I look at Instagram shots of people’s makeup storage or perfectly organised dressing tables and weep a little inside. Although I want my home to be as immaculately organised as a Pinterest inspiration board, the reality is that I have a lot of stuff and that stuff inevitably spills out of every nook and cranny. My beautifully hand crafted dressing table may offer plenty of space for a normal person, but as a beauty blogger that continually has sacks of product arriving on my doorstep I need to be a bit more creative. I’ve used muji boxes, canvas baskets and stackable transparent containers to organise my wares, but they can be bulky and not exactly visually appealing. I’m constantly re-organising, downsizing, getting rid of bits and looking for economical storage solutions – but sometimes they pop up in the most unexpected of places. Over the last six months I’ve collected an array of ‘rose gold’ (yes, I know they’re brass, but rose gold sounds way cooler…) containers that have allowed me to store bits and pieces effectively, but also in a really quirky and space efficient way; believe it or not these are all intended to be candle holders!

I hate having to rummage through my drawers to find a pair of contact lenses or a hair bobble, while the thought of having my favourite foundation brush out of hands reach makes me whimper. It’s the little things eh! These pots and containers help me to organise my stash while still looking modern and stylish – and importantly they’re all incredibly affordable. The hexagonal shaped boxes make perfect storage solutions for things like contact lenses, hair pins or cotton buds; they’re from Anthropologie (£10.00 each) and intended to be tealight holders, but I loved them too much to just leave them holding a singular flame. The tall boxes that I’ve turned into brush holders were also intended to hold candles, but this time of the pillar variety; anything that’s designed to fit a long and somewhat wide candle makes a perfect brush holder – even if your collection is a fraction of the size of mine! I picked these up in the sale in Homebase for a bargainous £3.00 each. Finally, this little metal pot (£5.60) from homeware favourite Cargo holds all my hair accessories, pins and bands in one place; originally sold as a plant-pot-slash-tealight-holder, it serves a much needed purpose on my dressing table.

The key to creating a clean, fresh, quirky and unique space is to think outside the box when you’re picking up bits and bobs. Don’t think you can buy everything all at once or from one store, but instead shop around and gradually pick up bits and pieces from different homeware shops and department stores. I never shop in the section I actually need to either, preferring to use my imagination and re-purpose the intended use of containers so they fit my needs. Candle holders, plant pots, vintage glass and trinket boxes all make amazing storage solutions – and they don’t have to be expensive. I love rummaging through vintage markets and charity shops, picking up anything I think could look awesome on my dressing table. Most of the designs we pay a lot of money for are based on old school approaches, so why not cut out the middle man and make your beauty storage affordable but fabulous? Cargo, Homebase, Wilkos and ASDA all offer a huge range of bits and bobs that you’re sure to treasure… Just not in the way they thought you would.

What do you think of my storage solutions? Do you have any tips for storing your beauty products, or use anything unusual to organise bits and bobs?

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  1. Fiona Heath
    January 12, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    Love this! I have similarly used a big candle to hold all my brushes. Then a smaller candle to store all my pencils and mascaras. I also have used an old Kate Spade box which had a wallet in it, to store lipsticks and the like! Fiona xx Coffee and Confetti

    • Hayley Carr
      January 14, 2016 / 8:44 pm

      Love those ideas! I've used giant candle holders for all my mini samples too…

  2. Suzy
    January 12, 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Love the look of these! I tend to repurpose old mugs to store my brushes and eye liners.

  3. Katy Stephenson
    January 12, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    this storage looks so much cooler than the plain old muji boxes! i use vintage jars and containers to store my most used bits in :)love katy @ THE RAWRDROBE x

  4. Pam Scalfi
    January 12, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    these are very cute! im loving anything rose gold at the moment, will have a look at Asda :pPam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  5. Emily Jayne Phillips
    January 12, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    LOVE these – especially the ones you have the cotton wool buds in. I use mugs for my brushes, and have some mujii storage, but there never seems to be enough!

    • Hayley Carr
      January 14, 2016 / 8:45 pm

      I find Muji a bit rubbish to be honest – as they've not been designed for makeup so the dimensions are all a bit off. End up taking up so much room and not fitting in what I need!

  6. Hannah Williams
    January 12, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    They look absolutely gorgeous! I need to buy everything now! xxBlog:: Hannah Rose

  7. Laura M
    January 12, 2016 / 6:13 pm

    What a great idea! I'm so sick of Muji drawers and candle jars now so maybe I need to be a bit more inventive too. I've got one of those hexagonal planters too :)Laura

  8. Leanne Page
    January 12, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    These looking stunning! I've been looking for more makeup storage for a while. I recently picked up some cute rose gold glass boxes for H&M and a rose gold basket which I share my everyday eye shadow palettes. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Hayley Carr
      January 14, 2016 / 8:45 pm

      H&M is great for home stuff – I wish more stores stocked it!

  9. Hollie Rose
    January 13, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    I really want stuff like this for a terrarium. I will now have to go see if I can find these! Great pictures too. XxWww.hollieroseblog. com

  10. Deanna TheBritishBelle
    January 13, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    This is BEAUTIFUL it would look so gorgeous in an all white room, I'd love something like this is my beauty room in my new house <3

  11. Karishma Karim
    January 15, 2016 / 12:44 pm

    I need everything rose gold! Your storage looks so pretty but authentic too! Dreaming of a beauty room kitted out like this!! Karishma |

  12. Kayleigh
    January 18, 2016 / 12:28 am

    These make up storages are genius – and so pretty! I've been using muji drawers and holders for ages now but looking at your pictures it makes me want to make a change to my own storage! xx

  13. Lulu Ewing
    January 18, 2016 / 2:35 pm

    I absolutely love this, they look amazing displayed together! x

  14. beautyqueenuk
    January 21, 2016 / 11:41 am

    This is so much more me than Muji, I can't do organised and colour co-ordinated, it annoys me, this however is much more pleasing on the eye x

  15. becky sumner
    January 22, 2016 / 11:52 am

    I absolutely adore the one you've used for hair ties! I feel like these are all very on trend & I much prefer them to the Muji.Becky Isobel | Beauty & More x

  16. Debbie
    January 22, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    These look great. I shall have to take a visit to Homebase to see if I can find anything similar. x

  17. Stacy
    January 23, 2016 / 11:03 pm

    Look soooo sophisticated!!!xoStacy

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