Today I thought I would share some makeup storage and organization ideas since these posts seem to be quite helpful. I like staying organized and knowing where things are so last Christmas Eve I was given a new vanity table for my birthday to match my bedroom furniture and I went to work re-arranging my makeup station. My vanity is medium size and although beautiful it is still rather small for the size of my collection. I ordered and made some new storage containers and got rid of makeup that was old and no longer being used.
This vanity is very cute but the drawers are rather shallow so additional storage may be necessary. Although it was a gift from my sister I know shipping to Canada was quite expensive and the box was rather heavy. When it arrived there were some imperfections in the construction of the drawers and slight scratches on the wood, presumably from packaging and shipping but it was quite easy to assemble. It comes with a large mirror, 2 side mirrors and a sturdy stool that slips under to conserve space. It may need a glass top since it scratches quite easy but it looks trendy in a bedroom and also comes in white and brown wood. Overall I am quite happy with it.
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Acrylic StorageFirst up, storage drawers! I purchased these Muji acrylic 5 drawer organizers for $27.95 each, which is a great price compared to other acrylic storage. You can also stack them on top of each other as I have done to conserve space. The drawers are a bit smaller than I anticipated but they are sturdy, great quality and look stylish on a vanity or bathroom counter.
The shipping from the U.S. store to Canada was incredibly fast, I received my package in 4 days! Shipping was $29 dollars via Fed Ex but I was impressed with how well they were wrapped to prevent damage and they came pre-assembled. If you live in the United States you will probably get a better rate on shipping.
When they arrived the drawers did smell a bit weird but they are easy to clean and will air out. I also like that they pull all the way out for easy access. The website also offers varying sizes (3 drawer organizers) if you need deeper drawers. I will probably need to buy a few more soon.
It would be too extensive to go through my entire makeup collection but below are just a few examples of the type of makeup that can fit in these drawers:
The drawers are great for storing loose eye shadows and smaller eye shadow palettes.
Lip gloss fits neatly, you can see all the colors and are more likely to use them! You can also store lipsticks.
Its also great for storing lip treatments, balms and tubes.
The drawers also fit single blushes in varying sizes or blush palettes, compacts, mascaras etc.
There were some items that did not fit in the drawers such as thicker compacts and jars and there isn't much room for stacking items on top of each other but overall I am satisfied with these organizers.
**If you are interested you can find this acrylic organizer by clicking HERE **
I have mentioned these lipstick holders in numerous posts so I will quickly go over them. These acrylic lipstick containers are my favorite way to organize my obsession for lipstick. I purchased the larger ones at Winners in the home decor section (you can also check Marshalls) they were about $12 each. I found the smaller ones at a local store for $2 each! You can also find these on Ebay, Amazon or other online retailers. Since these organizers take up space on my vanity I had to find alternative storage options for the rest of my lipstick collection which I store elsewhere.
For palettes I use the Muji drawers and the vanity drawers but for larger palettes I use file folder organizers to conserve space. You can get these at office supply stores and the palettes slip right into the slots for tidy storage.
Like many people I decided to make my own brush holders. I purchased these square glass vases at the Dollar Store (Dollarama) for 2 each as well as the acrylic beads used to fill them, which were $1 per bag! This is an affordable yet pretty way to store brushes.
Everyday Skin Care Items
I use an acrylic makeup caddy to organize the skin care items I use on a daily basis. The rest of my skin care items are kept in a built in shelving unit and in my bathroom and bedroom cupboards. I also use this to store foundations and setting sprays and it sits right on top of the Muji drawers. I got this caddy at Walmart for about $10 and it holds quite a lot!
I found this mirror at HomeSense for just $16.99. Aquatico vanity mirrors retail for up to $80 so this was a steal! One side is magnified 5x and it has nice crystal detailing. When looking for a mirror make sure to consider the height you need, you want to be able to see into it without having to stoop down or peer up. Also make sure that the base is lined in good fabric to protect your tabletop.
I also use my train case to store other makeup items and I keep that under my table.
So this is how I organize some of my everyday makeup items. If you have any questions leave them down below and let me know how you keep organized.
You have quite the collection! Your vanity is really gorgeous too.ReplyDelete
This is just a tiny bit of the collection, I actually only wanted to show the storage options. Thanks :)Delete
Love how everything is so well-organized! I agree, the Muji acrylic drawers are amazing, they certainly don't feel cheap and I really like that they are scratch-proof... I need to check out HomeSense since I really need a vanity mirror, even at Target the cheapest ones that are half that size go for $25. You have a lovely collection :)ReplyDelete
I saw the vanity mirrors at Target too, so over priced for such small mirrors! Definitely check HomeSense they have so many gorgeous mirrors that are affordable.Delete
you have an amazing collection and like how you organize. I have been wanting the Muji drawers for the longest time. The shipping cost is actually not too bad if it is shipped by FedEx and packed well.ReplyDelete
They are worth it! I am going to get some more because my collection has grown and most of my makeup can't even fit in these drawers anymore. Plus I am always getting new things.Delete
so pretty and neatReplyDelete
What a amazing set up!!ReplyDelete
I love your desk! So chic!
I'm loving the transparent storage for make-up it makes finding something so much easier!
xo Holly xo
wow, you have amazing collection :)ReplyDelete
omg u have organized everything so well.. loved the muji drawers :) happy monday xoReplyDelete
lovely storage system!!! Collection post?? :) :) :) this felt like a tease :PReplyDelete
LOL I know, I thought it would be way too many photos to go through my entire collection in a blog post but maybe later on when I get more storage :)Delete
That's one makeup collection! And great storage ideas! I still have to post mine up but I have so many other ones I wanted to post too. So are you also doing makeup for others as well since you have a train case and an MUA certificate?ReplyDelete
Hi Jackie, thanks for stopping by, I tried to narrow it down to organization and not so much the collection of makeup itself because that would have been a lot of photos. I am not doing makeup for others right now although I have. My degree is in Psychology which is my main vocation but beauty is a love I just can't deny so I have to be in the industry somehow. I seem to like a lot of things and try them all out. I even have a travel agent licence which I decided to get when I had a travel business LOL! I pretty much do whatever I want :)Delete
I LOVE this post! Thanks for sharing. I need to get organized this is a very helpful review.ReplyDelete
You are very welcome :)Delete
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Wow! <3 It looks amazing, I'm hoping I can have my little corner when we move to our house :D I love it!ReplyDelete
I love how you store your make up! Now that I have kids I have hidden everything and I can't enjoy my cosmetics as I would like.ReplyDelete
I love your storage so much! I like how you can see everything you have with the acrylic drawers! I need to get something like that because if a product is out of my site I'll forget about it for a couple of months! lolReplyDelete
I do too, I need to be able to see everything at all times.Delete
Wow seriously so organized, I wish I had a special area for my makeup :(ReplyDelete
Its easy to make one, you don't even have to purchase a vanity you can use a cute desk and create your own little makeup sanctuary :)Delete
Oh my. I can see why that vanity isn't large enough for you. Your collection is enormous!! LOL. All my makeup fits in small knapsack type of thing I use. I don't know if that means I need to step my game up or what!! :-)ReplyDelete
Many of my products are not even stored on the vanity, but this wasn't a makeup collection post it was about organization and storage ideas. I am planning on getting some more storage since I seem to get new things every week. You don't need much just what you use, your knapsack of stuff probably suits you just fine :)Delete
A vanity has been on my wishlist for a long time, but right now I just don't have the space for one!! I like how everything is easily accessible and well organized. I'll admit that if what I want isn't in my makeup bag, I have to go hunting for it and it can take awhile to find!ReplyDelete
I know how that is, maybe one day you will find a place to start your own little makeup corner :)Delete
I love how you organized our makeuo hun. I will have to buy thosr Muji boxes too when I redo my makeup area in the nee house. Really great ideas :-) xoxoReplyDelete