Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Ikea Helmer for Make Up and Nail Polish Storage

I was in Ikea a few weeks ago on one of my 'just having a look' visits (that usually see me dropping at least €100 on stuff I don't need) and saw the Helmer unit on sale for €20. Needless to say, it came home with me. These six drawer units are much beloved of beauty bloggers for cosmetics, and especially nail polish, storage. They're cheap, compact and hold a LOAD of stuff. I'm using it to store the make up that I'm not using on a daily basis, and all of my nail polish, plus other random beauty bits and bobs. 

I also picked up three of the Antonius plastic inserts (€2 each!) which fit the drawers perfectly. They divide the drawer up into five compartments of varying sizes. It means you get less in the drawer but makes everything a lot more organised and tidy. Little tip: the Antonius inserts are in the warehouse section at the end where you pick up your flat pack furniture - not in the market place section where I spent an absolute age looking for them.

Almost all of my nail polish fits in one drawer which makes me think it's ok/necessary to buy more :-) 

To give it some context, this is how much space the Helmer takes up. It comes with castors which I didn't bother putting on (if I'm honest, mainly because I couldn't screw the fecking things in but the rest of it was really easy to put together). I'm really happy with it and will probably get another to stack on top of this one for skin and hair care stuff. They're back up to their regular price of €30 which is still pretty good I think. 

How do you store your make up? If you've blogged about it, link me up! 

For more Ikea make up storage ideas, see this post.

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  1. I need this! I've been going back and forth over whether I wanted it or not and thought it would look really officey but it's not and it's so cute! I've too many polishes all over the place so this would be only perfectamundo for them all, nice one Sile :)

  2. :O i didnt realise it was so cheap i have been thinking bout getting the plastic drawers from heatons that are 18 euro but this looks so much better and nicer!! i have not been in ikea yet im in limerick but i really need to take a trip there!!

  3. Genius Síle! It's a perfect addition, having serious storage envy here. I'm going to have to buy one or four of these toute suite!

  4. This looks excellent. Totally need this . My nail polish collection is all over the place.

  5. I love my Helmer! Most of my makeup is in bags and a 5 drawer sterilite, but if I can control my stash:) hopefully I can fit it all in a Helmer one day!

  6. Been eyeing this up for an absolute AGE, even looked up alternative ones online (stupid IKEA ages away) but am in Dublin this week and might finally give one of these a home. Thanks for the picture showing the size of it, I've always thought it was massive & I'd have nowhere to put it!

  7. I have one of these along with an Ikea dressing table. Actually I did juts blog about my storage :)

  8. NEED! Also do I spy you using a Soap And Glory collapsible box thingy as a drawer in your Expedit shelving unit? I did the very same thing with mine!

    1. Yes! It fits perfectly, like it was made for it :)


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