Tuesday, June 8, 2010

So this is what 460 bottles of nail polish looks like..

So there you have it: I have 460 bottles of polish.  And as promised, I have my newly organized collection photos.  I totally estimated that I had around 300 polishes.  You know you're a polish addict if you misestimate by more than 150 polishes!


A note on the containers:
The two Caboodles containers are my first polish containers; I got the lower one in elementary school and the upper one in high school.  They are a mess.  Most of my original polishes are in those two bins.

The containers with green handles are PERFECT for polish storage because they are clear and hold a nice number of bottles.  I love them.  They were $3 each at Target.

The larger, white lid containers are from the dollar store.  I'm not as fond of them as I am of the green containers; the slightly larger size makes them awkward to carry around and the plastic is more flimsy.  But they still work for polish storage!

OPI



China Glaze


Zoya



Lippmann/Color Club/Essie


Nicole by OPI/SpaRitual/ORLY


Piggy Polish/Diamond Cosmetics/Treatments/Misc. I haven't sorted yet


Treatments/Misc.


Old Polishes!


Not all of my polishes made it into these photos.  Some have yet to be sorted, some are in my 'need to swatch' bin, and a few are on vacation at family and friends' houses.  But this is obviously the vast majority of my collection, and I am so happy that it is finally organized into neat and tidy (for the most part) bins!  

And just to prove I'm not the only polish nut out there, here is a shot of Polish Insomniac 's backup polish remover.  At least we're all polish addicts together :)


Have a great Tuesday, everyone!!

37 comments:

Laura said...

O.M.G.
That is an incredible collection.
Do you ever throw away old polish or do you keep them all as reminders?

Jeweled Thumb said...

I love storage/stash pics! I use the shoe boxes from The Container Store for mine. I like them and a plus, they are pretty cheap. =)

vegesauras said...

Amazing Collection. Also you know you're a polish addict if when swatching people walk in and complain about the smell when you think its the best smell on earth

Taki J said...

ooooo ahhhhhh... so pretty!! Thanks for sharing. I am sure everyone is drooling.

Polish Hoarder said...

Your collection puts mine to shame! I love the containers with the flip handles too! I get a lot of them from walmart. They are perfect because the lid doesn't pop off!

Brooke said...

Thanks Laura!! I currently only have two 'old' polishes (basically empty) and yes, I admit, I still have them as mementos.. lol. I'm kind of attached to my polish! lol. I mailed my old, dried out bottles that I wasn't attached to to the Zoya Polish Exchange last year, because they recycle the bottles in an environmentally-friendly way :D

Thanks Jeweled Thumb!! I've never been to a Container Store - I think I might go crazy in there - storage is so fun!!

vegesauras -- HAHAHA!! love it!

Thanks so much, Taki!! :D

Brooke said...

Polish Hoarder - exactly!! How terrible would it be if the lid came off during carrying/transport? OMG! I love these little lids - they lock so securely. And thank you - I'm sure your collection puts mine to shame in many ways too!! Mine isn't too colorful - it seems to be predominately pink! lol

Twister said...

I am so jealous of your collection. Great storage ideas. :o)

Primp and Preen said...

Wow, great collection. When my friends tell me I'm crazy fo rhaving as many polishes as I do (a measly 70 or so) I shall now show them this page!

you nailed it! said...

Wow, i love your collection!
everyone here thinks i'm crazy with 150 polishes.
though i think i'll have as much as you do in a while, haha.

Tierney said...

I loveee seeing collections!! I want to go check out Target because those boxes are what I have been wanting!!

ANSTAH said...

hehe. I love this. My collection on the other hand.. is an organized mess. =D

Bunny said...

What a collection!!! I think when you want to choose a specific color it's very hard, but it's very hard even for me because I don't have so many like you...

Brooke said...

Thanks Twister - I really like this storage - it is the first polish storage I've been happy with :)

Primp and Preen, haha, yeah, I look like a nut - but at least I know there are ladies out there with more than me - haha. But I had 70 polishes not long ago... these things multiply like rabbits!

you nailed it! - my family and friends think I am an absolute nut too. When my mom stopped by and saw all my polishes neatly arranged in these bins, she just shook her head! lol

Tierney, I do too!!! At one Target, they were in the college stuff section (not sure why that section was still out in May.. maybe ppl getting ready to go to college?) and at the other Target they only had ONE left! but it was in the storage section. At $2.99, they are a pretty good deal, IMO :)

ANSTAH - I like organized messes :) Mine was just a mess. Now it is a fairly organized mess, lol. At least everything is sorted by brand, which I'm kind of OCD about. Next I want to organize by color!! I'll save that for a rainy day or something...

Brooke said...

Bunny, I TOTALLY agree. There are days were I just look at them all and have NO IDEA how to narrow down what color to use. (so then I typically just do stuff I need to review.. lazy me). You have a pretty big collection yourself - I wouldn't be surprised if you have more polishes than I do!! (and I certainly know your Coach collection is larger than mine ;) lol).

Megan Harmeyer said...

I'm jealous, too! And my sister thought I had a lot (at a whopping 36)!! I'm going to have to send her a link to your stash. LOL Great collection.

rmcandlelight *I'm wearing China Glaze Stella* said...

Brooke, I'm thought you would have been in the 4 digits. lol!!

Brooke said...

Megan, 36 is a lot compared to what most people have - that is a great sized collection!! But yeah... your sister will probably think I'm a looney when she sees this!! lol

rmcandlelight, haha, thank goodness I'm not there yet!! Although I have a feeling that I may be in a few years... OMG if that happens, I will need to devote an entire room to polish... or at least a large closet!

Colette said...

I <3 stash pics =) Thanks for sharing.

I'm thinking I'll post some updated stash pics once I break 1000 ... which I may already have done last haul (last Thursday), but they haven't made it onto the spreadsheet yet LOL. I'd actually love to do a video but I don't think it would turn out very good moving around so much with my crappy camera.

jbrobeck said...

Brooke, I also thought you would have closer to the four digits! oh crap, i may have more polishes than you. shoot. well, i am destashing today!

oh, and girlfriend, you do NOT have enough Essies! i love my Essies!

susies1955 said...

Wow, wow, wow! I thought I had a lot. LOL.
AWESOME. I want to come play.
:)
Susie

Nea said...

WOW :D What a lovely collection!

Danielle said...

OMG!!! Thats soo beautifull all together!!!! I thought i was addicted with my 197 polishes!!!!


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Kimberly said...

Brooke, I like seeing other nail bloggers' collections. Those Zoyas sit so pretty in their container.

I have been slowly organizing my polishes. I've been doing them by color. But they are not sitting pretty, just a jumbled mess. I can only work on it when my husband isn't in the house. If he saw all those polishes, I know he'd call that show called 'Hoarders' and I'd be one of their features. :/

Rebecca said...

I'm starting to consider decent storage like this, instead of shoe boxes. I think I'm becoming an official polish addict!

Lily nail said...

nice collection !!

Allison said...

Nice collection. I have around that many too but I haven't actually counted them yet. I have mine all in a excel sheet and numbered. I use the green handle containers too. As for nail polish remover I just bought 8 big bottles of Zoya remove because they had a special so I have a large stash of nail polish remover now.

Brooke said...

Colette - WOW!!! Can't wait to see your pictures!! That must be awesome!

jbrobeck, haha, 4 digits is SO MANY!! OMG!! LOL, I can't imagine having that many polishes. I actually think my family and friends may put me on a polish ban if that happened. They already keep telling me, "You have enough/you have too much," lol.

Susie, I wish you guys could all come use them!! It would be fun to share polishes!!!

Thanks Nea!!!

Danielle, great collection too!!! and thank you :)

Kimberly, that is my biggest fear too!! although I keep reminding myself that there is very little I collection (polish and Fiestaware basically) so it's ok to have something we love and enjoy collecting, right? :)

Rebecca, I think it's time to upgrade to the real storage!! although shoe boxes aren't a bad idea... never though of that!!

Thanks Lily!!

Allison, glad you use the same great storage bins!!! I'd love to see photos of your collection :)

Susy said...

Wow! So many of them and the all look so pretty and shiny!! You have an amazing collection! The green handle containers seem like a good storage solution, I'll have to check my Target for some of them. I don't have many polishes but I'd like to keep them organized instead of just thrown in a basket like they are now :P

brii b. said...

wow what a collection im a beginner any tips? and check out my blog http://piinkisntmycolor.blogspot.com/

ThRiSzHa said...

im really drooling with ur collections and ur storage are great..when I came back here in Manila i never thought that I have 200 pcs of polish on my baggage I just realized it now when I organized my polish and count them..no wonder why I only bring some few stuffs and I had a heavy weight on my baggage its all bcoz of my polish.. I still have some polishes on my cargo dont know how many are them..I will look for some plastic storage like urs for i think it very nice storage for polishes..

Allison said...

Brooke, I haven't take pictures of them in the boxes yet. But I sort my polish into color groups and then have corresponding nail wheels. I have those pictures up on my Flickr. But they are already out of date because I've bought the Shrek Collection and some American Apparel polishes. Plus I need another wheel for reds. http://www.flickr.com/photos/allisonlich/sets/72157623871740863/

Rhea said...

Oh my god.....just oh my god.....I wish I was living next to your house :-)

Irishenchantment said...

brilliant collection :) i cant wait to build mine up more :)

Shel xo

ShortAndSweetNails said...

This looks like a party! :)

Jackie S. said...

Exactly how many polishes does a Helmer hold?

Bunny Girl said...

Wow its like polish heaven!

 
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