Make Up Storage That ISN’T Muji Acrylic Drawers.

I really, honestly, don’t know what the appeal of clear acrylic storage is. I think it looks so messy and the fact you can see your mismatched items of make up inside would really get on my nerves. It’s also so clinical and sterile looking, it’s a no no for my personal preferences. I prefer the shabby chic approach. Being on a budget and recently moving houses means I can’t splash out as much cash as I’d like on luxurious things like… Make up storage. So I came up with my own little way of keeping my things tidy but for a cheaper price than 20-odd-quid or whatever it is on some perspex drawers that are worth about 50p! 

Ok, I suppose my wooden MOPPE drawers from Ikea do look a little tatty nowadays. I’ve had them for around 4 years and initially they stored craft and stationary items in. When I moved though I realised that it would be put to much better use as make up and beauty storage. I covered them a while ago with this fancy sticky back paper from Paperchase, it was really easy to apply and then I got half way through painting the edge duck egg blue… Then I got bored and never went back to finishing it, whoops. Either way it does a good job of keeping things inside. The good thing about these drawers from Ikea is that they come plain so you can customise them yourself to whatever design you want, either by painting them or covering with pretty paper. I use the top 3 drawers for lipsticks and foundations etc, the the middle drawer for blushers and palettes and powders and the bottom one holds all the little samples I’ve accumulated and need to use up eventually. The drawers only cost £17 and if I remember correctly you can choose which drawers you want in the holes, like mix and match the smaller and larger ones. 

One thing I hate storing is Nail Varnish. It’s too pretty to be kept tucked away in boxes and the acrylic stands everyone seems to be getting just makes me think ‘why would I want my dressing table to look like a shop’. Also with the amount I have it’d cost a bomb to buy enough stands to hold them all. Instead I’ve opted for a wire cake stand off eBay. With my nail varnish being all varying sizes it’s nice just to throw them on here without thinking about it. The cake stand cost around £10 I think when I bought it and it’s fairly large so I’d say you could fit a good 100 bottles on it altogether.

Anyway, let’s keep this short and sweet for today. It’s the Easter weekend and I’m sure we all have lots more better things to do than read blogs! …. Oh wait.  Haha. Tonight I’m going out to The Sugarmill for my friends ‘hen night’. It’s a ‘hen night’ in punctuation marks as it’s a little too spontenous to be classed as a real hen night, there’s not a dick straw in sight (thank god!). Hope you all have a nice time, and don’t eat too many eggs (save room for some delicious Marks and Spencers Chocolate Orange hot cross buns, guhhhhh).

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Gem | Miss Makeup Magpie ♥

I think these are so much nicer than Muji drawers! I'd always feel guilty with see through drawers anyway, seeing how much I have! At least drawers like this look super lovely and pretty! LOVE your blog, and how witty you are 😀 xxx
Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

Whimsical Wilma

This is SUCH a good idea! When I saw this post I really wanted to try it out myself and did a little 'How To' guide on my blog. I've put a link in to your blog so everyone can see the original 🙂


I thought I was the only one who didn't like those plastic drawers – every time I watched a make up collection video, I cringed because I thought it looked so cluttered.

Love your idea! I've seen those drawers in Ikea, might pick them up for my jewellry!

Victorias Vintage

You were clearly wrong about no dick straws in sight hahaha. I hate those stupid acrylic drawers too. Why would you want to see INSIDE drawers?! They're messy! I quite like the lipstick holders though, but again dont really want them on show cos they arent pretty!!


I've just ordered some new storage so will have to do a organisation post too!
Love those drawers btw, especially the pattern!

Sixth Tractate

Nice storage! Thanks for sharing! I just came across your blog and I'm your newest follower 🙂 Would you mind checking out our blog and (if you like) following back via GFC and Bloglovin'? Looking forward to your next post! xx

MirrorOnThe Wall

I'm glad someone else said it. Something I find a bit silly in the blogging world is how when one person gets something, even if it's not that special, so does everyone else and their dog. Cue two zillion identical storage posts. I don't see the attraction – they might be useful, but there is nothing attractive or unique about them and personally, I'd much rather see a post on something unique rather than the same thing being rehashed over and over.

lisa sweeney

love the storage box its lovely 🙂 xx


I like Muji but everybody seems to have it so yeh….. lol

I really like this idea though, it reminds me of the type of thing my sister would have 🙂 The nail varnish storage method is such a good idea, I really do like that.

Amy xx
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Beauty and the Baker

This is so cute! I'm on the lookout for ways to store my makeup and I really love this 🙂

Katie xx

Jo from Painted Glitter

This is so weird, I recently did a DIY post on my newly decorated IKEA drawers (also with pretty paper), plus I keep my makeup in a pretty cake stand worryingly similar to yours! Great minds think alike, eh? xx


Awh, the drawers looks super pretty! However, I don't mind the plastic and clear storage which everyone seems to be using, I just don't get why it's such a big thing though. I mean, it's only drawers!? It's like it's the 'must-have' storage. Crazy!x


I like the nail polish storage! I would hate to have clear storage – it'd drive me bananas x


I don't get the clear storage either, it looks messy and since it's plastic, it scratches easily and these scratches catch dirty. Not nice!