Nail polish storage hurts my head…

Posted by Lipglossiping On April - 15 - 2011

Irregular shaped bottles of varying sizes, shades and styles – nail polish.

You can’t stack ’em, slot ’em together and there’s only one way up for them!   No wonder they give me a headache.

I have around 208 bottles that were literally overflowing their allotted space in the stackable drawers I’d bought from Asda.  It was time for them to move house…

Into a brand new Ikea Helmer!

Oh, Ikea Helmer… you are the stuff of makeup-lover’s dreams.  Perfectly sized, you’re small enough to be considered compact yet spacious enough to hold our treasures within your functional (but not too officey) exterior!

The Helmers comes in white, red or silver and are priced at just over £20 each.  I own two white Helmers and they hold SO much crap it’s astounding.

If I’m completely honest though, I lust after an Alex:

But at over £80 a-piece, the price difference is hard to justify.

Here’s a quick phone snap of my polishes all snug and comfy in their new home.  Look how perfect they are, all divided by colour and standing to attention!

But my favouritest thing about their new home?  It means I now have plenty of space for more!

How do you store your nail polish – do you own a Helmer?

37 Responses to “Nail polish storage hurts my head…”

  1. Lydia says:

    I’m off to Ikea tomorrow to buy a couple of Helmers, they’re the way forward! I looked at Alex too but yeah cant justify the £80 compared to £20. Hopefully my nail polishes will be as happy as yours! xx

  2. That’s what I use to store mine, but I need to find some sort of divider/sectioning thingy so I can find colours a bit easier (I have my sorted by colour at the moment, but it’s all a bit of a mess).

  3. asmaa17 says:

    Wow! That’s quite a collection of polishes =D

  4. Catriona says:

    Mine are in a box that I got a Body Shop gift set in at Christmas. It’s lined up by colour so I can see how many similarly-coloured purple polishes I have, whoops.

    I’ve told myself my collection can’t get any bigger than that because I’m going to be working in a hospital in the future so no nail polish allowed! :( (I really should have thought this through before deciding on my career path…)

  5. Rhapsode says:

    Looks like a lot of people use the Helmer for nail polish storage! Fortunately I don’t own that many nail polishes… yet.

  6. Meeta says:

    I have an ikea set of office drawers (not the helmer) that isn’t tall enough (or spacious enough) for all my makeup and polishes. I get annoyed at my D&G polishes – packaging is gorgeous, but they’re too tall! Even OPI I can’t stand up in my current storage. The Helmer looks great and is really well priced. I need to reconsider my storage as I want it more organised.

  7. So jealous, I want a Helmer but they are $129 here is Australia & I just can’t justify one. The Alex is ever worse at $300, Australian pricing is the worst.

  8. Nicole says:

    Bah – I too want a Helmer (and will be soon buying one) but they are AU$79 here (which is 51 pounds!) instead of the AU $31 dollars that 20 pounds translates too….everything (inc nail polish and cosmetics) in Australia is double the price of US & UK – never fails to annoy me:(

  9. rijaH says:

    I have mine in a Helmer as well. Have around 500, so its pretty full :( I chose the grey one 😀

  10. Nargis says:

    I recognize all your polishes from photo- mostly by bottle designs
    I store my 20-odd polishes ina little box on mmy windowsill

  11. Nargis says:

    I recognize all your polishes from photo- mostly by bottle designs
    I store my 20-odd polishes ina little box on mmy windowsill

  12. Vijaya says:

    I kind of want an Alex of my own, actually, but I don’t have that much polish yet!

  13. Pippi says:

    Slightly under 700 bottles in two Helmers:)

  14. Crystal says:

    Oh my god this is amazing! I gotta get to Ikea this weekend. This is going to help me organize my stash of polishes:)

  15. jbrobeck says:

    I started with two Helmers, and have since added two Alex’s! Alex’s are so worth it.

  16. FragrantWitch says:

    My mind boggles at the number of polishes everyone has- my own meager stash of 10 is in a wicker basket in my clothes cupboard! Mind you, my hubby would flip if I bought all the polish and cosmetics I am tempted by…;)

  17. £20? That’s a pretty decent price. I’d love to buy one, but have you seen how incredibly tiny my room is? “Box” doesn’t cut it, once you’ve got my bed and my wardrobe the remaining space couldn’t hold a postage stamp…

  18. Gemx says:

    Oooh, what a bargain! I put my polish in one of those WH SMith storage boxes, but a lot of my polishes are too tall so either lie down and roll around or are located in various little boxes all over the place.
    I dislike going to Ikea though. Last time I went I took me about 10 mins to find the entrance! Who puts it on the top floor? Lol! :)

  19. JMTolman says:

    FragrantWitch, you and I are in the same boat. I have only half a drawer of polish, and I’ve been giving away some of the bottles I rarely use because I felt I had too much!

  20. Joyce says:

    my 30 bottles are just stuffed in a makeup bag….It’s quite full right now which prevents me from getting more nail polishes…. it’s a good thing :)

  21. Phyrra says:

    I use a helmer for my nail polish. It’s nowhere near full, but it’s such a cute little storage device.

  22. Timperley says:

    I keep mine in a cutlery tray in my dressing table drawer. I have a fear of them falling over and leaking so the cutlery tray gives protection and divides colours and base coat etc. Like the look of the Helmer.

  23. SoFrolushes says:

    My polishes go into a vanity case my aunty bought me years ago. The rest are dotted around somewhere. I do not have that much. Though the Helmer looks like it would be a problem solver for me. I could use it to store my makeup and then just have a small traincase for my everyday wears. I hope the folk at Ikea wont find me weird if when I go I bring a few makeup and try them in the drawers. My version of try before you buy.

    Great idea for storage. now I have a new excuse to go Ikea.

  24. Joy says:

    Is it wrong to want the Helmer for my pityful 12 bottles of nail polish?!

    Did the pink dividers come separately from Ikea?


  25. Lily says:

    Eee, thank you SO much for posting pics of this! I’d been wondering if an Ikea helmer would be big enough to hold my makeup collection – if it can fit 208 polishes, then it certainly can! Thanks, a HUGE help!

  26. Rebecca says:

    I use sturdy cardboard photo storage boxes. The polishes all stand up perfectly in them. At this point I separate them by brand and just finished painting all of my nail wheels to make a list/ road map for them. One of these days though I would love to get a Helmer!

  27. Great Idea! I will investigate :) x

  28. Leah says:

    Oooh! Now I want a Helmer. My nail polishes are taking over the fridge!

  29. Carly says:

    Yay more space. I want a helmer but i currently store my nail polishes in a container 😀

  30. I had 2 Helmers and upgraded to an Alex (the shorter, wider one with 6 drawers) and I couldn’t be happier. You can only put polishes/lipsticks in the bottom 3 drawers because the top 3 are a little shallower, but all my drawers are filled and I don’t have an issue with the drawers falling out, which happened a lot with my Helmers.

    Maybe when Leila needs a desk you can give her your Helmers and replace yours with Alex?

  31. Sarah says:

    I thought I was the only one who used this for nail polish. Mine is red.

  32. Claire says:

    I actually have the Alex and I’m so glad. But then I’ve got a hell of a lot more stuff to put in it because doing nails is how I make my living, I’m a fully trained nail technician.

    Having said that, I would have totally opted for the Helmer if I couldn’t have had the Alex.

  33. Rosa says:

    I have a red helmer to store my nail polish in. It’s great! I have an Alex as well the tall white one and the shorter black one. I love them all. Great storage solutions.

  34. Becky Harrison says:

    I use neat little pouches which enable me to seperate my colours and keep them safe and securely in my case, draw or cupboard.

  35. Sofi says:

    I have a Helmer and it’s filling up nicely….did look for the Alex when in IKEA the other day but couldn’t find it. Why is it better??

  36. […] HobNobs  |  Faux Fringes  |  Storage Solutions  |  A bloggy Birthday  |  […]

Leave a Reply to beautyjunkielondon


Rimmel London NEW Wake Me Up Foundation Review

This month sees a new foundation release from Rimmel London which promises to instalntly re-awaken skin with a healthy, radiant looking glow.  Otherwise known as …

Guest Review – Liz Earle Young Skin Try-Me Kit

I’m delighted to introduce my latest guest reviewer Rachel from the delightful QueenofTurquoise.  As a more suitable candidate age-wise than me, she’s been trialling the …

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose

Here’s my other recent purchase, I’m currently hiding the invoice email in a folder I never venture into.  Out of sight out of mind right? …

Le Metier De Beaute - Platinum Eyeshadow

This review is about 6 months overdue… sorry about that. In late December, I treated myself to a Le Metier de Beaute eye shadow… I …

Remind you of anything?

Regular reader Julia couldn’t resist emailing me this link after she saw my January feature on the Chanel tattoo sensation that was “Les Trompe L’œil …

Ask an expert: Let's talk... feet...

No, really!  You see, I’ve been taking mine for granted. The weather has been lovely hasn’t it?  I’ve been blissfully ignoring the fact that in …

Deep Skincare - Rewarding Facial Mask

Long, long overdue is a review of my Deep Skincare – Rewarding Facial Mask.  You may remember I reviewed their Splendid Smooth Legs balm a …

Champneys Blissful Bump Range at Boots

After approximately 4hrs of sleep last night, I’m not feeling particularly blissful about my bump today.  Chronic heartburn that jumps so high it singes my …

Leila. Today, you are FIVE!

I usually have a little more time to myself while writing my annual birthday letter to you beautiful, but just last week… we welcomed your …

Tiffany & Co. enters its 175th year looking rosy with RUBEDO™

Thanks to my pale, cool-toned colouring, I’m usually restricted to white-toned jewellery, gold can look quite brassy against my skin tone.  My wedding ring is …


CLOSED: Competition Time: Givenchy Very Irresistible L'eau en Rose Perfume!

Want to really spoil Mum this Mother’s Day?  Or perhaps you just want to spoil yourself?  It’s ok… I won’t judge… there are plenty of …

CLOSED - Win it! The Body Shop Expert Brush Collection

I don’t know about you, but I woke up this morning with a distinct “Hello Monday morning, I’ve been expecting you…” kinda feeling.  Maybe it’s …

Win a gorgeous "glow" trio with prizes from Urban Decay, New CID, & Arbonne!

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED! WINNER IS: “IZABELLA” (COMMENT #96045) – WINNER HAS BEEN EMAILED!   It’s still January, the MET office have just issued yet another …

Hello? Is this thing on?

Phew, that was a little unexpected. For those of you who haven’t had the misfortune of reading my hand-wringing tweets and woe-ridden facebook updates, let …

Avoid the brush off with Oral-B Pro-Expert

There’s a new toothpaste in town. It’s lean, mean and err not very minty as it happens.  Featuring the revolutionary bacteria-busting ingredient Stabilised Stannous Flouride, …

Big savings on French Pharmacy brands, win my top picks!

I’m of the firm opinion that for the money, French pharmacy brands offer some of the best solutions for diffcult skin-types. have long been …

Win it! 3 EcoTools Bamboo Bronzer Brushes to win!

I’ve written about these before, you know I love them, I want you to love them too! So why not have a go at winning …

FOTD Busting out of the comfort zone!

You may recall my bitter moans last week about how when presented with a rare opportunity to spend an indecent amount of time playing with …

Dear Obesity...

We have been together for over 20 years, our lives so entwined that I’ve never been sure how to live without you.  I would like …

Urban Decay The Black Palette - Photos & Swatches

The soon-to-be-released Black Palette from US eyeshadow maestro’s Urban Decay is an altogether darker affair than the recent Naked set… The Black Palette includes 6, …

  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Admin

  • Ads