Saturday, 2 August 2014

My Nail Polish Collection

Having recently sorted through my makeup collection whilst making my DIY makeup drawer organisers, I thought now would be a good time to show you my little nail polish hoard, before it once again becomes a disorganised mess! My nail polish collection is smaller than those I've seen on other blogs but is ever growing and is as much as I need because, let's face it, what currently jobless and soon-to-be student can afford a tonne?

Firstly, this is the section of my makeup drawer in which I am currently storing my nail polishes. As you can see, all my polishes comfortably fit in this little box, but there is very little room for my collection to grow, therefore I will undoubtedly be finding an alternative storage option when I (hopefully) go to university in September. You may have noticed that I have put a little spot of nail polish on each lid, enabling me to recognize the shades from above. I do this by dabbing a little of the polish on a piece of paper and gently pressing the lid onto it.

Left to right - Gelly Watermelon, Gelly Green Berry, Xmas Glitter, Magenta Glitter, Berry, Matte Crush, Pacific, Topcoat (all Barry M)
Barry M is my favourite and go-to brand for nail paint due to them both having very opaque formulas and being extremely affordable. The only issue I have with them is the formula gets thick fairly quickly but this is easily solved with nail paint thinner. The first two polishes are 'Gelly' paints which are marketed as being longer lasting and 'high shine'. The second two are glitter polishes which I  love layering over other polishes as feature nails, particularly the Christmas one which works very well with a pillarbox red. Crush is a more burgundy colour than it appears in the photo, and is currently the only matte polish I own. As part of the Aquarium Nail Effects range, Pacific has a beautiful iridescent quality when it catches the light, reminiscent of fish scales and I am keen to add the other shades to my collection.  Finally, the Barry M topcoat is my current clear polish of choice due to the fact that it is quick drying and contains two small metal balls which act to prevent it from becoming thick and clumpy.

Left to right - Attention Seeker, Gold Lining, Vintage Cream, Rudi Red, Lola Lavender (all Fearne)
These polishes are all from Fearne Cotton's 'Perfectly Polished' set which I received as a gift and contains some beautiful pink and pastel shades, all of which I have found to be fairly well pigmented. Gold Lining and Vintage Cream are two shades which I have neglected but I can imagine Gold Lining working very well layered over Rudi Red. As you can see, Rudi Red and Lola Lavender are my most well loved polishes from the set, excepting those I have already used up. However, it's worth mentioning that Rudi Red is rather deceptively named as it is actually a pink colour!

Left to right - Fairy Dust, Purple Mist, Mermaid (all MUA)
These polishes are all from the MUA 'Fairy Dust' range and have proved disappointing, applying very sheer despite MUA's claim that they require only 'one coat'. Mermaid has been the only shade which I have found to be useable on its own but I do use the rest of the shades by layering them over other polishes.
Left to right - Sonic Blue, After Dinner Mint, 2 in 1 Base Coat and Ridge Filler (all Collection)
The first two of these polishes are ones I surprisingly have yet to use, despite my love for royal blue and blue-green nails. However, I frequently use the base coat on those days I opt for a French manicure.
Left to right - Ice Queen Caviar, Sugar Plum (both Ciate)
This mini manicure set is one which came as a freebie with June's Glamour magazine. It is both my first Ciate polish and my first pot of nail caviar. The polish itself isn't EXTREMELY opaque but is pretty good for a pastel coloured polish and looks great worn with or without a caviar feature nail.
Left to right - Natural Collection Red, Natural Collection Pink, MUA Bright Coral, Random White Polish, Wet N Wild SaGreena the Teenage Witch
The first three of these polishes are ones which I suppose are best referred to as my 'emergency polishes' - those that you buy when you've been invited out last minute, your nails are a mess, and you have no time to run home. The Natural Collection nail paints actually proved to be surprisingly opaque although the shades annoying do not seem to have names. The mini white polish is one which came as a part of a cheap set and isn't great, but I am saving it to try with Konad nail stamping. The Wet n Wild polish is something I picked up whilst in New York, admittedly purely because the name amused me...
Left to right - P.S. I Love..., Embellish Manicure 3D Manicure Set
These are the most recent additions to my collection which I picked up from Primark. The Embellish manicure set is of decent quality but the P.S. I Love polish was a major disappointment which I will likely throw away, having a very opaque formula and a difficult to use brush. You can read more about them along with some other Primark makeup products here.
What are your favourite polishes from your collection? Are there any other sections from my makeup drawer you'd like to see?

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29 comments :

  1. I do the spot of nail polish on the lid too! It saves so much time, great minds must think alike :)
    Megan x
    LondonCallings

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  2. I need to sort through my nail varnish collection, there's so many old and gloopy ones now! The spot on the top is something I must get round to too! I'd love to see your cheek product collection (Bronzers, blushes, highlighters) as they're my favourites!! xx

    Pillarbox Post

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  3. Sugar Plum looks gorgeous!!

    http://readingonthewildside.blogspot.com/2014/07/review-hot-on-hunt.html

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  4. Wow…that's some collection of nail polishes you got there…love them all!!

    xx
    Michele
    http://www.roguetutu.com

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  5. wow my collection of nail polishes are as large as these! I also love Barry M nail polishes! I think my blog is similar to yours and it would really mean a lot if you checked it out and maybe left a comment?xx

    wonderfulandweirdbeautyandlife.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Your collection is gorgeous and I love all of the English brands and bottles! Here in the US, the most popular brands are OPI and Essie. Although, I get gel manicures every 3-4 weeks for 25USD. It goes weeks without chipping!

    Warm regards,
    Alexandra
    www.littlewildheart.com

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  7. I also have a lot of nail polishes (must organize them in a box). The best are from Yves Rocher. They are of excellent quality yet a bit expensive.

    Jasmine x
    For a Real Woman
    So easy Spanish!

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  8. You choose many different colors from light to dark. That's great. I tend go towards darker colors.

    http://kintsugioflife.blogspot.com

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  9. I hope they are sell those nail polish products in my country also and I'd love to try their texture and playing with colors..


    Http://beautyasti1.blogspot.com

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  10. You got a collection going on! Save some for the rest of the world haha. Just playing! By the way I recently nominated you for the Liebster Award! You can check out the details on my blog She Will Be

    Sylvia x

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  11. Love all the shades in your collection, specially the barry M gelly ones, I hear they are amazing value for money
    blogablebeauty.blogspot.com

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  12. Those Fearne Cotton polishes look adorable! Great collection and great post!

    Efflorescent Dream
    xx

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  13. A girl can't have enough nail polishes. Xx

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  14. Thanks for sharing the names of all of them! And aw your Diy storage is so cute :)

    Every Day In Grace

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  15. I absolutely love ciate nail varnishes, I ended up getting tons of minis at the clothes show last year and I definitely like using them when I can. I haven't ever tried Fearne nail varnishes, but I've used her skin care and I've always been really impressed.

    S xo.

    blinkeredbarbielife,blogspot.com

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  16. Loving your nail collection! Some lovely brands and shades. I recently posted about my not so large nail collection.

    Style Storms

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  17. So many gorgeous shades! Green Berry by Barry M looks beautiful.

    JordanAlice

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  18. Lovely collection - especially the Ciate ones :)

    Style Sunrise ☀

    :)
    x

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  19. Great post babe! You've got such a good collection. Have you tried any of the new Barry M Gelly colours?

    Kal x
    Cluttered Closet

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    1. Yes...I have two....they're pictured right there...

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  20. Wow, love your collection. Might be small but it's a quality one :) Love the look of the Ciate ones; I've just bought some nail sets of their in the sale and can't wait to try them all out and blog about them :) Danielle x

    frontière girl

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    1. Oooh I didn't know they had a sale, thanks for the heads up! And you'll have to link me when you blog about them :)

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  21. Barry M are my favourites as well, I'm in LOVE with their pastel gelly shades :) Really want to try that Ciaté nail caviar!! Xx

    A Blonde Moment

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  22. The spot of polish on the lid is such a great idea. Barry M are my go to polishes too. Such great colours and prices
    Beth x
    mermaidindisguise.blogspot.co.uk

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  23. Ooh I've not seen Barry M's Gelly Watermelon before, it's gorgeous! You have a good sized collection :) Your blog is lovely too, love your posts! Good luck for getting into uni lovely, I'm currently planning my uni series for my blog so if you're interested look out for those as you may find some helpful :)

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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  24. I love Barry ms green berry :) xx

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  25. I love all the different colours! Definitely going to try some new looks out asap!
    Great blog x

    www.jaydeekelly-x.blogspot.com

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  26. I love your collection!!! Barry M is my fave brand, especially their gelly hi-shine range. I have the gelly green berry colour, its one of my favourites! :)

    Love From Twinkle

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  27. Very nice collection. I also love my collection of nail polish. Dior vernis 999 rouge is my favorite.

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