Saturday, 15 March 2014

In the Nail Polish Queue

Happy weekend, everyone! So we all know that I have a bit of a lipstick hoarding problem, but it seems that I've amassed quite the nail polish collection over the past year as well. Although my makeup collection is ridiculously large, I've typically prided myself in the fact that all of my beauty goodies are properly used and loved right from the get-go. Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case with my nail polishes. General laziness with my nail care is partly to blame (nail varnish seems to take forevaaah to dry). Another hindering factor is that nail colours can be so incredibly cheap that often it's way too easy to grab a bottle or two when you really don't need any! 

I re-assessed my nail polish stash recently and it turns out that I have 10 lovely polishes that have yet to be used. Some of them are brand-spanking new and others have been collecting dust for a while longer (sorry little guys!). So, just as I set out on a lip colour purchase ban earlier this year, I want to put a temporary moratorium on buying new nail polishes, at least until I've given these 10 little beauties a proper go! 

(L-R, Top-Bottom): O.P.I. Nail Lacquer in Live and Let Die, Essie Nail Lacquer in Sexy Divide, Revlon ColourStay Longwear Nail Enamel in Velvet Rope, Essie Mirror Metallics Nail Lacquer in Nothing Else Metals, Anna Sui Nail Colour N #402, Revlon Nail Art Mood Candy Nail Enamel in Orbit, Essie Nail Lacquer in Smokin' Hot, Essie Mirror Metallics Nail Lacquer in Blue Rhapsody, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Midnight Glitz, Revlon Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel in Enrpature

To motivate me with this aim, I thought I'd feature my 10 still unused polishes here, providing a little description of each! You can see that my taste for shades and finishes is eclectic and wide-reaching. A little of this, a little of that... shimmer, metallic, glitter, cream- you name it!

O.P.I. Nail Lacquer in Live and Let Die
Got this shade ages ago- not sure why I haven't taken it for a spin! It's a deep greenish black with golden and green shimmer. Edgy, but sophisticated!

Essie Nail Lacquer in Sexy Divide
Another deep, rich shade. This one is a dark violet shade with subtle shimmer. Sexy, indeed! Perfect for Fall, though I will definitely rock it this Spring :)

Revlon ColourStay Longwear Nail Enamel in Velvet Rope
This will be my first polish from the ColourStay range. Curious to see just how long-wearing it is! Velvet Rope is a classic crimson red with a shiny creme finish. 

Essie Mirror Metallics Nail Lacquer in Nothing Else Metals 
I got this lovely polish as a gift from my sister at Christmas (to see all of the pretty goodies she got me, click here) and I'm determined to use it soon! It's a ultra metallic silvery pink lilac that will be just perfect for Spring!

Anna Sui Nail Colour N #402 
I picked this one up recently at Winners (to see the full haul click here)- being a lover of Anna Sui and adorable packaging in general, I was thrilled to find it! #402 is a rich wine shade with golden glitter. So unique!

Revlon Nail Art Mood Candy Nail Enamel in Orbit 
The only reason I haven't used this beaut yet is because I've feared it's a bit over-the-top for work. I need to just get over that I paint my nails with this combo of a deep purple base and blue, green, and gold shimmery flakes! (you can see another shade of Moon CandyGalactic, in action here!)

Essie Nail Lacquer in Smokin' Hot
I was inspired to pick this one up by Rebecca at more rebe (check out her blog, here), as it was touted as one of her recent favourites. It's a deep creamy taupe with a hint of plum. Super sultry!

Essie Mirror Metallics Nail Lacquer in Blue Rhapsody
Also part of the lovely Christmas gift from my sis, this polish is a metallic icy blue that both embodies the chill of Winter and the pastel hues of Spring. Perfect for this time of year!

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Midnight Glitz
This one was on clearance at Shoppers recently and I couldn't resist. It's designed primarily as a glitter topcoat, featuring black and gold sparkles of various shapes and sizes. Can't wait to give it a try!

Revlon Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel in Enrapture
I really like Revlon's Brilliant Strength line, and Enrapture is a shade that caught my attention right away. It's a warm coppery burgundy with a golden shimmery finish. It's unlike any other shade I've seen! 

So there you go! It was good to finally organize my yet-unloved polishes. Am really dedicating myself to more manicures over the coming weeks. Which means more Nail of the Day posts will be on their way!

Which of these shades would you most like to see featured? Anyone else have a bit of a nail polish hoarding problem?

And don't forget, you can enter my 350 Follower Giveaway, featuring goodies from Tarte, Essie, Revlon, and more, here!

Have a great weekend! xo


  1. nice blog and great post! I think I will be here more often! :)

    Don't forget to stop by and say hello!

  2. The revlon moon candy looks amazing :-) I think you should definitely use that one first!

    Hannah x | lovelettersandsnippets

  3. Essie's Smokin' Hot looks like a good one.

  4. The Revlon moon candy is by far the worst nail polish I ever used! I wanted to like this so bad, but the polish was really streaky and the glitter top coat was so gloopy and rough.

  5. Revlon moon candy looks gorgeous!! But 2nd fav is Essie Sexy Divide x

  6. you have an awesome collection! gorgeous colors dear <3

    Letters To Juliet

  7. Live and Let Die is a shade that I still kinda regret not getting! I don't buy nail polishes anymore (or ALMOST), because I don't paint my nails all that often (fragile nails. Nail polish wouldn't stay). Still, I enjoy seeing cool shades on others!

  8. These colours are lovely, especially love the glittery one!

  9. Love all of your essie nail polish !
    Great colors :)

  10. how nice?!!

  11. I put myself through a similar ban on lip glosses a couple of years ago. Lip glosses were always my biggest weaknesses. I allowed myself only five for an entire year and was surprised how easily I stuck to it. Then again, I buy eye shadows more than just about anything else these days so not buying lip glosses was a bit TOO easy. LOL. If I had to ban myself from buying new eye shadows, I'm not sure I would do as well.

    Of the polishes you posted, the Anna Sui Nail Colour N #402 is my favorite. I looked up photos of it and oh my goodness - it's stunning! I would wear that on my toes every single day. ;)

  12. like it ^^

    Please make one clicks on my choies wishlist it help me a lot ^^

  13. ouuu I love orbit. but i find the glitters so hard to pull out of the tube!

  14. I feel you- I have a major nail polish hoarding problem! I don't think I've ever even finished a bottle, seriously in need of some tlc x


  15. Great post! I have so many nail polishes they won't fit into my box so I've had to buy 2.
    Beth x

  16. ugh i do this too. mostly b/c i'm really not a naisl person but get drawn in by a color, purchase it, and use it once. then it sits there forlornly separating over the years...i'm the worst.
    A Beautiful Zen

  17. Wow, so stunning colors. *__*
    Lovely greets Nessa

  18. hah you seem to like essie nail polish :D

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    If you’d like, I’ll follow you back :) Bloggers should support each other x


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