Downsizing your Collection : Nail Varnish.

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

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It became apparent on my rediscovering beauty faves post, that a lot of you are thinking along the same lines as me when it comes to our beauty collections. We are all guilty of it, buying too much and hoarding items that we really should just say bye to. I've made it clear that this year is all about using what I've got and not getting sucked in by advertising or blog hype, I do want to downsize my makeup collection, lotions & potions etc, so I thought I'd start of easy and dig out my HUGE collection of nail varnishes and get stuck in. 

At the time, I counted about 83 nail polishes in total. Now for me that is a lot! - To be honest there are probably some more lurking about the house, but I was focusing on the massive pile of them I had shoved in my room. Anyway.. There was a lot there, as I ex nail biter, I would never imagined I would ever own this many bottles of nail varnish, but I got over my bad habit and well...went a bit crazy clearly! 

My first plan of action, was to go through and just chuck the ones that were beyond repair. What I mean by that is, when your nail varnish starts to go a bit gloopey, you can usually save it (if you do it in time) by pouring a tiny little bit of nail varnish remover into the bottle and give it a shake. This usually restores it back to its original consistency and you can get a few more uses out of it. So I went through my stash and threw away the ones that were past this point.. there was no way of saving them.. They were goners!  By doing this step I managed to get rid of about 7 polishes.. not a lot, but that's 7 less than I originally had so I was onto a good start! 

The second plan of action... Look for colour dupes. We have all done it. Bought a nail varnish, got home and then the realistation sinks in that you didn't need to buy that shade because you already own others that are basically identical! Its okay. We all do it.  Any dupes I found I just put into a pile to palm off to my Sisters/Mum. By doing this I managed to clear out a good selection of nail varnishes.

Finally, this is where you have to be a bit ruthless, and ask your self 'Will I use this/Do I actually like it?'. Quite often I have bought shades because they were on offer so I just randomly picked any old colour that I thought I didn't have in my stash just because it was free, or on 3 for 2. This has led to some rather questionable shades! This is where I really went to town and got rid of a ton of nail varnishes! The pile for my Sisters/Mum dramatically grew.

 By following these three steps I took my collection down from  83 to 48. Now I admit, this is still a lot of nail varnishes, and by no means a minimal collection - which is something I would love to eventually achieve! But I feel pretty pleased with myself that I managed to get rid of 35 nail varnishes! Now if only I had the same approach to the rest of my beauty products and we will be laughing!

Is this something you would like to do or have maybe you're one step ahead and you've already done it? Hopefully this has spurred you in the right direction! 

Much Love

45 comments:

  1. 83!! oh my god! hahaha I thought my 20+ was a lot! hahah

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  2. Haha, My aim is to get down to that kind of number. On a mission to downsize everything! xx

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  3. I'm a total nail polish freak and I cull my collection at least once a year, as well as my mum's collection (which have consisted of 10year old polishes, in my defence!) Currently only got 44 polishes, ahah xx

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  4. I ought to do this! There are so many I never use,

    Rosie x

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  5. I think I have around 150 nail polishes... I give some away regularly but I think I try to believe I will eventually use them up... :/ x

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  6. Good lord you're a braver girl than I am! I think I have verging on 300 now... and I'm moving in a couple of weeks. It's packing up and transporting my nail polish and makeup that terrifies me more than anything else, but I can't bring myself to get rid of it! The worst thing is that most of my nail varnishes only get worn once. Siiigh! x

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  7. 83?! WOW! You are ruthless too with clean cutting off your nail polish. ;) I always pick the shades I want, so I wouldn't be parted with my collection unless nail polishes are beyond repair. ;) X

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  8. oh wow well done!! im rather disgusted with the size of my nail polish drawer. Iv'e managed to downsize the rest of my makeup, I just never seem able to face saying byebye to any of my polishes ahh haha xx

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  9. I definitely need to do this. I haven't got a huge collection, but I also hardly ever paint my nails, so it seems a bit daft to buy any more. I often find that I only use one once or twice before it's beyond the nail-varnish remover trick to save it!

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  10. this is something i really need to do! you look like you have a lovely collection now, i have far too many mint coloured nail polishes, do i really need several shades of mint? haha x

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  11. I need to do this too but parting with them is too hard! I always think 'maybe I will wear it someday' haha

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  12. Great tips! I've collected quite a few nail varnishes over the past few months and some of them I haven't even used... Maybe I should go through my stash as well!
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  13. Great tips! I've collected quite a few nail varnishes over the past few
    months and some of them I haven't even used... Maybe I should go through
    my stash as well!
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  14. This is something I really, REALLY need to do x

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  15. Great article, you sure have a lot of nail varnishes but love your plan for getting rid of the ones that aren't really needed!!:)

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  16. Great!!! I love it!!! Really nice!!!!!

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  17. Every girl should probably do this with pretty much everything we own and totally de clutter our lives. Realistically we all have just too much stuff and we need to simplify things :D

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  18. Ahh... the new year's purge. It's so hard because when you're beauty obsessed you feel like you need to keep everything since you spent good money on it, but in reality you probably have a bunch of the same shades. :(


    xo Abbey


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  19. I wish I had the willpower to do this :( Might give it a try though.

    Chels xx

    Ihttp://chelsschapman.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. Well done on downsizing! I think I have around the 50 mark, I did chuck out a few polishes that were really just beyond repair and I'm determined to use up what I have before I buy any more! (Just keep me away from any Essie counters and I'll be fine ha!) xx

    Sarah @ sarahlouxo.com xx

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  21. Oh my goodness!! 83 nail varnishes?! I have about 15 and i get overwhelmed when picking a colour to paint my talons! I'm an ex nail biter too! (well recovering, i still find myself biting sometimes!) and really find having painting nails helps me not bite, but still do every now and then, how did you manage to totally stop?

    Well done though, getting rid of so many, i bet it feels really fresh and uncluttered now! Though i'd be tempted to go and replace them with others!! ;)

    Hannah xx


    www.bellaandroscoe.blogspot.com

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  22. Love this! I'm going to try limit my spending. I counted and arranged mine yesterday and had over 200! D: I have started to compile a list on my blog, just did a top 8 of 2012 and going to try and get more use out of them! I don't actually have that many dupes! I had more before my count but I gave a few to a friend. I think I might be doing more of that. Theres a few older ones that have gone crappy! Kudos to you for getting rid of so many! Theres honestly not many I don't use/like! *gulp* But I may be a little addicted! D: They really made a difference when I fell ill :/ They're a cheap way to change up to suit your mood or ocassion! :r



    Lizzums x
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  23. Great post! I really need to downsize my nail polish collection soon so thanks for the tips! And wow you had loads! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  24. I definitely need to do this as I've lost count of the amount of nail varnishes I have! X

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  25. I've been meaning to do this for ages but just can't face it. I will do it one day...
    xx

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  26. Love this post, very helpful! I think I have about 60 polishes (but would probably be slightly shocked if I did count them all) and theres loads in there that are dupes and wierd colours that Im not even sure how Ive come to acquire. Ill be doing something like this very soon I think :) x

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  27. Excellent tips! I think I really do need to do a nail polish edit as well ... especially getting rid of colour dupes. My less nail polish obsessed friends will have to be beneficiaries of unwanted nail polish - else it's going in the bin :p

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  28. Oh gosh where do you store all those nail polishes haha! I think at a push I have 10 - I recently sorted all mine out but I'm so tempted to buy more haha! Good Luck using them all up! xx

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  29. This is such a good idea, I really need to sort mine out. Not sure I can be as ruthless as you have been but getting rid of the ones beyond repair and any dupes should be a good start!

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  30. After I saw your tweet about this or instagram (I can't remember) I thought it'd be wise to count how many I have.......are you ready?!


    129!!!!!!!!!! :|

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  31. This has definitely put my collection to shame! I would love to get my collection down to this size though, I just don't wear them enough! Well done you xx

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  32. I can't do it. I love my nail polishes too much :( I'm similar to you - I know I have somewhere in the 80s and I just seem emotionally attached haha

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  33. Oh wow, your collection must have been amazing, puts my few nail polishes to shame! haha

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  34. I am totally a victim of buying nail polishes in the exact same colour without realising! Your blog has motivated me to have a good clear out!! X

    Http://saharalou.blogspot.com

    Xx

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  35. wow! ur sooo good... i need u to sort out my collection! xxx

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  36. I do the same, hoarde them, but eh

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  37. I love nail varnishes and I have quite nice collection. Cannot resist for new shades! :)

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  38. This is such a good idea. I have so many nail polishes i dont use & I should pass them on to my girlfriends. I always pick the same ones out of my collection.

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  39. love this post :) i have the opposite problem in the nail varnish department, i've got a tiny collection so im trying to build it up but thank you for the tip on reviving old ones, i'l have to remember that! xx

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  40. You did well to reduce your collection by so many xx

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  41. I wouldn't be able to do this with my nail polishes (yes, I have a problem), but I definitely need to get rid of my body lotions. I have tons of them that I haven't even opened and they take up so much space...

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  42. Such a great post, I need to downsize my collection. The OPI Nail Polish thinner is amazing to fix nail polish, you can read more about it here http://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp?ItemID=144851 xo

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  43. I remember downsizing from 113 to around 40! Some were past that stage, some I just didn't like and others I threw in a blogsale. I think it's better to have fewer and actually wear them than 100's and never be able to choose! xo

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  44. wow your so good, my collection has around 90 polishes in and I just can't bring myself to get rid of any, even the dupes. Sometimes I just look at the pick them up and think aww thats such a pretty colour. I really need to give some away to family and friends. Get post lovely x


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  45. I actually completely stopped wearing nail polish, I just hate the way they stain my nails and I am lucky enough to have fairly decent nails. Although I could do with downsizing my blushes!

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