In my quest to simplify my life and home, my beauty stash has proved to be the most difficult. I touched on it when I shared my Minimal Makeup Bag, but I often find myself torn somewhere in between wanting to hoard boxes of beautiful products, and a longing for clean, ordered simplicity. I’ve been working to find a middle ground, and feel like I’m getting there when it comes to my nail products. I love having painted nails and in all honesty don’t feel quite like myself without them. I love Sunday night rituals of at-home manicures, and there’s little that fresh pink paint on my talons won’t fix. I therefore didn’t want to deprive myself of those pleasures, but equally needed to do something about the overflowing box of paints, many of which rarely saw the light of day.
I’ve cut down to 8, and I’m happy with that. I started de-stashing by separating anything I hadn’t work in the past 6 months, and it quickly became clear where my favourites are! There was no point in holding onto colours I didn’t like, or that didn’t suit me, and that actually made the simplifying process very easy.
I’d just like to note that although all of these products are from the same brand, this post is by no means sponsored by them! I have bought all of these myself, and just prefer the brush and consistency of Essie polish.
So, the ones that made the cut! I had a think about what I actually want and need polishes for, and set them into these categories:
The Nude – Everyone needs a muted, sensible shade once in a while. Brides to Be is the perfect nude for my skintone and has the loveliest shine too it, one of those shades that makes you feel very pretty when you wear it!
The Wintery – I adore Cashmere Bathrobe, it’s a dark blueish grey with just a little bit of glitter, reminding me of stormy winter nights with a little sparkling of stars. The dark tone makes it a good evening shade, while the cool cosiness of the grey makes it a great everyday shade for the cooler months.
The Bright – Bright polishes to me feel sassy, and why not go for full-on sass with a bright pink! Status Symbol is the ultimate bright, Barbie pink, one of those essentials all nail polish loving ladies should have in their arsenal.
The Vampy – If I could only keep one shade, it would be Sole Mate. It’s a deep, glossy purplish reddish black, and I just love wearing it. It looks great on short nails, long nails, during the day and when out at night.
If you’re having trouble shrinking your collection, try finding your favourite 8 polishes to fit with the above categories. It’s working for me so far, I’ve got a few shades I’m thinking of adding to my list, but it’s nearly there. I love and will wear every shade I’ve kept, so feel my little de-stash has worked perfectly!