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Updated Makeup Organization Tower

Hi Ladies I hope you all are having a fabulous Weekend. Some of you may be at the IMATS LA this Weekend an I can’t wait to hear all about it! Wishing I could have gone to the Cali one to 🙁 . On another note maybe it was better off that I did not go because I once again needed to find a better solution to my ever growing and reproducing makeup! I had been on a mission to find something finally where i could readily access everything I use without having to give into the unsightly Sterilite Containers. No Offense ladies if that is what you use . Hey whatever works for you .  For me I just have never been a huge fan of them .

After some serious You Tubing I came across this Awesome Video by MisoJenny and I said OMG that is exactly what I need!!!! Now at this point I was  intrigued and watched it from beginning to end to find out where she had gotten the organizers for the drawers and the actual system itself.  I then Learned that it was at no other than the The Container Store. I had tweeted about my adventure and I learned that some of you may not have a container store by you at all. I  could not believe my girls are missing out on this store.

I decided to do some research and I did find an alternate solution for the Elfa System from the Container Store. I also think this is an option if financially it just isn’t feasible to purchase this because it was very expensive at least to me but a great investment in the end. I will have pricing and all later in the post.

Another main reason Storage was an issue for me is because my bedroom is abnormally small and well I am limited to space. So as of right now This Unit Doesn’t allow me to Open my Closet door without moving it 1st. Sucks Big time but at least it slides in and out easily.

Here is another option from Ikea
$54.99
The Drawers come in :
$10.00

Also comes in 

$8.00

And Lastly:


This is the Wire Basket they have also and is $2.50

So there is the more affordable option or if you just don’t have access to a Container Store but have an Ikea here is an option .
Now as far as the Container Store, some of you may be thinking ” Well if Ikea was cheaper why didn’t you go with that option?’ Well many reasons. As you can see in my Before and After Picture the system I had before was from the Office Depot and was around $45 I got a year ago. Many people loved this system raved about it and also had similar complaints to the ones I am about to explain to you. 
For Starters Yes Its was PINK! I mean a Given I was going to go for the color , but besides that I liked having all the drawers and was compact. But a bit to compact. The drawers were not deep enough and constantly fell off of the tracks. To the point where I actually had tried to hot glue the tracks back on because the drawers were constantly popping out and all over the place. I was able to organize the inside of them with little containers her and there but wasn’t able to fit many products 
So let the Fun Begin :
Now here is a little Run Down:
Everything is bought Separately
What I mean :
The Actual Runners ( Where the drawers go in ) 10 of them plus the Cross Bars.
Runners: $39.00
Medium Cross Bar $18
Drawer Back Stop Pins: $.49
Frame Feet : $3.49
8 of the 1 runner Drawers @ $14.00 each
1 of the 2 Runner Drawers : $17.00
Melamine Counter Top : $15.99
 3 Drawer in and Out Stoppers : $2.49 each pack of 4

Grand Total:
$228.38


So then you need your Drawers Obviously and this is how it works you have a variety of ways you can customize this system : 
1 Runner ( 1 Drawer per track)
2 Runner ( 1 drawer takes up space of 2 tracks making it deeper)
3 Runner Drawers ( 1 drawer takes up 3 tracks for maximum depth )
Guy at the Store said ” If you take more than 10 mins to put it together, then you are doing something wrong!’ 
He was soo right I did it all by myself took me 15 mins only because I needed to Pound extremely hard on the Cross Bars with A Rubber Mallet ( Hubby wasn’t to happy with the $70 One I used BTW, I didnt know the Difference his was custom made or something idk ha ha )
So Here is what I did:
Top Counter Hold my Used Brushes in these Target Cups I found on Sale for $3.50 each
My Lippies New Home:
What I used inside of each Drawer to Organize:
1st Drawer of the Unit:
2nd Drawer:
3rd Drawer:
4th Drawer Trios, Quads, Duos etc:
5th Drawer ( the 2 runner)
This was the main reason I wanted this Unit. I hated having all my Foundations, and skin care items Lying on there side instead of Upright.
6th Drawer ( Backup items)
7th Drawer ( Blog Sale Items Reject Drawer 🙁 )
Now we take a quick tour of the Vanity:
Makeup Brushes ( Tutorial on Container coming Soon!)
Eyeliners etc:
Muji Drawers:
Inside the Vanity:
Mascaras & Concealers
(FYI This Organizer is from IKEA was the Anordna LYX Series but has been recently Disontinued)
Benefit Boxes, Bronzer, Scissors etc
Blushes, Gel Liners, ES Bases, Random odds and Ends
(Used the Antonius Insert Here can hole 3 of these Inserts straight across in this Vanity)
Blushes, Mac MSF’s, Setting Powders etc
(Drawer Organizer from Container Store for Kitchen Utensils etc)
Well I hope you all made it through this lengthy post ok. I assure you that I am in no way bragging about what I have. I always like sharing my organizational tips with my followers and this was long overdue. I like items from IKEA but to me it is a great store for people that may be just starting out like college students or people getting into a new apt etc. I find that I can get only but a few years use out of there furniture before it starts to fall apart and that is what I didn’t want with this. Yes it was a lot of money but much better quality and functionality for me. 
I would love to see how you gals organize your area! Please feel free to ask whatever comes to mind if an item in a particular drawer or any other details or help you may need to help when your makeup seems to attack! ha ha ha
Love you all and I have a few posts to work on for you all so sit  tight !

Comments 27

  1. Ms. Prettyful Girl

    Oh, Cathy! This was such a fun post! I think you have the best makeup/vanity area ever of all the ones I’ve seen. Now it’s so functional and it’s so personal. You are very blessed with so many goodies and I know you’re not bragging, we all know you’re not about that. Thanks for sharing with us, seriously it was super fun. My collection is no where near this but I hope to get there one day 🙂 You are an inspiration–I mean that in a fun, friendly way, not a creepy way LOL! By the way, I thought it was cute that you titled your drawer ‘blog sale items reject drawer’. That was funny. Now I want to buy them, I want to give them a home, I don’t want them to be rejects! LOL. Thanks for the post and the awesome pics. I hope your makeup family keeps reproducing 🙂 XXOO

  2. Cathy

    Aww Miss Lisa your too sweet Im glad you enjoyed, As far as my Reject Drawer well I have to be thankful that it isnt over flowing. Just stuff that didnt agree w my skin or work at all for me . I would still love to see how you organize yours and your little area . It doesn’t matter how big or small it the fun you make with it . You are so inspiring also Love your EOTD I have to work on those more

  3. JC ♔

    Okay, DAMN!! My heart literally stopped beating when I saw this. So, so, so gorgeous. I love your entire vanity area including the new system. It’s just all so perfect, and I am so jealous you got the Muji drawers. I’ve been refreshing their page every single day now and still no luck.

    Also, yeah, IKEA wont ship that here and we don’t have or The Container Store in Hawaii either. Grrr!

  4. penelope_amor

    This blog make me SOOOOOOOOO happy! hahaha I love it girl! Can’t wait until I can set up my vanity and storage! GOSSSSH got so many ideas from this blog! Lots of love chica!

  5. abbeautycall

    ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW WOW WOW. i wish i had this much makeup, coming from a huge huge makeup junkie. I just found your blog posted by @Beauty Brodcast on FB. awesome organization skills!

  6. Cathy

    @ Abbeautycall Thank You soo much. I know its pretty intense I just love organizing and being as neat as possible. My OCD took over obviously ha ha . Thanks So much for Stopping by . Emily is such an inspiration to me, all of my readers and followers are! xoxoxo

  7. Cathy

    @Sparkle Beauty Blog I love my Beauty Blender it really does make a huge difference for my application. I have tried the Sonia Kashuk from Target, and Ulta Version and did not work as well for me. I think it is worth it personally

  8. Nikki

    Lovely collection! It’s really inspiring, I love organization! I really wanna get those muji drawers. Once I have my own space again I’ll for sure get some tips from you :).

  9. Valbuhdee

    Holy cow! I woud LOVE to have your makeup collection!! If you ever don’t want something anymore….feel free to send it my way. LOL! Seriously, though…your storage looks great! I don’t think my hubby would let me spend that much, though. Not that I have enough makeup for it, anyways!! LOL! 🙂

    Valerie xxxx
    http://valbuhdeee.blogspot.com

  10. Cathy

    @ Valbuhdee Ha Ha I will def keep you in mind my hubby is amazing. I am not allowed to go too crazy so I limit myself with his help of course. A lot of family and friends know there way to my heart and have spoiled me with goodies for holidays, birthdays, etc. Love your blog btw awesome!

  11. Alma

    holyyyy girl ur makeup collection is amazing ! great storage ideas. I might steal your idea of storing your brushes. the collage boxes are adorable!

  12. Eve...

    I love the way you have organized your makeup… if no one wants the items from the blog sale (the rejected items) i would love to have them. let me know if your willing to give them away. My email is evbaez@gmail.com

  13. closets Bergen

    There are some women who find it overwhelming to organize their cosmetics collection. It is great that you have provided these helpful ideas which can be very effective. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Cathy

    @closets Bergen Thanks so much. We spend so much $ on all of these items and I take pride in keeping them neat and functional. I am glad I can help

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