I think my first “real” makeup item I bought sometime in the late 90s was MAC’s Electric Eel. I remember walking home (hey, I was car-less at the time) and placing it lovingly amongst my Wet n’ Wild waxy-pasty-horrible lipsticks and my Wet n’ Wild I-Will-Scratch-Your-Eye-Off eyeliners in my pink & teal colorblocked Caboodles case.
Shit just went downhill from there.
Once I found solace in the MAC Cosmetics & Eyeshadowsluts groups on Live Journal and talked about my (makeup) feelings, my makeup collection started growing in leaps and bounds. My poor Caboodles was bursting at the seams. I needed to find another way to contain it all! Enter the World’s Ugliest Fishing Tackle Box.
I mean, I guess it was good that it looked unassuming so no makeup thief would steal it, but it pained me knowing that under those thick, ugly layers of plastic laid my gorgeous collection that I loved more than my cat. (Ok, that’s so not true – my cat is awesome, and I love her more than my lipstick.) Still, it organized things in neat little compartments, and was bigger than my Caboodles. In short: It did the job. (Not THAT kind of job, pervert. That job is reserved for other boxes. *ZING!*)
From there, things started to get out of hand. I came home one day to find that Timm (The Husband™) had bought me the HELMER Drawer Unit from IKEA. It was red n’ shiny, and had SIX DRAWERS! I would organize my makeup into neat lil areas and it would be wonderful and bunnies would shoot out of the drawers and damn laser beams would pirouette out of the top! And they did for a good 3-4 years. And it was good. Eventually, my lil HELMER wasn’t looking so “pirouette”-y.
I had spray-painted HELMER white when we moved into our house. He looked awesome…for about two weeks. Slowly, the gritty-ish front of the drawers because hand-printed with my “I just put foundation on with my fingers, and now I’M GOING TO TOUCH EVERYTHING” hands. Plus, I never said that my collection stayed stagnant – it just kept on going. I had to shuffle away piles of things to make room for NEW things. The nice, neat drawers were in shambles. It was time to lovingly pet HELMER on the head, and put him to sleep while singing lullabys to him.
Ladies and gents, meet my new boyfriend – ALEX.
9 DRAWERS AND 4.5 FEET OF FURY!! I actually have room to spare in each drawer! Naturally, since it was from IKEA, I spent a few hours putting him together with 70,000 wooden pegs, some spit, and a prayer, but he’s glorious. Each drawer has plenty of room to organize – now I’m just looking for inserts to hold everything. So far, I think we’re in love. In fact, I’m pregnant.
WITH GLEE.What kind of makeup storage do you have? Do you guys have any organizational suggestions? What is your name? What is your quest? What…is your favorite color?