Bathroom Organizing: Product Showdown.

Moving is a great excuse to reduce clutter. And in no place do I have more clutter and crap then in my bathroom. This right now is what’s happening in my bathroom cabinet. No cleaning up for you, just the brutal truth. Too much crap. I always say that CVS and Sephora are my two favorite stores because I can’t leave either one without picking up multiple new products to try. In my new bathroom I want to get rid of the crap I’ve bought and hate, old stuff, free samples I used once and unnecessary stuff.  Why do I hang onto some hair product I didn’t like or a tube of face cream just because it was free? Enough is enough. So here is my plan to organize and only buy the products I love- better stuff, but LESS stuff!

What the hell.

Since I have a new vanity with drawers I am going to have to get me a SLEW of these acrylic drawer organizers first off, so I can keep thing neat and tidy.

I have this amazing jadeite set at work but I think I’m going to bring it to the house and use the pencil cup for brushes and the covered dish for bobby pins and hair elastics on the counter.

As far as products go I am having a major love affair with Malin+Goetz- the smells, the good for you ingredients and the fact that they make my skin feel great.  I especially love the grapefruit face wash (anything grapefruit scented I will huff like it’s illegal- the scent is my FAVE) and the peppermint body scrub. Another scent that makes me high.

The B5 Body Lotion is expensive but my skin has never felt smoother of softer. Granted, I have a stockpile of hotel size samples that I dole myself out like rations during a famine, but the whole point of this “less but better” thing might get me to spring for the big bottle. Also important in the body arsenal is self tanner. I have been splurging on this St. Tropez foam all spring and summer and it’s such a natural color people always comment “you got some sun!” No I didn’t. I’ve been hiding in my apartment writing this blog, actually. But thanks.  I also hear Xentan in awesome. Anyone tried it?

I love me some Kiehls too- especially their Amino Acid Shampoo and Olive Conditioner. Until last month I had four different shampoos and three conditioners in the shower. I want ONE OF EACH. So it’s down to these, also curious to try Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy stuff (nice on the wallet) and of course, I love the Malin & Goetz Peppermint Shampoo and Cilantro Conditioner (you gotta love cilantro though, like me. It IS a polarizing herb).

Kiss My Face Moisture Shave in Cool Mint has been a fave for years- less irritation, more moisture, fewer nicks therefore less of a Dexter-ish crime scene after a shave. For smoothing of another kind, I do really like my Clarisonic, although I am depressed that I did not get this leopard one.

I have tried everything to tame frizzies and the only thing I come back to is Moroccan Oil Treatment. And my clipless 1″ curling iron! You just take 1-2″ sections and wrap around it for beachy waves. It’s hot as hell though, so be careful where you wave that thing (I hit Andrew in the chest once with it by accident and branded him). I have three other curling irons. I need to cut that out.

Josie Maran Argan Oil is amazing for the face- lightweight, not greasy and adds such a glow. Not to mention organic and totally paraben free.  Have any of you tried the famous Olio Lusso? Dying to try, I have to say I love the packaging, but want to know if it’s worth it.  I have yet to find an eye cream I love, but the reviews for this Laura Mercier one sound awesome. I’d love to hear your favorite eye cream!

For day lotion with sunscreen I’ve been using this drugstore CeraVe SPF 30 for a while since my mom recommended it and I saw it in a magazine. Simple and does the job.  For night cream I have started using prescription Renova. Hey, I’m 33 now. And I sunbathed for years. It’s time.

I am still cursing the day Chanel stopped making the world’s most perfect foundation, Teint Innocence. It was THE BEST and I have not found anything like it at all. Any suggestions would be welcome- I’ve been using Lancome Teint Miracle and it’s not cutting the mustard. The only face product I am now devoted to is still YSL’s Touche Eclat. Looking for any other concealers you guys love too!

For face color, I need me a little bronzer and I have two and I can’t reduce further- one being matte (Guerlain Terracotta in Brunette) and one with kick ass shimmer (Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick in Bronze– I have always had one of these for the last 5 years- it’s awesome).

For cheek color I still have not found “the one”. I do like Bobbi’s Sand Pink or Tawny as a fall back.  I also became pretty obsessed with the Chantecaille blush in the New Classic’s Palette but am BUMMED to find out I can’t buy it individually. :( It’s a great palette though!

Speaking of palettes, for eyes I end up with 8 million colors, which is why I like the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, it keeps tons of colors in one tin. However, like most palettes, I find my favorites and then those disappear first, like the base color. Which I why I also love to have a full size Bobbi Brown Bone Eyeshadow for all over, the best base color for my skin tone. I also love Bobbi’s other full size eyeshadows- great formula, great colors.

For eyeliner I only use a wet skinny flat brush and Laura Mercier’s Tightline. I cannot deal with pencils or liquids. This is so great because depending on the amount of water you put on your brush it depends on whether the liner is more liquid looking and defined or more blendable like a pencil. I am not a mascara snob and usually grab some Great Lash (with curved brush), although I recall LOVING Chanel’s Inimitable Mascara.

For brows, all you need is a good pair of Tweezerman tweezers and Anastasia’s Brow Wiz pencil which is amazing (because as I get older my former bushy brows now take longer to grow in…argh).

I never wear lipstick, just glosses or balms.  I love Chanel Glossimer and Chantecaille for gloss but the makeup artist on the Oprah shoot used Lipstick Queen Matte Gloss on me in Minor Crisis (PERFECT NAME) and it was good stuff. She swore by it.

Anything you absolutely cannot live without???


  1. Feel the same way about Teint Innocence–so sad! I’ve tried other Chanels, Bobbi Brown, and Mac, nothing compares.

  2. “Allure” just did an entire magazine on fav products…decisions, decisions, etc. franki

  3. Thank you! This inspired me to clean out my bathroom closet last night. Throwing away a trashcan full of items! Many thanks.

  4. YSL has a new foundation under their Touche Eclat line that is reminicent of Chanel’s Teint Innocence. Plus, there is a great variety of shades. You might go get a sample and try it out! I used to wear Chanel’s foundations exclusively, but made the switch to YSL about 2 years ago and just love them. I also use YSL concealor and the Touche Eclat highlighter. I personally love YSL’s Teint Radiance which offers a bit more coverage than the the Touche Eclat foundation.

  5. Great minds think alike! We just finished our master and I have downsized my products yet again, but my favorite new buy was the make up organizer that I picked up at Target. Goodbye make up bag! I only I know that it’s in the cabinet, but when I pull it out each morning and everything is tidy and shiny like my new bathroom nothing makes me happier! Happy organizing! Really enjoying seeing the process, LOVE the new trimmed out opening on the first floor! Looks more in tune with the Colonial architecture :-)

  6. I love hearing others fave products so I can try them too! Here are my “can’t live withouts”:
    Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps in Peppermint
    LaRoche-Posay Anthelios Ultra light sunscreen fluid in SPF 60
    Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer spf 20
    Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara
    Bobbi Brown corrector and creamy concealer
    Nars blush in Orgasm ;-)

  7. Tried the Kiehls amino acid shampoo and conditioner on your recommendation and am so obsessed with it now. I just bought the two biggest bottles they sell for each and only use that now. And I do Moroccan Oil on my damp hair then air or blow dry. I also really love Kiehls olive under eye cream – its so moisturizing and doesn’t make my eyes irritated. I use cover girl mascara for everyday and Chanel Inimitable for night or nicer occasions. Its insanely good stuff. Also I like Nars “orgasm” for blush… provocative, I know. They say it looks amazing on everyone. Anyway, don’t know if you’ll read this but love your blog, instagram, facebook, twitter !! : ) Thanks for posting, X

  8. I was also obsessed with Chanel Teint Innocence. Literally just used up my last bottle of it a month ago…and cannot find a suitable replacement. Maybe if we complain enough they will bring it back?

  9. Josie Maran Argan Oil is amazing but Olio Lusso is 100% better. Worth every penny. (More glow) It’s perfection! Foundation-try Tom Ford’s Traceless Foundation.

  10. You must try Chanels newest aqualumiere ! It feels like nothing on the skin but covers enough! Newest prolumiere is wonderful too, though more coverage, it still feels like nothing on the face. A side note : I asked for samples in Nordstrom, but ther testers were awful : horrible smelling, waaay to thick and old. I went ahead and still bought aqua – and was amazed! Came back and bought the creamy version too, you must try.

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