As we all know, one of the many problems associated with beauty obsession is storage.
Samples and freebies can be picked up anywhere, and although we can’t bear to throw them away, we also want to keep them beautifully arranged and well-organised. Hence: dilemma.
Very often, our makeup drawers are as cluttered as our brains feel when we walk into Boots and there’s a sale on. I assume you know what I mean here. It’s not pretty.
Over the last few months, however, I have made a few half-arsed attempts to organise myself. One day, my makeup storage will look like Tanya Burr‘s beauty closet, all Jo Malone boxes and stunning uniformity.
Today, however, it starts with this:
This is my dressing table. It used to be my Mum’s and it’s covered in stains from my contact lens fluid (oops), but I like it!
I keep the makeup I use every day in the drawer on the right, my brushes in the pot on top, and my pills (thyroxine etc) in the little box next to the photo frame.
That box is quite special, as it once contained the chocolate frog which I bought from the Harry Potter Studio Tour! I wanted to keep the box as it’s a souvenir in itself, but I didn’t want to just squash it in a drawer, so I’m glad I’ve found a use for it!
Here’s a closer look at what’s on top of my desk. I’ve had both the glass and the pot since primary school – I bought the pot at a Christmas fair, and the glass was painted for me by a friend. I use it to store my bracelets that I wear on an everyday basis. Behind the little bear, you can just see my Jo Malone Orange Blossom perfume, which I like to wear to work.
Here’s the inside of my top drawer. I tried to separate the makeup into “types”, as illustrated below:
Top Left: Liners and Shadow; Second Left: Mascaras (and tweezers!); Third Left: Base (foundations, powders, concealers); Fourth Left (Slotted In): Urban Decay Naked; Fifth Left: Compact Thingies (bronzers, blushers, powders).
Top Right: Skincare; Second Right: Lips; Third Right (Just Seen): Cotton Bud Pot containing current nail colours; Underneath: Uncategorised Mess.
This categorisation makes it a lot easier to find things when my brain isn’t working in the morning, and it also saves me from having one big pile of products in my drawer, which used to swish around like flotsam in a rather unsatisfactory way.
I pulled out the separators I used just to show you as well. They vary from the incredibly sophisticated and chic to the absolutely, and literally, rubbish.
Sophisticated and chic: A Jo Malone Candle Box (I also used the lid to hold my lipsticks & glosses), a Jo Malone Perfume Box, and the box which contained my glasses case when I got a new pair from Specsavers.
Literal Rubbish (But nonetheless useful): An Asda ice cream tub. Classy bird, me.
Moving on from makeup, I like to keep hair products on my desk, as shown below.
I have just realised that it’s probably quite dangerous to keep aerosols near a naked flame, so will probably move them away from my candles in future. Safety first, girlies.
Finally, my out of season makeup (ie darker summer foundation), contact lens stuff, and products which I don’t use every day but can’t bring myself to throw out, all live under my desk in the Big Pink Beauty Box. Mmm, sounds intimidating.
I bought this box in The Range for cheapsies. It has come in very handy over the years, particularly when transporting my massive stash to and from university. You never know when sparkly green glitter liner is going to come in handy.
I’m glad Jacquelyn at the Little Scottish Corner asked me to do this post, because it gave me an excuse to actually organise this box. So now everything is in bags within the box, rather than just floating in a big mess. Hooray! Thank you!
So that’s it! My attempt at organised storage. With the exclusion of shampoo, which is all in the shower, ready for people to trip over. He. He. He.
How do you organise your obsession? Do you have a big beauty box lurking under your furniture? Let me know in the comments below!