Thursday, April 26, 2012


Hello there!

I decided to start this blog to catalog my large collection of nail polish that I have acquired over the past couple of years and maybe, just maybe, someone will benefit from my swatches.  I have been painting my nails for as long as I can remember, but my collecting really amped up when I was trying to deal with the stress of graduate school.  Nail polish has now become my outlet for self expression and stress relief in my life.

I don't know the exact number of polishes I own, but I'm guessing it is somewhere around 200-300.  My favorite brand by far is Essie.  Their colors appeal to me the most and they wear amazingly well on me.  My collection also consists of OPI, Zoya, China Glaze, Butter London, Deborah Lippmann, Chanel, and various drugstore brands. 

Here is my very first NOTD (nail of the day):

Essie Camera 

This polish was just released as part of the Poppy-Razzi 2012 Collection.  I also bought Essie Action, a traffic cone orange, from the same collection.  This is 3 coats with 1 coat of Seche Vite.  I love this neon coral!  It dries matte and is a bit sheer.  Next time I think I will try it with a white base coat to make the neon really pop. 

I'd also like to share some of my favorite nail products: 

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat
Sally Hansen Insta Dri
Revlon Extra Life Top Coat 
Deborah Lippmann Hard Rock
Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter
Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream
J.R. Watkins Hand & Cuticle Salve 

Until next time, 



  1. do you think you could do a post on how to paint your nails so perfectly? i'm always screwing them up! :P thanks!

    1. I would love to! I'll make a post soon!

  2. This is amazing! Thanks for showing some of the products you use, I always wonder what's good quality and what's not.

  3. Welcome! I love new bloggers, I am one myself, its fun to see a blogge grow from day 1! I love your post so far and I'm so looking forward for more!

  4. Love your blog so far, great photos and colors, love the nail shape& length, just perfect. Essie is one of my fav brands too :)

  5. so glad i found ur blog thru instagram! love it! cant wait to catch up on ur posts.