If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram (where I am increasingly more active - you can find me @seonaidbee on either) you'll know that I bought a few bits of new storage. Once I moved back into my mum's house, cleared out all my old things and condensed my 'stuff' into a manageable size, I realised I had nowhere to put anything. So bear in mind this is temporary living - and hopefully I'll be showing you my more permanent makeup storage when I move back in with the boy next year - but this is how it all looks at the moment.
The drawer unit is the VIKA ALEX from Ikea - it costs £55. I needed a unit with small and deep drawers in it and this seemed good enough. I know a lot of people go for the Helmer but this seemed more sturdy to me.
My lipstick holder is from John Lewis (£12) and the drawers are from Muji - the 2-drawer wide acrylic storage for £10.95 each. The bottle is Jean Paul Gaultier for Diet Coke, which I got at the Cosmo Blog Awards.here), MAC and a few oddballs from Chanel, Illamasqua, Dior, YSL, MUA, 17, Rimmel, NYX, Accessorize and No7.
My drawers from top to bottom hold: eyeliners and mascaras; single eyeshadows, small eyeshadow palettes and brow kits; drugstore blushers and finally high-end blushers.
In the first drawer of my unit are my MUJI set of 5 acrylic stacking pots, £2.50 and a gift from my wonderful friend Sam, as well as two of their acrylic drawers holding my (badly organised) jewellery and then my lipglosses and balms and liners. You can see again it's mostly Revlon, with some Sleek, Pixi, ELF, No7, Rimmel, NYX, MAC and NARS thrown in. I need better jewellery storage but this will have to do for now.
Then comes my nail drawer. I need better dividers for this too as it's a little haphazard right now. You can see my nail polish remover, sticky nail tabs, buffer, file and cuticle remover as well as my favourite, Lush Lemony Flutter cuticle butter. Then come nail art pens from WAHxModels Own and Topshop. I have a lot of Models Own polishes, a couple of lovely Illamasaqua ones, Avon, Rimmel, Revlon, Barry M, ELF, Essie, Topshop, No7, OPI, a lovely Max Factor and the brilliant Seche Vite topcoat. The Chanel is Nouvelle Vague, a limited shade my boyfriend got for me a couple of years ago and that I have treasured ever since.
The first of the deeper drawers in the unit has my skincare in it. I house these in some GODMORGON set of 5 acrylic boxes with lids, £9 from Ikea. You can see my Bioderma in back, along with some products waiting to be reviewed. In one small tub I keep cotton pads, in the next eye cream, mineral water face spray and other small items, in the next my hand cream and moisturiser. In the long tub is my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish and toner and in the large box is body stuff - Soap & Glory Sugar Scrub and Butter Up; St Tropez Gradual Tan, NUXE oil, La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP and some body oil I'm yet to try out.£14 from Ikea. In the flip top compartments I keep all my BB creams and some false lashes. Underneath this flip top are some of my larger palettes (MAC, Inglot) and in the smaller are my smaller palettes from Illamasqua, MUA an Sleek. Then in the smaller slots are my primer and foundation, samples and my Travalo.
The final drawer contains hair products, which also need a better divider system. My brushes, hairdryer and GHDs, my hairbands, grips and 'bobby pins' or kirby grips as we call them. Also some hair products like my Phytoneutre Clarifying Shampoo, James Brown Intensive Conditioner, cheap hairspray, Macadamia Hair oil, Percy & Reed Volumising Mousse and V05 Backcomb Spray. I'll be reviewing a lot of these soon.
In fact, I plan on setting myself a 14-day hair challenge in January to get myself out of the hair rut. What do you think?
Anyway, I hope that wasn't too long-winded or boring! I hope to have an even better organisational system when I move back in with the boyfriend, but this is much better than before. I like having a place for everything.
How do you store your makeup?