Project Update: February 2017

Yet another month has passed and it’s time to show the results!

This month went a lot better when it comes to buying new polish. I didn’t buy any new ones this month! I only had one temptation during this month but with the help of a friend I managed not to buy it.

Project number one moved along slowly. I used three of the polishes in the main project and managed to use up one of them. Here is the progress in picture format:

L'oreal Confettis, OPI Say Hello Kitty, Make up Store Asun, Mavala Candy Apple

L’oreal Confettis, OPI Say Hello Kitty, Make up Store Asun, Mavala Candy Apple

I used L’oreal Confettis once this month and I hope to finish it next month. It’s difficult to see where the polish is now but it is about one millimeter under the black line. Say Hello Kitty by OPI replaced Look at My Bow! from the same company that I used up last month. The bottle was almost full when I added it into the project and you can see where the polish is now.

I’m happy that I used Make up Store Asun twice this month and thus finally made some progress on it, it is definitely possible to use up withing the next few months. Mavala Candy Apple is the one I used up this month; it was fun using this up because it’s a polish I really like. I did many jelly manicures  using this with OPI Say Hello Kitty and Make up Store Asun.

For next month I plan on focusing on the three other polishes in the picture that I didn’t finish this month. It would be great to use up all of them but I’m not certain if that will be possible.

Project number two consists of last year’s toenail polishes and I used one of them on my fingers this month. I haven’t concentrated too much on this project because there aren’t that many on the list.

Bourjois Turquoise Block
Chanel April
Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop
Depend 393
Essie Cute as a Button
H&M Gumdrops
H&M Coral Road
OPI 5 Apples Tall
OPI OPI Red
OPI Small + Cute = <3
OPI Spoken from the Heart
OPI Super Cute in Pink
Picture Polish Enchanting
Rimmel Cocktail Passion

Project number three consists of polishes I bought last year but only used once. I didn’t use any of these last month, so no progress here.

Bourjois Turquoise Block
Depend 393
Depend 481
Essence Pink Parrot
Essence Play with My Mint
Essie Take Me to Thread
Mavala Freesia
Natural Code by Lumene Rebel Royal
OPI Spoken from the Heart
OPI 5 Apples Tall
OPI Super Cute in Pink
OPI Small + Cute = <3
OPI Say Hello Kitty
Sally Hansen Giant Peach
Sally Hansen Combustealble
Sensinity 91

In addition, I used all three of the polishes that I use once per month, they are OPI Magazine Cover Mouse, OPI Kiss Me at Midnight and Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop. Also, I used up one sticker sheet this month.

I will continue my no buy in March, except on my trip abroad. I will allow myself to buy something while traveling if I see something nice, but it has to be something I don’t already have in my collection.

That’s all this time!

The Evolution of My Nail Polish Collection

I found some pictures that I have taken of my nail polish collection over the years and I thought it would be interesting to show them to you. I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane as much as I did!

We start our journey in March 2009, just a few months after starting to wear nail polish regularly.

March 2009

March 2009

Lumene was changing the packaging for their nail polish at the time and a lot of the polish in the old packaging was on discount, so that is why there are a lot of the blue capped old Lumene nail polishes here. None of these polishes are in my collection currently and even if they were still available in stores, I probably wouldn’t buy them because my tastes have changed.  There are a lot of pink and red nail polishes but I’ve also started to branch out a bit with the green, yellow dark purple and white in the front row. I had started to do some nail art as well so that explains the odd colors. Notice the lack of turquoise nail polish!

The next picture I could find of the whole collection is from May 2012.

May 2012

May 2012

In three years the situation had gotten a little out of control. I’m guessing there are around 200 bottles here. I’m sure not long after this I realized I had way too much and started to downsize my collection. I see a lot of polishes that I have gotten rid of and I don’t miss them at all. A very small minority I have actually used up. But when you have this much polish it’s almost impossible to use up polishes.

The next picture is from January a year ago.

January 2016

January 2016

There is still a lot of polish in this picture! There is just a handful of polishes less in this picture as in the previous picture even though I had done a lot of downsizing at this point. This means of course that I was constantly buying new ones as well as getting rid of others. There’s not much sense in that, is there?

The last picture I’m going to show you is from January of this year.

January 2017

January 2017

Here we can finally see some progress! Unfortunately, after taking this picture I bought a couple more polishes, so when the overall number of polishes in this picture was less than 100, it’s now over. I am happy that I have made this much progress so far but I’m hoping to do even better this year!

I’m happy to report that I haven’t bought any new polishes in February! I did add a new polish to my collection this month, but I bought it in January, so it doesn’t count… right?!

This was all I wanted to write this time. I hope you liked it!

 

Polish I bought in January

This post will be a little contrary to what I’d like my blog to be, but I got a request to show the polish I bought in January. Naturally I like to do what the readers would like to see, so here we go!

The first picture shows the polishes I bought first as well as a new frankenpolish I made.

Depend 485, Depend 482, Picture Polish Eyre, Isadora Pink Syrup, Frank Strawberry Milk

Depend 485, Depend 482, Picture Polish Eyre, Isadora Pink Syrup, Frank Strawberry Milk

Depend 485 and 482 as well as Picture Polish Eyre were polishes I came across during my no buy at the end of last year, and since I still wanted them at the beginning of this year, I bought them. Depend 485, the first on the left in the picture, is a dupe to OPI’s Show Us Your Tips from the New Orleans collection. I was interested in the polish but wasn’t sure if I was going to like it on my nails. I didn’t want to spend that money on another OPI that potentially gets decluttered later. So when I learned that Depend 485 is an exact dupe for it I had to get it. I have already worn it and I love it :)

I was looking for a Zoya polish to add to my collection because I’d like to try another color from them. The polish that was different from what I already have and that would be something I like was Aster. But then I randomly came across Depend 482 which looks exactly like Aster so I decided to get the cheaper and smaller bottle instead. I haven’t had a chance to wear this yet, I think it is a more spring time shade.

Picture Polish Eyre came to my collection when I ordered some fast drying top coats from a website. This was also something that I had looked at at the end of last year but couldn’t get until January. I already wore this one and I like it.

After getting these three polishes I thought it would be a good time to start the challenge that I had planned for this year, namely to buy a polish only after I had used one up. But then I saw some jelly polishes in a clearance bin at a store and simply had to buy some! Luckily I was able to limit myself to only buying one and that was Isadora Pink Syrup. After buying this polish I decided to add Mavala Candy Apple to the project because the polishes are very similar. I haven’t worn Pink Syrup yet because I have concentrated on Candy Apple.

Last year I noticed that my bottle of Essie Fiji doesn’t look the way it did when I bought it. It had lost its pinkness and looked just an off-white color. When I was using up OPI’s Look at My Bow! I decided to put the last drops of the OPI into the Essie bottle to make it pink again. It was also a way to use up Look at My Bow! because it was difficult to get the last drops out of the bottle with the brush. I decided to call this new polish Strawberry Milk because that’s what it looks like. I haven’t had a chance to wear this one yet.

The next four polishes were bought during one weekend when I went a little crazy. But as with the previous ones I have excuses for these, too!

Sally Hansen Beatnik, Catrice Summer Nights' Sky, Chanel Mediterranée, Essie Naughty Nautical

Sally Hansen Beatnik, Catrice Summer Nights’ Sky, Chanel Mediterranée, Essie Naughty Nautical

Sally Hansen Beatnik I haven’t worn yet but I really hope it will be a lovely purple shade. In a lot of pictures it looks blue, so maybe this is again one of those bluish purples, but it seems to be something I really like.

I was so amazed to see Catrice nail polishes in one store here in Finland that just had to buy one from them! They are not expensive and they happened to have a color in their collection that I didn’t already have, so I picked Summer Nights’ Sky. I put this on as soon as I got home and I like it a lot! It looks somewhat darker on the nails than in the bottle, because in the bottle you can see silver shimmer that doesn’t come across on the nail. But it’s still a lovely polish.

I was wearing Depend 255 on my nails when I came across this Chanel nail polish in Mediterranée on clearance that weekend. It’s not exactly the same as Depend 255 is (or was, since I used it up) a matte shade and the Chanel polish is not. Also the shade is a little different. But nevertheless the Chanel polish is a good replacement for the Depend polish. Also, you simply cannot pass up an opportunity to buy a Chanel nail polish when it only costs 9 euros!

The last polish to mention here is a back-up for my Essie Naughty Nautical. I saw all of the Naughty Nauticals in a clearance bin at a store and also saw that they were not included in the permanent collection anymore. This lead me to think that they were discontinuing it so I had to buy a back-up for one of my favorite polishes. When I got home, I noticed that the two Naughty Nauticals look different, the newer one is darker than the one I already had. This leads me to think that Essie polishes don’t hold their color very well in storage because I’ve had this happen to a lot of my Essie polishes. I may have to think if it is worth it to buy Essies in the future.

I also bought a bigger bottle of OPI Say Hello Kitty! in January, but it is not shown here because it is a birthday present to myself. It will be added to my collection tomorrow :)

All this buying of polish caused me a lot of stress and anxiety, not because they were bad purchases – on the contrary, I love them! – but because of the amount of polish I now have. I now own over 100 polishes again and I don’t like it. So, in February I won’t be buying any new polishes and I will probably also look through my collection if there is something I can live without.

So this was everything for now, until next time!

 

Project Update: January 2017

January was a success in some ways and a failure in other ways. I managed to use up two polishes but didn’t use many of the polishes I picked for the main project. The reason for the latter is that I mainly concentrated using the polishes I wanted to use and most of them weren’t in the current project. I’m not to worried about this, though, because it’s only the beginning of the year and because I did manage to use up two polishes.

I am worried about the amount of polishes I bought in January, though. I allowed myself to buy some in the beginning of the month because I hadn’t bought any at the end of the year. And then I saw some really good offers on nail polish and some interesting looking polishes, so I bought some more. So now, the total number of polishes in my collection is exactly 100. I didn’t want to reach that number again, since I got below it already, so it makes me feel a bit disappointed in myself. However, I can get below 100 just by using up one polish and by refraining from buying new ones for a while.

In the picture below, you can see the two that I used up, which are Depend 255 and OPI Look at My Bow!. The only other polish I used that was in the project was Mavala Candy Apple.

IMG_0624 pieni

Project #2 has 14 polishes in it and I used one of them last month. These polishes are the ones I used only on my toes last year and the goal is to use them on the fingers this year.

Bourjois Turquoise Block
Chanel April
Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop
Depend 393
Essie Cute as a Button
H&M Gumdrops
H&M Coral Road
OPI 5 Apples Tall
OPI OPI Red
OPI Small + Cute = <3
OPI Spoken from the Heart
OPI Super Cute in Pink
Picture Polish Enchanting
Rimmel Cocktail Passion

Project #3 has sixteen polishes, some are the same as in project #2. Here I also used only one polish this month. These are the polishes that I bought last year but only used once. This project helps me decide whether I need to keep these polishes in my collection.

Bourjois Turquoise Block
Depend 393
Depend 481
Essence Pink Parrot
Essence Play with My Mint
Essie Take Me to Thread
Mavala Freesia
Natural Code by Lumene Rebel Royal
OPI Spoken from the Heart
OPI 5 Apples Tall
OPI Super Cute in Pink
OPI Small + Cute = <3
OPI Say Hello Kitty
Sally Hansen Giant Peach
Sally Hansen Combustealble
Sensinity 91

I succeeded in using both of my textured polishes once this month as was the plan. OPI Magazine Cover Mouse I used three times, actually. I decided to add Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop to this category as well because it might be difficult for me to use up otherwise.

All in all, January was a success but I’m pretty pissed at myself for buying so many polishes that it mars the progress I made. I could possibly compensate by not buying any polishes in February, so maybe I will do that!

That’s all folks!