Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Great Clear Out

I will be the first to admit it: I have a nail polish addiction.

[caption id="attachment_683" align="aligncenter" width="300"]These oldies need to go! These oldies need to go![/caption]

Ever since I was a tween, I have manically collected polishes and obsessively painted my nails every hue under the sun-- be they flattering or .  . . a sickly shade of saffron yellow (seriously, what was that about?). This obsession had lead me into to having a mahoosive nail polish collection.  At my last count, several coupons and cosmetics sales ago, I had 104 polishes, several of them being five or more years old.  Obviously, it was time for a collection clear out.

[caption id="attachment_684" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Buh-bye. Buh-bye.[/caption]

While there is some debate about how long you can keep a nail polish (some say as little as two years, other industry insiders insist that a well maintained bottle can last a lifetime), there were several in my archives that were worse for wear and ready to be tossed out.  Though I couldn’t part with several of my OPI national collection shades (Russia, Spain, and Switzerland were banner lines you guys!), I had to get merciless with those polishes that were gloppy, separated and not easily reconstituted, or . . . just plain bad.

[caption id="attachment_682" align="aligncenter" width="300"]My "clean" collection. My "clean" collection.[/caption]

Surprisingly, what I thought would take the better part of an hour to accomplish took only a matter of minutes.  Now, my collection is thirty bottles lighter and-- space provided!-- ready for new editions!