Messy makeup? Taking care of your cosmetics and storing them properly will extend the products' shelf life and eliminate clutter.
Many of us rely on cosmetics to give our skin a healthy, flawless look. Unfortunately, we don't always take care of our makeup, leaving it lying around the bathroom or rattling about in our purses. Proper storage of cosmetics increases their shelf life and is essential for keeping your skin healthy and beautiful. And with the variety of cosmetic cases and other storage options available, there's no excuse not to go out and get organized!
MAKEUP STORAGE AND CLEANLINESS. The most important thing to remember in storing makeup is to keep it out of direct sunlight. Light and heat can degrade the products' preservatives, not to mention bleach out the colors over time. Keep your makeup in a cool, dry room. (This goes for fragrances, too.) It may seem most convenient to store cosmetics in the bathroom, but the constant changes in heat and humidity every time someone takes a shower may affect the products. Moreover, it isn't sanitary: studies show that every time a toilet is flushed, bacteria is released into the air, settling on every surface in the room. You definitely don't want to leave your makeup and brushes lying out there!
AT-HOME STORAGE. A hard-sided train case (Samsonite is a good brand) or multi-shelf cosmetic box (like the kind made by Caboodles and sold in department stores) is ideal for storing cosmetics at home. In fact, any box with separate compartments may be used to keep products from rattling around, breaking, or smudging each other. Molded plastic cases are practical because they are easily cleaned. If you choose to keep your cosmetics in a drawer, use a compartmentalized cosmetic tray (an odds-and-ends desk drawer tray from an office supply store will also work and may cost a bit less). Keep cosmetic brushes and applicators in their own compartments and clean them with soap and water on a regular basis.
TRAVEL CASES. Frequent travelers will definitely want to invest in a sturdy train case for makeup and other personal care items. Professional-quality aluminum cases are good for this; they're relatively expensive, but a good investment. Look for one with a shoulder strap for added convenience. If traditional leather luggage is more to your liking, find a well-made piece that is fully lined with a spill-resistant material and contains easily accessed pockets and compartments. If affordability is an issue, go ahead and take an inexpensive plastic case. Just be sure that it is durable and can take a lot of knocking around in overhead bins and car trunks. When traveling, avoid leaving your makeup kit in a hot place like a locked car; everything will melt! If you fear that exposure to heat is going to be unavoidable, invest in a small freezer pack or two and keep them in your case when you're on the go.
FOR YOUR PURSE. Let's face it: the purse is the most common place to keep makeup, and is often the messiest. Who hasn't cracked a lipstick tube or broken a compact hinge when fumbling around in a purse? Hard-sided lipstick cases and small, zippered leather makeup bags are a necessity for keeping your cosmetics intact and your purse clean. If you're prone to having a dozen lipsticks littering your purse, a palette compact is the perfect storage item for you. This slim unit contains a mirror, lip brushes, and a number of wells; all you do is add a slice of each of your lipsticks to the wells and there you go: many colors, one small compact.
1. Traditional style rugs replicate the classic patterns, colors, and styles of antique rugs. Below we outline some of the most popular rugs in the traditional style category.
Oriental or Persian: 'Oriental' is an out-of-date term meaning 'of the East', with 'the East' being defined as a vast region reached by early European explorers when they travelled east over the Mediterranean Sea or by circling the southern tip of Africa. Oriental rugs loosely classify any rug in one of the original styles characteristic of these regions' rug weavers. Rug weaving began due to funcitonal necessity, and evolved into an art. Rugs were originally created by travelling tribes of shepherds who made themselves blankets and floor mats for comfortable sleeping. The craft was developed to include hand-woven flat weave rugs as well as dense, cushiony, cut-pile hand-knotted rugs, and a variety of other interpretations that developed into unique design and manufacturing traditions. Persian and oriental rugs feature intricate patterns, including many that specific to particular tribes of weavers. The motifs and patterns used can identify where an ancient rug was made, and who made it. Western explorers who found these beautifully handmade rugs recognized their exotic aesthetic appeal and purchased them for consumers back home. As demand for the beautiful 'oriental' rugs developed, so did the trade. The oriental rugs were originally made, from start to finish, completely by hand. Wool was sheared from sheep or goats and spun into yarns that were woven or knotted together on ancient loom structures. For hundreds of years this trade progressed, and while the traditional hand-made techniques for rug weaving are being replaced with more efficient machines as well as synthetic dyes and materials, the traditional patterns of the original oriental and persian rugs are still being manufactured today. Handmade imported rugs are usually more expensive than the machine-manufactured alternatives. CSN Rugs offers a wonderful selection of both.
Tribal Flat-Weaves:Many tribal flat-weave rugs are also examples of oriental or Persian styles. Styles like kilims and dhurries were woven originally by nomadic peoples to be used as blankets. However, similar weaving styles are also characteristic of Native American and Central American rugs, including rugs that fall under the often misused classification of Navajo rugs. Flat-weave rugs are made on looms. Warps are stretched vertically from the bottom to the top of the loom. The wefts are then woven through the warps to create a flat textile surface. Patterns in flat-weave rugs must be simple, due to the weaving technique. Therefore, geometric and simple pastoral designs are typical of the tribal flat-weave rug styles. CSN Rugs carries a large selection of rugs made in the traditional flat-weaving techniques and patterns of both the nomadic tribes of Southern and Western Asia and the Native American tribes of the Southwestern United States and Mexico.
Aubusson and Savonnerie:Aubusson and Savonnerie rugs are related styles that originated in France in the 15th century. Elegant, floral, and extremely popular with modern designers, Aubusson rugs are making a resurgence in modern homes. Typically featuring floral medallions in open fields, Aubusson rugs were originally flat-weave rugs. Today the Aubusson patterns have been adapted into more foot-friendly pile rugs. The Aubusson is the model for many contemporary Indian and Persian rug styles. Savonnerie rugs have always been pile carpets, and look similar to Persian rugs from Kerman. Savonnerie rugs have an impressionist quality that many people find to be very appealing. Aubusson and Savonnerie styles have evolved into several main styles over the course of the following centuries, right up until the turn of the 20th century. Other style names for the Aubusson and Savonnerie designs include Antoinette, Josephine and Maison.
2. Transitional style is easy to approach for the do-it-yourself designer. Transitional rugs combine both contemporary and traditional design styles into one, creating a look that is both classic and modern. Transitional rugs join contemporary elements like animal prints with traditional borders, simplify antique patterns into clean lines and shapes, and add bright colors to the antique look of traditional rugs. The versatility of transitional rugs makes them a good choice if you're not sure which of the less flexible styles suits your taste or your home ? transitional carpets work in pretty much any setting.
Solid: Simple yet bold, bright and lively, our solid rugs come in a variety of fun colors. You can find almost any color in our many collections, so go ahead and find something to match your home's d
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