A Clean Start

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While writing to you today, I’m trying to tidy my world up a little to give myself more me time. AND I HATE TIDYING! Why can’t our lives be like commercials, sweet moments of girly beauty bliss? If you’ve ever cursed loudly at a disorganized drawer crammed full of beauty products then you’re my new best friend and this is for you.

Until recently, I liked using a bit of everything in my beauty routine in the morning. But who has the time??? Yep! I figured before I became a G-Rex, I should at least do something more Godessy first thing in the morning other than fiddling about for ages trying to find different bottles and tubes and things.

So with that in mind, I decided to add a few time-saving solutions to my morning beauty routine. After lots of testing, I found that the transparent stacking system (see above) worked best, here’s why:

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Transparent acrylic boxes. The minute you look in them you can see what’s what. I love just being able to pull out a drawer and quickly grab a Shu Uemura petal make-up sponge, a cotton wool pad or a cotton bud.

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Clear bottles with labels – yes labels are fiddly and take a bit of time to create and stick on but in the long run it saves tons of time and instantly looks neat and tidy. Decant make-up remover, mouthwash and other liquids from bulky bottles into small, clearly labeled clear containers. Large unsightly bottles can then be stored anywhere and won’t clog up your shelf space. Woooo!
And this is why I…:

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…ended up with bathroom shelves that accidentally look tidy like this. The acrylic drawers and plastic bottles keep my products water and dust free and on top of that, they’re incredibly minimalist.

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Also I keep a covered toothbrush, nail clippers, files and cuticle scissors in a transparent glass (easier to spot).

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If my tweezers and scissors are scattered around the house, I waste loads of time gathering them so I keep them in this glass.

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I keep jars that I use regularly in just two rows because if I have to move more than two jars or bottles to reach something, I’m less likely to use it. Does that ever happen to you?

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Also I’ve downsized my products so all are easy to see and aren’t crowded on the shelves. Oh and it’s helped me minimalise my beauty routine…. (but that’s a whole other story).

Okay, I’ve gotta let you go now. I’ll remind you that I’m on my couch and that I’ve completed my bathroom blitz, and that I’VE LOADS OF SPARE TIME… And so yeah, for the moment, I’m moving ahead with finding some more time saving ideas… ;-)

Busy Little Fingers

The results of tons of writing and typing will inevitably make its way onto the blog as posts but in the meantime I’ve been sluggishly slow as I seem to have disappeared down a writing rabbit hole. I ambitiously thought I was going to be able to crank out words on three different writing projects simultaneously and keep myself in check until my fingers said NOPE NO MORE G! SORT IT OUT!

As several people ask me about beauty related things via emails here or via tweets I can finally offer up a beauty fix suitable for everyone. A little while ago a (very patient) nail artist turned me onto some new nail rescue things and always a sucker for a beautiful natural buff (no shine) nude nail, I went straight out and renewed my nail kit. I’m excited telling you about this because after weeks of typing my nails are shot and I really did rescue them by following her tips (and just in time too as I’ve still bags more typing ahead). I’ve gone crazy over my new cuticle pusher with its rubber hoof to gently push back cuticles and buff and clean my nails. I know at this point you’re probably thinking “Well…erm…G…it’s only a little cuticle pusher!” I know but somehow this tiny little thing costing a few pounds has worked wonders on buffing my overworked nails and pushing peeping cuticles back.

Next I added a set of steel pliers to my kit to tackle unsightly cuticles (there’s always the odd thing to neaten up after a few day’s scribbling).

My aim of having sheeny shiny in-yer-face spotless nails with more of a natural buff then a synthetic shine is courtesy of this little block of white magic. It shall forever be a part of every fashion-nut’s kit because a few strokes and it has such an impact on the surface of the nail. I can’t say for years that I wasn’t the tiniest bit jealous when I’d go to Paris and every girl I crushed on seemed to have that magically buffed nail. I’m calmer now though when I have to share space with perfect types and don’t have to conceal my overworked fingers (paint, ink, the odd naughty cuticle…). Nope a few strokes with this crystal file and then a buff with this buffer across the nail makes me think that I could actually fit in in Paris….

… and a careful buff across the tips make me think that maybe I could actually fit in enough to live there.

I’ll refrain myself now from gushing any further except to say that here are the tools (minus the metal pliers which somehow look a little barbaric up close) which have given me sheeny shiny buffed nails which I don’t mind looking at when I type (yes I sometimes do look down). That said, is there any beauty feeling as good as having sorted out a cuticle (or ten) when busy little fingers get mushed up handwriting and typing? I’ll leave that as a question, as maybe you’ve way better ones than my simple nails above.