I pride myself on having a good memory, especially when it comes to things I really like. I used to know every single bottle of nail polish in my collection (that's what we're calling it), and could remember what the finish, collection, everything about it. Now? Not so much.
I tried using nail wheels (purchased online or at Sally's) to try and keep track of everything but I found that the polish was literally cracking off - not really sure why.
Finally last week, I decided to try something else, based off what I saw at a beauty expo. I purchased a package of Cala Royal Salon #3 Nails in Natural (87-050N is the only option at my Sally's which is 50 tips) for $1.89, a box of regular rounded toothpicks, and a glue gun (because everyone needs a glue gun) and decided to just simply glue my nail to the toothpick - really pretty simple, nothing new or fancy.
I first tried to paint the nail and then glue it, but it was a bit hard to paint without getting it on my hands. The other thing you have to be careful with is that the glue (while hot) can melt the nail a bit.
So far I've only done a handful - the China Glaze Island Escape and OPI - Brights Pirates of the Caribbean... Here is Superstar Nail Lacquer Walk the Red Carpet and Zoya Edyta, both upcoming reviews.
Now I just have to figure out how to label them. I'm thinking maybe just by using a number, and then adding that number onto my spreadsheet. I'm going to have to figure something out sooner than later. :) I also decided (after the above picture) to add a top coat to each one since I always wear top coat (unless it's a holographic polish). I hope to have this project done by the end of the year! I think I'm going to buy some Styrofoam to stick the toothpicks in - that's what they had at the beauty expo and it worked just fine.
**Update! I figured out how to label them! I'm using Avery Removable Color Coding Labels 1/4" round (mine are neon because that's all the store had) and writing a number onto my spreadsheet that corresponds with the sticker. Then I'm putting the sticker on the back of the nail and sealing it with some Seche Vite.
Here's my progress so far.