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Makeup Collection & Storage


I’m always curious what people have in their make up bags or on their vanity, so I love seeing blog posts and vlogs on makeup collections. This is my first time ever revealing my makeup collection so I’m a little nervous, but what better way to get to know a friend than to rummage through their makeup right? I would venture to say that for someone who is interested in makeup, my collection is somewhat tame. You won’t be able to ooh and ahh over hundreds of lip colors I’m afraid!


This is my small collection of Starbucks city mugs. Because I used to live in Seattle I naturally have the mug from the first Starbucks store located at Pike Place Market. I picked up the London and Paris mug during my trip to Europe, but didn’t see a single Starbucks while I was in Switzerland and Italy. Anyway, the come in handy for storing things and reminding me of all the good times! Starting from the left I have my sunscreen, primer, and toner in the London cup. The Pike Place Market cup holds cotton rounds, and the Paris cup holds my old makeup brushes, mini brow razors, an eyebrow pencil, and a few lip liners. The white cup holds my Tom Ford brush collection that I started last year to celebrate my 29th birthday. I’m personally not looking forward to my 30th birthday this year, so I decided to do something special to commemorate my last birthday of my 20s. So the brushes are a piece of my 20s that will last me a lifetime.


The clear tray I got from Daiso for $2. Unfortunately the only lipstick holder they had was in the shape of a heart so for now my lipsticks and chapsticks are all sitting in the back two compartments of this tray. In the front I have two samples of the Laura Mercier radiance foundation primer. I’d actually wanted a full size but the woman at the counter adamantly against the radiance primer saying it clogged pores. So I came home with the regular foundation primer with SPF 30 and two 15 ml samples of the radiance primer. I’m somewhat indifferent of the regular primer, but use it as an extra sunscreen in addition to my regular sunscreen (different companies have different sunscreen formulas). It worked out in the end because I’m happy with the radiance primer samples because I can use them as a highlighter of sorts. Then of course I have the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer and my first aid kit for trouble spots.

I have a body butter from the Body Shop that I got during the Christmas season of 2014, and I’m not even halfway through. I really need to be more diligent about moisturizing my body, but I always seem to forget. The q-tips are from Innisfree, and I like that it comes in a container with a small opening. The lid keeps the rest of the q-tips from getting dusty. In the white tray in the back, I have the Bobbi Brown brush cleaning spray, an argan oil by Nature Republic (I have one by Tonymoly in my bathroom that I prefer because it smells like juniper), the Estee Lauder brown bottle that was a gift, deodorant, a biotin hair lotion, and a BHA chemical exfoliant gel.


These acrylic storage drawers are by Muji and are the only reason I can have space on my vanity table. I’m using an old kitchen table with no drawers, so I can’t live without these Muji organizers. In the drawers to the left are my Naked palettes, a Tom Ford eyeshadow quad, a Lancome voyage palette which was a gift, a regular powder by Lancome, and my Bobbi Brown eyeshadow palettes. I used to have a handful of single shadows by MAC but threw them all out after years of unuse. Once I started using palettes I never looked back. Single shadows are expensive to collect and are a storage nightmare. I popped open the top lid of the Muji drawers because I found that when I set something on top of it, the lid sank down and made it difficult to open the first drawer. It holds some falsies, the Loreal Youth Code eyecream, the Innisfree no sebum powder, the Too Cool For School blotting paper & eye make up remover, and the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. The smaller drawers hold the translucent powder by Make Up Forever and NARS, NARS blushes & highlighters, Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder, and the Hera air cushion. Oh, and I keep my mirror on top of a Canon lens box because it’s a bit short!


The tray on top is another $2 goodie from Daiso. It holds my hand creams, too many mascaras, Clio eyebrow marker, Aveda eye cream, serums, eyebrow stencils, and eyeliners.


This small container fits inside the tray and is perfect from storing things that are a tad short. It holds a retractable MAC lip brush, mini scissors, and the NARS line & pore perfector. The container was actually a lid for the NARS toner (which I didn’t care for), but it worked out perfectly as a booster seat for my odd ends.

Your turn ♥ How do you organize your makeup collection? Share a link to a photo or blog/vlog post in the comments below!

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  • I loved this post!! I’m a nosy one, so I like seeing how other people organize and store their makeup haha. I like that you don’t have a ton – mine is a hot mess! Yours is so clean and simple and minimal. I should seriously declutter sometime – I decluttered a bit about 1-2 years ago but I still have them lying around in a bag “just in case” I’ll ever use it again, cause I don’t want to regret giving it away. So far I’ve only reached in it a couple of times, so I guess I really should give them away or sell.

    Muji drawers are my favorite – I don’t have a big area for my makeup either, it’s basically on a little rolling night table, probably in a 2x3ft space. I love that they’re clear so you know exactly what’s in them, plus it looks very clean (as long as the makeup inside is organized, that is!). I don’t think starbucks makes their mugs like that anymore – the newer versions (or so I’ve seen) are bigger and more modern. One of my good friends collects those mugs and always asks for one whenever I or one of her friends goes to a place she hasn’t been before.

    Also those Tom Ford brushes!! *grabby hands*

    becky ♡ star violet

    • Kim

      I used to have things that I would never use taking up space for years, but once I purged it all I realized I didn’t really miss any of it lol. Plus it’s sort of scary when you see something on your vanity and can’t remember how long it’s been since you’ve last used it :P

      Ohh noooo how ever will I continue my Starbucks mug collection lol! I actually didn’t know about them until my mom asked me to get the Pike Place Market one for a friend’s daughter. I only wish that they were a tad smaller as it was a pain lugging those heavy mugs around all over Europe.

      The Tom Ford brushes are sooo soft. They’re partly why my makeup collection has stayed small. After asking myself whether I wanted a couple more lipsticks or a Tom Ford brush, I was all over those brushes lol

  • Rach

    Love how organized you are with your makeup! That’s my goal this year and I am finding a way to make the storage functional (and a decorative element). Thanks for sharing!


    • Kim

      If you use palettes or powder products I definitely recommend stacked drawers because they save sooo much space! I like Alyse’s idea (in the comments) of pretty ceramic bowls too!

  • Ellese Launer

    I love seeing posts like this as well. It is always fun to see how people organize their beauty products and counter space. I love the acrylic organizers you have. Thanks for sharing. Xo, Ellese


    • Kim

      Thanks Elleses! The organizer drawers are from Muji and the quality is pretty good. The acrylic boards have a decent thickness that makes them sturdy and the drawers slide out well. The only exception perhaps being the top drawer of the larger organizer if you decide to set something heavy on top.

  • I love posts like this! Seriously, so much makeup envy right now. I really like the mugs you have on your vanity! I do something similar, except I have ceramic bowls from Anthropologie. I think using dishware for makeup storage adds a nice personal touch.

    • Kim

      I loooove Anthropologie! They always have the prettiest things there. Now I want to take a peep at your vanity ;)

  • I love seeing how others organize their makeup collections. I really like the idea of clear storage as you can see exactly whats inside. I think it is so cool that you used mugs to hold you brushes and to display on your vanity!

    Keisha xo
    Chrysalis Gal

    • Kim

      It’s so fun seeing how everyone organizes their collection in a different way! The clear storage definitely keeps me sane in the morning when I’m trying to get ready for work :P

  • This is so great! I really like how you stored stuff in your mugs, especially since they’re travel related. That is such a great way to use them & see them on a daily basis. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

    • Kim

      Thank’s Carmen! I wanted them to be useful, but cringed at the idea of them wearing down in the dishwasher. So now they hold my brushes and cotton rounds on my vanity! :D

  • My vanity is very similar to yours! I got a bunch of organizers from Muji and am using old Bath and Body Works candle jars as a place to store my brushes.

    BTW, I’m turning 30 this year too and I’m totally dreading it just like you -_-

    Alyson | The Beauty Vanity

    • Kim

      Right?! I really don’t want to turn 30 this year. I want to stay forever in my 20s lol
      Candle jars sound like a great idea! It would probably match the clear Muji organizers too :D

  • You’re so organized! I’m so impressed! I love the look of clear acrylic storage for makeup but all the ones I’ve seen have been overpriced (IMO of what I think it should cost haha)

    xx freshfizzle

    • Kim

      I totally feel you there. I’ve always felt that storage organizers and containers were wayy overpriced, and for the longest time I used things like empty boxes. I still do use some random empty boxes for holding things, but when I finally bit the bullet and bought these acrylic storage containers I found that they were totally worth it. My “vanity” table had been covered by odd boxes taking up so much space, but now everything is stacked vertically in sort of like a makeup apartment. It’s freed up so much space and makes it easier to stay organized!

  • I also bought the acrylic storage from Muji for necklace, it really tidy up things into a minimalist style yet I haven’t started using it…need to find a space :|
    Your makeup is really in a nice order and I love how you make good use of the starbucks mug. I bought tons of starbucks for my sis whenever I travel since she has a collection of it, but she put there as a collection. So I am glad they are in good use, and I know how precious it is if really use in drinking and anxious about breaking it.
    Always neat to find new beauty inspiration from here!

    ps- and no way you are almost into 30!!!!! i thought you are in mid20!!!! Geeeeee, skin care, skin care, skin care!!!!!

    x Tiff

    • Kim

      lol thanks Tiff! Chipping and breaking was one of the main reasons I didn’t want to actually use the starbucks mugs for drinking. They work nicely for holding brushes and such, maybe your sister could try it out too ;) I haven’t tried the Muji for necklace, but let me know if you like it! I should probably organize my accessories and such with Muji too hehe.