Today I wanted to share with you the pots and palettes that make streamlining my pro kit a doodle! The biggest change in my kit is that I continue to seek out ways to make it more compact, only packing products I really use or are currently inspired by. Decanting products isn’t for everyone, and while I appreciate the thought of smushing up a Tom Ford Lipstick is pure horror to some, when it’s your job, you’ll do anything to have a lighter load and generally less back problems.
It’s not only about downsizing, its also about finding containers that don’t leak, and are easy to use. My current favourite are these ones above, a Monika Blunder recommendation (thanks Monika). I had so many questions where these little bottles were from over on my Instagram, and these are half ounce bottles from TKB Trading. They are super affordable and I tend to order the half ounce cylinder bottles with no caps and then I also order the dropper tip caps and lids.
The next bottles I buy regularly are these little pump bottles from Muji. I love these for my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundations because on average I can fill this small black makeup bag with 23 Giorgio Armani Foundations. Such a great space saver, and the plastic on these is very firm and of a really high quality so they hold up really well when I travel.
These squeezey tubes above are also from muji and these fit slightly more product in, so I love these for tinted moisturisers, body creams and lotions. I currently have my Nars Tinted Moisturisers in here. These are slightly more flexible but still very durable, I find the lids sometimes do break off so thats my only criticism of these and why I’m using them less and less however they are the cheapest option from Muji.
One of my favourite discoveries since moving to the US is Vueset Palettes. Gone are the days when I use to worry about my palettes looking perfectly melted into place, now I squidge them in and find this way the texture never changes. I use these for concealers, cream blush, lipstick, you name it, its in there. I love that these are see through and I’m happy to say these have really held up. Yes depotting is a lengthly process, but if like myself the thought of a dymo labeller and a night of depotting fills you with joy, then crack on I say! (Add wine for maximum enjoyment)
If you’re feeling really extra, why stop there? When I realised most of the eyeshadows I have now come in cardboard packaging (my pet peeve) I decided they had to join the gang, and make their way into a neatly housed palette in colour ways I can choose. I find the Huda Beauty Shadows and Anastasia Beverly Hills Shadows Can be popped out with a Stanley knife (avoid wine here) and you can either buy a Z palette or if like me you are that little bit extra when it comes to your kit, buy these MAC palettes. These only cost $8 and I buy them without the insert and then either I superglue the metal casing of the shadows down, or you can always buy magnetic sheets from Amazon if the base of your shadow is already magnetic. You can see inside my pro kit here.