Makeup and Nail Polish Collection and Storage: Sneak Peek Into My Makeup Room in-the-Making

Here's a sneak peek into my makeup room that's still in the works, but I am very excited to see the final result.

But before that, here's a little history and peek into my old makeup storage system.

Six years ago, here's what my little makeup vanity/dresser looked like:

Very simple, eh? It's a hardwood dresser with eight drawers. I never thought I would outgrow this piece, as it is very beautiful and the wood finish is gorgeous. However, I have to admit, my growing stash just can't fit in this beautiful piece anymore. This will stay in our bedroom as a storage for clothes and whatnot. My new vanity and storage units will be in the new studio just a few steps along the hallway.

Here were the items that were contained in that hardwood dresser:

I placed my lip products in several of these:

It's a tin pail that is as big as the pails used by toddlers for their sandbox activities.

These photos were taken in 2008 (yes, a long time ago!):

So after four years, my lipstick stash has grown yet again, so much so that they can't fit in one drawer anymore. Even though I chuck out lipglass regularly to ensure that my stash of lippies is fresh and wearable, I still have run out of space.

Here's my blush, beauty powder, highlighter and bronzer storage in my hardwood dresser:

my blush drawer open

First Tray:

First 3-compartment container: My MAC mineralize skinfinishes, beauty powders, bronzers

some random items in the tray

Second Tray:

My Rock & Republic, MAC, Tarte, NARS blushes

Some random items in the tray

My Mineral Blush Collection:

Underneath my two 3-compartment trays for my blush, bronzers, beauty powders and mineralize skinfinishes are my mineral blushes. I am a fan of mineral blushes. They do not give me breakouts and are more affordable than pressed blushes, and they have a wide variety of finishes, shades and textures to choose from. They are contained in these plastic utensil trays I bought at Target. There are two levels of these blushes in each tray.


Some of these are called shimmer blushes which operate like a MAC mineralize skinfinish- more sheen/radiance to the skin.


My New Makeup Storage Units: Hopen Chest and Dresser from Ikea

So anyways, as you can see, my makeup has massively outgrown my hardwood dresser. That said, we converted a spare bedroom into my makeup studio/room. It also holds my nail polish collection. This is still the first phase of the making of the studio, so I will just show you the two Hopen pieces (chest and dresser) that we got from Ikea.

This is my 8-drawer Hopen dresser that we got from Ikea.  It's black-brown wood with frosted glass.  It matches my Hopen chest below.

This is my Hopen 6-drawer chest in black brown wood and frosted glass.  Beside it is one of my four Helmers (nail polish storage) that fit perfectly beside it in that slot by the wall.

My Nail Polish Collection Storage: Helmer from Ikea (6-drawer units):

As I mentioned, I currently have four Helmers.  My three Helmers stand on the left side of my Hopen chest, while as you can see above, the fourth one stands by itself to the right side of the chest.

My three Helmers to the left of the chest

Labeled each drawer individually using our label maker machine.

Some items in one of the Helmers:

First OPI drawer with Rescue Beauty Lounge polishes

Essie drawer with Misa polishes and Mia Secret crackle polishes

First China Glaze drawer with my OMG holo polishes

Orly drawer

Barielle polishes and nail treatments with Nubar polishes, and Deborah Lippmanns in the back

My MAC nail lacquers and tray of Gelish soak-off gel polishes

So I will take photos of my entire makeup and nail polish collection, as well as do a studio tour when everything is done. My husband will be making my makeup counter and vanity mirror with bulbs, just like those from the Thanks for watching and stay tuned for the final set-up!

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