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What’s been going on with my life? Well…between a drag queen pageant, scratching ‘surviving 25 years on this wretched earth’ off my fictional bucket list, starting a new job (praise Jesus) and watching a man fall 120,000 feet to earth…and live…not too much.

Yeah, things have been wild, but fun and by far the biggest change has been the job. Everyone who knows me – and I’m sure some people who don’t know me but follow me on Twitter – knows how I felt about my last job (and I use the word job very loosely). There’s not much I can go into detail with on that but let me give you a summary: I fucking hated it. Unproductive is not the word. Uninspiring is not the word. Creative blackhole and the place souls go to die…comes kinda close but nah…still doesn’t cover it. I’ve been told I can be…

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How To Store Your Products with Limited Space

Hey Curls Hey! Ok I know I am supposed to be updating you on my whole “How I Spent my Summer” story and I will BUT I had to tell you about my other beautification project: my new apartment. I am still setting it up and am combing the internet for tips on how to make the most of my space. My apartment is by no means tiny but still smaller than I am used to in Maryland (AND more expensive. smdh.) and the bathroom, where most of my beauty products are, is tiniest of all. Here are my main principles for saving space.

1) Think vertically: Why take up valuable counter and floor space when you have all your free wall space? Bonus: vertical lines make your ceilings look higher.

2) Repurpose things: Just because an item says one use on the box, doesn’t mean you can’t find another more suited to your needs.

3) Size matters: When you buy objects ask yourself if they will fit where you want them and remember to consider if they will fit once you open doors and drawers around them. 

A perfect example that combines these three principles is my shower caddy: It’s not just for showers anymore. I have little counter space around my sink and lots of beauty products. I used some command hooks to hang a caddy on the wall near my mirror. You can find the hooks and the caddy online, at Target, a hardware store…really anywhere that sells home basics. Make sure of these things before you buy and hang your caddy: First, that the caddy stations will fit your widest jars and your tallest bottles. Second, that your caddy is stable. I used three hooks in different places and used tape measure and a level to hang my hook (but I’m anal that way). Third, ensure that your caddy is far enough from your medicine cabinet door that you can open the door properly and that the same is true for your bathroom door. There you see me using vertical storage, repurposing and being conscious of space. 

Note the make up brushes in a mesh pencil holder.

 

 

Other space saving ideas:

  • Hang a mesh file to store hot hair dryers and irons, as seen on lifehacker and Dream Green DIY. The mesh is important because it will withstand the heat of a freshly used tool.
  • Hang mesh (or other material) CD holders, pencil holder cubes, baskets etc for makeup storage
  • Use a mesh (seeing a pattern here?) file holder as a small garbage receptacle for loose hairs, old bottles, q-tips. I don’t have a lot of floor space in my bathroom so I needed something that would fit around my toilet…this is also why I have a very tiny toilet brush and plunger. lol.
  • Get a wall rack for nail polish. These are harder to come by but you have probably seen them in a nail salon. Your best bet is to find them on websites like ebay. If you just have a few polishes and want something cheaper and easier, a simple spice rack is a good substitute. Make sure the polish bottles will fit in the spice rack and won’t slip through the rungs.
  • Make baskets into shelves. As seen, once again, on lifehacker.com. I am obsessed with them. You can also use Ikea wooden magazine holders as corner shelves. Thank blogger Amy Antonio for that. 
  • No room for a jewellery box? hang your accessories in a hanging toiletry kit. It’s great for little barrettes  You can also put loose cords, tools or whatever you want in there.
  • Wall mounted toothbrush holders.
  • Use a shower caddy for its actual purpose. (DUH!)
  • Most of all, try not to use all these ideas at once, you don’t want to get over excited and crowd your space. Use whatever cupboard/ shelf space they give you.

Make sure to customize these storage containers to your decoration scheme as much as possible. A lot of them can be easily spray-painted (be careful about paint flammability and hot hair tools) or just come in easy, neutral colours.

Do you have any ideas for saving space in your place? I would love to know how you organize your life so you can stay beautiful with ease!

Ciao Bellas!

D&A

Catching up

Hey guys, it’s been a while and I’m sure you’re wondering what I’ve been up to. Like I said before, I’ve just moved to New York City and am pursuing a Master’s at NYU. But let me take you back over some hair and beauty tips I learnt this summer.

Summer was all about keeping cool, which meant wearing my hair in a top knot a lot. Pretty simple: flip your hair forward, tie it in a pony then grab another hairtie (“woogies” as we call them in Trinidad) and twist it into a bun. Two hairties makes the bun tighter and more centered. Smooth with water and gel. The best gel for slicking back hair, I find, is Shea moisture curling soufflé. It is organic, moisturizing and not hardening or drying. If you don’t have an effective gel, slick back your hair with water. And wrap a scarf around it until you are ready to leave the house. Top knots are great for Trinidad’s hot weather. They make my mom happy because I don’t look “unkempt” and since I need to drive to get around Trinidad, I don’t want to worry about an Afro obstructing my rear view. Lol.

My other style for the summer was the mini-twist. I kept them in about 3 weeks and journeyed to Barbados with them. For this style, I liked my kinky-curly curling custard. It gives a more flexible hold for my twists. It holds more moisture in my hair than other gels,which is important because it’s not as easy to moisturize a long-term style. Every now and again I had to retwist and the back got a bit matted by the end. I was in Barbados for crop over, which included Foreday morning, a march through the streets late at night where you party covered in paint and mud. To protect my style I used common sense: bobby pins and bandanas. The bandana also helped to absorb my sweat. But my hair still got a little messy that night especially since the party ended at the beach. I tried to keep my head above the water but the back of my hair suffered. Stay tuned for pictures from Barbados, travel beauty tips and more on Crop-Over. I can’t wait to tell you how I put together my look for Grand Kadooment.
Xox
Daria