Beauty organization – ta da!

Judy recently stayed at my apartment, and her shock at the state of my beauty mess (blogged about here) inspired me to go to the Muji store here in NYC and get my life organized.

I bought 2 acrylic cases – a tall skinny one with four drawers and a flat one with a lift up top and two drawers.  They were both a little over $25 each – so pretty pricey for plastic drawers, but they are nice.

Before – my beauty UN-organization:


The acrylic is a nicer finish then regular plastic, and I am liking them.  I love the lift up lid of the drawers on the left, and the tall skinny one fits perfectly on my limited armoire space.  There are small openings in each of the drawers of the tall skinny one, and it’s slightly annoying when my eyeliners fall out of them – but this rarely happens.

Honestly, I have so much stuff, and I barely use all the things in my drawers.  I really should downsize, but I can’t live without variety.  I put all my skincare on a silver plate from West Elm (on the right).  I also have my jewelry on my dresser (which is causing all sorts of havoc) and needs to be organized (suggestions for jewelry organization??).  Also, per Judy’s suggestion, I burned through my Voluspa candle and am now using that empty container to hold brushes.  It’s actually wide enough to fit my Mason Pearson hair brush too.  [Side note: I had a tough time cleaning out the reminder of my candle wax and got dirty wax all over my sink, so please share if you have a good method for cleaning residual wax out of candle jars!]

What do you think of my new organization?  How do you organize your beauty collection?  Share before and after pics with us!


  1. jules

    i feel inspired now too!!! plus i hate that i can never find what i am looking for digging around the top section of my container store bin that under my sink (my current makeup organization tool). muji – here i come!

  2. Judy

    Wow, Mimi, this is loads better!! Has this affected your morning getting ready routine?

    As for the candle wax removal, if the wax has already cooled, I pour in hot water, wait a minute or two to re-warm the wax, pour out the hot water, then use pages from an old magazine to dig out the wax. Dig out all the wax, then use normal dish detergent to clean the waxy residue inside the jar.

    The first time I did it, I got wax all over the bottom of my sink, and it took serious elbow grease to clean it off. Now all the wax is removed with old magazine pages and I just throw them away.

  3. lilladylfe

    Ah I want a Diptique candle, half for the use after of holding my brushes!!!!

    i gather all my make up and pick out my favorites of the season and put enough to fit into 1 drawer. I rely and only use anything in that drawer that fits into 1 neat layer, then next season i rotate out the products.
    Post on before and after!

    Glad you are enjoying the Muji containers they are incredibly popular for make up storage, but for some reason I like it to be semi hidden away to hide my obsession!

  4. jenn staz

    missglamorazzi just posted a great DIY video on how to clean out candle wax from jars! those cases look great, but i still swear by my Alex storage systems from Ikea 🙂

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