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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 MediterranĂ©e, 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 MediterranĂ©e 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!

 

The Haul Before the Purge

I decided to split my haul and purge I planned into two different posts as my recent posts have been rather lengthy. This haul will include the polishes I’ve bought in April and May. I don’t think I will ever be able to go on a nail polish no-buy because I will always want to leave a chance to buy something that I don’t already have. Of course with this there is the danger that I will buy something that I will regret later.

This year I was a good girl for the first three months; I didn’t buy any polishes from January to March and I was completely satisfied with using my current collection. In April I started buying polishes again. It started with a couple of glitter polishes and I told myself that it’s OK to buy glitters because they get used up quicker than regular nail polish since I use them so much and because they are used in conjunction with other polishes. I also really LOVE glitter polish on top of any color and it changes the look of the polish underneath it. Many mainstream companies have come up with awesome glitter polishes that compare with the indie brands who are the masters of glitter polishes. Glitters of all shapes and sizes are now more readily available for the general public than they were a few years ago. And since I love glitter, it’s been easier to buy it now that they are everywhere.

I know I went off topic there for a little bit, but now for the main subject of this post: the new polishes! At the end of this post I have close-up photos of the glitter polishes I bought!

Gina Tricot Snow, Green dot, Cottoncandy and Turquiose [sic] Dust

Gina Tricot Snow, Green dot, Cottoncandy [sic] and Turquiose [sic] Dust

Many clothing companies now have their own make-up lines, Gina Tricot is one of them. I have never tried anything but the nail polishes from them and I find they have interesting glitters at the moment. They change their collection pretty often, so get the polish you want while you can. The first polish I just had to have was Snow. It has white matte hex glitters of all sizes ranging from tiny to large in a clear base. It literally looks like snow on your nails, if you forget the fact that snowflakes aren’t hexagonal. Green dot has small and medium sized white, green and lime green hexes as well as square lime green glitters in a clear base. Cottoncandy (it actually is one word on the bottle) has tiny red and white glitters, small sized white hexes, medium sized blue and pink hexes as well as large white hexes in a clear base. The blue glitters are very sparse, though. Snow, Green Dot and Cottoncandy are relatively base heavy, meaning, there is a lot of the clear base, which means that you will have to fish the glitter a little bit to get the desired effect on the nail. Turquiose Dust (GT really has to learn how to spell) looks like a dupe for Deborah Lippmann’s Mermaid’s Dream though I don’t know for sure since I don’t have the DL polish. The difference is that the GT polish has sparse multicolored hexes which the DL polish doesn’t seem to have.

H&M Pastel Dots and Free your mind, Lumene Natural Code Blossom, OPI Petals Soft.

H&M Pastel Dots and Free your mind, Lumene Natural Code Blossom, OPI Petals Soft

H&M has also added some lovely glitter polishes to their collection. These polishes are great if you aren’t sure if you like glitter on your nails as the bottles are small and they are cheap, so no great investment as far as money is concerned. Pastel Dots is jam-packed full of glitter. It has white, black and baby pink matte hexes ranging from small to large in size in a clear base. Free your mind is likewise jam-packed with white, pastel orange, light pink (almost white), pastel green and sky blue hexes ranging from tiny to huge in a clear base. Lumene Natural Code’s Blossom is a little bit base heavy but it is a lovely polish nonetheless. This one has white and orange hexes from tiny to medium in size as well as white flower glitters. When I used this for the first time, I wasn’t able to get a flower on my nail even though I can see several of them in the bottle. Maybe I should have shaken the bottle better. OPI’s Petal Soft has matte glitter hexes from tiny to medium in size and baby pink and white in color as well as white flower glitters.

Sally Hansen White On, Viva La Diva Amnesia, Isadora Ocean Dive, Maybelline Broadway Blues, Essie Resort Fling, Mac Soiree

Sally Hansen White On, Viva La Diva Amnesia, Isadora Ocean Dive, Maybelline Broadway Blues, Essie Resort Fling, Mac Soiree

I don’t have too much to say about this set of polishes except that I love them all. The Maybelline Color Show polish in Broadway Blues was kind of an impulse buy, I don’t know if it will look good on my nails, but if it doesn’t I can always try to use it for stamping. I justified buying these because I don’t have many colors like these in my collection. Essie’s Resort Fling is the only one kind of similar to what I already have but I simply had to have that polish! I already have white polishes in my collection but I use white so much that I’m convinced Sally Hansen’s White On will get used up eventually. I also didn’t have any polishes from Sally Hansen’s X-Treme Wear line and I really wanted to try one.

Ruby Wing Cut Grass, Essie Ruffles & Feathers, Glitter Gal Tart Yourself Up

Ruby Wing Cut Grass, Essie Ruffles & Feathers, Glitter Gal Tart Yourself Up

Ruby Wing’s Cut Grass is a color changing nail polish, it changes to a darker shade of green in the sunlight. It also seems to be a scented polish which I didn’t know when I bought it. When I ordered this online I didn’t seem to remember that greens don’t look good on my skin, but I will try this because I’ve never had a color changing nail polish before. Essie’s Ruffles & Feathers is a very unique shade of green and I don’t have anything like it in my collection. I only hope it looks good on my fingers. In the swatch pictures I looked at before making my order, Glitter Gal’s Tart Yourself Up looked like a lovely shade of blue with a purple undertone (if such a color exists) but now that I have it in my hands the polish looks just plain blue in the bottle. I’m disappointed but I will try it anyway.

OPI I Just Can't Copa-Cabana, Down to the Core-al, Aloha from OPI

OPI I Just Can’t Copa-Cabana, Down to the Core-al, Aloha from OPI

I have lusted after these OPI polishes as they have been on many videos on YouTube. I have also looked at swatches of them online and they seemed like polishes I would like. Now that I’ve bought them and swatched them on my own nails, I fell like they don’t work well with my skin tone. So, I’m having the worst case of buyers remorse at the moment. But there is still a chance that these polishes will work for me when it’s actually warm and sunny outside or on my toes.

Konad Blue, Royal Purple and Green

Konad Blue, Royal Purple and Green

I was in the mood for some new Konad stamping polishes and the prices for these shades were reduced so I picked up three new Konads to add to my collection.

This whole post is a little bit against the theme of this blog, so don’t get used to seeing massive hauls often. I want to remind my readers as well as myself that the main object of this blog is to use up polishes – not to get new ones. But as I tell myself: some of these polishes help me use up some of the polishes I already have in my collection.

To compensate the amount of new polishes I’ve added to my collection, I did a new purge, though smaller in size than my previous one. The purge will be the topic of my next post.

Now, at the end of this post I want to offer some eye candy – close-ups of the glitter polishes presented in this haul. Enjoy!

Gina Tricot Green Dot

Gina Tricot Green Dot

Gina Tricot Snow (the red reflects from my shirt)

Gina Tricot Snow (the red reflects from my shirt)

Gina Tricot Cottoncandy

Gina Tricot Cottoncandy

Gina Tricot Turquiose Dust

Gina Tricot Turquiose Dust (the red is a reflection from my shirt)

H&M Pastel Dots

H&M Pastel Dots

H&M Free Your Mind

H&M Free Your Mind

Lumene Natural Code Blossom

Lumene Natural Code Blossom

OPI Petal Soft

OPI Petal Soft