I have wanted a vanity for quite some time. I did a lot of looking online & had seen the Malm vanity in several youtube videos & knew that was what I wanted. Sunday I finally talked my husband in to taking a trip to Ikea. After wandering around we found it & I was 100% sold. I also wanted to pick up lights & a wall mirror for the vanity while we were there. They had a set up in the show room that used the Basisk wall lamps for the vanity lighting. They are fully positionable, similar to a desk light, so they were exactly what I was looking for. We also picked up a Nils stool with a cute little black & white cover, a Kolja mirror & some awesome plastic drawer dividers. When we got home I immediately put the hubs to work haha. We put everything together & then he installed the mirror & lights. I was able to move all my thing in by the end of the night. Here is the end result:
The only thing I was missing was a lighted oval mirror so I went to Ulta today to pick that up. I also got a couple of additional baskets for the back of the drawers from Dollar Tree.
I am so excited about this set up. I just want to sit & stare it it haha. I used it this morning when I was getting ready from work & it was amazing. I can’t believe that I have gone so long without a vanity. It felt to luxurious to just sit in a pretty, well-lit area surrounded by my cosmetic collection. I love it! 🙂
Here is a shopping list if you are interested in recreating this look:
MALM Vanity $129
NILS Stool $34.99
Black/White Cover $15
ANTONIUS Basket Inserts $3 each
KOLJA Mirror $14.99
BASISK Wall Lamps $14.99 each
Caboodle Cosmetic Counter Tray$14.99
Sterilite Mini 3-Drawer $8.99 each
3 pack Skinny Trays $1
3 pack Square Trays $1
Conair Double-Sided Oval Mirror $39.99
I looked up info on how to press pigments a little while back, but never went through with it. The subject came up again this weekend in my makeup group via this awesome post over at Peace, Love & Makeup. I was instantly inspired to press my MAC Summer Stash crushed metallic pigment stack from the Surf Baby collection. I adore this pigment stack, but it is so hard to work with so I rarely use it. I hit up youtube immediately to look for a tutorial I had come across previously about pressing MAC pigments:
I am an instant gratification kind of girl so even though I had no supplies I decided to make it happen. Luckily, I had just purchased 91% isobutyl alcohol for sanitizing my makeup (I will be making a separate post about that also) & I had one ELF shadow single from the Custom Elements collection. I busted up the eyeshadow & trashed it so that I could use the pan. It was only $1 anyway, so what the hell! I decided to go for the darkest pigment in the stack first since I use it the least. I followed the video posted above & added drops of alcohol until I achieved the desired consistency. I let the pigment sit for about an hour to an hour and a half, then I did a finger swatch when it looked dry to test it:
Everything looked as it should, so I continued following the video by placing the shadow pan under a cloth napkin & placing two quarters on top. I then placed a heavy ceramic cookie jar on top of my set up & went to bed. I awoke this morning to find a lovely pressed pigment!
I then decided that I had to do the rest of the stack immediately, but again, no supplies. Fortunately, the Target right around the corner has recently started carrying ELF products. I ran out and purchase 3 more shadow singles & the ELF Elements 4-pan magnetic palette. When I got home I repeated the process for the remaining colors in my pigment stack.
I am so excited to use these pressed shadows. It was like shopping in your own stash. As I mentioned earlier, I feel that I will get much more use out of this stack now that it has been pressed. Personally, I am more comfortable with using pressed shadows so this was a great solution. I have already ordered supplies to press the rest of my loose pigments. This was really a fun little project for a makeup lover like myself. I think I may have found a new hobby. Here is the finished product, my very own custom MAC Summer Stash pressed palette, yay!
Welcome to Cosmetic Compulsion! I have been wanting to put together a blog chronicling my makeup addiction for quite some time, so why not now? I am going to kick off this first post with a link to a giveaway going on over at Like a Rockett. She has a great little stash up for grabs so be sure to check it out for the instruction on how to participate! I will most certainly be entering myself 🙂
Look out for more posts coming soon. I plan to post pics & maybe some reviews of a lot of the items that I currently have in my collection so be sure to stop back by!