Thursday, January 21, 2010

My Collection and How It's Organized

My trip to Ikea last weekend was a success! My boyfriend took me first thing in the morning and we ate breakfast there before shopping around. I can't believe how cheap the breakfast is! Walking around the store didn't take as long as I thought it might. It was probably a good thing that I had in mind exactly the kinds of things I was looking for. The biggest thing on my list was something to organize my make up and nail polishes in. I looked at the Helmer, but I found it to be quite flimsy. It was also a lot smaller than what I was looking for. The 9 drawer Alex caught my eye. It was a bit more than I was hoping to spend on something like this, but it was a lot bigger and sturdier than the Helmer. I also picked up a table mirror, a couple of lamps and tea lights in a few different scents. They smell so good!

Ikea Alex
My boyfriend was sweet enough to put it together right when we got back to my apartment.

It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to organize everything in there, and I still may make some changes. Here's how everything is in there now.

Here's the first drawer. Right now, it's just random stuff I've bought over the last couple of weeks that I haven't tried out yet. I've had a thing for buying purple nail polishes lately, can you tell? :)

One of my kitties wanted to get in on the action.

My lipglosses and lipsticks.

Eye liners, mascaras, fluidlines, eye lash curlers etc.

Blushes, MSFs, MUFE HD powder, MAC loose blot powder, concealers and such.

My MAC palettes, quads, paint pots & paints, UDPP, strobe cream, foundation, eye shadows that need depotting.

Here's what my MAC palettes look like open. They're supposed to hold 15 shadows, but I take the seperators out and they can hold 26 instead. A lot more convenient when you're trying to find colours! Not to mention it saves space.

My nail polish drawer. Wow, it sure looks like I've got a lot of pinks!

This is how I store my brushes. I bought this holder at Ikea as well. I think it's supposed to be meant for kitchen utensils.

Here's my kitty again, tired out from all the excitement!


  1. Aww I wanna see your kitty's face! :D Nice stash girl! That's a lot of MAC. Which NARS blushes do you own?

  2. Niiiiice! I have that utensil holder in my kitchen :)

  3. @Arianne I was trying to take a better picture of her, but she got camera shy! I'm sure more pics of here will end up on here soon. I am a total MAC girl, it's only recently that I've been branching out. Well, I've been into NARS for a while too, but only have their blushes. The ones I have are Sin, Deep Throat, Orgasm, Madly and Desire. Love their blushes!

    @LipGlossGossip Thanks! :)

    @marisol You were right, it is so easy to get sucked into Ikea! I spent a small fortune there when I moved into this apartment as well. I love going there.

  4. THIS IS AMAZING!! I have been looking for exactly the same type of drawers to hold all my little 'things' - what is the name of the dresser??

  5. @LoveOfShoes Thanks! Yeah, it was a pretty good find, perfect for holding everything and keeping everything very well organized. It's from Ikea, called the "Alex". If you do a search on their site for it, you should be able to find it. There's a couple of different drawer sets in the Alex collection, but this one is the biggest and was pretty much exactly what I was looking for!

  6. I want everything in there. It's actually too good. Please follow me? xxx

  7. OMG! You're into BOTH makeup AND nail polish too! A girl after my own heart! Only difference is, you're so much neater than me! My stash is all over the place! LOL.

  8. @Musicalhouses Haha, trust me, it's only this neat because I JUST organized it, give me a few weeks and we'll see what a mess I can make! :)

  9. I really like this set of drawers! I think I would rather go for the wider one with fewer drawers though and have it double up as a vanity (more room to spread out on top). Unfortunately I don't have that kind of space at the moment to get new furniture so maybe later this year!

    Btw, love your collection I didn't know you were so into makeup as well :)

  10. Hey!!! Thank you so much for linking me to this! I noticed the very handy blush and MSF holder thingy there! What is that?!! It looks so perfect and exactly what I need!
    Your drawers look so much tidied than mine! Haha! Oh well... :P

    Nikki xx

  11. Hey Nikki! All of the holders in the drawers pictured here, I got at Dollarama - a dollar store in Toronto. The ones for the blush are long rectangles basically, kind of the shape I'd imagine you could hold pencils or something along those lines so maybe you could get something similar at an office supply place or something? Or even something from a kitchen place meant to hold utensils. I hope you can find something you like, but I think your set up looks great! :)

  12. This looks nice!! I'm totally going to check it out this weekend.