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Thursday, 25 April 2013

Updated Makeup Storage & Stash

Now this is a post that I've been slightly hesitant to write because my storage unit and stash are by no means neat and tidy like others that I have seen. Nor is it pretty and have a gorgeous dressing table attached because I just don't roll like that, nor do I have the space for it, so I'm just going to let the photos do the talking. Well, with a few captions from me of course.

I digress.

I've been seeing storage posts pop up a lot lately and I love having an nose around through them because it gives me ideas on how to store my products as well as giving me massive storage envy - Yes, I'm looking at all of you with an IKEA 'Alex'. Anyway, I thought I'd give you all a glimpse (12 photos is not a 'glimpse' but you know what I mean) of how I store my go-to products and what exactly is going on in all ten drawers of plastic.

So, here goes...

This is where all of the magic happens. Seriously, without this I would be a sight for sore eyes.

I bought the unit about 8 months ago from Costco in Watford after my parents saw it and told me all about it. At first I thought it was a great idea but after putting it together and seeing how it started to lean over to one side because it's too full, it might not have been after all. I've lined all of the drawers with an IKEA rubber matting (HERE) so the products don't roll around, if any of you were wondering.

I know I'm going to need an IKEA 'Alex' very soon but I'm hoping that someone will make a MUJI-esque plastic drawer unit as big as the 'Alex' and on wheels. It's not a lot to ask for, is it?

The first five drawers are makeup and the other five drawers are nail polishes, which are in order of colour.

Brushes in a Muji stationary holder, brush cleaners, face spriz, eyelash and brow tools and my mascaras. At one point I had about 20 mascaras on the go because I couldn't find one that was right for me but I've thrown loads out and down to about 10 so should probably find a smaller pot to store them in. They're currently living in an empty Flying Saucers tub. That's me being creative.

First drawer:
Base products. Foundations, tinted moisturisers, CC creams, BB creams, primers, concealers, powders... If it goes on before your blusher then it'll be in here. This was once an "organised mess" but the former dropped off and left the latter.

Second drawer:
Cheek products galore! I think it's okay to say that I might have a bit of a thing for cheek products but it's nothing compared to the stash that Yinka of VexintheCity has so can't nobody tell me nothin'! The back of the drawer is where i keep all of my limited edition pieces like the MAC Marine Life powder you can see in the top right as well as some very prized Lancome pieces which I refuse to let anyone touch. The rest of the drawer is made up of cheek products from loads of different brands as well as textures. A girl's gotta have options!

Third drawer:
Lips. These are all double and triple stacked so there are probably a lot more in here than I can actually photograph and even remember. The tray on the left is mostly lipsticks (apart from that Carmex - How did that get there!?) and the tray was from Muji. The rest of the products are liners, balms, tints, butters, stains, glosses and God knows what else. If it goes on your lips then it'll be in there.

Fourth drawer:
Eyes. I recently cleared this drawer out and got rid of loads of eye products that I was holding on to for no reason and had no intention of using so this is the streamlined edit. The back are single eyeshadows in boxes that I don't want to remove them from as well as a couple of Lancome palettes. The front right is eye pencils and crayons and the left is eye bases, gel liners and a few single eyeshadows that needed somewhere to live.

Fifth drawer:
Palettes. I prefer to use eyeshadow palettes rather than single ones because there are always loads of options you can work with so I have amassed quite a few over the years. They aren't in any particular order but I keep my Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette and NYC palette at the bottom as they're the bulkiest and everything else just moves around as and when I use it.

Sixth drawer:
Green and yellow nailpolishes.

Seventh drawer:
Neutral, silver and glitter nailpolishes.

Eighth drawer:
Blue and purple nailpolishes.

Ninth drawer:
Pink and orange nailpolishes.

Tenth (and last) drawer:
Red and black nailpolish. And a colour wheel - No idea how that got in there.

And there you have it!
All of the products that I keep in here are the ones that I reach for all the time but there are about 4-5 crates I've got stashed in my cupboard that I probably should go through, however I think that's a whole different story so we'll save that for another day.

I should probably take this moment to say that I purchased pretty much all of the products in here with my own moolah because I know someone is going to be thinking that it's made up of samples for my blog. It's not. Yes, some of the makeup and nailpolishes are samples provided by friendly PRs for review and such but I do actually spend a lot of money on beauty stuff. Probably more than I should but hey ho!

If you've got any good storage solution ideas then let me know because I'm always looking for ways to streamline.

Until next time...
Keep swivelling those hips in your


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6 stiletto lovers had something to say::

  1. Holy crumbs that is a lot of make-up!! :O
    I could repaint my room with all those nail polishes!!


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