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brush storage.

Storage is my first love.  I'm not the most organized person in the world (ask anyone who's ever set foot into my apartment-turned-closet), but I am supremely nosey and I love love love storage/collection posts.  The combination of those two has lead to several hours of #makeupcollection browsing on every blog/youtube channel/instagram/pinterest board I've been able to find.  In fact, the first thing I do when I come across a cool-looking blog is search 'storage'.  I'm obsessed.

I've gone through a few incarnations of brush storage, from having them all over my dressing area (if that counts as storage), to having them in a drawer, to the candle holder brush storage, and now this.


I heart these like nothing else.  They satisfy my first requirement of brush storage, which is to keep them dust-free.  I also wanted it to be clear, so I could see my brushes and remember to use them.  After looking through several clear cereal containers, I decided that they also had to be an appropriate width that my giant man hands could fit into them.  Finally, I came upon the clear jar on the left during a Saturday wander at Winners.  I think I said something ridiculous at the time about not letting my brush collection exceed that one jar.  Ahem.  

My brushes were getting really crowded, and I started noticing that certain hairs were getting bent from consistent contact with neighbouring brushes.  I couldn't find another apothecary jar like the first one, so I took to the internet.  The jar on the left is a candy jar from Target, this is the 2-gallon version.  .  I do wish this container were an inch or so taller so you could actually see the brush heads, but that`s more of a visual gripe that I have.  

Also, the jars are filled with rice.  Not because I`m Asian, but because I was too lazy to get any of those pretty marbles and this was the only thing I had in my house that worked.  Fine, maybe a little because I`m Asian.

My brush collection will not exceed these jars. 

Leave your (or your favourite) storage or collection posts in the comments!

30 comments :

  1. Such a great idea! I have mine crowded in vases and candle jars, but I have a problem with cat hair and dust getting on them. I'll be searching Goodwill and thrift shops for some cute glasses with lids now. Thanks for the idea!

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  2. I LOVE those jars for your brushes. I need a better way to keep my brushes dust free and yours look well protected.

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    1. I do think it keeps my brushes from getting less gunky. Everyone once in a while I'd bring out an unused brush and you just feel the dust clogging up the hairs.

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  3. I've been looking for jars like these for a while now... for now, my brushes are stored in my drawers... I'm gonna have to start stalking Winners ^_^

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    1. Or Target, when it opens! When is that, anyway?

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  4. oooo i love this idea! i don't think i've seen anything like it! My brushes are in a drawer except for a few eye ones, but yes i really want them to be covered! eek. anyways, the part about the rice makes me laugh lol

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    1. It really took me a long time to think of. And people always comment on the rice when they see it!

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  5. Ugh, I hate getting dust on my brushes. But I usually clean them fast enough that that doesn't happen. Usually. Love your idea though! And the rice looks better than those fancy beads anyway!

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    1. Me too, I hate dusty brushes -- it completely compromises their usefulness. I'm really, really lazy about cleaning my brushes! And thanks, I was thinking of switching to coffee beans, but I don't know that they'll hold the brushes up as well.

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  6. Oh sweetie really cute DIY is so have your brushes.

    http://www.sakuranko.com/

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  7. Upon seeing this, I already assume that you're an Asian.
    So I'm righty right!
    Clever idea but I really love it!!
    Will definitely do this to my Real Techniques Brushes!:))
    Thank you for this.♡,
    Riza of Pour L' Instant

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    1. You're so welcome! The Real Techniques brushes are AMAZING! I have a post on those tomorrow ;-) do you like any other brush brands?

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  8. Oh what a good idea! I love the way you organize your brushes, it always make me smile to see a well organized make up items :)

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  9. You are freaking hilarious, my dear! I've been mulling over storage ideas for awhile. Excellent timing ;)

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    1. Aw, you're too kind! Can't wait to see what you do with your brush storage -- post so my inner storage monster can gobble up the photos!

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  10. Definitely Pin Worthy - great idea (and image)!

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    1. Thanks Lorry! I definitely pinned this already =) httpL//pinterest.com/procras1nato2

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  11. Love this idea! I use a couple of clear glass vases, which I picked up from Ikea a few years ago. They're starting to get a bit crowded now, so I could do with grabbing something else. Will definitely be having a look around for something with a lid next time. And I agree with Annick on the rice - it does look better than the fancy beads!

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    1. That was the reason I needed to switch from candle jars -- it felt like my brushes were being crushed up against each other and I was afraid it would change the shape. Can't wait to see what you find!

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  12. I wanted to do this...but knowing me, I'll probably drop the lid. I have a little box I bought from dollarama a few years back that I put my daily use brushes in, and store my other brushes in back in plastic boxes. but this definitely look much prettier~

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    1. I've totally dropped the lid before. There's actually a tiny little chip on one of them haha! I wish these didn't take up quite so much room since I don't have a proper vanity.

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  13. That is a cute way to store brushes!

    I want to follow you but I don't see a GFC button anywhere =(

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    1. Thanks! It's at the bottom of the page, I accidentally deleted the widget when I was moving some things around =)

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  14. I kept seeing cute ideas for the brushes, but I kept thinking, "Yes, but they'll collect dust." Duh...put a lid on it! Thanks for being smarter than me obviously and coming up with this idea. Definitely going to try it!

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    1. So glad this helped you -- would love to see a pic when your collection is ready!

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  15. Rice itself produces dust.. so seems kind of pointless to trade one kind of dust for another..

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  16. FYI, IF YOU have rice for too long it goes bad. So you're ether going to have bugs or mold growth if it's not changed frequently.

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