Rie’s Polish Stash: The Inside Helmer Story
This was a much requested post by all my Twitter and Facebook pals, so today I’m going to show you my ever-growing polish stash and how I store everything. ^_^ I have almost of my nail polishes in a white Ikea Helmer storage unit. And I also have what I call my “overflow” side table where I keep odds and ends, including polishes that I am currently working with and those that haven’t found a home in the Helmer yet. I keep all my polish in the living room, that way I can have epic swatching sessions and marathon tv shows on Netflix simultaneously. Right now I have all of my polishes stored by brand 1st, then by color 2nd. If you’re reading this mom, I may need another Helmer for Christmas (a red one please!).
Let’s move on to the pics!
Polish Organization – Rie’s Helmer
Here’s a pic of my beautiful Helmer. I haven’t written on the labels yet because I may rearrange a few of the polishes into different drawers. I was super scared that it would be hard to put together, but honestly it was a piece of cake! Everything pretty much snapped together and the instructions were pretty straight forward. I didn’t include a picture of my “overflow” table because it’s covered with polishes from my last three hauls (epic haul post coming soooooon!).
On top of my Helmer I have all of my Essie Mini 4pc Box Sets, acrylic paints and brushes, various hand/cuticle care tools and products, and make-up sponges/reinforcement stickers for nail art. I want to get a small basket for all my nail art supplies.
1st Drawer – this drawer contains various top coats, base coats, Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoats, striping nail art polishes, nail files, dotting tools, nail art brushes and various other art supplies, nail art stamping plates and tools, nail art display wheels, cuticle cream and cuticle remover. I recently received the set of MASH stamping plates and I can’t wait to try them out!! ^_^
2nd Drawer – this drawer contains foreign, frankens and super special/expensive brands:
A-England, Ozotic, Barry M, Deborah Lippmann, Nails Inc., Models Own, Butter London, MAC, Sephora by OPI, Chanel, Lancôme, NARS, HITS, Glitter Gal, Ludurana, Illamasqua, Missha, Nfu-Oh, Rescue Beauty Lounge, Lynnderella, and HARE Polish.
3rd Drawer – this drawer contains supply/salon-ish and online boutique brands:
Kleancolor, Essie, Orly, Zoya, Cult Nails, Color Club, Pixel, Essence, BB Couture, NYX, Nubar, Barielle, Perfect Formula, Ulta Brand, Eyeko (should go in foreign drawer…), L.A. Splash, L.A. Girl, and Julep.
4th Drawer – this drawer contains beauty supply and drug store-ish brands:
OPI, Nicole By OPI, Sonia Kashuk, Mini Divas, Rimmel London, Pure Ice, Maybelline, Jesse’s Girl, Sinful Colors, Max Factor, E.L.F., Diamond Cosmetics, Hard Candy, Borghese, Confetti, CQ, Avon, N.Y.C., various dollar store & un-named polishes.
5th Drawer – this drawer contains MOAR beauty supply and drug store-ish brands:
Revlon, Sally Hansen, Wet n Wild, Milani, and Finger Paints.
6th Drawer – this drawer contains all of my China Glaze nail polishes, including my 3 crackles in the top left corner and a holographic top coat somewhere. Yes, I have an entire drawer devoted to only China Glaze. I’m a bit of a fangirl for this brand. O_o
That’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed taking a gander at my polish stash! If you want to see an current and detailed account of my stash you can check out my collection spreadsheet [HERE]! The amount I own has already gone up from what I had last week when I first created the darn thing. It’s a work in progress. I may change how I describe the colors and I plan on adding blog links to the polishes that I have swatched for quick user reference. ^_^