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Other than bases/tops, has anyone (here) actually finished a bottle of polish before? I've recently just finished a Sally Hansen Insta-dri top (love) and am trying to work through a Poshe mini (but it's getting goopy so I'll need to thin it). At this point, I'm just desperately trying to finish the 3.75mL S!OPI minis I have, to see if I can even do it. I only brought two with me and it's still pretty hard. I estimated you can probably get 10-11 manis out of an 8mL Julep, so you'd probably get about ~5 out of a mini.  I can't justify buying more polish like EVER, but I always want more. My greatest weakness, lol
The closest I've come has been using half a bottle of a Liquid Euphoria polish -- and then I found out how rare and coveted it was, and I freaked out and stopped using it. I really should just use it up since I have several bottles of Fantasy Fire, which is pretty much exactly the same as the LE I'm halfway through, but I still think about how I will never be able to get my hands on it ever again once it's gone. Also, I hate to waste it on non-sunny days, which limits its use due to where I live.

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Other than bases/tops, has anyone (here) actually finished a bottle of polish before? I've recently just finished a Sally Hansen Insta-dri top (love) and am trying to work through a Poshe mini (but it's getting goopy so I'll need to thin it). At this point, I'm just desperately trying to finish the 3.75mL S!OPI minis I have, to see if I can even do it. I only brought two with me and it's still pretty hard. I estimated you can probably get 10-11 manis out of an 8mL Julep, so you'd probably get about ~5 out of a mini.  I can't justify buying more polish like EVER, but I always want more. My greatest weakness, lol
Nope. Usually the polish goes bad or I get tired of seeing it so I give it away. I brought Sephora/OPI nail polish for the first time during their sale. I brought 2 mini sets but I can't wear the polishes for more than two days without chipping - I even tried using them with a different top coat/base than I usually wear. That's $30 down the drain. If I kept the packaging I honestly would have returned them. *sigh* Every time I splurge on polish (OPI, Julep, Zoya, Orly, etc.) it chips very quickly so I'm just going to stick to cheap polish. Anyways, that's my polish rant.

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I've actually gotten below the top of the "ZOYA" on a full sized Zoya Jaime, but I don't think I can justify getting another until I'm at 1/3rd. I've also used probably about half of S!OPI Just a Little Dangerous, which I f'love. I'm not sure if I can justify getting a backup even though it's on sale/probably going OOS because I just have so many purples, and on top of that, so many dark purples. LOL the greatest weakness of my great weaknesses.

 

I just prefer salon//high end polish better. I guess it makes me a snoot, but for me, drug store polishes just don't work as well. I gave up after getting like 5 bottles of Sally Hansen (though their insta-dri top coat is super A++). I can't really justify the high prices of actual high end brands like Chanel or YSL, but I try to get other brands when they're on sale.

 

It makes me so depressed to think I've spent hundred upon hundreds of dollars on NP, with so many I haven't even tried once yet. ._. It happens, I guses.

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Originally Posted by Kyuu View Post

 

Other than bases/tops, has anyone (here) actually finished a bottle of polish before?

 

I've recently just finished a Sally Hansen Insta-dri top (love) and am trying to work through a Poshe mini (but it's getting goopy so I'll need to thin it). At this point, I'm just desperately trying to finish the 3.75mL S!OPI minis I have, to see if I can even do it. I only brought two with me and it's still pretty hard. I estimated you can probably get 10-11 manis out of an 8mL Julep, so you'd probably get about ~5 out of a mini. 

 

I can't justify buying more polish like EVER, but I always want more. My greatest weakness, lol

This is one of my goals! I'll probably reach the end of my favorite red eventually since I use it 50% of the time for pedicures.

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I'm currently on a no buy for July as well, but man, it's tough. I bought some deoderant and shampoo/conditioner/dry shampoo just because I had a coupon, and I knew I didn't need it. I just needed it for backup, I guess? But I'm determined to get through this month with both empty products and more money!

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Originally Posted by sydneychantelle View Post

 

I'm currently on a no buy for July as well, but man, it's tough. I bought some deoderant and shampoo/conditioner/dry shampoo just because I had a coupon, and I knew I didn't need it. I just needed it for backup, I guess? But I'm determined to get through this month with both empty products and more money!

This is the toughest thing for me too! What I keep telling myself to avoid temptation is, (most of us) have enough stuff to last a while, and coupons, deals, sales will probably come around again by the time we're done using all of this up. My new mantra has become, "there will be another sale. There WILL be another sale." lol

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"There will be another sale" is always how I talk myself down from it. We're only a few months away from Black Friday now too. :| I'm sure most of us have way more than enough stuff to last until then.

 

--though I actually do legitimately need more eye makeup remover. I like Sephora brand's dual one, and I hate paying for shipping so I'll probably have to make a purchase with a few extra things like the UD and S!OPI polishes on sale. I've been really good and haven't made a sephora purchase since January! (Except for chic week for a YSL lipstick, but I returned that untouched XD so it doesn't count). C'mon paycheck XD!

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I'm working on a mantra of "Replacement, not stockpile."  I have a serious problem with buying stuff now for use later.  When I do that, I end up saving it even past when I decide it's okay to use it, and then I just keep buying more to use *now* so I don't use the stuff intended for *later* even though the designated *later* was three months ago.  I'm currently working on convincing myself to not buy the fall Allure box because I've barely used any of the stuff from the summer box.  It's rough going.

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Originally Posted by Kyuu View Post

 

Other than bases/tops, has anyone (here) actually finished a bottle of polish before?

 

I've recently just finished a Sally Hansen Insta-dri top (love) and am trying to work through a Poshe mini (but it's getting goopy so I'll need to thin it). At this point, I'm just desperately trying to finish the 3.75mL S!OPI minis I have, to see if I can even do it. I only brought two with me and it's still pretty hard. I estimated you can probably get 10-11 manis out of an 8mL Julep, so you'd probably get about ~5 out of a mini. 

 

I can't justify buying more polish like EVER, but I always want more. My greatest weakness, lol

 

I've finished the occasional mini-bottle, but never, ever a full size.  I will no longer allow myself to buy full size bottles because of this.

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I'm trying for a no-buy, excluding conditioner if I run out. This is my first month doing this :) I hope I can do it! I generally don't buy a lot of makeup per month, I just have wishlists XD

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Bored on Sunday, started counting all the products that I have and properly organizing them. Turns out I have...

 

11 foil packets

40 deluxe samples

86 full size

 

icon_eek.gif ... and that's not even including Nail Polish. This no buy definitely needs to last longer than just the month of July! smile.gif

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I'm joining low-no buy for this month. So far I haven't bought anything unless sandals count, they were on sale & I badly needed a new pair.  

 

I think I can manage a no buy this month, I do have my ipsy coming so I'll have that at least.

 

I'll try and stay strong until August....it's not that far away! blink.gif

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Originally Posted by casualconcern View Post My new mantra has become, "there will be another sale. There WILL be another sale." lol

 

i need this mantra. i need it written on sticky notes and posted all over my house.

 

Zoya got me with their Liberty/4th of July promo, then i bought some mineral eyeshadows on sale on etsy and finally i completely broke down for the IT cosmetics on QVC. Ugh.

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Other than bases/tops, has anyone (here) actually finished a bottle of polish before? I've recently just finished a Sally Hansen Insta-dri top (love) and am trying to work through a Poshe mini (but it's getting goopy so I'll need to thin it). At this point, I'm just desperately trying to finish the 3.75mL S!OPI minis I have, to see if I can even do it. I only brought two with me and it's still pretty hard. I estimated you can probably get 10-11 manis out of an 8mL Julep, so you'd probably get about ~5 out of a mini.  I can't justify buying more polish like EVER, but I always want more. My greatest weakness, lol
Nope. Usually the polish goes bad or I get tired of seeing it so I give it away. I brought Sephora/OPI nail polish for the first time during their sale. I brought 2 mini sets but I can't wear the polishes for more than two days without chipping - I even tried using them with a different top coat/base than I usually wear. That's $30 down the drain. If I kept the packaging I honestly would have returned them. *sigh* Every time I splurge on polish (OPI, Julep, Zoya, Orly, etc.) it chips very quickly so I'm just going to stick to cheap polish. Anyways, that's my polish rant.
I'm pretty sure sephora has a generous return policy- regardless of packaging, receipt/no receipt, how long you've used it, etc. you can and should bring it back if you're not satisfied. That's a lot of money to not be happy with your nail polish!

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Originally Posted by meaganola View Post

I'm working on a mantra of "Replacement, not stockpile."  I have a serious problem with buying stuff now for use later.  When I do that, I end up saving it even past when I decide it's okay to use it, and then I just keep buying more to use *now* so I don't use the stuff intended for *later* even though the designated *later* was three months ago.  I'm currently working on convincing myself to not buy the fall Allure box because I've barely used any of the stuff from the summer box.  It's rough going.

 

Funny, I've spent my entire day attempting to talk myself out of the exact same box. :)

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I'm putting myself on a no-buy until the end of the month, and probably into August if I manage that well. Target got way too much of my money this month, so I really need to go through and use up more of what I have! My birthday is at the end of the month, so I'm allowing myself to get my free birthday goodies from Sephora, and that's it.

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Time to face the confessional booth... I purchased a new nail polish, but it's a gift for a friend (promise!).

 

Anyone ever just feel like they've got the blues with what they have? Everything in my stash is starting to look boring. Lol, I am 99% sure this is a psychological mind trick from promising myself a low-buy, but alas, every new product seems more interesting and effective than what I already have!!

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Time to face the confessional booth... I purchased a new nail polish, but it's a gift for a friend (promise!). Anyone ever just feel like they've got the blues with what they have? Everything in my stash is starting to look boring. Lol, I am 99% sure this is a psychological mind trick from promising myself a low-buy, but alas, every new product seems more interesting and effective than what I already have!!
I recommend putting everything away but a handful of colors each month. Box it up and get it completely away from your makeup area. Once a month/season, go through and swap out whatever you have been using for stuff you had in storage. I was bored bored bored with my winter stuff and finally boxed it up a few months ago. Last night, I came across it while looking for something else, and they were all suddenly very exciting, but I'm still not wearing them until fall kicks in.

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Time to face the confessional booth... I purchased a new nail polish, but it's a gift for a friend (promise!). Anyone ever just feel like they've got the blues with what they have? Everything in my stash is starting to look boring. Lol, I am 99% sure this is a psychological mind trick from promising myself a low-buy, but alas, every new product seems more interesting and effective than what I already have!!
I've been feeling this way too. It doesn't help that new fall collections are coming out.
I recommend putting everything away but a handful of colors each month. Box it up and get it completely away from your makeup area. Once a month/season, go through and swap out whatever you have been using for stuff you had in storage. I was bored bored bored with my winter stuff and finally boxed it up a few months ago. Last night, I came across it while looking for something else, and they were all suddenly very exciting, but I'm still not wearing them until fall kicks in.
I might try this. As of today, I have not brought any cosmetic/beauty items in exactly 30 days (not including sub boxes). :party: I only got three makeup items in my sub boxes but none are things I would use. With the money I saved I brought new items for my new apartment and a muji 5 drawer set for my makeup collection.

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Originally Posted by lioness90 View Post

 

 

I've been feeling this way too. It doesn't help that new fall collections are coming out.

I might try this.

 

 

As of today, I have not brought any cosmetic/beauty items in exactly 30 days (not including sub boxes). party.gif I only got three makeup items in my sub boxes but none are things I would use. With the money I saved I brought new items for my new apartment and a muji 5 drawer set for my makeup collection.

 

Congrats, that's awesome! biggrin.gif

 

Originally Posted by meaganola View Post

 

 

I recommend putting everything away but a handful of colors each month. Box it up and get it completely away from your makeup area. Once a month/season, go through and swap out whatever you have been using for stuff you had in storage. I was bored bored bored with my winter stuff and finally boxed it up a few months ago. Last night, I came across it while looking for something else, and they were all suddenly very exciting, but I'm still not wearing them until fall kicks in.

 

I took your advice and put it all away in the guest bathroom, which I hardly go into except to clean. Just have the daily routine stuff in my drawer now - it does feel liberating!

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I had to order an eyeliner.  Without realizing it, I'm suddenly so close to out I'm hoping it'll last until the new one gets here!  But I only use liner to tightline, and I only use a Stila Smude Stick for that.  (My eyes are really sensitive, and they water and I rub them, so any other eyeliner is wasted on me.)  Not too upset about this order, despite breaking my no-buy.  I didn't buy the Lip Factory I'd prepared to allow myself if it were really great, and this month will be my last Starbox.  If I can keep to just replacing staples like this, I won't have a hoarding problem any more in the future!

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I got underwear and a sports bra, as well as conditioner, but I needed all of those, so I broke my no-buy for a good cause :) AND I got them all at Costco so they were cheap :D

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I got underwear and a sports bra, as well as conditioner, but I needed all of those, so I broke my no-buy for a good cause :) AND I got them all at Costco so they were cheap :D
Hey, I spent a ton of money Saturday on boring needed stuff at Costco, too! Toilet paper, toothbrushes, and deodorant. The glamorous life of a single woman in the medium-sized city. I didn't need it all *right this minute*, but I put in a lot of overtime last pay period, so I decided that I should go ahead and spend the money now so I wouldn't have to put off buying more if the need arose during a broke week.

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