Makeup Collection and Storage

Makeup Collection and Storage

So as some of you may have seen in my recent New Room Tour, I have slightly altered my makeup storage since moving house. Not only that but I have seriously streamlined my collection to contain only products that I absolutely love, so today I thought I would talk you through my makeup collection.

If I had told my past self that all my makeup would fit in and around 1 set of drawers and a basket in 2017 I would have laughed. I have had a passion for makeup since leaving school, I loved reading about it, wearing it, playing about with it to create new looks, I just loved it. I also loved buying it. I would say I had a pretty decent sized collection of makeup, even up to as late as last year. Don’t get me wrong I was using the stuff, but it got to a point where I realised I didn’t need any more, I wasn’t getting enough use out of what I had and to be honest it’s an expensive habit to keep up. What’s more at the start of this year, I made the decision to go cruelty-free with my makeup and skincare so that therefore put a blanket ban on buying A LOT of brands.

After having a good old clear out of things that were out of date, I didn’t use or were broken, I was left with a much more manageable and USEABLE amount. So, I keep all my makeup on my desk because it’s massive, the bulk of my base and powder products are stored in my MUJI 2 drawer container. The top drawer contains my base, foundations, primer, setting spray, concealers and powder. As it stands I only keep 2 or 3 of each type of products on the go now (apart from palettes), so for example I have 3 foundations, which includes a Summer and Winter shade, but I only have 1 primer, which I will just replace as it nears being empty. I find that this way I don’t end up with a backlog of products that will go out of date.

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The lower drawer contains my cheek products and a stray eyebrow kit by Sleek. Again, it’s quite a small number of products, 3 blush, 2 highlighters, 2 contour and 1 bronzer. For someone that works in an environment surrounded by makeup I feel like this is pretty restrained. I’m also aware that to some people having 3 blushes may be excessive, whereas other people may own 30, there’s no right amount for everyone. I like the drawers as I can see where everything is and it’s quite aesthetically pleasing to me haha. The only downside is I’m constantly wiping them because they show the dirt.

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To the right side of this container is my No7 Light Up mirror, I also keep my Perfume that I am currently using and my Liz Earle Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer to remind me to finish it up. I also have a small vase with some flowers to brighten up the room. Further over to the right are my makeup brushes, stored in Ikea Plant Pots and segregated by type; Eye, Base and Finish.

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Moving back over to the drawers, I store the rest of my makeup and everyday skincare on top. I have a dish which holds all my eyeliners, mascara, glitter and eye primer as well as a Perfume atomizer for travel. I only have one Mascara and Eye Primer on the go at once so they don’t expire. Next to this are my lipsticks which new fit into a small container. I now only own around 10 lipsticks which I don’t think is that bad at all. Also on top of the storage are my moisturiser and eye cream, Vitamin E Oil, Clay Facemask, a Lush Lip Scrub, Burt’s Bees Spot Treatment and a Lip balm. This might sound crowded but these are all products I use daily or multiple times a week.

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Finally to the left are all my palettes, all but one fit into my copper basket, damn you bulky Morphe Palettes. I own 9 Palettes if you include my Nars Isolde Duo and those are;

Urban Decay Naked, Urban Decay Naked 2, Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics, Morphe 35F, NYX Ultimate Brights, Zoeva Plaisir Box containing Cocoa Blend, Caramel Melange and Blanc Fusion.

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Palettes are my weakness I just can’t get rid of them as a use them all….and to be fair 3 came altogether in one set. I know I have quite a few but because of this I know not to buy anymore for a long time no matter how tempted I am.

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So that is all my makeup, oh and one final thing is my very small nail varnish collection. I hardly ever paint my nails, only my toes so I don’t need many colours, these are all Barry M or No7 and they are again stored on a plate as there are so few.

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So there you have it, that’s everything, not too much that it will never get used, but enough so that I have choice and don’t feel  bored or uninspired. Let me know if we share any favourite products or storage systems! Also one last point, which I have made before but will make again. I am trying very hard to transition to cruelty free so am only now buying CF brands but there are still some non cruelty-free products lingering around waiting to be used up. Also some brands *cough* Nars *cough* have recently made changes away from being cruelty-free so I am constantly on the hunt for recommendations and replacements so do let me knew in the comments if you have any!!

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Meg x

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  1. July 25, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    I might copy your idea of only having one mascara open at once, as my mascaras always seem to expire before i have finished them! Great post <3

    • July 25, 2017 / 8:39 pm

      Thankyou! Yeah I’ve had to start doing it because mine were all drying up before they were anywhere near finished! X

  2. July 25, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    My storage organizer is white and plastic as well, so I can totally relate. For cruelty free brands, Ipsy subscription boxes helped a lot with that. I use Trust Fund Beauty and Pretty Woman NYC Nail polish. I use a lot of NYX, Colour pop and essence lipstick as well. I use coastal scents eyeshadows. which are cheap, pretty pigmented and cruelty free :). I love the cute dish you use for your nail polishes.

    • July 25, 2017 / 11:56 pm

      Ooooh Thankyou I’ll have to look into all those and see which ones I can get in the UK! Thankyou I’m sure I got it at the supermarket haha! X

      • July 25, 2017 / 11:59 pm

        ohhh gotcha lol, that’s where I get a lot of my stuff from too and anytime :).

  3. July 26, 2017 / 4:21 am

    I love your makeup collection! You’ve also stored them all so neatly, mine just ends up all chucked in a drawer. I need to do go through mine and decide to only keep what I love as well. I just tend to leave things, even if I don’t touch them, so stuff just accumulates 😂

    • July 26, 2017 / 7:01 am

      Thankyou! That’s what mine was like for the longest time and it got such a mess haha x

    • July 30, 2017 / 8:17 am

      Thankyou! Glad you enjoyed it x

  4. July 30, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    Everything looks so pretty and organized! You def got some nice stuff in there 😀

  5. July 31, 2017 / 10:13 am

    Awesome collection! Great Post! Useful Tips! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • July 31, 2017 / 10:14 am

      Thankyou!! Thanks for reading x

    • August 3, 2017 / 5:51 pm

      Thankyou! It’s really handy because you can see them all and it’s really inexpensive too! x

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