Friday, 8 October 2010

Makeup Storage & Organisation

I've longed for a beautiful dressing table since I was a little girl. After years of using a cheap, ugly Ikea table as a dressing table during my student years and having makeup overflowing from all sorts of unsightly storage solutions, I finally have the dressing table of my dreams! It feels so good to now have everything in a place and stored completely out of sight.

I spent a long time browsing various shabby chic dressing tables and eventually settled on the one below. Bought from an online store called Classics Direct, the total for both the stool and the dressing table was around £820, which is a lot of money but we felt it was justified as it's hand carved from mahogany and is something that will last for, and be treasured for a lifetime.


I wanted a dressing table big enough for my increasing makeup collection, so this one was perfect with five drawers and a large tabletop.


Inside the largest drawer I've placed a drawer organiser from Muji (£14.99) to create different compartments. Here I keep all my face products - foundation, concealer, primer, highlighter, blusher, bronzer and powder. I also added a drawer from the Laura Ashley organiser in which I previously stored my makeup to create a compartment for my mascara's and lip balms.


I was shocked how little space my lipsticks took up in the drawer below. Previously spilling out of their home in the Laura Ashley drawers, I was startled to discover I had accumulated over 40. However, once I placed them neatly in this drawer, it looked as though I barely owned any so I can use this as an excuse to buy more! I keep my favourite colours at the front and place the brighter, less used shades at the back.


Lip glosses have been placed in the drawer below, again utilising an old drawer from my previous storage.



Eyeshadows are kept here, with the ones I don't use but can't bear to throw away stuffed away at the back.


The final drawer is home to my eyeliners, eyebrow pencils, pencil sharpeners and a random collection of things that didn't fit elsewhere - my Naked palette, eyelash curlers, facial spray etc.


I didn't want to clutter the top of the dressing too much so I've just added a few of my favourite perfume bottles and a tin containing a few makeup brushes.


On the other side I've just placed a few of my favourite candles and my makeup brushes in a little shabby chic pot which my mum bought for me (part of a set of 3).



I'm a bit concerned as the dressing table  only just contains my makeup collection. I think it's inevitable it's going to increase (although I already have too much) so I shall have to be ruthless and get rid of anything I haven't used in a while. I love how organised everything is now and would like to keep it that way. After years of being an untidy student I am finally striving for neatness and orderliness in my life!

65 comments:

  1. This is my dream! Lol
    You made a lovely choice, it's gorgeous :)
    I hope I end up with one as lovely as this when I eventually move out! xx

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  2. You have made me lust over that dressing table, where did you buy it from?

    Lu x

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  3. Stunning!!!! You're so lucky with this make up storage! <3

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  4. Wow that is amazingly beautiful, I'd love something like that, that does seem a tad expensive, but lik you say it will last a long time, so wort it. Lovelllly. xx

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  5. The table is amazing.. I love it:)

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  6. Amazing! It is a beautiful dressing table, and the mirror is fabulous on top of it too, you lucky lady :D

    And on an unrelated note, I noticed you had a couple of those L'Oreal single eyeshadows (the metallic ones) in only pan form, did you depot them? I would love to know how you did as I have several and love having my eyeshadows in a palette.

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  7. Beautiful! I have a similar white dressing table, but mine doesnt hold nearly as much! And the drawers don't open quite alll the way which is pain trying to find something in the back!

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  8. Omg its gorgeous :) And the money is totally justified cauze its gorgeous :) I will buy one too once I have a job. Being a student now does not allow luxuries like that :D


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  9. OMG it looks gorgous!!!! Puts mine to shame!! x

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  10. The dresser is beautiful, totally the kind of thing Id love in my bedroom! I'd also love to be organised.. sadly I have far too much stuff (you should see my bathroom cabinet.. I have serious issues I think! lol).

    Its gorgeous xx

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  11. I really into vitage style right now
    I love your dressing table, but i want a modern vintage style.
    love your flower details
    come take a look at my blog
    im working on my small kitchen to make it kind of vintage flower style.

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  12. http://mariposa-l.blogspot.com/

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  13. Amy, I absolutely love this :) It's gorgeous! You lucky thing! xxx

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  14. Your bedroom is beautiful! I am rather envious :)

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  15. What a gorgeous table! Would love something like that! :)
    xoxo

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  16. this is just beautiful! xxx

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  17. wow, this is absolutely gorgeous!
    why don't you organise a little sell with of the makeup items you don't use?

    http://bhamlady.blogspot.com/

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  18. You entire room and the furniture is so beautiful! I can't wait to get out of student accommodation and buy myself some pieces like this!

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  19. Very pretty, a lovely choice. Wish I could have a feminine and beautiful room like this, but I now I would just mess it up as I live in my bedroom. Oops. x

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  20. Oh my gosh that is gorgeous! Perfect storage! <3 xo

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  21. Oh I'm so jealous. That is my dream style of dressing table. I'd love to see more of your room too! You're style is fab xxx

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  22. It is so beautiful but what I admire the most is how practical it is too! Your bedroom looks perfect, I love all your trinkets and pretty candles!
    And I spy the most beautiful bed! Please show us more of your room, I would love to know where the bed is from as my hubby and I are shopping for a new one at the mo! x

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  23. Wow, it's absolutely beautiful! In fact I reckon I'd be scared to use it cos i'm so clumsy i'd probably spill foundation and eye shadow all over it within minutes :)

    Oh and i cannot believe how organised your makeup is! It looks fab

    http://mytopbeautybuys.blogspot.com/

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  24. Gorgeous dressing table, well worth the money! Love how you've stored and organsied everything, love this post, more interior posts please!

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  25. oh wow~ I wish my dressing table is as tidy as yours!! :P

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  26. ohh it's so beautiful! xo

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  27. What a gorgeous dressing table you have great taste. Love the organisation holder as well. I would love to see your room too:) x

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  28. The dressing table is really nice and it matches the rest of your bedroom furniture beautifully (as far as I can see in the pics).

    Chrissy

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  29. OMG! your set up here is totally fit! i love this parisian antique style furniture, want to decorate my bedroom like this when i get my own place, but think the other half might have other ideas!!
    im jealous! x
    http://prettythingsandoldbeans.blogspot.com/

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  30. Amazing dressing table! Great post!

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  31. Hi there,

    Really lovely post , I really enjoyed your blog.

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    Hope to see you soon.
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  32. Oh it looks fab! My bedroom is too small to have a lovely dressing table, but I will have one someday lol..! I love Miss Dior Cherie perfume too :)

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  33. LOVE that desk and the organization is great! (:

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  34. firstly I'm extremely envious of your beauty collection, it's amazing!

    secondly your desk is so beautiful and feminine.. I want!!

    thirdly, love your blog!

    check out mine and if you like it please subscribe :)

    http://beautyaddictanonymous.blogspot.com/

    xxoo

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  35. What a gorgeous drawer! I heart this post, I love seeing people's organizations. =) can we see your collection in more detail sometime, perhaps?

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  36. That's a really pretty vanity! Check out www.infowars.com to stay informed. :)

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  37. I ♥L♥O♥V♥E♥ it!!! Omg It`s soooo pretty! *_* You live in my dreamroom! ^_^

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  38. I'm so jealous, I've always wanted a dressing table but there's no room in my bedroom for one! It's definitely the first thing I'll buy when I move. Yours is amazing.

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  39. Your dressing table and setup is my absolute dream! It is beyond words gorgeous. Every girls fantasy!

    http://ruffles-truffles.blogspot.com/

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  40. Lovely, Your vanity is gorgeous!

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  41. @Small Town Gal - I bought them from a market stall for £1 and that's how they came so no depotting was involved!
    @Rebecca - I may do a bedroom tour once it's all finished! The bed is from an online store called Homes Direct 365, or something like that!
    @Anna - Yes, hopefully I'll do a makeup collectin post/video at some point.

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  42. wowwwwwwwwwww
    I ma so jealous

    this is perfect !!lucky girl <3

    MON CHERI !

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  43. very beautiful, i would suggest you get a glass top for the table to protect it from damage

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  44. love it !!! so organized * thumb up*

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  45. that looks like the room of a princess :) like it!

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  46. Simply WOW that would be my dream dressing table it is beautiful xx

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  47. I love your aesthetic! These images are beautiful and congratulations on organising your makeup! It makes makeup time so much more fun! (for me at least, as I'm obsessively organised!)

    xo

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  48. Oh my goodness how DREAMY! I am totally jealous. *le sigh*

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  49. Love, love, love! God, I love make-up time already, but sitting at a vanity like that would make me feel so delicate and lady-like...what a joy it would be putting on make-up every morning!

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  50. your set up is SO adorable, i really love the vanity! your blog is one of my favorites!
    xoxo- makenzie
    check out my blog @ www.darlingreverie.blogspot.com

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  51. That's gorgeous, just the kind of thing I'd like if I had the room!

    Kelly x

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  52. AMAZING!! I've been looking for a vanity table that looks exactly like this.. I'm sooo jealous!

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  53. really really lovely!!!
    :)
    this totally inspire me!
    love it!

    check out my blog please!
    http://girlsdreamcity.blogspot.com/
    xoxo

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  54. I've been after these candles for ages! Where are they from? x

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  55. This is heaven!!! I loooove this vanity!!! wow... you have a great taste in decoration :)

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  56. this is the prettiest thing I have ever seen in my life! My apt is decorated shabby chic and i've been searching for a vanity table for ages. LOVE IT!

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  57. This would be my pefect storage :)
    truely gorgeous!! x

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  58. This is so beautiful, love how you store everything :)

    Xo Christine♥

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  59. This so pretty and elegant!
    Can you please tell me where you got your wallpaper from, ive been looking for something like this for ages.

    Thanks x

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  60. Louise Scott31 July, 2012

    Just a quick note to let you know that I posted about your blog on our Facebook Page...Get Organised. Pop by and have a look! Love your blog! https://www.facebook.com/GetOrganised
    Have a lovely day!

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  61. Stunning dressing table! I love it so gorgeous :)

    Claudia xx

    Beauty and the Chic

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