There was a time, not so long ago, when my beauty stash consisted of a makeup bag, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser and a hairbrush. But somewhere along the line things got complicated and the product count quadrupled (and then some). That’s not a bad thing, but at the moment I’m living with my parents and I don’t have full reign of the bathroom cabinet, so I’ve had to get creative when it comes to storage space. With Monica Geller levels of organisation I’m not doing too badly though. Take a look…
Daily Essentials and Lipstick:
Seriously, what did we do before MUJI’s acrylic storage containers came along?! My favourite lipstick shades are displayed in one of the clear drawers, in the hope it will encourage me to reach for them more often (I regularly forget to apply lip colour). And I use a desktop divider for the products I grab on a daily basis – foundation, concealers, highlighters, mascaras and a few eyeliners.
Makeup Brushes and Lip Gloss:
Pretty candle jars are the perfect size for storing makeup brushes, and it’s possibly the world’s easiest DIY project… Enjoy your fancy candle, wait for any remaining wax left at the bottom to cool, carefully scrape it out with a knife, soak the jar in warm water and voila, it’s ready for makeup storage!
My favourite lip glosses are kept in a Zac Efron coffee mug, which a friend bought for me on Etsy. It seems fitting, because I’m pretty sure Zac occasionally wears lip gloss on the red carpet.
Haircare, Skincare and Beauty Basics:
This miniature wooden crate was originally filled with apples and homemade cider, fresh from Alice Temperley’s Somsert farm. But now it houses my skincare, hair products and an assortment of beauty basics (nail polish remover, deodorant etc). I’ve been meaning to paint it for months, but I can’t decide between a simple whitewash or gold leaf effect.
You’ll also spot the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush, which is new to my collection. I’ll share more info at a later date, but in the meantime it’s currently exclusive to John Lewis (£79) and is released nationwide on August 29th.
I’m often sent the latest beauty releases to test for the blog, and I store these incoming products in miniature shopping baskets. It’s fun to feel like you’re shopping in your own bedroom! They were £4 each at Tiger, but I’ve also spotted similar baskets in the children’s section on Amazon.
Finally, I store the majority of my other beauty products in the top drawer of my dresser, which means I sacrificed wardrobe space. IKEA drawer dividers help provide some form of order, but it’s still fairly chaotic in there. On the left hand side there’s powders, palettes, SPF, self tanner, a box of A/W makeup and my Braun epilator. Then on the right hand side you’ll find assorted makeup, more hair products, contact lenses, false eyelashes and cleansing cloths.
I’ll save nail polish and perfumes for another day, because otherwise this post could go on forever. But please feel free to share your own makeup storage tricks – leave a comment below or tweet me at @cocosteaparty.
Photos taken using the Olympus Pen E-P5 which has a selection of easy-to-use auto settings for camera dummies like me, as well as all the manual functions you’d find on a DSLR. Coco’s Tea Party is a UK ambassador for Olympus.