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21 Aug 2014

A picture of Ikea Malm Dressing Table

A picture of Gifts & Pieces House Shaped Wooden House

A picture of Muji Acrylic 5 Drawer Storage
A picture of Gifts & Pieces Unicorn Jewellery Dish
I have always dreamed of 'the perfect' makeup storage. For years I made do with whatever I could get my hands on, mostly old beauty boxes, shoved into an old chest of drawers. It was unorganised, it was chaotic, but it worked. When we moved home back in February, I decided enough was enough - I would have space in the new house for proper makeup storage, so it was time to bite the bullet and order the pieces I'd had my eye on for a while.

My dressing table is the Ikea Malm Dressing Table (£95) in white with glass top. It was just what I was looking for. In my younger years I always dreamed of a French shabby chic interior for our bedroom, with a matching dressing table with ornate wood carvings and oh so very pretty. But pretty isn't always practical, and for me the Malm was a much better option. It's a really long dressing table, fairly decent in width too, with a full drawer underneath - what a lot of dressing tables I had looked at, lacked. For me it's perfect for putting the majority of my makeup collection inside, everything is easy to access and most importantly, I can keep things organised. There are a couple of downsides with the Ikea Malm dressing table though. The drawer doesn't have the most sturdy of bottoms, although it's not bent, drooped or given way with my makeup stash in there (yet), and I think that's partly due to me sticking more support in there when building the dressing table, than needed. The drawer also doesn't pull entirely out, which is the biggest negative for me as it means anything towards the back of the drawer is harder to get at. Other than that? I love it. I keep everything neat and tidy, organised away into 10 Muji PP Basket 2 (£1.95) containers.

I also picked up the matching white Ikea Malm Chest of 6 Drawers (£85), not only to match my dressing table, but because I'm not the biggest fan of the look of the blogger-popular Alex drawers. I prefer the handles (or lack of) for the Malm drawers, with no gaps and six drawers with extra storage on top for your jewellery and a handy stand-up mirror. The two drawers at the top are slimmer than the lower four, so you're very limited as to what you can get in them, but the bottom four are huge and fit absolute tons in! Again, the drawers don't have the best support, so I added some extras in when building. I've seen a lot of bloggers say their Malm or Alex drawers have collapsed, but mine have been fine. I think it's all about working out what is best to have in there, depending on weight! Each of my drawers are absolutely crammed, but I keep anything overly heavy out of there, to prevent any caving-in disasters.

Acrylic Muji Storage, you either have them (like every other blogger), want them (like every other blogger) or, you hate them. Personally? Love, love, love! There's something super pretty about being able to see your makeup through crystal clear acrylic. I have two of the Acrylic 5 Drawers (£24.95) and one of the Acrylic 1 Drawer Wide (£7.95). Not everything will fit in the standard size drawers, which is why I have one of the wider drawers for my bases, but most of everything else fits in there with no fuss. 

As well as my main storage, I also have lots of little bits and pieces. I have several jewellery dishes from Gifts & Pieces, ranging in price from £3.50-£8.90 (and a whole load of others available, too!) which I love for pretty much anything but jewellery! I have my balms on my Unicorn dish, and others scattered around my room keep bobby pins and bobbles together, or little sample products I'm trying to use up. A lot of lovely things in my room are also from Gifts & Pieces, like the little Shabby Chic Rustic Style Tray (£4) which houses my everyday most reached for skincare, or the House Shaped Wooden House (£15) which sits on top of my Malm drawers, home to little trinkets, small products and all the little nic-nacs I don't have space for elsewhere. In the past, it's also doubled up as a perfect place for storing nail polishes! 

There's a few bits and pieces below my desk, too, where I store non-makeup things, but I'll be sharing those in an upcoming post where I delve into my makeup collection and share what I have, where I store it and how I use it all! If you have any storage suggestions or ideas, or simply love the way you store your own beauty stash, I'd love to hear!