My Nail Polish Problem

I’m not a huge “collector” of things.  No postage stamps, rare coins, or anything else like that.  The fact of the matter is, I don’t mind HAVING stuff – I just don’t want to STORE a bunch of stuff.  (I’m not very sentimental, anyway.)  So, I don’t have many things that I have a lot of.  Exception:  Shoes and nail polish.  At this point, my nail polish collection has outpaced my shoe collection – by far (nail polish is cheaper!) and has gotten to the point of ridiculousness.  Don’t believe me?  Take a look…

105 bottles.  As I said: Ridiculousness.

106 bottles. As I said: Ridiculousness.

Not Counted but Shown:  Base/top coats and “accessory” polishes, pens, etc.

Not Counted or Shown:  All the nail polish I’ve “donated” or gifted to my daughter.  I rarely borrow them, but they are available to me, so I guess they might count, too.  I did a quick check of her bathroom, and she’s got at least as many bottles as I do.  What can I say? I’m an enabler.

So What’s the Problem?  Actually, there are several.

1- Antique Nail Polish.  Some of these bottles may very well be old and “gunky”, making them no longer useable.  I just don’t have the patience to go through them all anytime soon.

2- Undesirable Finish.  Many of the colors are more “sheer” than I like my nail polish.  A while back, I had the brilliant idea of painting all of them onto little stickers (pieces of mailing labels) and attaching them to the top, so I could assess their color and “sheer-ness” easily.  I didn’t get very far with that. 12 bottles, to be exact.  Hardly a dent in the large number of bottles I have.  I did notice that the Julep nail polish I recently got has a blank sticker on top that says “Swatch Me”.  I’m assuming this is intended for people who – like me – prefer to know what the polish will look like when dry.  Kind of inconvenient that it’s on the top of the bottle/brush, but OK…

3 – Variety.  Yes, this is a problem.  I have all these nail polishes and – unlike my daughter who does fabulous nail art “projects” – I am pretty boring when it comes to my nails.  If I get base coat and color on them, I’m usually satisfied.   Sometimes, when the color starts to chip or wear off, I’ll hide it with a heavy glitter coat.  That’s about it for my at-home manicures.

4 – Storage.  This is my biggest issue.  I have a large, durable plastic box that holds most of the polishes.  The box is so heavy that I’m probably not supposed to be lifting it with my “nothing heavier than a gallon of milk” doctor’s order, but we won’t tell the doctor.  The rest have been put into an overflowing metal bin designed to hold about 10 nail polishes, but which has been stuffed with about 20, plus some clippers and other things.  There are lots of great nail polish storage solutions out there, including one a friend of mine did.  But let’s be real – that is not going to hold all my polish, and I’m not going to find enough inexpensive (matching) spice racks to do the job right.

So, What to Do?  For now: Nothing.  Re-re-re organizing all my nail polish is a monumental task.  Maybe someday soon, I’ll have tons of energy and will get around to weeding out the old, gunky nail polish, labeling them with little swatch things, and finding a good home for them.

Anyone? Anyone?  As for the organizing part – I’m open to suggestions.  What is the best way to organize 100+ bottles of nail polish?


Review: Julep Nail Polish

My first Julep “Maven” box arrived with 2 nail colors.  I’m not in love with one (“Debra”), but am rather fond of the other (“Natalie”).  When I ordered, I didn’t realize there were box “options” and I could have picked something with different colors, but oh well.  I gave them both a try.  Here’s what I thought…

Pros:  I like the square bottle.  (It makes it easier to store.  I wish all bottles were square!)  Wonderfully opaque color.  Formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, and DBP free.  Part of the proceeds go towards charities benefitting women.

Cons: Expensive.  Small bottle – about half the size of many “drugstore brands”.  Don’t love the brush – at ALL.  (Read about my all-time favorite nail polish brush here:  Doesn’t coat as evenly as I’d like – probably because of the brush.  Not fast-dry. (I’m impatient!)

In Summary: I don’t know how they justify charging so much for these nail polishes, unless not putting all the harmful chemicals into them makes them WAY more expensive.  Maybe they give a lot of money to charity and inflate the price for that purpose.  Honestly, if they had a better brush, I would probably really like the products and be willing to pay for them.  As it is, I’ll be hoping next month has some better options.  I may try another online beauty subscription program instead.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars  2.5-stars

Price: $14 ($11.20 with “Maven” discount) for .27 fl. oz.

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On the left: "Natalie".  On the right: "Debra".

On the left: “Natalie”. On the right: “Debra”.

Review: Simple (brand) Exfoliating Facial Wipes

I found these in my bathroom closet the other day.  I had totally forgotten that I bought them.  I generally use wipes when I haven’t been wearing makeup (or only wore mineral makeup) all day and need some basic cleansing.  I already reviewed the regular Simple facial wipes, but here are my thoughts on the exfoliating version…

Pros:  Inexpensive (coupons often available).  Contains vitamins and aloe vera. No dyes or perfumes. No “animal derived” ingredients. Safe for contact lens wearers.  Hypoallergenic.  More “exfoliating” than some other wipes marketed as such.

Cons:  Contains parabens (argh!).  Not ideal for constant use, or for dryness-prone skin.

In Summary:  I should have checked the ingredients list before I bought these.  I wouldn’t have gotten them if I had remembered they parabens.  That being said, they’re decent facial cleansing wipes.  About average, when compared to others at the same price.  I think I’ll keep buying random brands of European-made, “no name” facial cleansing wipes at discount stores and not buy these anymore.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars  3-stars

Note:  To read reviews about other facial cleansing wipes, read my post here:

Price:  approx. $5 for 25

Available at:  drugstores, mass merchandisers

simple exfoliating wipes