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Project Update: April 2017

April was a lot better month than March in many ways. I managed to use up one polish as well as use most of the polishes in the other projects.

At the end of March I decided to challenge myself to use L’Oreal Confettis until it was used up. This took me a lot longer than I had anticipated. It took me almost four weeks when I thought I would be done in two weeks, tops. It took me longer because I had to add some clear polish in it from time to time as the base seemed to disappear and I didn’t want the glitter to be too thick on the nail. It was relatively easy to stick with the challenge because the polish went well with others, so I was able to use the polishes in projects two and three while I was challenging myself. There is still glitter pieces in the bottle that could be used if I added more clear polish in it but I don’t think I’m going to do that.

L'Oreal Confettis, Seche Vite

L’Oreal Confettis, Seche Vite

I also used up a bottle of Seche Vite last month. I tried to find other quick drying top coats that would be as good as Seche but this is the only one that dries quickly enough for me, so I’m sticking with it.

Like I said, I was able to use many kinds of polishes while using up Confettis, so I was able to make some progress on the main project last month. Here’s a picture where you can see where I am currently.

Make Up Store Asun, Essie Blanc, Essie Lilacism, Essie A Crewed Interest, OPI Say Hello Kitty

Make Up Store Asun, Essie Blanc, Essie Lilacism, Essie A Crewed Interest, OPI Say Hello Kitty

The lowest lines on the bottles show where the polishes are now. I was able to use all except Make Up Store Asun. I’m hoping to be able to use up three of these in May. As Lilacism is the one that has the least amount of polish in it, I’m sure I will finish that. Also, Say Hello Kitty should be easy to use up as well since it’s a small bottle anyway and it’s almost half gone already. In addition to these, I will try to use up A Crewed Interest as well since it’s the perfect color for this time of year.

As I’ve had very little progress all in all with using up polishes this year so far (with only four polishes used up) I will be concentrating on these five polishes in May. I will only allow myself to reach for other polishes if I figure out a way to use them with a polish in the main project.

I am thinking that this time I wouldn’t add polishes into the main project once one or two have been used up. This way I would be able to make more progress with the polishes that have been in the project longer. I might change my mind on this, though, we will see.

Project #2
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 Small + Cute = <3
OPI Spoken from the Heart
OPI Super Cute in Pink
Picture Polish Enchanting
Rimmel Cocktail Passion

As you can see, this project of using up the polishes that I only used on my toes last year is going well; only one polish to use here!

Project #3
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

The project for using the polishes I bought last year is also going well, only two polishes left to use.

I have to say, I regret taking on projects two and three. They felt like a good idea at the beginning of the year but as with the project of using every single polish I owned last year, these other projects bring unnecessary stress. I though that with only a couple polishes per list would make them less stressful but it is not so. Fortunately, I could combine many of the polishes in projects two and three with Confettis, so I was able to use many of them last month. I’m hoping that by the end on May I will be able to forget these two projects.

OPI Magazine Cover Mouse, Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop

OPI Magazine Cover Mouse, Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop

Finally, here are the two polishes that I should be using once per month. I haven’t had the urge to use Magazine Cover Mouse in three months now. When I used it in January, though, I used it three times, so maybe the next time I use it, I will use it several times. We will see… I used Candy Shop three times last month to catch up on it.

As far as buying polish goes, I didn’t do so well. For most of the month I managed to fight the urge to buy polish. At one time, I was in line to pay for four polishes but came to my senses just in time. However, last week I saw that the Kylie Jenner nail polish sets from Sinful Colors were 10 euros a piece and I just had to buy one. The set came with six polishes, of which I kept four. So now I have over 100 polishes again, which makes me sad. At the same time I really liked the polishes from the Kylie Jenner set that I got. But from now on I have to really be sensible about what I buy because if I buy any more polishes I won’t be able to use up as many to compensate.

That’s all this time!

The Many Faces of Mavala Velvet

As promised, I took a picture of each of the manicures I made with Mavala Velvet even if they didn’t quite turn out the way I wanted them to. There was one time when I removed the polish right away because it was horrible and a couple of times when I removed it within a day. I applied two coats of polish each time except the one time I cheated and put on three coats. As with many polishes when I reached the half way point, I had to begin applying thinner because the polish would not dry. This was recorded as well and you will see the pictures below.

I got 13 manicures from this 5 ml bottle in addition to the two times the polish was used prior to this challenge. Fifteen times from one bottle!! That gives you something to think about, at least it did me. Of course it depends on the amount of coats you use, the size of your nails and the consistency of the polish (thicker polishes will run out quicker) how many manicures you get from one bottle. But if a 5 ml bottle gives me 15 manicures, a 15 ml bottle will give me 45 manicures! When purchasing a new bottle of polish it’s good to think about whether you want to use that particular shade 15 to 45 times.

This first manicure you have already seen in another post. I don’t remember if I had decided to take this polish into the challenge at this point or if the decision came later. However it may be, I really liked this first manicure even though there is some shrinkage to be seen from the use of Seche Vite.

Mavala Velvet

Mavala Velvet

Next I tried paw prints. Paw prints were the first kind of nail art I ever tried and I loved it back then. For some reason, every time I’ve tried to do paw prints in recent years, they have not come out the way I wanted them to. This time was no different, I removed these instantly because I didn’t like the way they looked.

Mavala Velvet with paw prints

Mavala Velvet with paw prints

Next I tried something easier than paw prints, that is to say, glitter. L’oreal Confettis with its black and white glitter pieces worked nicely with the neutral shade and I loved this look.

Mavala Velvet with L'oreal Confettis

Mavala Velvet with L’oreal Confettis

Next I tried again something different and was gravely disappointed! This manicure was gone the minute it was created. The white used here was Sally Hansen White On.

Mavala Velvet 4 pieni

After the failed attempt at something different I tried stamping. I used an image I had never used and even though the result isn’t perfect, I liked it. For the white I used Sally Hansen White On again and the image is from Konad image plate m56.

Mavala Velvet 5 pieni

I hadn’t done very much stamping by this point so I wanted to do it again, this time using a Konad polish I had bought but not yet tried. As the royal purple that I chose was so dark and the image potentially scary looking I opted for accent nails, stamping my ring finger and thumb with an image from Konad plate m98. This was the sixth manicure with Mavala Velvet and by this point I desperately wanted to use some other polish but stuck with the challenge anyway. I did rebel, though, and put on three coats of polish here :D

Mavala Velvet 6 pieni

Rebellious manicure

In the seventh manicure I decided to use Gina Tricot Snow as glitter polish. This time I placed the glitter at the base of the nail to get some variation.

Mavala Velvet 7 pieni


I don’t remember what I had planned for my eighth manicure but I decided against it because the base was ruined by the fact that the polish never dried properly. It was at this point that I had to apply thinner for the first time. I was now a little farther than half way through the bottle.

Mavala Velvet 8 pieni

My ninth manicure was almost the same as the eighth one except here it was my own fault that the manicure got ruined. This happens to me sometimes that I am too impatient to wait for the polish to dry and then the result looks like this. Although this is not very bad, I’ve had worse :D Anyway, I decided not to do anything on top of this already slightly ruined manicure. But I did like this polish on its own, too, so it was not a completely wasted manicure.

Mavala Velvet 9 pieniFrom my tenth manicure onward I tried different glitters on top of Velvet. I think by this point I had run out of ideas and just wanted to experiment with the many glitters I have. In hindsight, maybe I should have tried a bit harder, but what can you do. The tenth time using the polish I paired it with H&M’s glitter polish in Free Your Mind placing it again at the tip of the nail.

Mavala Velvet with H&M Free Your Mind

Mavala Velvet with H&M Free Your Mind

I have to say I was lucky that this polish went with so many different glitters. Here I used it with OPI’s Pink Yet Lavender and they look very nice together. The picture is unfortunately a bit out of focus. I remember now why I chose so many glitters for the final manicures with Velvet. It was because I decided to use the Depend glitter base coat which I’m also trying to use up this year.

Mavala Velvet with OPI Pink Yet Lavender

Mavala Velvet with OPI Pink Yet Lavender

I chose OPI’s Petal Soft for the last two manicures with the polish. I didn’t want to bring too many polishes with me when I went to my parents to spend Easter there. First I applied the glitter at the tips.

Mavala Velvet with OPI Petal Soft

Mavala Velvet with OPI Petal Soft

This was the last manicure I got out of the bottle, the thirteenth in a row. This time I used two coats of OPI Petal Soft on top. Here I was again using the peel off base coat by Depend so I didn’t have to worry about the trouble removing two coats of glitter. There was still some polish left in the bottle but it was difficult enough to get this last manicure out of it so I decided that it was time to end the challenge.

Mavala Velvet with two coats of Petal Soft by OPI

Mavala Velvet with two coats of Petal Soft by OPI

In some ways it was fun to test the imagination and use up an entire bottle of polish by using it consistently until it’s gone. However, I don’t think I’m going to do the same anytime soon. The reason is that it is not fair to the polish to have to use it even if I don’t want to. Because there were times during this challenge that I did not want to paint my nails with this color even though I liked it. I need some variation in my life. What I’m going to do next is, I’m going to pick about five polishes that will be my main focus for the next few months. However, I’m going to allow myself to use other polishes, too. I will present those colors to you in another post soon.

I hope this little challenge of mine was entertaining to you. I’m sorry this post was not up on Sunday. I was having problems with uploading pictures on here.

Next post will be the next installment on my nail polish collection. I was requested to show my turquoise, blue and green category next so that is what I’m going to do.


Sneak Peek and Update

Hello! Remember me? Sorry for my silence for the past month! I’ve been concentrating on using up the polish I mentioned in my last post (Mavala’s Velvet) and it’s taking a lot more time than I expected. I’ve been working on the same polish for over a month now and there’s still polish left! It’s unbelievable how many manicures you get from a 5 ml bottle! I did take a two week brake from painting my nails because I went on a holiday abroad and didn’t want to take polishing equipment with me. Also my nails were peeling quite a bit so I think a small break was in order.

In my last post I also promised to show you my collection. I have been trying to come up with the best way to show it to you but have yet to come up with a solution that would satisfy me.  While I’m still thinking about it, I will show a little sneak peek of my collection. This picture was taken in January of this year and there has been some small changes but I think for the most part the collection has stayed the same.

IMG_0282 pieni

I have not bought any new polishes since January but I’m thinking of letting myself buy one polish from a spring collection of either OPI, Essie or Lumene.

That’s all for now!

Introduction to Project Polish

First, let me take you back to November of 2008. That’s when I really got into wearing nail polish. Obviously I had worn nail polish before but I didn’t do it regularly, I didn’t have any favorite colors and my collection consisted of around five bottles. In November 2008 I realized that I actually really like my nails painted and started to paint my nails regularly.  When I had worn all of my five nail polishes a couple of times, I started to want to add new colors to my collection. So that’s what I did.

At first I could control myself but pretty soon the buying got out of hand. In the year 2012 I bought 119 nail polishes making the total sum of my collection 216 bottles. This is when I realized that I have a problem and knew that I had to do something about it. I struggled with it, however, and the result was that by the end of the year 2013 I owned 228 bottles.

Gradually, I learned how to control my buying and I also learned to let go of some of my polishes, the ones that weren’t what I had hoped them to be, as well as duplicate colors. What helped me, I think, is the fact that my huge collection started to give me anxieties because I realized that I would not be able to use up all of my nail polishes which is was what I always intended to do.

Decluttering is a good way to get rid of things you don’t need but when it comes to my nail polishes, I don’t just want to sell them or throw them out to make my collection smaller. I actually want to use them up. I’m hoping that this blog is going to help me do that: Instead of roaming in the nail polish aisles in stores I could be using my polishes and writing my thoughts here. I just hope that writing this blog won’t have the contrary effect on me and make me want to buy even more. I guess that remains to be seen…

In short, my object is to get my collection down to 100 by the end of the year 2016. I just counted my collection and I have 176 bottles, not counting base and top coats. I realize that this is way more than one person needs; it’s a ridiculous amount of nail polish! I also realize that I’m probably not going to be able to use up 76 bottles in the next year and a half, but I expect to do a couple of purges during this time.

There are tons of nail polish blogs out there but I think the majority of them concentrate on swatching and hauling. They are great blogs for research, of course, but  in my blog I wish to inspire others to use what they already have.