One of the Facebook nail groups I'm in had a recent chat where someone was saying she was off to college, staying in dorms and could only take about 20 polishes with her. She would be away from the main stash for up to three months. Apparently the accomodation meant that very often items tend to grow legs and disappear - when I went to uni I didn't stay in halls so it's not something I'd considered... but if I was faced with time away from home and limited access to my polish stash, what would I take?!
My first thoughts would be is it going to be an environment where things "disappear" or would it be somewhere where the the VHTF OPI DS polishes may be safe?! Even if it was safe would my polishes be safe in transit? Claire of Kerruticles recently posted on her FB page that her bottle of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls had been damaged whilst travelling. Dislike button needed.
So I got to thinking about what I would need if I was in this situation. I haven't gathered everything together for photos but the names are all links to existing posts using the polishes.
For starters I would definitely need my base: SpaRitual Protein Boost, my oil: SpaRitual Cuti-Cocktail and a decent topcoat: Seche Vite.
I would need a black and white creme polish, so this would have to be OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls and Wet n Wild Black Creme.
I guess a rainbow of other colours, a holo or two, a glitter and a texture.
Red - Barry M Gelly in Blood Orange
Orange - Barry M Gelly in Mango
Yellow - Barry M in Lemon Ice Cream
Teal - Barry M Gelly in Guava
Pink - Barry M Boots Limited Edition Pink
Nude - Color Club Nomadic in Nude
Holo - If there was a chance it could walk or get damaged in transit then I would not take one, I love all my holos polishes far too much! If it was definitely safe then I would take Kiko 401 and Jade Magia.
My texture polish of choice would be Barry M Atlantic Road.
The majority of those polishes are cheap ones, so if they were damaged in transit or disappeared I wouldn't be terribly gutted, apart from the holos, I could replace them all easily.
I think if I had these polishes, a few dotting tools, some striping tape, studs, a few stamping plates and my brushes I could easily get by for a while, there's plenty of options in those colours. It was a real hard choice to make that theorectical cut to my collection and I have to admit I'm glad it's not me having to make those decisions! I certainly wouldn't be happy committing to keeping those and selling my stash, although if you were just starting out with a polish addiction they could be a good starter set up!
How's about you, if faced with only having a limited number of polishes what would you pick, would you have any must haves to take or some NFW is that going anywhere in case I lose it precious polishes?