My Stash

Hey ya’ll!

I know some of you are really interested in seeing my stash (not my mustache, which I don’t have anyway), so I thought I would satisfy your curiosity today! I did post pics of it months ago, but it has probably tripled since then so I thought new pics were in order.

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I am at right around 950-1000 colors right now. I actually have a notebook with all of them written down. I haven’t updated in in a couple months though so I gotta get on that before I get too far behind.

I have swatched about 98% of these on my site, so if you wanna see the pics, just search in the categories section and you’ll find ‘em under either the brand or color!

A lot of you have asked “where do you keep your polishes?” Well I buy these Sterlite 4 drawer rolling carts at Target (when they are on sale). You can find them here. I now have 3 of them, and am on the verge of needing a fourth one. They are kept in my hubbie’s closet since he has wayyyy more room in his than I do (hello shoe addiction anyone?) :)

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This is the drawer with all the high end brands like RBL, Chanel, RGB, Deborah Lippmann, Dolce & Gabbana, YSL, Illamasqua, butter LONDON, Laura Mercier, Givency, Dior, NARS, Lancome, Np2, and Knockout

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Here is a drawer full of OPI

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Here I’ve got Sephora by OPI, Sephora, MAC, CND, Dashing Diva, Diamond Cosmetics, Duri, GOSH, ME ME ME, and Fingerpaints

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This drawer includes Barielle, Nicole by OPI, Carolyn NY (now defunct), BB Couture, Dazzle Dry, Karma Organics, Rimmel, Sinful Colors, Revlon, Superstar and Wet n wild

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This drawer is dedicated solely to China Glaze

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And now China Glaze is spilling into another drawer which is filled with Zoya and Misa

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Here I’ve got Color Club, Precision, SpaRitual, Jessica and Sula. The white capped bottles in front are just some nail art colors.

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This one contains Nubar, Orly and Borghese

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Here I have Essie, LA Girl, Obsessive Compulsive, Nfu-Oh and in the back 2 Wet n Wild roses from their Halloween colors last year. Oh and that little red box in the back is something special, and antique which I am saving for another post :)

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This is filled with Kleancolor, Barry M, Eyeko, Sally Hansen, ManGlaze, Ginger + Liz and Guppy

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Here is a drawer full of base coats, top coats and a couple imported colors from Asia and Europe in the back

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This one is filled with artificial nails, Halloween nails and some nail art stuff

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This is my first bin of colors waiting to be swatched

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Second bin waiting to be swatched

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Third bin waiting to be swatched!!

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And some other colors waiting to be swatched that don’t fit in any bins

So there you have it, my whole stash. Crazy right? When I started this site 1 year ago I had between 75-100 polishes! I keep thinking if I keep going at this rate, I am gonna wind up needing to buy another house with 4 bedrooms so I can turn that one 4th one into a makeup storage room. Maybe someday I’ll also show my other cosmetics stash on here, I have a ton of MAC stuff (been collecting MAC since 1991 but not at the rate some people do), and others also!  Hope you enjoyed!

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39 comments

  • September 12, 2009

    Insane! But in a good way. ;) I have the same problem with makeup. I have 5 of those 5′ tall rolling storage carts in my bedroom. LOL. I often dream of a beauty room. :)
    .-= Carla´s last blog ..Sula Beauty Paint ‘n Peel Nail Polish : Trick or Treat? =-.

  • September 12, 2009

    Your nail polish porn is nice…Thanks for sharing
    .-= Pumps and Gloss´s last blog ..Perked Up =-.

  • September 12, 2009
    Marie

    Dear Lord!!!!!!!*thump*

  • September 12, 2009
    TropicalChrome

    After seeing your stash, I don’t feel so bad about my teeny one! I wish I could see all the colors in person – some look wonderful even from the top of the bottle!

  • September 12, 2009
    stephanie

    Damn kelly! That is alot of nail polish. You have alot of Mac too? You will need a blog just for make-up now!

  • September 12, 2009

    Holy smokes! Your collection has really grown since the last time I saw pictures of your stash. And I can’t wait to find out what’s in that little red box – oh the intrigue!
    .-= Glockoma´s last blog ..Rape Survivors: How to Move on and Become Thrivers =-.

  • September 12, 2009

    Wow! Thanks for sharing! My guys think I’m bad since I now have over 100 bottles!
    .-= Fresco Phyrra´s last blog ..Les Papillons Teaser! =-.

  • September 12, 2009
    Kat

    i LOVE your stash! the Sterlite container i had wouldn’t let my polishes except for one or two brands stand up, so i bought a storage thing from Office Depot only to find out that doesn’t let them stand up either! so frustrating, but it does hold my makeup ;)

    how do you organize your colors within each brand? by color/name/collection, or just random?

    • September 13, 2009

      Hi Kat,

      That’s why I like these because the polish can stand up easily. I organize by brand.

  • September 12, 2009

    oh…em…gee! I think I need help picking up my jaw from the floor. Wow… that is quite a stash you have there. How would you even go about choosing which one to use?
    .-= Marisol´s last blog ..A Lesson Learned The Hard Way =-.

    • September 13, 2009

      Hi Marisol,

      Ummm that IS a problem actually! It’s one of the perils of being a nail polish blogger, you don’t have enough hands to wear everything you want to!

  • September 12, 2009

    Oh wow, I just had to pick myself up off the floor! That is wild! I thought having over a 100 was bad but gee I got a ways to go to be at your level.. :)
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..JLife Heat Shield Straightening Iron Protector Giveaway! =-.

  • September 13, 2009

    This is so nice to look at!
    .-= AllYouDesire´s last blog ..Nfu Oh 51 (+ Color Club Black) =-.

  • September 13, 2009

    That´s really something!!! I look like a cartoon character, googlin eyes, jaw on the floor but you indeed have pefectly organised drawers. I love them.

  • September 13, 2009

    shoe addiction!? you are SPEAKING MY LANGUAGE! shoes and nail polish…my two huge obsessions. but NP is easier to fund since i like my shoes in the $600+ range!
    .-= sara´s last blog ..day twelve, fing’r edge fake nails =-.

  • September 13, 2009
    skgoh

    OHMYGOODNESS. If I had your stash I would never leave the house. I would stay at home all day painting and repainting my nails all your beautiful colours. Let me know if you ever want to get rid of any of these — I would gladly adopt your discards! *envy*

  • September 13, 2009

    I feel very relieved to have clocked the Models Own and Ciate in the “Waiting to be Swatched” basket – glad they arrived ok! Phew!

    Awesome stash. Makes mine (500 ish) look pathetic!

    • September 13, 2009

      Hi Helen,

      YES they arrived perfectly!!! And thanks for all the other goodies in the box :) I have the Tube magnet on my fridge with the other magnets I collect from everywhere I go :) Did you receive yours yet??

  • September 13, 2009
    Thä

    those are surely a lot of polishes :o i don’t think i’ll get to a collection like yours- maybe in a couple of years :P

  • September 13, 2009

    Wow, you could start your own store. You are the crazy nail polish lady. I mean that in a good way. Have you counted how many n polishes that you have lately? I’m curious. I thought I had a lot of OPI nailpolishes. I have 13 of them. My hubby gets me 1 for my stocking every X-mas.
    .-= dramaqueensmum´s last blog ..Old friend =-.

    • September 13, 2009

      HI dramaqueensmum,

      I have about 900-1000 right now. I need to update my list because I am a couple months behind :)

  • September 13, 2009
    Linda

    Wow that’s insane but I’m sooo jealous!

  • September 13, 2009
    Sonya

    Kelly, I just showed this to my boyfriend (who teases me about my ever-growing nail polish stash) and he said there will be an intervention before I get to this point.
    I am insanely jealous!

    • September 13, 2009

      Hi Sonya,

      Tell him that at least nail polish comes in small containers and doesn’t really take up that much space! See, my hubbie can’t say anything because our entire garage is filled with HIS old toy/baseball card collections. :)

  • September 13, 2009
    Lauren S

    That is so awesome. I have between 100-200 polishes, and most of them are OPI, Essie, and Color Club, because those are the brands that are easy to find where I live. I have a few Misas, RBLs, NARS, and Lippmanns.

  • September 13, 2009
    Lauren S

    Oh and please please please swatch the OPI Holiday collection, I have seen Scrangie’s swatches and now I want to see what you think of them

  • September 13, 2009
    Kate & Zena

    My God woman, I’d have an apocalyptic fit staring at all those figuring out which one to wear. The mind reels. I have about 40 but I kicked three out to the rubbish bin a few days ago (sounds so much better than ‘trash can’) and I have three that are being contemplated to their sorry status to said bin. My Autistic brain just cannot STAND disorder or keeping things I don’t like. I don’t think you have the ones I’m contemplating sending to the bin either (I’m staring at the insane amount of bins and not seeing the 3 Sally Hansens).

    I have to find something for my increasing make-up stash. My top dresser drawer can’t close smoothly from the amount of L’Oreal HiPs, Revlon mattes and lipglosses I’ve managed to accrue.

    Oh, by the way, I finally managed to find those damn spring polishes from Sally Hansen. Just when I started forgetting about them they popped into a Walgreens. Needless to say I snatched up the two I wanted. Four negleted e-mails, three phone calls and many, many, many hours of hunting, they finally came to the midwest. Maybe I just shouldn’t get angry and wait five months….

  • September 13, 2009

    Thanks for these pictures! I have found since having a blog that my collection has rapidly gone from needing one drawer in my makeup plastic roll around to needing their own organization system. II love your organization. And some of those polishes… *drool drool drool*. Continue to love your blog! have a great day! And a great time in Vegas!
    .-= Judy´s last blog ..A day of polish and plants =-.

  • September 13, 2009

    Wauw amazing :) hope you have good ensurance, theres for like thousands of dollars there :P

  • September 13, 2009

    My stash is growing fast too, girl, because of my blog! I’m impressed with all the storage too, may have to try that system! :)
    .-= Polish Earthgirl´s last blog ..Orly Once Upon a Time Collection for Fall 2009 =-.

  • September 13, 2009

    I couldn’t work out how to repy to you on the thread so it’s going here!

    SO glad everything arrived safely. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts. And I’m glad you liked the magnet – I hoped it would make a nice addition to your London collection!

    I haven’t been in the office for a week so I don’t know if your parcel has made it as yet. But I’m back at work tomorrow so praying it has as that might be the only thing that makes the pain of returning to work after a lovely holiday easier to bear!! I’ll email you in the morning and let you know.
    .-= Helen´s last blog ..Honeys, I’m Home! =-.

  • September 13, 2009

    Wow your stash is amazing! it is so neat and organized too :)
    .-= Kae´s last blog ..China Glaze Laced Up =-.

  • September 14, 2009
    Alison

    Wow! What an amazing stash! I think you have more polishes waiting to swatch than I have in my whole collection!

  • September 14, 2009
    Kristi

    Wow, look at all of the China Glaze and Zoya nail polishes! My nail polish collection is around 100. I’m such a geek, every once in a while I like to just take them all out and look at them. I forget which ones I have sometimes if I don’t do that. Do you have people you know wanting to borrow your nail polishes? I like how all your Essie nail polishes are bright or dark colors, I don’t see the classic Essie sheer pink colors, which 95% of their polishes are! :)

  • September 14, 2009

    Hi Kelly: I thought 40-50 was a lot, 100 of them and you not the only one…amazing. I think we should send pictures of your nail polish stash. Mine has been 3-4 years in the making. I use those Sterlite containers too, they have four flaps to lock in the polishes, even the tall ones, LOL I use small little white stickers on top (or on the side of the bottles) and number the bottles using a color code number system, the colored markers are what I use to select different Manufactures; like OPI would be 0P1, 0P2, 0P2, Orly would be OR1, OR2, some who already have names and numbers on top I use those, China Glaze would be Cg1, Cg2, etc. So how do you keep track of the polishes and how do you find the nail color quickly. I even use a Excel Spread sheet, LOL to keep track of what I have

    …I think I have a definite problem and I am a guy! Some collections have their own separate Sterlite boxes like Michell’s Barielle’s Shade collection, I use MM1, MM2, MM3. A small drop of super glue holds them forever. The smaller boxes can hold just 12 bottles of nail polish alone.

    I am very impressed about how many young woman collect so many polishes but I can understand why because whenever I see a new polish, especially on your web site or Michelle’s web site, I will go out and try and find it.

    ((((((Love Kelly))))))

    Mc Huggs :)
    .-= Mc Huggs :)´s last blog ..Pregnant Goddess Video Diary: Week 7 =-.

  • September 14, 2009
    Rachael

    That’s so awesome! I’m going to show this to my husband who thinks I’m going overboard with the nail polishes because I have around 100. :)

  • September 14, 2009

    OMG that’s quite some stash, Kelly!!! :D
    amazing!
    .-= Sanna´s last blog ..I love Color Club =-.

  • September 14, 2009
    YadiQ

    wow how fabulous !

    very impressive and i am truly amazed by the organization !

    lol my polishes all fit in 1 plastic shoe box style bin lol

    my eye makeup however spills out into numerous cosmetics bags lol that cover a whole table lol

  • September 15, 2009
    Lucy

    Hi Kelly! That’s a beautiful and impressive display of your collection. Thank you so much for sharing your collection. I guess it would be very hard not to have so much polish. Many people ask for specific shades to be swatched. I know I started out with about 30+ polishes. I’m afraid to count what I do have. I keep a list of everything I buy in a notebook. I also have another notebook of polishes I want. I could never remember what I have in my collection if I didn’t keep it written down. Wish I knew how to do a spreadsheet.