#TopicTuesday: Sentimental Polishes

Hello everyone, it’s my very first Topic Tuesday! Topic Tuesday was started on Instagram by Jodi of @jodispolish. Each Tuesday a new question, pertaining to the nail polish community is posted, and anyone can join in! It’s open to all who want to join and you can see everyone who participates by using the hashtag “#topictues” at the end of your post!

This is my first one, and when they were deciding topics for February, I actually suggested this one and it got enough votes to be included for this week! πŸ™‚ So of course, I had to participate. I love always seeing everyone’s answers and learning more about the faces behind the nails. I’ll definitely have to do more of these!

So this week is ‘Sentimental Polishes’, so polishes that have a special meaning to you!

This might be a little longer of a post, but read on to find out more about me!

Up first are 5 polishes from OPI. These were some of my first OPI polishes, and they’re special to me because my mom got them for me. Each year at Christmas, I would ask for polishes from the newest OPI collection (apparently I was paying a little bit of attention even back then). Before I had found the discount websites I use now, OPI polishes were far too expensive for me to buy on my own.

So I would give my mom the name of the newest OPI collection I wanted polishes from as part of my Christmas list. And she told me she would go into Ulta with that name, and the employees would point the way and help her pick out some polishes. And that’s how this crazy collection began. My mom cares a lot about me, and it made me feel happy to think about her going in and getting these year after year for me, until I started buying them on my own and reviewing.

And she had some good taste. The first collection I remember her getting for me was part of the Hawaii collection. (L-R) ‘Aloha from OPI’, ‘That’s Hula-rious’, and ‘Suzi Shops & Island Hops’. The next ones (not all pictured here) were from the Starlight collection. She got me (pictured) ‘Give Me Space’, and ‘Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Meteorite’, as well as ‘Cosmo with a Twist’ and ‘Infrared-y to Glow’.

It’s funny to think my mom helped start the big collection she now shakes her head at. If only she really knew ;).


Up next are 3 of the first China Glaze polishes. I bought 2 of these, and 1 was given as a gift.

On the left is ‘Cleopatra’. I remember seeing this in Christine Kobzeff’s YouTube video about her China Glaze collection (is it weird that that video is weirdly calming to me, and I watch it when I can’t get to sleep sometime? She just has such a soft voice). I remember her talking about it and thought it was stunning, and got it.

‘Swing Baby’ was another I remember seeing swatched and talked about, and it caught my interest, so I threw it in an order I was making.

They were my first China Glazes, and remind of when I first started just falling in love with polishes.

The 3rd is ‘Meet Me in the Mirage’. I wore this when I visited Las Vegas for the very first time for a design conference, and we stayed in the Mirage hotel. It just makes me think of that wonderful trip when I see it.


These Porcelain Matte polishes were some of my first Sinful Colors polishes that were part of a collection. This was when I was first really getting into the nail polish community, and following nail polish releases, and thinking of starting my own blog. I started stalking Walgreens constantly, and found a display of these. It was the first time I saw a Limited Edition collection, and really wanted it, and when I really started getting into Sinful Colors. And I’m glad I did, because Sinful Colors Porcelain Mattes are amazing.


This next one is really sentimental to me. This was my very first Sinful Colors review, and my 2nd review total on my blog (I of course have my L’Oreal Gold Dust polishes which were my very first review ever), but this feels even more special to me. This was the ‘Stand Down to Stand Out’ collection, and included these ‘Camo Glitters’.

My blog was built on Sinful Colors, having all of the collections and reviewing them for people. They still get the most views on my blog. This post was even reposted by Sinful Colors official Instagram page, and I remember flipping out when that happened. It felt like a good sign that this blog was something I really was meant to do. And 1.5 years later, here we are. It’s a little harder for me to find Sinful Colors these days, but they’re still an essential part of my blog.

This was back in the days of just swatching on nail wheels and close up bottles in the daylight outside my window when I could find it. How things have changed. (You can still very easily find this post – just look through my Sinful Colors posts to the bottom.)


Last but not least, these polishes are sentimental, for a little different reason.

See these polishes were given to me by a boyfriend. ‘Cozu-Melted in the Sun’ on the left was the very first polish he ever bought for me, after learning about my mad hobby, and being there for my blog start. On the right is ‘Coconut Love’, a polish he bought for me, and one I was wearing when he first told me he loved me.

All so romantic, right? Welp. That boyfriend ended up cheating on me. I found out months later after we had broken up, when his new girlfriend had posted a 6 month anniversary that just didn’t quite add up. He sucks. What a guy, I know. So why do I keep these?

Well one, I’m not giving up a polish. And two, I’m doing great now. I’m living in my dream city, with my best friend, with a great job in my field. I’m so happy now, and he’s not doing shit with his life. So I’m retaking these polishes back, and now, they’re more of empowering polishes. When I see them now, I remember how great I’m doing now, and how much better off I am without him now. Nothing says you can’t change the meaning of a polish. And always remember, there’s someone out there that really deserves me and will work for me.

Hell yeah to nail polish, and feeling powerful.



So there’s my Topic Tuesday for this week! Be sure to pop over to Instagram (and YouTube) and just search #TopicTues to find everyone else’s stories! And go to @TopicTuesdays on Instagram and you can see the upcoming topics so you’re prepared (and can post earlier than I am now, hah).

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, and that means I’ll have the Sinful Colors Valentine’s Day polishes tomorrow as well! Stay tuned!


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4 thoughts on “#TopicTuesday: Sentimental Polishes

  1. Where do you buy your nail polishes on discount?

    I didn’t like OPI polish formula when I first started out with nail polishes – I found them too thick and goopy. But one of the first polishes I ever bought was “I’m Not Really a Waitress” because I read about it in a magazine. I still have it!

    My boyfriend would rather eat dirt than ever buy me a nail polish. He does not want to feed into my nail polish addiction! πŸ˜†

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    • I buy them on polishpick.com most of the time! $5 a polish – which is how I can afford to review full collections!
      And I think they’ve definitely come a long way. The Iceland collection was absolutely stunning in formula. And I’ve heard about “I’m Not Really a Waitress”.
      And I don’t think a boyfriend would now. He wouldn’t be able to keep up with what polishes I don’t have πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


  2. How did I miss this post!?! It’s so cute that your mom started you on your addiction, aren’t moms the best? Mine called me the other day from walgreens so I could tell her which mascara I loved because she had a coupon and they had a good sale! Lol, I’m pretty sure if I asked her to keep her eyes out on a new collection of nail polishes like sinful colors or Sally Hansen and gave her a picture of them she would, lol. And I love your mentality!! Don’t settle for anyone who doesn’t deserve you!!

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    • My mom definitely started me on it without releasing how far down the hole I would someday go πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ she was definitely giving me looks as she helped carry in boxes of polish when I moved.
      And love that too! No point of settling for things – we don’t do it for makeup so why would I for relationships?! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


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