|Nail Polish Notebook.|
You can with a Nail Polish Journal. Take a peek into mine after the jump.
Well at the moment I have just over 300 bottles and to keep track of them I've written a polish journal. Small enough to keep it in my purse, but with enough pages to support my habit for a while. If you have a large collection already, starting a journal might seem a daunting prospect, but I find it has been invaluable to me. Out with friends and stumble across a nail sale? See a new color and not sure if you have it already? Pull out the journal and look it up! My book is organized by color "chapters".
|Page one of Greens Chapter. I now know that "Irish Green"|
is a jelly. I didn't know what a jelly was when I first wrote that.
I find that is the easiest way to search through it to compare polishes I find "in the wild", but if you want to organize it by brand feel free. It's your book. On the first page of each chapter I have a paper clip in a corresponding color to easily flip to the right section.
I like to do a small write up on each polish. Nothing super in depth, just what kind of polish it is, how well it applies, any problems or benefits of it, that sort of thing. 2-4 polishes per page works best for the size notebook I've chosen. You could do one per page, but that eats up a lot of pages and I need room to grow.
|One page of my Glitters. I like to do multiple coats to get an idea for coverage.|
|Reds and Pinks Chapter.|
Other than the basic color spectrum (Roy G. Biv) consider adding chapters for Black &White (I include Greys too), Glitters, Nudes & Naturals (shades of Brown), and a miscellaneous chapter for some polishes that just don't fit anywhere else. In my book I also keep a stamping chapter to browse my plates, and a chapter for doodling ideas, testing color combos and just generally playing.
|Stamping Chapter consists of all the images on one plate and the plate's name.|