Beauty Storage Ideas for Not-So- Secret Hoarders

Neither a Face nor Value topic today – but a combined one! How can you store all your beloved trinkets and beauty bits without breaking the bank?

I’m kinda a little bit of a MASSIVE hoarder. I can’t throw stuff away – I love keeping things ‘just in case’. So I actually combine both of my passions by trying to find alternative uses for the bits and bobs I can’t bear to part with.

And storage is one of them!

Fellow blogger Aspirations of Glam recently asked for ideas for beauty storage – and it inspired me to show you my little world.

My theory is: there is a reason to keep EVERYTHING. If not, I will find you one. I like to think it’s because I hate waste, but that’s just kidding myself really…

On the plus side – the more uses you have for your ‘stuff’, there are more reason there is to keep it all! Take that, Logic!

1. Gift boxes and packaging

The ones that are just too pretty to throw away. Like this Benefit box I got for Christmas one year – it was just too nice to bin – AND it has a clasp to keep it closed. 

I now use it for cotton pads and cotton buds.

2. Same goes for tins too 

This Clinique Bonus Time tin was beautiful – I now store big brushes in it.

I think I managed to bin the lid though. Progress.

3. Don’t be a mug – use a mug! 

Novelty mugs or even normal mugs. This mug was bought as a souvenir from Vegas – it’s too big to use normally, but its perfect for my little makeup brushes. 

4. The new Jewellery Box

This Anna Dello Russo for H&M box is amazing and housed an equally amazing gold cuff.

It’s now a dedicated shelter to lots of other homeless pieces, and they live very happily together. Ahhhhh.

And the beauty is – I didn’t have to buy any of this storage – it all came with stuff I already had. 

So re-consider splashing out cash on buying boxes and drawers for your makeup! Look around the home and see what you can find!  (then let me know yeah, help a fellow hoarder out – THANKS)

Are there any other not-so-secret hoarders out there? 

How do you store your makeup? Do you organise your stuff, or just chuck it all in? 


Zoe Bayliss Wong
Zoe Bayliss Wong

Zoe is a Forbes ’30 under 30′ finance pro, style writer, presenter and panellist, working for a fashion startup and trying to live that best life in the most IRL way possible.

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  1. Jeni Scott
    January 27, 2013 / 11:39 am

    Such a cool idea using a mug! I'm off to do the very same. My brushes are just loose in a big box! The shame of it!

    • Zoe Dubs
      January 28, 2013 / 9:00 pm

      Naughty Jeni! Mugs, even glasses work! xXx

  2. MissEmmaLou
    January 27, 2013 / 11:44 am

    I also use my clinique tins / bags as you can guarantee that when you get goodies they come in a gorgeous little tin – same with soap and glory cases / tins. Also use my glossybox's for storage for makeup / perfume etc … Going to do an 'organising' post this week so keep an eye out for that 🙂

    • Zoe Dubs
      January 27, 2013 / 6:53 pm

      Hahah, a brilliant excuse for me to sign up to Glossybox!! xXx

  3. Blahblah Three
    January 27, 2013 / 8:14 pm

    Lovely storage ideas, I don't have much space to store so always looking for new ways. never thought of mugs before and its great there are big novelty mugs and things too 😀 xx

    • Zoe Dubs
      January 28, 2013 / 8:55 pm

      Ahhh thanks!! I'm glad its useful to someone! 🙂 xXx

    • Zoe Dubs
      January 28, 2013 / 8:56 pm

      Ahaha, it's fine- what Starbucks are taking from HMRC, you can take from Starbucks 😉 x

  4. WhatLauraLoves
    January 27, 2013 / 9:46 pm

    I absolutely love your storage ideas- they're so pretty and colourful but practical too. I'll definitely give them a go, love the idea of the cup as a holder!Laura

    • Zoe Dubs
      January 28, 2013 / 8:56 pm

      Yay! Thanks for the comment love, I love your blog! x

  5. Jaye Rockett
    January 28, 2013 / 9:04 pm

    I use my Anna Dello Russo boxes for jewellery storage too! Love these ideas, I am a total hoarder and completely incapable of throwing anything out at all! Love your blog, bookmarking!

    • Zoe Dubs
      January 31, 2013 / 8:21 am

      Yay Jaye! Thanks for reading, looking forward to seeing you round here soooon! xXX

  6. J.
    January 29, 2013 / 9:10 pm

    I'm really horrible at storage, so I don't really have any solutions i could recommend to anyone else, I'm afraid. But I loved your ideas!Just found your blog through the Monday Blog Hop by the way, so started following :)

    • Zoe Dubs
      January 31, 2013 / 8:19 am

      Ahh thanks J! Glad you found them useful and thanks for following! On my way to your blog now xXx

  7. Anonymous
    April 7, 2013 / 12:10 pm

    I love your ideas! Aha! 🙂 xx

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