My makeup storage: Featuring the Ikea Malm dresser

Hi lovelies, I’m back! If you follow me on Twitter, you will know that my makeup collection has been a little overwhelming recently. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t as big as some other bloggers collections, but probably more than the average person. What can I say? I love makeup. I used to use clear acrylic drawers for makeup storage, but I got bored of the towering beasts cluttering up my desk. Recently, I have had my room decorated, and so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to buy a new dresser and sort everything out once and for all. Continue reading to find out how I am currently storing my makeup.

The dresser

One thing that was annoying me about my old set up was that my desk was really narrow. It meant everything was stacked on top of each other and, not only did it not look good, it wasn’t practical either. So I went to Ikea. The trusty land of all furniture. I was immediately drawn to the Ikea Malm dressing table. It comes in three colours, and so to match my other Ikea furniture I purchased it in ‘White stained oak veneer’. One thing I loved about this dresser is that it comes with one singular drawer that spans the entire length… perfect for makeup! It is 120 cm long and so has enough space to not feel cramped. For your money, you also get a glass top included. If you’re anything like me and spill foundation all the time… you need this girl. Overall it cost £95 for the colour I chose, but I know for a fact that the white version is cheaper (annoying I know).

The drawer

I knew straight away that I didn’t want my makeup to just be thrown in randomly. My inner Monica Geller shone through, and I purchased the Billigen drawer inserts to keep everything organised. These are £1. Such a cheap and cheerful way to sort your makeup storage needs. The inserts include a larger and smaller section. I loved this as naturally, some makeup products take up more space than others and so it is nice to have some variety. The drawer can fit 6-7 inserts comfortably, but I decided to use 5 all together. I use one section per product type as shown in the pictures. This means I know exactly where all my concealers, bronzers and brow products live. I left some space at the end of the drawer to fit in some of my drugstore palettes and miscellaneous products and it also gives me the room to add more inserts if I ever need to in the future. The inserts are plastic and so can easily be wiped in case of any spillages. I have never been a fan of the fabric drawer inserts for this reason (I’m messy okay).

On the top

As I said previously, I recently had my room decorated and so my new colour scheme is grey and rose gold. As you can see from the picture, the top of the dresser is all based around rose-gold accessories. On the left there is a rose gold ‘lamp’ from Primark. I use the word lamp lightly as the bulb is not a real, but instead contains fairy lights. It’s so cute, and it doesn’t take up too much space. I then have two makeup brush pots in the centre, one for face brushes and one for eye brushes. Like most bloggers these days, I use the Ikea white plant pot to store my face brushes. I got the smaller one as I didn’t want it to be too bulky (and it will hopefully limit the number of brushes I purchase). The eyebrush holder is from Amazon, I love it! It is actually a pen pot, but I  think it is great for brush storage. I kept the two holders white but with different styles, as I didn’t want everything to be too similar.  The mirror is from No7 and it lights up! It has a standard mirror and a magnification mirror on the opposite side. Again rose-gold…oops. Finally, on the right is where I keep my more high-end eyeshadow palettes. I bought this rose gold basket from Primark, and it is so useful. I originally had my hair products in there, but it has been upgraded to palette storage.

So that is my makeup storage. A simple dresser top, with an organised (but still slightly chaotic) drawer. If you want a more detailed look at my makeup collection, let me know in the comments. I am thinking of doing a series on here. How do you store your makeup? I am always looking for tips!

Thanks for reading,

Chloe x

*PS the grey and rose gold stool is from The Range … it matches perfectly with my colour scheme.



  1. April 21, 2018 / 1:47 pm

    I am sooooooooo much in love with your New Set up ! You’re so much organized and don’t call yourself messy at all ! Love that Rosegold mirror 😍 please do a series and I totally want to see your makeup from up close 🙈🌹

    • BeingChloe173
      April 21, 2018 / 3:58 pm

      Aww thankyou lovely! I will definitely look into doing a series of makeup collection posts 🙂 x

  2. April 21, 2018 / 5:02 pm

    Very organised. Love 😍

    • BeingChloe173
      April 22, 2018 / 1:47 pm

      Thanks lovely! x

  3. April 21, 2018 / 6:38 pm

    I seriously love this so much, so aesthetically pleasing!

    • BeingChloe173
      April 22, 2018 / 1:47 pm

      Thanks lovely, it is so satisfying to look at and do my makeup now 🙂 x

  4. April 22, 2018 / 10:58 am

    Love it! Well done on the decorating 🙂

    • BeingChloe173
      April 22, 2018 / 1:47 pm

      Thankyou so much 🙂 x

  5. Kayla
    April 22, 2018 / 3:32 pm

    I love this! You definitely used that drawer space to it’s potential and the accent pieces on top are adorable. Thanks for sharing!

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:25 pm

      I’m glad you liked it lovely x

  6. April 22, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    This setup is a neat freaks dream! Love what you did!

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:26 pm

      Haha right? Love my makeup collection now, whereas before it was overwhelming x

  7. April 22, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    Ok this a dream. The drawers. The decor. Not that I have a lot of make-up but the Monica in me too loves it!!

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:27 pm

      Haha I have banned myself from buying more makeup for a while! Glad you like it x

  8. April 22, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    I love how you organized everything! And everything does look better in rose gold, doesn’t it? 😉

    cabin twenty-four

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:03 pm

      I totally agree, I love rose gold!

  9. April 22, 2018 / 10:07 pm

    The dresser is so pretty and your organisation skills make me feel incredibly happy!

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      I’m glad you liked it lovely! x

  10. Tabitha
    April 23, 2018 / 1:41 am

    Soooo prettttyyyy!!! I love your lamp! I also like how you organized your pallets on top ,very smart! The stool is adorable as well. I wish I had space, but I can only use a plastic two drawer case and my makeup bags.

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:05 pm

      Thankyou! I like having some makeup on display but not too much! The stool is my baby I love it so much 🙂 x

  11. April 23, 2018 / 4:07 am

    Your makeup storage is so cute and so organized — I’d like to get something like this in my place but my apartment is so, so tiny!

    Thanks for sharing! x


    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:05 pm

      I agree, I had a smmall desk before this one with acrylic drawer storage on top, so maybe you could do that? x

  12. April 23, 2018 / 4:29 am

    Wow, amazing blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is great,
    as well as the content!

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:06 pm

      I’ve been blogging since January 🙂 Thankyou so much that means a lot! x

  13. April 23, 2018 / 4:54 am

    Good job setting up your makeup area. I’ll probably have to get creative and do a little corner like this

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:07 pm

      Thankyou so much! It feels so much better doing my makeup when I know where everything is x

  14. April 23, 2018 / 8:51 am

    I totally love the dresser and how you organized everything! Looks amazing girl!

    Love, Agustina (

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:07 pm

      Aww thankyou so much lovely! x

  15. April 23, 2018 / 5:32 pm

    This is the cutest desk and setup. I love that light! Way to get organizers too, that would be me for sure!

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:08 pm

      They’re definitely needed otherwise I’d have makeup everywhere haha, plus they’re only £1 so they’re a bargain!

  16. April 23, 2018 / 7:00 pm

    I totally love this idea! I wish I had the space for it!

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:08 pm

      Thankyou, you could maybe try to find a smaller version? x

  17. April 24, 2018 / 12:46 am

    ah man! I wish I had room for this in my apt! everything is so well organized and I bet it makes it so much nicer to get ready. great job!

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:09 pm

      It really does, before it was so overwhelming but now I know exactly where everything is and I can use products I haven’t used in a while! x

  18. April 24, 2018 / 1:47 am

    Love the setup! It’s inspired me to finally organize my brushes and do a brush cup as well.

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:09 pm

      yay, I am so glad it gave you inspo! x

  19. April 24, 2018 / 6:36 pm

    All that organization just makes me happy!

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:10 pm

      me too!

  20. April 24, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    I need your organizational skills! This is absolutely perfect! No matter what I do, my beauty products never stay organized and end up being thrown in a drawer 😩

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:10 pm

      Haha that’s what I did with my old storage, I’m hoping I will stick with this style! x

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:22 pm

      Thankyou so much I am glad you like it!x

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:22 pm

      Thankyou, I will definitely look! x

  21. April 25, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    I love this! This is so cute and such a great way to store all your makeup! You are defiantly my favorite beauty blogger and have a great collection of makeup (:

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:23 pm

      Aww that means so much, thankyou lovely! X

  22. April 26, 2018 / 1:02 am

    That makes me smile! Love it!

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:23 pm

      I’m glad you like it! x

  23. April 26, 2018 / 7:01 am

    This is right up my alley! I’m into rose gold theming atm! I’ve been wanting to get that ikea malm dresser for sooo long. It’s so simple but perfect for this! Thanks for the insp girl!

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:24 pm

      That’s why I love it, so simple but does the job! You’re welcome lovely x

  24. April 26, 2018 / 9:51 am

    Beautiful blogpost and nice tips! Thanks a lot for sharing. xo

    • BeingChloe173
      April 26, 2018 / 6:25 pm

      Thankyou for reading x

  25. April 27, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    This set up is beautiful! I love all the storage space!

    • BeingChloe173
      May 6, 2018 / 7:17 pm

      Glad you like it lovely! x

  26. April 27, 2018 / 1:31 pm

    It’s so hard to keep your makeup organized when you have a small space! I love how you organized everything! Love the Friends reference by the way!

    • BeingChloe173
      May 6, 2018 / 7:17 pm

      Haha who doesn’t love a friends reference now and again (or always)! I agree its hard in a small space, I struggle at uni definitely x

  27. April 29, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    I love your setup so so much, it’s so organised and tidy! And everything matches to well too. I really like the photos you’ve taken for this post, and I swear rose gold is to die for haha xx

    • BeingChloe173
      May 6, 2018 / 7:18 pm

      Thankyou lovely, I am so glad you liked it! Rose gold is definitely my favourite thing right now x

  28. April 29, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    Your makeup area and storage is gorgeous. Especially love the stool and copper/rose gold accessories!

    Fran | www.

    • BeingChloe173
      May 6, 2018 / 7:20 pm

      The stool is definitely my baby ahha, it might be my favourite purchase x

  29. April 29, 2018 / 8:02 pm

    Your collection is a lot more organised then mine, also love the set up.

    • BeingChloe173
      May 6, 2018 / 7:25 pm

      Haha its very recent, I used to have everything everywhere! x

  30. April 30, 2018 / 7:11 pm

    Definitely stealing some great inspiration from this post for how to organize my massive makeup collection! I loved it; thank you for sharing 🙂

    • BeingChloe173
      May 6, 2018 / 7:26 pm

      Ooh I am glad you got inspo! You’re welcome lovely! x

  31. April 30, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    That is a beautiful set up, so neat and well planned. My makeup collection is in a right state.

    • BeingChloe173
      May 6, 2018 / 7:27 pm

      Haha mine used to be like that! It feels better now its organised x

  32. Ashley Roberts
    April 30, 2018 / 8:47 pm

    I love the desk and how you have it set up with the baskets in the drawer! And the Primark lamp is so neat!

    • BeingChloe173
      May 6, 2018 / 7:28 pm

      Primark have some great stuff right now 🙂 x

  33. May 1, 2018 / 1:02 am

    I love your new setup! Ikea has such great tables/desks that are perfect for a makeup station. I’m going to be redoing my corner with something from Ikea too, I can’t wait to go shopping!

    • BeingChloe173
      May 6, 2018 / 7:30 pm

      Ikea are literally the best for furniture! xx

  34. May 2, 2018 / 5:17 am

    Loving the dresser! Thanks for sharing your review about this product ♥️ ♥️ By any chance you are interested on doing collaborations, you can check out the collaborations portal of and connect with amazing brands!


    • BeingChloe173
      May 6, 2018 / 7:32 pm

      Thankyou for reading, I’m glad you liked it 🙂 x

  35. May 3, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    So tidy! Love the little drawer inserts.. might need to get some of them! Great blog post 🙂

    • BeingChloe173
      May 6, 2018 / 7:33 pm

      They’re so handy and so cheap! Absolute bargains 🙂 x

  36. May 4, 2018 / 12:41 pm

    Stunning photography in this post!! Absolutely love the organisation, I need to do something like this in my room x

    • BeingChloe173
      May 6, 2018 / 7:35 pm

      Thankyou so much! x

  37. May 13, 2018 / 5:44 pm

    I am obsessed and it looks beautiful! That chair is absolutely stunning!

    • BeingChloe173
      May 13, 2018 / 6:39 pm

      I’m so happy that you like my chair, it’s one of my favourite purchases ever 😍

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