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Because our country is a goddamn trash fire right now. Authoritarianism, here we come. Now, there is only to wait for our Reichstag Fire moment. In my mind it's not an if, but a when.

I have been trying, feebly, to fight back against the national tragedy unfolding, as well as the aftermath of my own personal ones. Unfortunately, they are fucking with my sleep schedule something awful and plenty of nights I just can't fall asleep. Last Saturday was such a night, and I didn't get to bed until 7am ish.

I decided to sort and catalogue my ridiculous nail polish collection.

Polish rack


And, uh, I've since found about eight more bottles that were scattered around different boxes.

So, a few weeks ago, I ordered a bunch of swatch sticks (clear plastic fake nails on sticks) off of Ebay, and I set about sorting my 260ish polishes by finish, then by color.

I swatched by group. First cremes, then shimmers, etc etc.

Polish Swatches


I went down the line, which gave each layer of polish the time it needed before the next coat. Most of my creams covered in 2 coats, shimmers 2-3, holos 2-3, glass flecks 2-3, glitters 2-3, etc. Tints were shown at 1, 2, and 3 coats' opacity. For the multichromes, I painted half the tip in black first, since most duochromes really come alive over a black/dark base. Stamping polishes were stamped over a nail painted half white, half black. When they were dry, I put them in order, put them back on the rack, and put the swatch sticks on open & closeable rings (so I can re-order and add when necessary).

Polish Swatches

Polish Swatches

Polish Swatches


Now I have a handy guide to all of my colors. I still have my UberChic mat for testing out layering combinations, and that's helpful, but it's nice to have a sort of index of the colors I have-- both to avoid buying dupes & to talk myself out of some impulse buys.

Aside from that, I have been spending some time with my new whirlpool-jet bathtub. A couple of nights ago, I took a pitch-black bath full of twinkling glitter. It was like bathing in the night sky.

Mim continues her journey into becoming a lap cat. She crawls into my lap several times a day now. She's relishing being Top Cat in the household, and all of the duties that come with it.

Aside from that, not much to report. Big wholesale order to work on this week. At least it'll give me something quiet to do in the middle of the night.



Pre-sale of the Spring Box starts tomorrow. Will post about it when it goes live!

Date: 2017-01-31 09:56 pm (UTC)
reedrover: (ColorSheep)
From: [personal profile] reedrover
Wow. That is some serious organizing you did. I'm in awe. And a small, avaricious part of me is saying "ooooh shiny!"

Date: 2017-01-31 10:31 pm (UTC)
creatrix: (Default)
From: [personal profile] creatrix
I aspire to have my collection even half as well organized! (I tend to do mine by colour, just because I'm lazy, but... well, I have a disproportionate amount of blues and purples, so I need to think of a new system.)

Do you paint on the top of the plastic nail or on the bottom? I've read arguments in favour of either format.

Date: 2017-02-01 02:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ringsandcoffee.livejournal.com
Wow, that's a lot of polish. Not even my sister has that many, I think. Another LJ friend might though, I'll have to ask her.

Date: 2017-02-01 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wilhelmina-d.livejournal.com
I am at once awed and terrified by the amount of organization and effort put into that project. I wish I had half that patience.

Date: 2017-02-04 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] atriel.livejournal.com
I love this!

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