Nail polish collection

Nail polish collection

I hadn’t really planned to post two collection videos in a row. But oh well, it’s summer time and I’ve really been enjoying polishing my nails again. Which is why I felt like filming a nail polish collection video for you. I tell you bit about how I store my polishes and go over a few of my favorites as well. I hope you enjoy!

My nail polish collection & storage

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High end nail polish stash

High end nail polish stash

A little over a week ago I showed you the first part of my ever extending nail polish collection. Where last week I showed you the first part of my drugstore nail polish colors, I now proudly present my high end nail polish collection. By high end nail polish I mean brands that are specialized nail polish brands and often come at a higher price tag. I don’t own any super high end nail polish anymore though, (think: Chanel, Dior, YSL etc). The reason? I never really like the color selections they do and paying 20 euros or more for a single nail polish is a bit much to be honest. But if you enjoy a bit of OPI, China Glaze, Ciaté, Essie, Sally Hansen and Koh! then grab a cuppa and scroll down.

China Glaze

1. China Glaze Lemon Fizz
2. China Glaze Solar Power
3. China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
4. China Glaze Refresh Mint
5. China Glaze For Audrey
6. China Glaze Turned Up Turqoise
7. China Glaze Holly-Day
8. China Glaze Emerald Fitzgeral
9. China Glaze It’s a Trap-Eze!
10. China Glaze Sunset Sail11. China Glaze Classic Camel
12. China Glaze Peachykeen
13. China Glaze Life Preserver
14. China Glaze Surreal Appeal
15. China Glaze Strawberry Fields
16. China Glaze Bing Cherry
17. China Glaze Sugar Plums
18. China Glaze Midnight Kisses

One of my favorite nail polish brands is China Glaze. One of the only reasons why I don’t have that many of these despite my love for these polishes, is the fact that I can only buy these online. It makes it harder to judge the colors and whether I like them. I used to have some more yellows and other shades by China Glaze, but those are long gone as they didn’t live up to my expectations. My favorite China Glaze nail polish? For Audrey, Life Preserver, Bing Cherry (one of my favorite red nail polishes of all time!) and Strawberry Fields.

Essie

1. Essie Topless & Barefoot
2. Essie French Affair
3. Essie Nice is Nice
4. Essie Coat Azure
5. Essie In Stitches
6. Essie Cute as a Button
7. Essie Clambake
8. Essie After School Boy Blazer
9. Essie Dive Bar
10. Essie On a Silver Platter
11. Essie Stroke of Brilliance

My love for Essie has been evergrowing since it was introduced in Dutch drugstores. My first Essie polishes were the mini set and In Stitches. The only Essie polish that was rather disappointing to me was Clambake as it is a jelly type polish and shows my tips whenever I apply it. However, I’ve found it works wonders on my toes in summer. After School Boy Blazer and Cute as a Button are my favorites here.

High end random: Ciaté, Sally Hansen, Koh!

1. Ciaté Cookies and Cream
2. Ciaté Sugared Almonds
3. Ciaté Apple and Custard
4. Ciaté Sherbet Fizz
5. Ciaté Holiday Blues
6. Ciaté Skinny Jeans
7. Ciaté Strictly Legal
8. Ciaté Velvet Tuxedo
9. Ciaté Twilight
10. Sally Hansen Insta Dry Lightening
11. Sally Hansen Insta Dry Jumpin’ Jade
12. Koh Metallic Gree
13. Koh Neon Green
14. Koh Rain Forest
15. Koh Seaweed

On to the miscellaneous brands in my high end collection. I have a few Ciaté polishes which I all really like. The brush is great, the packaging cute, but they do start to shift quite quickly. There isn’t a color in here that I don’t like. Sally Hansen and Koh are two brands I don’t have a whole lot of different polishes from, but the ones I have, I like. Lightening by Sally Hansen is the best full on creamy yellow in my collection and as you can see I like Koh! for green nail polish.

Last but not least is OPI. And yes, I have a lot of OPI. I just love love love OPI nail polish. The colors are great, the texture is great (most of the time) and the textures are innovative and fun. I’m a big fan of their Liquid Sand finish, but their creams and glitters are also worth a mention. I’ve only ever had two nail polishes by OPI that I never really wore: Guy meets Galveston (from the Texas collection), a coral jelly that took hours to dry; and Lemonade Stand By Your Man, a yellow which wasn’t doing it for me. All other polishes I just love. My favorites? Mermaid’s Tears, The World is Not Enough, De-signer De Better, and all of the Liquid Sands!

OPI 1

1. OPI My Private Jet
2. OPI Tease-y Does It (Burlesque Collection)
3. OPI Midnight in Moscow
4. OPI Every Month is October Fest (Germany Collection)
5. OPI Lincoln Park at Midnight
6. OPI Diva of Geneva (Switzerland Collection)
7. OPI Sleigh Ride for Two (Mariah Carey Holiday Collection)
8. OPI Meet me on the Star Ferry
9. OPI I’m Not Really a Waitress
10. OPI The Show Must Go On (Burlesque Collection)
11. OPI Let Me Entertain You (Burlesque Collection)
12. OPI Yoga-Ta Get this Blue
13. OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui
14. OPI A Grape Fit!
15. OPI Green-wich Village
16. OPI Mermaid’s Tears (Pirates of the Caribbean Collection)
17. OPI That’s Berry Daring
18. OPI Hot & Spicy
19. OPI Melon of Troy
20. OPI Royal Flush Blush

OPI 2

1. OPI Don’t Bossanova me around (Brazil Collection)
2. OPI Tickle My France-y
3. OPI San Tan-tonio (Texas Collection)
4. OPI Over the Taupe
5. OPI Cozu-Melted in the Sun
6. OPI Rising Star (Burlesque Collection)
7. OPI Warm & Fozzie (Muppets Collection)
8. OPI All Sparkly & Gold (Mariah Carey Holiday Collection)
9. OPI Wonderous Star (Mariah Carey Holiday Collection)
10. OPI Designer… De Better (LE Muppet Collection)
11. OPI Number One Nemesis (Spider Man Collection)
12. OPI The World is Not Enough (James Bond Collection)
13. OPI Silver Shatter Topcoat
14. OPI Liquid Sands Jinx (Bond Girl Collection)
15. OPI Liquid Sands The Impossible (Mariah Carey Collection)
16. OPI Liquid Sand Vesper (Bond Girl Collection)
17. OPI Silent Stars go by (Mariah Carey Liquid Sand mini)
18. OPI Baby Please Come Home (Mariah Carey Liquid Sand mini)
19. OPI Make Him Mine (Mariah Carey Liquid Sand mini)
20. OPI Teenage Dream (Mini Katy Perry Collection)

OPI 3

1. OPI The One That Got Away (Mini Katy Perry Collection)
2.OPI Last Friday Night (Mini Katy Perry Collection)
3. OPI Not Like the Movies (Mini Katy Perry Collection)

As you can see the Teenage Dream mini has barely a swatch, but that’s because it’s completely dried out and I’m still trying to find a replacement for it. No luck yet, so if you know of a good dupe or maybe have a spare Teenage Dream you can miss, then feel free to let me know!

What’s your favorite high end nail polish brand?

Drugstore nail polish stash #1

Drugstore nail polish stash #1

A few months ago my Ebay nail wheels that I use to organize my nail polish collection ran out of space. So I ordered a new stack and decided to reorganize my nail polish swatches as my collection has changed quite a bit since the last time I showed it. In a way this is my updated nail polish collection. Even though I’ve gotten my hands on a few other polishes since taking these pictures, this will give you a fairly complete overview of all nail polish I currently own. In total there will be 4 posts and today is part one which is the first half of my drugstore nail polishes. I will say a little bit about each brand regarding color range, textures, etc. and there are swatches of each color featured in this post as well. Enjoy!

Barry M

1. Barry M Nail Paint Textured Nail Paint Kingsland Road
2. Barry M Textured Nail Paint Countess
3. Barry M Nail Paint Silvery Lila
4. Barry M Nail Paint Bright Red
5. Barry M Matte Nail Paint Crush
6. Barry M Matte Nail Paint Espresso
7. Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint Blue Grape
8. Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint Blueberry
9. Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint Papaya
10. Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint Blood Orange

Barry M is by far one of my favorite drugstore nail polish brands. It is a very affordable nail polish brand which is available in UK drugstores and River Island, but also on some Dutch beauty webshops. Barry M has a diverse range of polishes and also features some innovative finishes, textures and colors. Whether you’re looking for a classic red, the perfect nude or a fun top coat, Barry M has it all. My favorite line is their Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint line. These polishes have great coverage, good lasting power and a super shiny finish. The most special Barry M polish I have would be the Textured Nail Paint in Countess. It’s a burgundy with golden glitter, but because of the sandy texture it dries completely matte.

Barry M & Models Own

1. Models Own Southern Lights
2. Models Own Absinthe
3. Models Own Hot Stuff
4. Models Own Freak Out
5. Models Own Banger
6. Models Own Rocket
7. Barry M Nail Paint Dolly Mixture
8. Barry M Nail Paint Rosy Quartz Glitter
9. Barry M Nail Paint Amethyst Glitter
10. Barry M Nail Paint Pink Sapphire Glitter
11. Barry M Nail Paint Super Drug Ltd E 334
12. Barry M Nail Paint Super Drug Ltd

More Barry M, but this time it’s top coats and glitters. Also featured here is Model’s Own, another UK drugstore brand. Both these brands do some amazing topcoats with or without tons of glitter. Especially the Model’s Own brand do some crazy ones with glitters in different shapes and sizes. As you can see both brands have a nice almost opaque coverage as all swatches are two coats.

Sephora & Bourjois

1. Sephora Coco
2. Sephora Rock
3. Sephora Tectonic
4. Sephora Cassis
5. Sephora Disco
6. Sephora Chupa
7. Sephora Hip-Hop
8. Sephora Picnic in the Park
9. Sephora Vintage Sweater
10. Sephora Sparkling Night Bird
11. Bourjois So Laque Rose Lounge
12. Bourjois So Laque Tangerine Fatal
13. Bourjois So Laque Rouge Escarpin
14. Bourjois So Laque Cerise Noire
15. Bourjois So Laque Bleu Mystériyeux
16. Bourjois So Laque Noir de Chine
17. Bourjois 1 Seconde Gel 27 Green Fizz

Sephora was the first brand I started buying when I got back into nail polish around 7 years ago. Some of these bottles are hence super old and I’m not even sure they do these colors anymore. I used to have more of these, but ended up keeping those colors I truly love and wear the most. Bourjois does some nice nail polish as well, but I find it fairly expensive for what it is. I like their So Laque line as it is opaque in one coat and I love using these on my toe nails as it’s super quick and easy.

Catrice 1

1. Catrice Discreet (Thrilling me softly LE)
2. Catrice Clay-ton, My Hero
3. Catrice Lost in Mud
4. Catrice London’s Weather Forecast
5. Catrice Play it Blue (Candy Shock LE)
6. Catrice Up in the Air
7. Catrice Denim Moore
8. Catrice Be Indiglow (Bohemia LE)
9. Catrice Be Pool (Limited color)
10. Catrice Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy
11. Catrice Sold Out Forever
12. Catrice I Sea You
13. Catrice Virgin Forest (LE Coolibri collection)
14. Catrice I Scream Ice Cream (Candy Shock LE)
15. Catrice Biscuits & Cupcakes (Urban Baroque LE)
16. Catrice Let’s Mauve On
17. Catrice Welcome to Roosywood
18. Catrice Just Berried
19. Catrice Raspberry Fields Forever
20. Catrice Looking Sunkissed (Bohemia LE)

Catrice used to be my favorite drugstore nail polish brand. They used to cost only 2.50 a pop, but these nail polishes have been going up in price. They’ve also changed the brush and the formula since then, and unfortunately it’s not for the better. That’s why most of these polishes are from older collections or from 2 years or so ago. Again, I used to have many more Catrice polishes, but I ended up keeping the colors I truly use. Discreet is my favorite nude nail polish, Up in the Air one of my favorite blues, and Virgin Forest is great for putting on toe nails in the summer months.

Catrice 2

1. Catrice Spiced Bronze (Caramé LE)
2. Catrice I’m a Star
3. Catrice Genius in the Bottle
4. Catrice Captain Sparrow’s Boat
5. Catrice Iron Mermaiden
6. Catrice Luxury Lacquers Million Brilliance BRIGHTsmaid
7. Catrice Luxury LacquersMillion Brilliance Glitter me if you Can
8. Catrice Luxury Lacquers Million Brilliance Walk of Glitters
9. Catrice Luxury Lacquers Million Brilliance Glitterama
10. Catrice Luxury LacquersSand Sation 100perSand Real
11. Catrice Luxury Lacquers Sand Sation Tropicoral
12. Catrice Luxury Lacquers Sand Sation Sandhopper
13. Catrice Luxury Lacquers Holomania ApHolo7
14. Catrice Luxury Lacquers Holomania Plum me up Scotty
15. Catrice Luxury Lacquers C(h)ome, Leon!
16. Catrice Luxury Lacquers Chameleon Salmon Salmon but Different
17. Catrice Luxury Lacquers Chameleon Chromeo & Juliet

This second Catrice nail wheel features some of the darker colors (as you can see I made all of my swatches according to a light to dark gradient) as well as the Luxury Lacquers which came out last March. I already wrote a separate post about the Luxury Lacquers when I first got these, so use the search bar if you’d like to take a closer look.

What is your favorite drugstore nail polish brand?