How to Make Your Bathroom Beauty Products Feel as Appealing as a Store

With the beauty essentials we swear by.
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Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and noticed dozens of "shelfies" that are so flawless they couldn't possibly be practical? After pulling together our favorite inspiration images, one thing became incredibly clear: The more organized and color-coded the shelf, the more appealing. We're not suggesting that you get rid of all (or any) of your products and purchase only those that fit the new color scheme. But making small swaps, like buying a pretty (and vetted) face wash when you run out of yours and keeping only your most appealing products on the shelf, can make you feel like you're shopping from a Violet Grey feature as you get ready. Leslie recently did this in her own bathroom when she swapped out her old, pink shampoo empties for a chic black-and-white color scheme that feels almost spa like, with Aesop shampooconditioner, and body wash, Goop scalp salt scrub, and Joanna Vargas Face Wash. Similarly, Jess color-coordinates the neon Drunk Elephant products she loves so much, on display in her bathroom. Emily adds some color to her mostly black-and-white and pink products by using old candle holders to corral makeup brushes. Here are some of the products our team loves, organized by color, so you can spark a little more joy in your daily makeup and skincare routine:

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Drunk Elephant Night Serum ($90): When Jess tested Drunk Elephant products last month, she fell in love with this serum for it's dullness-fighting properties. 

Rose Quartz Face Roller ($40): Any time Emily feels like her face is puffy in the morning, she uses a cold jade or rose quartz roller. Leslie's considering purchasing her own after developing a Gua Sha facial habit ever since The Now introduced them.... 

Thayers Rose Petal Toner ($9): Our Graphic Designer Hannah moved back to Canada last year, but our entire office still uses the $9 toner she introduced us to before leaving. 

Vitamin E Oil with Flowers ($28): To be completely honest, this is the only product on this entire list we haven't personally vetted and loved, but it's so beautiful we couldn't resist including it (and the reviews are all positive!). Leslie's probably going to buy this by the time she finishes writing this sentence... *buy*

Overose Nudesse Candle ($58): When Emily came across Overose candles at a store in Paris, she had to stock-up on them because they weren't sold in the States (yet). We carry this pretty pink candle on our Shop, and light it in the office almost every day since it smells so pretty, with delicate florals and that just-rained scent. 

Glossier Lash Slick ($16): When we put our team's favorite mascaras to the test last month, Glossier came in second place, but several of us *cough, Katie* still consider it their Number One. 

Glow Recipe Watermelon Pink Lotion ($39): Katie's convinced watermelon is the new citrus when it comes to skincare, and this watermelon moisturizer is at the top of her list. 

Kristen Ess Shampoo and Conditioner ($10, each): Before switching over to Aesop products, Leslie used and loved Kristen Ess's shampoo and conditioner. It smells amazing, cleans even the greasiest hair, and the packaging is so cute. She still occasionally buys the travel sized shampoo and conditioner to use them when she travels. 

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Tata Harper Purifying Cleanser ($70): Leslie wishes she could find a less expensive evening cleanser she loves half as much as this one, but it's been two years and she can't quit Tata Harper, which is the cornerstone of her favorite natural beauty skincare products (Jess loves her Restorative Eye Cream so much she bought a full size after writing this post). It doesn't hurt that it's beautiful and that you only need a tiny bit—it's a "dry" cleanser so a little goes a long way!

OLEHENRIKSEN Oil Control Toner ($28): We're all pretty big fans of this brand in the office—both Leslie and Emily use their Vitamin C regimen whenever they're in need of a glowy touch. 

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask ($39): Emily uses this mask more than any other mask in her regular rotation since it does such a beautiful job of minimizing her pores and breakouts. 

Sunday Riley Acne Treating Oil ($80): Katie uses this oil as a spot treatment anytime she has a hormonal breakout, and a few of her friends swear it cleared-up their acne. 

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Oil ($72): Of all the Drunk Elephant products Jess tested, this one was her favorite because it feels luxurious without being too heavy. She even incorporated it into not only her evening routine, but also her morning routine, she loved it so much!

Kopari Coconut Oil ($18): Our Editorial Intern Caroline has the prettiest, thickest hair (we're all envious), and credits coconut oil for giving it its natural-looking shine. 

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Lancome Double Action Makeup Remover ($30): Emily swears by this makeup remover for taking off mascara. Even NARS Climax Mascara, which is notoriously difficult to remove, comes off problem-free with this remover. 

Summer Fridays Jet Lag Face Mask ($48): This product truly lives up to its name and works wonders when it comes to soothing stressed-out, fatigued skin. 

Cle de Peau Radiant Corrector for Eyes ($65): When Emily tried French beauty brand Cle de Peau's foundation at a recent makeup class, she instantly fell in love—then saw the price tag ($250). Instead, she purchased this under-eye corrector, which she uses as a concealer pen for blemishes.

SuperGoop! Poreless Sunscreen ($38): Our entire team uses Supergoop!'s line of sunscreens. This one is particularly great for layering with makeup, since it's matte and functions similarly to a primer.

Peter Thomas Roth Hydrating Under-Eye Patches ($52): These collagen-packed patches are some of our favorite under-eye patches since they noticeably reduce the look of fine-lines and under-eye circles. 

Kypris Moonlight Serum ($98): Whenever Leslie's skin is in need of some extra hydration, she reaches for this all-natural serum. It's pricey, but super-hydrating (and is a natural, less intense alternative to retinoids, if you're looking for one!). 

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Joanna Vargas Vitamin C Face Wash ($40): Over the past few weeks, Leslie's been using this Vitamin C face wash from Joanna Vargas in the shower and loves it. It's gentle enough for a light cleanse, to remove her evening acne-fighting products and start the day fresh, with skin-brightening Vitamin C. 

Goop Exfoliating Instant Facial ($125): Emily swears by this instant facial when she needs to give her skin an extra illuminating boost since it sloughs off dead skin cells and leaves skin feeling soft and revitalized. 

Aesop Shampoo and Conditioner ($29 each, depending on size): Earlier this year, Leslie transitioned her bathroom shampoo and conditioner to Aesop, mostly based on the beautiful packaging. Combined with their soap, her Goop scalp salt scrub, and face wash, it makes her shower feel like a spa. 

Diptyque Baies Candle (starts at $36): If Emily's home had a signature scent, it would be Diptque's candles in 'Baies,' which she then turns into decoration in her bathroom shelves. 

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil ($88): As far as luxury hair oil goes, this honey-infused product, is among the best (and most beautiful). It's packed with vitamins that helps hair maintain its natural moisture and shine. 

3 Simple Styling Tips:

1. Color-code and organize packaging based on similar labels.
2. Consider height and bottle shapes when you arrange, grouping similar sizes together.
3. Add in a candle that highlights the main color on your shelf .

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