Musings of a Muse

A Blog of Musings from a Cosmetic Whore

Apr 8, 2009

The Muse's Makeup Stashed Into One Tiny Cabinet

Last week I told you that The Container Store is having 25% Off your entire in store or online purchase. It's still ongoing if you'd like to indulge btw, up to April 13th w00t!

I had a hard time deciding whether I wanted to indulge in a Bisley Media Cabinet or a Helmer Cabinet from Ikea. I finally decided to throw my hard earned cash on the Bisley since it's incredibly sturdy, very tiny, and fantastic for stashing away my makeup!

Jump ahead for the deets and pictures of my Bisley stuffed full of goodness!

The Bisley Media Cabinet is meant for collectors, particularly collectors of stamps or baseball cards. I don't think Bisley was thinking anyone would want to stash cosmetics in their fine cabinet but that's exactly what I decided to do. The cabinet is costly and even after discount it was an obscene amount to pay but it organized about 40% of my makeup stash and made my life alot easier so that in fact makes it priceless.

The unit is super duper tiny! I'd say it reaches from my ankle to my upper thigh. I'm 5"1 so it's not exactly a whole lot of leg we are talking about here (exact measurements: 11" x 15" x 23-1/4" H).

I feel guilty but I ended up also purchasing some of the dividers that are sold separately from the unit. Each divider has different slots for storing small items into. They have various styles of these dividers to customize your cabinet. They are rather nice and make organization key but I'd much rather they include these with the purchase of the cabinet.

Anyway! Without further delay here's some pictures of everything stored away nice and neat.

I'd honestly love to indulge in another cabinet to organize the rest of my monster stash but I think it's a bit too much of an indulgence. Now I did avoid the Helmer from Ikea since it comes with the drama of putting it together plus I don't think it's nearly as sturdy as the Bisley. But maybe I'll just get the Helmer for my second round of storage as the Bisley was rather expensive.

How do you store your stash?



Blogger Phyrra said...

Currently, I have a tackle box (like for fishing) to store the majority of it. I also have 2 little 3 drawer storage things from Target on my vanity that I have stuff in. I have a binder for my mineral makeup samples. I think I have some train cases for other stuff, and then I have the snap-it organizers for my nail polish. I think my nail polish comes up to about my mid-thigh. I also have a few little divider things on my lower vanity shelf that I keep my eyeliner pencils, TheBalm Stainiac, Tarte Cheek Stain, and TFSI in.

April 8, 2009 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger Rhondalei G. said...

Oh Musey! Its just beautiful! I love it!

April 8, 2009 at 2:37 PM  
Blogger Chica said...

Woah, musey I love how organised you are!
I try to be but i'm just not programmed that way!
I have a little dresisng table with a big mirror on top and 4 drawers, my brushes are in containers and i leave my foundation on top. The drawers -
1)eye shadow - needs a whole draw because i have a bloody tonne!
2)lipsticks/glosses/lip palettes
3)blusher and eyeliner
4)misc - eyelash curlers, make up remover, face masks e.t.c

April 8, 2009 at 2:43 PM  
Anonymous Andrea said...

::wiping the drool from my chin::

Holy cow! Now, if that isn't moving and beautiful, I don't know what is. LOL - love the organization skills!

April 8, 2009 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey dd!

I use to stash everything in caboodle cases kinda the same as a tackle box :-D
take some pics of your stash to show us hehe! Sounds great!

April 8, 2009 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi Rhondalei !

Thanks hehe!

April 8, 2009 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi chica!

Thanks! You should send some pics of your stash for us to see :-D

April 8, 2009 at 4:02 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

lol andrea :-D


April 8, 2009 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Kirsty said...

The green eyed monster is rearing it's ugly head!

My collection isn't anywhere near as big as yours, so I can fit all of mine into a couple of acrylic drawers from Muji. They're great because they're stackable, so when I run out of room I just plonk another on the top :D

April 8, 2009 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey kirsty!

I'm the green eyed jealous monster as we don't have muji in the states GRRR! I heart Muji :-D!!!!!!!!

Omg I just noticed you're in Nottingham. So is my xboyfriend :-D

April 8, 2009 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

zomg muji is in soho!?

*gasps and runs in circles*

April 8, 2009 at 4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG the otray organizers are th best I wm waaayyyy jealous!

April 8, 2009 at 4:30 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey anonymous

aren't those nifty?!


I just wish they'd have come with the cabinet :P hate paying xtra!

April 8, 2009 at 4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so on type of the hefty price, did you have to buy all of the inserts? If so, that's one expensive make-up storage. I'm not sure hubby would be okay with that. :-)

I do need SOMEthing, though. Currently, I have make-up in several places. I have one of those metal make-up boxes as well as wicker baskets in my bathroom holding my make-up.

April 8, 2009 at 6:02 PM  
Anonymous Ann said...

Hey there, I am a new reader of your blog~
I'll have to say you have the most amazing Japanese makeup collection!

April 8, 2009 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Beauty Bitch said...

Girl you are just ASKING me to come around and rob you for your stash. Those pictures combine the two greatest loves of my life: make-up and organisation.

My own stash is currently split across the world but what I have with me is organised into cute card boxes from Daiso, with homemade cardboard organisers and dividers inside adapted from EnkoreMakeup's (from YouTube) tutorials.

I'd be all over those Bisley organisers. Back in the UK, I kept my stash in clear acrylic Muji drawers which double up as show cases!

April 8, 2009 at 10:52 PM  
Blogger Kirsty said...

Haha, I love coincidences like that, it would be really funny if I knew him (though I probably don't).

Aww, you're so cute! Gonna take a trip to Soho to go to muji now? :D

April 9, 2009 at 12:53 AM  
Blogger Syn@3sTh3sI@ said...

i need a bigger storage too but not a cabinet... Hahaha... I love how organised you are, I'm just using an Ikea small vanity drawers for my makeups...

April 9, 2009 at 1:39 AM  
Blogger Elle, Okay? said...

That's one amazing cabinet!

My stash is divided up among a few different methods of storage:

-MMU/Loose Powders/Loose Blushes are in 2 little 3-drawer containers on my bathroom counter

-Lippies are divided up between 2 larger 3-drawer containers and are stored in a cabinet

-E/S, Pigments, Cream/Gel Liners and Face Palettes are in my large faux leather Caboodles Train Case (the biggest one they sell) that's now kinda broken :*(

-Blushes, Bronzers, and Highlighters are stored in a medium sized metal Caboodles Train Case... It's completely jam-packed!

-BE Shadows/Liners (don't have too many) are in the box that came with the Bare Crystals Collection (2-drawer box)

-Liquid Foundations, Concealers, Primers and Liquid Luminizers are stored in a cute little box underneath my bathroom counter

-Mascaras, Liners, and Shadesticks are stored in Dancing Tealight Holders from BBW on my bathroom counter

-Brushes are also stored in Dancing Tealight Holders from BBW on top of the 2 3-drawer containers that hold my minerals, Bukis sit in front of the glass holders

-Everyday MU (products currently testing and staples, like UDPP and Silica Powder) and my MAC 15-pans sit in a little basket on top of my bathroom counter, so I don't have to dig for them :)

My MU is really disorganized in all reality, especially if I want non-staple MU and have to go digging through my traincases (no counter space to put the traincases on!). I'd want a MU cabinet, but there isn't enough room in my bathroom or bedroom!

April 9, 2009 at 1:56 AM  
Blogger jackieg02 said...

jealous! Can I has your for my BFF just to look through all your makeups? :)

Really though, I'd love one of those organizers!

April 9, 2009 at 3:51 AM  
Anonymous Andreea said...

Hi Muse.
This is fabulous! This is a must!
I love how you got everything nice and neat inside..everything's in order there. :)

April 9, 2009 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi livemusicjunkie!

Yes hun :-D I said as such in the post I did. Didn't you see it? I was bitching a blue streak about having to pay for the dividers..blah!

It was a bit of an over indulgence on my part and I actually wish I can get get another one for more of my stash but it's way too much $$$ Ikea has a helmer one for $39.99 so if the hubby is suavy with a screwdriver get that one and he can put it together for you :-D

April 9, 2009 at 2:07 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi ann!

Welcome welcome welcome :-D

Thanks hun! Glad you are enjoying my japanese goodies hehe!

Hope we talk again soon!

April 9, 2009 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi bora!

LOL come right over :-D I'll share!

I used to stash alot of my collection in little kawaii boxes but I felt like I wasn't rotating it enough b/c I couldn't remember what was in what box :-D hehe!

Muji makes some incredibly cute organizer items :-D w00t!

April 9, 2009 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey kirsty!

LOL! me too! It's kinda fun and funky. I doubt you do but it's strange thinking you might pass him in town one day and not even know it :-D He'd be the tall, lanky one lol!

LOL yes!!!!! I had NO idea muji was in soho!? shows you how much I pay attention :D

April 9, 2009 at 2:11 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi syn!

Ikea has some awesome organizers :D!

Well the cabinet is very small hehe. and slim!

April 9, 2009 at 2:13 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey elle!

thanks :-D

Sounds organized to me!? what are you talking about disorganized! Sounds awesome hehe!

How about one of those roll draw sets for a closet? I use that for items I don't use often :D and roll it right into my closet to store!

April 9, 2009 at 2:14 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi jackie!

LOL but of course dear :-D

Ikea has a helmer one which is just as nice bit larger but you have to put the bloody thing together but it's 40 bucks :-D maybe indulge in that to save $$!

April 9, 2009 at 2:17 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi andreea!

thanks hun!!!!!! :-D hehe I wish I could indulge in another but damn it's too expensive :(

April 9, 2009 at 2:18 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Beautiful! I am jealous of both the storage and the stash!

But I have a question:

Have you EVER used anything up? And had to repurchase?

April 9, 2009 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hi margaret

thanks so much.

yes :D staple products I have hit pan on or glosses, foundation, concealer, etc...I've had to repurchase :-D some products I use daily like nars orgasm which I've already purchased three of...etc...

April 9, 2009 at 3:58 PM  
Blogger Sher said...

that drawer is soooo cute!!! The photos makes it seem much taller! We don't have container stores here in Canada, so I got my drawer from an office supply store lol

April 9, 2009 at 11:29 PM  
Anonymous petitez said...

Wow babe! All that in just one cabinet? U're really organized! My makeup stash is pretty small so I just store them in the transparent Muji boxes.

April 12, 2009 at 4:00 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

Ah-mazing! I need this storage!

April 12, 2009 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

her sher!

I know it does but it's very tiny lol! :-D

how much did you pay if you don't mind me asking was it cheaper than the US?

April 17, 2009 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

hey pets!

yup! LOL! :-D

Muji boxes are just as cool though :-D

April 17, 2009 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger the Muse said...

thanks nicole :-D

it's really a great place to stash makeup!

April 17, 2009 at 12:31 PM  

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