My blog is turning a year old this November (do I sense a giveaway here? *hints*) and I can’t recall myself blogging related to where the product testing and makeup transformation happens. When I started Youtube a few months ago, a makeup room tour is one of the most requested. If you are new to my blog or just starting to explore the wonders of makeup, let it be known that due to the nature of my passion, I buy makeups that interest me so this is not like an overnight accumulation of useless stuff. If you are active in the beauty community i.e Youtube, you will be overwhelmed with what some of the girls have. Once I saw someone that can rival Sephora’s array of makeups and tools. My point is, everyone has a passion- think of people who collect books, pens, toys, memorabilia. I have always been enamored with makeups but it was only last year that I took this inclination seriously through blogging. Will my collection grow? Yes. I am always in search of the holy grail in cosmetics. I like to try new products and share my experience and thoughts with you. Okay, so let the short tour begin…

The Vanity- one of my DIYs

My little makeup station is located in one of our guest rooms. The vanity you see from the photo is from the 1950s. It has a matching dresser which we use for storage. Made from metal, this vintage beauty had chipped paints reminiscent of classic horror movies. About two months ago, I refurbished it with a contact/ laminate paper with wood finish. This is one of my cheapest DIY projects because I only used 3 rolls of paper (at $5/ roll, approximately 15 feet/pc). It took me the whole afternoon to cut and stick the papers to both this vanity and dresser!

Makeup brushes, eyeliners, lipliners, etc. on top of the vanity

I want easy access to my most used (and abused) makeup items so I organized my makeup brushes and other paraphernalia on top of the vanity. If you want to see my DIY makeup brush holder, click here.

Marilyn Monroe bust on top of vanity

I like to flip thru magazines and watch old Hollywood movies for makeup inspirations. Any girl will look fabulous with a winged or cat-eye makeup and luscious red lipstick. To get this iconic look, read this blog.

A tripod camera sits on the right side of the vanity  to get maximum lighting for my makeup tutorials

I expanded my beauty blogging to filming my makeup routine and techniques on Youtube (fabkath36) because I have friends who want to see the real deal. Am I ready to expose my face to the world? that was my self-imposed challenge. It was apparent in my old videos that I was so uncomfortable in front of the camera. Although I am used to public speaking and presentations, filming myself and talking to somebody I don’t see was a bit odd in the beginning. Even my editing sucked. Still on the learning curve, I am happy to hear comments from my friends and subscribers that my confidence and editing have improved now. As you can see from the photo, my filming station is nothing state-of-the art. A tripod quietly sits on the side of vanity to catch natural lighting. I try to change locations or angles every now and then to make my videos interesting.

Left side: I organize makeups based on category

The first drawer holds some mid to high-end eye makeups; The second for drugstore eye makeups; the third one for sponges, lashes, and some perfumes that need to be protected from humidity. Read this blog on how to store and make your perfume last longer.

Corner of vanity: old book shelf for palettes, lipsticks, nail polishes, etc.

This old book shelf is used for some more makeup products. The top shelf holds some eye makeup palettes. The organizer is a wooden plate holder I bought from Ross. The second layer houses my random lip products. I store them up or down where I can see the shades easily. The third layer is for my nail polishes neatly organized in a wicker basket. The last shelf (not captured from pic) is reserved for hair accessories and another organizer for new and unused makeups which I intend to share to my subscribers thru giveaways. For more makeup organization ideas, read this blog.

Right side of vanity for face, cheeks, and hair tools

The first drawer holds all face products- liquid foundations, pressed powders, tinted moisturizers, concealers, among others; the second drawer is for blushers and bronzers; the last one for hair tools.

Peeking through: One side of the koa wood headboard was used for some body lotions, colognes, mists, perfumes.

You know you don’t have enough space when you start to use other furnitures for storage- guilty as charged! While my makeup/office/closet plans are still in oblivion, I am making use of what I have for now.

Caught on cam! Look at the mirror in front of tripod- that’s my doggie Winkles who always watches me when I put on makeup. When she was still a puppy, she whines each time she sees me wearing makeup. The reason? she associated makeup with me going out and leaving her. She’s past that stage already, thank God! I guess she is now accustomed to my lifestyle, yay!

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