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Q. Butter London discontinued?
Is Sephora no longer carrying Butter London? Is there any explanation as to why that is?
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HALL OF FAMER bratknits / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Ulta not only has a better selection but the polishes are going to be $10 on Wednesday for the 21 Days sale. see post
Q. Best Base and Top Coats for Nails?
So I have been on a nail kick like crazy, before I wouldn't even bother to do my nails because it seemed as soon as I would paint them, they would start to chip. I have been using a rather terrible routine with my nails recently, which was the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Strengthener as a base coat, two coats of whatever polish, and then the Julep Polymer Top Coat which I just ran out of. I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions on the best base/top coats on the market? Thanks!
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BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR PhysicalChemist / BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR / answered
A. Hi Samiiii,   I agree with an earlier post that Buttler London Patent-Gel base and top coat are amazing, but my recent favorite is the Deborah Lippmann Gel Pro set.  I... see post
Q. What Are Your Favorite Drugstore Base and Topcoats?
I don't paint my nails often enough to justify high-end base and topcoats. What are your favorite drugstore varieties?
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BEAUTY BOSS louistomlinson / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / answered
A. I also love OPI's Nail Envy as a base coat. It's a nail strengthener too so my nails rarely break!  For a top coat I use Revlon's Extra Life No Chip Top Coat. This is m... see post
Q. Is Formula X 3 Free?
So I need a new top coat and I'm looking at the Formula X top coat. I can't find the ingredients online, so I'm asking you!  3 Free: No Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, and Formaldehyde.
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BEAUTY GURU camiah / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / answered
A. Ok, first I posted that it was, but I didn't see that you were interested in the top coat. I'm going to guess no, because they specify 3 free on a bunch of other Formula... see post
Q. Do I have to use the same brand top coat, base coat and nail polish?
For normal (not gel) nail Polish is it better to use one brand for top coat base coat and polish? Also do top coat/base coat combos really work? Thank  
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HALL OF FAMER kimmi1115 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A.  Depending on the type or color of polish and the condition of my nails, it will affect which base and top coats I will use.  If I have acrylics on, I won't use a base c... see post
Q. Deborah Lippmann Silk Collection Reviews?
I found only one review for this product on Sephora's website, and it wasn't good. Therefore, I was looking for additional feedback. I wanted to know how this product has worked out (e.g. is it long lasting). Also, is it really that different from regular matte nail polishes?
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Q. Does anyone know what nail polish this is?
Hey guys, I got an Orly nail polish from TJ Maxx and it doesn't say what the name of the color is on the label. Instead it says FBI20818 and Orly #818. It's a pale pink polish. I tried to attach a picture but it won't let me for some reason.   Edit: I finally figured out how to post a picture!     
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HALL OF FAMER pinkonyx / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. go to your local sally's beauty and match it, with the existing one. Maybe that would work. they have a huge selection there. see post
Q. Nail colour question
Hi, I've bought a dress from whistles (Vienna tropical floral dress) for my 40th birthday party. It's navy and a kind of acid yellowy green with slight flashes of electric blue. Ii am wearing it with electric blue shoes. Can anyone advice a good nail colour to go with it? I don't suit blues and I can't decide whether to go for something subtle like a nude, or a nude with maybe some sparkle at the tips, or whether to just embrace the whole colour thing and go for a coral or orange? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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HALL OF FAMER swanbeauty / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A.         When you say acid yellow green, this is what I think of:   Illamasquen- Radium   And I also liked this one:   Toxic by Sephora   but, you may als... see post
Q. Butter Nail Polish
Has anyone used Butter's British Racing Green nail polish - or another of their darker shades?  I read that it leaves a light stain and wanted to ask if anyone has had an experience with it ... thanks!
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BEAUTY MAVEN selfishwarrior / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / answered
A. Always use a basecoat, especially with dark colors, and if you have problems with staining even with a basecoat, try rubbing a lemon across your nails. The acid lifts th... see post
Q. NAIL POLISH
Hi, I recently purchased the Sephora by OPI gel coulor starter kit and I was wondering if you have to use Sephora by opi gel polish with it? Or can you use any brand gel polish? Or can you use regular polish? Thanks xx
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HALL OF FAMER miabt / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hi Ginadayka,   We suggest using the Sephora Gel Shine products, as they are made to work with the system.  Unfortunately, we are not able to guarantee results when ... see post
Q. Best Almost Black Red Nail Polish With Glitter?
I was wondering if anyone could suggest to me an almost black red nail polish that contains some glitter. There was this color that I loved from Forever 21 that has been discontinued (it was called Wine), and they no longer sell anything like it. It was an extremely dark red with purplish undertones and glitter.   Thank you to anyone who has any suggestions!
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HALL OF FAMER mermadelove / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I love Rescue Beauty Lounge "Black Russian." see post
Q. Diorific nail lacquer
Hi, I'm wondering if Sephora will have the Diorific nail polish by Dior in Canada stores soon? I'm really looking forward to getting them.  Thanks. Kelly. 
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HALL OF FAMER dianabt / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hello mickyinthemoon,    I unfortunately don't have a date to quote you so that you can find the Dior lacquers in store, I'm sorry about that! You might want to try ... see post
Q. Restock date of Ciate's Caviar Mini Mani Month
Hi, I really want Ciate Mini Mani Month Set!! I found that it is out of stock when I started looking for it, so could you tell me where to buy, or when will it be restocked?
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BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR goblynqueen / BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR / answered
A. Sadly, it probably will not restock, nice it was limited for the holidays. Sephora has many other great nai sets, though! I love the jewelry top coat set from OPI for Se... see post
Q. Gel nail cleaning pads
I have the OPI gel nail kit but am running out of the pads you spray cleaner on after you manicure is finished.  What can I use in place of them?
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SPECIAL GUEST LovelyLibraLady / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / answered
A. i dont use opi gel color i use gelish but i found just plain old alcohol pads do the trick other than that i use a thick paper towel like bounty it dosent lent see post
Q. can i buy gel shine colour in norway?
HALL OF FAMER dianabt / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hi MaritSepora,    You would have to contact your local store directly for information on product availability, or may want to view our France based site at www.seph... see post
Q. Can anyone recommend a good opaque white nail polish?
Hi everyone!   I am on a quest for a great white nail polish. I want to use it as both a base coat under sheer polishes or just as a base for nail art. I'm open to pretty much any brand (doesn't need to be carried at Sephora)   I'm looking for a polish that is...   1. Completely opaque with only 1 or 2 light coats 2. Streak free 3. Not goopy/ overly thick-- the white polish I tried was extremely thick and would not apply evenly. Definitely not a good look! 4. No DBP, toluene, and formaldehyde   The only white polish I've tried is OPI for Sephora-- White Hot (streaky, goopy, requires many coats)     Thank you so much for your help!! <3
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HALL OF FAMER melissabt / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hi Littlejoy,   I wanted to also suggest the Sephora by OPI White Hot - opaque white . One coat whites out your nails!   http://www.sephora.com/nail-col... see post
Q. OPI Skyfall Collection
Hi Ladies!! As you all know, O.P.I. released 13 brand new polishes for the new James Bond Skyfall movie. I'm super excited for this collection. I'm loving and planning on getting 5 of the polishes. Has anyone gotten their hands on any of them? I will be purchasing:       Goldeneye Skyfall The Living Daylights On Her Majesty's Secret Service Tomorrow Never Dies     I feel Goldeneye is the star of the collection! Its such a pretty gold and I have nothing like it in my collection. Have any of you picked up some of these polishes? I would love to know what you think about them!    
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BEAUTY GURU ashhay / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / answered
A. I purchased 4 of the OPI man with the golden gun top coat simply because I love golden top coats . It's also a limited edition item that I can see myself using all the ti... see post
Q. Love this set!
http://www.sephora.com/tinsel-town-collectors-set- P376455?skuId=1452010  
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HALL OF FAMER dianabt / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Me too! This set is SO great! I almost want to get the mini set too :)     see post
Q. The New Black - Candy Cane Scented polish set
Candy Cane Scented Luxury 3-Piece Nail Polish Set Item # 1454826   Will this item ever be in stock? I've been stalking it for a while now and it has yet to be in stock. I don't know if it sold out as soon as it was in, or what.. but I really want this stuff!   Edited to add: Is it in stores? It's not available on the find-in-store feature, but I've seen stuff in store that said that before too.   If not, does anyone know of any other candy cane/mint scented nail polishes??
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keelybt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / answered
A. Hi Lowrah.  I'm excited to try that one too!  It should be available online soon, so keep an eye out :) It doesn't look like it's available in store yet either. see post
Q. Nail Magic
Hi Ladies. I just wanted to tell you about a product I've been using for the last two weeks to help grow my nails out and to help strengthen them. It is called Nail Magic Hardener and Conditioner and I picked it up from Sally's Beaty Supply for $7.99 with my card. Without the card, it is around $8.99 depending on where you live. It is perfect for girls like me who have thin, soft, weak, brittle nails that peel like crazy or who bite their nails also. It strengthens, thickens, and conditions nails so they grow long and beautiful. On the box it says that in 8 weeks you will have long beautiful nails. So far I've only had peeling on my thumbs which is good because I usually get peels on my middle, index and thumb fingers. I read and watched reviews on it to see if it worked and a lot of the reviews said that it works wonders. Some of the reviewers also said that when they applied the product to their nails the first few times, it felt like their nails were burning and their fingers swelled up pretty badly. I did not have any reactions to it. It also smells heavily of chemicals which is good because it prevents biting. Essie Grow Stronger also works the same way too. I'm liking the results of the Nail Magic. I use it twice a week (Sundays and Wednesdays) just like the instructions say. I also use it as a base coat when I paint my nails and it works well.   For some reason my computer won't let me post the pictures of my nail growth here.  I have pictures on my instagram of my nails of how they are doing with this product if you want to see. My instagram username is the same as my username here. I recommend reading/watching reviews before buying this product. If you decide to try this product and it doesn't work for you, you can always return it and use Essie Grow Stronger which is less harsh but has the same results.  I really like this product and the results so check it out if you're looking for something to help grow your nails!
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Pretty cool! I'm always looking for a good nail strengthener! I currently use Butter London's Horse Power, but it's $18 a bottle, when I run out I'll check out the one y... see post
Q. Breast Cancer Awareness Nails
This didn't exactly come out as I wanted, but I did learn a lesson from it: Chunky glitter polish is NOT for detailed work lol.         It was hard to capture all four of the pinks I sponged on to my nails, but they are there.  That's one reason why my cuticles are a bit messy, but it came off in the shower lol.  Here's what I used (even though it's hard to tel):     Bridge the Ridge Base Coat China Glaze White on White Orly Cotton Candy OPI If You Moust, You Moust OPI A-Rose from the Dead OPI Pink Friday       Rhinestones (love rhinestones!   ) China Glaze Material Girl  (aka pain in the butt for detail work) LA Colors Art Deco in Silver Glitter  (glitter that is formulated for art, and it only cost me a buck at Dollar General lol)     Although it's kinda hard to tell in the picture, the colors are sponged on together randomly with a makeup sponge.  Kind of like the effect people do to their walls.  I still miss my long nails, but I've already noticed some growth! 
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BEAUTY BOSS bijouxkristyna / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / answered
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Q. OPI Rally Pretty Pink Dupe
Hi Ladies! I found a dupe of a limited edition nail polish that is no longer available in stores! I think it could be worn as an all year round color but I'm loving it for fall. The limited edition nail polish is called OPI Rally Pretty Pink which was part of the Serena Williams Glam Slam 2011 collection. It is a rosy pink-mauve base with tons of gold glass glitter flecks. Depending on the lighting it can look gold, purple, rosy pink, mauve, or light pink. It was sold in a duo pack with a red Shatter and was very popular due to the fact no one had seen anything like it. I found a dupe that is a color in Orly's permanent range. It is called Ingenue. My friend has RPP and I couldn't find it anywhere. So I went to Sally's and I spotted something that looked like it on the Orly rack. I swore I saw something like it before but I did not know where. I didn't have that color in my collection. So I bought it. So my friend came over and she brought RPP with her and then I realized that Ingenue looked exactly like Rally Pretty Pink in the bottle. We compared them and I saw that Ingenue has a teeny bit more mauve in it but other than that they looked exactly alike! I didn't take any pictures but there are pictures below. You can find Ingenue at Sally's Beauty Supply. Zoya Faye is also a dupe for Rally Pretty Pink.       Rally Pretty on the left and Ingenue on the right   Picture is Credited to:                                                  
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HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Oooo, thanks for sharing!   I saw the OPI color when it came out last year, but really didn't want the red shatter so I passed on the set. Thanks for finding a dupe, I... see post
Q. Can I expect all the nails inc products to get here eventually?
I'm new to this party (website)... Can I expect all the nails inc products to get here eventually? I'm talking about fishnet magnetics, grafittis, and overglazes...
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HALL OF FAMER dianabt / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hi imdebra,    While we're going to be carrying a number of Nails Inc items I can't say for sure that the entire full line will be available. Please check back often... see post
Q. What's a good fall red nail polish?
So fall is coming, and that means nail polish is shying away from neons and pastels, and more toward deep tones. I want to buy a good red for fall, I only have super bright reds. Does anyone know about any good maroons or wine colors? Any other red toned fall color suggestions will be gladly accepted     ~We are all beautiful~
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HALL OF FAMER melissabt / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Hi Berniebeauty,   I think that the following shades will be great for fall! I love nail polishes that have multidimensional finish to them:)   The Boltons - m... see post
Q. Nail art set
Has anyone used the "nail art set" yet?  I just purchased mine. I already owned Orly brand art brush (but that's all it was...a brush without the other tools).  I bought the three pack nail buffer too.  It's actually better at filing than my other sephora file.  I need to remove the ridges that I see on my nails.  The only other task is to figure out if I really need to touch the cuticles.  I now know why the manicure is so great.  I don't really appreciate having to work on filing my right hand's nails with my left hand.  Not fun!  (I'm right handed).  Anyway, the shine left after the fourth step is great!  Back to the original question.  If anyone has pictures of nails  Ughmm...  @Kimmie   please share.  I'd love to see a few looks you created with the marbling tool and the dotting tool.    I'm going to try a look or two.  One of the looks that inspired me to create dots came from Pinterest.  It was a gray background with pretty dots.        Nail art set from Sephora:       Here's the nail art I created using the set.      I used NARS base coat, Sephora by OPI in A-ha! Moment, Zoya Freja, Sephora M21, Chanel in 461 Blue Satin and OPI top coat.
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HALL OF FAMER berniebeauty / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. I hadn't heard of this either... thanks for sharing!  It looks cool, and I really need a dotting tool, because Bobby pins don't work allthat great, and I need to stop r... see post
Q. Squared, Squoval or Round Nails?
Hi! how do you ladies and gents shape your nails? I love squaring off my nails. I think they look nice, clean and professional. My nails naturally grow rounded and since I have long bony spider fingers, rounded nails make them look inhuman and I've accidentally cut people with them . Squoval nails I sometimes do if I want a change in nail shape. If I want to go back to square nails I can just file them back  
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BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR Erinem / BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR BEAUTY CONNOISSEUR / answered
A. I don't have long skinny fingers, but my fingers are a little bigger and my nail beds are large too, so they're usually squoval. Rounding them off makes my hands look ma... see post
Q. Matte or glossy nails?
What do you prefer? Matte or glossy nails?  I like to put a glossy top coat on my nails most of the time but lately I've been rocking matte nails. I just really like the look of them. I always use a cream polish when I use a matte topcoat because I personally think it looks better. Currently on my nails I have theBalm Hot Ticket nail polish in Counterfeit (a dark gray green) with Essie Matte About You over it and I really like it.
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HALL OF FAMER elizbeth1972 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. Glossy for sure :-) see post
Q. Rainbow Gradient for the End of Summer
With the summer nearing its end, I decided to let the bright colors go out with a bang.  However, I probably will wear brights from time to time lol.  I also tried out a different graident technique.  I usually work with one color at a time to build it up, but this time I applied all three colors to the sponge and worked with it from there.  Since this was a bit of an experiment, the blue shade stained my cuticles and skin.  Talk about a stubborn shade!  Oh well, the experiment was fun after that day I had at school (I did this on Friday).         In order to shorten the process since I was working with neons, I applied a base color of China Glaze White on White.  The colors I used were my OPI Nicki Minaj minis, which I absolutely LOVE!!!  The colors are Fly (blue), Did It On 'Em (yellow-green), and Pink Friday (pink, I've bought a full size of it now lol).  I still used the wedge makeup sponges, and I went over each nail about 3 times until it popped enough.  I've been using a different top coat lately.  It's the Out the Door topcoat from Sally's.  My Seche Vite was getting gloopy, so it was time for a new one lol.
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HALL OF FAMER dianabt / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / answered
A. So very pretty!!! I really love this and want to try the gradient process. It looks like I need to get my screen on some YouTube tutorials and step by steps as I'd like ... see post