Guest Post Carina from carinaeletoile.com
Today's guest post is from Carina. I hope you all enjoy her story as much as I did. I have to admit it brought back a little nostalgia from my childhood and made me smile.
I've always had a love for nail polish, ever since I could remember. My mother used to have a bottle of an Avon red and I was the one who drained that bottle dry. How? Well, when I was 7 or 8, I wanted to paint my nails than do homework. I'd painstakingly take scotch tape, put it on my nail, trace my nail bed and then cut the tape to have my own interpretation of a press-on nail…it was a bit flimsy. Yes, I did this for all ten fingers! Then I'd paint my nails with my mom's Avon nail polish. Let's just say that for a while, my 'nails' were doing better than my grades.
Fast forward to 1994. Chanel Vamp, aka Rouge Noir. Two bottles purchased. Then Very Vamp. Then Metallic Vamp. A YSL that was their answer to Chanel's Vamp. Some original Urban Decay polishes – Gash and Oil Slick. A few OPIs – Samoan Sand and Cotton Candy.
1998 – Chanel discontinues Vamp. My heart was broken. So broken that I threw away ALL my nail polishes and vowed to not purchase any more.
I didn't…until Fall 2008. Hello, OPI France Collection. Something about that collection called to me; making me have to have it. I purchased their India and Spain Collections. It all went from there.
Chanel, YSL, butterLondon, Essie, OPI, Color Club, Misa, Nubar, Barielle, BB Couture, Tom Ford…the list goes on and no brand that I can get my grubby paws on will ever be safe.
If you're curious about my collection, visit my stash list on my blog.
Long story short – Avon started me on nail polish and Chanel was my first high end polish.