Saturday, January 7, 2012

Beauty Feature: I'll show you mine if you show me yours...my vanity that is!

What does your vanity mean to you? And I'm not talking about your outer appearance. I'm talking about your space, your quiet place, your escape where you can lay out all your pretty things and slather on your most favourite beauty products. That's what my vanity means to me. There's something to be said for everything having its place. 

For a long time, I used large computer desks as a vanity. Why? Because it was not only functional and cost effective, but because it was big enough to lay out all my makeup. It was neither pretty or full of character, but it worked. 

This here is my dream vanity. A little much? Maybe, but I think it's beautiful! It's so classic, feminine, and in my favourite Parisian style. One day, but for now my current vanity isn't so bad.



My vanity is one of my favourite spaces in the house. I love sitting here in the mornings getting ready for the day and staring out the big window. I like to gather my thoughts here and write out my to-do list (which I haven't been doing lately!). Instead of going with something big and clunky, I chose a smaller, traditional size vanity table. I hate sets so I opted just to get the table (which I hopefully plan to give it that cracked old shabby chic look). I was going to go with a chair, but because I don't have much drawer space, I chose to go with a ottoman stool that can be used for storage. I have a few beauty items that I reach for everyday in the drawers.


It's very roomy and fits my large makeup bag, a medium sized one and a small makeup bag plus two of my sunglasses in their case. These are the products I use on my self on a daily or when I'm going out somewhere. If I want to use more products I just pull from my Zuca and my clear storage drawers which are in the walk-in. This way, my desk stays clean and clutter free. I chose a metallic bronze shade. I think it compliments the desk pretty nicely.





































Your vanity is a great way to express your individual style and to showcase all the pretty things you love. One of my favourite gifts was this Parisian-inspired mannequin jewelry holder. I love layering my favourite necklaces there. It's a great statement piece. I found our old wooden hand sculpture packed away that we use to display on our bookshelf. This was perfect for displaying some of my rings (I clearly need more!). I love the look of books on display. Here I have Ines de la Fressange's style guide to Paris, Parisian Chic and two Chanel press books from the Fall and Spring 2012 collection. They are so pretty and full of product shots and beautiful photos from the collection's inspiration. I love my little friendship jewelry box which was a bridesmaid's gift. I hold little trinkets and jewelry items in there. I bought a silver tray to display all my favourite perfumes. Perfume bottles come in all lovely packaging and make for beautiful eye candy. I also laid out two lipsticks - Chanel Rouge Coco shine from the Spring collection (review to come!) and my YSL Rouge Pur Couture Golden Lustre with my name engraved on it.

And there you have it. I'm still thinking of displaying my makeup brushes in a cute holder (maybe the one from Topbox?) and getting a table mirror. I will have to re-arrange things to make space. I love having a space that's all mine with my own stuff. Having two kids, your space can be taken over with toys and books, so my vanity is my little get away from all the kid clutter!

What does your vanity look like? I'd love to see! I always love getting ideas and seeing how other makeup junkie's display their favourite beauty items. Email me some photos and I will feature yours on my blog!

16 comments:

CottonCandyINK said...

lovely vanity! so clean and neat

inmyhansonshirt said...

These are beautiful pictures. I have always wanted a really pretty, girly vanity. As it is, I have a counter, which is not nearly as lovely!
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Make-up Junkie said...

@CottonCandyINK - Thank you! Hopefully it stays neat and clean lol.

Make-up Junkie said...

@inmyhansonshirt - Thank you! I would probably put more in the bathroom but we don't have much counter space or storage in there either! lol

Monica from Beauty Parler said...

Your vanity is cute & clean! As for mine well as I'm in the process of moving so you'll have to wait;)

Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews) said...

I'm too embarrassed, not showing you mine LOL! But thank you for the inspiration! I would love to see what you use on an everyday basis, I know you have a huge collection of makeup ;)

Jennifer said...

Love that it`s near the window :)

Make-up Junkie said...

@Monica - Thanks! Well, I saw your vanity before you moved and it was so lovely! Yours inspired me to get an actual vanity lol. Can't wait to see yours!

Make-up Junkie said...

@Elaine - LOL How bad can yours be?? I still want to see! Ok, I will try and do a post soon of what I actually use. I have some staples I've had for years but I change out my makeup frequently depending on the new products I get or discovering old ones. :)

Make-up Junkie said...

@Jennifer - I know! I was so happy it worked out to have space in front of a window!

Make-up Junkie said...

which means I should have no excuse for horrible makeup!

Donna Marie said...

Cute little vanity Joy! I'd show you mine but it's kinda embarrassing! I don't even have a vanity. Just drawers cluttered with makeup on top! I wish I had a vanity though. Maybe when I eventually come up with a way to store it properly I can show you mine. Or if you come over one day! Haha!

Arianne (Glitter Geek) said...

Looove your vanity Joy! The mannequin is to die for. :) Do you know where it's from?

I recently finished my vanity, too and it makes getting ready in the morning so much easier.

Make-up Junkie said...

@DonnaMarie - LOL Ok, when you get it all organized I want to see! I'm always looking for ideas for good storage ;)

Make-up Junkie said...

@Arianne - Spanx lady! The hubby surprisingly got it at Home Sense! I want to see yours - is it posted on your site??

Semi permanent girl cardiff said...

Wow, I must get myself a vanity table like this! Great Blog post.