Useful everyday items for your vanity

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Useful everyday items for your vanity

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I was at the grocery store the other day restocking some essentials, and it occurred to me that someone, somewhere might find it useful to see a few of the everyday things I keep around my vanity. Even though they aren’t technically makeup-related, they’re still really useful in my routine.

1. Elastic hairbands

These come in really handy when I wash my brushes – I use them to attach the brush upside down to my towel rack so the water doesn’t run into the ferrule and break down the glue.

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2. Art pencil tins

Since they’re slim and metal, pencil tins are the perfect container for depotted products.

Everyday things - pencil case

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3. 3 gram sample jars

These aren’t exactly an everyday item, but still really handy to have! I got mine from Amazon. I use these to store foil samples without making a mess (there’s a lot more in those than it looks like!), or to mix foundations at the beginning and end of the summer when I’m between colors. Sometimes I even use them as a container to add a little bit of foundation or concealer to my moisturizer, and bam! Tinted moisturizer.

Everyday things - sample jars

3a. Yard sale labels

These little guys are the perfect size and shape to label the sample pots.

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4. Tissues

Great for blotting off any shine left over from my moisturizer/sunscreen, wiping off eyeshadow brushes between colors, cleaning up messes and of course the more usual, allergy-related purposes.

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5. Precision Q-tips

I discovered these a couple weeks ago – instead of the regular rounded q-tips, these are pointed at the end. It makes them perfect for cleaning up my eyeshadow, fixing any smudges of mascara that I get on my eyelid by accident (at least once a day), or running over my lip line with makeup remover to get a really clean line.

Everyday things - Q-tips

So there you have it – some non-obvious things that ended up being really useful. What sort of everyday stuff have you made a part of your beauty routine? Leave a comment below!

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Judy

    August 20, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Also love the precision Q-Tips. This might seen obvious, but I keep a large clock on the vanity to keep me from spending too long in front of that mirror. Sometimes I get carried away with experimentation. Must get to work on time!

    1. niccigilland

      August 20, 2013 at 11:01 am

      That’s a really good idea! I usually keep my phone in there with me, but there’s been more than once that I left it in another room and completely lost track of the time.

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