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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 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 Flowers   Current:   Week 15 (5/3-5/9) - Show off your favorites Got a favorite polish?  Brand?  Design or style?  Show us!   Future OPTIONAL Themes: Spoiler (Highlight to read) TBA! TBA!  
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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*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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!