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Photos of Your Stash

I saw a thread a while back on here about counting your makeup products.  It was amazing to see those numbers!  While I was reorganzing and going through my makeup since I have moved on to Sephora, and since some things expired and I learned that the hard way lol, I got the silly idea to take a picture of it lol. So if you're bored or just reorganizing your stash, feel free to take a picture and post it!  Smiley Happy My collection is in the little league range at the moment lol


This is my stash after I went through stuff.  I don't use my Victoria's Secret kit much anymore since I discovered Sephora, but I still do use the blushes in it and the lip products when I'm at home for the day.  The main two palettes I've been using are from Urban Decay and Kat Von D, and I love both!




Here's my stash back to organization on my spinny organizer my granny gave me for Christmas.  It works well for the moment, but there's no way I can fit my polishes in it lol.



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@starletta8... oh WOW how many bottles do you have? I know I have over 100 myself but the variety of colors you have is incredible...!!!

Luv&Lipgloss, Diana

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Thanks, Diana!


It was well over 300 last time I actually counted.  Some of them (the OPI/Essie in particular) are legitimately 10 years old and still going strong since I've been careful how they're stored. 


The good news is that now I've hit the point of "it'd better be very unique to get my attention."  My most recent purchases? Finding the mint speckled Illamasqua and the YSL Tie & Dye Topcoats. 



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Starletta I'm drooling over here!


Can you share how you store them/make them last so long?

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*snags starlettas pink chanel polishes*



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LOL we could probably start a thread about Starletta's collection. "If you could pick two of Starletta's nail polishes to permanently borrow......"

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I'm still working on my Pintarest boards- I have the majority of my collection pinned there by brand.  Same user name as here, if people are wondering what exact shades are.


I have 20-some more polishes to pin; some of the older MAC ones aren't swatched online anywhere.  I also have info on what collection they originally were introduced with, when available.


It's my mobile organization method- If I think I have a similar color, I can quickly search.  Eventually I want to create color-specific boards to mimic my swatch sticks.


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I've posted this before; it's out of date but that's what I mean when I mention swatch sticks.  That's how I figure out exactly what bottle(s) I need.

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wow its so cool Smiley Happy

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Yeah, I have a problem with Chanel + pink.


They do it so well.


(Currently avoiding eye contact with the brand new collection.)

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Until the three days without AC this week, my polishes have always been stored in a non-humid environment, between 65-73 degrees, and out of sunlight. I happen to gravitate towards stashing them under my bed. Smiley Tongue


*Big sigh* My best-behaved older polishes are before everyone went Big 3/4/5-Free. Those chemicals are great for preservation! Smiley Very Happy


Certain brands do better than others- I can't keep most drug store polishes long-term, and Seche Vite/Seche Base are notorious for having short shelf life for me.


Hope that helps a bit!

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Awesome collection.


I have a question if I wanted to try a high end nail polish which brand would you suggest to try first?

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@bittersweet86- It depends on just how high-end you want to go! Smiley Very Happy


If budget is no limit, go for Chanel and one of the unique colors that they do best- the shimmer is incredible.  Dior is a very, very close second.


If you're looking to stay under $20, I'm a big fan of Illamasqua and Deborah Lippmann's formulas.  In fact, I only use DL basecoats.

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@Starletta. Now you've got me craving nail polishes......And I'm unofficially on no-buy that you started...ha......


Which polishes are the most opaque and long lasting ones? I prefer 1 coat, at most 2, but they always start to fade/flake around the edges after a couple of days (shower, washing dishes etc).

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I have horrible luck with polish- it's one of the reasons why I change it so often.


The best combo I've used is Deborah Lippmann polishes (2 coats) with the Gel Lab kit. I can get a full week out of that combo. Otherwise, I tend to chip my nails within a day or two.


Zoya Pixie Dusts are also relatively long-wearing on me- but they're a special finish.


In terms of opacity (and not wear-time), Dior. No question.

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Amazing!!!  I'm so impressed!!! 

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Slow clap for Starletta! This collection is amazing! 

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Thanks, AlwaysGlamorous!  My friends like to come to "Salon Starletta" when they're bored with their own stashes.  That's 10 years in the making.

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Well I can see why they would! Hope they know how lucky they are to have a friend like you with a collection like that! 

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It's all good- what's the point of having something like this if I can't share it with those I care about? 


I just try to remind myself that this is a long-term collection (I didn't photograph my thinners, etc) and try not to add up the retail value. (I think I have a new AC sitting there. Ugh!)

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I retract that last sentence there.  Not a new AC.


But probably a mortgage payment. Or a few car payments.


At least my nails will look fabulous!

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I love your nail polish collection! Makes me want to organize mine. I have it all in one boxSmiley Sad Makes it so hard to find the shades I'm looking for.

<3 Melissa

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I'm going to have to find a different way than the two containers- it helps that I use painted swatch sticks to narrow down what the color(s) are that I want- but it still takes awhile.

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@Starletta8- Your collection of Chanel polishes are making me drool. I love Chanel's polishes they are just amazing.....

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Thanks- those are my most prized beauty items! They're my ultimate treat- when something amazing happens that is reward-worthy, I usually buy Chanel polish. (Although I have almost all of the permanent collection now!!)

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Once I get my AC fixed (and can turn the lights back on!), I might just have to photograph even more of my stash for other products. It certainly makes my no-buy easier.

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