Happy Thursday! Finally on the home stretch of the the week and I am already working for the weekend! I’ve gotten some amazing nail mail this week and know of a couple more packages on their way so this weekend will be reorganizing the collection… again! Oy, the never ending problem of storage! #firstworldproblems
Today I have a long overdue instalment of ‘Nails 101′ where I answer frequently asked questions or talk about tips and tricks about my nail polish journey. One of the most asked questions I get is ‘Where do you buy your nail polish?’ so I thought that would be a perfect topic to tackle.
There are a number of places that I turn to when looking to buy polishes. Whether it is an actual brick and mortar store or online, I pretty much go where the polishes are but there are a couple of those places that I go back to again and again because, well, they are awesome! Keep in mind that I am a Canadian so some of these places are easier for me to shop at due to shipping and currency issues!
First up, let’s start with where I head when I am looking to satisfy the mainstream polish need, so anything from OPI, China Glaze or Zoya. That would be Nail Polish Canada.
Nail Polish Canada is a Canadian web-based polish retailer with brands ranging from A England to Zoya and pretty much everything in between. While I don’t make it a habit of purchasing my indie polishes here, it has been known to happen. One of the reasons that I frequent Nail Polish Canada so much is that they offer free shipping with orders over $25 to Canadian addresses and over $50 to US addresses and most of my packages arrive within 3 – 5 business days (sometimes sooner if they ship from the Toronto warehouse). They also have an amazing points system so you with each purchase, you earn points that you can bank towards any of the items in their ‘rewards’ section. This is how I obtained the majority of my A England polishes… who can complain when you end up with a $13 polish without making a dent in your wallet?
Next, let’s head to the indie polish world and talk about my absolute, 100% favourite place to shop, Harlow & Co!
Harlow & Co is another Canadian web-based nail polish retailer who focuses mainly on indie (or independent) and International polish brands. Although, Katie has been stocking the latest OPI and China Glaze collections so my life could be turning into a one-shop stop soon! Located just outside of the GTA (Greater Toronto Area for those of you not familiar with the Ontario lingo), Harlow & Co offers International shipping at phenomenal rates. While I am able to get most of my orders at little to no shipping cost (god bless living so close), shipping is FREE to the US and Canada on order over $50 and Internationally for orders over $100… FREE PEOPLE!! Turnaround time for packages is within a week of ordering… I get mine within 2 – 3 business days! Customer service is top notch and all of my emails, tweets and Instagram questions are always answered very quickly. I absolutely recommend Harlow & Co as your one-stop indie shop… you will not be disappointed!
Lastly, let’s hit up Sally Beauty Supply.
Sally Beauty Supply is that brick and mortar store that I mentioned WAY back in the beginning of this post. It’s the place that I recommend for all of you polish enthusiasts who prefer to look at and hold a bottle of polish before you make the purchase. While I don’t hit up Sally’s (as it’s more commonly referred) for brand new collections, I loooove their sales. When Sally’s has a sale… Sally’s HAS A SALE! Generally, you can get polishes from the latest China Glaze, OPI, Finger Paints and Orly collections on the clearance rack in the store and if you wait for that special weekend where they run the 50% off the clearance rack, you can walk out of the store with polishes that cost less that $2! That, my friends, is a steal! Keep your eyes peeled for coupons too because there is a 15% off monthly coupon and a birthday coupon that is fairly easily found by googling… so make sure you have one in hand next time you shop!
So, there you have it… my secrets of the trade when it comes to where I get my nail polishes. I also, when needed, hit up the websites of the polish brands because when a need needs to be satisfied, you do what it takes!
Where do you buy your polishes?