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Alex Drawers Ikea Review

When I started working at a beauty company, I knew I was going to acccumlate a ridiculous amount of make-up. My beauty obsession already warranted a ton of make-up that I didn't need. My mom was getting tired of me getting packages delivered to the house filled with make-up I didn't need.

The storage situation was getting out of hand. I had no place to put everything in my shared bedroom with my 19-year-old sister. It was starting to stress me out.

I knew when I got my first paycheck from my new job, I was going to splurge on the Alex Drawers from Ikea. These are the famous drawers that every Youtube beauty guru has to hold their *ridiculous* make-up collections.

My mom was trying to sway me from getting these drawers because they were expensive and I'd have to put them together but I was adamant about getting these particular drawers. I knew what they looked liked, I knew that they were perfect for make-up, and I like to stick to what I know.

The drawers cost $80 but with shipping it came out to around $111. I knew that when I received them I'd have to put them together but my goodness, it was a task.

It took me two days and two big mistakes to put these bad boys together. I used little to no help from my mom and I was so proud of myself for completing it! I lost my cool a few times but I mean, who wouldn't? I'm a very impatient, easily frustrated person, and I am not handy, whatsoever. These types of things never work out well for me, I'm lucky if I can tie a knot in a bathing suit top... seriously, I'm incapable of a lot of things so being able to put a drawer unit together was incredibly satisfying.

It did however, take a few mistakes to get it right. I couldn't get the drawers into the right slots and I actually had to force the top drawer in, and now it doesn't open all the way but too bad. I also slide in one of the drawers the wrong way so the white side isn't facing up. The rest of the drawers worked out well though.

I didn't really think about how I would organize all my make-up and was going to leave the task for another day but after I put the drawers together, I kind of just wanted to be done with it.


These are the inside of my drawers, an organized mess. I was originally storing my make-up in old Birchboxes (still am storing some stuff in them) until I got some acrylic organizers from TJ Maxx.

1st drawer: Nail Polish


















2nd drawer: Makeup



3rd drawer: Skincare & foil packets




















4th drawer: Eyeshadow & lipsticks



















5th drawer: Birchboxes & make-up bags



















Side note: I know I have A LOT of make-up, not more than my favorite Youtube bloggers but too much for a normal person.

I really do think these are great drawers. They are small enough to fit in tight spaces but big enough in width & depth to fit everything you need. They are pretty perfect for make-up or even clothes. I would LOVE to get more of these or more in the Alex series from Ikea  once I move out and get my own apartment like a real adult. I will though, hire someone to put everything together for me LOL.

Have you used these drawers? What do you use for your make-up collection?