Project Update: December

I know it’s not the end of the month quite yet, but I wanted to wrap up this project and move on to using other polishes. I have been using the same polishes from mid-September onward and I am in need of a change. I cheated a couple of times in the past few weeks but didn’t realize it until now, when I’m doing my statistics for the month. On the whole this last project for the year was a success, I managed to use up some polishes even though there were definitely too many polishes in the project.

Let’s go over the progress with the polishes that I focused on for the last three and a half months. First, the polishes I didn’t use at all:

Depend 412, Essie Trophy Wife, L'oreal Confettis, OPI Kiss Me at Midnight

Depend 412, Essie Trophy Wife, L’oreal Confettis, OPI Kiss Me at Midnight

There were four polishes I didn’t have a chance to wear at all. I wanted to wear all of them but I always chose something else over these.

Golden Rose 120, Isadora Icy Purple, Color Club Holiday Splendor, Natural Code by Lumene Rosy Gold

Golden Rose 120, Isadora Icy Purple, Color Club Holiday Splendor, Natural Code by Lumene Rosy Gold

These are the four polishes I managed to use up since mid-September. Also, there is one manicure left in Depend 5, the wine red nail polish, I think I will be able to use it up before the end of the year, still. Color Club Holiday Splendor I used to make Christmas decorations with, instead of using it on my nails, because I didn’t feel like using it on my nails anymore.

The next two pictures below show the polishes I wore in December.

Essie Lilacism, Make Up Store Asun, Depend 255, Depend 5

Essie Lilacism, Make Up Store Asun, Depend 255, Depend 5

These are the polishes I made the most progress on in December. I made two manicures with Essie Lilacism, though they were on the same day because I managed to ruin the first manicure. Make Up Store Asun I wore four times this month. Most of the time I wore it without using the bigger glitter pieces because it requires some extra work to get the bigger pieces on the nail. The bigger glitters are sparse and they tend to settle very quickly on the bottom of the bottle. This is also the reason I want to use up this bottle as soon as possible, so you will see this polish in a project soon. Depend 255, the teal polish, I used only once this month, because I thought I would save it for January and use it up then, thus enabling me to wear shades more suitable for Christmas time, like Depend 5, which I wore six times this month. I hope I can finish it the next time I use it!

OPI Paint My Moji-Toes Red, Rimmel Show Off, Rimmel Cocktail Passion, OPI Magazine Cover Mouse

OPI Paint My Moji-Toes Red, Rimmel Show Off, Rimmel Cocktail Passion, OPI Magazine Cover Mouse

It’s difficult to see the progress with these four polishes because they are such big bottles but I did wear all of these this month. OPI Paint My Moji-Toes Red and Rimmel Cocktail Passion I only wore on my toes, so there is the least progress with these two. Rimmel’s Show Off I tried on my fingers for the first time in years. This is usually a toe nail polish for me but since I want to use this up eventually, I may have to start wearing it on my fingers more often. OPI Magazine Cover Mouse I wore twice but the line of polish didn’t go down very much. However, I am almost half way down the bottle already with this polish.

There were six other polishes in this project that I didn’t use this month. Here they are in pictures so that you can see the overall progress.

OPI Petal Soft, OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender, Kone Helsinki U15

OPI Petal Soft, OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender, Kone Helsinki U15

Essie Blanc, P2 Rich & Royal, Frank Evening Sky

Essie Blanc, P2 Rich & Royal, Frank Evening Sky

In a way I also used up the polish I made, Frank Evening Sky, but since I made it again, and the overall amount of polishes didn’t go down, I didn’t count it as used up.

All in all there wasn’t much progress on the polishes I didn’t use up even though I used most of them more than once. I think this is due to the fact that there were so many of them and that some of them were big bottles. This experiment has shown me that it is better to have around five polishes in a project at one time, so that it is easier to use things up.

Part of the project was also to refrain from buying new ones, which I’m happy to say I accomplished! I only bought the replacement for Golden Rose 120, which was the Essence Pink Parrot. We shall forget the fact that I bought two of them…

Speaking of polishes I bought, this brings me to the next subject, which is my upcoming posts. I was thinking of making some statistics for this year as I did for last year. I will also write a post about the polishes I bought this year. Also coming up is my plans for next year, as well as my favorite polishes and combinations this year, so there will be a few posts in the next week.

Project Update: November

Another month has gone by and it’s time to show the progress!

I managed to finish three nail polishes completely as well as one base coat and top coat in November. You can see them in the photo below.

Golden Rose 120, Natural Code by Lumene Rosy Gold, Color Club Holiday Splendor, Essence Anti Split Nsil Sealer, Poshé Top Coat

Golden Rose 120, Natural Code by Lumene Rosy Gold, Color Club Holiday Splendor, Essence Anti Split Nsil Sealer, Poshé Top Coat

Isn’t it relaxing to look at empty nail polish bottles? It is to me :D

I finally had the heart to finish Golden Rose 120. It was a very lovely shade and even though I found the Essence nail polish in Pink Parrot that is similar, it is not the same. I will miss this polish but I think I will be OK.

I also managed to use up Natural Code by Lumene’s Rosy Gold. This was easier to use up, since it had a thicker consistency and because it wasn’t a favorite.

Color Club’s Holiday Splendor I actually used up by painting Christmas ornaments with it. This polish used to be one of my favorite polishes and I even mentioned it in the post where I showed some of my favorites at the beginning of the year. When I wore it in November, however, I felt like I didn’t want to show my nails when I had it on. Is still liked the color, though, so I wanted to come up with another way of using it, so I could still enjoy it.

My collection of base coats decreased by one as I used up the Essence base coat that supposedly seals peeling nails. It probably worked, too, but it was very thick and got even thicker towards the end making it difficult to use. For that reason, I wouldn’t buy this again.

I also used up the Poshé super-fast drying top coat. It really did dry the manicure just as fast as Seche Vite, but it smudged nail art a bit.

Next I will show you the progress I made with the other polishes in the project.

Depend 5, Depend 255, OPI Magazine Cover Mouse, OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender, P2 Rich & Royal, Frank Evening Sky

Depend 5, Depend 255, OPI Magazine Cover Mouse, OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender, P2 Rich & Royal, Frank Evening Sky

The lowest line shows where the polish was at the end of November because otherwise it would be difficult to see the progress, since the lighting isn’t the best this time of year.

These are the six polishes I used in November besides the ones I used up. I decided to concentrate on a few polishes so that I could possibly use up a couple more before the end of the year, so that’s why I only used six other polishes. I used both of the Depend polishes several times last month and hopefully I can finish up one of them this month. I haven’t decided which one I’m going to concentrate on, yet.

I used up my own mixture called Evening Sky last month and tried to make it again, not fully succeeding, though. It’s not quite as dark of a purple as I would like it to be, but it will do for now.

As far as the other project I had left goes, I completed it! At the beginning of November, I had three polishes left that I had not touched this year and I managed to use all of them last month. So now I can concentrate on using up one, possibly two polishes in December.

I already have some projects in mind for next year but I will reveal them once we get closer to the new year. I will also be doing some statistics for this year and will post them here, because that’s what I like to do.

Until next time!