Nail Art Stash

What would you recommend for a nail art beginner?
I’m presuming that you already have a basic range of colour polishes. Beyond that, I’d suggest starting out with

  • nail brushes
  • dotting tools in several different sizes
  • striping tape

All of the above can be bought very cheaply on eBay.

If you’re enjoying it, then I’d suggest buying some Rio nail art pens. I got mine for £19.99 from Amazon, and I use them SO much in my designs, it’s unreal. One colour polish that people rarely seem to own is white, but it’s so versatile in nail art. I use OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, which has something of a cult following in the nail art world  because it’s opaque in two coats, and has a hint of grey that makes it much more wearable

Where do you buy your nail polishes?
It varies! However, eBay is a goldmine. For the high end brands, it’s always cheaper to buy on eBay. For some brands (China Glaze is a good example), it’s far cheaper to buy them from US sellers than it is from UK sellers, even when you take P&P into account.

The Stash
Currently I own:

Colour Polishes

  • Barry M in Black
  • Barry M in Lemon Ice Cream (mid-yellow)
  • Barry M in Mushroom (mid brown)
  • Barry M in Red Wine (vampy red)
  • Barry M in Teal (teal duochrome)
  • Barry M Gelly in Blueberry (bright light-ish blue)
  • Barry M Gelly in Lychee (light beige / nude)
  • Barry M Gelly in Mango (bright orange)
  • BK in No2 (yellow glow in the dark)
  • BK in No7 (blue glow in the dark)
  • Bourjois 1 Seconde in Gold
  • China Glaze in Fast Track (light beige with flecks of gold)
  • China Glaze in Tart-y For The Party (lilac)
  • Essie in We’re In It Together (mid pink with a hint of glitter)
  • Illamasqua in Fragile (pale blue with black flecks, which creates the effect of a speckled bird’s egg)
  • L’Oreal Colour Riche Top Coat in Scarlet Vamp (bright red) 
  • Maybelline Colour Show Vintage Leather in Turquoise Temptation (matte teal)
  • Maybelline Forever Strong Pro in Gold
  • Miss Sporty Oh My Gem! in Gorgeous Red (red glitter suspended in a translucent pinky-red base)
  • Models Own in Aqua Violet (blue / purple duochrome)
  • Nails Inc Elizabeth Street (pale pink)
  • Nails Inc Great Marlborough Street (dark purple, almost black)
  • Nails Inc Hans Road (orangey-red)
  • Nails Inc King Edward Street (bright red)
  • Nails Inc New York Noir (deep black)
  • Nails Inc Primrose Hill (lilac-grey)
  • Nails Inc Soho Silver (foil-like metallic silver)
  • Nails Inc The Southbank (mid grey)
  • Nails Inc Victoria (deep red)
  • No7 Stay Perfect in Nougat (sheer nude for french manicures)
  • OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (white with a hint of grey)
  • Revlon in Runaway Pearl (irridescent creamy shade)
  • Rimmel 60 Seconds in Blue My Mind (royal blue)
  • Rimmel 60 Seconds in Out of the Blue (teal)
  • Rimmel 60 Seconds in Pompous (glittery purple)
  • Rimmel I Love Lasting Finish in Hot Shot (bright pink)
  • Rimmel Lycra Pro in Aqua Cool (cornflower blue)
  • Rimmel Lycra Pro in Black Pearl (black with a hint of glitter)
  • Rimmel Salon Pro in Navy Seal (mid blue)
  • Seventeen in Heart Beat (pale blue)
  • Seventeen in Sphinx (gold)
  • Seventeen in  Tigers Eye (mid brown)
  • Seventeen in Wave (turquoise)
  • Sinful Colors in Exotic Green (leafy mid green)
  • Sinful Colors in Innocent (light green)
  • Topshop in Plume (shimmery purple)
  • W7 in Lava Flow (white with matte circular black and red glitter throughout)

Top Coats, Base Coats & Glitters 

  • Barry M in Clear
  • Barry M Silver Lights (silver glitter topcoat)
  • Barry M Tinseltown (pink, blue and green bar glitter)
  • Barry M Nail Effects in 322 (purple crackle)
  • Barry M Nail Effects in 328 Bubblegum (blue and white matte bar glitter)
  • Barry M Nail Effects in 343 Marshmallow (pink and white matte bar glitter)
  • Barry M in Ruby Glitter (red and black hex glitter with black microglitter)
  • Bourjois in So Matt (clear mattifying top coat)
  • China Glaze in Fairy Dust (silver microglitter top coat)
  • China Glaze in Whirled Away (black and white hex and bar glitter)
  • BYS Glow in the Dark top coat (translucent with a yellow tinge, glows green)
  • Essence Metal Glam in Steel-ing the Scene (gold flakes)
  • L’Oreal Colour Riche Top Coat in Confetti (matte black and white confetti in clear nail varnish)
  • Maybelline Forever Strong Pro in Crystal Clear
  • Models Own in Ibiza Mix (multi-coloured hex and mini-hex glitter)
  • MUA Nail Constellation (lots of little multi-coloured beads)
  • No7 Stay Perfect in Clear
  • No7 Stay Perfect in Nail Tip Whitener
  • No7 Stay Perfect in Twinkle Glitter (white / blue iridescent flakie, rather like China Glaze Luxe & Lush)
  • Rimmel Crack Your Colour in Silver (silver crackle top coat)
  • Rimmel I Love Lasting Finish in Disco Ball (blue, silver glitter in clear nail varnish)
  • Seche Rebuild (base coat)
  • Seche Vite (clear top coat)
  • W7 UV top coat
  • + glitter in gold and silver
  • + various studs
  • + various decals

Nail Art Pens 

  • Barry M in Black
  • Rio in White
  • Rio in Black
  • Rio in Green
  • Rio in Blue
  • Rio in Pink
  • Rio in Yellow
  • Rio in Red
  • Rio in Silver


  • Various nail art brushes
  • Dotting tools
  • Metal nail file
  • Nail clippers
  • Striping tape
  • Beaded striping tape
  • I also occasionally use household items such as Scotch Magic Tape and hole punch reinforcers

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