I know these are usually done as YouTube videos, but ain’t no one want to hear my Yorkshire accent and stuttering – so have done it as a post to save us all from a cringe fest, alt6hough it is a long one. If you read my post yesterday on my DIY Alex Dresser & Illuminated Mirror you will know I recently had a little spruce up and decorated my bedroom. Previously my makeup was stored in the top drawer of an IKEA drawer unit, at my mums house and in my mums garage – so it was time to get it all under one roof. I also managed to be quite strict with myself and give so much away, so much so that now my drawers look empty.
Anyways, this is currently still a work in progress and I am constantly buying new bits and bobs to see what fits and works best for my little collection. I originally bought some plastic adjustable drawer dividers from IKEA in the hopes of making little compartments within my draws, but because I am stupid I got the measurements wrong and they are too high for the height of the top few drawers.
This has to be one of my favourite drawers as it houses my little army of foundations, as you can see I have quite the foundation obsession – this is actually the cut down version as I threw about 5 away when I was clearing out. There’s no storage I have found for these as yet, so they are just lined up, my primers and concealers however are in a little InterDesign pot (£4.95) to keep them together, yet still kind of separated.
Initially I thought this would be my most empty draw, but it turns out it isn’t too bad, although I could do with purchasing some more blushers to pack it out with. At the moment I am using 2 InterDesign Linus Slim 30cm Organisers (£5.93) as they are short enough to fit in the smaller top drawers of my Alex and the perfect width for powder compacts. I have the first one for Blushers and Contour compacts, the 2nd one for Powders and Highlighters then the gaps at the side I use for my face palettes and any powders that are too large or oddly shaped for the containers.
My current storage solution is a squidy ice cube tray from Wilkinsons (£3.00), the colour isn’t ideal and I want to upgrade to Muji style plastic storage, but I just can’t seem to find an inexpensive flat lipstick organiser – let me know if you have a link to one. So far this works pretty well at keeping my lippies upright and visible, plus it even fits a Tom Ford lippie in which are usually too big for that. I then have another little InterDesign pot at the side of the tray for lip pencils and lip balms. For my chubby lip pencils and liquid lipsticks I have the InterDesign Linus 3 inch Organiser (£3.52) – I am hoping to get more liquid lippies so I can sort them into tubs by colour… Stop judging.
As you can probably tell another obsession of mine is mascara – I have way more here than an average person would ever need. I tend to use 2 or 3 mascaras a day though so I do get through them quite quickly, plus a few of them are out of date but used for blog comparison… OK I just like hoarding. I couldn’t really find what I needed for storage in this draw so opted for the large Linus Tray (£6.90) and decided to separate the products using the actual products. So one half is for mascaras and the other is for brow products, I then have a InterDesign Linus 3 inch Organiser for my eyeliners, and the remainder of the draw is used for brow palettes and eye primers.
EYE SHADOW PALETTES
No storage solutions here except chucking them in a draw and trying to remember which is which. A few of my palettes are missing from this draw at the moment as I lent them to my Mum so she could have fancy pants makeup when she went out the other week. My most loved palettes at the moment are the Urban Decay Gwen & the Sleek i-Divine Day palette. For my few singles I use a cheap ice cube tray to keep them from falling all over the place.
I couldn’t write about my makeup without mentioning my beautiful mirror again could I?! The Illuminated Mirrors Hollywood Mirror* seriously makes applying my makeup so much easier as the lights mimic perfect daylight so I can see exactly what I am doing. Plus, it looks all fancy and sassy. Alongside my sassy pants mirror I have a large wire basket to keep all my current skincare in so it’s to hand when applying my makeup. I then have some beautifully scented Bayliss & Harding Triple Candle Pink Pear & Magnolia Set (£20.00)* to add a little lightness to the look of my dresser. To try to add some personality I picked up some cheap picture frames from George at ASDA and printed out some of my favourite quotes/pictures to go in them – so for my dresser I have one about mascara and my evil soul, and an Alice in Wonderland Dreaming one beside my bed along with some eyelashes.
Then comes the all-important makeup brushes; I have three pots for these, a Chicken Wire Tea Light Holder (£6.00) for my eye brushes as this comes with a glass inside so the thin brushes don’t escape, and 2 Woven Pen Pots (£4.95) for my foundation and powder brushes. I love this side of my dresser and especially so the Eyes Open Glass Jar (£5.45) as I think it adds a little colour (we know I don’t like too much colour) and perfectly matches the framed quote and picture.
You might notice that there are still some draws to fill and properly sort out as I have 2 big bottom draws full to bursting with products and backups. I guess the empty drawers are an excuse to buy more makeup, right?!
Which is your favourite draw? And if you have links to any decent, yet not too expensive, lippie storage let me know.