Yes, unbelievable I know - 500 posts. I'm in awe of my own self =) Thanks for taking this journey with me. I love all you guys & have no plans of going anywhere anytime soon. Random AWOL outages may occur but I'll always return with a backlog of NOTD spam to share =) Like this past week actually LOL ... but I'm off with a half-day from work, so my holiday weekend starts RIGHT NOW, and I'll tell you about all the upcoming posts at the end of this one =)
I also have to say, doing my tutorials on YouTube has given me a new appreciation for all of you that read my blog - because a lot of you are nail bloggers yourselves, and I often take for granted that even those of you who aren't, you all have pretty good polish knowledge. Some of the questions I get in YT comments can really test my patience LOL! I try to keep it polite even when I'm frustrated, but for example so many people respond that they're using tap even though I try to say every time that I'm using filtered water. Maybe they don't have the sound on is what I always tell myself ... I'm considering adding closed captioning, but I don't know when I'll get to that.
On to the stash! I've got lots & lots & lots of polish pics. I kind of wish I had a lightbox so I could take some super-nice bottle pics ... maybe one day. I've also mostly updated my Polish OCD spreadsheet, and I will be uploading the fresh version to GoogleDocs soon. While organizing things, I came across a shoebox of polish that my mom gave me & I thought I'd already cataloged, but turns out I hadn't - so I have more than passed the 1,000 mark LOL. Total current bottle count - not counting base or top coats, or dupes of the same colors - is now up to 1,033. And that's actually not counting the 12-piece BB Couture Cantina collection that arrived Wednesday, not to mention my 2nd Zoya exchange haul! Those will each get their own posts, and once I add those 24 polishes to the spreadsheet, I'll have 1,058 bottles O.o
Here are my Helmers, in a neat little row - the box to the left is an industrial amount of cotton, I bought it at Sally's earlier this year & have barely put a dent in it. I have to admit they normally have a week or 2's worth of polishes I've recently used & haven't put away yet on top, but I cleaned it off just before taking this:
I did a little rearranging of my polish when I got my 3rd Helmer, and I do kind of try to keep brands together, but my polish is mainly sorted by color. That's just how my mind normally works, especially if I'm marbling & a particular polish does work, I want to be able to go to a single drawer to find a replacement, not all over the place. I lined my drawers with no-slip lining so the bottles don't move around when I open the drawers.
The top row of drawers is all supplies & extra stuff. L-R: marbling experiments, extra topcoats, nail foils, painter's tape, pinking shears - supplies for patching, glitter, rhinestones & etc - brushes, dotting tools, Konading supplies & special polish:
2nd row L-R: Purple #1 - Purple #2 (this is the only color that has 2 drawers!) - Holographic:
3rd row L-R: Duo-Chromes - Blue & Turquoise - Glitter:
4th row L-R: Red (which I obviously need more of!) - the Blue/Green overflow drawer (this is my only empty drawer ATM but both the blue & green drawers are nearly full so it's between them ) - Chromes, Silvers & Greys (could use some more grey also):
5th row L-R: Pink (I don't even like pink that much ... I don't know how I got this many LOL) - Green & Teal - Black, Vampy, White & Off-White:
6th row L-R: Nude & Sheer - Yellow, Orange, Gold - Brown & Bronze:
Now, you're probably thinking something along the lines of "Holy crap that's a lot of polish!!" Well, I'm actually not done yet.
Everything in the Helmers is polish that I've already worn. I keep my unworns in plastic shoeboxes, and for some reason I keep those all sorted the reverse, by brand for some reason. And I have more than any normal person would consider sane. But I like having a lot to choose from LOL, and when I have a coupon or there's a sale, I don't want to wait & miss out. So I end up with this:
#1 Franken box (even though I've yet to franken ... mostly empty bottles & dupes) - #2 mostly Sally Hansen, (some old from Dollar Tree finds) - #3 mostly old Maybelline (more DT) - #4 more Maybelline including some newer colors - #5 more Sally Hansen, Orly, Revlon - #6 Claire's Nina Ultra Pro, Sinful - #7 Essie, Color Club, Misa, Bariell, Ulta, Milani, and some misc. brands - #8 OPI, Sephora by OPI, Nicole by OPI, L'Oreal, some misc. - #9 China Glaze, Nubar - #10 Finger Paints, Wet 'n' Wild, Zoya.
So ... that's my stash =) No video for now, but it's on my to-do list LOL. Just for fun, here are some numbers overall (not including the BB or my coming Zoyas: Out of my 1,033, I have 49 different brands. I have the most Sally Hansen at 174, 2nd is China Glaze at 122, 3rd place is Maybelline at 108. The Sally Hansen & Maybelline numbers are so high I think mainly thanks to Dollar Tree LOL, China Glaze more because I think it's on of my most favorite brands. I have 54 OPI, 26 Zoyas, 17 Urban Decay, many of which are quite old. So many others of course but I don't want to bore you too much with numbers =)
I hope you guys enjoyed all the stash pics, and I have lots of manis to edit pics for also. I haven't really posted this week, but I've been doing my nails almost every day. Upcoming posts include:
- Naked Nails from a few days ago
- White w/ blue & red stars
- Red & blue funky french
- PHD Book Cover Challenge NOTD (still wearing this - I LOVE it)