I have a reoccurring problem once my nails get to a certain length: they split and break. I let them grow out to this length because I like how they look (I'd actually like for them to get longer, but I'll take what I can get.) Two of my nails split, so I had to file everything back down to nub status. I won't be swatching until midweek next week when they're a bit less nubby.
|My shorties! (And a chipped polish job *drama*)|
I also thought I would show how I store my swatches. (My Melmer where I store my polish is a mess right now, otherwise I would show that as well.) I almost always take my swatches with me when I go polish shopping since I don't want to wind up with dupes if I can avoid it. I'm sure I get some strange looks when I whip out 7 swatches of very similar colors in the store when I buy polish, but I'm in too much of a polish haze to notice.
As you can see, I sort them by color (pinks, blues, purples, etc) and I actually have them on loose binder rings. I did this because when I would pick out my swatches to go shopping with, it would be a pain to unscrew the nut and slide all the swatches off the bar to get to the one I need. I would sometimes misplace the nut and spend twenty minutes looking for it. With this way, I can just unhook it where I need to and get the swatches much faster.
I also have each individual color labeled on the swatch. I originally had written it in Sharpie marker, but I noticed that after a while, the marker would rub off. Now I print labels for each one and then just trim a little excess off the top of the label so it doesn't hang over.
I hope everyone has a good weekend!! Hopefully it's warmer than where I am in freezing NJ!