Not Your Average Vanity

My issue with the classic vanity setup? It ends up being a landing zone for everything I didn’t have time to put away before I had to leave. Clothes I tried on but didn’t put back on the hanger? Pile it on the chair. No time to put back all the products I used because I sat on my bed in a towel for 18 years after I showered, and now have -15 minutes to make myself look like a human? Just leave it all on the desk, lookin’ like some kind of crime scene.

Sound familiar?

I made the change from the typical vanity setup (desk, chair, mirror, light) about  a year ago and I will never go back. If you have an issue keeping your vanity area clean, maybe it’s time to rearrange your space. My vanity/hair and makeup station is my all time favorite spot in my room.IMG_0476.jpg My favorite thing about this set up is how you are free to get up-close and personal without your desk stabbing you in your ribcage, and keeping you from making sure you got every last eyelash smothered in mascara. (Yes, I know they have magnifying mirrors but those are scarier and show you the every pore you never needed to see. #IgnoranceIsBliss)

The shelves make it so easy to organize the products and tools you use all within reach, and no drawers to close mean less work for me when I’m in a hurry.

A Few Tricks I Used To Organize:

TALL Shelves

Y’all should have SEEN me try and get these shelves into the car after I accidentally told an Ikea attendant that I didn’t need help. It was a SHOW for those who were lucky enough to observe my misery.

HUGE Vanity Mirror 

I got mine at Kirkland’s, and I am SO happy with it. It was hard to find a mirror with the dimensions I wanted.

Letter/File Organizer

This is such an incredible alternative to stacking all of your palettes on top of each other. This isn’t the exact one I have, but it’s pretty dang close.

Makeup Organizer

I love this one because you can separate the top and bottom part and put them on different shelves.

Earring Holder

Not the exact one I have, but if you’re anything like me it’s a great way to see all of the earrings before you wear them once and then lose them!

A Few Tricks I Would Use If I Didn’t Spend All of My Money on Food:

Vanity Lights

Okay, this is actually really on my list of things to get since I have zero lighting in my room. My biggest thing is that I can easily remove them when I want to use my full length mirror for it’s actual purpose of being a full length mirror.

A Necklace Display

Definitely a better idea than laying them all out on a plate that I’m pretty sure is supposed to hold serving spoons? Whatever.

A Rotating Product Display

I would love to organize my bottom shelf to look less cluttered but…I could spend that money on Chipotle or crab dip so…


My Winter Hair Revival: Rosemary and Peppermint Oil Hair Mask

Anyone else’s hair take the natural shape and texture of Edward Scissorhands after going through a wind tunnel? To top it off, winter is no friend of mine, especially when it comes to my hair and scalp. Long story short: I could use all the help I can get. Cue my obsession with hair masks– because what else am I going to do with my time if I’m not putting strange concoctions in my hair that the internet promises will make me pretty!?

What Made Me Choose a Rosemary and Peppermint Oil Hair Mask?

First and foremost: I already had both, so I didn’t have to spend money. Yup, there ya have it folks: my profound reason.

Since I already had an essential oil kit (don’t drink wine and amazon prime, kids), so I did some googling to see what oils were best for hair growth. I think the universe knew I needed some kind of intervention because, as it turns out, these two essential oils are exactly what I need (supposedly).

I have this slightly irrational fear that I am going bald. so my main goal is to grow more hair. Apparently rosemary oil has been proven in studies to be just as effective as the active ingredient in hair growth products, like Rogain. Peppermint oil basically helps “wake-up” the follicles and stimulates hair growth. Not to mention it feels soooo great if your scalp is irritated by the winter weather.

So for the next 6 months, I’m going to apply this hair mask 2-3 times a week and see if I turn into Repunzel, Jennifer Anniston, or Chrissy Teigen. Stay tuned:

  1. 5ish drops of rosemary oil
  2. 3ish drops of peppermint oil
  3. 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

Put that into a bowl, pop it in the microwave and you are good to go. Coconut oil acts as the carrier oil here to dilute the two more potent oils. You can use olive oil or another carrier oil, I just had coconut oil on hand.