5.06.2014

a week of beauty. acrylic organizer.

in general, i don't keep a lot of products on hand. i stick to my tried and true items and repurchase them when i run out.

but, we all get the itch to experiment and try new things, and that's where most of my excess products come from. for example, finding the perfect red lipstick is like trying to find the perfect pair of jeans...you purchase 10 before you find one that's close enough. i may also get products to review or win some in a giveaway, and those also get stashed away - not because i don't like them, but because i feel the need to finish one thing before moving on to the next! (but have you ever noticed that it's difficult to completely finish certain products...like lipsticks, nail polish, and blushes?!)

out of sight, out of mind. right?
i'd keep everyday products on my vanity; the rest of my makeup and beauty products were thrown into miscellaneous containers and stored in a closet high up on a shelf, under the bed, or in a cabinet. basically, out of sight...forgotten...never to be used again.

enough is enough.
i stored my excess products because i didn't want to waste my current products, but the stuff in storage would expire or just go bad anyways. wasted. 

so i looked into acrylic storage options and was discouraged for several reasons. they were either too small (muji), too expensive (sherrie blossom/icebox), or too outrageous to ship here. so i was perfectly fine with my current mini plastic drawers, although they are not stackable and eventually take up precious real estate on the vanity as your collection grows.

then...


i stumbled upon this acrylic organizer at tj maxx and almost freaked out in the store. the mere fact that it was here and didn't have to be shipped...price was [almost] a non-issue. i would have bought them all. but there was only one.

i texted mini-she who was somewhere in the store and had her stand guard while i grabbed a cart...although no one around seemed interested at all, haha. but still.

similar stores like marshalls and ross have the most random items sometimes, so check your local stores!


it's big: 15"W  x 10.5"D x 10"H
i haven't figured out what will go where, but i threw some things in so you could get an idea of the size. i don't know the drawer height off hand, but you can see that it fits 2+ rows of lipsticks and i can also stack another row on top. 


the price?
tag: $99, marked down to $95.
website: $202.50 + shipping


in case anyone is in the market for acrylic storage, here's a comparison of similar items:

muji 5-drawer, $27.95: W26cm x D17.5cm x H16cm / 1" drawers
Sherrieblossom Shorty Wide, $385: 15"W x 12"D x 12"H, 2" drawers
The Beauty Cube 5-drawer, $149: 11"W x 11"D x 15"H
(shipping additional)
you can find others on amazon here, here.

how do you organize and store your makeup?

here are a few alternatives:

29 comments:

  1. yay, what an amazing find! I store my lil bit and pieces of make up in little acrilic holders, but i'd love to get my hands on something like this to be able to fit everything in one place! out of sight, out of mind is soooo true! :) xx

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    1. yes, it's great to have everything in one place!

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  2. I would LOVE to get one of these. Maybe 3 or 4 of them actually. They'd be so great for makeup, my beading supplies, tools, crafts, etc. I've learned the hard way that CLEAR is the answer to being able to find things. Great product and looks so chic!

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    1. agreed - clear is great for everything. i can see it working well for craft items, too!

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  3. I'm like that too! I need to see my stuff to not forget it... but I'm not sure I could keep it this organized and clean :D

    http://love-your-ego.blogspot.de

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    1. we shall see how long it stays neat, lol!

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  4. I only use the same make all the time so I just throw it all in a basket.this would make for a great gift

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    1. anyone would be lucky to receive this!

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  5. becks, that is what i need in my life!!! like you said, some are way too small. some too long or large. this is perfect. LOL at having your daughter stand on guard. you are too funny. that's something I would've done. it looks great.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. yes, this is turning out to be a nice size.

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  6. What an amazing find!! It looks so so cute! I like how its see through and lets the light in and it also organizes everything. I don't have a lot of makeup and as far as organizing it, it's pretty much scattered all over my dresser. Opps!

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    1. that's how i used to be! i'm trying to be more organized!

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  7. This is a really nice organizer! I love it!

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  8. I wish I could be this organized! Looks so nice!

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  9. I love this. I'm currently using a basket system {it's modular} but I find I'm constantly having to clean it out because it's in a drawer...I think on top of the vanity, it would stay more organized.

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    1. i used to put things away in drawers, too...but it's nice to be able to see things on the daily!

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  10. seriously, this is exactly what i need. right now i keep all my products in one of those mary kay transportable roll up bags with the pockets, but its not very organized!! thanks for sharing! must get on this!

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    1. let me know if you get something similar! it's really great.

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  11. I need this in my life! So pretty and so organized.

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    1. yes, we all need one in our lives!!

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  12. I've been looking everywhere to find similar acrylic boxes for my make up but they don't have them in my country and the shipping cost to bring them here is indeed outrageous! I'm so jealous (but happy for you!). I just wish that I'll soon find one for me as well.

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    1. i know...shipping is outrageous! hope you can find something similar :)

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  13. That is a great organizer, I like that it's clear and you can see what you need.

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    1. it's great to be able to see what you have.

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  14. OMG, total score!!! That's just about perfect!

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    1. i know, right?! guess i was in the right place and the right time :)

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  15. awesome find!! i'm jealous :) maybe i will get lucky and find one at my store too, it would be perfect for my daughter's craft stuff too

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