My Makeup In July

Summer Makeup Organization

For nearly a year I have been rotating through my stash and making a sincere effort towards using stuff I own and giving it its due. This past month though a familiar and much expected fatigue hit me and I suddenly decided that I could no longer keep up with the rotation practice. I needed everything in one place and in front of me at all times!

I needed new way to organize things and most off all, “more things” to use from. My beloved tray of makeup wasn’t cutting it in terms of space and given its design I could not place a lot of stuff on it. After much thought and a heavy heart I had to give it a break and put to a different use and got myself a new organizer. I wanted something with sensible compartments, no random divisions and just about enough space to hold everything that I love and want around! I thought I’d share with you all of the makeup that I have on my dresser at the moment and what I’ve been using this month!

Makeup Organization Summer

Makeup Organization Summer

Lets start from the back. The organizer essentially has three rows of different width and divided in several compartments. The first row from the back holds the bases, tubes and bottles. The smallest block in the left hand corner has three primers, The DHC Skin Coat, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and Bioderma’s Sensibio Pore Refiner. These are probably the least used products n this stash hence have been shoved back in a corner! Next to them lies my Dior’s Nude BB Creme and Jouer’s Luminizing Moisture Tint. I have been a long time fan of both and given a choice I’d wear either for the rest of my life! They are lightweight and light coverage add the faintest color and glow which looks natural and put together.

Makeup Organization Summer

Strobing being the official buzzword this month, I have been getting an unprecedented amount of use from my Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone. I mix it with my moisturiser or foundation and apply it with my fingers. Serious glow which looks super glossy but does not feel greasy or tacky in the least! Speaking of foundation, I was reunited with my Makeup Forever Face and Body Foundation after nearly two years. Now, I am not really sure if its a good idea wearing a foundation as old but, the texture and smell of this is as good as new and it has broken me out so I am going to persist and keep using it! Basically, its MUFE’s answer to MAC’s Face and Body except its the more matte and more cooling version. I wasn’t color matched very well with it which is the reason I haven’t been using it, but mixing a little bit of Moonstone into it, I get that extra bit of yellow glow which the foundation lacks and the concoction looks lovely! Given how good Moonstone is, I really want to get Opal now which as per the internet should match my tanned skin better. We’ll see!

The last two things in this row are my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders in Radiant Light and Dim Light. I had gotten so addicted to using them that every other powder in my stash was getting completely ignored. I pushed these back so I would use the others more but habits! I still reach for them a lot although powdering itself has taken a backseat this month.

Makeup Organization Summer

The middle row holds my concealers, MAC’s Pro LongWear, MAC’s Select Moisture Cover and Bobbi Brown’s Foundation Stick which I mostly use as a concealer. I also have a deluxe sample of Laura Mercier’s Foundation Primer which I have been meaning to use since last year but somehow never did. The other two slots hold my cream blushes and powder blushes. I have my MAC’s Hush Cream Color Base which I use when I don’t have Moonstone on and this instantly gives me high cheekbones and luminosity with only a few dabs. I love this and this probably is the most natural highlight in my stash! (If natural highlight is a thing!)

Along with Hush I have the RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Modest and YSL’s Cream Blush in #2 Powdery Rose. I have been wearing Powdery Rose so much this month, especially this week and I am so gutted it has been discontinued! (Someone tell me its not true!) I think I love these just as much as my Chanel Cream Blushes. This pink color is perfect on my skintone and I have a lingering flush even after ten hours of wearing it. Need to find a dupe asap!

I have four powder blushes in the last slot, two from TheBalm, Frat Boy and Desert Blush/Bronzer and two from Tarte, Exposed and Blissful. Do you see a pattern? Coral pink and nude! I love all four and since their pigmentation and tone is quite different they don’t all look the same, atleast to me!

The front row is where the makeup royalty dwells! Eyeshadows, lipsticks and powders. I have my Chanel Poudre Signee Highlighter (limited edition), followed by Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder in No. 20 and Guerlain’s Wulong Pressed Powder (limited edition). Wulong is a very lightweight, reflective powder which I have been loving under the eyes to brighten it with or without concealer. As a subtle highlight it works really well but if dusted all over it has the tendency to make me look a little ashy. The Chanel highlighter was a lucky buy and I really like it! It has very subdued shimmer and quite hard to detect on the skin but for no-makeup-makeup looks this is a lovely highlighter! Especially when I have Moonstone already on my face, a bit of this highlighter on the high points of the face just adds the loveliest sheen and gives my face dimension.

Makeup Organization Summer

The biggest section on this tray holds my eyeshadows. For a non-eyeshadow wearer (or atleast an infrequent eyeshadow wearer) I have a LOT of eyeshadows! All the neutral eyeshadows I own are probably here. In the MAC quad are (clockwise, top left) Tempting, All That Glitters, Mulch and Texture. In the duo I have (top) Patina and Soba. The single eyeshadow is MAC’s Moleskin, a limited edition shade which perfectly matches my skintone. Two Bobbi Brown colors in Taupe and (bottom) Burnt Sugar which I spoke about here. A matte beige eyeshadow from the older line of Makeup Forever eyeshadows and Chanel’s mirage Illusion d’ombre. These are by far my most used eyeshadows and I figured it was time I had all of them together!

In the pink Z-palette I have MAC’s Peaches, MAC’s Ricepaper eyeshadow, a old MUFE blush and Benefit’s Dandelion blush in a sample size. Keeping everything here has helped me wear these eyeshadows everyday and I can finally appreciate the nuances in colors and shades of each and play around with them!

Makeup Organization Summer

The next big section holds lipsticks! As you can see I am not short of options, ranging from lip balms to matte lipsticks there is atleast one of each kind! From Left to Right, YSL Glossy Stain in #7 Corail Aquatique, YSL Rouge Pur Couture #5, YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #16 Orange Impertinent, Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine Scenario, Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine Liberte, Dior’s Lip Glow lip balm, By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge in #9 Dare to Bare, Nars’ Tzigane, Nars’ Dolce Vita, MAC’s Hug Me and MAC’s Mineralize Lipstick in Glamour Era.

Makeup Organization Summer

I have all my brushes and eye pencils etc in a simple wide glass jar. This has more space than it seems and it seriously holds everything I keeping shoving in it and never complains! Lip glosses, brushes, eye pencils, mascara, eye brow products, everything is in this and I strangely don’t have a hard time rummaging through it!

Of all the Zoeva brushes I have, I think the 105 Highlighter brush is quickly becoming my most used, most loved brush! I use it for every kind of powder application and the fluffiness and softness magically makes every powder look seamless and perfect!

Makeup Organization Summer

Makeup Organization Summer

What have you been loving this July?

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30 thoughts on “My Makeup In July

  1. oooh i absolutely love this little look around your makeup stash! i can’t do the rotation thing where i swap things in and out, i need to have it all laid out in front of me so i can pick what i want from the whole lot each time. but i do have one muji drawer which i use for samples i ask for at sephora, etc and for anything new that i want to make sure i use or things that i realise i’ve been neglecting, i’ll pop them in there as a reminder to use them. i’m pretty good with trying to use different things in my collection but there are always things you forget you like until you make yourself give them a go.

    jessica – littlehenrylee.com

  2. Wow!! That’s a lot of brushes! I moved apartments nearly two months ago and will be moving again in 10 days, so I didn’t bother unpacking my makeup at all. Instead i’ve been living on an LM tinted moisturizer, the nars lustre blush (am on a serious mission to finish it this summer), an LM caviar stick in khaki, a sample mascara and a lipstick (a dior extreme in bright pink which i can wear as a stain).
    So basically your lovely post was a virtual treat of lavishness for me.
    Btw, is you by terry rockstar part if your current makeup? It’s in my “to buy” list once i’ve moved. I hear that it’s a real rockstar.

  3. I really need to go and get myself a better tray, I’ve had my products sitting in drawers and Sephora gift boxes… The one you have looks perfect! Also, I drooled at that line up of neutral shadows.

  4. I always love seeing your makeup colors Divya, all so polished, put together and sophisticated. My make up colors usually include some crazy bright things (hello blush, lippies) that I think maybe people external to me think I go overboard… You are actually inspiring me to sort of go more natural in a sophisticated way! xx

  5. Love the organizer and it hold so much. It is a bit unbelievable 🙂 Organized and makeup on display definitely gets you using stuff, no doubt about that ! Where is your organizer from ?

  6. I love seeing top shelfs and makeup storage without Alexa drawers! This is a weird one but how do you keep the dust away?! That’s the only reason I keep very little makeup on display and everything is in a drawer.
    So I did a Back to Mac recently and I bought Hug Me! I like a lot so far! I think it reaffirms that Lustre is probably my favourite formula from Mac.

  7. Great post! I’d love to do the same with my own stash, but sometimes it’s rather hard to resist the claim of new collections and products. I’ve turned to the ‘strobing’ trend as well for the first time, because I feel it’s more in my street than the previous (hard contouring) and this month I’ve been enjoying a lot my Dior Addict Extreme lipsticks, as well as my new summer bronzer from Guerlain. I’m really going to buy some Zoeva brushes soon. Yours look so fluffy and nice! Enjoy your week!

    1. Thank you Alessia! I know what you men about new products.. I make sure I have a mix of old and new so that everything gets its due! You need to arm yourself with some Zoeva soon! 🙂

  8. Absolutely loving the photography in this post Divya – I am really tempted to get a nice tray like this and might check out a Howards soon. I have the top drawer of my desk for my regular makeup but I’d love to have my staple bits up on top for a nice view!

    1. Oh gosh thanks Emma! 😀 So glad you enjoyed it it was a very spontaneous post.. clicked pictures int he day and posted by evening! I don’t have much more than this.. just a few more thing in a box inside a drawer! This is pretty much it when it comes to my favorites!

  9. I’m glad you found such a useful little monthly treat holder! I really enjoy how you pull out different items and rotate through them. I love all of your lipsticks! That picture was true lipstick porn, Divya! 😉 I’ve been going through my entire eyeshadow collection to find the best and let go of the ones I don’t absolutely love. I’m happy to say I’ve got a much larger let go pile than keep pile! After I finish going through the singles, it’s time for the duos/trios and mini palettes. I’ve rediscovered a lot of shades I love and have weeded out anything that’s just taking up space. It feels good to simplify! I’d love to do a monthly makeup stash like you do once I get better organized.

    1. I know! I am so happy ever since I replaced my tray with this on the dresser! Nothing rolls off the table anymore and things look more organized than they are intended to 😛 My eyeshadow stash is mostly neutrals and most of them are now out.. I hardly wear color on the eyes which isn’t exactly a good thing but thats how it is! Simplifying and holding on to favorites and having a small stash is such a satisfying feeling!

  10. Your new tray is lovely, and you can definitely see all your beautiful products at a glance! I’ve recently reorganized my currently most used products as well, but I actually took quite a few products out that I wasn’t using anyway 🙂 And yes, that Zoeva highlighting brush is awesome!

  11. OOO your Mirage is so dented! There I was thinking mine is well-loved!

    My makeup hasn’t changed that much since May LOL It’s more or less about very warm bronzy eyeshadows (mostly cream/stick ones), orange-leaning corals, and teal/turquoise nail polishes! I suppose it’ll change as the autumn collections start rolling in, but until then I am very happy with what I wear!

    1. I know right!? 😀 Remember I had microwaved it?? 😛 Thats what happened! It became a little gooey like bronzey chocolate but the formula was intact! I do use it a hell lot!

  12. Hi Divya! First of all I wanted to say that I have been enjoying your blog for a while now. This is the first time I decided to comment 🙂 I really love the Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder as well. I just got it two weeks ago and have been wearing it every day since! I wanted to ask you out of the four blushes, which one looks the most natural on you? I have the Fratboy blush, but it looks quite pink on me. And where did you buy the divider? I have been looking for one like forever. Thank you and keep up the great posts!

    1. Hi Elle! Thank you so much for the lovely comment and I am so glad you wrote this to me! 🙂 Frat Boy is quite pink on me too, in fact I have to use a light hand or it gets clownish! I love Blissful and Exposed a lot and of the two I think Exposed is the most natural! The Desert bronzer is as the pictures says much darker and much like a bronzer with a hint of sheen. I actually got the trays from a store called Howards here but I think this is fairly common and you might find a similar thing wherever you live 🙂

      1. I will definitely look into Exposed then, thank you! And will look into the tray, I have a Muji one but it can’t store as much as the one you showed. Have a nice sunday 🙂

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