Nail Polish Storage

Good Afternoon Beauties

Today I thought I would show you all how I store my nail polishes. Just before Christmas I had a massive clear out and got rid of a lot of damaged and old products that I haven’t used in a long time and can’t see myself using in the future, some of these were nail polishes, old nail files and alike. Once I had my final pieces together that I knew I was keeping, I realised I had quite a number of nail tools (clippers, files, buffers) and no where to put them. It was the same case for my nail polishes. Although I do not have a huge collection, I did need somewhere to store the ones that I do have as before I was just keeping them in a Tupperware container (classy, huh?).

I’m currently in the process of decorating my room and picking up bits and pieces as I go to put in my room. I’d considered many different storage ideas for my nail polishes, from a shelf for the polishes and a pot for my tools, to a cake stand style display to an actual nail polish rack that you would find in a beauty salon. However none of these ideas were really suited to me. I don’t particularly want my polishes up on a shelf gathering dust, plus knowing me, I’ll knock them off or take one down to paint my nails and never put it back up there again. When my new room is finally finished, I want it to be clutter free and have a place for everything with everything in its place. It was when I was shopping in WH Smiths that I came across the perfect solution to my nail polish troubles.

This gorgeous floral box is one of the document holders that you can buy in WH Smiths. There are LOADS of different colours to choose from and lots of different sizes and styles but this is the one with ‘documents’ written on the label (you can get different size ones for ‘CDs’ ‘Photos’ etc). All I did was take the cardboard label out, turn it over onto the blank white side and write ‘Nail Polish Bits & Bobs’ on it with some girlie doodles and I popped it back into the little holder.

Design wise, this is perfect for my new room. I’m going for that vintage floral but glam kind of feel and this box is perfect. The main box is blue with gorgeous pink flowers that look like they’ve been hand painted and little white and pink flowers around them and it has a bright pink lid. It is simply gorgeous! This one was actually in the sale for about £3.99 so I think they are usually a little more expensive than this but they are still very affordable.

The box fits all of my nail polishes in with the greater majority being able to stand up correctly, although where possible, I have put them lid down so that I can see the colour and name of the polish when I open the box.

The rest of the box is made up of my nail tools like cuticle snips, nail clippers, nail files, buffers, my Ped Egg, orange sticks, that kind of thing. I also keep a handy on the go manicure set in there that I got from Superdrug in case I am travelling or to take out with me during the day.

I don’t keep any hand cream in this box as I have quite a number of tubes that just wouldn’t fit and I am currently trying to use them all up so what I have done is I have kept one hand cream in my bag and the rest I have put away in a cupboard, not to be taken out until the one I have in my bag is completely used up! I do however, keep nail varnish remover and nail corrector pens in here and cuticle oil as well as nail glue and a box of false press on nails which are surprisingly fantastic for only a couple of pounds out of B&M Bargains, buy one get one free too!

This document box really is a great space saving storage idea for nail polishes or even any make up palettes and things that you may have. I couldn’t believe how much I could fit in mine when I got it home. It’s a bit like Mary Poppins handbag!

How do you store all of your nail products? Do you have a huge nail polish collection or do you tend to stick to just a few well used shades? Would you like to see a nail polish collection post?


  1. Louise
    January 6, 2011 / 5:20 pm

    I have some storage from WHSmith, that design is gorgeous! Exactly what I would choose. The box seems the right height for the polishes, I thought it would be too small, will have to check it out!x

  2. MakeYuUp
    January 6, 2011 / 5:22 pm

    I really wanted that nail kit from Superdrug but resisted! I love WhSmith storage 🙂 I use the drawers for my make up storage.

  3. xx Joanna xx
    January 6, 2011 / 5:32 pm

    I use exactly the same! xxx

  4. Laura Jaye
    January 6, 2011 / 7:54 pm

    Ohh I love the print on the box.I keep mine in a old lush giftset box, the silver star from last year and a little wardrobe type cabinet… However I think both of these are actually full (They are quite small I tell myself).I might look into buying one of

  5. charmed-chick
    January 6, 2011 / 9:16 pm

    cute storage 🙂

  6. Laura
    January 6, 2011 / 9:21 pm

    @Louise – I thought it might be a little too short too but seems to work fine with these ones. If I purchase any taller polishes i'm sure they'll be fine lying down. As long as the lid is on tightly that is!@MakeYuUp – Oh the drawers with three little ones, then two bigger and then one really big one? I use them for my makeup too :)@Joanna – Great minds think alike!@Laura Jaye – You can never have enough storage boxes! I love the LUSH gift sets 🙂 Super cute packaging.@Charmed-chick – Thanks hun :)Laura xoxo

  7. Sarah♥
    January 6, 2011 / 11:21 pm

    I love that box it looks the perfect size:)I'd really like to see your nail polish collection if you do one, it looks like you've got some nice ones!x

  8. Jess
    January 8, 2011 / 8:09 pm

    What a great storage idea, I needed inspiration! Thank you :)xo

  9. for the love of beauty by lara
    April 18, 2011 / 12:37 pm

    cute box! i store mine in a box too but urs is soo much prettier !!

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