|Polish exchange, image from 123 RF website.|
|Here are some of the polishes I've gotten thanks to swapping. I must've been in Esmeralda's China Glaze section, because they're all from that brand. From left, Skyscraper, Marry a Millionaire and Sea Spray|
-friend who's willing to exchange with you
-empty polish bottles (preferabley minis, which I'll explain later.)
-old glass covered containers (Examples: old spaghetti jar or baby food jar)
The basics are pretty simple. Using an empty polish bottle, pour a portion of your nail polish into another bottle. Have another empty polish bottle to pour an equal amount of your friend's polish into. Label each bottle so you know the correct name of your new respective polishes. Exchange.
There are a few things I would add to the simple method described above. One of the them is that, if you're reading this blog, you probably have a lot of nail polish. Don't worry about running out of a polish because you've traded some of it away. As I tell Esmeralda, I'll never use up all of this polish, anyway. Why not share some with a friend, and get something new for yourself in the process?
Most people tend not to have a lot of empty polish bottles lying around, besides maybe some empty base and top coat bottles. Here are a few suggestions.
-Find a beauty supply store, in your area or online. Buy empty bottles for 25-50 cents each.
-Go to Ross or other discount chains and purchase a multi pack of cheap, small polishes. Empty all the polishes out into a old covered glass container. Rinse out bottle with acetone. Pour cleaning acetone into the same glass container. Reuse bottles for exchange.
- Check out some local garage sales and see if you can find some old polish there. Again, empty all the polish out into a glass container. Rinse out bottle with acetone. Pour cleaning acetone into the same glass container. Reuse bottles for exchange.
-Empty out all the clear polish that you've gotten in box sets but don't ever plan to use into a glass container. Rinse out bottle with acetone. Pour cleaning acetone into the same glass container. Reuse.
|Some of the polishes I've partially swapped away. Essie Shine of the Times and As Gold as it Gets|
|More of the polishes I've swapped partially away: OPI Rainbow Connection and Wet n Wild It's All In the Cut|