Friday, January 27, 2012

Current Stash pics!

I recently took pictures of my stash, and thought I would post them here! My stash is around 135 bottles, with about 20 more coming in the mail. I am almost always thinking about purging polishes from my stash, so I just wrote down some thoughts I had as I was taking the pictures XD I'm kind of nuts, right?

Pinks 1

OPI Let Them Eat Rice Cake, Lynnderella Heart Strings, Lynnderella ♥, Lynnderella Matter of the Heart, Essie French Affair, Essie Raise Awareness

Purge thoughts: I want to purge both those Essies, but DBF won't "let" me. I prefer Raise Awareness to French Affair, but DBF prefers the name of French Affair to Raise Awareness. He does know both names of these pinks, and conducts regular searches of my stash now to make sure they are both still there ._.

Pinks 2

Revlon Sublime Strawberry, Essie Your Hut or Mine?, Essie Watermelon, Illamasqua Collide, Zoya Dana, Zoya Alegra, Nfu Oh 63.

Purge thoughts: The first two are really close on the nail. I prefer Essie bottles, but the Revlon is scented and I am addicted to the scent. I wanted to purge one of Essie Watermelon and Zoya Dana, but I couldn't bring myself to do it. I almost purged Zoya Alegra, but it is so pretty in the bottle, and on the nail (I just never reach for it). I'm thinkin about ditching the Nfu Oh, because I like my holos to be green/blue, not so much pink, you know? But it's nice. How can I do such a thing?


OPI Smitten with Mittens, Essie Limited Addiction, Essie Bonded, MAC Bad Fairy, Hello Kitty Red Sparkle, Lynnderella Ruby Red Ruby x2

Purge thoughts: MAC Bad Fairy doesn't look great on me, but it is amazing on the nail (I've only worn it twice, look how low it is in the bottle! what the nards!). I just got the Hello Kitty polish, and I might purge it.

Oranges and Bright Blues

OPI Ecuadorable Coral, MAC Imperial Flower, ESsie Vermillionaire, Zoya Robyn, Illamasqua Fern, OPI Absolutely Alice

Purge thoughts: The Essie is my favourite, hands down, but I also like the OPI and MAC. But if I'm going to wear a bright orange polish, do I really need a choice of 3? To be fair, the OPI is not that bright. Love all three of the blues. I used to own yellows, but they're all gone now (Zoya Pippa, AA Butter, OPI Fiercely Fiona).

Purples 1

Essie St Lucia Lilac, Essie Bangle Jangle, Lynnderella Nosegay, Lynnderella LavenDear, OPI Planks a Lot, Nails Inc St John's Wood

Purge thoughts: Essie SLL used to be an HG of mine, but I havent worn it in so long, I can't remember, so I need to rewear it.

Purples 2

Illamasqua Baptiste, Orly Fowl Play, Orly Plum Noir, Zoya Valerie, Lynnderella Very Pretty Vampire

Purge thoughts: The only one I am waffling on is Orly Plum Noir.

Purples 3

Zoya Neeka, Zoya Lovey Dovey, Nina Ultra Pro Never Glum Plum, Zoya Pinta, Nails Inc Belgrave Place

Purge thoughts: I might need to purge the Nina (which I used to love a lot, but now that I have Neeka, would I ever reach for NGP?).

Blues 1

Zoya Crystal, Nfu Oh 65, Speciallita Hits Poseidon, Illamasqua Raindrops, Essie Sag Harbor, Franken, DL Glitter in the Air, Revlon Whimsical

Purge thoughts: I'm not sure about Essie Sag Harbor, now that I have Raindrops. I should get rid of DL or the Revlon, right? I'm not sure which to keep, so I'm keeping both for now :x the DL has a sheerer base, which is better for layering, but less glitter. I'm a bit worried about the Revlon glitter bleeding, so I don't want to give up the DL yet!

Blues 2

Zoya Caitlin, Essie Cocktail Bling, Essie Lapis of Luxury, Essence Forget Me Not, Essie Smooth Sailing, Lynnderella Forget You Not, ChG 2NITE

Purge thoughts: I need to wear Essie LoL and Essence Forget me Not to figure out if I need both. Essie Smooth Sailing is a little lukewarm... need to rewear it.

Blues 3

Nfu Oh 52, Zoya Charla, Missha JBL01, Joe Fersh Peacock, DL Across the Universe

Purge thoughts: the only one I'm thinking about purging is the Missha, due to its awful rose scent. But I think it actually looks better on the nail than Zoya Charla, which I love! So I don't know what to do there.

Blues 4 (wow I have a lot of blues, huh)

Orly Royal Navy, Orly Stone Cold, Lynnderella Mlle Violette de Bleu, Fingrs Blue Glitter, MAC Ming Blue, Speciallita Hits Apolo

Purge thoughts: I purged Revlon Royal in favour of Orly Royal Navy. I hate that the shimmer sinks and I need to prepare to wear it by tilting it upside down.

Blues 5

AA Mount Royal, RBL Catherine H, OPI Glacier Bay Blues, CND Midnight Sapphire, Essie Bobbing for Baubles, Misa Office Polish-tics, NARS Midnight Express

Purge thoughts: AA Mount Royal because I never reach for it, but it has a nice formula and is not dupey to anything I have. I'm not sure about Essie Bobbing for Baubles because it's somewhere between the Misa and a darker colour... and for darker blues, I really like the formula of the CND. NARS ME is HG status for me. It's halfway down the 'N' D:

Blue-Greens 1

Joe Fresh Teal, RBL 360, Essie School of Hard Rocks, ChG DV8, Speciallita Hits Hera, CND Urban Oasis, Illamasqua Muse, Orly Sapphire Silk

Purge thoughts: JF and RBL are total dupes, but the JF is in a smaller bottle (0.3 oz vs 0.4 oz), but Ji is so irritating. But if I purge this RBL, then my bottle of Catherine H will be lonely! Essie SoHR is nice, but looking at it in the lineup, is it too close to JF/RBL?

Blue-Greens 2

AA Office, Orly Gumdrop, OPI Mermaid's Tears, Essie Greenport, Essie Turquoise & Caicos, Misa Dirty Sexy Money, Nails Inc Warwick Way (wow this is totally green IRL, but photographs blue!)

Purge thoughts: I would like to purge the AA if I can find a dupe for it (hoping one of the Spring Orlys will do it!). Hoping that Zoya Bevin will be a dupe for OPI Mermaid's Tears so I can purge it (I don't like prowide brushes, and Zoya bottles are preferable to OPI's to me). I wish I didn't have all three of Orly Gumdrop, Essie T&C and Essie Greenport. If I had to choose 1 of the 3 to keep, it would be Greenport, but whenever I wear the other two, I think about how nice they are and can't let them go! The Nails Inc photographed way bluer than it is in real life, though.

Greens 1

ChG Emerald Sparkle, Illamasqua Rampage, Essie Going Incognito, Zoya Veruschka, Brucci Black Emerald (decanted), Zoya Ivanka, Nfu Oh 56, ChG Glittering Garland

Purge thoughts: the only one I want to dump is Zoya Ivanka. But it is soooo pretty in the bottle... I stop myself every time.

Greens 2

Illamasqua Milf, Nfu Oh 66, Essie Da Bush, Essie Sew Psyched, Essie Power Clutch, Illamasqua Hectic

Purge thoughts: I'm thinking about the Nfu Oh. I still haven't worn it as a full mani yet. :/


OPI Samoan Sand, SH CSM Fedora, Orly Country Club Khaki, ChG Ingrid, Revlon Stormy, Essie Chinchilly

Purge thoughts: love all these. I wish I could find a true dupe for Fedora, though, because I flipping hate the brush and stem on that thing! I know $OPI has a close dupe (UMTC), but I hate that bottle as well -.-


SH CSM Sequin Scandal, Hello Kitty Night Sparkle, Face Shop GR501, OPI At Your Quebec and Call, OPI Spark de Triomphe, Orly Luxe

Purge thoughts: I need to try the first two together and purge one. I wore the HK one recently and it had an amazing formula, though dried quite dark. I can't remember if SS was that dark. I love the Face Shop polish, but if the Jessica-graphite dupe is better, I will probably purge this one.
I don't know if I love OPI AYQaC; I purged BL Wallis in favour of this. I want to try NARS Mash, I think I would like it better.


ChG Party Hearty, Lynnderella The Glittering Crowd, Lynnderella Boy-Girl Party, Lynnderella ChocoLotta Love, ChG Fortune Teller

Purge thoughts: My precioussss...

Lynnderella Sweets to the Sweet, Lynnderella Love, Lace and Lilacs, Essie Marshmallow, OPI Skull & Glossbones, Nfu Oh 61, AA Hassid

Purge thoughts: I might purge the Nfu Oh when Jessica Disco Diva comes to live with me. If I purge my other AAs, I want to purge Hassid too. I hate loner bottles. I purged all my other light greys in favour of OPI S&G.

Topcoats 1

CND Effects - basically all of the sparkle topcoats

Purge thoughts: I don't use these too often, so I wonder if I should keep them all... ?

Topcoats 2

Color morphing pigment topcoats from Noelie, Face Shop topcoat 05, Maybelline Colorama Cold as Ice (decanted)

Purge thoughts: If I purge my other Face Shop I will let the topcoat go too. I love Cold as Ice (I think that's the name), and have been looking hard for a dupe. I thought CND Sugar Sparkle would be one (no), then Zoya Sparkle Gloss Topcoat (no), then Essie Pearl Purefection (no), then Confetti -something- (no), and SH Diamond (various, all no). There's just something about it that I can't put my finger on!! Sigh.


So, what's the last polish you have been thinking of voting off the island?


  1. bääääm!!! polish porn! :)

  2. So jealous that you already have the new Lynnderellas!! I have too many dupes of China Glaze For Audrey...I need a swap buddy!

  3. It is so interesting to see your polishes and to read your ideas\reasons as to who needs to go. In  my stash it's completely opposite. I love OPI bottle and brush and never really got on with Essie. In my stash Gumdrop definitely needs to go, I have similar colours, but worsts of all Gumdrop separates horribly that no amount of shaking can cure AND it bubbles. Just a nightmare!

  4. Purge? Don't know the meaning of the word.

  5. Oh you are giving them to me?  How thoughtful!! :D  HAHAH JK!! XD
    Seriously though, if you want to get rid of them, how about doing some frankening and see what you come up with?  You might get another polish that you love! ^-^ :D

  6. I'm with your DBF on French Affair vs. Raise Awareness -- I can't purge FA for the same reason, although I prefer RA more!

    Also would love to see your swatches of Hello Kitty Night Sparkle as I was sorely tempted to get it over the holidays! :)

  7. lol! HK Night Sparkle is actually really nice! The formula is great, it's a 1 coater! It dries rather dark though, but has very lovely shimmer/sparkle in good lighting. I'll be sure to swatch that soon!

  8. Hahahaha :) I tried frankening last year, but I always hated having different bottles and the never wore my frankens! Oye. Something's wrong with me! :) Thanks for the idea though ^_^

  9. hahahaha :) I don't think you're alone ;)

  10. Are you serious? How can you even think of getting rid of some of these beauties?? :O Your collection is so amazing, I would definetly change all my polishes for yours :D I would keep them all :P

  11. I love reading other people's reasons too! :) You're right about gumdrop, I do notice a lot of white streaks in my bottle. Maybe I can purge mine too haha :)

  12. they have a swapping system set up, and also some forums :)

  13. I really need to start purging my stash....but I don't even know where to begin!  Or what to do with them!  I'm too lazy to list on ebay, lol.

  14. What do you do with the ones you purge? Swap them?

  15. I like your neutrals/taupes too much. Don't get rid of them! (except for a different brush/bottle. I totally understand.)

  16. I have to purge a lot of my polishes, not that I really want to, but I don't have the time to wear them all, I have more untriends that your entire stash :P  No way would I purge my Essie Watermelon, it's formula is too perfect, but I just purged Alegra - I prefer its dupe OPI Let Me Entertain You, it's prettier that the Zoya.  Essie Your Hut or Mine is close to get voted off, I haven't even worn it yet but I tried it on one nail with OPI My Address is Hollywood on another nail and I think I prefer the OPI, it's slightly pinkier and more jelly, kind of. I don't like the Revlon, it looks awkward next to the other pink bottles :P I need to get rif of my ChG 108 Degrees, it looks a bit cheap, and I like hot pinks. OPI Ecuadorable Coral does not look all that tempting next to the other oranges. Bangle Jangle is awesome, I hate lilac polishes but this one won me over, it's so dreamy. Oh, and Coctail Bling is hot as well.  I'd rather purge Zoya Pinta than Orly Plum Noir if I were you. It's a bit dull. I think OPI Road House Blue is prettier. Leave Sag Harbor be, it's an awesome polish. I'd rather get rid of Nfu Oh 65 or Speciallita Hits Poseidon - they are similar, Hits contains toluene and formaldehyde, so I would never reach for it. Essie Lapis of Luxury is gorgeous, don't know how Essence Forget Me Not looks on, Essie Smooth Sailing is pretty, but I'm not wowed as well. Get Essie Coat Azure instead  - it doesn't look like much in the bottle, but it's just so flattering, I love it, it's one of my fav blues and I'm more of a green person so..So you got rid of Revlon Royal in favour of Orly Royal Navy and now you complain about the shimmer? Here's an advise  - if you don't feel like shaking the bottle, just don't, you'll get awesome cobalt blue jelly sans shimmer :D I'm thinking about getting rid of Bobbing for Baubles as well, it's a bit too dark, I have the Misa, I think I'll like it better.  Do not purge School of Hard Rock - it's HOT. As much as I love Orly, Gumdrop is not that awesome, get Ancient Jade instead, it has a dreamy formula and the color is SO PRETTY, best turquoise ever.  I could live without Zoya Veruschka and Zoya Ivanka, Ivanka is so gorgeous in the bottle, but on the nails I much prefer Charla. Did you  purge BL Wallis in favour of OPI AYQaC o.O Big mistake here, lol. Wallis is awesome. I could live without  ChG Party Hearty and without CND Effects, leave Sapphire & Crimson Sparkle and one of the shimmers and that's it.  But that's just my opinion. 

  17. I love this post!  I enjoy your purge notes, too.  I really need to take a look at my stash and do something like this.  And if I had to pick something just off the top of my head that I need to "vote off the island", I would go for the green matte Zoya I have (can't remember the name).  I don't like matte and the formula on that one is THE worst!!

  18. I love seeing your stash, you have already cut it down to such a selective few! Good for you for being able to part with your polishes, I don' t think I'd be able to do it! I try to only buy polish I really, really like  and don't want to admit to buyer's remorse :)

  19. I must say that it is so nice to hear another blogger say I have too many polishes, and your stash is relatively small. My stash just hit around the 300 mark, and that is with purging about 20. The issue is that I have colors that I love but just never think to wear. I have them in three lined up bins and they don't take up much space. So as long as it doesn't take more space, I think "I have room for this!" 

  20. Maybe I should purge too. I have like 400 polishes in my stash now.  It's getting a bit too much

  21. It's invigorating (but not for everyone)! I love spring cleaning and making room for new polishes :)

  22. Yeah, it's easy to get caught up with all the new polishes and forget about the old ones; that's why I try to do this pretty frequently. I only want to own polishes I *love* and can't wait to wear again. There's too much polish in the world for me to keep ones I just "like" :)

  23. Haha, it's definitely easy to let stash size grow! 

  24. Hopefully you mean Zoya Mitzi and not Veruschka! :) 

  25. Haha, I think we all have more polish than we have time to wear ;) It sounds like you like OPI over Essie in general! It's the opposite for me :) I was thinking about purging one of Poseidon or Nfu Oh 65! I can't remember how they look next to one another. Essence Forget Me Not is very very close to the base colour of Lapis of Luxury, but it has a beautiful shimmer and is opaque in 2 coats. I'm still mulling about those two. You know, I actually purged Essie Coat Azure a while ago! It just didn't amaze me on my skin tone. Orly Ancient Jade is quite close to OPI Mermaid's Tears, so I didn't grab that (I did do a comparison I think, when Noelie lent me her bottle) - I think when I get the upcoming Zoya, I can let the OPI and maybe Orly Gumdrop go. I purged BL Wallis because it looked very strange on my skin tone; but I did love how it looked by itself (and on others!) Mostly I purge polish that looks weird on my skin tone ;) Thanks for your thoughts!! :)

  26. :D I knew you guys would understand ;)

  27. I gift them, or blog sale them, or swap them! I'm heavily leaning towards selling them recently because I'm trying not to spend anymore "new" money on nail polish; just using the blog sale funds to buy new polish :)

  28. Definitely start with looking for dupes in your stash, and purge the one you like least. It's quite easy to start a blog sale, even if it's just a sale page. You can have it listed on to get some traffic

  29. Hahaha, I know! Sometimes I think I'm crazy! I just want to make sure I only own polishes I really really love :) 

  30. I have purge thoughts on a few of my polishes too. I'm thinking of purging China Glaze Something Sweet and OPI Sparrow Me The Drama. SS looks great on others but I feel that it doesn't suit me (something feels off about it). SMtD applies terribly but I love the name (and Johnny Depp and Jack Sparrow!). Plus, I love how glowy metallics are but totally hate the brushstrokes. It's funny because I'm willing to ignore brushstrokes in my pretty duochromes (I guess all that color shift is a good distraction, LOL). I can totally understand you hating lonely bottles. I want at least a pair from each brand so that they'll look pretty (and not alone) in my drawer. How do you usually go about purging? Swaps or sale?

  31. Enjoyed the bottle pics. ;) I think you have good, practical thoughts, and have inspired me to go through my ever growing stash in the same manner. However....if you are looking to purge MAC Bad Fairy....I would happily take it off your hands! Ha ha. ;)

  32. Wow. Thank you for posting this. It inspired me to purge part of my stash. I had up to 300 bottles but I'm going into nursing and I never wear all of them. I managed to cut it down to 150 after I weeded out the dupes. And I plan to cut it down even more to 90 so they will all fit my 90 rack wall hang. It was kind of empowering. I loved you purge notes as well. I took a few pieces of photo paper from the printer and started swatching to compare. My mom and sister and friends are going to reap the benefits. haha :) The only thing I'm having trouble with is purging my Nfu Ohs. I have 61, 63, and 64. I purged a few of my deborah lippmann polishes that I got in the Nordstorm anniversary sales. I like the concept of getting rid of the ones you don't wear and making room for new ones if you want. Now I don't get overwhelmed looking for a color. Hopefully I can get it down to 90 :) Thanks again!

  33. No comprendo! I would still keep your Nina just in case there comes a day when your aren't feeling the simmer of Neeka and want a lovely creme.

  34. Oh I also would never purge anything that you've made an obvious dent in...I think that shows you really love it (Dana, St. Lucia Lilac)

  35. Lynnderella Heart Strings and Lynnderella ♥ won't be available to public, huh? :/

  36. I purged SMtD in favour of keeping Japanese Rose Garden... which I just recently sold as well. Haha. If you find JRG, the formula on that is much better and has a gorgeous silver shimmer in it.

    For my purged polishes, I will swap HTF polishes and sell ETF polishes on my blog sale. It's been a bit tough swapping for me lately, since I have not had many lemmings lately and been paring down my stash!

  37. That is so AWESOME!! Great idea to use photo paper as well! For the ones you are having a hard time purging, don't rush it. You can set them aside in a separate box or drawer and think about it later. If you don't miss them for a few months, it's probably safe to let them go, imo! 

  38. Yep, true! It's also pretty hard to swap/sell well used items haha. I see one of my friends very rarely once a year, and I always bring Dana with me to do her nails, so it's a bit of a tradition now :) I might just mail it to her some day, though! 

  39. I think Lynn was unsure about Heart Strings for this release, but hopefully she'll add it to a future collection. I'm not sure about ♥ either!

  40. I would LOVE to take any of your NFU's off your hands!

  41. OMG would you mind swatching Lynderella Heart Strings and Lynnderella <3 please :)

  42. I loved reading this post! I always contemplate what to get rid of and I can never seem to let go... Let me know if you get rid of the missha! I love rose scented polishes =)

  43. I'll be sure to do it next time I sit down to swatch! :) 

  44. hahaha, I won't be making any cuts until I get my hands on the Layla holos (if that ever happens!)

  45. No, I actually like Orly and Nubar the most, Essie is right behind them and then we have OPI and then China Glaze, then Zoya. Where did you get the idea that it's the other way around? :) I have a problem with Zoya - their pinks look quite awful on me  + all the fast drying topcoats I use shrink all my Zoyas, even the cremes, it drives me crazy!

  46. Haha, I guess from your description of things you kept over others, it seemed like you leaned more towards OPI! XD I am not a fan of pinks in general (as you can tell from my pics!), but I do love Zoya. Have you tried Poshe topcoat? The Nails Inc topcoat also works well with Zoyas on me.

  47. Lovely collection. The Essies look lovely especially Vermillionaire  and the pinks. I have to check out Illamasqua Fern and Collide and OPI Absolutely Alice and  Nfu Oh 56 and 52. They look lovely.

  48. This is SO inspiring! I really need to organize and purge my stash!! *runs away to hold all the bottles*

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