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When The Beauty Spotlight Team launched the beauty products storage series, where we each feature our storage and organization solutions for our considerable stashes, I knew that I had some work to do. As my collection grew, I found that things were getting stored just about everywhere– therefore, I made an effort to organize and store the majority of what I use in our master bathroom. Just so that the irony is not lost on you, that is Lola shown trying to break into the master bathroom! What an injustice, to the one after whom this blog was named, to be excluded from the Lola's Secret Beauty Blog sanctuary!
One of the great challenges of living in a house built in the 1920s– especially when you want to preserve the integrity of its architecture– is that we live very differently today than they did nearly a century ago. The pragmatic storage systems that we rely upon in our era, simply didn't exist then, and therefore in order to make built-in storage accommodate today's living one often has to do some careful retrofitting. Furthermore, master bathrooms– which tend to be grand in scale today– were comparatively quite diminutive then. When we first bought our house and began the process of remodeling it, one of our main concerns was to preserve the architectural integrity of the home, and when it came to our master bathroom we sought to restore it, rather than to create something historically out-of-sync with the spirit of the historically preserved houses in Los Angeles from this era.
Diminutive scale, coupled with inefficient built-in storage, created numerous challenges for me– particularly since our master bath has been co-opted by Lola's Secret Beauty Blog. In the spirit of full disclosure, what you see in this post is a fraction of the products that I actually have, and I have a fully stocked "Beauty-Editors Closet" (that mythical creature that you hear about) filled with products awaiting review, and my home office, and bedroom are also filled to the brim with products awaiting review. I also did not include all of my makeup storage because I wanted to primarily focus on skincare storage for this article.
The remainder of the shelves were organized by like-types of beauty oils with like-types of beauty oils. Face oils are grouped together, and body, hair and multipurpose oils are likewise stored together. Where I departed from this system was when I had multiple oils from the same brand, or numerous products from the same line. While the étagère on the left is largely devoted to beauty oils, the étagère on the right is grouped by brand, and it includes their respective beauty oils (if they make them). The lines that I sought to store here are unquestionably my favorite luxury lines. In some cases I have their entire line, but in others at least three of their products.
36" Carrara Marble Shelf with Iron Brackets in order to maximize utility, symmetry, and ultimately to adhere to the principle of form following function.
White Marble Shelf with Iron Brackets 36"W x 5.5"D x 0.75"H (Regularly $178.00 on sale for $89.94 from Crate & Barrel)
($16.95 for the Small Glass Canister and $19.95 for the Medium Glass Canister from Crate & Barrel).
Since the medicine cabinet is centered above the sink, I decided to store things that would logically be used at the sink. Notwithstanding the top shelf filled with hair masks, this cabinet is devoted to storing things like facial cleansers, exfoliators, masks, micellar waters, toners and makeup removers. They are easy to see and reach, and therefore are more apt to get used.
Shown: Wamsutta Baratta Stitch Shower Curtain in White/Charcoal ($39.99-$79.99 depending on the size from Bed, Bath & Beyond).
N.B. The 5 drawers beneath the cabinet doors hold a multitude of sins that have descended into pure unmitigated chaos. These drawers house some of my makeup, makeup brushes, and skincare samples. They may be the subject of another feature in the future, but this post was primarily intended to show how I currently store my skincare, body care and haircare products.Bamboo Roll-Out Cabinet Drawers that bottom mounted. These were quite easy to install, and they roll out of the cabinet far enough that I can easily reach everything at the very back of the cabinet without any difficulty.
I organized the three bamboo drawers according to product type. The bottom drawer is filled with skincare products (primarily cleaning and anti-aging devices, serums, creams and lotions and eye creams).
The second drawer houses haircare products of all sorts from shampoos and conditioners, to styling products, but I also keep hairbrushes on this shelf as well. Additional, I decided to keep my favorite deodorants here as well because they are at eye level and very easy to see.
The top drawer essentially serves as a catch-all for body products that range from lotions and creams, to bath and shower gels, to exfoliators. I decided to place these on the top shelf, which requires a stepping stool to access, because I have many of these types of products in, or near, my shower.
(20" Bamboo Roll-Out Cabinet Drawers $69.00 each from The Container Store).
Bottom drawer rolled out.
There was also a great opportunity for added storage above the toilet, and between the shower and door to the bedroom. It was here that I had just enough space for two 24" Carrara Marble Shelves that could house select perfumes, shower gels and body lotions.
Carrara Marble is the perfect accompaniment to the white subway tiles and vintage fixtures that I love seeing in Los Angeles architecture from this era, and I was utterly delighted to find these. I also made a decision to keep the palette white and charcoal in order to ground the pale green walls.
Below the two 24" shelves there was another great opportunity for added storage on the top of the toilet tank, and this French Marble 2-Tier Server was the perfect choice to store my most-used foundations, blushes and eyeshadows. Furthermore, there was enough storage space underneath the bottom shelf to store a couple of wash cloths and hand towels– which is always a bonus in a small space.
TIP: If you are seeking great storage solutions, be sure to expand your search beyond the most obvious choices. For instance, this 2 tier server was intended for kitchen use, but it provided a perfect storage solution to maximize the vertical space above the toilet. Repurposing products intended for other uses is among the most resourceful ways to exponentially increase your chances of finding the perfect storage solutions.
5-Bin Storage Tower 15"W x 10 3/8" Dx 28 1/2"H (Were $199.00 Now On Sale for $139.00 Available in White, Red or Anthracite).
Large 5-Bin Storage Tower 20 1/2"W x 14 5/8" x 281/2"H ($289.00 Available in White, Red or Anthracite).
Pedestal Sink by St. Thomas Creations (Base and Basin $569.99 from Wayfair, Walmart and Unbeatable Sale).
Muji 5 Drawer Acrylic Case on top since it the perfect size, and it keeps those often used lip products within reach.
(Muji 5 Drawer Acrylic Case $38.00 and up from Muji and Amazon).
After having made all of these modifications to my bathroom, I find that this has become my favorite room in which to spend time. I can play with my skincare and makeup products, and can find everything that I am looking for without incident. I feel calm and happy each time that I walk into this room, and now that things are no longer disorganized and cluttered it really embodies the type of sanctuary that I wanted. It should also be noted that while I have an extra bedroom that I could have transformed into a beauty blogger mecca to store all of my products, it just made a whole lot more sense to me to utilize my master bathroom since it is more amenable to product testing because of the sink and bathtub/shower.
How do you store your products? What are your favorite tricks to organizing what you have? Did any of my storage solutions prompt you to rethink some of your storage? What storage tips can you share with us?
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