My Nail Polish & Makeup Stash

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I have some nail polish and makeup porn for you today. :)

As you may already know from my Tweets and maybe a blog post on here, I recently got some new storage cabinets from Ikea. Well I finally got them put together and stocked full of goodies, so I thought I would show you pics. Enjoy!

Warning: This is picture heavy!

Alex from Ikea is on the right. Alex has 9 drawers. 5 smaller or more shallow ones and 4 deep ones. On the left I have two of my 4 drawer plastic rolling carts from Target stacked on top of each other (minus the wheels of course). I needed a way to create more space so thought stacking them would be a good idea. The only thing is, these are plastic and slippery. So what we (me and N___.) did was we put some of that sticky-ish drawer liner in between the stacks to make that more stable. Then we drilled a screw into the top one, and attached it to the wall. You see, we kinda have to do that with anything tall and heavy here in earthquake country anyway. Now it’s really sturdy. I have another one of these 4 drawer plastic bins on the other side of the closet also filled with nail polish, which you have seen in past posts.

Alex drawer 1: Filled mostly with eyeshadows, loose pigments, Stila smudge pots, Benefit creaseless creams, MAC Shadesticks, MAC Paint Pots and MAC Paints. Also some Urban Decay creme shadows and a Too Faced one.

Alex drawer 2: This is where all my eyeshadow palettes live. In the back are the three 88 palettes I have (including the “regular color one”, warm and ultra shimmer) and some Nars. Then in the middle I have Urban Decay Book of Shadows II, three of the Kat Von D palettes and some smaller shadows of hers. Then in the front I have a large MAC palette and small ones as well as 3 from Sigma and one from Stila.

Alex drawer 3: Here is where all my blushes and highlighters are kept. As you can see, most blushes are from MAC, but I also have some from NARS, Benefit, Too Faced, Illamasqua and Sigma. Also love Benefit’s Pose Tint and High Beam. I have Make Up For Ever’s HD illuminating stuff (which does nothing for me) in the back and then Smashbox, MAC, Carmindy for Sally Hansen, and a Lorac waaaay in the back.

Alex drawer 4: Lipstick galore! I have 35 (now 36) MAC lipsticks in here, some are well over a decade old which you can see from the old packaging. Then also I have a few from other brands like Illamasqua, Yves Saint Laurent, Trucco, Stila, L’Oreal, Victoria’s Secret, Maybelline, Avon, and Chanel samplers. I want to get a lipstick holder for these so I can actually see the names. This isn’t a good way to store them, but it’s what I have for now. I know on eBay they sell these clear plastic lipstick containers that hold 50 lipsticks, and they are pretty inexpensive, so I think I shall be getting one of those soon.

Alex drawer 5: Here I have a potpourri of things. In the back I’ve got foundations, concealers and powders that I don’t use at the moment. In the middle I have my eyeliner pens, mascaras, some NYX sticks and two Urban Decay Potion Primer samples. In the front I have Urban Decay liquid liners, a Kat Von D liquid liner, MAC Liquidlast liners (which DO NOT COME OFF so I never use them anymore), GOSH liquid liners (I picked up in jolly old England) and some other drugstore brand liners.

Alex drawer 6: And now we come to lip glosses. I have a ton as you can see. In the back is Kat Von D, Tarte and Smashbox. Then I have some Sephora ones and lots of Zoya Hot Lips. And then in the middle it’s a hodge-podge of brands like Benefit, Clinique, Stila, Yves Saint Laurent, Smashbox, Chanel, NARS, Dior and Prescriptives.. The front far left is where my MAC Dazzleglasses are (I have 4 and rarely wear them, I don’t really like them much). In the glass jar on the front right is where all my MAC lipglasses are (I have 2-3 more now). I would say these are my favorite glosses, even though they are sticky as hell. Alex drawers 7-9 right now are just filled with hair crap, nothing interesting. :)

And here is Helmer in red. He also comes in silver and white. Helmer is a 6 drawer, kind of narrow, metal cabinet. He was relatively cheap at only $40.00, and is the perfect height for nail polish bottles. I have heard some people say they didn’t like Helmer because he was flimsy. I don’t have that experience, he’s prety darn sturdy for me. He hasn’t found his permanent home yet, so for now he’s in my bathroom area. Oh and watch out for Helmer’s sharp corners, I slammed my thigh into a corner in the middle of the night and had a bruise for weeks on my leg, ow!

I’m just showing you one drawer of Helmer since what I keep in here is mostly “to be swatched” items. But this is what it looks like inside. You can see it’s a little narrow, but pretty efficient for nail polish. A good tip if you get pretty much any cabinet is to get some of that kitchen drawer liner and lay it down inside before you load it. Otherwise stuff slides around like crazy, especially in this because it’s metal.

And finally this is just a drawer built into my sink area. I keep the stuff I use pretty much every single day in here, as well as all my lip and eyeliners. So on the back left we have my Make Up For Ever concealer palette, some Neutrogena SPF/moisturizer, Laura Mercier silk foundation (but I have since switched to Chanel Pro Lumiere and LOVE it!), some Bobbi Brown under eye moisturizer, some Bobbi Brown pink concealer, and my favorite stand-by for the last 12+ years, MAC Omega eyeshadow, which is the perfect brow color for me. Also under that stuff is a Benefit brow wax kit, which I don’t like as much as MAC Omega. Then I’ve got a Make Up For Ever HD powder container and some bobby pins and hair clips. Also have my Urban Decay Potion Primer, MAC Fast Response eye cream, clear mascara from Maybelline (which I use to keep my brows in place), a Dior Skinflash concealer and my Shu Umeura lash curler. In the front are 8 billion eye and lip liners. Most of these are either MAC or Urban Decay, but I also have some from Make Up For Ever, L’Oreal, Rimmel, etc.

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  • January 7, 2010

    You just made my mood a lot better, thank you! ♥ I love the drawers, especially the plastic ones, and I want some myself. I got some small wooden drawers from IKEA, but they always turn out messy. Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Shamini´s last blog ..Everyday Minerals =-.

    • January 7, 2010

      Hi Shamini,

      Yay I am glad I can help, lol!

  • January 7, 2010

    I found the sight of all those lipsticks lined up like that to be very soothing! I’m a mentalist, aren’t I?? LOL.
    Wish I had your storage system (and your collection – you weren’t kidding when you said you were a MAC-aholic, were you?) – it’s awesome :)
    .-= Helen´s last blog ..China Glaze Lubu Heels =-.

    • January 7, 2010

      Hi Helen,

      Yeah and I have turned in as many empty MAC containers to them as I currently own over the years. Crazy!

  • January 7, 2010

    Very nice! So organized. Doesn’t it make it so much easier that way? I spy the Stila Charmed Palette, that thanks to your post on it a few months back, I now own :)

  • January 7, 2010

    Wow, do you really need all that makeup? Think of all those chemicals!

    • January 7, 2010

      Hi Lina,

      No I don’t “need” it, I like it and have collected it over the past 20 years. It’s just like anyone else collecting anything. There are chemicals in every single thing we use and eat, I’m not worried.

  • January 7, 2010


    You’ve organized everything so well. I hate it when people just toss their stuff in a drawer willy-nilly.

    • January 7, 2010

      Hi Alisa,

      I know that drives me bonkers also. Plus when people just toss it in, powders can break so easily!

  • January 7, 2010

    OMG this is totally like Porn. I got so excited over a new blog post and seeing those drawers full of goodies. Just love it. I LOVE that IKEA cabinet, so gorgeous and the red one, to die for! LOVE red :)

    Thanks for another amazing post. Keep it up hun. I just love reading them every day :)

    • January 7, 2010

      Hi MissDeeCanada,

      Hee hee. Alex is really nice and super sturdy. The drawers pull out really smooth also, which is nice. Helmer is a little less easy to pull out smoothly.

  • January 7, 2010

    wow that is awesome! a result of MANY years of collecting i assume lol

    • January 7, 2010

      Hi Kimmy,

      Yeah MANY years. Been a makeup junkie (especially MAC) since 1991.

  • January 7, 2010

    :eyesBulging: Sooooo purty! Organization is my cup-o-tea! Well….next to polish…

  • January 7, 2010

    Oh wow, you are super organized! I love that you call the Ikea Helmer cabinet “he”. haha, so cute!

  • January 7, 2010

    Wooow that is impressive ! I wish I could have as much make up as you one day!

  • January 7, 2010

    Wonderful! My collection is no where near as vast as yours so I am able to get away with a few of these stacked together, which is working very well for me:

    Started getting a lot nail polish recently though, so I need to find something to store them in. Will check out Ikea on my next trip. Thanks for sharing :)

  • January 7, 2010

    Great post! You’ve inspired me to start organizing my makeup! My nail polish collection is slowly growing. I started collecting a little more than a year ago (your page was one of the first ones I started reading!) and now I have around 75 bottles. I always look forward to reading your posts, thanks for the inspiration! :)

  • January 7, 2010

    I’ve always known about the Helmer, but this is the first time I heard about Alex! It looks awesome! Are the deep drawers on this ok for nail polish?

    I want a Helmer, but it costs almost twice the original price of $40 to order it from where I am. I want to order it from China though!

    Lovely stash! I love stash porn! I hope to see your latest nail polish stash in detail. :)
    .-= Belle´s last blog ..BB Beyond: Golden Globes =-.

    • January 7, 2010

      Hi Belle,

      Yes the deep drawers are really deep, they would work for sure.

  • January 7, 2010

    Looks great Kel!

  • January 7, 2010

    Now I am sad. :( I wish all my MAC lippies lasted that long, but I had one go totally rancid recently and it isn’t anywhere near 10 years old. I have other lippies that have gone over too. How do you keep them from doing that?

    • January 7, 2010

      Hi LavenderPekoe,

      I did have a couple lipsticks from 10+ years ago dry out so bad I had to recycle them. Somehow these 3 lasted, don’t know why! I don’t do anything special though, maybe just luck!

  • January 7, 2010

    Heaven! Absolutely amazing. You are right about MAC liquidlast liners, they do not come off, well…only after fifteen minutes of scrubbing your eyelid with tons of eye makeup remover. KatVonD liquid eyeliner is the best I’ve ever bought. Stays on all day and comes off very easily.
    Seeing this made me depressed…I really need to get organized! lol

  • January 7, 2010

    Cool.I bought alex after watching it on misschievous it.How many polishes can you fit per drawer in helmer cabinet?

    • January 7, 2010

      Hi bobbigirl999,

      I bought it based on her review also actually! You can fit about 75-85 bottles, depending on size and shape, per drawer in Helmer.

  • January 7, 2010

    Well, if you are in the part of earthquake country that had an earthuake this morning, how did your plastic drawers hold up? Perfect test-run of your earthuake safety 😉

    • January 7, 2010

      Hi Kim,

      I did feel that one, but it was really minor here. I would be more worried about a 6.0 or greater. And REALLY hope that doesn’t happen in my lifetime again!

  • January 7, 2010

    I love my Helmer <3
    Thought my China Glaze collection has spilled out over two drawers now. I think I might have to buy another one! ^^;

  • January 7, 2010

    wow, you are one organized makeup-aholic! my stuff (wayyyy less than yours…) lives in an assortment of makeup bags and train cases – oh, and my polish currently resides in a tool box 😉

  • January 7, 2010

    wow i am in total love with your super organized collection

    you can tell so much abt a person by their makeup collection i think!

    i am in the process of reorganizing my stuff too cause right now everything is categorized in large makeup bags which is not efficient :(

    LOVE It you have such a healthy fabulous well rounded collection !

  • January 7, 2010

    GORGEOUS collection!! I love the way you’ve organized it! Thanks for introducing Alex! I think that’s actually exactly what I’ve been looking for! Thanks so much! 😀 😀 😀
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..NOTD: OPI Senorita Rose-alita & Another MAC Spiced Chocolate FOTD =-.

  • January 7, 2010

    Very nice set-up. I have 2 of the six drawer plastic carts. One I bought a few years ago is much sturdier than the newer one. Very disappointing! But it didn’t cost me anything since I got it from Goodwill in a trade. I thought I would have lots of room to grow. Slowly I filled both up and am back filling up the large plastic containers I had from before. I’ve started on my third one. I had to laugh when you wrote lipsticks galore! I think I have about 3 times that amount. Glosses, I might have more. I don’t even want to think about eyeshadow palettes and single shadows. I really love color and this is a way to have color on me. I really enjoyed your photos. I love looking at polish and makeup photos. Gives me great pleasure which my girlfriend just doesn’t get. So thank God for the blogs that I read. I have a place to share my love of polish and makeup. Thank you Kelly, I really love your blog. I also bought your whole collection. I can’t wait to try the greens. I tried Nappa Valley Red first. Very pretty.

  • January 7, 2010

    Geez girl, my makeup can fit into a small purse/makeup bag thingy. Haha, I don’t get the appeal to spending so much money on makeup, it doesn’t make me look any better. Although, I suppose if I had money I’d feel inclined to buy it, who knows. I wish you showed your polishes, that’s what I do spend my money on, and to be honest, I think I need to get a larger/more plastic containers or something for my polishes, sad seeing as how I just upgraded big time, so thanks for showing your drawers.
    .-= Danica´s last blog ..BEAUTIFUL BLOGGER AWARD =-.

    • January 7, 2010

      Hi Danica,

      This is a collection over many years, I didn’t just go out and buy all this in a year. :) It’s just like people collecting baseball cards or Coca-Cola stuff, in my eyes.

      I have shown my polishes in the past, there was a link on that post of my polish collection.

  • January 7, 2010

    You’re way more organized than me, I keep my nail polish/makeup in about 1,000 shoe boxes.
    .-= TipsToToes´s last blog ..Misa Dirty Sexy Money =-.

  • January 7, 2010

    Love it! It looks great! You’ve got as much stuff as I do and I’m an MUA. LOL

  • January 8, 2010

    Impressive organisation. I’m totally haphazard with my stuff which is great because I lose things and find them again – it’s like getting new stuff!
    Also I keep a small core and sell stuff on ebay after I use it a couple of times. Did that with Lubu and Pumps. I had a bit of fun with them and then sold them for someone else to enjoy as they are not always easy to find in the UK or you have to ship them over.
    Question – why don’t benefit do polish? You have a lot of their stuff so you obviously like it too. What is that all about?

  • January 8, 2010

    Love the pics! I’m glad to see someone else whose lipgloss/lipstick stash rivals my own! Nice to know I’m not the only one. = )

  • January 8, 2010

    I have the same way of storing my lipsticks and everytime I want to use one I end up flipping the entire collection. Only trouble is I don’t know if I would have room for a lipstick holder that holds them upright. EnkoreMakeup has a tutorial on how to make your own on YouTube btw.
    .-= Yaya´s last blog ..Deals After the Holidays =-.

  • January 8, 2010

    I bow down humbly at the altar of your impressive organization skillz! My collection is feeling like a wimpy little girly man right about now. Need to schedule an appointment with Hans and Franz.

  • January 8, 2010
    Jackie S.

    WOW! Your collection is awesome!
    I have question about nails polish storage, I heard that keeping the polish in a cool area or even int he fridge is best…what do you think? I live in So. Cal. and the temps can get mighty hot!

    • January 8, 2010

      Hi Jackie S.,

      Well where I live (in the East Bay) it gets really hot in the summer also and I don’t have any issues. I have had some polishes 15 years with no problem. If they do dry out or get thick you can always use Poshe Reviver or some other reviver, and bring them back to life. I would need 2 entire refrigerators to store my polish, lol!

  • January 8, 2010

    Oh wow, that’s so… organised!!! You have them brand-grouped and EVERYTHING! I’m jealous, my nail polishes are kind of squished into those shoebox-sized storage boxes, with the over-flow cluttering up my dressing table LOL

  • January 8, 2010

    You are so organized. You so inspire me. I wish we had an Ikea near us. I’ve never been in 1.
    .-= dramaqueensmum´s last blog ..Winter blues =-.

  • January 8, 2010

    Where can we get the plastic drawers that seperate everything? The 1s with the MAC & Stila. I read through your post & didn’t see anything about that. Sorry if I missed it. I need a smallish 1 for my bathroom drawer & bigger 1s for my nailpolishes. Thanks.
    .-= dramaqueensmum´s last blog ..Winter blues =-.

    • January 8, 2010

      Hi dramaqueensmum,

      Do you mean where can you get the plastic drawers carts I have? I get them at Target, actually.

  • January 8, 2010

    Hi. No, I was wondering where you got the plastic seperaters inside the drawers. It’s in the 2nd pic from the top. I actually got a few of the plastic cabinets from my hubby for X-mas. I got the idea from you.
    .-= dramaqueensmum´s last blog ..Blog button =-.

    • January 9, 2010

      HI dramaqueesnmum,

      Oh gotcha. I got those at Target, I believe.

  • January 10, 2010

    omfg! that’s all I have to say.
    .-= marisol´s last blog ..2010 Resolution Suggestions =-.

  • January 12, 2010

    Oh wow, I’m so glad I saw this. I’m actually making a trip to Ikea this weekend, and had heard people talk about the Helmer, but maybe I am going to have to check out Alex as well and see which one I like better to organize all my beauty related stuff.

    I’m very jealous of your collection too, by the way :)
    .-= SoVeryFabulous´s last blog ..MAC in Lillyland Haul and Swatches =-.

  • January 14, 2010

    I actually want pictures of all your nailpolish drawers LOL!
    .-= Suzanne´s last blog ..DDD: winactie! =-.

  • January 17, 2010

    This is fantastic! I know have a more efficient way of storing my beauty things. I’ll have to check out Helmer and Alex, those look like what I need. Seeing all this nail polish and makeup makes me so happy! :) You’ve also lifted my mood.