My Beauty Storage & Organization

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On the heels of one of my purge/de-stash sessions and a bit of organization the Beauty Spotlight Team started a series on Beauty Storage & Organization. This is my week and, let me tell you, it really needed done. Yes, again.

A month or two ago I went through some of my makeup and got rid of it – and I tried to be as ruthless as possible. It was just time. The items I got rid of were either old (and now live that garbage life) or were something I never reached for (given to friends/family). Of course, I couldn’t get rid of everything that I don’t reach for constantly (what kind of beauty blogger/collector would that make me?!). One of my favorite places that items went were to a nursing home. I sent my husband in to work with a huge box of items and one of his co-workers took ALL of the nail polishes to a nursing home where volunteers painted the residents nails. It’s now a “thing” there and I’m so excited the polishes went to a good home and are making people smile and feel pretty!

When my day for this series approached I realized I still had a lot more to do. I’d purchased a few more items to help me organize things as well as bought a new mirror and I hadn’t even opened any of it yet. Below are pics of most of my makeup storage – don’t worry, I’ll be more descriptive underneath. 😉

My vanity is from Kirklands, I believe. My husband bought it for me at some point in time during the first year we were dating (so this is back in 2003). There’s also a matching full length mirror. I’m trying to be an adult and get a new one, but you know in your head when you want something you have to find exactly that and you can’t settle or be happy with anything else? I’m on the hunt for an antique vanity. The problem is, they’re expensive and people are rarely selling them (around here, anyway) unless they’re all busted up to the point where you can’t redo anything.

On top of the vanity I have the Zahra Beauty x Coffee Break With Dani 5 Slot Organizer ($25.00 // Zahra Beauty). This is a recent purchase and I thought it would be fabulous for keeping all of the brushes, eye liners, lip pencils and mascaras that I use the most frequently right where I can see them. Too often I’m digging around in my liners and I can never find what I’m looking for. Now, it’s right there in front of my face. I believe it’s limited edition, so if you love it, pick it up now! In front of that I got theIsaac Jacobs Acrylic Makeup Organizer ($13.90 // Amazon) just to hold a few more easy-to-grab essentials like lipsticks, glosses, primers… I also finally picked up a simplehuman Sensor Mirror ($200.00 // Neiman Marcus) and got rid of my old one. The look of the simplehuman really cleaned up the vanity and gave me a lot more space.

Under my vanity is a 3-drawer Organizer Cube that I picked up at Michael’s. It was my original storage for my polishes and now holds hair products for myself and my daughter. I also have a lazy-Susan in that Tiffany blue shade… I picked it up at Ross or Marshall’s… something like that… and it’s probably for crafting but it holds makeup brushes. Before I got the 5 Slot Organizer from Zahra it held ALL of my brushes. Now it holds extras and back-ups.

To the right of the vanity is a tall jewelry armoire that I found on Craig’s List (and lived to tell the tale, woooo!). Originally I gutted the inside to hold my makeup but grew out of that pretty quickly and moved it all to the Sherrieblossom ICEbOX Wide ($415.00 // Sherrieblossom) on top. In the ICEbOX are more items I use frequently enough to not put them back in my beauty room. In the jewelry armoire I now have only jewelry and some skincare.

Below is the beauty room, aka where the magic happens! It holds everything I can’t bear to part with and favorite items that I use for special occasions, bright or bold looks… etc. To build the desk we went to IKEA picked up two Alex Drawer Units($79.00 // IKEA) and a long table top. I keep all my “beauty to do” and flower props on top of it and it’s never this clean and organized. Ever.

Underneath are bags of product to give away on the blog and also to give to friends/family/donate. Fun fact: this room was supposed to be a master bathroom when we built our addition. Momma needed a beauty room! Some day we’ll figure it out and make it a bathroom lol

On the other wall is a tall white storage cabinet. Two of the shelves are used to hold nail art items, makeup bags and some backups of my favorite beauty products. The rest of the cabinet has items for my etsy Sticker Shop, scrapbooks and play-doh. Because, mom life.

I also have a lot of lotions and body washes… shampoos and those types of things in my bathroom, but I felt like this post was definitely long enough lol We can save bathroom beauty storage for another time 😉

Check out my Top 10 Beauty Organizers & Makeup Wars Storage Wars!

How do you organize your beauty products? Let me know in the comments!!

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Top 10 Beauty Organizers

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Organizing is my favorite and nothing needs organized as much as my beauty arsenal. If you follow me on Snapchat (blushingnoir) then yesterday you saw the mess that is my lip product stash. I haven’t quite gotten to organizing those.. yet. There are so many things to organize beauty products it can be tough to choose – here is a list of the Top 10 Beauty Organizers that I own and also a few that I’m lusting for.

  1. Sherrieblossom ICEbOX($415.00 // Sherriblossom). My numero uno! It I could own every single one of these things I totally would. The one that I have is the ICEbOX Wide and it holds quite a bit of my favorite makeup items that I use on a daily basis. I’m looking at the Skinny Mini next to keep directly on my vanity. Original review.
  2. Hold Me Bag($75.00 – $95.00 // Amazon). When you need to travel with a lot of stuff but need to keep it organized and secure this is what you want. I first got this back in 2013 and have used it on every single trip I’ve gone on since. Original review.
  3. IKEA Alex Drawer Unit ($79.00 // IKEA). Are you tired of bloggers and vloggers saying they have this or the Helmer? I bought two of them and use them in my office with a slab in between them as a desk. I keep product on top of it that I need to post about and I also use the surface for photography. Why do we all have them? They’re necessary.
  4. Recollections™ Organizer Cube 3 Drawer ($39.99 // Michael’s). If you’re in the market for something similar to the IKEA Alex and you don’t want to drop all the money you can grab this small storage from Michael’s. There are several sizes available and it’s very sturdy. I also bought some scrapbook paper to decorate the front. When you use that 40% off coupon it’s a really good deal! Original review.
  5. Zahra Beauty 5 Slot Organizer($25.00 // Zahra Beauty). This was the brands collab with YouTuber CoffeeBreakWithDani – I’m a fan of hers but I’d have bought this one anyway. It’s perfect to hold your favorite brushes, pencils, lip products… a must have for vanity organization.
  6. Zahra Beauty Spinning Lipstick Tower($99.00 // Zahra Beauty). I need this one. It’s on my list and I think it’ll really make my lip product collection look a lot more organized. Also, my office is screaming “WANT THAT” and I have to listen to my office. A lot of color options are available but I’m going for the gold!
  7. Empty Palettes. Z Palettes are probably the most widely known but Morphe carries some that are similar and a lot cheaper! There are different sizes available to suit your needs and I’ve found this is a great way to store shadows and blushes to save on space. Plus it’s nice to see so many laid out together – you’ll get more use out of them than if they were shoved in a drawer as singles. Some of my other favorites are from NARS and MAC.
  8. Sonia Kashuk® Beauty Organizer ($24.99 // Target). Of course I got the Cheetah print but it’s an older style which might not be available. However, there are others you can grab and I’m sure more will be released in the future. This has a lot of pockets and compartments for your goods. Perfect for a smaller collection, essentials and travel.
  9. Organizing Trays. I have some white plastic ones in my IKEA Alex that I picked up at Big Lots but these ones from Target are similar. It’s going in a drawer so it doesn’t have to be fancy. If you’re into fancy you can always paint them or bedazzle… whatever creative thing you can think of 😉
  10. Jewelry Armoire. I bought an old jewelry armoire off of Craiglist, in great shape – very inexpensive (I only paid $50) but good quality – and re-purposed it into a storage area for my makeup! You can see a bit of it in this post.

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