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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 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 Tammi   Current:   Week 9 (3/22-3/28) - Springtime In honor of the first day of spring last week, let's get those spring colors and looks out and show them off.   Future OPTIONAL Themes: Spoiler (Highlight to read) Week 10 (3/29-4/4) - Let Someone Else Choose Have your partner, best friend, or family member pick a color or theme for you to use this week!  Tell us who picked it and how you incorporated your choice. Week 11 (4/5-411) - Easter, Springtime Redux Anything that says Easter to you.  If you don't celebrate, you can use it as a chance to revisit spring looks! Week 12 (4/12-4/18) - Wedding Nails We're getting into wedding season!  Whether you're planning on attending a wedding this year or not, show us what you'd wear! Week 13 (4/19-4/25) - Good & Bad Luck Some people think the number 13 is bad luck!  Use luck to inspire your nails this week. Week 14 (4/26-5/2) - April Showers Bring May Flowers As we transition from April to May, use rain, flowers, or a combination to inspire your look for the week. Week 10 (3/29-4/4) - Let Someone Else ChooseHave your partner, best friend, or family member pick a color or theme for you to use this week!  Tell us who picked it and how you incorporated your choice.Week 11 (4/5-411) - Easter, Springtime ReduxAnything that says Easter to you.  If you don't celebrate, you can use it as a chance to revisit spring looks!Week 12 (4/12-4/18) - Wedding NailsWe're getting into wedding season!  Whether you're planning on attending a wedding this year or not, show us what you'd wear!Week 13 (4/19-4/25) - Good & Bad LuckSome people think the number 13 is bad luck!  Use luck to inspire your nails this week.Week 14 (4/26-5/2) - April Showers Bring May FlowersAs we transition from April to May, use rain, flowers, or a combination to inspire your look for the week.
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HALL OF FAMER FireSpinner / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Kept it simple :) 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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HALL OF FAMER EvangelineDamon / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
This idea just came to me so I'm not sure how helpful it will be.... ...but, the other night I attempted a gradient nail with a makeup sponge and it turned out quite we... 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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BEAUTY BOSS nycmle / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Wish I could take the credit haha, but my nail tech works magic :) see post
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 SAVANT kelloua / BEAUTY SAVANT BEAUTY SAVANT / 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 BOSS mw23 / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / 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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BEAUTY MASTER ShannonAlexis / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / 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
Q. how do you open the butter london nail polish?
*sigh*   Feel free to laugh at me all you want.  I'm 30 in a few months (**bleep**, that number looks scary) and I can't figure out HOW to open the Butter London nail polish bottles!  It says Lift up to open on the side...and I try to, but I can't OPEN IT!   somebody help? *puppy eyes*
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SCENE QUEEN rhonda913 / SCENE QUEEN SCENE QUEEN / answered
A. Remove the clear tape from the side opposite the hand which says lift to open.  Then you can lift up the black cap, which does not have the brush on it to apply polish. ... 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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HALL OF FAMER starletta8 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Just to back up that nail swagger...   This is my drawer of just base and top coats. Note: not all are clear (hence the glitter), but I did count 16 different base coa... 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 GURU GennX / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / 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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BEAUTY GURU Vaashtii / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / 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
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 PRO louistomlinson / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / 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
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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BEAUTY GURU Vaashtii / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
That's really pretty!! see post
No Sephora+Pantone 2015 Marsala nail polish?
Wait. What?   I just realized that Sephora+Pantone did not do a nail polish this year! I mean, it's pretty obvious that past years their polishes did not do so well (as many of them are *still* in the sale section, and I have never found the quality to be that great) but Marsala is just *crying out* for a polish version! It is the most mani-friendly COTY in *ages*. They really missed the boat. I mean, just one polish in a perfect (or even decent) Marsala creme and everyone would be clamouring to get it. Or, even better, a really opaque satin-finish Marsala, so you get that glowing, semi-matte. It would really show off Marsala nicely!
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BEAUTY WHIZ kristengvan / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
It's not an official Sephora-Pantone shade, but KB Shimmer is releasing a Marsala-coloured polish tomorrow, and it's a holo!  https://www.kbshimmer.com/shop/men-mars-ala... see post
Nail art Strips?
Wonder where I can get those strips, maybe a couple mm thick, to make a good line for doing nail art.... I've gotten some from sallys beauty supplies but the polish just bled underneath them and it looked terrible. Ive seen ones used on IG that look amazing but wondering where do I get these?
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SPECIAL GUEST sinder7 / SPECIAL GUEST SPECIAL GUEST / replied
Thanks!! I just ordered some to try. 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 lovelykatya / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I personally love both of those brands. Both have it's own up and down sides. I love that OPI has a wider brush - easier and faster to apply, also polish coats are littl... see post
Nail polish for my tween
My daughter and I spent some time at Sephora today (have to train them young) and she was all over the polishes.  She paints her own nails and is trying to learn designs and such.     She was gaga over the Marc Jacob colors, but at almost 20 a pop I can't see buying a bunch of those.   I don't wear polish on my nails due to my career.   Any advice on what to invest in for her?   She was looking at the ciate' advent calendar, but the reviews on that aren't great and it's 60 bucks.
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HALL OF FAMER NailsForLife / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Red for the holidays!  Perfect.   There's differences between the cap, the brush, and the price.  People may say, based on their experience, that they prefer one over ... see post
Which nail set: Formula X Paint The Town or Ciaté Mini Mani Manor Advent Calendar
Can you help me decide between these two set? Which one last longer and the formula? Thank you      FORMULA X PAINT THE TOWN CIATÉ MINI MANI MANOR ADVENT CALENDAR      
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BEAUTY MASTER ShannonAlexis / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / replied
I just bought the paint the town set today, because it is on sale. I like formula x, sometimes it needs a top coat. Ciate is nice too, but I think it has a stronger poli... see post
Nail Art Inspiration
I am looking for some nail art inspiration. Has anyone seen some really cool nail art lately? Please share!   I came across this strawberry mani by Alps nail art. I love the texture!
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BEAUTY WHIZ kristengvan / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
This is my absolute favourite nail art IG: http://instagram.com/pshiiit_polish   Her nails are flawless!  And I love that they aren't too long. see post
So $675 for the Christian Louboutin nail polish??? Insane. What do you think?
What do you think of this? I own three pairs of Louboutins and I love them. However, I don't think CL $675 nail polish is worth it! Seems insane to me! what do you think? will you pay for this? 
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HALL OF FAMER sephoramusthave / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
hahahahahhaahahahahahahahahahah   no. see post