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Creative and Affordable Ways to Display Your Makeup

No one wants to spend 10 minutes hunting through drawers each morning to find what’s needed to start the day. But organizers can cost upwards of 30 bucks, especially for makeup connoisseurs. Thankfully, here are plenty of affordable solutions for storing your makeup and spicing up your vanity — and many of them are already sitting around your house or apartment!

Cake Stand


Via Midwest Living

Organize essential items on a cake stand as a beautiful way to cut stress out of your morning. This stand fits just enough items to get you clean, fragrant, prettied up, and out the door. No digging required! Just leave that sparkly special occasion eyeshadow in the drawer so nothing gets in your way.

Painted Mason Jars

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Via Rusted Treasure

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Via Beauty Newbie

Repurposed mason jars can have just about a million uses in the home, and makeup storage is no exception. Paint them, label them, or attach them to a wooden fixture on the wall as a functional decoration. You can also fill glass jars or vases with small rocks, uncooked rice or coffee beans to keep your applicators and pencils spaced out and visible. If you already have dozens of mason jars in use around the house and want something different, repurpose used candle jars — the labels and lingering scents only add to the charm.

Magnetic Board


Via Popsugar

The magnetic makeup board is for those who have not a minute to waste and no room to spare! Take decorative storage to the next level with this DIY solution. If you share a bathroom with roommates or a significant other, they will thank you for saving precious counter and cabinet space — and maybe even for adding a little extra flair to the room.



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A food platter is a great alternative to the cake stand. The greatest advantage is the fact that it can go anywhere you go in your apartment or house. If the bathroom’s crowded or your vanity lighting is bad, just carry it into another room! If you don’t have platters lying around or if you use them frequently for, you know, food, then you can probably find a cute one suited to the job at your nearest dollar store.

Coffee Mugs


Via We Heart It

Get ready to raid your kitchen cabinets yet again! If you’re a coffee or tea drinker, there are sure to be a few charming mugs that don’t get much use tucked near the back. These provide great ways to store applicators, pencils, tweezers, and mascara.

For more DIY inspiration and other tips and tricks, head to Modernize.com.

5 Quick Tips To Be Less Broke And More Bougie

After living off of boxes of Cup Noodles, PB&J sandwiches, and cheap clothing stores in college, your first real paycheck might seem like a huge chunk of change.

But even though you have a few more dollars in your purse than when you were studying Psychology 101, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful with how you spend them. Here are 5 tips to save your money while staying just as sexy.

1. Needs Come First

When you have a steady paycheck it can be tempting to go on a shopping spree or take all of your friends and colleagues out for a couple rounds of drinks…but make sure you have enough money for the essentials first; food, clothing, and shelter. These may all seem like obvious primal needs however they can be forgotten quickly when the green is blurring your vision. How can you do this? Make sure you have money set aside for your rent, utilities, food and any basic clothing you need before dropping it at the bar or Zappos.

2. Pause on Plastic

Credit cards might seem like your best friend, but they can also be your arch-nemesis! Studies show that when using plastic you’re likely to spend more than when paying wish cash. Rewards for high spending don’t make it any easier. Adults between the ages of 18 and 24 who are in debt spend almost 30 cents of every dollar earned in order to repay debts. Don’t be one of them – only use credit cards for big purchases that you know you will be able to pay off. And sometimes that designer bag and pair of shoes can wait until you have enough money saved up to pay in cash!

3. Douse your Debt

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers the average out of college graduate makes around $44,455 annually. However the average college student graduates with about $27,000 in debt. With interest adding rapidly to that debt, it is important to take care of those student loans as quickly as possible. Set aside a certain monthly amount you can live with to pay down your student debt, and have that pulled out automatically from your paycheck so you don’t have to think twice about it.

4. Set Money Aside

If you are planning to make a big purchase then save up! Don’t make impulse buys or decisions – that is a sure fire way to have buyers remorse. If you want to take a trip or buy a nice gift for yourself, open up a separate bank account. Then set aside a designated amount from every paycheck and before you know it you’ll have enough money saved up to pay for it in full, or at least for a hefty down payment. This way you will also give yourself enough time to avoid an impulse buy.

5. Have a Safety Net

Picture this; you’re driving down the side of the road and some jerk sideswipes your car, your back tire blows out and you skid to a stop on the side of the road. Right at that moment you look up and watch the car that hit you speeding away from the scene of the crime, and nobody had enough time to catch the license plate number. Life happens, and sometimes it’s not fair. You can help lessen this pain by being prepared. The Average American spends about $2000 dollars per year on unexpected expenditures. It is important to have a cushion for when life starts chucking lemons your way. If you are an employee with a regular income you should have about 10% of your income in a high interest savings account. Try not to touch this money unless you absolutely have to.

The Takeaway

It’s exciting to have some money in the bank and be able to go shopping or splurge for a night out every now and again. Just make sure you set money aside for the basics, pay off your debt, and are smart with your spending so you aren’t forced back to the Easy Mac.