Hey there! Hope you're having a good day/night!
I came across this little questionnaire on Zenorah's blog today and thought I'd give it a go too since it looks fun! :)
If you're reading this and you too have a blog, you should definitely fill it out too and let me know so I can read yours too! :)
1. For how long have you been a nail nerd?
Well, it's kind of a long story but if you have time I'll tell ya. ;)
For as long as I can remember, I was a SUPER bad nail biter. Like I'd bite my nails until there was barely anything left. It was a disgusting habit and my fingers always hurt. At the end of 2010 I had my year 12 formal (I guess like a senior prom or graduation for those in the US?) and I got a set of acrylic nails done on my non-existent nails. I had those on for about a month and that just kicked the habit pretty much. I never bit my nails again! :) After this I became a bit more interested in nail polish but had no idea of all the amazing brands out there and I probably owned 10 polishes max. Most of them probably taken from my mum! I then started to do my own acrylic nails in October last year but that only lasted a few months. My natural nails by then were HORRIBLE. I'm so sorry, nails, I was so mean to you. :( I believe YouTube is what made me get obsessed with nail polish. I found out about "nail art" and was like WHAT IS THIS. Hahaha! I only started actually collecting polish in February this year. Before then I probably had 30 polishes. But most were like, children's polishes that were absolute crap so I threw some away and gave some to my little sister.
2. How many polishes do you have in your collection?
I believe around 130-150. But I also have a basket under my bed of "crappy" polishes. Haha! They're all either no-name brand polishes or extremely old polishes that I hate. Before I got addicted to polish, I had no idea that most of the ones I owned were TERRIBLE in formula and that a polish could even be opaque. :/ So I've acquired about 120 polishes since February.
3.If you, starting now, had to use polishes from one brand only, which one would it be?
OPI, probably. :) I love that they bring out new collections all the time and we're actually starting to get them in stores here around the same time as the US so that's nice. :) Well maybe we did before but it seemed like we got them AGES after the US! OPI is probably the only high end brand that I can easily find here and has updated collections! Essie is fairly easy to find but the collections we have in stores are about 6 months outdated!
4. How much do you spend on polish and nail care in one given month?
I'm not sure really. I just buy polish here and there since I don't have an income at the moment. And I buy nail care products whenever I need them. I don't go through them that quickly really. I'd say I buy nail polish remover the most often. I go through one bottle every week and a half usually. :/ I like the Sally Hansen Strengthening nail polish remover, it's in a pink bottle. It's one of the more expensive removers you'd find in a drugstore/chemist though which isn't the best. The other thing I find myself going through reasonably quickly is my base coat. I am always running out! Most of the ones I've used, get SUPER thick about halfway through them and not even a thinner will fix it! :(
5.The most expensive polish in your collection is..?
The most expensive polish in my collection, I believe, is Butter London's Wallis. It was $25. I have two other Butter London polishes but they were free gifts with magazines. Awesome gifts, right!? My other expensive polishes are OPIs. I only really buy full size OPIs if I can find them somewhere cheaper than retail ($12.95 is an okay price for me), or online somewhere like Catch of the Day, where they tend to have them every now and then for around $10. I have paid full price for maybe 5 of the OPIs I own and it doesn't make me feel good to spend so much on a polish but they're so pretty, I can't help it!
6.What are your lemmings right now?
What is NOT my lemming right now, would be an easier question to answer. :( I fulfilled one of my lemmings this week when I bought OPI - Just Spotted the Lizard which I LOVE. <3 I'm also dying to own OPI - Nothin' Mousie Bout It from the Minnie Mouse collection. I'd also like to own I'm All Ears and If You Moust You Moust from the same collection but I could PROBABLY live without them. ;) Oh and Revlon - Whimsical (which will apparently be in Australia soon - HECK YES!!!!!!!!) and Essie - Shine of the Times. Yep, I've got a few lemmings there. :(
Probably creme finish, I'd say. I also enjoy shimmers and glass fleck finishes though. :) Oh and glitters! Mostly chunky ones but I love a good glitter!
8.Finish you just can’t stand?
Oh goodness I'm picky about this. I HATE frost finishes. YUUUUUCK. I also hate pearly sort of finishes. They remind me of a grandma. Sorry to anyone who likes those but I do NOT. A few of the polishes in my basket under my bed (mentioned above) are pearl finishes and I'm probably going to give those to my sister who actually likes that finish. I also usually hate matte finishes but there's times when certain polishes look cool matte-ified like glitters or flakies.
9.What nail care products can’t you do without?
My glass file, cuticle pusher, cuticle nippers (I ONLY use them to clip away hangnails or DRY parts. Never cut your live cuticle!), and a good base coat or strengthener! I love my nail care products; no mani is complete without them.
10.What polish is on your nails right now?
Sadly, none. :( I did a failed mani last night (actually, it wasn't that much of a fail, I just wasn't feeling it and only did it on my left hand) which I removed at around 11pm so I couldn't be bothered to do another mani by then.Well, technically I am wearing polish.. I'm wearing one coat of my new nail strengthener which arrived from eBay yesterday, Duri Rejuvacote! I've heard amazing things about it from some girls on Instagram so I had to try it. :) I never ever go without polish on my nails. If I don't have time to do a full mani, I always make sure I have a coat of my strengthener on. Whenever I do ANYTHING without polish on, I break a nail. Or three. :(
PHEW. I did not expect that to be so wordy. I guess I just feel like typing a lot right now. Sorry! ;) If you got through all that, good on you! And I hope you'll do these questions on your blog! :D