After sharing my makeup storage system a couple of weeks ago, I felt motivated to also get my nail polish collection in order. I’ve always just kept my nail polishes jumbled in a shoe box or plastic bag, but I had been meaning to get a some sort of nail polish storage or display shelf for a while. Like with my makeup before I organized it, I was just using the same polishes over and over again.
After clearing out my collection and getting rid of some nail polishes I’ve prooobably had since I high school, I purchased the US Acrylic Clear Multi-Level Nail Polish Organizer from Amazon for $13.99. It holds about 40 bottles of nail polishes, and is the perfect size for my current collection. There are a ton of different size options available on Amazon.
Not only is it really easy to choose my next nail colour, it also looks pretty and makes me feel like I’m choosing nail polish at a nail salon! It’s also easy to see what colours I own and any holes my collection has. Having space for a limited number of bottles means I’m going to have to be more careful when adding new bottles to my collection, as it will need to be a 1-in-1-out situation since the shelves are already so full.
I love Essie Splash of Grenadine because it’s bright and fun while not being overly obnoxious. It’s a really unique colour – not quite fully pink, but not quite purple either. On my nails, I think it looks a lot more pink than it does in some other swatches online. Essie describes it as a “playful magenta pink”.
Essie Splash of Grenadine is a great consistency; it applies easily and dries extremely smooth and shiny. I added a top coat of Seche Vite for maximum shine, though I don’t think it’s really necessary to use a top coat with this one. It was pretty opaque in two coats, but I added a third coat just to make sure!
I am all about themed nails, so of course I wanted to break out some sparkle for New Year’s Eve! I’m wearing Nars Space Odyssey, a silver shimmery colour (thanks Alina!) topped off with Seche Vite.
I was worried the polish wouldn’t be opaque and might be better as a glitter topcoat, but it was opaque after three coats. Since the polish is made up of a fine shimmer, I think it would also work well as a top coat! I’ve never tried a Nars polish before, but I really liked it. The polish applied smoothly and the brush was a good size. The finish of the polish is a super shiny, metallic silver – it almost looks like a micro-glitter, but the texture is very smooth! Bonus: I now know how to spell odyssey.
Happy New Year!!
I refuse to believe it is September. Seeing as it was 91 degrees today, at least it seems like the weather agrees with me. In denial, I painted my nails Julep Vicki, a very vibrant not-quite-neon pink nail polish. It is significantly brighter and cooler toned than the “swatches” on Julep’s website. While I love the colour of the polish, the formula is even thicker and gloopier than most Julep nail polishes so that was a struggle, but I managed to apply it somewhat smoothly. I would consider myself pretty good at painting my own nails, so if you don’t I would recommend staying away from Julep Vicki. I do really like the finish though – it’s very shiny and almost gel-like.
4th of July = fireworks, food, friends….and red nails, of course. This past weekend I chose Julep Rose, a slightly pink-toned red creme that is opaque in two coats. It was the perfect addition to my blue and white outfit!
I hope everyone had a great J4!
(First nail selfie in the new apartment!)