Nail Polish Declutter!

Nail polishes are something that I started to enjoy 'collecting' way back before I even started high school. I didn't necessarily have a major obsession with nail polish but I did enjoy having different colours to choose from. As someone who has always liked organising, writing lists and all that good stuff, decluttering things I don't need anymore has become routine to me. Decluttering is a great way to sort out all your things, some areas such as clothes are harder to tackle than something like nail polishes (at least in my case, but that could be different from someone else!) To be honest, I do these quite regularly so I don't have an overwhelming amount of nail polishes to begin with, but still more than I use so it's time to go through and sort them out.

Current nail polish collection.

Things I look for in nail polishes I should give away or throw out...

1. If the polish is older and has changed in texture or smell. If it has become a bit goopy or difficult to work with I will toss it out.

2. Is it a colour I would wear? The shades of nail polish that I would wear now are slightly different to ones I would wear before. I still have nail polishes from a few years back that I have tried recently and decided that I don't see myself wearing it in the future. If I simply am no longer a fan of the shade but the polish itself is fine, I'll see if one of my sisters want to take it. 

3. Is there much product left? There comes a point to where the brush doesn't quite reach the last bit of product, which makes it difficult to get enough on there and that makes it harder to work it. In this particular round of nail polish decluttering my all time favourite polish Soul Sessions by Rimmel has been used so much that it is almost finished and time to purchase a new one. 

Nail Polishes I am no longer keeping.

The nail polishes that I am no longer keeping are either old and have become odd in texture, or I just don't wear them. Most of the Essence polishes are a few years old and although they were great (especially for the affordable price) I just haven't found myself wearing them. The Natio polish in Kashi (I've written a post about it here) is actually very nice, but the lid broke and is just sitting on top (I ended up spilling this on my carpet right after taking photos when I picked it up from the lid forgetting it was broken!) 

Keeping: (Left to right) Celeb City, First Blush, White Tip, Brick Wall.
I can see that I tend to stick to light pinks, neutrals and I also have one darker red shade from Sally Hansen in Brick Wall. This shade is absolutely gorgeous and is the only red nail polish that I find flattering on me. In this little nail polish decluttering round I got rid of 8 and kept 11, some quite similar in colour. I thought I would keep Celeb City for when I play around with patterns or floral nail looks, I don't really ever do that but just in case!

Keeping: (Left to right) Caramel Cupcake, Nebline, Petal.

Caramel Cupcake is very similar to Soul Sessions, but the formula is a bit different and although I really love this shade, Soul Sessions is slightly easier to work with. The Maybelline polish in Nebline is more of a brighter pink for when I want a more fun colour. I will say that I rarely wear it but because it's getting into summer I see myself wearing this at the beach!
Keeping: (Left to right) English Rose, Blushed Petal, Regal Rose,  I care for you.
English Rose is one of the Essence polishes I decided to keep because I still like the colour and the texture is still good. Blushed Petal from Sally Hansen is perfect for a natural put together look. It is sheer but can be built up. I generally wear this when I feel like a slight neutral colour for healthy looking nails. Regal Rose is actually shimmery, which I didn't realise until putting it on. It is a pretty colour that I occasionally wear, though I don't often wear shimmery shades. Last I have another Essence polish in the shade I care for you. This one is also a bit sheer but still more noticeable. It is a cute pastel pink shade that I really like. 

So that was my latest nail polish declutter. I think I could get rid of the Maybelline Nabline but want to try wearing it a bit more to see. I hope you enjoyed this post, personally I loooove reading decluttering and collection posts!

University Thoughts & November Goals ❀

Good morning lovely! Over the past few months, I've been having many thoughts about my life, things I'm uncertain about and the direction that I'm heading in. I know everyone goes through these moments at different stages and recently this has been me. It isn't the first time and will very likely not be the last, but as of right now there are some things that have been taking up a lot of space in my mind. Like my current uni course. I posted at the beginning of the year that I had got into my first preference at uni and that it was a Bachelor of Interior Design. I thought this would be the perfect course for me, I've always been interested in designing homes and commercial spaces. Even as a child I would be sitting and drawing up floor plans, maybe not to scale but that doesn't matter.

Growing up I had so many different aspirations, the main one was acting. Being an actress was always the number one career in my mind. Though I seemed to always have two things I wanted to do, acting and something else that kept changing. There was a time where I wanted to be a hairdresser, a journalist, an architect, an author, filmmaker, office lady (my very young childhood goal hahaha), flight attendant, and the list goes on. Something that I really felt like would be a great career for me was a clinical psychologist. This was something I became very interested in from early high school. At the end of grade 12, I was tossing up between working towards being a psychologist and an interior designer. But because of the never-ending headache I was also considering not doing university at all. I ended up going with interior design and for a long time I was very happy with my decision. 

Like I said earlier, I have been having second thoughts on my life in general and what I want to do. I have lost my passion for interior design and have not enjoyed studying it. There has only been one unit that I very much enjoy and that is Interior Tech. This is the unit where we learn how to draft technical drawings and they need to be exactly precise. It is the most technical unit but also the most relevant. To those who think a career in interior design is picking pillows and curtains, that is not at all the case. If the course was more like this unit think I would enjoy it more. But the other units have been far too 'fluffy' for me, so conceptual to the point where you are not marked on your work, but you as a person. It's conceptual in the sense that it doesn't matter how you justify it, they can argue it however they wish because there is no set criteria if that makes any sense. The tutors are inconsistent in their feedback and it is quite frustrating. When I first started having second thoughts I pushed all the negative aspects aside and decided to just push through. But I am honestly not sure if I even want a career in interior design. I didn't want to drop out because I didn't know what else I wanted to do. With having pain 24/7 it was difficult to decide whether I wanted to continue with uni, even in a different course. I have been feeling very lost in life and stuck in a place where I don't want to be.

After a lot of thinking and consideration, meeting with different people for advice and a few meltdowns, I now have a better idea of what I am going to do. I know that I will not be continuing with my current interior design course. I am finishing this year however so that I have some credit. Over the long break, I hope to declutter my mind and figure out what I will do next year. I am applying to do a Bachelor of Justice at the same university, if I pass my current units I can have them auto credited (not entirely sure what this means but that is what I have been told). I may defer a semester, or choose to study part-time. I have long break to think about it all. 

Goals for November

♥ Enjoy working at my new job. 

♥ Continue being active - I find that being active is great for managing anxiety too!

♥ Declutter - I have some serious decluttering to do, which will also help with decluttering my mind.     I'll start with something small, like nail polishes, then I'll do clothes etc. 

♥Read a good book - I haven't read a good book in such a long time and to be honest haven't felt like reading since doing English back in high school. I really lost interest in reading during the last year of high school and it just recently came back! I'm currently reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and oh my god it's got me hooked!

♥And of course blog more - I'd love to know if this kind of post is too long or written in a way that's not engaging. Or maybe you like this style?