Apr 152014


I feel as though this post should come with a warning label. Something like, “Caution–the images you are about to see may be disturbing.” Yet I thought it useful to detail at least the first half of my experience moving my beauty products across the U.S. to a new home. I thought it would be useful in case anyone on the Internet, ever, has to undergo similar project.  After years of blogging, I’ve come to realize that I’m not the only person who truly loves makeup and have accumulated (ahem) more than a few items. By the end of April, I’ll be moving out of one home, into a transitional home, and then finally landing on the opposite coast sometime during the summer. As a practical matter, I’ve got to figure out how to make this move while packing several boxes of perfumes, skin care, and fragile beauty items.


 This is my first try with anything like this–these items will be moved and stored until our new home is ready. Whether this project is successful cannot be known until later this year. In less than two weeks, I will be saying goodbye to most of my beauty stash until at least July, and possibly later. I wish it a pleasant and safe trip.


To start, I accumulated numerous the following tools:

  • small packing boxes
  • large and small scissors
  • rolls of bubble wrap in large/small sizes
  • contractor paper for stuffing (to keep everything from moving)
  • Scotch tape
  • packing tape to close the boxes
  • rubber bands for bundling similarly-sized items together
  • a Sharpie to mark the boxes

Perhaps most importantly, I had the help of Sandra the Organized. She arrived at my home at 8:30 a.m., and didn’t leave until 4:00 p.m.  She swears she took a break, but I didn’t see one. There was a lot to do.


Boxed powder items were bundled together in bubble wrap, and then secured with tape or rubber bands. Then, the bundles were packed into cardboard boxes that were lined with more bubble wrap.


Spaces were filled in with the contractor paper, or the large-sized bubble wrap, then taped shut.


Non-fragile items, like pencils and lip glosses (boxed and unboxed), were put into bundles with rubber bands. Again, these were put into boxes lined with bubble wrap.


Round, unboxed items were stacked into bubble wrapped into tube shapes. This was really helpful for unboxed nail polish, because we didn’t want the glass to hit against each other.


Another example of some unboxed items:


By far, the most difficult thing was to sort what should stay, and what should go. I’ll post again in a few days to show you how I’ll be transporting them items that I’m keeping throughout the next few months.


As I said earlier in the post, I’m not sure that I’m doing this correctly or whether there are better ways to tackle this project. My goal is simply to show you my own way and then follow through to see whether this was successful.  If you have thoughts, please feel free to include them in the comments.

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  10 Responses to “My Thoughts: Packing Makeup for a Cross Country Move”

  1. I’m also going to be moving to another country in the beginning of next year, and i was just thinking about how am i going to bring my makeup with me! I hope they’ll all arrive safely! And i kinda think that it’s gonna be fun when you unbox everything. Feels like you went shopping and bought tons of stuffs hahaha

  2. I dread the day I have to move house with my makeup! I think my stash is smaller for sure, but still. The possibility of having anything break on me during the process gives me heartburn! Your pieces look well-protected with bubble wrap. I hope everything will arrive in one piece! xx

  3. Hi Amy,

    Good luck with the move!

    My family lives in Asia, I go back every year once to visit them (and to stock up on some hard to find here beauty and skin care products, wink). My brother is obessed with active and comic figures, he is a collector. There is an empty apartment full of unopened boxes, layered with bubble wrap and finished with a plastic cover. He is the the best when it comes to packing. Your pictures reminded me of him packing my skin care and beauty haul in my annual trip! I think your treasure should be safe. This kind of packing has worked for me for international travel : ) Good luck again


  4. Where are you going, Amy?

  5. I’m moving from one coast to another in a few months as well, and beginning to think about buying bubble wrap etc and just dreading it all. I’m sure I’ll find things and makeup I didn’t know I had. Wish I could give away some of my makeup but don’t have any makeup lover friends. Good luck on your move.

  6. The mere thought of this gives me significant anxiety. Good luck with your move!

  7. I believe with your careful packaging that all of your goodies will arrive unharmed, however I wonder about their storage after they arrive. Will they be in a temperature/humidity controlled atmosphere (are you sending them to your transitional home)? I would be more concerned about product degradation from summer temps if placed in a storage facility.

  8. One thing I learned from a few military moves is to use what you have to pack what you have. For instance, use your towels and sheets to wrap and pack delicate things. you won’t have as many boxes to deal with, and it will end up being cheaper to move. Since your makeup is all very nicely packed (looks like it would survive a hurricane!) then maybe use your towels and sheets to wrap dishes or pots and pans or something else fragile. One other tip I would NEVER have though of – if you have a small freezer or small frige that you’re moving, after it’s empty and dry, put lampshades in it! You probably won’t be able to fit them all, but it works a treat!

    Good luck with the move – A single move is awful enough, but doing a transitional move would have me in a straightjacket in nothing flat! 🙂


  9. i am often shopping for a large number of items from the US, and my friend packs them in a box very securely mostly by compartmentalizing the box using inserts made from the USPS boxes itself. the compartments take some of the pressure and weight off the stuff.

  10. I found binder boxes were the perfect size for shipping bubble-wrapped nail polish. Good luck!

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