Friday, July 22, 2016

How I Store My Stash!

MakeSpace contacted me recently and they were curious as to how I stored my stash.. of nail polish, of course!  MakeSpace is a fast growing company specializing in making storing your belongings easy, fast, and inexpensive.  They do all the work for you!  Check it out.

I figured this would be a perfect time to update all of you on how I keep organized with all of my nail art and polish products (it's been a while).  Here we go!

Above is my set up for doing my nails on a weekly (but mostly daily) basis.  Some of it is super organized, and the rest is just an organized mess, but it works for me.
I recently bought this fun little cart from IKEA.  This holds all of my miscellaneous nail art and clean up products.  Here, you can see my label maker, extra sponges, cotton pads, paper towel, and a whole load of nail polish remover.  You can never have enough!  On top, you can see my Caboodle.  Let's see what's inside...

I bought this Caboodle from Target a long time ago, I'm talking at least 7 years (great investment for sure)!  I store all of my disks of rhinestones, glitters, foils, and striping tapes.  
Underneath the IKEA cart, I had a small purple binder in which I store all of my stamping plates.  I love these Bundle Monster binder inserts, but I will definitely be needing a larger binder soon! ;)
This part looks a little bit messier, but I swear there is an order to it!  I have a pencil holder on top which holds my paint brushes, nail files, and dotting tools.  I bought this for pretty cheap at Target.  On the top shelf, I keep my nail swatch wheels, acrylic paints, and extra water for when I do intricate painted designs.  The second shelf really just holds my palette.  The two drawers below contain my cuticle clippers, nail clippers, toe separators, and cotton pads.  This fun little storage was purchased at Michael's Craft Store and is supposed to be used for scrapbooking storage.  Now for the good part...  

I keep all my newest collections in this awesome little display organizer I purchased on clearance at Sally Beauty Supply.  Fortunately, I've noticed that Ulta has started selling a lot of these in different sizes and styles.  Right now, I have OPI's soft shades collection and the Alice Through the Looking Glass collection stored here.  Soon, this one will be filled with Kerry Washington! :D

Last, but certainly not least, I have these beautiful drawers filled with nail polish.  This is a 9 drawer ALEX from IKEA that I bought a few years ago.  I love this because all drawers are the perfect height for nail polish.  Of course you can store other materials in here, but each draw is filled with at least 96 colors of OPI, Zoya, China Glaze, or Essie just over 800 in total!  I have each one numbered on top (using my label maker ;) ) with their color code.  This coincides with my polish swatch wheel in which I can pick out a color I want to wear and find it very easily in my drawers!

So there you have it.  This is how I store my stash.  If you happen to have a collection larger than mine and need to make some space, check out MakeSpace changing self-storage near you!  If you have any more questions about how I organize myself, where I get any of my supplies, or questions/comments in general, just let me know.  I would also love to hear how you store your stash!  Thanks for reading! :)

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

In The Cab-Ana Lace

Base color on right two fingers in OPI's Alpine Snow from the Tuxedo Collection.  I then sponged on a gradient of white, Essie's Mint Candy Apple and In the Cab-Ana.  On my left two fingers, I used a Bundle Monster stamping plate and white Konad stamping polish on my nude nail.  I outlined it with white acrylic paint.

I thought they were so pretty!  Hope you enjoy :)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Juicy Watermelons

Base colors in Essie's Watermelon and OPI's Alpine Snow from the Tuxedo Collection.  I used three little black rhinestones on my ring finger (and I hate wearing rhinestones...).  With a tiny brush, I drew on the watermelons on my middle finger.

I've been obsessed with watermelon lately, and these were just too cute to not do myself!

Idea cred to @hbbeautybar @melcisme

Friday, July 8, 2016

Sharpie Watercolor Mani

Base color in OPI's Alpine Snow from the Tuxedo Collection.  I used my new Bundle Monster Festival plates for the flower design in black.  Taking some Sharpies and rubbing alcohol, I very lightly applied the watercolor design.

The colors weren't as vibrant as I wanted them to be, but they were old Sharpies.  I think I might try this again when I have new ones.  Hope you enjoyed this design nonetheless! :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Bomb Pop Nails

Base colors in OPI's Alpine Snow from the Tuxedo Collection, Fearlessly Alice, and Having a Big Head Day from the Alice Through the Looking Glass Collection.  I used all three colors and sponged them on in a gradient like fashion, and when I did, it immediately reminded me of bomb pops!  Delicious!  All was topped off with Essie's Pure Pearlfection from the Luxeffects Collection.  Enjoy! :)

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Chevron Cutouts

Base colors in China Glaze's Lime After Lime from the Lite Brites Collection.  I used my Lotus Mat to paint on patches of polish in Lime After Lime, What I Like About Blue and Essie's Watermelon.  After they were completely dried, I used my chevron special scissors to cut them into pieces.  After applying a layer of top coat to my naked nail, I pieced together the cutouts of polish.

This was a super easy design to do and very effective.  I think I had them on the whole week! :)

Friday, June 17, 2016

Orange is the New Black Nails

With the new season of OITNB being released on Netflix today, I decided to do my nails in inspiration!

Base colors from left to right in OPI's Black Onyx and Alpine Snow from the Tuxedo Collection, and A Roll in the Hauge from the Holland Collection.  I used the decal method to draw the OITNB logo.  On the ring finger, I used a Bundle Monster stamping plate and white Konad stamping polish to stamp on the chicken.  And yes, my ring finger is a lot shorter... dang softball incident :(

Hope you're as excited for this new season as I am! :)