Introduction to Project Polish

First, let me take you back to November of 2008. That’s when I really got into wearing nail polish. Obviously I had worn nail polish before but I didn’t do it regularly, I didn’t have any favorite colors and my collection consisted of around five bottles. In November 2008 I realized that I actually really like my nails painted and started to paint my nails regularly.  When I had worn all of my five nail polishes a couple of times, I started to want to add new colors to my collection. So that’s what I did.

At first I could control myself but pretty soon the buying got out of hand. In the year 2012 I bought 119 nail polishes making the total sum of my collection 216 bottles. This is when I realized that I have a problem and knew that I had to do something about it. I struggled with it, however, and the result was that by the end of the year 2013 I owned 228 bottles.

Gradually, I learned how to control my buying and I also learned to let go of some of my polishes, the ones that weren’t what I had hoped them to be, as well as duplicate colors. What helped me, I think, is the fact that my huge collection started to give me anxieties because I realized that I would not be able to use up all of my nail polishes which is was what I always intended to do.

Decluttering is a good way to get rid of things you don’t need but when it comes to my nail polishes, I don’t just want to sell them or throw them out to make my collection smaller. I actually want to use them up. I’m hoping that this blog is going to help me do that: Instead of roaming in the nail polish aisles in stores I could be using my polishes and writing my thoughts here. I just hope that writing this blog won’t have the contrary effect on me and make me want to buy even more. I guess that remains to be seen…

In short, my object is to get my collection down to 100 by the end of the year 2016. I just counted my collection and I have 176 bottles, not counting base and top coats. I realize that this is way more than one person needs; it’s a ridiculous amount of nail polish! I also realize that I’m probably not going to be able to use up 76 bottles in the next year and a half, but I expect to do a couple of purges during this time.

There are tons of nail polish blogs out there but I think the majority of them concentrate on swatching and hauling. They are great blogs for research, of course, but  in my blog I wish to inspire others to use what they already have.