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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!

 

The Collection: Miscellaneous

We have finally reached the second to last part of my collection posts! This will be the last part in the colored nail polish category as the last part will be of all of my base and top coats as well as treatments.

In this post I will be going through all of the polishes in my collection that don’t have enough in one color category to make up one big one. This includes whites, yellows, muds, stripers and rosy golds. In this post I will also be showing you my Konad stamping polishes.

Here are the polishes that I will talk about in this post:

IMG_0480 pieniAs with other categories I have done some decluttering to get rid of the ones I don’t use and also since taking the picture I have used up a polish that appears in the picture.

Let’s take a look at the muddy shades first.

P2 Rich & Royal, Essie Chinchilly

P2 Rich & Royal, Essie Chinchilly

I have owned P2′s Rich & Royal for many years, ever since my friend bought it for me in her trip to Germany. It was a color I was interested in because it was supposed to be a dupe for Sephora by OPI’s Metro Chic that used to be hyped around Youtube. That line of polishes has been discontinued since then and no one ever talks about the polish anymore. When I first got the P2 polish I wasn’t sure I liked it but last winter I loved it when I wore it! I loved it so much I even bought another bottle of the same kind of shade, namely Essie’s Chinchilly. On the nail they look pretty much the same. I thought I would keep them both, however, as long as I will try to use up one of them. And as the P2 polish is the older one and I’ve already used more of it, I will try to use up that one. I will put it in my project as soon as I have used up one more bottle from the ones I already have in the project. As I said in my last post, one of my goals for August is to use up one bottle in the project. I am dying to use this already, because I have been seeing several people wearing these kinds of shades even in the summer, both on their fingers and their toes. I don’t think I have ever tried this shade on my toe nails so I am excited to try and see how I like it.

OPI I Just Can't Cope-acabana, Gina Tricot Sunny

OPI I Just Can’t Cope-acabana, Gina Tricot Sunny

I only have two yellows in my collection, or I should say ‘had’ because I got rid of OPI’s I Just Can’t Cope-acabana. I don’t wear yellow all that often and when I do, it’s pastel yellow that I reach for.

Sally Hansen White On, Essie Blanc, Natural 2 Way Art Pen

Sally Hansen White On, Essie Blanc, Naturel 2 Way Art Pen

Of the three polishes in this picture I have only one left. Sally Hansen’s White On I used up earlier this year and Naturel’s 2 Way Art Pen with silver glitter I sold because I don’t use striping polishes anymore. I had already sold all of my other polishes that had a thin brush for the same reason. Since using up the Sally Hansen white polish, I have bought a new and cheaper white polish to use on my swatch wheels. It is Essence’s Wild White Ways.

Natural Code by Lumene Dark Sparkle and Rosy Gold, Mac Soiree

Natural Code by Lumene Dark Sparkle and Rosy Gold, Mac Soiree

These are my Christmas and New Year’s polishes and I never reach for them in the spring and summer time. Both of the Natural Code by Lumene polishes I bought last holiday season but I didn’t get to use Dark Sparkle at all. That’s what you get when you have so many polishes to choose from.

My Konad stamping polishes

My Konad stamping polishes

As I’m steering away from doing nail art, having six Konad stamping polishes is a bit much. At first I only got rid of the forest green stamping polish as it was the most difficult one to match with other polishes. After a while, I decided to also get rid of the pastel purple one because it doesn’t show up over darker colors as well as the white does and over lighter colors it doesn’t show up at all.

So that is it! Those were all of my colored nail polishes! Since taking the pictures and writing posts I have gotten rid of some more polishes and for the most part I have been good at not buying new ones. I bought one in May and last week on my holiday to Mallorca I bought one full sized polish as well as a mini OPI set. I will show them to you after I show you my base and top coats and treatments. As of now, August 7th 2016, my nail polish collection consists of 86 full sized bottles of nail polish and six mini OPI nail polishes.

The Collection: Neutrals

After a few week’s break it’s time to introduce the next set of polishes in my collection. This time we are going to go through the neutrals. There are eight polishes that fit in this category and I got rid of two of them. I am on the fence about one of them but the rest I simply love so I’m not even contemplating on getting rid of those. These are the neutral nail polishes in my collection:

The Neutrals

The Neutrals

Now let’s take a closer look at the polishes.

Essie Spaghetti Strap, Muchi Muchi, Fiji and A Crewed Interest

Essie Spaghetti Strap, Muchi Muchi, Fiji and A Crewed Interest

Over half of this category consisted of Essie polishes and that would be fine if they were all different enough. Spaghetti Strap and Muchi Muchi were just too similar to keep both and at first I thought I would keep just one of them and had a hard time deciding which one to keep. In the end I decided to get rid of both, however, because of two reasons. One: I like polishes that are opaque and neither of these were. Two: I realized in the store that my polishes had lost their color because they should be light pink shades. My bottles didn’t have any pinkness to them at all.

Fiji and A Crewed Interest are among my favorite polishes and they are staying. A Crewed Interest starts to be a few years old so I may have to start using it more often to use it up before it goes bad.

Essie Eternal Optimist, Rimmel Peachella, Depend 347, Mavala Sweet

Essie Eternal Optimist, Rimmel Peachella, Depend 347, Mavala Sweet

Essie’s Eternal Optimist is a lovely darker neutral shade that I like to pair with Essie’s glitter polish A Cut Above. I hadn’t realized that these two nail polishes go together until I saw that they sell the polishes in a set during Christmas time. Rimmel’s Peachella is next to the Essie polish and I bought it to see if it would replace Essie’s A Crewed Interest once I have used it up, but it’s not a dupe because Peachella is darker than A Crewed Interest. I prefer the lighter version but the darker Peachella is not bad either. This is the polish I am on the fence about but I’m keeping it for now because I thought I would try and add some white polish in it to make it lighter and maybe get the color a bit more like A Crewed Interest.

Depend 347 is one of the polishes that was sent to me in a subscription box one time and this is the only one that I have kept because this is something that I actually like and wear. First I thought it would be one of those sheer pinks that hardly cover anything but it actually covers the nail pretty well. I’m glad this came in the box because I probably wouldn’t have bought it if it hadn’t.

The last polish to mention in this bunch is Mavala’s Sweet. This is a polish to be used in the spring and summer when you don’t have to use as much artificial lighting. This looks much better in daylight than indoors under artificial lights, in which it looks orange. And I don’t like orange nail polish.

So those were the neutral polishes in my collection. I will probably get another post out pretty soon so that I would finally finish this series.

So, see you soon!

 

The Collection: Reds

It is time for the fourth to last part of my nail polish collection! This post will feature all of my reds. After this all we have left are my pinks, neutrals and miscellaneous nail polishes. Also, if you want to see all of the base and top coats I have, that would make another post. So technically this would be the fifth to last part of my collection. But who’s counting?

I have ten bottles that fit in this category and here they are:

The Reds

The Reds

Most of these polishes in this category are fall and winter time shades but there are one or two that are appropriate for spring and summer. Of these ten shades I was able to remove one.

Let’s take a closer look at the polishes!

China Glaze Peppermint to Be, Zoya Arianna, OPI Magazine Cover Mouse

China Glaze Peppermint to Be, Zoya Arianna, OPI Magazine Cover Mouse

In this first picture, two of the three polishes were bought last December, they are the one in the middle and the one on the left. The site where I sometimes buy nail polish from had an offer on China Glaze polishes and of course I had to buy one! At first, I thought about buying Son of a Nutcracker from the Cheers collection but ended up ordering Peppermint to Be from the same collection instead. I couldn’t get Son of a Nutcracker out of my mind, though, so I ended up ordering that one later, too. At the same time, since I was making an order, I ordered another polish that I had longed for a while, not because it was a particularly beautiful color, but because of its name. I am speaking of Zoya’s Arianna. I got it so that I could have a polish in my collection that had my name on it:

Zoya Sarianna?

Zoya Sarianna?

I know it’s lame but I can’t help it! Arianna is not actually a bad color but it would look better on my nails if it had a little less blue in it.

Next to Zoya’s Arianna is OPI’s Magazine Cover Mouse which is one of their liquid sand polishes a.k.a. textured polishes. It looks like I have used a ton of it but textured polishes are so thick that you use up a lot more polish in one manicure than with regular polishes. You may remember this polish from my favorites post and it still is one of my favorites!

OK, moving on to the next set:

OPI All I Want for Christmas (is OPI), OPI Red, From A to Z-urich

OPI All I Want for Christmas (is OPI), OPI Red, From A to Z-urich

All I Want for Christmas (is OPI) is one of the best nail polish names I have ever heard! So naturally I had to get the polish in my collection. I’m not sure if this is going to stay in my collection, though, I will have to try it on in the fall to remind myself what this looked like. This is definitely one of those polishes that I would not want to wear this time of year, so this would not be the appropriate time to try this on.

The polish in the middle of the picture is OPI Red which I really like on my toes. I don’t think I have ever tried it on my fingers. I bought this last year so I haven’t had time to play with it that much yet.

The only polish I’m getting rid of this time is OPI’s From A to Z-urich. It’s a lovely color but since I have several other dark red shades in my collection, I’d better reduce the amount by one at least.

Chanel April, OPI Paint My Moji-toes Red, Depend 5, Mavala Candy Apple

Chanel April, OPI Paint My Moji-toes Red, Depend 5, Mavala Candy Apple

Chanel’s April is very similar to OPI’s From A to Z-urich and I’d rather keep the Chanel one since I paid more money for it. OPI’s Paint My Moji-toes Red is one of my favorite colors to wear on my toes but I recently tried this on my fingernails and I loved it there, too. I think it’s a yellow based red which tend to suit me better. Depend 5 is more of a brick red nail polish and I like it a lot during the fall/winter time.

Mavala’s Candy Apple is the most recent addition to this collection of reds as I bought it in January. It was a freezing weather outside when I bought it, at least 23 degrees below zero and the top of the bottle didn’t handle the cold very well. Candy Apple is a red jelly polish, lovely for those jelly sandwiches that I like.

So that was it, all of my red polishes!

I don’t expect there to be a drastic change in this color category this year. I may get rid of All I want for Christmas (is OPI) and I might be able to use up Depend 5 but other than that I don’t think there will be changes. But that’s OK as long as I don’t get many new ones.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and see you till next time!

The Collection: Misfits

This is the post where I will show all of the polishes that I didn’t know how to categorize.  Here you will see all the pinkish purples and denim blues and one or two true blue polishes. Pinkish purples don’t really belong with the pinks because there they look too purple. When put with the purples they look pink. Same with the denim blues: they fit neither with blues nor with purples. So they get their own category here. I have also included the berry polishes here because there are only three and they don’t really belong in with the pinks either.

There are eleven polishes that I am going to go through today. Four of them are in the pinkish purple range, three in the berry family, two or three in the denim blue category and one true blue shade. Here they are:

The Misfits

The Misfits

Let’s start with the pinkish purples and then move on to the berries and finally to the blues and denim blues.

Essie Splash of Grenadine, Color Club Sweetpea, Maybelline Pink Innocence

Essie Splash of Grenadine, Color Club Sweetpea, Maybelline Pink Innocence

These are three of the four pinkish purple polishes I have. Why I didn’t take a picture with all four, I’ll never know… :D The fourth one will be in with the berries.

The first polish on the left is Essie’s Splash of Grenadine and it was one of the first Essie nail polishes that I bought when Essie became readily available here. This was totally up my alley back then but I have moved away from the pinks and pinkish purples a bit, so this is not a favorite anymore but I am not able to get rid of it anyway. So it will stay for now.

I am getting rid of Color Club’s Sweetpea, though, because it is very similar to the Maybelline’s Pink Innocence that is pictured next to it. Sweetpea is more purple whereas Pink Innocence is more pink and I prefer the more pink version.

Essie Madison Ave-Hue, Foot Loose, Jamaica Me Crazy, OPI Dim Sum Plum

Essie Madison Ave-Hue, Foot Loose, Jamaica Me Crazy, OPI Dim Sum Plum

When you look at Essie Madison Ave-Hue in the bottle it definitely has some purple aspects to it but on the nail it looks pretty much just pink. It has some silver shimmer in it which shows up on the nail a bit and it makes the polish stand out from the rest of these pinkish purples. This may be on the chopping block later if I don’t wear it enough since I don’t wear pink very often on my finger nails. I do like pink on my toes so it may stay for that purpose.

Moving on to the berry polishes. I have three of them and that may be too much since I don’t really wear berry colors anymore either. Out of Essie’s Foot Loose, Jamaica Me Crazy and OPI’s Dim Sum Plum I’m getting rid of Essie’s Foot Loose because it was never my favorite, the two others were at some point favorites. Foot Loose also has a thin brush which is a tad bit difficult to work with.

OPI Kiss Me at Midnight, Essie Bikini So Teeny, The Body Shop Got the Blues, Depend 412

OPI Kiss Me at Midnight, Essie Bikini So Teeny, The Body Shop Got the Blues, Depend 412

OPI Kiss Me at Midnight is the only true blue polish I have. I don’t normally like blue on my nails but Kiss Me at Midnight I like perhaps because of the silver glitter pieces it has. It is also a textured polish. I have a feeling that I will grow out of the textured trend soon so I may have to use up this and all of my other textured polishes in the near future.

Essie’s Bikini so Teeny is impossible for me to categorize. When I look at it in the bottle I see some purple in it even though many describe it as a blue polish. This also has silver shimmer in it but with this polish it does not show up on the nail.

The Body Shop Got the Blues and Depend 412 are basically the same color except the Depend polish is a tad darker.  I can’t decide which polish to keep and which to get rid of, so I’m keeping them both for now.

So that’s all for now! Hope you enjoyed reading this!

The Collection: Purples

There are eight nail polishes in my collection that are definitely purple. There are also colors that have a purple-ness to them but are definitely either pink or blue. Those polishes will be presented in their own post after this one.

This purple category may be the most versatile of the categories. While in other categories the colors are rather similar to each other, the purples are all different. I take it as a good thing :)

Here are the polishes I’m going to talk about:

The Purples

The Purples

I decided to keep all of the purples I have. Two of these polishes are in my current project, however, so they will most likely be used up in the near future. Let’s take a closer look at the polishes.

Kone Helsinki U15, Sally Hansen Be-Jeweled, Isadora Icy Purple, Maybelline Viva Blue Violet

Kone Helsinki U15, Sally Hansen Be-Jeweled, Isadora Icy Purple, Maybelline Viva Blue Violet

The first polish on the left is something I probably wouldn’t have picked up myself as it is a rather sheer polish. Kone Helsinki’s U15 is a lovely polish though and I’m glad I got it as a gift because I don’t have anything else like this in my collection. It reflects greenish yellow colors when you turn the bottle in the light and if I remember correctly that shift shows up on the nail too.

Sally Hansen’s Be-Jeweled is one of their Gem Crush polishes from a few years ago. It is a textured polish that came out before texture was a trend in the nail polish world. I wore this recently but I think the purple is more suitable for fall and winter time because I wasn’t feeling the color this time of year. This is one of my favorite polishes, though, so it must be the season that makes me not like it right now.

Isadora Icy Purple is one of the polishes I have in the current project to use up. It is also one of the polishes that I had back in 2012. And even though it’s been one of my favorite polishes, I haven’t worn it much. This is probably because of all of the new polishes I used to buy that had to be worn first.

Maybelline’s Viva Blue Violet looks very blue next to the other polishes and as the name suggests, it has blue in it. I have always thought it a purple polish, though, so it is presented here.

Isadora Cotton Candy, Essie Lilacism, Essie Paly Date, OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender

Isadora Cotton Candy, Essie Lilacism, Essie Play Date, OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender

Isadora Cotton Candy is also in the current project to use up. I wanted to have a spring color in the project and this was perfect. I am currently wearing this shade and it is a lovely shade.

Essie Lilacism was the second Essie polish I ever bought and it was back when Essie wasn’t readily available here in Finland yet. It has a small brush as opposed to the thick brush that Essies have now. This is going to be part of the project when I use up some of the others first, so that when this is used up I can buy a new one with a better brush.

Essie Play Date is a newer addition to the collection, I bought it last year. I’m not sure if this is going to stay in the collection for very long, I wasn’t the biggest fan when this was on my nails. It’s on probation, if I don’t want to wear this during the rest of the year, it may have to go.

The last polish in this category is OPI’s Lucky Lucky Lavender. This used to be a favorite polish but I recently wore it and it looked a bit boring on my nails. I guess I’m used to bright and fun colors these days and this doesn’t fit the bill. I’m going to keep it, though, for old times sake. And who knows, maybe I will like it better in the summer.

So those were my purple polishes!

The Collection: Corals

This time in the nail polish collection series we are going to go through my coral nail polishes. There are thirteen nail polishes that fit in this category and I was able to get rid of only one of them. Either I’m going to declutter some of them during the rest of the year or I will have to use up some of them. But it is definite that I don’t need new polishes in this category.

I mentioned in one post that I was thinking of buying a new nail polish either from OPI, Essie or Lumene. As I was getting these nail polishes together for the picture I realized the polishes I was dreaming of, all fit in this category, so I ended up talking myself out of buying any of them.

So here are the thirteen polishes that fit in this category:

The Corals

The Corals

At this point I will mention that I am very bad at putting colors into categories so some of these polishes may be in the wrong category for some people. I hope that won’t bother you too much. Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, let’s take a closer look at the coral polishes I have.

Rimmel Cocktail Passion, H&M Check Me Out, H&M Coral Road, Mavala Freesia

Rimmel Cocktail Passion, H&M Check Me Out, H&M Coral Road, Mavala Freesia

Starting from the left of the picture we have Rimmel’s Cocktail Passion. I recently came across pictures I had taken of my nail polish collection in 2012 and this Rimmel polish was part of it. I haven’t used very much of it in the years I have owned it which in some cases would mean that I should get rid of it but in this case I think I will start using it more now that I have less polishes in my collection.

If you read the post on my favorite nail polishes back in January you may remember that H&M’s Check Me Out was mentioned in that post. I recently did some comparisons of my coral polishes and realized that Check Me Out is very similar if not exactly the same as Wet ‘n Wild’s Tropicalia (seen in the next picture) so there is no reason for me to keep both of them. Tropicalia had slightly better formula and brush so I kept that over Check Me Out. The latter is already in a new and loving home :)

The other H&M nail polish in the picture is called Coral Road and it is a true chameleon polish. In some lights it looks coral and in some pink. This might be true for all corals but I’ve noticed it especially with this polish.

Mavala Freesia is the newest polish in this category as I bought it this year. In hindsight it is not a necessary addition to my collection but I think it will stay for now. When I wear it the next time I will make a decision whether to keep it or not.

China Glaze Son of a Nutcracker, Mac Impassioned, Chanel Distraction, Wet 'n Wild Tropicalia

China Glaze Son of a Nutcracker, Mac Impassioned, Chanel Distraction, Wet ‘n Wild Tropicalia

China Glaze Son of a Nutcracker is perhaps not a coral but has some coral-ness to it so it appears in this category. This came out in China Glaze’s Christmas collection last year but I think this color can be worn all year round. Mac Impassioned has been in my collection a couple of years and it definitely needs more love than it has been getting. Chanel Distraction was also in the favorites post and it still is a lovely polish but I would not pay that much money for a nail polish anymore. Now that I am reminded of how good Wet ‘n Wild Tropicalia actually is I will most probably start using it a lot more, I hope.

Essie Sunday Funday, Serial Shopper and Tart Deco

Essie Sunday Funday, Serial Shopper and Tart Deco

Essie Sunday Funday is a true coral but instead of being a cream finish like most of the other polishes in this category it has silver shimmers in it. Sometimes when Essie puts silver shimmer in their polishes the shimmer doesn’t show up on the nail and the same is almost true with this one. The shimmer in Sunday Funday shows up a little on the nail put not as much as in the bottle. But I like the polish anyway.

Serial Shopper and Tart Deco are very similar and technically I wouldn’t need both. They are also different which is the reason I can’t get rid of either at the moment. When I have two polishes that are similar colors my plan is to use up one of them. This way I don’t have to make a decision to get rid of one, I only have to decide which to use up first. In this case Serial Shopper will probably get used up first as it has less product in it than Tart Deco.

At the top: OPI I Eat Mainely Lobster. At the bottom: OPI Aloha from OPI.

At the top: OPI I Eat Mainely Lobster. At the bottom: OPI Aloha from OPI.

The last two polishes that in my opinion go into this category are both from OPI and they are I Eat Mainely Lobster and Aloha from OPI. The former looks much more coral in the bottle than it does on the nail. On the nail I Eat Mainely Lobster is much darker and may be very similar to Mac’s Impassioned. If they prove to be too similar one of them will possibly have to go. Aloha from OPI was also in my favorites and as I used up Lumene’s Tango for Two which was very similar to this, Aloha from OPI will now get a lot more use.

Those were all of the coral and coral-ish polishes I have! I know some of them seem very similar and they are but it is rather difficult to get rid of your favorite colors, isn’t it?

Which category would you like to see next? I am open to suggestions. Or would you like it to be a surprise?

That’s all for now! Until next time!

P.S. I keep repeating that certain polishes need more love and need to be used more often. This reflects my belief that I will be able to use the majority if not all of my polishes at least once a year now that I own less of them. The fact that I want to wear them is a good sign that they belong in my collection.

The Collection: Turquoise, Mint and Emerald

The next category we are going to go through from my collection is all the turquoise, mint green and emerald green nail polishes. There are twelve nail polishes in my collection that fit in this category and along with the glitters (which I have already shown you) and corals it is one of the largest categories in my collection. Turquoises and emerald greens are very hard to picture accurately, so the pictures below won’t do any justice to the polishes. Also, I was not able to do any culling in this category, so there will be no red X’s this time.

Here is a group photo of the polishes in this category:

Twelve bottles of gorgeousness!

Twelve bottles of gorgeousness!

Let’s take a closer look at the polishes!

The first set of polishes I’m going to show you contains three polishes that were all mentioned in my favorites post that I wrote in January. Two of them I still really like and one I need to wear again to remind myself.

Picture Polish Enchanting, Color Club Holiday Splendor and China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise

Picture Polish Enchanting, Color Club Holiday Splendor, China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise

Picture Polish Enchanting is the one I need to wear again because I have only worn it once since I got it. Now that my collection is getting smaller and I’m not constantly getting new polishes, I may actually get to wear all of my polishes more than once. The color in the picture is not what the polish looks like in real life, it is an emerald green polish. Color Club Holiday Splendor is also emerald green but very different from the previous one. Enchanting has very subtle glitters in it, whereas Holiday Splendor has bigger holographic glitters in it. This is a very lovely polish for Christmas time and among all the reds that I wear around that time this polish offers some variation to the theme. To this day China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise is one of my very favorite nail polishes but I have not had the chance to wear it this year.

Essie Ruffles and Feathers, Essie First Timer, Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet, Essie Turquoise & Caicos, Picture Polish Honey Moon

Essie Ruffles and Feathers, Essie First Timer, Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet, Essie Turquoise & Caicos, Picture Polish Honey Moon

Of the five nail polishes shown in the picture above, four of them I got last year. This goes to show you that I was really into this mint and emerald green color family last year. Both Essie Ruffles and Feathers and First Timer I was introduced to by people on Youtube. Back then I hadn’t learned how to control myself, which is something I hope I have learned to do by now.

There is a story behind how this bottle of Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet came in my collection. A long story short, a friend of mine ordered Mint Sorbet online and got the old version with the bold X on the front. Later, I found the new version with the narrow X in stores here. When we met (we live in different cities) we compared the two shades and found that they are slightly different. The old version is a little lighter than the new one. As it happened we both liked the ones the other had, so we exchanged the bottles, so both of us were happy.

Essie’s Turquoise & Caicos has been in my collection for years but I haven’t used it in a while, something which I hope to remedy this year. Picture Polish Honey Moon is still a question mark. I don’t know yet if this is going to stay in my collection or not. I have only worn it once so far and can’t make a decision yet.

Rimme District-ly Come Dancing, Essie Naughty Nautical, Wet 'n Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint, The Body Shop Minty Amour

Rimmel District-ly Come Dancing, Essie Naughty Nautical, Wet ‘n Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint, The Body Shop Minty Amour

These are the last four polishes in this category. Two of them I got last year (Rimmel District-ly Come Dancing and The Body Shop Minty Amour) and I wore them last year also. Essie Naughty Nautical I bought two years ago, I remember because I wore it on my trip to Berlin which was in May 2014. I haven’t worn it since because I have had too many polishes in my collection and too many new polishes to try. Wet ‘n Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint I have owned longer but don’t remember exactly when I got it. I only remember getting it because it was said to be a dupe for China Glaze’s For Audrey which everybody seems to like, so naturally I had to buy it…

So those were the twelve polishes out of my collection that fit in the category of turquoise, mint and emerald. Like I said, I wasn’t able to get rid of any of these, even though some of them may seem similar. To me they are different enough to keep them all. I will have to use these this year, though, because who knows if my taste will change and suddenly I don’t like these anymore. This has happened to me with some polishes in the past. I would be great to use these up while I still like them.

In the next post I will show you the polishes I have picked for my next project. There will be several because the Mavala challenge showed me that using only one polish is boring.

 

The Collection: Glitters

Welcome to the first installment of the series of posts on my nail polish collection. I have 110 polishes at the moment and it would be too long a post to put it all in one. It took a long time for me to figure out a way to show you my collection but I finally got inspired by some Youtube videos where people decluttered their collections and went through their polishes by color category. I decided to do the same but in picture format instead of a video. While I was forming categories I noticed that some categories became rather big. This inspired me to do some decluttering while preparing for the collection posts. In the pictures below I will mark the polishes I’m getting out of my collection with a red X.

I will start with my glitter polishes. Why? you ask. Well, probably because it’s one of the biggest categories, if not the biggest. Here, I’m referring to glitter top coats; opaque glitter polishes will appear in their respective color category. This time last year I remember having a craving for glitter polishes but this year I feel I’m over glitter. Having said this, I couldn’t part with many of my glitters but baby steps are better than no steps at all.

So, let’s get started! First, here’s all of the glitter top coats gathered in a group photo.

IMG_0456 pieniThere are fifteen glitter top coats in my collection.  Now, let’s have a closer look at the bottles! First, OPI glitters:

OPI from left to right: Minnie Style, Bearest of Them All, Petal Soft, Pink Yet Lavender

OPI from left to right: Minnie Style, Bearest of Them All, Petal Soft, Pink Yet Lavender

I was surprised to find that I had as many as four OPI glitters in my collection. Just before starting to write this post I applied Minnie Style on my nails and found that there is a lot of the clear base in the bottle and not enough glitters. Although, it could be that there all settled at the bottom of the bottle and didn’t come up despite my shaking the bottle. I will still keep this, though, because I like the red glitters. I will not be keeping Bearest of Them All, however, even though it’s the newest of the OPI’s in my collection. In the time that I have owned the polish I have found it difficult to pair it with other colors. Also, the heart glitters in the polish are rather big and they stick out of the nail.  When I look at the polish in the picture I am tempted to keep it but since I feel that I need to decrease the amount of the glitters I have and this being one of the most difficult to wear, I will have to part with it.

The next polish is Petal Soft. This glitter has a the same problem as Bearest of Them All in that the flower shaped glitters stick out when on the nail. This shade of glitter is much easier to pair with other colors so that is why it’s going to stay in my collection for now. The last OPI glitter I’m going to write about is, ironically, the first OPI glitter I ever bought, it is Pink Yet Lavender. I love this glitter, it goes with many colors and as you can see I have gotten good use out of it.

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Orly Watch it Glitter, Orly Mermaid Tale, Essence Glorious Aquarius, Make up Store Asun

In this set I’m parting with Orly’s Watch it Glitter because it is the most difficult glitter to pair with other polishes. In the years I have owned it I have not found a combination I like, so that is why I’m finally letting go of this one. I have tried to part with this before but took it back to the collection only to find out that I still don’t know how to wear it. The other Orly polish in my collection is Mermaid Tale which I bought at the same time as the other one but this is much easier to wear. Why it looks like I have used Watch it Glitter more than Mermaid Tale I don’t know! Essence Glorious Aquarius is very similar to Mermaid Tale but it is a different color and a much smaller bottle. You may remember that I used up Asun by Make up Store earlier this year. I already had this back up bottle of it that I bought last year. The glitter in this bottle seems to like to settle much more quickly than in the previous bottle I had which annoys me a little but it is staying nevertheless.

Sally Hansen Princess Cut, Sinful Colors Nail Junkie, Essie A Cut Above, Gina Tricot Snow

Sally Hansen Princess Cut, Sinful Colors Nail Junkie, Essie A Cut Above, Gina Tricot Snow

Sally Hansen’s Princess Cut is the only flaky polish I have left. Before, I had up to three flaky polishes but I figured it’s pointless to own so many polishes that offer the same look. Princess Cut stayed because it was my favorite of the three. It definitely deserves much more love than it has gotten so far. Sinful Colors Nail Junkie appeared in the post about my favorite polishes even though this polish cannot be worn alone to achieve the look I love. On its own it’s is very sheer and it is kind of disappointing that the polish doesn’t look on the nail as it looks in the bottle. I put Essie’s Trophy Wife underneath Nail Junkie to get the look I love. Essie’s A Cut Above is similar to OPI’s Pink Yet Lavender but different enough to own them both (says the polish hoarder). While Pink Yet Lavender has multicolored and pink glitters in it, A Cut Above has all pink glitters in different sizes. Speaking of different sized glitters, Gina Tricot Snow has matte white glitters in different sizes in it and it is true to its name and looks like snow on the nail.

I Love This Glitter Polish Blue Glitter, H&M Free Your Mind, L'oreal Confettis

I Love This Glitter Polish Blue Glitter, H&M Free Your Mind, L’oreal Confettis

We are down to the last three glitter top coats in my collection! I think this I Love This Glitter Nail Polish in Blue Glitter was once a part of a project to use it up but I never got round to use it up. I have said this before but this polish smells really bad which makes me not want to use it. Also, there is not many ways you can use this and I’ve used them all, so it makes me want to part with the bottle. H&M’s Free Your Mind is a lovely mix of pastel colored glitters. Also, it’s a small bottle which is full of glitters, which in turn means it will be used up quickly (I think) because glitter pieces take up more room than polish does. Last but not least, is L’oreal’s Confettis. At one point I bought a back up of this as well but have since then gotten rid of it due to the fact that it will take some time to use up this bottle. And when I have used up this bottle, I will probably not want to use up another. It is a lovely glitter, don’t get me wrong, but even though you like a polish, doesn’t mean you cannot live without it once it is finished.

So I only got rid of three glitters, but that’s OK. I will take some of these bottles and make a point of using them this year and maybe finishing some of them.

I haven’t decided which category to tackle next but I still have time to think about that because I promised to show all the manicures I did with Mavala’s Velvet next. It should be up tomorrow :)

CU!