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.
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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.