I have a bit of an issue tonight. See; Good Kitty likes to torture me by pushing me off my own pillow in the night, and I wake up with a super sore neck so I can’t do nail art tonight – I just can’t look down very easily! Normal service will resume soon.
In the meantime, I thought I’d make the most of it to show you my new polish storage system. I’m quite proud, as I DIY-ed it myself!
A lot of polish enthusiasts swear by the Helmer (35€ or about $40 from Ikea) – apparently it’s compact but roomy. Well, not me! I’m not putting my beautiful polish away in a drawer! And also, it really wouldn’t go with the rest of our furniture.
Other polishistas go for the racks, like you have in salons; but where I am, I couldn’t find any that would be delivered for less than a small fortune. Besides, we’re in a rented flat, so don’t want to make too many holes in the walls if we can avoid it. So, last time we went to Ikea (it’s just down the road from us, very handy!) and got some new shelves (just 25€ /about $30 each), the mister-to-be agreed I could find a way to fix up some polish racks in there. And we found these - exactly the same colour as the shelves, and only €5 (about $7) each !
So, with the help of a few brackets, wood screws and extra-strong glue (just to be sure!), I whipped up some storage
I do have a further 4 racks in another set of shelves, to accommodate all the China Glaze, and other brands, that I have, but this one is the main storage
Up top I have a deep shelf (just above my eye level, I’m quite tall for a girl) – a square vase for all my brushes and nail art gubbins, my lovely Shimmer polish is up there too, with the bottles of brands that I don’t have many of (I like to collect brands en masse!). Then the first polish rack is for Models Own.
Under that we have the indie shelf – from left to right - Fanchromatic Polish, Different Dimension, Black Sheep Lacquer, Darling Diva, Philly Loves Nails, Northern Star, Pretty & Polished, Polish Alcoholic and Pixie Polish. It’s a bit of a shame that the racks, because they have a high lip, hide the bottles a bit, but at least we know they won’t fall off easily…
Under that rack, we have one with Herôme, Kiko, Ciaté and Barry M… and then a deep shelf again with A Englands, Zoya and my nail art pens.
Then, to lighten it up a bit, I transferred over some display cases I already had, with the brands I keep in there – mostly boutique brands – Ozotic, Picture Polish, Gosh, ILNP, NCLA and Butter London… and any bits and bobs that I haven’t taken the time to tidy away yet
What do you think? How do you store your polish? When I was young, my mum kept hers in the fridge (it was kinda fun to look through when I was supposed to be having my breakfast, heehee!) – she had read somewhere it kept the polish from getting thick over time.