My nail polish collection is large. Polishes kept in good condition (away from heat or light) can last a long time, longer than the two years many people quote. A good thinner (I use Seche Vite) can also revive them. I have tossed polishes when thinner cannot save them or they have obviously gone bad, but it is rare. When I started collecting polishes again, I tossed all polishes older than the summer of 2013. To avoid ordering duplicates, I created a spreadsheet. Swatching them with these spoons I purchased from Amazon will help me compare the colors, finishes, and overall quality. All polishes only have one coat, because I wanted to spot the difference between my sheer and opaque polishes. We’ve all seen polishes that look dark in the bottle only to need 3-4 coats for opaqueness. No polishes have base or top coats either, because that can change the way the polish looks.
I love collecting the Julep birthstones, so I collect them all and not just my birthstone. December’s offering is a topaz blue. Birthstones are usually only available in the Secret Store from the 1st to the 3rd of the month. If you purchase during this period, you generally have to pay $11.20 (the Maven price). Julep extended its amazing YAYTODAY promo code for 50% off for two days past Cyber Monday. On the 2nd, I decided to see if the birthstone happened to release early to the main site. A search for the December birthstone showed it available and on sale for $9.99.