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Mani Monday: A Mani-Geek Swatch Essentials Tool Box

Mani-Geek Nail Polish Swatch Essentials Tool Box

I was sitting here rolling through the latest bunch of polishes to show you later this week and I thought “huh, maybe the people would like to see what I got on my desk.” So I'ma show you my mani-geek swatch essentials tool box.

My swatch essentials tool box sits right here on my desk. The stuff in it never changes. The position of the stuff in it never changes. Bottles and canisters get emptied and refilled but the box pretty much always stays the same – everything within easy reach and at heights that make it easy to grab stuff without nicking a fresh polish coat.

Mani-Geek Nail Polish Swatch Essentials Tool Box map

a. There’s plain ole water in there – straight outta the tap. I use it to help re-hydrate my fingers after I take a polish off.

b. My lint-free-cotton-pads holder.

c. My garbage bin. It’s easier for me to drop used removal pads there because this box is always right in front of me when I’m polishing.

d. Yes, it’s a toothbrush – it’s for brushing the dusticles out of my cuticle area before I slap on my soak-off gel polish. I don’t need it for regular polishing but I keep it here because I’m neurotic and must keep all my stuff together.

e. Advil.

f. Quo Cuticle Pusher ($6.50 at Shoppers Drug Mart) for soak-off gel polish removal.

g. Sally Hansen Nail File ($2.49 at drugstores and mass retailers) - my favourite kind of everyday nail file.

Mani-Geek Nail Polish Swatch Essentials Tool Box map

h. Tweezerman Slant Tweezers ($28 at to pull out those annoying strays that sometimes stick out of a polish brush.

i. Sally Hansen Nail Nutrition Green Tea & Soy Cuticle Oil ($7.99 at Best!

j. Revlon Stainless Steel Nail Groomer ($9.99 at– for those times when my cuticles need a push.

k. Nivea Essential Lip Care lip balm ($3.05/two at It has nothing to do with nails. It has to do with keeping a lip balm within easy reach at all times.

l. Lint-free cotton pad with cuticle oil and water on it. That’s my after removal speedy re-hydrator trick. I put cuticle oil on my cuticles, wet the pad with water, and rub it all on real good. I use it twice and then make a new one.

m. Acetone pump – ingredients: 100% pure acetone.

That’s it – that’s all my regular swatchin’ tools right there in my swatch essentials toolbox, at my fingertips. Ha! See what I did there? Fingertips?

Photo by Karen Falcon (yes, she knows she’s a nerd) ©2013 BEAUTYGEEKS/