So… I added some polishes to the project

Since I have only three polishes left from the original project, I decided to add some. It took a while to decide what polishes to add and I’m still not sure if this set is going to work for me. When choosing colors for the project I usually think about which polishes I want to get rid of but when it comes to actually using them I find that I don’t want to wear them that often. I guess some polishes are cool only when you wear them a few times a year. I tried to choose a variety of shades so that I would have a lot to pick from but I won’t know if this works until I’ve tried it for a month or so.

I have decided to start using these nail polishes that I’m about to show you when I have used most of the polishes I own at least once this year. There are a couple that I will reserve for the winter time because I know I wouldn’t enjoy wearing them any other time. I have 21 polishes left that I haven’t used this year and after they are used I will use only the polishes in the project until the end of the year.

First, let’s take a look at the polishes I have not yet used this year. The polishes that I have bought recently are included.

The unused ones

The unused ones

I will use the unused ones first because I know it would bother me if I didn’t.

Now, let’s take a look at the polishes that I chose into the project. There are quite a few…

Depend 255, Isadora Icy Purple, Golden Rose 120, Make up Store Asun, Natural Code by Lumene Rosy Gold, Depend 5

Depend 255, Isadora Icy Purple, Golden Rose 120, Make up Store Asun, Natural Code by Lumene Rosy Gold, Depend 5

On the left here you can see the three polishes that are left from the previous project. The other three are new ones and I’d like to say a little bit about why I chose them into the project. This bottle of Make up Store Asun is the second bottle I own and you may remember that I used up one of these earlier this year. I’ve decided to try to use up this bottle as well because the glitter settles very quickly to the bottom of the bottle and it drives me nuts! Also, this polish seems to have very few of the bigger glitters as opposed to other glitter polishes I have in my collection.

Rosy Gold by Natural Code by Lumene is a textured polish and I’ve noticed that I am pretty much over the textured trend at this point. You will notice that there are other textured polishes in this project as well as this one. I’m hoping that Rosy Gold will be used up quite quickly because it is a small bottle.

Depend 5 is in the project because I like the polish in the fall time and I think I will want to wear this often. I am almost half way done with it already.

Color Club Holiday Splendor, Essie Lilacism, Kone Helsinki U15, L'oreal Confettis, Depend 412, Frank Evening Sky

Color Club Holiday Splendor, Essie Lilacism, Kone Helsinki U15, L’oreal Confettis, Depend 412, Frank Evening Sky

I chose Color Club Holiday Splendor to the project because I feel I am not liking it as much as I did before. And I seem to only want to wear it during the last two weeks of the year ad that seems like a very limited time-span for a nail polish. This is also a very thick polish, so I hope it will be easy to use up.

Essie Lilacism is in the project because it is one of the oldest bottles in my collection and because I bought a back-up for it in August. Actually I only bought the back-up because I wanted a bigger brush to use this bottle with since this came with a very tiny brush.

Kone Helsinki U15 is a few years old as well and while the polish is pretty low in the bottle I feel I haven’t given it enough love. Also, I dropped another bottle on top of this one and some of the glass broke off from the bottom of the bottle. I thought I’d better use up the bottle before it breaks altogether.

L’oreal Confettis is one of my favorite glitter nail polishes which is part of why I wanted to include it in the project. I may buy another bottle of this if I use it up this year.

Depend 412 is in the project because I have two polishes that are this color. The other is The Body Shop’s Got the Blues. I couldn’t decide which one to get rid of but felt that it is not clever to have dupes in the collection so I chose one of them in the project.

The last bottle on the right is a frankenpolish I made using Picture Polish Forget Me Not and Essie Play Date. The experiment worked and the result turned out to become one of my favorite polishes! If I finish this in the fall I will definitely make it again. I have decided to call all of my frankenpolishes (of which I currently  only have one) Franks and I will also come up with a name for them. This one is called Evening Sky.

Rimmel Coctail Passion, P2 Rich & Royal, Rimmel Show Off

Rimmel Cocktail Passion, P2 Rich & Royal, Rimmel Show Off

These Rimmel polishes have been in my collection for several years and especially Cocktail Passion hasn’t received very much love despite the fact that I love it. Not too long ago I noticed that my H&M Coral Road is exactly the same shade as Cocktail Passion and has a better formula too. But for some reason I can’t get rid of Cocktail Passion. So, I might as well add it into the project as I needed some coral in the set anyway!

Rimmel Show Off is a shade of pink that I normally only wear on my toes and usually it’s not clever to have a polish like that in one’s collection. But for some reason I can’t get rid of this one either, so I might as well include it in the project.

P2′s Rich & Royal needs to be included because I love to wear it and I have a similar shade that is newer.

OPI Petal Soft, Lucky Lucky Lavender, Paint My Moji-Toes Red, Magazine Cover Mouse, Kiss Me at Midnight

OPI Petal Soft, Lucky Lucky Lavender, Paint My Moji-Toes Red, Magazine Cover Mouse, Kiss Me at Midnight

I have ambitiously chosen five OPI bottles in the project. It’s ambitious because OPI bottles are so big. I don’t expect to finish all of these but if I manage to finish at least the liquid sand polishes and get the level down on many of them, I will be happy.

I am allowed to use the polishes in my core collection just as long as there is a polish from the project included in the manicure. Needless to say I won’t be allowed to buy new polishes this year. There is only one polish I can buy and it is Pink Parrot by Essence. I will allow myself to buy it because it seems like a good replacement for Golden Rose 120. I just hope that the collection (Exit to Explore) where that polish is comes to Finland.

This project will be a kind of a punishment for me for buying so many polishes in the past month and a half. In the spring I thought that I had learned to manage the buying of nail polishes but I was wrong and it makes me very disappointed in myself.

There will be updates at the end of the month as usual, although this month will probably still be spent on using the unused polishes.

I think this was all I had to say this time. Until next time!

Project Update: August

August was a very productive month! I hoped to finish at least one nail polish but I managed to finish three! The down side is that I also managed to buy twelve new nail polishes… Oops. To balance things, I removed some polishes from the collection and I now own 90 bottles. I am pretty happy with my collection at the moment, there are only a couple of polishes that are under observation, so to speak. This means that I am not sure whether I want to keep them in my collection or could I possibly live without them.

In this post I will show you the progress with the polishes in the project as well as the polishes I bought this month.

End of August

End of August

The upper line indicates the level of the polish when I took the polish into the project and the lower line shows you where the polish was at the last update. I have removed all the other lines because they were unnecessary and kind of confusing.

The first polish on the left is Depend 255 which I included in the project right at the beginning but soon dismissed it because I didn’t feel like wearing it during spring and summer. I will now take it back into the project and I am excited to wear it again. I have not made any progress on it yet. The next polish is Golden Rose 120 which I thought about focusing on in August to use up however, I didn’t want to finish it quite yet so I only wore it once in August. Isadora Icy Purple was also on hold for most of the summer because it  wasn’t a color I would want to wear during summer either but I did wear it once in August and I will be wearing it more often now that the season is changing into autumn.

And now on to the polishes I finished! The three polishes I finished this month are Mavala Sweet, Isadora Cotton Candy and Lumene Pink Ribbon. Of the three Isadora Cotton Candy was the first to be finished and it took only two uses from the lowest line marked. I used three coats to be able to use it up faster. I found myself having mixed feelings about this polish; I liked the lovely purple shade of it but hated the fact that it was matte. Adding top coat made it look weird because of the texture underneath. I am very happy that this is finally finished!

Next I used up Mavala Sweet. I thought I had better use this up while it’s still summer because this was one of those shades that look orange in indoor lighting and I don’t like orange on my nails. At the beginning of the month I was only about half way through the bottle but managed to use it up anyway. With this I also often put on three coats because the finish was streaky with just two coats.

The last polish I finished this month was Lumene’s Pink Ribbon nail polish. This was relatively easy to use up as it only took four applications from the lowest line you can see on the bottle. All in all I got only seven manicures from this bottle which tells you just how thick textured polishes are.

Having finished four polishes during this project I now have only three left from the original bunch. I’m thinking of adding new ones into the mix but I haven’t decided on the particular polishes yet, so I will keep you updated on that front. But now onto the polishes I bought this month.

OPI Mini Hello Kitty Set

OPI Mini Hello Kitty Set

On my trip to Mallorca I bought this adorable set of mini OPI’s. They are six of the polishes in the OPI Hello Kitty collection. It comes with Small + Cute = <3, Look at My Bow!, Spoken from the Heart, 5 Apples Tall, Super Cute in Pink and Say Hello Kitty!. These mini OPI bottles were so cute I couldn’t resist!

Depend 481, Depend 393, Sensinity 91, Bourjois Turquoise Block, Sally Hansen Giant Peach, Picture Polish Forget Me Not

Depend 481, Depend 393, Sensinity 91, Bourjois Turquoise Block, Sally Hansen Giant Peach, Picture Polish Forget Me Not

So I went a little crazy with the turquoise nail polishes this month… The Depend nail polishes were definitely not necessary to buy but I’m sure they will be used up eventually and I hope I will actually like them. The Sensinity nail polish as well as the Bourjois nail polish I have already tried and I can’t bring myself to regret buying them. The Sensinity polish is supposed to be scented but I didn’t smell anything. That’s fine though since I didn’t buy it for the scent. The Sally Hansen polish I had looked at many times at a certain store but could never justify myself to buy it thinking I had too many similar polishes. That particular store went bankrupt recently and they were getting rid of everything at a lower price, so I had to buy this when it was sold 50% off of the normal price. Picture Polish Forget Me Not was a little disappointing because it is much more blue on the nail than it is in the bottle. I ended up trying to make a frankenpolish with this to make it a bit more to my liking. I used the empty bottle that used to hold Depend 34 which I used up in July. You can see the polish in the picture below.

A England Crown of Thistles, Frankenpolish

A England Crown of Thistles and Frankenpolish

I mixed Essie’s Play Date with Forget Me Not to make it a bit more purple. I haven’t tried it on my nails yet but I like it in the bottle. Next to the frankenpolish is an A England polish I got back in May but I don’t think I have shown it to you yet. I already wore it back in May but it wasn’t a spring / summer shade so I am excited to wear it in the fall.

As far as the other projects go, I have made progress on them as well. Of the polishes I didn’t wear in 2015 I have now only two of them left. At the end of July I had seven. I think I will be able to complete this project this month.

The third project is to use every single polish I have at least once. In July I had 34 polishes that were untouched and now there are 33. I would have made a lot more progress with this if I hadn’t bought so many new ones. But 33 is still good considering the fact that at the end of last year I had 56 polishes I hadn’t managed to use at all.

Goals for September are:- to use up one polish
- to use the two polishes I didn’t use last year
- to refrain from buying new polishes!!

I think that was everything I had to share this time. Next I will show you the last part of my collection, namely the base and top coats. It’s the least interesting part so I saved it for last.