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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

How I organized my Helmer in a way to find EXACTLY that ONE polish I'm looking for... In a snap!

Dear Lacqueristas,

Those of you that own a Helmer (or two, three, four etc) will know exactly where I'm coming from...
Doesn't it annoy you when you open the drawers to get that one polish you're looking for? All you see is similar bottle caps. You would have to pick up the bottles to read the labels on the bottom. Well I got fed up with that! This is my solution:


I bet many of you have though about this already but I am so happy with my newly organized stash!

Here's how I did it:
*Measure the diameter of the cap tops and draw circles of the right sizes with a pair of compasses on a sheet of white paper.
* In each circle you would want to write the name of the polish.
*Put Scotch tape over each circle. This is your "base coat"
*Swatch the polish on the lower half of the circle
* When dry, cut the circles out
*To attach them on to the polish caps you can use tape (as I did with my Zoya's) or crazy glue (that's what I did with my China Glaze). If you want to use glue: make sure you put another layer of tape on the bottomside of your swatched circle. If you don't do this, the glue will be absorbed by the paper and affect the paper and the polish swatch.

Was this idea helpfull for you? Did you already have a similar organization? And, how do you like to keep your stash organized?

Hasta la vista, Laqueristas!

18 comments:

Zara said...

Good idea! I don't do anything like that, but it would probably make my organization much better!

Jessica said...

Hm very creative. I know I sit there for who knows how long taking em out looking at the bottom putting it back staring at the drawer taking it out looking at the bottlm putting it back taking it out lol

Polish Hoarder said...

Great idea!

Cel said...

Wow that's an awesome idea.
I have mine in boxes and I am always ending up taking them all out when I'm looking for something.

Becky said...

Good idea!

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Steffie said...

That's at awesome idea.

ShortAndSweetNails said...

Love this idea. I need to do this. :)

Skulda said...

AWESOME!

Girl With A Bow. said...

Great idea!

The other way I've seen done is to stick a false nail on the top of each bottle, swatched with that colour on it :)

Serena said...

Wow, that's a good idea! My polishes are numbered and I have a notebook that has the number and a swatch next to it and the name.

ThRiSzHa said...

great idea I dont own a helmer like urs but I kept my polish in a plastic drawer.. i would like to try this...

Jackie S. said...

Great idea, I bet you could also use round label stickers?

Lacquer Ware for Tips and Toes said...

You always come up with awesome ideas!

Agnes said...

Great tip, didn't hear of it before :)

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lovenailpolish said...

I made a grid of rectangles on a piece of paper with excel. Then I placed a transparency over the paper and swatched a different color in each rectangle, but only over half. Then I wrote the color on the paper inside the corresponding rectangle. I put my colors in boxes in the order they are swatched on the transparency. I love to look at my swatches and compare colors. Also I can hold the transparency over outfits to match colors if I want.
Or you could hold the swatch over your nails to see how they would look. I will also do different topcoat finishes on a different transparency, and then I can layer them over the colors to see how they will look once used.

schmut said...

Great idea. I've also seen people use cheap acrylics but from a far, that might look like you're a collector of a different sort..hehe

Laquerista said...

@ Jacky S.
Round label stickers would work, but you would have to plastify them (by using tape or another plastic)

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