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Top 23 Nail Polishes

I have had some trouble in staying away from stores that sell nail polish lately. I store my nail polishes in my closet so that they are protected from the light but the trouble with that is that I don’t see them. I decided it would perhaps be good to bring out some of my favorite polishes so that it would be a reminder for me that I already have some awesome polishes and for that reason don’t have to buy new ones. Since I picked out my favorite polishes, I might as well show them to you guys :) I have to warn you, though, the pictures don’t do the polishes ANY justice, they are MUCH more beautiful in real life!

Most of these polishes are no longer available so when I finish a bottle, I won’t be able to repurchase it. But I think it will ok, since there will always come new favorites!

IMG_0260 pieniLet’s start with the purples and one blue. The blue polish is OPI’s Kiss Me at Midnight and I think it was a part of some limited edition collection. It’s a textured polish which was a trend a while ago and amazingly enough I haven’t grown tired of the trend yet. Textured polishes dry matte but that’s easily fixable with top coat. Kiss Me at Midnight is my one and only true blue shade left in my collection, aside from a few denim blues. For some reason I don’t really care for blue nail polish but this OPI one has a lot of silver glitter in it which is probably why I like it despite it being blue. It’s been a while since I wore this polish but I try to remedy that situation this year.

Isadora’s Cotton Candy is also a textured polish and it’s a lovely shade of purple. An awesome color to wear in the spring and summer, a season that for me usually starts around this time of year :D

Maybelline’s Viva Blue Violet is a color that I was surprised to find I love it so much. It looks like a color I wouldn’t like because I don’t normally go for colors this dark, but I love this shade! Now, why did I buy it in the first place if it doesn’t look like a color for me? Honestly, I don’t know. I guess I was in an experimental mood that day.

Essie’s Lilacism is also a lovely shade for spring and summer. This was the second Essie polish I ever bought and I admit I bought it because so many people liked it. It wasn’t love at first sight with Lilacism. At first I didn’t like it because it has a very small and narrow brush and it was difficult for me to paint my nails with it. Also I didn’t like the shade for some reason. I guess my preferences in nail polish shades have changed and I have learned how to apply it properly because I love this shade now!

The last (but certainly not the least) polish in the picture is Sally Hansen’s Be-Jeweled. This is also a  somewhat textured polish but it came out before textured polishes were all the rage. It is also a shade of purple that I really like.

IMG_0267 pieniMoving on to corals. All of them except the OPI polish look pink in the picture but trust me, they’re coral! OPI’s Aloha from OPI is one of the few shades I love both on my fingers and on my toes. For some reason, not all of the shades I love on my fingers work on my toes.  Aloha from OPI is perhaps not a coral, it’s a bright red-orange and I like it.

The bottle next to the OPI is one of H & M’s new polishes in Gumdrops. Perhaps I shouldn’t include it in my favorites yet because I have only worn it once and it was my toes, but it’s here because I really liked it when it was on my toes. This is not an opaque polish which I don’t normally like but this was lovely. On my swatch wheels I put it over white and it looked good that way too. I need to try this on my fingers asap!

The black topped H & M polish is Check Me Out and I think at some point last year I said I was going to get rid of this one. Well, as you can see, I couldn’t do it! Perhaps I do have many colors like this in my collection – reddish corals – but I love them so! Again a great color for both fingers and toes.

Essie’s Sunday Funday and Chanel’s Distraction are very similar in color but they’re also very different. Sunday Funday has silver sparkles to it and Distraction has a purple sheen to it. You see, VERY different!

IMG_0268 pieniThis is a miscellaneous group. Golden Rose 120 is a slightly holographic pink polish. Surprisingly, pink isn’t my favorite color to wear on my finger nails. But there’s something about this Golden Rose polish that I really love. It’s not the holographic aspect of it alone, the color is nice too.  P2′s Rich & Royal is a lovely mud shade, which is again a surprise favorite. I am wearing it right now and loving every second of it! OPI’s Magazine Cover Mouse is another textured polish, this is a shade of red I really like and it’s showing pretty true to color in the picture. Essie’s A Crewed Interest is a lovely neutral shade which I haven’t found a dupe for. Nevertheless, I will probably try to use this up this year. Essie’s Fiji looks white in the picture but it is a white with pink mixed into it.

IMG_0265 pieniWith these I had to put a white paper underneath so that the colors would show up truer. Colors like these are always difficult to photograph accurately. Starting at the bottom of the picture, we have Picture Polish Enchanting which is an emerald green glitter polish, the glitter is very fine, though which makes it unique. When I ordered this online I thought I was getting something like it looks like in this picture but it is actually a lot darker. I do like it even though it wasn’t what I expected.

Moving along clockwise, we have Orly’s Mermaid Tale which is a green and turquoise glitter top coat. Next to it is my one and only Sinful Colors nail polish in Nail Junkie. This is very sheer on its own but I like to put it on top of other colors. Essence’s Glorious Aquarius is very similar to Mermaid Tale, but there’s blue instead of green glitter.

Essie’s Naughty Nautical I have only worn once so this again should probably not be here but just looking at the bottle makes me happy, so that’s why I have included it. I desperately need to wear this polish this year!

China Glaze’s Turned up Turquoise I have worn several times even though I have not owned it for very many months yet. If I had to pick my number one nail polish of 2015 it would be this! I loved it last year even though I didn’t get it until the beginning of October. I was excited to bump into this at an H & M store in Stockholm but I’m even more excited to own this gorgeous nail polish! Unfortunately, I couldn’t capture its beauty in the picture so you’re going to have to google images of it to know what it looks like in real life. It is definitely turquoise as the name suggests and not blue as it looks like in the picture.

Rimmel’s District-ly Come Dancing is a polish I coveted for a while before I allowed myself to buy it. Admittedly, I have many polishes like this in my collection (which was the reason why I didn’t allow myself to buy it). When I saw it was 50% off at Prisma one time I couldn’t help myself! If a polish makes me happy I’m not getting rid of it even if I have other polishes like it!

Last but not the least, is Essie’s Ruffles & Feathers. This is a polish I ordered online and you never know exactly what a polish will be like when you don’t get to see it before but this ended up being just what I hoped it would be.

So that was it, my favorite nail polishes as of January 2016! You may have noticed that I’m not the greatest when it comes to describing colors so I have left describing them to a minimum. If you are interested in a particular color you can always google images of it :)

This post was rather lengthy, AGAIN! But it’s hard to keep it short when talking about nail polish :D

Project for 2016

Time to pick some polishes to use up next year! I also picked some other nail art related products as well.

In May 2015  I chose some polishes to use up but it turned out that I never reached for some of them and I also didn’t like the fact that I was limited to using only those shades. I was able to use up one polish by painting my nails only with that for two weeks. It was sometimes painful having to paint my nails with the same color over and over again because I’m not used to doing that. At the same time I enjoyed the challenge to come up with new ways to wear the same polish. I managed to use up another bottle, too, but I wasn’t able to use it consistently until it was used up. Not that using only one nail polish consistently is the only way to use up a nail polish, but I feel that if I jump from one polish to another all the time, I won’t ever be able to use up my bottles. I haven’t figured out a solution to my problem yet. Although, I’m starting to feel that there isn’t a problem at all, I’m just making up one.

Anyway, my temporary solution is to try to use up the bottles that have the least amount of polish in them first. This way, it won’t take too long to use them up and it won’t feel like a task to use them. Here’s a picture of the polishes I chose:

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From left to right: Lumene Tango for Two, Make up Store Asun, Mac Vestral White, Beyu, 397, Depend 5

Only five polishes in all and two of them are glitter top coats. Most of them have less than half of the bottle left, Depend 5 has just a hair more than a half left. Glitter top coats are trickier to use up, though, because there aren’t too many different ways you can use them.

Next, I chose some base and top coats to use up, as well as one thinner. Here they are gathered in a group photo:

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Seche Vite, Trind Nail repair Matt, Depend Glitter Base Coat, Seche Restore

I used to be in love with Seche Vite as a top coat, it dries the polish so fast! However, I have started to hate the fact that when using Seche, the polish seems to shrink on the nail revealing some bare nail at the tip, making it look like the polish has been worn for days. I have found another favorite top coat, Essie’s Good to Go, although I have yet to try it on top of nail art. I have this bottle of Seche you see in the picture, it’s over have way used up, I also have one back-up of it. The idea is to use up both of them.

Speaking of Seche Vite, when you want to use up a bottle of it, you definitely need Seche Restore to revive it when it starts to get gloopy. If I use up both of my Seche Vites, I won’t be needing this Restore anymore, hence I want to use it up too. Seche Restore can obviously be used as thinner for any nail polish, but as I also own Mavala’s thinner which is newer, I will use up Seche Restore first.

As my first-to-go base coats I chose Trind’s Nail Repair Matt and Depend’s Glitter Base Coat. I can’t usually tell if a base coat is working or not but I do want to use it to prevent staining of the nails. Using Nail Repair Matt, however, I’ve noticed that when the nail polish chips, it chips in large chunks, which I don’t like. The glitter base coat is great when you want to wear glitter nail polish but don’t want to go trough the hassle of taking it off. However, I would like the nail polish to stay on a bit longer than a day at most. Also I think that I can live perfectly happy without this base coat, so I will use it up. (Did you notice the teeth marks on the cap of this polish? Ha ha! I had some trouble opening the cap the first time I wanted to use the base coat.)

Lastly, I will show some other nail related stuff I chose to use up:

IMG_0228 pieniI have one packaging left of the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips and it’s in Tattoo Much. I usually wear these on holiday so that the manicure isn’t ruined on the first day at work. Also from Sally Hansen I have their Cuticle Oil which I’ve had for a long time. There’s less than half of the bottle left so I think it will be possible for me to use it up in the first half of the year. I also picked out some caviar beads to use, no idea which brand these are from. I probably won’t be able to use up all of the colors, but since the blue one is almost half gone already, I might try and use that up first.

So, those were the products I chose, let’s see if I can actually make some progress on them this time! At the end of January would probably be a good time for the first update on the project. Before that I will possibly put some pictures here to show what manicures I have done with these polishes. Other ideas for posts are also welcome!

Until next time!!

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!

Nails of the Day

In this post I will share a couple of manicures I did with the polishes I’ve used up this year. I will start with Miss Selene’s 226 which was a lovely purple shade that I had neglected for many years. I decided to use it consistently until I had used it up completely. It took me about three weeks to use it up or about eight different manicures. Not all of the manicures ended up working out or they weren’t interesting enough for pictures.

The first two manicures are done by applying two coats of Miss Selene’s 226 with L’oreal’s Splash Peach on top.

Miss Selene 226 and L'oreal Splash Peach

Miss Selene 226 and L’oreal Splash Peach

Miss Selene 226 and L'oreal Splash Peach

Miss Selene 226 and L’oreal Splash Peach

I really liked L’oreal’s Splash Peach on top of Miss Selene’s 226.  Another combination I really liked was Gina Tricot’s Snow on top of the purple polish. Here’s a picture of that manicure.

Gina Tricot Snow on top of Miss Selene 226

Gina Tricot Snow on top of Miss Selene 226

When I had used up the Miss Selene polish I moved on to Depend’s 294 which is a matte blue green. It’s a color I have been gravitating towards lately so it was pretty easy to use this up. It took me only about two weeks to use this up as I changed my manicure pretty often. Like with the Miss Selene polish with this I also got about eight manicures from the bottle.  For some reason I didn’t take many pictures of the manicures I did with this polish but here is a couple.

Depend 294 and H&M Free Your Mind

Depend 294 and H&M Free Your Mind

Depend 294 and I Love This Glitter Nail Polish Blue Glitter

Depend 294 and I Love This Glitter Nail Polish Blue Glitter

In May I haven’t used one nail polish consistently like I did with these two polishes in April but I have picked different colors almost every time. I have mostly chosen colors from my regular collection and used the glitters from the group of polishes I’m using up.

A Quick Update on the Project

I decided to remove some of the bigger bottles of polish from my project. I replaced the bigger bottles with a couple of smaller ones because smaller bottles are easier to use up. This way I can feel more productive when I finish more nail polishes.

I removed OPI’s Jade is the New Black and Your Villa or Mine? from the project because it would take too long to use them up completely, even though Your Villa or Mine? is almost half way used up already. I also decided not to finish Essie’s A Crewed Interest this year because I like it too much.

I replaced the three bigger bottles with four smaller bottles from Mavala and one from Isadora.

Mavala Gold, Dakar, Blue Mint and Frozen Berry

Mavala Gold, Dakar, Blue Mint and Frozen Berry

Gold and Dakar are from the permanent collection and Blue Mint and Frozen Berry are from a summer collection from a few years ago. I may end up giving the blue polish to somebody if I don’t feel like using it up. Lighter blues aren’t usually my thing but I will try and make something with it.

Isadora Gold Sparkles

Isadora Gold Sparkles

This Isadora polish in Gold Sparkles I will probably pick up closer to the Christmas time and use it up then. Mavala’s Gold is actually more yellow than gold so I will probably try to use it in conjunction with this Isadora polish. So two birds with one stone!

So far this year I have finished two nail polishes. The first one was Miss Selene’s 226 which I had used up before I wrote the blog post of the polishes I am using up this year. The second polish I finished just a few days ago and it was Depend’s 294. In the next blog post I will show some of the manicures I did with the polishes.

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.

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

Project Polish: The Polishes I Will (Try to) Use Up

As I said in my declutter post, I picked out some polishes I would try and use up. These are not all of the polishes I have to use up before my collection reaches the goal of 100 polishes but it’s a start. It is possible that I will end up purging some of these polishes before I use them up.

I mostly picked small 5 ml bottles because they are easier to use up. I have already used up one colored polish and one base coat this year and I’m almost done with another colored one. Here are the polishes I picked for this project:

From left to right: Depend 294, 255, 34, 5003, 1062, 1063

From left to right: Depend 294, 255, 34, 5003, 1062, 1063

I’ve marked the level of the polish where it was when I started this project. The first Depend color on the left, number 294 is the one I’m working through at the moment and I’m pretty far down in the bottle already. This is a matte shade and the polish seems to be really thick because of that, but I’ve fixed that problem with thinner. The next color, number 255 is also a matte polish and I will probably pick this up in the fall. Depend’s 34 is a neon pink and I love it in the summer time, I have already used it a lot. I kind of don’t want to use it up but I need to. Depend’s 5003 is a crackle and for some reason I didn’t mark the level of the polish on it when I started. I used to have several crackles but I have sold many of them because I am very much over the crackle trend. I have three crackles still in my collection and they are all included in this project. I may end up tossing them if I don’t feel like painting my nails with them. Depend’s 1062 and 1063 are black and white striping polishes and I have included them in this project because I have another set of back and white striping polishes in my collection.

From left to right: Mavala Lemon Cream, Max Factor Red Passion, Lumene Natural Code Make Impact and Lovely Lavender, I love this glitter nail polish Blue Glitter, L'oreal Splash Peach, Nivea Blue Sparkle

From left to right: Mavala Lemon Cream, Max Factor Red Passion, Lumene Natural Code Make Impact and Lovely Lavender, I love this glitter nail polish Blue Glitter, L’oreal Splash Peach, Nivea Blue Sparkle

Mavala’s Lemon Cream is a lovely shade to wear in the summer but after I’ve used up this polish I still have yellows in my collection, so no regrets when this is gone. The next three polishes are from two different brands but they have the same shaped bottles. I have never used up a polish that has been in a bottle like this but I suspect it will be a pain in the butt to get the polish out of the bottle when the level of the polish gets low. So we shall see if I will be able to use these up completely. I Love This Glitter Nail Polish’s (what a weird brand name!) Blue glitter is a relatively new addition to my collection but it is in this project because it has a weird scent to it. It literally smells like poison, and the only reason why I didn’t toss it after the first use is because it’s a pretty polish. It has bigger and smaller turquoise hex and bar glitters as well as multicolored tiny glitters in a clear base. L’oreal’s Splash Peach is a very lovely polish with pastel orange and yellow matte hex glitters in a clear base. It’s one of my favorite glitters but I have so many glitters that some of them need to be used up. Nivea’s Blue Sparkle is one of the oldest nail polishes I have and I originally bought it for nail art purposes. For some reason I haven’t been able to purge it in the past even though I don’t use it very often. But now that I look at the bottle the polish is almost half-way done, though it’s probably because I’ve used it for stamping. In the past I have never really reached for blue nail polishes to wear all over the nail but now I think I will probably try the Nivea polish as a full manicure.

From left to right: Miss Selene 226, Lumene Diamond in the Snow, Full Moon, Eternity, New World, Be Yu 397, Make Up Store Asun

From left to right: Miss Selene 226, Lumene Diamond in the Snow, Full Moon, Eternity, New World, Be Yu 397, Make Up Store Asun

Miss Selene’s 226 is the first polish I have used up this year. I had used it maybe once before I chose to add it in this project. Lumene’s Diamond in the Snow has matte white bar glitters in a clear base and it’s a lovely polish to add on top of bright colors. I like this polish a lot but like I said I have glitter toppers to last me for a while and these small bottles should be easy to use up. The bottles with a blue top on them are old Quick and Chic line of polishes that Lumene has discontinued years ago. I still have four polishes from this line and I think it’s time to use them up. I like them but I have so many polishes that these have been forgotten. Be Yu’s 397 used to be my favorite glitter polish, it has small multicolored and pink glitters in a clear base. Since then I have purchased polishes with glitters all shapes and sizes, so this small sized glitter does nothing for me anymore. This should teach me one thing: I should use up a polish when I love it and not keep it on my shelf just looking at it and saving it, because it’s possible there will come a day when I don’t like it anymore. Make Up Store’s Asun is a lovely glitter polish that I enjoy putting on top of red polishes in Christmas time. It has small red glitters and bigger multicolored hex glitters in a reddish base. I’ve already used about half of it, so it shouldn’t be a problem to use it up completely.

Mac Vestral White, Love & Friendship, Steamy, 2True 17

Mac Vestral White, Love & Friendship, Steamy, 2True Shade no. 17

I picked some Mac polishes in this project so I could back-to-Mac them. I have more Mac polishes but these are my oldest of them so I thought I would start with them. 2True polish in shade number 17 I bought some years ago in London and I haven’t reached for it very often. I included it in this project to see if I will wear it and if I don’t, it will have to go.

From left to right: OPI Pink Shatter, Jade is the New Black, Your Villa or Mine?

From left to right: OPI Pink Shatter, Jade is the New Black, Your Villa or Mine?

OPI’s Pink Shatter is one of the crackles I still have and I’ve only used it a couple of times since I’ve had it. It’s a rather sheer shade of pink, so it can’t be worn over dark colors which limits the use a little bit. Jade is the New Black I like in the bottle but so far I haven’t liked how it looks on my nails. This is one of those nail polishes which I can’t seem to be able to get rid of even though I hardly ever wear it. Your Villa or Mine? is a lovely coral shade with a golden shimmer in the bottle but on the nail it looks a bit more orange than I would like. I have used it a lot as you can see and it was a go-to summer shade for me a few summers ago.

From left to right: Isadora Masterpiece Pink, Vintage Mint, Essie A Crewed Interest, Navigate Her.

From left to right: Isadora Masterpiece Pink, Vintage Mint, Essie A Crewed Interest, Navigate Her

Isadora’s Masterpiece Pink is another crackle polish and as you may have noticed, all of the crackles I have left are pinks. I have used this Isadora crackle probably only once. Isadora’s Vintage Mint is one of my favorite colors of all time. Sadly, it was a limited edition color and I haven’t found a dupe for it yet. It is a perfect shade of mint green with just the right amount of blue and green mixed in it. I only have one use left in the bottle if I am able to get it out of the bottle. Essie’s A Crewed Interest is also one of my favorite colors to wear on my nails and I’ve used a lot of it already. We shall see if I have the heart to use it up completely. I don’t really like green on my nails so even though, in theory, I like Essie’s Navigate Her, I don’t wear it on my nails very often but I included it in this project so that I would try and think of ways to make it work for me.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Clear'd for Takeoff and Essie Grow Stronger

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Clear’d for Takeoff and Essie Grow Stronger

These are the base coats I decided to use up first. Actually, I’ve already used up the Essie’s Grow Stronger base coat. I didn’t like this base coat so I won’t repurchase it. The Sally Hansen polish is actually just a clear nail polish which I originally bought to use as a base coat for my toes since I didn’t want to waste special treatment base coats on my toes. This was when I didn’t have the massive collection of base coats I have now. I’m not worried about the amount of base coats I have currently, though, because I use base coat every time I paint my nails, so the bottles I have should be used up by the end of next year at the latest.

Nail Art Stickers

Nail Art Stickers

While I was at it, I picked some nail art stickers to use up as well. I have already used up three sticker sheets this year and these four are the next ones to go. After these I still have 16 sticker sheets which sounds like a lot but at one time I had 35 sticker sheets. I have sold a few of them but most of them I’ve used up.

Those are the polishes that I’m hoping to finish in the near future. I may add polishes to the project and I will probably also remove some polishes from the project. I will update you on my progress with these polishes throughout the year. I’m also using up a bottle of cuticle oil from Sally Hansen but I forgot to take a picture of it but you will see my progress with it in my updates.

In the next post I will show you the polishes I have bought this year and also polishes that I have removed from my collection since my last purge.

 

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.

 

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.