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Ok, so nails are an area of my beauty routine that always got short shrift, as I only quit biting them about 8 months ago. So, as I was organizing my stash, I saw this as a huge area for opportunity--over the past two months, I've gone from 2 nail polishes to over 70. OOPS. Of course, since they're all different brands, figuring out how to store them in an attractive way is gonna be yet another "opportunity", but in the meanwhile....I decided that I would be clever and pick up a few nail wheels, figuring that I could carry around the swatches and keep myself from accidentally duping, right? I mean, I know I've picked up a lot of shades of blue and it would come as no surprise if I had multiple plain blacks (surprisingly, I don't)...HOWEVER....

Um, yeah, well, apparently I own four IDENTICAL red jelly polishes with red microglitter from four different companies. I don't even KNOW how that happened....I do LOVE the color, but since my nails are short....I don't usually wear red.....

What about you guys--anyone else find some weird set of dupes that you wouldn't have expected while you were organizing? And do you then try to use it and see if maybe your subconscious was telling you something? Or do you chuck it, figuring there is a reason you didn't realize you had the dupe group?

 
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I actually tend to buy dupe accidentally. I just discovered yesterday I own two Rich in Heart from Sinful Colors, good thing I DIDN'T buy another one a couple of weeks ago! I have several other polishes that I've done the same. Bought then only RECENTLY realized I already HAD that exact bottle. I don't mind buying similar colors from different brands since it does help me show other people the dupes so maybe they'll save themselves some money if one is less expensive than the other.

 
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Yeah, you have a valid point about when you pick up the same shade from different companies, but I am trying to keep this from happening again LOL

I still kinda feel like an idiot for needing my "cheat sheet" wheels with me to make sure I don't do this AGAIN

 
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The wheels are a really good idea though! I dont think you should be embaressed! :D /emoticons/biggrin@2x.png 2x" width="20" height="20" />

 
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I would carry nail wheels if I had a purse big enough to do so.

 
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Originally Posted by zadidoll /img/forum/go_quote.gif

I would carry nail wheels if I had a purse big enough to do so.
OMG, I'd love to see you whip that bad boy out!

 
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I would probably do it more like spoons. Instead of carrying wheels, take the nails before painting them on a wheel and drill a hole near the top for a piece of chain then paint each nail, let dry then clip the nails off and run a piece of chain through it. Almost like how a designer carries those paint chips books.



 
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You could use it like a keychain!  LOL

Wouldnt it need to be a bit bigger for brand/name though? :D /emoticons/biggrin@2x.png 2x" width="20" height="20" />

Originally Posted by zadidoll /img/forum/go_quote.gif

I would probably do it more like spoons. Instead of carrying wheels, take the nails before painting them on a wheel and drill a hole near the top for a piece of chain then paint each nail, let dry then clip the nails off and run a piece of chain through it. Almost like how a designer carries those paint chips books.


 
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Originally Posted by Pancua /img/forum/go_quote.gif

You could use it like a keychain!  LOL

Wouldnt it need to be a bit bigger for brand/name though? :D /emoticons/biggrin@2x.png 2x" width="20" height="20" />
That would make for a conversation piece! LOL Only with Zadi I imagine she would need a small rollerbag for her keychain b/c she has so many nail polishes! Better yet she could just hire a really hot buff guy to carry it around for her!

 
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I'll take one hot buff guy. :D /emoticons/biggrin@2x.png 2x" width="20" height="20" />

 
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Originally Posted by zadidoll /img/forum/go_quote.gif

I'll take one hot buff guy. :D /emoticons/biggrin@2x.png 2x" width="20" height="20" />
No dressing? :D /emoticons/biggrin@2x.png 2x" width="20" height="20" />

 
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Since this is a relatively PG-13 forum, no dressing... it could get pornographic! LOL

 
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Wouldn't it be more pornographic WITHOUT dressing? Just saying......

 
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Originally Posted by zadidoll /img/forum/go_quote.gif

I would probably do it more like spoons. Instead of carrying wheels, take the nails before painting them on a wheel and drill a hole near the top for a piece of chain then paint each nail, let dry then clip the nails off and run a piece of chain through it. Almost like how a designer carries those paint chips books.
If I could have found spoons on a piece of chain, I'd have done that. with 18 nails per wheel, 10 of them is only a little bit bigger than a packet of birthcontrol pills, so I'm good for now (I stuck 'em in a makeup bag, so they don't get banged up)

 
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I have my 200 polishes organized well enough by finish type and on display that I see often that I feel like I have a pretty good mental catalog of what I have and what I don't.  Of course, I seldom impulse buy polishes.  I get more excited speculating on new collections and browsing swatches and comparisons online before purchasing.

I have, on the other hand, figured I need a way to swatch on wheels too in case there's something new that I'm afraid is close to what I already have so I can compare in store.  It does make you realize that you probably don't **need** it at that point.

The reason I keep putting off swatching on wheels is that it's difficult/potentially possible to remove and reswatch from my understanding.  So if your blue wheel for example fills up and you realize you would prefer to reorganize true blue and grey blue or creme blue and glitter blue, you'd have to start over.

Polish or Perish came up with a plan of organizing her swatches that I plan on utilizing since it allows for re-organization.  It also reminds me of the keychain idea.  Hehe.  Check it out:

http://polishorperish.blogspot.com/2011/12/swatchsicles-of-my-whole-collection-pic.html

 
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Originally Posted by mermuse /img/forum/go_quote.gif

The reason I keep putting off swatching on wheels is that it's difficult/potentially possible to remove and reswatch from my understanding.  So if your blue wheel for example fills up and you realize you would prefer to reorganize true blue and grey blue or creme blue and glitter blue, you'd have to start over.

Polish or Perish came up with a plan of organizing her swatches that I plan on utilizing since it allows for re-organization.  It also reminds me of the keychain idea.  Hehe.  Check it out:

http://polishorperish.blogspot.com/2011/12/swatchsicles-of-my-whole-collection-pic.html
I didn't sort them by colors on the wheels--I went by brand. That way, the only reorganizing that will be necessary is when one wheel fills up and I need to add another. I only buy a few brands of polish, so this isn't too big of a deal for me (I admit, if I see a color from one company that a company from whom I have fewer has a dupe of, I would probably get the one that I have fewer by).

Wow, that was a convoluted sentence. But you know what I mean. 

 
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Mermuse! That's PERFECT. I wonder if she made those or bought it and if she bought it WHERE!

 
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Well, she said she had issues with some different ones she ordered as it's a mixed bag when you order from different vendors since sometimes she had issues with the plastic wrinkling under the polish, but she said she got good ones from an ebay seller.  I went on ahead and ordered 5 batches to stock up for a while from who she said here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170699758671

In posting this, I found another style from the same vendor and was about to be angry since the price appeared to have dropped, but I realized it was a different style that's milky base instead of clear.  The best part either way is free shipping.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Salon-DIY-50-Nail-Art-Tips-Polish-Display-Practice-Stick-Adjustable-Fan-Board-/170780122237

I like the clear ones better, though, so I'm happy to pay the extra money for them.  They also seem thicker and sturdier in the picture and might give a better swatch held over the nail.  Anyway, once I started searching, I found all sorts of these even with different displays, but I believe since you have to "assemble" these, you can just binder clip them easily and that's what I wanted to do.  They also seem to be in the price range of $5-$8 for 50 so I felt this price was right.

 

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