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beautybagg fall 2012 nail favorites

Fall nail polish picks

Autumn officially began this past weekend, and despite 90 degree days in Texas, the days have already gotten shorter.  Nail polish is one of the easiest ways to transition into a new season, and what that, we bring you some of our go-to nail colors for the fall:

From left to right:

Revlon Moon Candy in Galactic - dark blue with blue flakes.  The application of the solid nail polish part is AMAZING – this is easily opaque in one coat.  Revlon came out with a lot of these Moon Candy polishes, and this one is by far the coolest looking one.  Shiny top coat recommended to smooth out the texture of the flakes.

Revlon Moon Candy in Orbit - dark eggplant purple base with purple flakes.  Again, the solid nail polish part is AMAZING – why aren’t all opaque polishes like this??  One thin coat is completely opaque.  Again, recommend a top coat on top of the flakes.

China Glaze Man Hunt (from the Safari Collection) - a darker medium-toned blue cream polish.  Nice consistency, 2 coats needed for full opacity.

Deborah Lippmann Billionaire - dark forest/mossy green.  A tiny bit runny, 2 coats for full opacity.

NARS Galion - a dark (see a theme here?) stormy grey that looks like it has a very dark blue tinge.  It looks black in the swatch below, but it’s really not.  This WAS a limited edition product, but it is now fully available on the NARS website!  Pretty sure this is going to be our favorite nail color of the fall.

Swatches below – the solid colors all had 2 coats, NO top coat.  The Revlon Moon Candy polishes had 1 coat of the solid base with 1 coat of the flakes, no clear top coat.

What are your nail polish picks for the fall??

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Doable DIYs: Nail polish shelf

We love nail polish, but we’ve been storing our collection in old shoeboxes.  So when we saw that beauty/fashion blogger DulceCandy posted about a DIY polish rack, we ran to our local home improvement megastore to try it out.

Below is a picture of our starting supplies… but we quickly realized that the hot glue gun wasn’t going to work since the wood was not completely straight.

The materials. Can you see how the wood is slightly warped?

The biggest difference between our nail rack and Dulce’s were size differences — we wanted to customize our dimensions to the number of nail polishes we had while Dulce just went with off-the-rack sizing.

Your weapons:

  • 2.5″ x 2′ wooden boards – these will serve as the shelves; we picked 8, but Dulce did 10.
  • 24.5″x 36″ board – this will serve as the backboard; since we only had 8 shelves, we had to cut this down to size at the store.
  • One can of spray paint primer
  • Two cans of white matte spray paint
  • Sandpaper – to sand down wood and primer
  • One bottle of Titebond wood glue
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Small nails, hammer, and jigsaw…

Yep, we had to use a jigsaw. Why? The pieces of wood we bought at Home Depot were not only off by an inch to a half-inch, but they were also slightly warped.

A close-up.

We had to recruit someone more familiar with woodwork to saw down the wood to more precise dimensions, then flattened out the backboard overnight by placing a heavy box on top of it.

That’s also why we decided to use nails instead of hot glue, since at certain areas the wood did not even meet. Then we reinforced the edges with wood glue.

Now we can finally display all our pretty polishes!

Here are our MUST-do tips:

  • Check the dimensions and quality of your wood carefully and make sure they will fit together precisely. No fudging on the measurements!
  • Use matte white spray paint. We loved the look of the shiny polishes popping against the matte white.
  • When nailing the pieces together, be careful to avoid splitting the wood. If you feel confident about your wood, you can use super-strong glue instead.

The finished product. Isn’t it lovely!

Unfortunately, as you can see in Dulce Candy’s video, your shelves will stick out about a half-inch if you don’t cut them down to size. That’s why we wanted to customize our sizes, as well as narrow down the backboard, which caused all those problems.  (We also decided to use one shelf to store our Labbit collection!)

Ultimately, the materials needed cost over $50, and at that price we could find many nail racks that would have caused less headache.

We recommend doing this DIY only if you want a customized nail polish rack and have a weekend to set aside.

Bottom line, if you’re going for this DIY, make sure you’ve got someone handy by your side.