As you know from my last post, I have been trying to cut down on the amount of unnecessary things that I own. It can be a slow process, but I have managed to get rid of a lot of things! :D
It took me several hours over several days, but I have managed to bring my nail polish collection down a really significant amount. YAY!!! :D
I used to have over a Helmer's worth, and now I have all my non-frankened polishes in only one drawer!! :D (Well, except for top coats ;)).
This has taken me a looong time! O_O
I have emotional attachments to almost everything I own, and nail polish has been no different.
I've had polishes gifted and sent to me by my family and many friends, some of whom I was lucky to meet only because of my participation in the online nail polish community. When I started getting interested in and collecting nail polish, I had no idea the wonderful friendships I would be lucky enough to forge in the process.
I would associate wonderful moments with my nail polishes, about how I got them and who gave them to me. They acted as jumper cables to my memory, and I cherished them all the more for that.
But I have to stop holding on to every single thing I ever get from someone, because the memories are still in my head, and I don't need 'proof' to show what has happened in my life.
When I would get mail I used to hate throwing away even the cardboard boxes I would get items sent to me in (it still makes me cringe a little!).
So, this is yet another step for me to improve my life; to let go of some of the unnecessary.
I used to feel that this was true, but now I know that I am not 'betraying' my family, my friends, or any experiences and memories I have for letting go of things that I do not use any more.
I will still have the memories, and I will still cherish my loved ones and all they have ever done for me :).
(A photo I took of a park near my old home in Ottawa, just because. XD I miss that place!)
So! Back to the nail polishes that I have left (lol!).
Here they are:
Middle row, L to R: Sally Hansen Glass Slipper, Glitzology Snow Day, Color Club Si Vous Please!, China Glaze Snow Globe, Kleancolor Sugar Coat and Color Club Snowflakes.
Bottom row, L to R: Girly Bits Hocus Pocus, Color Club On the Rocks, L.A. Glitter Addict Explosion, O.P.I Crown Me Already!, O.P.I Pirouette My Whistle, and The Hungry Asian Mumbling.
Middle row, L to R: China Glaze Angel Wings, China Glaze Twinkle Lights, Orly Halo, China Glaze Glistening Snow, Zoya London and Sally Hansen Wet Cement.
Bottom row, L to R: Color Club Wild Orchid, Nerd Lacquer Don't Blink, China Glaze Immortal, Orly Boho Bonnet, Zoya Skylar, and Girly Bits Stormy Skies.
Top row, L to R: China Glaze Winter Berry, China Glaze Merry Berry, China Glaze Velvet Bow, Orly Torrid, O.P.I Pepe's Purple Passion, Girly Bits Gentle Ginger, and Girly Bits Shift Happens.
Middle row, L to R: Orly Preamp, O.P.I Pedal Faster Suzi, Nicole by O.P.I I Lilac Gumdrops, Shiseido Maquillage 94, Glitzology Crown Royal, Zoya Neeka and Revlon Royal Cloak.
Bottom row, L to R: Orly Sheer Nude, China Glaze Champagne Kisses, Orly Nite Owl, Finger Paints Bare No Secrets, Revlon Enthrall, and Orly Buried Alive.
Top row, L to R: Color Club Holiday Splendor, Zoya Maisie, The Hungry Asian On a Budget, Girly Bits Cosmic Ocean, Orly Green with Envy, and Color Club Wild Cactus.
Middle row, L to R: China Glaze Holly-Day, Gosh Forest Floor, Orly Halley's Comet, O.P.I Thanks a Windmillion, Zoya Yara, and China Glaze Winter Holly.
Bottom row, L to R: O.P.I Live and Let Die, China Glaze Cast a Spell, Finger Paints Hue Brighten My Day, China Glaze Glittering Garland, and Sally Hansen Black Out.
Top row, L to R: China Glaze Blue Year's Eve, Orly Royal Navy, O.P.I Get Your Number, Sinful Colors Hottie, and O.P.I Dating a Royal.
Middle row, L to R: Finger Paints You Yacht to Know Better, O.P.I I Have a Herring Problem, Color Club Hydrangea Kiss, O.P.I I Don't Give a Rotterdam!, and Zoya Nyx.
Bottom row, L to R: China Glaze Tinsel Town, China Glaze Smoke and Ashes, Sinful Colors Cinderella, and O.P.I Can't Find My Czechbook.
Here is the whole lot, all together like the family they are:
All of these were picked with a lot of thought, and I am very happy with my collection now. :)
Some of these are not cruelty-free, but that is because they were purchased or traded before I knew very much about animal testing. I do not buy from those companies anymore.
A few are in here because I use them a lot for nail art, like Sally Hansen Wet Cement, Sally Hansen Black Out, and Barielle Enduring. If not for that, they would not be in my collection.
I figure that if I do end up getting any more nail polish in the future, I will have to do the one in, one out rule, so that my collection is maintained in one drawer. And I don't want to cheat, and pile more on top of what I already have. XD
What do you think of my new, smaller, collection? :D
Have a wonderful day!!