Have you ever wished your makeup collection was perfectly organised like the ones your see on YouTube, instead of being scattered around your bedroom and / or bathroom vanity? Are you tired of searching high and low for your favourite blush (you’re 100% sure you put it back in your bathroom drawer…okay 90% sure)? Or maybe your favourite highlighter is shattered because you keep tossing it back in your makeup bag. Yep, I know the feeling! Fortunately I’ve been a huge fan of acrylic makeup storage units for quite some time (I’ve featured various different ones on the blog already) and let me tell you: A good quality acrylic makeup storage unit is a total game changer (and lifesaver)!
Today I’d like to introduce you to a very unique makeup storage system created by The Beauty Box (a supplier of various acrylic storage units, based in South Africa). I remember when I first started building a makeup collection – I wanted it to be organised, but I didn’t have much to work with at the time. My collection was small, and I couldn’t justify spending R1500+ on an entry level storage unit. As a beauty blogger, my makeup collection is quite large (some people call it hoarding, I call it collecting) and no makeup storage unit is too big for my collection. BUT I know most people don’t need a 4- or 5-tiered unit because they just don’t own enough makeup products to fill it.
The Beauty Box recently launched their ‘Build A Beauty Box’ – what a genius idea! They designed a very unique stackable drawer unit that can be customised according to your specific beauty needs. That means you can build your organiser as and when your makeup collection grows. As a side note: When I say ‘build’ I actually mean stack – don’t worry, all the trays and drawers are already assembled when you receive them.
Did you know? These acrylic makeup storage units can also be used to store skincare products, jewellery, nail art tools, beads, and even hair tools (clips, hair bands, bobby pins etc).
The Beauty Box storage system is perfect for storing the smallest or largest of makeup collections, plus the clear design means you can find any item quickly and easily. I like that the acrylic used to manufacture these organisers is very durable, so I can see my ‘Build A Beauty Box’ organiser lasting for a very long time.
All the compartments and drawers are detachable, so you can arrange and position the different units according to your own preferences and requirements. Each drawer fits perfectly on top of one another with little grooves so they won’t slide around.
Let me take you through all the various sub units that you are able to purchase separately in order to build your own makeup storage unit. There are 3 different drawer sizes available (Small, Medium, and Large). You can choose between 2 different types of the Small drawers – 1 is a normal drawer, and 1 has a special grid on top (this one should always be the top drawer). The Medium drawer size comes with a handy divider, creating 16 separate compartments. I inserted the divider into my Large Base unit, to keep my foundations upright, and to ensure my concealers stay organised. The Medium and Large drawer units feature diamond cut handles for a glamorous effect, while the Small drawer unit and Top drawer unit both feature a small cut-out opening.
TOP SMALL DRAWER:
♥ Dimensions – 30cm (deep) x 30cm (wide) x 3cm (tall).
The Top Small drawer is exactly the same size as the normal Small drawer (featured below), so you can store most compacts in it. As mentioned previously the top drawer unit features a unique grid that fits your own arrangement of up to 9 accessory items (I’ll go into more detail about these down below). Go wild – you can stash eyeliners, lipglosses, flat tube makeup primers (like the Smashbox ones), eyeshadow palettes, and lip pencils in it. Please note, the drawer is not tall enough to store liquid highlighters / blushes (like the Benefit Girl Meet Pearl or Posie Tint) or foundation bottles – even when laying flat. Retails for R399,00 here.
Above is a photo of what the grid system on the Top Small drawer looks like, it has raised squares to prevent the accessory units from sliding around. I really like this idea because it keeps anything you place on top safe & sound. My grid currently holds 3 brush holders, 1 tray, 1 nail polish holder, and 1 lipstick holder (more details to follow later in the blog post).
♥ Dimensions – 30cm (deep) x 30cm (wide) x 3cm (tall).
The Small drawer is tall enough to store most (if not all) sized blush / bronzer compacts, even my Benefit Cosmetics boxed blushes. But don’t limit yourself to just blushes, this baby can store anything from mascaras, to lipsticks, to concealers, to face powders. Retails for R299,00 here.
♥ Dimensions – 30cm (deep) x 30cm (wide) x 6cm (tall).
The Medium drawer is great for storing basically any makeup product – it is tall enough for foundation bottles, primers, mixing mediums like the Shade Adjusting Drops, liquid highlighters / bronzers, makeup palettes, eyeshadow compacts, blushes, face powders…everything! I own a lot of foundations, and there isn’t one bottle in my collection that doesn’t fit in this drawer. Keep in mind, though, the bottles would have to lie flat. Retails for R499,00 here.
♥ Dimensions – 30cm (deep) x 30cm (wide) x 12cm (tall).
The Large drawer will store your foundations, concealers, primers etc (actually any type of makeup product) but I have found it isn’t tall enough to store ALL my foundation bottles and primer tubes upright. For example, the L’Oréal Infallible Primer, Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base, Smashbox Pore Minimizing Primer, Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer, Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation, essence Pure Nude Make-Up Foundation, Physician’s Formula Youthful Wear Spotless Foundation, and CATRICE Even Skin Tone Beautifying Foundation can’t stand upright in the Large drawer. BUT my Maybelline Baby Skin Primer, CATRICE Prime & Fine Beautifying Primer, Revlon Colorstay Makeup Foundation, Avon Bright Start Foundation, The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation, and Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation are all able to stand upright in this drawer. Retails for R699,00 here.
I feel it’s silly for me to go into too much detail with regards to what you can store in these drawer units, because everyone has their own special way of organising their makeup collection. I prefer to organise my collection in order of the steps I apply my makeup i.e. primers, foundations and concealers in the Large bottom unit. Then I like to store all my cream bronzers and liquid highlighter products in the Medium unit, and the Small unit holds my face powders, powder bronzers / contour shades, and powder blushes. In other words, I like to work my way from the bottom up.
So, start by deciding which drawer size will suit your needs (keep in mind, you can buy and stack all 3 sizes on top of each other). Next, decide on which accessories you would like to add to your drawer unit – you can choose from a tray, a nail polish stand, a brush holder, and a lipstick holder.
♥ Dimensions – 5cm (tall) x 30cm (wide) x 10cm (deep).
The Tray is such a multi-functional item, and is ideal to store fragrances, skincare- and nail polish products. The unit that contains all my single eyeshadows and smaller eyeshadow palettes above, is the Tray. Retails for R140,00 here.
♥ Dimensions – 10cm (tall) x 10cm (wide) x 10cm (deep).
The Brush Holder is divided into 4 smaller compartments, and can hold everything from makeup brushes, to lip pencils, to eye pencils, or even lip products like the ColourPop LippieStix. Retails for R149,00 here.
NAIL POLISH STAND:
♥ Dimensions – 5cm (tall) x 20cm (wide) x 10cm (deep).
The Nail Polish Stand features a tiered design (2 tiers), and can hold up to 12 nail polishes. If you’re not into manicures / pedicures, then this stand is also perfect for lip products, foundations, eyeshadow palettes and even makeup setting sprays (see above). Retails for R140,00 here.
♥ Dimensions – 5cm (tall) x 10cm (wide) x 10cm (deep).
The Lipstick Stand is perfect for storing your lipsticks, liquid lipsticks, and glosses. As you can see above, I decided to stash my concealer & corrector tubes / pencils and my eyeliner pencils in the Lipstick Holder (you don’t have to stick to what the unit is intended for). Retails for R140,00 here.
PROMO: With the purchase of 1 complete ‘Build A Beauty Box’ unit (including 1 top drawer, 1 small drawer, 1 medium drawer and the large base drawer), you can add any accessories for R99,00 each.
I’m in the middle of reorganising my makeup collection to donate the makeup products that I haven’t used in a while. The products in the photos above probably make up about 50% of my makeup collection, but I own A LOT of makeup so I think a complete unit will be the perfect size for a beauty / makeup lover. If you have a small makeup collection, then I would suggest starting out with a Medium drawer unit (and maybe a Small one).
After my ‘makeup declutter’ session, I might end up using my Beauty Box to store all my everyday makeup products (the products that I am currently using the most) and my other acrylic units to store the rest of my makeup. We’ll see…
We spend way too much on our makeup collections to just throw the products in a drawer or toiletry bag. Ever heard of the saying “Out of sight, out of mind”? You’re more likely to get use out of your entire makeup collection if you can actually SEE all the products (that’s what I love about clear acrylic makeup organisers). So why not treat yourself – start building your own Beauty Box storage unit now, and add units as and when your makeup collection grows.
It’s been a busy week for me – but I’ll hopefully have a new video and blog post up before Monday. And I promise I’ll reply to all the comments in my previous blog post later tonight.
Side note: Gosh, filming my ‘Revlon Mascara Review & Demo’ video was such a ‘gedoente’! I ended up demo-ing all 5 mascaras (applying mascara, removing, reapplying my concealer & eye makeup after each mascara demo)…my right eyeball still hates me! I have very sensitive eyes, so by the end of the video my right eye was completely messed up. Plus, I look like a mole in the video because I’m not wearing eyeliner or mascara. *rolls eyes* Ok, I’m done complaining.