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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 Purge After the Haul

I have to keep my collection to a certain amount of polishes because of my organizing system. I keep my nail polishes in small plastic containers with a lid, I have six of them in total. Five of them contain nail polishes, one has my nail art stuff in it. I don’t want to buy a seventh one because I don’t have the room for it and because that would mean that my collection would have more room to grow which I don’t want it to have. I am now at the point where the five containers with nail polishes cannot fit any new polishes. So, as I haul new polishes, some of the old ones have to go, to make room for the new ones. I went through my collection again to see if there were more nail polishes I wasn’t using. And sure enough I found a few.

OPI Pamplona Purple, No Spain No Gain, Jewel of India

OPI Pamplona Purple, No Spain No Gain, Jewel of India

There were still some OPI nail polishes I wasn’t happy with and these were some of them. On the left we have Pamplona Purple which I have never liked on my nails on its own. I have used it for water marbling which is why the level of the polish is relatively low. On one hand it’s time to get rid of it because OPI bottles are so big and I don’t water marble all that often but on the other hand I could use it for stamping, too. I don’t know! No Spain No Gain is a polish I still kind of want to keep, as well, I ‘m not sure if I will get rid of this one, yet. I have not used this very much but I do kind of like how it looks like in the picture above. It could be a color to wear in the fall and winter time. Jewel of India is also a lovely color, however, I don’t reach for these types of shades very often.

Essie Jazzy Jubilant, P2 Hold Me Tight, Be Yu 397

Essie Jazzy Jubilant, P2 Hold Me Tight, Be Yu 397

Essie’s Jazzy Jubilant I got in a beauty subscription service some time ago, so I didn’t pick this out for myself. It’s a glitter that I can live without so I will let someone else enjoy it. P2′s Hold Me Tight I bought in Munich and I do like it, but it’s a polish that I can live without as well because I have darker colors similar to this. Be Yu’s 397 is a polish I picked out for my project to use up this year. Now I picked it out to include it in the polishes to purge. I can’t seem to make my mind up about this polish because now I think that maybe I should use it up after all. I don’t know!

Mavala Fresh Melon, Pistachio, Candy Floss and Lumene Festive Mood.

Mavala Fresh Melon, Pistachio, Candy Floss and Lumene Festive Mood.

The last batch of polishes has three polishes from Mavala’s summer collection from a few years ago. Fresh Melon is an orange polish and I could never wear it on its own on my nails. I don’t like orange on me. Pistachio is a color I can live without as Essie’s Navigate Her is very similar to this. Candy Floss is one of those Barbie pink colors that I already have a few of in my collection. Lumene’s Festive Mood is a unique color in my collection but I haven’t worn it much and this is a color that I easily overlook when picking a polish to wear, so I can pass this on to a more loving home.

So I guess you couldn’t call this a very successful purge. I chose 10 polishes and with three of them I’m not sure if I’m going to get rid of them after all. In my haul I showed 23 new bottles of polish and here I’m only getting rid of seven polishes for certain. But, I have noticed in the past that I have to be in a certain mood for making a purge. If I don’t feel confident about getting rid of a particular polish, it’s better to not get rid of it yet. I will only regret it later. I am positive, however, that more purges will happen in the near future. In the mean while, I will try to make room for all of the new polishes in my collection because I didn’t get rid of as many polishes as I bought.

Next up… A quick update on my project. I removed some polishes and added some new ones to use up this year.

Nail Polish Declutter

I have been watching nail polish declutter videos on You Tube and about a month ago I was inspired to do one myself. I started with 197 nail polishes and I was sure I could reduce the amount a little. I already knew that I had way too many pinks but as I went through my collection I also noticed I have a lot of dark colors as well. I do wear darker colors in the fall and winter time but not enough to justify all of the dark polishes I own. I also have several coral polishes but I doubted I was going to be able to part with many of them because it’s one of my favorite colors. I also love turquoise on my nails and I probably have more than I would need of those but as with corals, I love the shades too much to be able to get rid of them.

Here’s a run-down of the polishes I got rid of this time:

From left to right: Depend 335, Kicks French Bubbles, Make Up Store Britta, Gina Tricot Berry glitter

From left to right: Depend 335, Kicks French Bubbles, Make Up Store Britta, Gina Tricot Berry glitter

Apart from pinks and dark colors I also have an excessive amount of glitter polishes. I’m not too worried about this, though, because I love using glitters on top of polishes with a cream finish. I decided to get rid of these glitters because I have  others that I love more. In Depend 335 and Kicks French Bubbles the glitter is way too sparse for my liking. Gina Tricot Berry glitter I only got because they had a buy two get one free offer and there was a color I really wanted. So basically, I got this polish to get another one which is always a great way to add clutter in your life! The Make Up Store polish is a holographic one and I don’t ever reach for it.

From left to right: Models Own Soda Pop Pink and Vintage Pink, Gina Tricot Raspberry and Luxurious

From left to right: Models Own Soda Pop Pink and Vintage Pink, Gina Tricot Raspberry and Luxurious

These are some of the cheaper brands that I have and they are always easier to purge because the financial loss isn’t as great as with other, more expensive brands. The Models Own polishes are lovely colors but I have too many pinks to keep Soda Pop Pink, Vintage Pink I have only worn once and that was right after I bought it probably two or three years ago. Clearly, I don’t use it very often. I have a Maybelline color that is exactly like Gina Tricot’s Raspberry and Luxurious is a dupe for Mac’s Soiree which I own, so I don’t need to keep either of these Gina Tricot polishes.
From left to right: H & M Coral Road, Mavala Miami, Depend 261, H & M Get a Rose 4 Me

From left to right: H & M Coral Road, Mavala Miami, Depend 261, H & M Get a Rose 4 Me

Coral is one of my favorite colors to wear on my nails but it’s also a color of which I have plenty in my collection. I’m still on the fence about H&M’s Coral Road: on one hand I have so many corals already, on the other hand I really LOVE this color. I will put it with the rest of the polishes I’m getting rid of and if I still want to keep it after a few months, I will take it back. Mavala’s Miami is a baby pink polish with purple sheen to it and H&M Get a Rose 4 Me is a dusty baby pink. I don’t wear these types of shades often enough to keep these polishes. Depend’s 261 is a pinkish purple and I never know whether to categorize them as pinks or purples. Anyway, I have Essie’s Splash of Grenadine which is the exact same color as this Depend one so I’m getting rid of the Depend one.

From left to right: Isadora Dynasty, Color Club Ho-Ho-Holly, Kiss Pearl blue, Lumene Budding Roses, Mavala New Delhi

From left to right: Isadora Dynasty, Color Club Ho-Ho-Holly, Kiss Pearl blue, Lumene Budding Roses, Mavala New Delhi

All of these shades just didn’t go well with my skin color. The Kiss polish in the middle has a thin brush and I have plenty of those as well.

From left to right: Essie Lovie Dovie, Off the Shoulder, Using My Maiden Name, Sew Psyched

From left to right: Essie Lovie Dovie, Off the Shoulder, Using My Maiden Name, Sew Psyched

Essie is one of my favorite nail polish brands but these shades just don’t work with my skin tone as well as some other ones.

From left to right: OPI Japanese Rose Garden, Barefoot in Barcelona, Yucatán if You Want, Conga-Line Coral

From left to right: OPI Japanese Rose Garden, Barefoot in Barcelona, Yucatán if You Want, Conga-Line Coral

OPI is another one of my favorite brands and I especially like the names of the polishes! I don’t like all the polishes they come out with, though. Japanese Rose Garden is a lovely pink shade but for some reason I don’t like it on my nails. Barefoot in Barcelona I bought when I had a craving for neutral/skin colored nails. That craving didn’t last long and these days I reach for bright colors more often than neutral nails, so I will get rid of this one.  Yucatán if You Want is one of those darker colors that I had too many of, also it wasn’t as nice on my nails as some other colors. I’ve tried to make Conga-Line Coral work ever since I bought it probably five years ago but I just don’t like it on my nails and I never wear it.

From left to right: Lumene Enchanted spring, Depend 302, Frankenpolish, Depend black and white crackle and OPI Mauving to Manitoba

From left to right: Lumene Enchanted spring, Depend 302, Frankenpolish, Depend black and white crackle and OPI Mauving to Manitoba

These are polishes that I won’t be able to sell or give to a friend. I have used so much of the Lumene polish that I don’t think anyone would want to buy it and I don’t feel like using it up either. Depend 302 is a matte dusty rose color and it only has a couple of uses left in it and I don’t like it enough to use it up. The bottle to the left of the black shatter contains my one and only attempt at making my own nail polish shade (a.k.a. Frankenpolish). I made it using Isadora’s Mauvement and China Glaze’s Moonlight. I made it years ago and I’ve never used it, so it’s time for it to go. However, I can’t sell it because it’s on a Depend nail polish bottle and it’s not really their nail polish. Both of the crackles by Depend have dried up, and nail polish thinner doesn’t seem to work for crackles. OPI’s Mauving to Manitoba has a weird scent to it so I think it has gone bad. I loved the shade but, sadly, it showed brush strokes. If I had less polishes I would probably repurchase it, but as it is, I can’t. All of these polishes will be recycled according to local regulations.

To sum up, in this purge I removed 31 nail polishes from my collection. As I said in the beginning, I started with 194 polishes and if I had been a good girl this year and didn’t buy any new polishes, I would now own 166 bottles. But, I haven’t been a good girl: I have bought 11 new nail polishes this year (oops!). I’ve also used up one bottle, making the total sum of my collection 176. I didn’t include base coats and top coats in this purge because I go through them pretty fast.

176 nail polishes is still a lot of polish which means I still have a long way to go before I’m down to 100 polishes which I hope to reach by the end of 2016. However, to get rid of 31 polishes is a big step toward my goal.

It kills me to think about the amount of money I spent on these polishes that I’m now getting rid of. However, there is no way to get my money back, so the only thing I can do, is to be smarter in the future and think really hard before buying a new bottle of polish.

As I was going through my collection, I picked out some polishes I would include in my project to use up this year, and I thought I would show them to you in the next post.