Manicure 101 Week

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve become a bit more candid about my nail polish obsession over the last few months. I fully admit that I was once a very active member of a nail polish forum (Makeup Alley), and I’m still a semi-active lurker and sometimes poster over there.

The picture above is the closet in my office. See all of those drawers on the left? That was my polish collection a few months ago. It recently spilled over onto the right side of my closet… it might have more than a few hundred colors. Yes, I’m obsessed and am willing to admit it. And I really do need that many colors, I can totally tell apart dark purple #1 from dark purple #5 and of course dark purple #12. So there.

Anyways, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how I do my manicures and make my nails look good. I do have a large post that contained my manicure routine, but it’s pretty long and things have changed a bit.

So, this week I’ll break things down step by step. Posts to watch for:
• Preparation
• Cuticle Care
• Applying Color
• Clean up

And, if people are really nice, I may even make a few videos to show each step of the process!

Edit to add: It really isn’t so much of a week any more. I keep finding topics to include and I’ve spilled over well into next week too. Let me know if there is a topic you’d particularly like covered!



  1. May 9, 2011 / 11:20 pm

    I am excited for your nail series!!! 🙂 You are so organized! I love your beauty closet!!! Can't wait to hear your tips! Your nails always look flawless in your swatch photos. And, "raising hand"…I am a semi-closeted nail polish fanatic too! Cute new background on your blog!

  2. May 11, 2011 / 2:52 am

    I had NO IDEA it had gotten this bad. I think we need to do an intervention…and by that I mean give them all to ME! 🙂

  3. May 11, 2011 / 12:00 pm

    Ha! Laughing at you Ellery. 😀 I have so many it is crazy. I'm emailing you about it. 😀

  4. Anonymous
    June 13, 2011 / 4:36 am


    I was wondering where you got those amazing clear staking drawers for your nail polish? I've been looking around for something like that!

  5. June 15, 2011 / 5:19 pm

    Anon- I love those drawers! They're a harder plastic, not as rubbery as the plastic Steralite products at Target. I bought them from the Container Store. The polishes are in Shirt Drawers and above my polish accessories are in Sweater Drawers. Note that I've been able to fit every polish brand (including tall OPI bottles) in the shirt drawers- the added height of the accessory drawers is a waste of space for polishes alone. They can be stacked, but I wouldn't recommend doing this with heavy items and more than 3 drawers high- they get pretty unstable. I have them on Ivar shelving from Ikea, which you can buy to completely customize your space. They can handle the heavy polishes much better on these shelves. 😀

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