Doing the 31 day challenge in September led me to use a lot of polishes in my collection that I either had never used much before or had sort of forgotten about. And because I did my nails every single stinking day of September, my list of favorites for the month was really long! As I put all of my favorites in a pile, I had 4 or 5 polishes that were in limited edition collections that are pretty tough to find now. I pulled them out of the pile, because I thought it would be pretty mean to be like, “Oh, this is the most awesome polish ever! You can’t get it anywhere, though. Sorry about your luck.”
So here’s the pile of my favorites:
They are left to right, starting with the top row: Wet n Wild – I Need a Refresh-Mint, NYC – High Line Green, Sinful Colors – Cinderella, Orly – Tropical Pop, Broadway Nails – Space Flight, Wet n Wild – Bubblegum Pop, Jordana – Boy Oh Boy.
I’m going to start with Orly – Tropical Pop. This one kind of breaks my own rule because it was part of the Baked summer 2014 collection. I still think you will be able to find this with a little bit of searching, though. I used this orange as my base color for my Day 2: Orange Nails. This color is such a fun, light neon orange. It seemed a little shockingly bright at first, but it really grew on my as I wore it.
NYC – High Line Green is one of the very few polishes that I bought for a specific day of the challenge. I used this color as the base for my Day 4: Green Nails. It is just the prettiest “ugly” green! I loved this color so much on its own that I was a little sad to cover it up with the camo pattern. It’s a fun green for springtime, but I’m definitely going to wear in here in the fall, too.
The name of this next polish was actually the inspiration for my Fairy Godmother nails for Day 5: Blue Nails. Sinful Colors – Cinderella has this beautiful pinkish-gold micro shimmer that just makes my heart skip a beat. It is SO BEAUTIFUL in the sun! Love it!
Nails – Space Flight is a dark blue jelly polish that bought back in the summer. It seemed to dark to use then, but once September rolled around, it finally seemed appropriate. I used it for both Day 17: Glitter and Day 18:Half Moons even though they were back to back days. My creativity was waning a little at that point, and I was more interested in just using a particular polish that coming up with some ground-breaking design. I can’t wait to use this for some more jelly sandwiches in the future! I’ve only ever seen this line of polish at old exclusively at Dollar General and Family Dollar stores. They are generally in these stand-alone displays that are like big, tiered clear plastic bowls.
Wet n Wild – Bubblegum Pop is a cool pink color. Cool as in “it leans blue”, not cool as in “awesome”. Actually, it is a little bit awesome. I used this polish for my Day 20: Water Marble. This polish actually marbled beautifully with Sally Hansen – Pacific Blue (original formula). It made the whole process much less painful than I had anticipated. Although the Wet n Wild Megalast line is available at most grocery stores and drug stores, this color (along with another 15 colors or so) are also sold exclusively at Dollar General and Family Dollar stores. I know, that’s such a weird place to go for exclusive polishes.
Jordana – Boy Oh Boy is SO AMAZING! Sigh. It just makes my knees weak. It’s this perfect turquoise color, it’s pretty much a one-coat polish, and it’s SO shiny. Trust me, you need this polish in your life. I used this polish for Day: 12 Stripes and Day 26: Inspired by a Pattern. I know Jordana cosmetics are available at K-Mart. I’m not sure where else you can get them. I can tell you for sure that they are not available at Wal-Mart, Target, CVS, and Rite Aid stores, at least in south-central PA. Jordana also makes some really pretty glitter polishes, too.
Okay, the last polish in my favorites is Wet n Wild – I Need a Refresh-Mint. I used this polish as the base color for Day 15: Delicate Print and Day 23: Inspired by a Movie. I also used it as the light blue on my ring finger for Day 27: Inspired by Artwork, but you can barely see it on those nails. I’ve gotta say, I’m a sucker for this color. Exhibit A:
From left to right: Wet n Wild – I need a Refresh-Mint, Sinful Colors – Nice Stems, China Glaze – For Audrey.
I can usually justify owning similarly colored polishes, but even I can admit that nobody really needs all three of these. For Audrey is a tiny hair darker than the other two, and Nice Stems has a barely discernible shimmer, but really… They’re pretty much the same. All three polishes have a good formula that is opaque in 2 coats. The Wet n Wild Megalast polishes come with a wider brush, which I like, but I know some people don’t. You can pretty much get four Sinful Colors or Wet n Wild polishes for the cost of one China Glaze, so that sort of makes For Audrey totally not worth the price tag for me.
I have one last polish that I used pretty much every single day of the challenge: NYC – Grand Central Station.
This polish is under $2 and it dries so quickly and leave such a great shine! It’s just such a great quick-dry top coat for the price. It doesn’t do that shrinkage thing that Seche Vite does, although I do think Seche Vite is just a hair more shiny. I really can’t tell a difference in quality between NYC and Out the Door. I still have not tried the HK Girl top coat, but until I get around to trying that, I think I’m going to stick with this stuff. It’s just just a great value. I think I’m on my 3rd or 4th bottle. Can’t really remember.
That’s it for my September favorites! Have you used any of these polishes? What are your current favorites! I love getting your feed back here, on facebook, and on instagram. Thanks for reading!