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Project Update: March 2017

The month of March was successful in one way and not so successful in other ways. I managed to cross over several polishes in projects number two and three but I wasn’t able to use up any polishes in my main project. In fact, I sort of forgot what polishes I wanted to concentrate on. Also, I was weak and bought five (!) new polishes in March and I compensated this buying by getting rid of some polishes. I realized that it is ridiculous to first buy and then get rid of stuff to compensate, so I hope I will be able to limit my buying of polishes for the rest of the year.

Like I said, I had sort of forgotten which polishes were in the main project so I was all over the place last month. I used several of the polishes I want to use up this year but didn’t use one or two consistently, which would be better I you want to use something up. So at the end of the month I reminded myself which polishes I picked to use up at the beginning of the year and added a couple to replace the ones I have used up. So, these are the polishes I wish to use up next:

Make Up Store Asun, L'Oreal Confettis, Essie Blanc, Essie Lilacism, Essie A Crewed Interest, OPI Say Hello Kitty

Make Up Store Asun, L’Oreal Confettis, Essie Blanc, Essie Lilacism, Essie A Crewed Interest, OPI Say Hello Kitty

The black lines that are the highest or the only ones on the bottle mark the place where the polish was at the beginning of the year. So, I have made some progress with these polishes. Asun, Confettis, Blanc and Lilacism have been in the mix from the beginning, A Crewed Interest and Say Hello Kitty are new. I have currently a challenge going on, where I use one single polish until it is used up completely. This time the polish I’m using is L’Oreal’s Confettis. I have had to add some clear polish in the bottle because all the base seems to have disappeared, so using it up takes a little longer than I anticipated. The good thing is that I can use all kinds of polishes with it since it is a glitter polish, so at least the color of the manicure changes each time I use it.

As I was going through my collection once again, I decided that Orly’s Mermaid Tale is no longer essential in my collection. I have owned it for many years now but I have always found it difficult to pair the polish with others. Since I still liked how it looked, I didn’t want to sell it but use it in a different way, so I covered a page in my Wreck This Journal with the polish and used it up. I also managed to use up my Trind Keratin Nail Restorer.

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Project number two, the polishes I only used on my toes last year, went pretty well last month, I used five polishes from this category and sold one of them (Picture Polish Enchanting). I have five more polishes to use in this category.

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 went equally well as number two; I used five of the polishes and sold three of them (Depend 481, Mavala Freesia and Essie Take Me to Thread). There are still eight more polishes to use of the ones I bought last year but only used once last year.

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

As far as the three polishes go, which I’m to use once every month, well, that didn’t go so well. OPI’s Kiss Me at Midnight I traded with a friend because I didn’t see myself wearing it again (I got a red polish in return) and OPI Magazine Cover Mouse and Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop didn’t end up on my nails at all in March.

I’m hoping to use up one to three polishes in April, let’s see how it goes!

Have a great spring!

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!

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.

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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!

Plans and projects for 2017

Last year was successful when it comes to the amount of polishes I used up. However, it would have been better if I didn’t buy as many as I bought. This year I’m going to limit my buying by allowing myself to buy a polish only after one has been used up. Having said that, I have already bought polishes this year even though I have used up none. At first, I wanted to sort of reward myself for doing so well in not buying anything in the last months of the year, and allowed myself to buy a few, keeping in mind that 99 polishes is the absolute highest number of polishes I will allow my collection to have. Since I’ve gotten the number below 100 I don’t want to cross that line again.

After buying three polishes I thought it would be a good time to start the “use one up, get one” but conveniently forgot this when looking at the clearance bin at a store yesterday. I also ordered one online and I think I will call it a birthday present to myself even though my birthday won’t be until mid-February. From this day forward, I will only buy a polish after I’ve used up one, and this decision will stick! (I hope!) It would be great to be able to concentrate on using the polishes I already own than constantly getting new ones.

Because last year’s projects went so well, I have high hopes for the projects I’ve come up with for this year. I have made up a list of 27 polishes which I will want to use up this year. I know for a fact that I won’t be able to use up all of them but for some I will be happy if half of the bottle is used up by the end of the year. It will then be easy to use up next year.

Since 27 polishes is a bit much to have in one project (as I learned at the end of last year), I’m going to have 5-7 polishes in a project at a time and then add one as I use up one. I will write the list at the end of the updates and as I use things up, I will cross out the name so that you can see what has been used up.

These are the polishes I picked in the project first:

IMG_0603 pieniFrom left to right we have: Make up Store Asun, L’oreal Confettis, Mavala Candy Apple, Essie Lilacism, Essie Blanc, Depend 255, OPI Look at My Bow!. As the level of the polish is difficult to see in some bottles, here is a picture where I have marked the lines:

IMG_0604 pieniIn this first batch the easiest to use up are Depend 255, OPI Look at my Bow!, L’oreal Confettis and Mavala Candy Apple. I don’t think the other three will be all that difficult to use up, either, it will only take longer to use them up. As I did last year, I’ll try to use each polish in the project at least once a month and will allow myself to use other polishes as well because it seems to be the best way for me to stick with the project.

The rest of the polishes I wish to use up are shown in the next three pictures below.

IMG_0606 pieniOPI Petal Soft, OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender, OPI Kiss Me at Midnight, OPI Magazine Cover Mouse, MAC Impassioned, Essie A Crewed Interest, Essie Trophy Wife.

IMG_0607 pieniKone Helsinki U15, Rimmel Show Off, P2 Rich & Royal, The Body Shop Minty Amour, Essence Glorious Aquarius, Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop.

IMG_0608 pieniOPI 5 Apples Tall, OPI Super Cute in Pink, OPI Say Hello Kitty, OPI Small + Cute = <3, OPI Spoken from the Heart, Frank Evening Sky, Depend 412.

Why I have chosen these polishes to be used up is different for each polish. The mini-OPI’s are here because they seem easy to use up because they are so small. Some of them, like Depend 412, Essie Trophy Wife and P2 Rich & Royal, are dupes to something else in my collection. I haven’t been able to decide which of the dupes to get rid of, so I might as well use up one of them. The glitter polishes are here because I have so many of them. They are also relatively easy to use up since glitter takes up more room in the bottle than regular polish and thus when you use it, you use up more than you would a regular polish in one manicure. The textured polishes by OPI, Kiss Me at Midnight and Magazine Cover Mouse I want to use up because I’m getting over the textured trend. And finally, some bottles have been in my collection a long time, like Rimmel Show Off, OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender and Essie A Crewed Interest and it’s time to give them some more love.

My plan for the textured polishes is a little different than for the others. I thought I would wear each of the textured polish once a month this year and try to use them up that way. There might be more than 12 manicures left in those bottles but at least I would have used them 12 times this year.

As for last year, for this year I have other projects than the one just described. Since I used all the polishes I owned last year, using the ones I didn’t use won’t be a project for this year. I am not going to try to use every single polish I own this year because it was far too stressful last year. Instead, I’m going to have two other projects that are going to be very easy to finish, since there is some overlapping in the lists.

Project #2 is a list of polishes that I only wore on my toes last year, the idea is to use them on the fingers and see if I still like them on my fingers as well. There are some polishes that I only like on my toes and not on my fingers. I don’t like to keep too many polishes like that in my collection, since it’s better to have polishes that can be worn on both fingers and toes. Here are the polishes in this project. I admit, not the greatest pictures in the world, but since there’s no natural daylight even in daytime, there’s not much I can do about that this time of year.

IMG_0610 pieniOPI OPI Red, Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop, Essie Cute as a Button, Rimmel Cocktail Passion, H&M Gumdrops, H&M Coral Road.

IMG_0611 pieniPicture Polish Enchanting, Depend 393, Bourjois Turquoise Block, Chanel April, OPI Spoken from the Heart, OPI 5 Apples Tall, OPI Super Cute in Pink, OPI Small + Cute = <3.

Project #3 consists of polishes I bought last year but only used once. This project helps me evaluate whether I need to keep these polishes in my collection.

IMG_0612 pieniDepend 481, Depend 393, Bourjois Turquoise Block, Essence Play with my Mint, OPI Say Hello Kitty, OPI Spoken from the Heart, OPI 5 Apples Tall, OPI Super Cute in Pink, OPI Small + Cute = <3.

IMG_0613 pieniSally Hansen Combustealble, Essie Take Me to Thread, Essence Pink Parrot, Sally Hansen Giant Peach, Mavala Freesia, Natural Code by Lumene Rebel Royal, Sensinity 91.

Some of these polishes appear in all of the projects and I’m sure you will be sick of reading about them by the end of the year and I will be sick of writing about them. Let’s hope I will be able to finish most of them so I won’t have to write about them next year!

So, I think this was everything I wanted to say this time. Next, I thought I would show you some of my favorite polishes of last year. I also noticed that I forgot to show you my pink polishes when I was writing the collection posts, so that post is also coming.

Until next time!

Project Update: December

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essie Blanc, P2 Rich & Royal, Frank Evening Sky

Essie Blanc, P2 Rich & Royal, Frank Evening Sky

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

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

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

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

Project Update: November

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until next time!

Project Update: October

Yet another month has gone by and that means it’s time for an update! I didn’t make a huge dent in the nail polishes in the project because there are a lot of them but that’s OK since there are still two months left of this year.

I managed to use up one polish that has been in the project since the beginning. I am speaking of Isadora Icy Purple. I also used up the last package of my Sally Hansen Real Nail Polish Strips that I had left. I usually don’t have patience to wear the same manicure for more than two days and it would feel like a waste to wear a manicure like the nail polish strips only a couple of days. I had an opportunity to wear a manicure longer because of a trip out of town and I used the strips then. I also used up the base coat from Dermosil as well as Seche Restore.

The Empties

The Empties

Of the 21 nail polishes left in my project I used 10 of them in the last month. Some of them I used more than once and some only once. I think it was during October that I added a polish into the project. I added Essie Blanc because I have another white in the collection and the Essie one is the older of the two. Here are pictures of the polishes that I used last month. The progress doesn’t show very well in the pictures, unfortunately.

Essie Blanc, Natural Code by Lumene Rosy Gold, Golden Rose 120, Depend 5

Essie Blanc, Natural Code by Lumene Rosy Gold, Golden Rose 120, Depend 5

As you can see the Golden Rose polish is still hanging in the project but I think there is now just enough polish for one manicure left in the bottle. I managed to find the polish I though would be a dupe for this polish, Essence Pink Parrot. It’s not an exact dupe but it’s close enough to replace this polish.

Rimmel Show Off, Rimmel Cocktail Passion, OPI Petal Soft, OPI Paint My Moji-Toes Red, Kone Helsinki U15

Rimmel Show Off, Rimmel Cocktail Passion, OPI Petal Soft, OPI Paint My Moji-Toes Red, Kone Helsinki U15

As far as the other project goes I only have three polishes left that I have not worn this year. I am sure I am able to finish this project in November.

Apart from buying the replacement for the Golden Rose polish I didn’t buy any polishes in October!

That’s all for this update!

Project Update: September

September didn’t really go as I had planned it. I had three goals for the month and I succeeded in meeting one of them. I wanted to use up one polish but I ended up on concentrating on using the polishes I hadn’t used yet this year, so I didn’t end up finishing any of the polishes. One of my goals was also to not buy any new polishes but I found some offers too good to pass up and ended up buying five new polishes. Luckily I didn’t go over the line of 100 polishes because I really don’t want to have over 100 polishes anymore. Needless to say, I won’t be buying new nail polishes for the rest of the year (except that one from Essence if I can find it…).

The goal I succeeded in meeting last month was to use the polishes I didn’t use last year. This was the easiest goal to meet because I only had two polishes left in this category. So at least one of my projects for this year has been completed! Yay!

As far as the other projects go, the other is doing great and the other not so much. But it’s hard to focus on both of these projects at once because of their different nature. At the end of August I had 33 nail polishes that I hadn’t used this year and since I focused on this project this month, I now have seven left!

I have decided not to attempt to use all of my polishes next year because this is the project that has caused the most stress for me. When I use a polish just for the sake of using it, I end up using it when I don’t really want to wear that color. This past month I found myself hating even some of my favorite polishes because I used them just for the sake of finishing the project. So next year I will use the polishes I feel like using at the time, apart from having some smaller projects, of course.

I mentioned before that I didn’t make much process in using up the polishes in the project but I want to show you the little process that I did make. So here are the polishes in the project that I used last month:

Isadora Icy Purple, Kone Helsinki U15, OPI Petal Soft, Rimmel Show Off and Golden Rose 120

Isadora Icy Purple, Kone Helsinki U15, OPI Petal Soft, Rimmel Show Off and Golden Rose 120

I managed to use Isadora’s Icy Purple twice last month, that lowest black line you see on the bottle is where the polish was yesterday before I applied it to my nails. If I tried hard enough, I should be able to use this up in October. I have found that I really like the color but I don’t fancy the frosty finish that it has.

The next polish is Kone Helsinki’s U15 which I have so far only paired with the previous polish I mentioned but I will definitely use it on its own and with other polishes in the future. For some reason, in the picture it looks like the the lowest line is in the wrong place but the polish is actually where the lowest line is.

OPI’s Petal Soft got some use last week when I paired it with two different polishes that I hadn’t used yet this year. This polish has flower shaped glitter pieces in it that tend to stick out when they are on the nail so I decided not to use them in the manicures I did last week. I may do that in the future as well.

Rimmel’s Show Off is the next polish in the picture and it is not a polish I used last month. I put this on yesterday on my toes but decided to include it in this post anyway. I don’t remember if I mentioned this in my last post but I chose this in the project to see if I like to use this polish or is it something that I could potentially get rid of. At the moment, I think I could live without this polish, but I will use it a couple more times just to be sure.

The last polish in the picture is Golden Rose 120 which you may be bored to see still in the project because it has had so little left for a couple of months now and I still haven’t used it up yet. But I haven’t had the heart to use it up yet because I like it so much and these kind of holographic polishes are hard to find. I will have to use it up before winter, though, because it has been in the project for so long.

My goals for October are:

- to use up one polish

-to refrain from buying new polishes

So that was all for today’s post, thank you for reading and see you next time!

 

So… I added some polishes to the project

Since I have only three polishes left from the original project, I decided to add some. It took a while to decide what polishes to add and I’m still not sure if this set is going to work for me. When choosing colors for the project I usually think about which polishes I want to get rid of but when it comes to actually using them I find that I don’t want to wear them that often. I guess some polishes are cool only when you wear them a few times a year. I tried to choose a variety of shades so that I would have a lot to pick from but I won’t know if this works until I’ve tried it for a month or so.

I have decided to start using these nail polishes that I’m about to show you when I have used most of the polishes I own at least once this year. There are a couple that I will reserve for the winter time because I know I wouldn’t enjoy wearing them any other time. I have 21 polishes left that I haven’t used this year and after they are used I will use only the polishes in the project until the end of the year.

First, let’s take a look at the polishes I have not yet used this year. The polishes that I have bought recently are included.

The unused ones

The unused ones

I will use the unused ones first because I know it would bother me if I didn’t.

Now, let’s take a look at the polishes that I chose into the project. There are quite a few…

Depend 255, Isadora Icy Purple, Golden Rose 120, Make up Store Asun, Natural Code by Lumene Rosy Gold, Depend 5

Depend 255, Isadora Icy Purple, Golden Rose 120, Make up Store Asun, Natural Code by Lumene Rosy Gold, Depend 5

On the left here you can see the three polishes that are left from the previous project. The other three are new ones and I’d like to say a little bit about why I chose them into the project. This bottle of Make up Store Asun is the second bottle I own and you may remember that I used up one of these earlier this year. I’ve decided to try to use up this bottle as well because the glitter settles very quickly to the bottom of the bottle and it drives me nuts! Also, this polish seems to have very few of the bigger glitters as opposed to other glitter polishes I have in my collection.

Rosy Gold by Natural Code by Lumene is a textured polish and I’ve noticed that I am pretty much over the textured trend at this point. You will notice that there are other textured polishes in this project as well as this one. I’m hoping that Rosy Gold will be used up quite quickly because it is a small bottle.

Depend 5 is in the project because I like the polish in the fall time and I think I will want to wear this often. I am almost half way done with it already.

Color Club Holiday Splendor, Essie Lilacism, Kone Helsinki U15, L'oreal Confettis, Depend 412, Frank Evening Sky

Color Club Holiday Splendor, Essie Lilacism, Kone Helsinki U15, L’oreal Confettis, Depend 412, Frank Evening Sky

I chose Color Club Holiday Splendor to the project because I feel I am not liking it as much as I did before. And I seem to only want to wear it during the last two weeks of the year ad that seems like a very limited time-span for a nail polish. This is also a very thick polish, so I hope it will be easy to use up.

Essie Lilacism is in the project because it is one of the oldest bottles in my collection and because I bought a back-up for it in August. Actually I only bought the back-up because I wanted a bigger brush to use this bottle with since this came with a very tiny brush.

Kone Helsinki U15 is a few years old as well and while the polish is pretty low in the bottle I feel I haven’t given it enough love. Also, I dropped another bottle on top of this one and some of the glass broke off from the bottom of the bottle. I thought I’d better use up the bottle before it breaks altogether.

L’oreal Confettis is one of my favorite glitter nail polishes which is part of why I wanted to include it in the project. I may buy another bottle of this if I use it up this year.

Depend 412 is in the project because I have two polishes that are this color. The other is The Body Shop’s Got the Blues. I couldn’t decide which one to get rid of but felt that it is not clever to have dupes in the collection so I chose one of them in the project.

The last bottle on the right is a frankenpolish I made using Picture Polish Forget Me Not and Essie Play Date. The experiment worked and the result turned out to become one of my favorite polishes! If I finish this in the fall I will definitely make it again. I have decided to call all of my frankenpolishes (of which I currently  only have one) Franks and I will also come up with a name for them. This one is called Evening Sky.

Rimmel Coctail Passion, P2 Rich & Royal, Rimmel Show Off

Rimmel Cocktail Passion, P2 Rich & Royal, Rimmel Show Off

These Rimmel polishes have been in my collection for several years and especially Cocktail Passion hasn’t received very much love despite the fact that I love it. Not too long ago I noticed that my H&M Coral Road is exactly the same shade as Cocktail Passion and has a better formula too. But for some reason I can’t get rid of Cocktail Passion. So, I might as well add it into the project as I needed some coral in the set anyway!

Rimmel Show Off is a shade of pink that I normally only wear on my toes and usually it’s not clever to have a polish like that in one’s collection. But for some reason I can’t get rid of this one either, so I might as well include it in the project.

P2′s Rich & Royal needs to be included because I love to wear it and I have a similar shade that is newer.

OPI Petal Soft, Lucky Lucky Lavender, Paint My Moji-Toes Red, Magazine Cover Mouse, Kiss Me at Midnight

OPI Petal Soft, Lucky Lucky Lavender, Paint My Moji-Toes Red, Magazine Cover Mouse, Kiss Me at Midnight

I have ambitiously chosen five OPI bottles in the project. It’s ambitious because OPI bottles are so big. I don’t expect to finish all of these but if I manage to finish at least the liquid sand polishes and get the level down on many of them, I will be happy.

I am allowed to use the polishes in my core collection just as long as there is a polish from the project included in the manicure. Needless to say I won’t be allowed to buy new polishes this year. There is only one polish I can buy and it is Pink Parrot by Essence. I will allow myself to buy it because it seems like a good replacement for Golden Rose 120. I just hope that the collection (Exit to Explore) where that polish is comes to Finland.

This project will be a kind of a punishment for me for buying so many polishes in the past month and a half. In the spring I thought that I had learned to manage the buying of nail polishes but I was wrong and it makes me very disappointed in myself.

There will be updates at the end of the month as usual, although this month will probably still be spent on using the unused polishes.

I think this was all I had to say this time. Until next time!

Project Update: August

August was a very productive month! I hoped to finish at least one nail polish but I managed to finish three! The down side is that I also managed to buy twelve new nail polishes… Oops. To balance things, I removed some polishes from the collection and I now own 90 bottles. I am pretty happy with my collection at the moment, there are only a couple of polishes that are under observation, so to speak. This means that I am not sure whether I want to keep them in my collection or could I possibly live without them.

In this post I will show you the progress with the polishes in the project as well as the polishes I bought this month.

End of August

End of August

The upper line indicates the level of the polish when I took the polish into the project and the lower line shows you where the polish was at the last update. I have removed all the other lines because they were unnecessary and kind of confusing.

The first polish on the left is Depend 255 which I included in the project right at the beginning but soon dismissed it because I didn’t feel like wearing it during spring and summer. I will now take it back into the project and I am excited to wear it again. I have not made any progress on it yet. The next polish is Golden Rose 120 which I thought about focusing on in August to use up however, I didn’t want to finish it quite yet so I only wore it once in August. Isadora Icy Purple was also on hold for most of the summer because it  wasn’t a color I would want to wear during summer either but I did wear it once in August and I will be wearing it more often now that the season is changing into autumn.

And now on to the polishes I finished! The three polishes I finished this month are Mavala Sweet, Isadora Cotton Candy and Lumene Pink Ribbon. Of the three Isadora Cotton Candy was the first to be finished and it took only two uses from the lowest line marked. I used three coats to be able to use it up faster. I found myself having mixed feelings about this polish; I liked the lovely purple shade of it but hated the fact that it was matte. Adding top coat made it look weird because of the texture underneath. I am very happy that this is finally finished!

Next I used up Mavala Sweet. I thought I had better use this up while it’s still summer because this was one of those shades that look orange in indoor lighting and I don’t like orange on my nails. At the beginning of the month I was only about half way through the bottle but managed to use it up anyway. With this I also often put on three coats because the finish was streaky with just two coats.

The last polish I finished this month was Lumene’s Pink Ribbon nail polish. This was relatively easy to use up as it only took four applications from the lowest line you can see on the bottle. All in all I got only seven manicures from this bottle which tells you just how thick textured polishes are.

Having finished four polishes during this project I now have only three left from the original bunch. I’m thinking of adding new ones into the mix but I haven’t decided on the particular polishes yet, so I will keep you updated on that front. But now onto the polishes I bought this month.

OPI Mini Hello Kitty Set

OPI Mini Hello Kitty Set

On my trip to Mallorca I bought this adorable set of mini OPI’s. They are six of the polishes in the OPI Hello Kitty collection. It comes with Small + Cute = <3, Look at My Bow!, Spoken from the Heart, 5 Apples Tall, Super Cute in Pink and Say Hello Kitty!. These mini OPI bottles were so cute I couldn’t resist!

Depend 481, Depend 393, Sensinity 91, Bourjois Turquoise Block, Sally Hansen Giant Peach, Picture Polish Forget Me Not

Depend 481, Depend 393, Sensinity 91, Bourjois Turquoise Block, Sally Hansen Giant Peach, Picture Polish Forget Me Not

So I went a little crazy with the turquoise nail polishes this month… The Depend nail polishes were definitely not necessary to buy but I’m sure they will be used up eventually and I hope I will actually like them. The Sensinity nail polish as well as the Bourjois nail polish I have already tried and I can’t bring myself to regret buying them. The Sensinity polish is supposed to be scented but I didn’t smell anything. That’s fine though since I didn’t buy it for the scent. The Sally Hansen polish I had looked at many times at a certain store but could never justify myself to buy it thinking I had too many similar polishes. That particular store went bankrupt recently and they were getting rid of everything at a lower price, so I had to buy this when it was sold 50% off of the normal price. Picture Polish Forget Me Not was a little disappointing because it is much more blue on the nail than it is in the bottle. I ended up trying to make a frankenpolish with this to make it a bit more to my liking. I used the empty bottle that used to hold Depend 34 which I used up in July. You can see the polish in the picture below.

A England Crown of Thistles, Frankenpolish

A England Crown of Thistles and Frankenpolish

I mixed Essie’s Play Date with Forget Me Not to make it a bit more purple. I haven’t tried it on my nails yet but I like it in the bottle. Next to the frankenpolish is an A England polish I got back in May but I don’t think I have shown it to you yet. I already wore it back in May but it wasn’t a spring / summer shade so I am excited to wear it in the fall.

As far as the other projects go, I have made progress on them as well. Of the polishes I didn’t wear in 2015 I have now only two of them left. At the end of July I had seven. I think I will be able to complete this project this month.

The third project is to use every single polish I have at least once. In July I had 34 polishes that were untouched and now there are 33. I would have made a lot more progress with this if I hadn’t bought so many new ones. But 33 is still good considering the fact that at the end of last year I had 56 polishes I hadn’t managed to use at all.

Goals for September are:- to use up one polish
- to use the two polishes I didn’t use last year
- to refrain from buying new polishes!!

I think that was everything I had to share this time. Next I will show you the last part of my collection, namely the base and top coats. It’s the least interesting part so I saved it for last.