I decided to split my haul and purge I planned into two different posts as my recent posts have been rather lengthy. This haul will include the polishes I’ve bought in April and May. I don’t think I will ever be able to go on a nail polish no-buy because I will always want to leave a chance to buy something that I don’t already have. Of course with this there is the danger that I will buy something that I will regret later.
This year I was a good girl for the first three months; I didn’t buy any polishes from January to March and I was completely satisfied with using my current collection. In April I started buying polishes again. It started with a couple of glitter polishes and I told myself that it’s OK to buy glitters because they get used up quicker than regular nail polish since I use them so much and because they are used in conjunction with other polishes. I also really LOVE glitter polish on top of any color and it changes the look of the polish underneath it. Many mainstream companies have come up with awesome glitter polishes that compare with the indie brands who are the masters of glitter polishes. Glitters of all shapes and sizes are now more readily available for the general public than they were a few years ago. And since I love glitter, it’s been easier to buy it now that they are everywhere.
I know I went off topic there for a little bit, but now for the main subject of this post: the new polishes! At the end of this post I have close-up photos of the glitter polishes I bought!
Gina Tricot Snow, Green dot, Cottoncandy [sic] and Turquiose [sic] Dust
Many clothing companies now have their own make-up lines, Gina Tricot is one of them. I have never tried anything but the nail polishes from them and I find they have interesting glitters at the moment. They change their collection pretty often, so get the polish you want while you can. The first polish I just had to have was Snow
. It has white matte hex glitters of all sizes ranging from tiny to large in a clear base. It literally looks like snow on your nails, if you forget the fact that snowflakes aren’t hexagonal. Green dot
has small and medium sized white, green and lime green hexes as well as square lime green glitters in a clear base. Cottoncandy
(it actually is one word on the bottle) has tiny red and white glitters, small sized white hexes, medium sized blue and pink hexes as well as large white hexes in a clear base. The blue glitters are very sparse, though. Snow
, Green Dot
are relatively base heavy, meaning, there is a lot of the clear base, which means that you will have to fish the glitter a little bit to get the desired effect on the nail. Turquiose Dus
t (GT really has to learn how to spell) looks like a dupe for Deborah Lippmann’s Mermaid’s Dream
though I don’t know for sure since I don’t have the DL polish. The difference is that the GT polish has sparse multicolored hexes which the DL polish doesn’t seem to have.
H&M Pastel Dots and Free your mind, Lumene Natural Code Blossom, OPI Petals Soft
H&M has also added some lovely glitter polishes to their collection. These polishes are great if you aren’t sure if you like glitter on your nails as the bottles are small and they are cheap, so no great investment as far as money is concerned. Pastel Dots is jam-packed full of glitter. It has white, black and baby pink matte hexes ranging from small to large in size in a clear base. Free your mind is likewise jam-packed with white, pastel orange, light pink (almost white), pastel green and sky blue hexes ranging from tiny to huge in a clear base. Lumene Natural Code’s Blossom is a little bit base heavy but it is a lovely polish nonetheless. This one has white and orange hexes from tiny to medium in size as well as white flower glitters. When I used this for the first time, I wasn’t able to get a flower on my nail even though I can see several of them in the bottle. Maybe I should have shaken the bottle better. OPI’s Petal Soft has matte glitter hexes from tiny to medium in size and baby pink and white in color as well as white flower glitters.
Sally Hansen White On, Viva La Diva Amnesia, Isadora Ocean Dive, Maybelline Broadway Blues, Essie Resort Fling, Mac Soiree
I don’t have too much to say about this set of polishes except that I love them all. The Maybelline Color Show polish in Broadway Blues was kind of an impulse buy, I don’t know if it will look good on my nails, but if it doesn’t I can always try to use it for stamping. I justified buying these because I don’t have many colors like these in my collection. Essie’s Resort Fling is the only one kind of similar to what I already have but I simply had to have that polish! I already have white polishes in my collection but I use white so much that I’m convinced Sally Hansen’s White On will get used up eventually. I also didn’t have any polishes from Sally Hansen’s X-Treme Wear line and I really wanted to try one.
Ruby Wing Cut Grass, Essie Ruffles & Feathers, Glitter Gal Tart Yourself Up
Ruby Wing’s Cut Grass is a color changing nail polish, it changes to a darker shade of green in the sunlight. It also seems to be a scented polish which I didn’t know when I bought it. When I ordered this online I didn’t seem to remember that greens don’t look good on my skin, but I will try this because I’ve never had a color changing nail polish before. Essie’s Ruffles & Feathers is a very unique shade of green and I don’t have anything like it in my collection. I only hope it looks good on my fingers. In the swatch pictures I looked at before making my order, Glitter Gal’s Tart Yourself Up looked like a lovely shade of blue with a purple undertone (if such a color exists) but now that I have it in my hands the polish looks just plain blue in the bottle. I’m disappointed but I will try it anyway.
OPI I Just Can’t Copa-Cabana, Down to the Core-al, Aloha from OPI
I have lusted after these OPI polishes as they have been on many videos on YouTube. I have also looked at swatches of them online and they seemed like polishes I would like. Now that I’ve bought them and swatched them on my own nails, I fell like they don’t work well with my skin tone. So, I’m having the worst case of buyers remorse at the moment. But there is still a chance that these polishes will work for me when it’s actually warm and sunny outside or on my toes.
Konad Blue, Royal Purple and Green
I was in the mood for some new Konad stamping polishes and the prices for these shades were reduced so I picked up three new Konads to add to my collection.
This whole post is a little bit against the theme of this blog, so don’t get used to seeing massive hauls often. I want to remind my readers as well as myself that the main object of this blog is to use up polishes – not to get new ones. But as I tell myself: some of these polishes help me use up some of the polishes I already have in my collection.
To compensate the amount of new polishes I’ve added to my collection, I did a new purge, though smaller in size than my previous one. The purge will be the topic of my next post.
Now, at the end of this post I want to offer some eye candy – close-ups of the glitter polishes presented in this haul. Enjoy!
Gina Tricot Green Dot
Gina Tricot Snow (the red reflects from my shirt)
Gina Tricot Cottoncandy
Gina Tricot Turquiose Dust (the red is a reflection from my shirt)
H&M Pastel Dots
H&M Free Your Mind
Lumene Natural Code Blossom
OPI Petal Soft