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Nail Polish Challenge!
In the spirit of all the other wonderful challenges on BT right now, I'm starting up a nail polish challenge for us.  I have a ridiculous stash and I need to show my polish some love.   With nail polish, once a day would be absurd (of course), so let's try and show off a new look and polish once a week.  I'm personally going with manicures only, but if you'd rather do pedicures or even both go for it!   I'm eager to see your collections and meet other polish junkies.  It's past time for me to commit to using my stash!   Past: Spoiler (Highlight to read) Week 1 - No Theme (ends 1/31/15): Nicole by OPI Gumdrops in Cinna-Man of My Dreams Week 2 (2/1-2/7) - Winter's Last Hurrah: Julep in Fina, Ciate in Snow Fall Week 3 (2/8-2/14) - Valentine's/Anti-Valentine's: Formula X in Starfish, accent Julep in Yuki Week 4 (2/15-2/21) - Mardi Gras and/or Chinese New Year: CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant in Lemon Drop, Julep in Beverly, Wet & Wild Fast Dry in SaGreena the Teenage Witch Week 5 (2/22-2/28) - Textures:  Julep in Lissa, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Sea-ing Stars, unknown shell pieces Week 6 (3/1-3/7) - International Women's Day: LOOK 1 Julep in Bernadette (Black Onyx for February) and Claudia (Peridot for August) LOOK 2 Zoya in India Week 7 (3/8-3/14) - Numbers and/or Sweets for Pi Day! (3/14): Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in Snappy Sorbet and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Mint Sorbet Week 8 (3/15-3/21) - St. Patrick's Day (3/17): Julep in Tammi Week 9 (3/22-3/28) - Springtime: Julep in Fifi, Nails Inc in Cherry Garden Street Week 10 (3/29-4/4) - Let Someone Else Choose: Julep in Avery, Julep in Renee, Julep in Lani, Kiss Nail Art Paint in Black Week 11 (4/5-411) - Easter, Springtime Redux: Nail Break - used Formula X Sheer Strength in Enduring Week 12 (4/12-4/18) - Wedding Nails Week 13 (4/19-4/25) - Good & Bad Luck Week 14 (4/26-5/2) - April Showers Bring May Flowers Week 15 (5/3-5/9) - Show off your favorites Week 16 (5/10-5/16) - Glitter Bomb Week 17 (5/17-5/23) - Graduation Week 18 (5/24-5/30) - A Day Outdoors Week 1 - No Theme (ends 1/31/15): Nicole by OPI Gumdrops in Cinna-Man of My DreamsWeek 2 (2/1-2/7) - Winter's Last Hurrah: Julep in Fina, Ciate in Snow FallWeek 3 (2/8-2/14) - Valentine's/Anti-Valentine's: Formula X in Starfish, accent Julep in YukiWeek 4 (2/15-2/21) - Mardi Gras and/or Chinese New Year: CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant in Lemon Drop, Julep in Beverly, Wet & Wild Fast Dry in SaGreena the Teenage WitchWeek 5 (2/22-2/28) - Textures: Julep in Lissa, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Sea-ing Stars, unknown shell piecesWeek 6 (3/1-3/7) - International Women's Day: LOOK 1 Julep in Bernadette (Black Onyx for February) and Claudia (Peridot for August) LOOK 2 Zoya in IndiaWeek 7 (3/8-3/14) - Numbers and/or Sweets for Pi Day! (3/14): Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in Snappy Sorbet and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Mint SorbetWeek 8 (3/15-3/21) - St. Patrick's Day (3/17): Julep in TammiWeek 9 (3/22-3/28) - Springtime: Julep in Fifi, Nails Inc in Cherry Garden StreetWeek 10 (3/29-4/4) - Let Someone Else Choose: Julep in Avery, Julep in Renee, Julep in Lani, Kiss Nail Art Paint in BlackWeek 11 (4/5-411) - Easter, Springtime Redux: Nail Break - used Formula X Sheer Strength in EnduringWeek 12 (4/12-4/18) - Wedding NailsWeek 13 (4/19-4/25) - Good & Bad LuckWeek 14 (4/26-5/2) - April Showers Bring May FlowersWeek 15 (5/3-5/9) - Show off your favoritesWeek 16 (5/10-5/16) - Glitter BombWeek 17 (5/17-5/23) - GraduationWeek 18 (5/24-5/30) - A Day Outdoors   Current:   Week 19 (5/31-6/6) - Candy Inspired June is, among other things, National Candy Month!  All things sugar and candy inspired work for this week!   Future OPTIONAL Themes: Spoiler (Highlight to read) TBD TBD  
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BEAUTY GURU nightingale102 / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I know I've been MIA for a while.  I'll be back soon. Work has been crazy and so have my weekends but I plan on getting back into this in the next week or so :) see post
Show me your nails!
I'm loving this nail polish from Nails Inc. I used the superfood base coat, Nailkale in Victoria and finished it off with the 45 second top coat.  The color is so rich and easy to apply.   
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HALL OF FAMER lovelykatya / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
sometimes you just can't go wrong with red :D see post
Color Hit nail polish--Looking for 1st Night dupe
So, I decided to break out one of my Color Hit nail polishes, and I fell in love with the shade called 1st Night, which was described as "old pink."    I'm looking for a dupe for that color because it's perfect with my skin tone. Any recommendations? I prefer Sephora-carried brands or salon brands, but I appreciate any leads!   Thanks in advance! (I'd also be willing to trade makeup and nail polish that I have for Color Hit in 1st Night, so PM me if you have it and want to trade!)  
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BEAUTY BOSS PopularMakeup / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Chaotika573, let us know which Zoya shades you are getting, and how you like them. I have a few Zoya polishes, and really like them! see post
Nail polish "assistor"
I bought a little metal device when I was on holiday in Prague from one of your stores and it is supposed to help put nail polish on so that it doesn't go over the nail. It is absolutely useless and I ended up putting it to the side and doing my nails as normal.   I have no idea how you are supposed to position your hands so that no polish goes on the skin at the side of the nails using this and really, most people will have nails that are longer than the top of their fingers so the pictures on the pack are silly as it isn't needed for that part of the nail for the most part. One of my nails had broken and the finger couldn't rest comfortably against the device so the polish ended up going on the skin at the top of that nail!   Any advice on how to use this would be appreciated as the girl in the store either couldn't be bothered showing me or didn't speak enough English to help. I personally think she couldn't be bothered as she could speak enough English to tell me about offers and try to sell me stuff! We don't have stores in the UK so it's not like I can even return it.
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Nails Inc. Lily Road Dupe
Hello beauties - a few months ago I got the Nails Inc. in the Lilly Road color which as it turns out was a limited edition. It's one of my absolute favorite colors and I went in hoping to buy a backup (or 10!) today but it's totally gone :'(   Do you lovelies know of any dupes? It's a non-streaking milky, bright, white with a hint of lilac/cool pink.   Please, please help
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HALL OF FAMER lnum / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Ah I'm sorry! :( see post
Favorite Base Coats and Top Coats
What are some of your favorite base coats and tops coats?   I generally like a strengthening base coat just to keep my nails strong and healthy.  I recently finished off a Sephora by OPI one.  Currently, I've been using Bridge the Ridge from Sally's Beauty Supply.  I helps to fill in minor dents and ridges that can come up from time to time due to a rough glitter removal.  At least that's what I use it for lol.  It dries really fast and to a matte finish.    I have a variety of topcoats.  I use to use Seche Vite, but it can sometimes shrink polish and cause it to come off in whole pieces.  Right now, I've been been using the Out The Door topcoat.  I really like it!  I also love my NYC Matte Me Crazy topcoat.  It dries fast,and it's super durable!  I was very surprised about that.  I use my Cina Top Coat and bonder when I use nail art pieces, glitter or rhinestones.
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BEAUTY BOSS e4stofthesun / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
You are THE best!!!! see post
Josie Maran! 8-)
Hello everyone!   I want to see some raised hands on this question--   how many of you ladies just LOVE Josie Maran products?!?!?! I am still young- okay? But that doesn't stop me from using anti aging products- okay, but seriously, Josie Maran is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!  :: round of applause::  So, let's see. I use Josie Maran Argan oil, (great for face&cuticules!) Argan creamy concealer crayon, color stick, whipped argan body butter, argan balm, lip treatments, yes... You name it.. I have ALOT of JM produc; but hey, at the same time, I'm doing my skin a great big favor by treating it nicely by using good products! (and of course my skin pays me back with gorgeous skin results!) (LOL!) So, what I want to know, is if you have tried Josie Maran, what is/are your favorite products and why?   Josie Maran rocks!<3
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BEAUTY SAVANT Jesuslover14 / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / replied
The Josie Maran live chat is going to be tomorrow, (April 21st) from noon to 1pm. :-) see post
do gel nails damage your natural nails?
I am considering purchasing an at home gel kit but am wondering if the process causes damage to the nails themselves. Any input would be greatly appreciated including your experience with gels if you have used or use them. Thanks so much!
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BEAUTY GURU nycmle / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
If you have a nail technician who has been trained properly in the gel nail technique, your nails will not be damaged whatsoever. I have been getting gel manicures consi... see post
OPI vs. Essie??
Hey girls, Just wondering what your favorite nail polish company is? I absolutely adore the Essie packaging and I think the colors are so cute! The polish goes on very well for me, but I've read some reviews of how some think it is streaky. OPI has the reputation of being one of the best. But, when I used their polish the other day, the paint chipped two days later! What are some of your favorites?? xx 
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HALL OF FAMER annypoo / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I personally prefer OPI over Essie. I find the application to be easier for me with OPI (probably the brush). My favorite brush though, is from the Sally Hansen complete... see post
Milani Nail Polish -- Has Anyone Tried It?
While browsing Milani web site, I came across their nail polishes. The colors are beautiful, and they only cost $3.99. Has anyone tried them? Thoughts? I am thinking about picking up a few next time I am a store that sells their products.
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HALL OF FAMER NailsForLife / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
You're welcome! see post
What's happening with the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nail Polish?
I've noticed there's a decline in the OCC nail polish area. I bought the colour "blackboard" a while back and just realized how much I like this polish (hey, I have a HUGE collection of polishes to go through!). Is Sephora phasing out OCC nail polishes? If so, is there another place that gets them?
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BEAUTY WHIZ killerteeth / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
You can always purchase directly from OCC's site! see post
Applying nail polish with tremors
I have MS and it's starting to progress.  I have trouble sitting still due to pain and issues with tremors in my hands.  I loved having polished nails but gave up on them.  Manicures are out of the picture financially as well as the hassle of deciding when I'll feel up to an appt.  There is no way I can "stay in the lines" while painting my nails.  I've read suggestions like Vaseline or Elmer's glue on cuticles to prevent polish from sticking there - but I apply it to my nails too which causes the polish not to stick.  I saw the Formula X nail cleaner and I'm thinking this could be a solution....it could potentially clean off the Vaseline on my nail after gooping my cuticles.  Do any users of the product think this would work?  Or does anyone have other suggestions?
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Megalynn / RISING STAR / replied
Wow - awesome suggestions guys. Thanks! see post
Sephora Gel Shine nails
what are you no longer supporting the products you sell? What are customers of the Sephora Opi Gel Shine home gel system supposed to do about purchasing the nail color, top coats, base coats, etc., when you phase them out? You are leaving your customers in a bad position after they faithfully paid the full price for your at home gel system.
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Trick to Julep polish?
I recently joined Julip Maven and went a bit nuts stocking up on polish.  Of course now I've tried it and I just can't seem to get the formula to work.  I've tried a few different colors, glitter and not and they all come out so thick and dry so fast that I can't get smooth even costs.  I tried a few times and gave up and went back to my old Essie polishes.  I'm so frustrated and sad I could cry. What am I doing wrong?  Obviously there are so many ladies here that love these polishes.  
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BEAUTY BOSS kelloua / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
I agree!  I thought it was a good tip. see post
Please help advise which products
Hi i am a avid nail polish user and i have very dry nails that split and crack,peel non stop. I have tried many different brands of treatments from sally hansen to orly essie nailtiques,julep,and so on nothing helps. Also the strong toxic smell of things really bother me. I wear a mask when I do my nails so anything that you could suggest would be a big help. I have been looking into Deborah lippman,formula x,sparitual, but if you could suggest products and instructions from cuticles all the way to a good lasting top coat i would be greatly appreciative.I dont really care about the price either as long as it helps   I love reading your info and reviews. Your my last hope 
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BEAUTY MASTER mw23 / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
My nails have been peeling like crazy lately, but I think it may be because I over-buffed.  I've been buffing my nails for years with no problem, but I tried a different... see post
Letting nails breathe?
This is an embarrassing question. I feel like I should know the answer to this.   Until recently, it had been YEARS since I painted my nails. But once I started painting them again, I didn't look back!! And I've been painting them every weekend for a few months.    Needless to say, they've gone a little yellow on me. And I get the feeling that I should let them breathe.    How often should someone let their nails breathe? And how long do I need to wait before I paint them again? What will happen if I don't let them breathe?    I feel like at 35, I should know the answers to these questions.  
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HALL OF FAMER ShannonAlexis / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I wondered this too. My nails are extra brittle now, and seem to be splitting and staining easily. I've started using the Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield base and top coat ... see post
Aftermath of acrylics
I recently took my acrylics off so my nails are pretty damaged, and weak. They'll start finally growing but literally split because they're just so weak. Any suggestions on how to helps my nails regain their strength and be healthy again?
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HALL OF FAMER aviscardi / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
when i was 16 i was in a similar situation. i wore silk wraps for 2yrs and then tips off and on, at the time i was using nail tek. I noticed over the years because of it... see post
Nail Infections....
can they be passed from a bottle of polish?     About 2 weeks ago, my sister borrowed an as yet unused polish from me, and her HH aide did her nails.  Yesterday she turned up with infections in both thumbs.  We're drowning all the nail tools in the house in alcohol, but what about the polish?  We think she got another manicure in between the one with my polish and the infection showing up, but we just can't be sure, and her aide is on vacay so we can't even check to see if it came from her tools!    Just to be safe, I tossed the bottle and ordered a new one (Deborah Lippmann in LE Dark Side of the Moon).  So aggravating, I bought it in the Fall, then proceeded to break nails, rip cuticles, and get blisters so I've been unable to get them done.  Now everything's healed and grown to a decent length, and I was just thinking of getting a mani/pedi tom'w and this happens!  And since I never wore it, I'm not even certain that I really like it enough to have spent $36 on it!  Aaah, the things we do!
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BEAUTY GURU Askenjuri / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Thank you all!  I knew I could count on BT's wise ones to clear this up.  Feeling much relieved. see post
how do i make my manicure last longer?
Every time I get a manicure, the ends start to chip away within a day or two. I know that gel lasts longer, but it's more expensive and the UV light freaks me out a little. Is there an oil or a specific topcoat that will work best for this? 
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BEAUTY GURU dyslexia / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
Random heads-up, I have at least two friends who had a bad reaction to the Julep Oxygen TC - made their nails peel and split & neither of them had been having an issue w... see post
Formula X limited edition color available only to VIB/Beauty Insider around the holidays
Hello!  I am in search of the Formula X color that was made available exclusively to VIB and/or Beauty Insider members around the 2014 holiday season.  I believe it was a white-ish/silvery color, very pretty and winter-like.  I can no longer find any sign of it on Sephora.  It was such a lovely color and I meant to order it, but I completely forgot to add it to my cart during an order I had made at that time!  Thanks for your help!
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HALL OF FAMER Tamara76 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Mesmerize sounds right - I think it was only available to Rouge at one time. I just realized I haven't used it yet - now you've piqued my interest! I see that it is stil... see post
What is your favorite self-done manicure design?
I'm kind of a nail junkie and looking for more designs that I can do on my own at home. So far, I have done a lot of half moon and galaxy looks, and yesterday I just tried colourfoil for the first time.   So... what's your go-to manicure design to do at home? Show off your favorite designs! Inspire me! (And hopefully, inspire others!)
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BEAUTY MASTER GennX / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
My thumb, ring, and pinky fingernails are pretty darn strong but the pointer and middle have a flatter nail bed and don't have to be long for them to break - they also t... see post
Those darn green nail colors!!
Lately I keep wearing these green tones, especially from Julep, on my nails and they leave the worst stains!  I guess it wasn't the best idea to keep using the Josie Maran Bear Naked nail wipes (I've only been using them since I got them on the sale on sale).  Normally I remove my polish with an acetone remover.  But these nail wipes have been staining my nails orange.  So on top of the green stains they are orange also.  It's Halloween in January!  This weekend I gave up trying to clean them up and put a dark color (Zoya's Matte Velvet in Loredana) over the stains and it looks fine but I really want to remove all this mess and start fresh with a new color (definitely not green this time!)  Any ideas on how I can get rid of all this mess?
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HALL OF FAMER guzelkiz / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Right now it's OPI Natural Nail Base Coat. see post
Brushes for Ciate nail polish set
I bought a large Ciate nail polish set for my wife for Christmas and some of the bottles have no brush inside!  How is this supposed to work???, and where can I get some brushes for the nail polish bottles? Thanks.
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ZannaBT BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Graham,    As TKLJ said, some of the bottles are not meant to have brushes as they are supposed to be poured out and the nail is to be pressed onto them. However,... see post
Nails, Inc. - Victoria Beckham Bamboo Nail Polish
I am thinking of purchasing the new Nails, Inc. -  Victoria Beckham nail polish in Bamboo.  I have fair skin (pink undertones) and wanted to know if "Bamboo" would work with my skin tone.
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HALL OF FAMER lmi82 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I found some swatches of the polish from a couple of different beauty blogs. It's a really pretty color and I think it could work for your skin tone.   Image: burkatro... see post
What are the newest nail trends for Valentines Day this year?
kevinbt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi cFactor4! This year we're going to be seeing a lot of 'natural' nails - and I mean this in a couple of different ways.  A big trend right now is to leave part of your... see post
HG nail polish shades?
Greenporchlights post asking for everyone's HG Red lipstick got me wondering. What is your HG nail polish?  I have not been able to get enough red nail polish lately, and I think I've finally found my HG. China Glaze's Ruby Pumps. (It was recommended to me several times before I finally got my hands on it)  I have my eye on a few different shades in the OPI Brazil collection, the yellow (I can't cope-acabana), teal (AmazON AmazOFF), and the red (Red Hot Rio).   What are your HG nail polish shades?
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HALL OF FAMER Vaashtii / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I LOVE red nails too. I tossed all of my nail polish years ago because it'd been forever since I painted my nails. I've just gotten into painting them again, so I'm rebu... see post
Have any of you tried Formula X?
Just saw these, and they seem interesting. First thing, they're a dollar more expensive than the Sephora by OPI polishes. Second, i'm not sure I like the packaging. it looks a wee bit cheap to me, and the white looks like it can get pretty dirty. Just by looking at the colors, they aren't too special. Most of them don't have shimmer or glitter, which I like. Have any of you tried it? All of the reviews so far are positive. 
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HALL OF FAMER solveig / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I agree, this shade is very pigmented. I've only tried it once on my nails, I used Formula X Base Coat, one coat of color, and then OPI Matte Top Coat; the chipping star... see post
Where are the color choices for the opi gel nail kit?
There used to be several color choices in the opi gel series which could be purchased separately.  I only see 3 choices now, which don't suit me.  Is this line being discontinued?  If so, can any other gel line be used in their place?
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kevinbt BEAUTY ADVISOR / BEAUTY ADVISOR BEAUTY ADVISOR / replied
Hi Lorrie526! I'm sorry, but it looks like the OPI Gel System will be discontinued.  :(  We will not be getting any additional colors in.     In regards to using thi... see post
Nail polish recommendations?
So I haven't been into painting my nails for awhile. One of my besties sent me some jamberries, and I went over to a friend's house so we could do our nails together.    I decided only to put a couple of the jamberries on because it was a busy design and I thought it'd be too much to have that on all of my fingers. I was just going to leave it at that because I hate it when I paint my nails and it chips right off the bat so I wasn't going to waste my tme. My friend talked me into painting my nails using this awesome top coat that she has (that Sephora doesn't carry). And it lasted a lot longer than I expected!!    So I bought some of the top coat and repainted them last week and it's lasted over a week even with the cheap polish I used.    SO now I need more!! I've been perusing Sephora.com in search of the perfect red nail polish. Most of the reds are too bright. I'm looking for a darker red.    Any suggestions? I'm eyeing a few different shades from Formula X but I love BT and wanted to see what you ladies recommend.  Thanks so much!! 
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HALL OF FAMER Vaashtii / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
That's really pretty!! see post