Time to pick some polishes to use up next year! I also picked some other nail art related products as well.
In May 2015 I chose some polishes to use up but it turned out that I never reached for some of them and I also didn’t like the fact that I was limited to using only those shades. I was able to use up one polish by painting my nails only with that for two weeks. It was sometimes painful having to paint my nails with the same color over and over again because I’m not used to doing that. At the same time I enjoyed the challenge to come up with new ways to wear the same polish. I managed to use up another bottle, too, but I wasn’t able to use it consistently until it was used up. Not that using only one nail polish consistently is the only way to use up a nail polish, but I feel that if I jump from one polish to another all the time, I won’t ever be able to use up my bottles. I haven’t figured out a solution to my problem yet. Although, I’m starting to feel that there isn’t a problem at all, I’m just making up one.
Anyway, my temporary solution is to try to use up the bottles that have the least amount of polish in them first. This way, it won’t take too long to use them up and it won’t feel like a task to use them. Here’s a picture of the polishes I chose:
Only five polishes in all and two of them are glitter top coats. Most of them have less than half of the bottle left, Depend 5 has just a hair more than a half left. Glitter top coats are trickier to use up, though, because there aren’t too many different ways you can use them.
Next, I chose some base and top coats to use up, as well as one thinner. Here they are gathered in a group photo:
I used to be in love with Seche Vite as a top coat, it dries the polish so fast! However, I have started to hate the fact that when using Seche, the polish seems to shrink on the nail revealing some bare nail at the tip, making it look like the polish has been worn for days. I have found another favorite top coat, Essie’s Good to Go, although I have yet to try it on top of nail art. I have this bottle of Seche you see in the picture, it’s over have way used up, I also have one back-up of it. The idea is to use up both of them.
Speaking of Seche Vite, when you want to use up a bottle of it, you definitely need Seche Restore to revive it when it starts to get gloopy. If I use up both of my Seche Vites, I won’t be needing this Restore anymore, hence I want to use it up too. Seche Restore can obviously be used as thinner for any nail polish, but as I also own Mavala’s thinner which is newer, I will use up Seche Restore first.
As my first-to-go base coats I chose Trind’s Nail Repair Matt and Depend’s Glitter Base Coat. I can’t usually tell if a base coat is working or not but I do want to use it to prevent staining of the nails. Using Nail Repair Matt, however, I’ve noticed that when the nail polish chips, it chips in large chunks, which I don’t like. The glitter base coat is great when you want to wear glitter nail polish but don’t want to go trough the hassle of taking it off. However, I would like the nail polish to stay on a bit longer than a day at most. Also I think that I can live perfectly happy without this base coat, so I will use it up. (Did you notice the teeth marks on the cap of this polish? Ha ha! I had some trouble opening the cap the first time I wanted to use the base coat.)
Lastly, I will show some other nail related stuff I chose to use up:
I have one packaging left of the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips and it’s in Tattoo Much. I usually wear these on holiday so that the manicure isn’t ruined on the first day at work. Also from Sally Hansen I have their Cuticle Oil which I’ve had for a long time. There’s less than half of the bottle left so I think it will be possible for me to use it up in the first half of the year. I also picked out some caviar beads to use, no idea which brand these are from. I probably won’t be able to use up all of the colors, but since the blue one is almost half gone already, I might try and use that up first.
So, those were the products I chose, let’s see if I can actually make some progress on them this time! At the end of January would probably be a good time for the first update on the project. Before that I will possibly put some pictures here to show what manicures I have done with these polishes. Other ideas for posts are also welcome!
Until next time!!