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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:   (6/21-6/27) No theme! Show off whatever you would like!   Future OPTIONAL Themes: Spoiler (Highlight to read) TBD TBD  
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HALL OF FAMER pixiedust2 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
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Complementary Formula X Clix Set?
So I dragged myself down to the post today to get a new box for a TSB and was suprised to find a little box in my locker. I wasn't aware Formula X was sending me anything because normally they contact you before they send you something. Did anyone else get this? 
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HALL OF FAMER NancieNano / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Wow people are still getting them? That is really cool.Good job Sephora/Formula X! I would give you both hearts if I could. :) 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 seacret / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / replied
Sephora color hit in high speed. I got three of these for $1 each, and they are awesome. Completely opaque in one coat, but I still like to apply two. Highly recommend s... see post
Tips for Removing Stubborn Nail Polish
I recently purchased Nails Inc. Blooming Effect Nail Polish (Cherry Garden Street).  I did a base coat, a coat of color, then two coats of Cherry Garden Street on my toes.  The results were very cute.   Last night I decided it was time to change things up.  I do not exaggerate - it took me 40 minutes to get this stuff off my nails!     First I tried Butter London Glitter Scrubber pads - big mistake.  All the pad did was stick to the confetti and make a bigger mess.   Next I tried the old standby - soak 10 cotton pads in remover and stick them on my toes to soften the polish.  Right now I'm using Zoya remover.  It hardly helped at all.  I ended up scrubbing each toe like crazy and using my fingernails to chip off the final pieces of confetti.  I went through at least 15 cotton pads last night.   This stuff is really pretty, but I'm afraid to use it again because I don't want to invest so much time in removal.  Any tips would be appreciated!
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HALL OF FAMER DiVWA / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
This worked for me when I tried it a few days ago. TY! see post
Creating a Gradient with Pigments on Gel Polish
As I was doing my manicure yesterday (LED gel polish), I had an idea: I would like to play around with stamps and gradients.   I was able to turn up lots of great info about stamping gel polish online, so I'm pretty confident in that part of the equation. I ordered the Konad "Stone Set" and an extra image plate (#M84).   When it comes to the gradient . . . I'm having trouble turning up tips for my idea.   I have a bunch of MAC loose powder pigments that are a few years old. They're old enough that I don't want to use them on my eyes anymore, but they're so pretty I thought I could maybe use them to create a gradient on my nails.   As gel polish still has a tacky surface when it comes out from under the lamp, my plan is to take advantage of that. After my final coat of polish, and before my topcoat, I'm thinking that using a makeup brush I could dab pigment onto the tacky surface of my nails and build it up in a gradient. The tacky surface might hold the pigment in place. Then I can finish my nails with the LED topcoat.   My only concern is that my nails are still very short from my winter fly-tying sessions (I can't tie tiny trout flies with long nails), and I can't actually wrap the topcoat around the tips of my nails yet. The pigment might interfere with the topcoat's adhesion.   Has anyone tried anything like this before? Does this idea sound reasonable?
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BEAUTY WHIZ neacail / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I've played around a bit, and creating a gradient with loose pigments has not gone as well as I would have liked. I just tried it on some short falsies that I picked up.... 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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SarahBethRose / FRESH FACE / replied
Essie's Eternal Optimist is pretty close.  see post
First try at gradient and nail-stamping nails
BEAUTY GURU kelloua / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / replied
I keep meaning to do this.  I bought makeup wedges for this purpose and everything as well as some liquid latex because the manicure FB groups I belong to swear by it in... 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 WHIZ neacail / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Sorry. I know this post is over a month old, but I thought I would chime in.   What home gel kit are you thinking of purchasing? Are you just looking at gel polish, or... see post
Package from Formula X
I woke up this morning and found a package from Formula X sitting at my doorstep addressed to me....except I never ordered anything from them. I'm really confused haha. Has this happened to anyone else?    
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HALL OF FAMER lecia1167 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
This was a lovely surprise! 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 PRO Jesuslover14 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
The Josie Maran live chat is going to be tomorrow, (April 21st) from noon to 1pm. :-) 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 BOSS killerteeth / BEAUTY BOSS BEAUTY BOSS / 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 GURU kelloua / BEAUTY GURU BEAUTY GURU / 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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HALL OF FAMER mw23 / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / 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
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
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