In my old apartment, my husband made a sort of vanity for me to make the most of our space. It was really cramped but it was so wonderful and worked well for the space. I HATE standing for an hour trying to do makeup. So my husband put up a shelf at the level of the counter and I sat on the toilet to use as a vanity. :-D
Might seem totally meh but it worked out. So if you have a small place, you might be able to do something similar.
Here's my old vanity from the apartment so you can see what I started with:
This was from July of 2009. I eventually had vanity lights put up on the wall and an additional shelf to make room for more crap I got after this was taken. :-)
This is what my new vanity looks like in my house as of today February 16, 2011. Such an improvement!!!
Vanity is now in my room so I don't feel cramped in a crappy bathroom.
Got this vanity chair from Marshall's and the white/clear plastic organizers from Walmart.
Mirror, pen holder and spinning office organizer (used for brushes) were purchased from Marshall's. On the left, I have a cup from Japan and a small votive candle holder used for my eyeliners. Everyone HATES my mirror as it magnifies like crazy. But that's why I love it. Helps me create better detailed makeup when I can see it better.
This is two drawer organizers stacked on top of each other. They were purchased from eBay and they are about $50 each depending on where you get them. I'm going to get at least one more to reorganize the rest of my Aromaleigh and Morgana Cryptoria
Most drawers are pretty full.
More office organizers from Marshall's used for holding palettes and my NYX and Collection 2000 glitter liners.
Lipstick, lipgloss and miscellaneous glitter stuff. I recently ordered a lipstick/lipgloss organizer to get rid of this thing so I'll post about it when I get better organized.
miscellaneous glitter stuff and sugarpill.
I call this my Aromaleigh tower. This isn't even half of my Aromaleigh stuff. I'm in the process of getting more black organizers so I can put everything together and be more organized, since I don't have enough room for it all to fit in here.
Hair clips/flowers and my sample book.
my fav drawer
Of course Morgana stuff is in the front. :-D
Aw...doesn't this make you sad?!
All my MAC pigments/glitter. Ha!
Large vanity drawer on the left that holds my supplies for mixing my own lip and eye shadow stuff. I use those baby cloth diapers to clean my brushes. :-)
This is the middle drawer. Holds my eye primers, lash glue, lotions, mascara, concealer and some lippies I've made. Also holds some other basic beauty stuff in there.
Top drawer on the right: Face stuff
Bottom drawer on the right: Faux lashes
My honey bunny working hard to put it together. This thing is huge, made of real wood and HEAVY.
I hope you enjoyed a peak into my makeup world and I hope the organization may give you some ideas if you are having any trouble with that. Feel free to ask any questions.