I don’t know about you, but all my samples typically get shoved into the bottom drawer of my vanity….never to be heard from again. So after a bit of brainstorming, I finally came up with a fun, creative idea that allows you to organize and display your samples. Which, if you think about it, will make you more incline to use up those free samples, right?!
Let’s dive right in!
I can’t be the only one with a drawer/box/bag that is overflowing with makeup samples, am I? Whenever I get new ones in an Ulta order or I ask for a sample while browsing the aisles at Sephora, I typically toss them into this bottom drawer of my makeup….never to be seen or heard from again.
I tried lots of things — taking out a handful and putting them on top of my vanity, and while that would work for a little bit….once those samples were gone I would forget to dive back into that drawer and see what else I want to try next. So! Here is what I did!
I purchased this clear drawer mini unit from my local Navy Exchange, but Amazon also has them available for only $8.44. It’s not a large drawer and, in my opinion, is the perfect size for holding small sample packets or deluxe-size sample products.
I had some extra washi tape hanging around the house and wanted to add a little more dazzle to my drawers. Feel free to skip this step if that’s not you 🙂
Here’s the results that I got. Doesn’t it look so pretty and girly? 🙂 Now is the fun part! Let’s organize! Dump all your samples out. This is the time to go through everything you have and figure out what you’re actually going to use, what’s too old, and what you can pass on to a friend. For example, for me personally I don’t use shampoo and conditioner samples. I have such long hair, they’re so small, it’s just not worth taking them into the shower and using them. So I set all of those aside to give to my mom and sisters who are able to put them to good use. 🙂
Once you have all your samples divided up, put them into their designated drawers. The above picture is my makeup drawer, and just look at all those smashbox primers! Primer samples are so easy to use and I can typically get a few uses out of each packet. Perfect to take a few when I travel!
And there you have it! Now you have a super-cute mini drawer unit that you can set right on top of your vanity so that you see it every day and remember to reach for it. And now that they’re separated into categories, it’s much easier to open a drawer and pick something to try for that day.
Please share with me the ways you remember to use your beauty samples. I would love to hear how y’all stay organized 🙂