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2016 Statistics

This is the post where I reflect on the year that just ended and see if I’ve made any progress.

In the year 2016 I reached my goal of owning less than 100 polishes. At the beginning of the year I owned 124 nail polishes, but I ended up bringing back three polishes that I had previously decluttered, making the total number 127. In 2016 I bought 33 new polishes and made one, so 34 new polishes came into the collection. All in all, 64 polishes left my collection, 14 of them were used up. (Since the last post, I used up Depend 5.) In addition, I decided to start counting my back-up polishes in the total number of polishes because I felt like I was cheating myself by not counting them in. I have currently 3 different back-up polishes. After all this back and forth, I now own 95 nail polishes.

Last year I counted how many different polishes I used in 2015, this year I’m not going to do that because I don’t feel it’s necessary anymore. I have less than one hundred nail polishes, all of which I used last year.

Like I said, I used up 14 polishes in 2016. I find that pretty impressive even though some of the polishes were small 5ml bottles. This year I’m going to try to top that and use up more. I now have less polishes than last year, I won’t try to use every single polish I own and I’m hoping I don’t buy as many polishes this year. All of these reasons make me think I can use up more than 14 polishes.

At the beginning of last year I had 17 sheets of nail stickers. I now have 12 sheets, which means I have used up 5 sheets in one year.

In addition to sticker sheets and nail polishes, I used up four base coats and three top coats.

Finally, some pictures. Here’s a picture of some of the products I used up last year. Unfortunately I didn’t save all of them due to the fact that I moved and didn’t want to haul empty products with me. The picture contains the products I used up after I moved into this apartment, so it has six months worth of used up items.

IMG_0590 pieniAnd these are the polishes I bought last year and ended up staying in my collection. I hope this year I make better decisions when buying polish that I don’t have to get rid of any of the polishes that I buy.

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The last months of the year I wasn’t allowed to buy any new nail polishes, this was a punishment for the excessive buying that happened especially in August. I managed to stay away from buying polish and I hope that I have learned to think carefully before buying. I have to say that it definitely helped to have a friend with me who was also not buying polish.

That’s all for the statistics for the year 2016!

Coming up is an introduction to the new project, as well as my other plans for 2017. I’m also planning to show some of my favorite polishes of 2016. So, see you soon!

2015 Statistics

It’s been a while since I wrote anything here, I guess I didn’t know what to write. I did some major de-cluttering again in the summer, but I thought it would have been too repetitive to list all the polishes here, since my reasons for de-cluttering were either that I don’t like the polish anymore, I have too many similar shades already or I just haven’t used it for a long time.

Now that the year draws to an end I’d like to list some statistics for you. I counted all the polishes I now own, every polish I bought and all the bottles I de-cluttered this year. I don’t know if I’ve said this in the past but I now think that it would be ideal to be able to use every single polish in my collection at least once a year. This is why I have also kept track of the polishes I used this year.

At the beginning of the year I had 197 bottles of nail polish. Excessive, I know! I went through my nail polishes several times this year and I ended up recycling, donating (to friends), selling or using up 126 bottles. For instance I ended up de-stashing all of the crackle polishes I had left because I was all over the trend. Some of the polishes that have a thin brush also had to go because they don’t get much use.

Unfortunately, I bought 34 polishes this year, which means I now own 123 bottles of nail polish. To think that I would own less than a hundred nail polishes if I hadn’t bought that many! Of these 123 bottles 30 are ones that cannot be used on their own, i.e. glitters, Konads and polishes that have a thin brush. I know I’m cheating myself here but I think 93 polishes sounds a lot better than 123. So, I still have a lot of polishes but I think that reaching my goal of 100 polishes by the end of 2016 is reachable.

The next number I’m going to tell you is still subject to change since we still have some days left of this year, but in 2015 I used 104 different nail polishes. This gives me a guideline when I think about the ideal number of polishes in my collection. I have to remember, though, that at the beginning of the year I still had on fake nails which allowed me to change my nail polish more often than if I had had natural nails. Since having the fake nails removed, I have changed my nail polish less often and let my nails “breathe” in between polishes, during which I would moisturize my nails as often as I remember.

There were still 56 nail polishes that weren’t used at all this year. These include some of my favorite nail polishes, which means that I have so many nail polishes that I don’t have time to wear them all, even if they are my favorites. Another good reason to minimize my collection!

I managed to use up three colored polishes this year, they were Miss Selene 226, Depend 294 and Isadora Vintage Mint. The two first mentioned polishes were almost full when I started to use them up, I think I had used both of them once. Vintage Mint, however, was almost empty already, so I don’t consider finishing it a great achievement. I also used up three base coats which makes me happy. (The Sally Hansen polish is actually just clear nail polish, but I used it as a base coat; I bought it back when I didn’t have a million and one base coats.) I still have four base coats to go through, before I can buy a new one, but I have a feeling that I will be able to use up most of them next year. In addition I emptied one bottle of nail polish thinner, which I had started to use before the beginning of the year. Here are all of my empty bottles gathered in a group photo :)

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I also managed to use up six sticker sheets this year. I don’t think they were all full when I started, but it’s still an achievement. I now have 17 sticker sheets left.

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I also used three of my Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips this year. It’s possible that I bought some of these this year, I don’t remember. I now have one package left. Here are two pictures of me wearing the Strips and a picture of one box because for some reason, I didn’t take a picture of me wearing Sweet Tart-an.

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Sweet Tart.an

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I think this is all I wanted to update you on this time. The next post will be about my nail polish related goals for next year!