The “beauty inbox” | a drabble about a bowl

Normal offices have in boxes, out boxes, plain ol’ boxes… but product junkies and beauty bloggers? We have to get – shall we say – inventive. I mean, you try putting lipsticks into a filing cabinet and keeping everything orderly. It just doesn’t work!

I was recently gifted an absolutely gorgeous bowl (thanks, mom!) and I’ve been giving it a go as a “beauty inbox” – that is, a place where I can put the products I’ve yet to test out & review*. Once I’ve photographed a product, it goes into a drawer to be swatched; once that’s happened, it moves to either the “future box”, the giveaway drawer, or… this!

(Actually, that’s a bit of a lie – sometimes they end up  next to my laptop, too. If I’m trying to pressure myself into reviewing something ASAP, it’s easier if it’s constantly in my line of sight!)

*Which is necessary for the sole reason of “I’m prone to being distracted by other pretty, shiny things and forgetting about them.” See also: magpies and attention deficit disorder

It has occurred to me that I’ve basically just babbled for 160 characters so that I’d have an excuse to post photos of a bowl.

There is something either very, very wrong with this or something very, very right.

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  • LOL I love your ramblings. It feels like you're talking to me :D I don't have much of a system, strangely enough. I just grab whatever is at hand. I've been trying to figure out a system for months but nothing comes to mind. Perhaps a pretty bowl might just do it ;)
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    • Haha, I'm glad! I feel a bit like I'm talking *at* you, which isn't optimal :P It's sort of – sort of like crazy flailing hands, but textual, if that makes sense.

      The bowl-box-and-drawer system has been going pretty well for me so far; I'd definitely recommend it!

  • xiao

    THAT BOWL IS SO BEAUTIFUL. I want one now/I want to get out of college so I can have a permanent residence and not worry about not buying things because I won't be able to keep it!
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    • Aww, I feel your pain! (I'm living at home through uni, but I did a summer term at a cégep and stayed on-campus there.)

      Check your local Goodwill or second-hand shop for a bowl, perhaps? I've found some really gorgeous mugs second-hand; just disinfect, wash, and go! And then you can pass it on to a fellow student when you move :P

  • Very, very right! This is kind of what I did too. I became tired of my dining room table being my inbox, so I cleaned it up and got organized. After I photograph, I put the package in a bag for reference, then the product in my testing bag. I feel so much better now.
    And, the bowl is just beautiful and a great idea. Your mom is awesome. :)
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    • I agree completely ^.^ She's insane in the very best way possible – this year's birthday celebrations also involved handmade perogies, because I can't have the normal ones (I'm on a gluten-free diet) but I absolutely love them.

      (And that, boys and girls, is how you convince your children not to move out until absolutely necessary. :P )

  • Ciambella

    Is that an R&R eyeshadow I spot in there? ;) I love their blushes and eyeshadows (if only their prices were better)! Looks like you've got some nice stuff in store for us! Can't wait to read the reviews and see the looks!

    • It is indeed! ;) I'm super excited for the upcoming reviews, too – there are some really phenomenal products sitting in there (which is not always the case)! *squee*

  • OOOHOOHOOHOOOO! i luuuurve this idea!

    i shall buy a pretty bowl and i shall name it Rae :p.
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    • AAAaaahhhh, now you've said it aloud, so you HAVE to, Dani! You haaaave to!

      (Why am I getting this excited over having a bowl named after me?! *headdesk*)

      (Clearly I need to go sleep)

      (Or eat something)

      (I am going to go eat something.)

  • Nina

    I need that kinda bowl in my life T.T

  • How are you so impossibly cute???

    The beauty inbox idea is great :D I don't have nearly that much stuff coming in (thank goodness :P) but if I did, I'd buy myself a bowl, too! Okay, maybe that's a lie. I tend to like square things. So I'd buy a square box. Actually, my Corelle dish set is square. Annnnd…that's more than you ever wanted to know about me. Sorry.
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    • Ummm, lots of practice and training? (Tee hee, that's a lie; more like "lots of sugar and very little sleep"!)

      P.S. I totally would have chosen something square (or rectangular), too! :P

  • Jilliterate

    It seems kind of silly, but now I want that bowl, even though I have no purpose for it. I also want what's IN the bowl. Annabelle Smoothies or UD shadows, how do you ever choose first?!

  • Hmm, I don't really have that kind of cycle going on, I just put products I want to review (or, shiny new make-up) on top of my little chest of drawers I use to store my products, so that I can see it easily and test out thoroughly before I post. The bowl is so lovely though!

    • I think so, too! ^.^

      I tried leaving them on my tabletop for a bit, but my makeup storage unit is sort of an extension of my desk space – I need the room for papers and stuff :P

  • Not gonna lie, I totally LOL'd at "It has occurred to me that I’ve basically just babbled for 160 characters so that I’d have an excuse to post photos of a bowl." Perhaps I should get some kind of bowl, but I made up a blog post to-do list yesterday and half my stash would probably end up in the bowl!
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    • Haha, I'm glad! Computers are so stoic; it's lovely to be able to get a laugh out of them – even if that laugh is actually humor transferred from another person.

      [;askdfjgh this is why I shouldn't be allowed on the computer after 11; I stop making sense entirely!]

  • Kate & Zena

    Oh, that is a very pretty bowl, especially since it is a PURPLE BOWL.

    I. Want. THAT. Bowl. (With all the contents in it.)

    • Lol! Very specific; well played :P

      • Kate & Zena

        I tried. :)

        I've got to find a bowl like that. The only question is, where would I put such a bowl? I seriously have no room! Ha ha ha!

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  • My "Bowl" is a vintage Hello Kitty metal lunch pail. xD All my to-be-reviewed stuff goes in there and I try not to put it in my permanent collection until I have. Your solution is a little more chic.
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