONCEALER. Do you like to show off your collection, or do you like everything out of sight? Whichever you prefer, choose a technique that EXCITES you.
For the DISPLAYER: Open containers like mason or apothecary jars are easily accessible.
For the CONCEALER: Target and The Container Store are my hottest spots for these space-savers:
For a Little Bit of Both: Most of us aren’t 100% displayer or concealers, so combine both for different types of products:
Brush Storage: If you browse Pinterest enough, you’ll be on fire to display your brushes in a jar filled with rice. But if you’re not a displayer, a roll-up bag like the Mary Kay Brush Collection Bag($55, brushes included) is perfect for travel and at home.
A = Alternatives to a Vanity Table:
As great as they are, vanity tables are not conducive to every bedroom. But, a girl needs her space to get cute… So what do you do?
You Create a Wall Vanity: No floor space necessary.
You Hang Your Collection: One of Mary Kay’s best-sellers is the Travel Roll-Up Bag. Storing your cosmetics this way gives you that I’m-still-that-spontaneous-college-girl-at-heart feel… you know, just in case your husband sweeps you off on a Hawaiian get-away for the weekend.
N = No more dirt!
Cleaning: Most makeup artists will tell you to clean your makeup brushes every day to avoid build-up of bacteria, facial oils, and dead skin cells… oh my, what a lovely picture! But in my book, clean them off a couple times a week and you’re probably ahead of the game.
Instructions on proper brush cleaning can be found here (scroll to bottom, and click on “Application Tips”). The Mary Kay® Brush Cleaner ($10) is an easy, daily brush cleaning spray.
I = Image
At our house, when Mommy sits at her vanity, she gets AT LEAST two minutes of time to herself, undisturbed. Try announcing, “If you need me, I will be in HAIR and MAKEUP!” (British accent optional)
Remember ladies, every time you sit down and take care of the way you look, this is “YOU” time. The other 99% of the day may be all about your family, the house, your job… but for these precious minutes it is time to focus on JUST YOU! (If my family forgets this “rule” they may notice Mommy has gone suddenly deaf and mute for these magical minutes)
It’s not selfish. Our bodies are God’s temple, and we are commanded to take care of them (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). PLUS, I’ve found my beloved is more agreeable when he’s distracted by my beauty. Just saying…
T = TIME MANAGEMENT
As you may know, it takes 7 seconds to make a first impression on someone. So what happens when you barely have 7 seconds to put together your SLAMMIN’ hot look together?
Cover just the essentials: 1) perfect your complexion with some mineral powder, 2) carefully swipe your lashes with mascara, and 3) dab your lips with your favorite lipgloss… as you throw your purse over your shoulder and GO.
Y = Yardsale!
Ok sooo… time to purge those outdated colors, expired lotions, and- what is this cream for, anyway? This article from Fitness magazine goes over approximate lifespans for your cosmetics.
If you are tossing out either a foundation or compact, remember that you can mail it to Tracy for a $5 credit toward your next Mary Kay foundation or compact. She will recycle your old one for you, and you are blessed with a discount on a brand new one! Go green in 2016!
(For details on recycling your foundation or compact, contact Tracy Vidal, Mary Kay Sales Director: email@example.com)
May you have a Spring full of SANITY!
S = Storing Your Cosmetics
A = Alternatives to Vanity Tables
N = No more dirt
I = Image
T = Time Management
Y = Yardsale or Recycle Bin… either way, it’s time to purge.