The Items Taking Pride of Place On My Dressing Table…
To this day my dressing table is still the focal point of my room, more than even my bed. I guess that’s to be expected given the makeup hoarder that I am. And yes, I am one of those people that keeps the visible nice and tidy. Case in point my dressing table. I recently had a little rearrange of what’s sitting pretty on my vanity, mostly driven by me wanting to make use of my beautiful trays and trinkets. Although I didn’t get to sort out the draw inside, I was left feeling pretty chuffed with my new arrangement.
I’d actually love to go for a minimalist approach for what sits on top of my dressing table, but I’ll often forget about what I have if it’s not easily accessible. With the clever use of trays and acrylic storage, however, it doesn’t look so cluttered and what’s important is that the items I use on a daily basis are within easy reach. So, if you fancy a nosy, here’s what’s currently taking pride of place on my dressing table.
Every Dressing Table Needs A Mirror
No dressing table is complete without a mirror and I’ve had this Ikea decorative table mirror for ages. I don’t think they have this exact same one since I’ve had mine for well over 8 years, but you can see their current collection here.
Another old-favourite is my acrylic makeup organiser. My essentials from mascara and concealer to my favourite luxe lipsticks are stored in this nifty makeup storage solution and you can find out more about what I keep in here in my Beauty Storage post.
Keeping My Base Staples to Hand
My Zara Home Golden Mirror Tray elegantly houses some base staples, the most obvious of these being my Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. I say obvious because it’s literally the only foundation I wear and love and together with my Chanel Natural Finish Loose Powder makes for a flawless base.
You’ll also know from my Glow Edit that aside from highlighters, I’ve developed a weakness for glow primers. So the likes of my Tom Ford Illuminating Primer and the Becca Backlight Priming Filter as well as the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter are well placed on my vanity but also fitting for that sought after summer glow. As for the more traditional, mattifying primers, I’m testing out the Ren Perfect Canvas which is fast becoming a staple.
With moisturiser and eye cream a daily affair, I’ve always got to have these necessities to hand. A new moisturiser on the block is the Olay Total Effects 7 in 1 Anti-Ageing Moisturiser SPF30.* I’ve always been a long-term fan of Olay and this revised formula is now built with the SPF protection I need to keep my skin safe and healthy.
Having Those Night Time Essentials on Display
Having my facial oils and serums on display makes me excited for my night time skincare routine. That’s why this H&M Metal Tray is perfection since there’s enough space for what’s on rotation as well as a few other skincare and makeup bits. Speaking of what’s on rotation, I’d been lusting after the Dior Capture Youth Glow Booster Serum for a while. Admittedly it’s the name that got me but it’s also my first vitamin C product I’m trying. I’m still testing this but so far so good with my skin appearing a lot brighter and even in tone.
My other night time favourites are the M&S Formula Absolute Serum Elixir * and the Formula Restore Night Cream.* In fact, I quite like to mix the Dior Glow Booster Serum into the M&S Night Cream to help the product absorb into my skin better. Other firm favourites are the Oskia Restoration Oil and the BY SARAH Organic Facial Oil. * You can read more about these oils in my Oskia Haul and my BY SARAH review.
Crayons and Eyeshadow Sticks Galore
I’ll probably never have enough room to keep all of my favourite eye makeup and lip products in sight. However, I find it somewhat easier to store them in these gorgeous tea light come makeup brush holders. As you can tell, I have a particular weakness for the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils.
For the eyes it’s all about the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleons and you can see swatches here. Also, as featured in my Day to Night Beauty post, I find the M&S Cream Eyeshadow Sticks * are super creamy and great for day and night that I always reach for them.
Little Pots of Delight
Talking of cream eyeshadows, you’ll know from my last post on Underrated Heroes that I’ve been loving the Revlon Colourstay Crème Eyeshadows and I’ve kept them in this Oliver Bonas Medium Gold Mirrored Tray so that I can get to them easily. I’m also a massive fan of the Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise and alongside the colour Jean, I also picked up the shade Bette, which is a gorgeous dark bronze.
Eyeshadow Brushes, Eyeliner & Brow Pencils
With all those eyeshadow brushes I’ve collected over the years, this cute brush holder is perfect. If you want a rundown of my favourite brushes for eyeshadow then check out this Makeup Brush Edit. The only new edition is the Hourglass No.3 All-Over Shadow Brush which is a godsend for applying and blending cream eyeshadows.
I also keep some of my favourite brow pencils, kohls and eyeliners here and in terms of brow products, the Charlotte Tilbury Brow Lift Eyebrow Pencil is a new go-to. I’ve spoken about this 3-way brow tool in my Charlotte Tilbury Haul but this time I picked up the shade Supermodel which is better suited to my dark brown eyebrows.
The Odd Lip Balm & Hand Cream or Two
Surprisingly, lip balms are something I always forget about. That’s why I’ve made a point of keeping a number in different trays on my dressing table. From the By Terry Baume de Rose as well as this stunning rose gold packaged Ted Baker option, I’m pretty much covered.
Pretty Trinkets Here and There
Lastly, and just in case you were wondering whether there is anymore space, I do love my trinkets. As someone who often leaves jewellery lying around, some trinkets on the dressing table keeps things looking tidy…and pretty too.
Without doubt my dressing table has a mix of items that are not only functional but look aesthetically pleasing too; I don’t like to let that pretty packaging going to waste! Of course I haven’t even shown you what’s inside the draw! However, I often rotate items around and this current set up really works for me.
So, did you notice any products you’d like to try too? x