Makeup mess: bag organizer to the rescue

Guess what? After I posted about my little tote bag organizer, it struck me that I can use another one to organize my daily makeup items. I do my makeup in the toilet and have been storing the items in a cosmetic pouch. However, the cosmetic pouch has limited space and it was increasingly difficult for me to find my brushes or concealer. A bag organizer would be useful with the different storage pockets and the little handles mean I can carry it around without much hassle.

Good thing for me was that I spotted an almost similar one from a mobile cart store. It has the same size but doesn’t come with the trimmings. But at a discounted price of S$18.90, I am not complaining.

More organized with the different pockets
See…I have so much room to store my stuff. I can even place different items in different pockets and I no longer have to dig deep into my cosmetic pouch to find items or run into the room just to grab a missing item. I am so pleased because this is making my makeup routine so much easier especially when I’m rushing for time in the morning! Yippee!

More storage room for more makeup items
So no more space limit as now, I have more than enough room to store more makeup items, particularly the brushes. And because all the items are so well organized, I won’t have to forget applying stuff like the concealer or the primer for the eyes as I sometimes do because they’re buried deep in the cosmetic pouch. Isn’t that just so neat?

Keep my brushes away from dust
But I don’t want to leave my brushes out in the open as they will inevitably collect dust. I have brush guards but they don’t protect them from dust in the open too. I don’t like the idea of using makeup brush bags either because they’re not exactly hygienic over time. I need some sort of disposable covers and it occurred to me that I can improvize one out of the disposable tea bags that I had purchased for my DIY beauty recipes.

DIY brush covers
All I need are the disposable tea bags and tiny hair bands to secure the cover on the brushes. The whole covering and securing takes just a few seconds so it’s definitely not time consuming. On top of that, the tea bags are cheap and cost only S$3.50 for 85 of them while a pack of the hair bands are just S$0.30, which means replacing them would be pain-free too.

I’m grinning from ear to ear
I am loving my new makeup bag organizer! And with the brushes all properly covered, I have no worries about them collecting dust in the open. In fact, I gave them all a good bath so that they can take their places in the new home. I think they’re pretty happy too.


  1. Sparklewolfie says:

    That is brilliant! I don’t have enough makeup to need an organizer, but that looks very handy and cute ? The brush cover is a great idea too! I may have to pick up some tea bags next time I am at Daiso~

  2. AtelierGal says:

    I have tons of those glasses from MacDonalds and I use them to store my brushes. You can purchase beads and pour them in to keep your tools in place ?

  3. Liesl says:

    What a clever idea to use teabags to cover up the brushes. The rubber band touch is so cute. Can color code by function too. Where did you buy the rubber bands at 30cents a pack? I’ve been looking for cheaper ones but the ones sold near my house are at $2 a pack.

  4. pf1123 says:

    The idea of tea bag covers for brushes is so awesome!!!! Great for frequent travellers like me!! Thanks Sesame!

  5. sesame says:

    It’s definitely more organized and simplifies my makeup routine.

  6. sesame says:

    I’ve seen some of the other bloggers talking about that; quite a neat idea too. But I can’t use it cos I need my stuff to be portable.

  7. sesame says:

    I got them from a provision shop. Small pack of about 12 I think…

  8. sesame says:

    I love the idea too. I don’t like to use the makeup bags for brushes as they can get moldy. Don’t feel that constant wiping is that clean so prefer something disposable.

  9. kristen says:

    super useful!!! i need something like this too!

  10. pf1123 says:

    Normally, I just put them in another compartment of my makeup bag for travelling. But I also don’t really like that as the hairs might be squashed out of shape. Al home, I’m not so worried because I’m quite dilligent at cleaning my brushes even though I leave them out in the open.

    Yes you’re right, they might get moldy in makeup bags, esp if the foundation brushes is used on cream/liquid foundation.

    Fabulous! I shall try to go to Daiso before my next travel.

  11. N. says:

    I adore the tea bag idea. I’m definitely going to apply this to my brushes #k8SjZc9Dxk#k8SjZc9Dxk

  12. sesame says:

    Yes, the bag organizer is super useful. Not to mention, it’s super handy. ?

  13. sesame says:

    I’m so glad you find it useful too. Plus, it’s not costly at all.

  14. Michelle says:

    Thanks so much for sharing the idea about the tea bags. Ingenious!!

  15. sesame says:

    You’re welcome. ?

  16. kaye says:

    I love that kind of organizer ?

  17. pansy says:

    that’s a fantastic idea! where was this push cart?!

  18. sesame says:

    At Compass Point basement in front of Guardian. They have the promo till end of September.

  19. Fi says:

    Loving the tea bag idea… I have been looking for a solution to brush storing, as I don’t like storing them in bags on its own for hygiene reason. So thank you for sharing the idea ?

    It’s a pain getting tea bags here (I think not many people use disposable tea bags), and even if I found one, it’s in Japanese with no English translations, I can’t read if the tea bags are bleached or not. I may be paranoid here, but I’ve always make sure that the tea I drink are in non-bleached tea bags. Would it matter if it’s coming into direct contact to make up brushes (that’s in contact with your skin daily)?


    Thanks ?

  20. sesame says:

    I’m glad you find the idea useful. ctually, I didn’t think much about the bags but I don’t think it’ll cause much problems with storage as long as the brushes are not wet.

  21. Rach says:

    Hey..where did you purchase these tea bags? i always wanted a brush guard and think this is a great idea..thanks!

  22. sesame says:

    I’ve got them from a provision shop here – I’m based in Singapore.

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