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I’m so excited to come back to you guys with an updated post on my vanity! When we last chatted I was telling you how my vanity has been a work in progress. I started with my train case (aka…no vanity at all), and then later I built a DIY vanity mirror. For the past few months, that’s what I’ve been using but I’ve been wanting a bit of an upgrade. My vanity mirror is great, the lighting is perfect, but I had to stand to do my makeup, and I had no actual desk for my makeup storage. But now the day has arrived where I finally have my dream Pinterest-ish vanity desk.

You may recognize this standard Ikea Malm desk that every girl has in her room. It’s ideal for small spaces, and for us as bloggers can make a great backdrop. I personally chose this one for that specific reason; a backdrop to my flatlay. I liked the mirror finish on top and although I have to be careful when putting anything on it, it still makes a pretty background. I considered buying the Alex drawers as well but since my collection is not full blown I figured I was fine with the drawer that comes with the desk.

As you can see my makeup collection is fairly small but I still needed some compartments to help separate everything. The one on the left is from Ikea and I believe it was 8 dollars. I only bought one because I figured that would cover all my makeup, and for the most part it did but later on I realized I needed another one for my brushes. My current holder for my makeup brushes sat on top of my desk and dust used to get all over them. I always had to put a towel over them to keep them from getting dirty. I picked up the one on the right from home goods for $7 and it had just enough room for my brushes!

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My vanity mirror is a perfect size and the lights illuminate my face just enough on early mornings, but I needed something close up to help apply my more detailed makeup (lashes, eyeshadow, mascara etc). I have been dreaming of owning the simply human mirror so when I finally finished building the desk and putting it together I rushed to bed bath & beyond to purchase it. It was absolutely beautiful. Stainless steel, the light setting was perfect and was big but not in an overbearing way; howeverrrrr its 200 dollars. For $200 I should be able to look in a mirror and feel like Beyonce. This just wasn’t cutting it. The product itself was great, but overall it just wasn’t worth the money. If you have $200 lying around ready to drop on a pricey item then I would totally buy it. But if you want to spend your money on something that’s more practical, this isn’t it. The mirror automatically comes as a 5x magnification with no adjustable capabilities. If this mirror didn’t have magnification or even just a 3x magnification instead of 5, then I think it would be ideal for everybody. I actually would have kept it. But the 5x was just too much and I had to get way to close to the mirror to be able to even see correctly. Anywho I returned it and bought a different dual magnification mirror for $15. I saved myself the money and got something that I can easily travel with as well!. Plus the blue is a nice pop of color to all this white I have on my vanity.

Here’s a total of everything that I have and how much I spent. Hope this helps you build your own vanity!

Desk: $150 (Ikea)

Main mirror: $25 (HomeGoods)

Mini Mirror: $15 (Bed Bath & Beyond)

Lights: $40 (DIY Lowes)

Light switch: $22 (Lowes)

Compartments: $7-8 (Ikea & HomeGoods)

Acrylic cases: $25 (Container Store)

Acrylic lipstick holder $20 (Container Store)

Total: $315

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Some people obsess over skin care products, hair products, but my personal fave is lipstick products. I was born with great skin (thanks, mama) so lucky for me that’s never been a problem area, but as nice as it is its bone dry! My skin is dry, hair is dry, and my lips are no exception. To top it all off my favorite type of lipstick is matte, so I have to work extra hard to keep my lips looking moisturized and healthy, which we all know is difficult during the colder months.

Step One

I’m always on the hunt for a new lip moisturizer/exfoliant so I decided to try the Lush sugar lip exfoliant. I know some people believe it’s just plain sugar, and for all of that I could have done this at home but I’ve never tried lush brand before, the exfoliant was affordable so I wanted to give it a go. It works—ish. It definitely exfoliates but its very uncomfortable. Its’ like rubbing your skin with thinly milled rocks or something. I know that its sugar, and it should have some grit (otherwise, how could you get the dead skin off) but it’s so rough you have to use it gently. I’ve made myself bleed a few times by applying on dry lips so to help with the texture I take a quick swipe of Eos lip balm and then use the lush sugar scrub.

Step Two

After I have exfoliated my lips I use the Bite lip mask to moisturize. This lip mask is ahmazinggggggg. I once tried the bite lip exfoliant and was not a fan (shockingly for the polar opposite reason of why I don’t like the lush scrub). I found that the bite lip scrub wasn’t rough enough and wasn’t as exfoliating as I needed it to be. Now I use it in concordance with my lush scrub and its the perfect combo for days when my lips need an extra oomph.

Step Three

The bite lip mask has extremely thick consistency (almost like vaseline but thicker) so a little goes a long way. It doesn’t have much of a scent (I got the original flavor, but it comes in strawberry and coconut). It’s a mask so it’s not really meant to be worn underneath other lipsticks because the texture is too thick. I personally use it at night before I go to bed so it has a full 8 hours to moisturize but on days, I forget I use it first thing in the morning after brushing my teeth. I also use the mask for my no makeup days, so my lips get as much moisture as possible.
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concealer post 2

When I first started doing my makeup I had no interest in using concealer. I didn’t have any big bags under my eyes or bad acne scars on my face that needed concealing, so It was a step I skipped. However recently I switched from wearing glasses to contacts and that has completely changed my routine! I’m starting to realize my glasses hid a lot of little imperfections in my face that now I use concealer to hide. I know it may sound ridiculous to have a concealer collection, but they all serve a different purpose!


Maybelline fit me in Cafe: This was my first concealer I ever bought and it is my tried and true! It has the best consistency, and it matches my skin tone perfectly. I use this to conceal when I’ve had a rough nights sleep or in my most recent instance scaring around the bridges of my nose from my longtime wear of glasses. If you wanted to use this as a highlight you could buy it in a lighter shade.

Nars Radiant Creamy concealer in Caramel: I bought this concealer based on its raving reviews on youtube but to be honest it’s probably my least favorite in my collection. I have really dry skin and the consistency of this concealer is exactly that, dry and pasty. If you have oily skin this might be a great match for you but me personally I don’t like the texture. It sat in my drawer for the longest time being unused until recently I started using it as a part of my eyebrow routine. Since the color is so light and yellow base I also use it to reverse contour on days I want a sculpted look.


Urban Decay Naked in Dark Neutral: The newest baby to my collection and it’s definitely one of my favorites. I sampled this before I purchased it (since I was so disappointed in my Nars concealer I didn’t want to risk wasting more money). It is exactly what my skin needs, easy to blend and has a lot of moisture! It’s a little more watery than most concealers but I personally like that. I have freckles right under my eyes and on days I want a natural look I like to use this concealer since I can blend it out to be really sheer. The shade that I bought is great to be worn by itself but when I want more highlight I blend it with my Nars.

Anastasia Beverly Hills in Warm Coral: This isn’t your typical concealer, but it did come in my ABH contour kit. I use this deep orange shade to help cover my dark spots. I have these scars on the bridge of my nose, that won’t go away no matter how much foundation I apply. I apply this concealer first, blend it out with a fluffy eyeshadow brush and then apply any of the concealers I have listed above. You can see its a little beat up because I use it alot!

What are some of your favorite concealers?

Kierra Lee