After having a look at the AMAZING John Lewis hall and in particular the storage I though I would share my less than amazing storage solution. Like a lot of other beauty blogger I use the Helmer from Ikea which retails for just under £25 and I also got some inserts from Ikea to go on the inside, I have a reasonably big collection considering its just for me so simply a makeup bag wouldn’t do.
I would also like to say that this is the majority of my makeup collection although some bits may not be in their place or may be in a different box waiting to be reviewed. I know that this is a little excessive collection but I find that having a collection this size is useful when writing my blog and I see it largely as an archive.
On the top of my Helmer I have a WHSmith Drawer which I use to store my makeup in but I have now out grown it and it is currently empty. On top of that I have a few of my favourite beauty books such as the Bobbi Brown Beauty books, my mascaras and brushes waiting to be washed.
Most Used Drawer
My first draw has my most used products or the ones I have been using most recently, I have all my MAC lipsticks in this draw as well my new Nars Sheer Glow and other favourite products. (I’m not suggesting that Nars Sheer Glow is a favourite just yet.) I also store my Urban Decay Naked Palette in here and then place my MAC eyeshadow palette on top as they are my most reached for eyeshadows.
In here I have my foundations, primers, concealers and setting powders, sadly the draws aren’t quite deep enough to store them all standing up and I also have a quite a few foundations so this is the best way for me.
In my third drawer I keep highlighters, blushers and bronzers from cream ones to powder ones, I store all my sleek and elf ones in the back left section and try to keep my cream products some what together in the middle left section.
I keep all my lipstick, lip lines, lip glosses, lip balms and what ever other lip products I own in here, I tried to keep some sort of order but some products had to share a section with other products. I like to stand all my lipsticks upside down where possible as it means I can see the name/colour of what I am using.
This is one of my less loved drawers and that is why it is at the bottom of the pile, it has cream eyeshadows and eyeliner as well as some eyeshadow bases. I’m quite loyal to liners so I rarely come down as far as this draw if I am honest.
Lastly I have a drawer full of palettes and some odd single eyeshadows with no other home. They are mainly eyeshadow palettes, a large section of the back is being taken up by my Sleek Eyeshadow Palette but I also have other palettes such as Urban Decay, Stilla and Chanel- I should start varying the palettes I use really.This is the only draw with no dividers as it simply wouldn’t work due to the size of most my palettes.
I also have a dresser with my everyday essentials such as skin care, hair care, tissues, cotton wool and brushes as well as a few miscellaneous things that ended up here too. I store a lot of the things in two old Glossy Box’s and think it works quite well- in the drawers are some products I am yet to review and some other tool such as tweezers.I like to use old candle glasses to store cotton wool and hair ties as well little boxes to store cotton buds and other things, you don’t have to spend huge amounts of money- just work with what you have.
I am hoping to pick up another Helmer soon to store my skincare and haircare which I currently have stashed in my wardrobe and to find my nail polishes a new home that isn’t a box.