Color Club Kiss Me Mistletoe

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    Last night I had to do a quickie gel and color change, and the polish I used was Color Club Kiss Me Mistletoe from their Scent-suous Holiday Collection.  It's a light green foil, very well pigmented (two coats was plenty), and it smells like a mistletoe scented candle.  I've had it on for close to twenty-four hours, and it's worth noting that the fragrance is pretty much gone while the others I've tried from this collection have stayed pleasantly scented for a couple of days.

    I was dreading changing the soak-off gel base I've had for a little over a week because I initially applied it to repair two cracks, and I really hate doing repairs.  I took a short nap yesterday and in that weird half-asleep state waking up, saw a teeny edge of gel lifted from a nail, decided I'd change it when I got home late, and peeled off a big piece.  I have no idea why it would make sense to do the last part, but evidently it did.  On this gel application, I violated all manufacturers' suggestions and didn't do any of the prep (buffing, primer, bonder) to see if it would hold and make the removal easier.  It turned out to be a good but inconvenient decision - when I was washing my hair to go out last night, I kept feeling that peeled edge snag, so once I was done with my hair I peeled it again, and the soak off gel and polish peeled off just like a regular manicure will in the pool after you've been swimming for a couple of hours.

    When the that one came off completely, I started trying to get the others to do the same while still under the super hot shower, and it worked surprisingly easily - I scraped a corner of each nail with the opposite thumbnail to get an edge to come up, and once the edge lifted I could peel it right off with ease.  So that made for one of the easiest removals of anything I've ever had, but had to be somewhere shortly and suddenly had bare nails.  With the cold, they'd break right away while bare, so I went with drip-dry hair and no makeup in order to at least get some gel on them.  I felt like I was in one of those Lee nail repair kit commercials from the 80's.

    Re-doing the glue on the cracks then applying and curing the Gelicure base and sealer took only twenty minutes, so I figured I'd get the polish on and be done with it.  I used two coats of Kiss Me Mistletoe and one of Essie Good to Go, and it dried fast and smelled really good.  I'm a little sad that the smell is gone, because I kept finding myself sniffing it!  I took a picture just a bit ago in the last afternoon sunlight.

    Color Club Kiss Me Mistletoe
    Color Club Kiss Me Mistletoe Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Even without the fragrance, Kiss Me Mistletoe is a pretty polish - I'd wear this one even if it were not scented.

    That's what I have for you today, Dear Reader, so until next time, love and nail polish to you!



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Models Own Beetle Juice Purple Blue

    Good evening, Dear Reader!

    I changed polish tonight to Models Own Beetle Juice Purple Blue from their latest collection, which are duochromes.  Purple Blue isn't particularly impressive in the bottle, but it's a lot cooler applied.  Rather than the usual color shifting duochrome pigment, Purple Blue has a bunch of purple and blue shimmery pigment throughout, so both colors are pretty consistently reflected.  I think it works out well.

    For the manicure, I used three coats of color and finished it off with Essie Good to Go.  The soak-of gel base I've had for seven days is starting to have a bit of lifting on one nail (still impressive after five color changes with acetone-based remover used), and Essie Super Bossa Nova wore very well on it  for three days with no chips or tip wear at all.  I liked the gel, so when I remove the worn application, I'll put on a new one.  Anyhow, back to Beetle Juice Purple Blue, after it dried I took pictures under artificial light.

    Models Own Beetle Juice Purple Blue
    Models Own Beetle Juice Purple Blue Nail Polish, Three Coats

    Here are a couple of closer looks at the shimmer, where you can get a better look and the purple and blue shimmery bits.

    Models Own Beetle Juice Purple Blue Shimmer
    Models Own Beetle Juice Purple Blue Nail Polish, Closer Look at Shimmer

    Models Own Beetle Juice Purple Blue Duochrome
    Models Own Beetle Juice Purple Blue Nail Polish, Even Closer Look at Shimmer

    It's not quite what I'd expected, but the name is accurate and it definitely shows two distinct colors at the same time.

    That's the next Models Own Beetle Juice and all I have for you today, Dear Reader, so until next time, love and nail polish to you!



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Essie Super Bossa Nova

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    Today brings a bright polish, Essie Super Bossa Nova.  I think this one is from Summer 2011, but I'm not positive of that.  It's relatively recent, in any case.

    Super Bossa Nova is a bright, kind of fuchsia pink shimmer, not anything terribly unique but it has a really pretty shimmer that I like.  I used two coats and finished it with Essie Good to Go, and although the application of the color was just fine, it's not too shiny once dry.  It's not matte or anything, it just lacks the really glossy finish of quite a few recent manicures, and I prefer shinier.

    After giving the manicure a few minutes to dry, I took a picture in sunlight.

    Essie Super Bossa Nova Nail Polish, Two Coats

    A good vivid pink was overdue, so even though it's not the shiniest ever, I like it.

    That's all I have for you today, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Orly Rococo A-Go-Go

    Happy Thanksgiving, Dear Reader!

    I thought I'd give you a look at my Thanksgiving manicure, Orly Rococo A-Go-Go, because the color is really cool.  I'm so late posting it that it the Orly Mineral FX Collection is probably not even in brick and mortar stores anymore, but it's pretty and still available online.

    The color is kind of a red plum with the same cool finish as the other Mineral FX shades, and it seemed like a good Thanksgiving color to me.  I used two coats with a coat of Essie Good to Go and gave it some time to dry before taking pictures in the sunlight.

    Orly Rococo A-Go-Go
    Orly Rococo A-Go-Go Nail Polish, Two Coats

    That's my Thanksgiving manicure, and now I'm off to enjoy Thanksgiving.  I hope yours is happy, Dear Reader, and until next time, love and nail polish to you!



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Wet n Wild Diamond in the Rough

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    It seemed than an especially blingtastic mani was in order today, and that called for a Wet n Wild Color Icon nail polish.  I picked up three of them weeks and weeks ago, and today I'm wearing Diamond in the Rough, the charcoal one that's loaded up with tiny silver regular and holo hex glitter.  The hex glitter in Diamond in the Rough throws off more bright colors than any other I have, it's really cool.

    Because I wanted to make the removal a little easier since I have a coat of soak off gel on, I started with a foundation of two coats of Illamasqua Boosh, their black creme.  I let each coat dry for a few minutes, then added one coat of Wet n Wild Diamond in the Rough.  I was prepared to part with two coats from the little 0.34 oz bottle, but the glitter in it is very dense and one was all I needed for layering.  I added a coat of Essie Good to Go to dry it, and I'm really impressed with the top coat.  It really dries polish fast without shrinking it and the brush doesn't pick up and color at all, which is ideal.   It's still a new one for me, so I'll continue to mention anything noteworthy about it as I try it for various things.

    Despite the fact that its glitter is fine, Diamond in the Rough was surprisingly gritty after drying.  I did the manicure last night, added one additional coat of top coat to even it out before bed, and needed a third this morning.  It's still not glassy smooth, but it's smooth enough that it isn't annoying and looks shiny.  I took pictures maybe 12 hours or so after applying it in natural light.  The one I chose here is not the clearest of them, but the most accurate in terms of what Diamond in the Rough really looks like.

    Wet n Wild Diamond in the Rough Nail Polish, One Coat over Black

    See the bright colors reflected off the hex glitter in the center of the bottle?  That's the most accurate representation of what it really looks like - the reflected colors are very vivid, and shift from color to color as I move my hands.  I got a WTF??? look from a guy next to me in traffic at a light today as I was playing with it (I'm sure the look was about the idiot fascinated that she could move her hand rather than the polish!), and it's not even especially sunny today.  Here's a closer look at the glitter so you can see how I could get lost for a moment having fun with it.

    Wet n Wild Diamond in the Rough Nail Polish, Closer Look at One Coat

    Even though the density of one coat points to Diamond in the Rough only requiring 2-3 coats for opaque coverage, it's pretty likely I'll be using it for layering to savor my precious 0.34 oz of it.

    The six-day Zoya Feel break from glitters and dramatic colors made Diamond in the Rough over black far more fun to wear than it otherwise would have been, so I'm glad for the timing.  It's something I'll have to remember when nothing seems to be much fun to wear no matter how fabulous it is - that's a hint that a change to neutrals for a bit is in order.

    That's Diamond in the Rough, my return to fabulous sparkly things, and the update for today, so until next time, love and nail polish to you!



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Zoya Feel Collection

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I have the last of the Zoya Feel Collection to show you today, and that's Zoya Megan.  Zoya describes it as "taupe gray cream," and I can sign on for that.  I also see a bit of a lavender tinge in the bottle, but that really doesn't show up nearly as much on my hands.

    This manicure is slightly different than the prior five in terms of the base used.  I cracked a couple nails on my right hand putting clean sheets on the bed over the weekend, so I did the long term repair of gluing the cracks and adding soak off gel.  With the weather changing, I figured I'd ward off additional cracks by just using one thin coat of Nubar Gelicure base coat and one of their soak off sealer on all ten nails.  It ended up being a really good ridge filling base, and I just applied two coats of Zoya Megan, which went on just as well as the previous five, and a coat of Essie Good to Go to dry it.  Over a very smooth base, Zoya Megan is even shinier than the others were.  I applied the color when I did the repairs yesterday, and it's raining today so I took this morning's picture under artificial light.

    Zoya Megan
    Zoya Megan Nail Polish, Two Coats

    As promised, I'll put all of them in one place so you don't have to flip between pages to compare any.  To summarize, I'm just putting Zoya's color description, the picture, and a link to my full review of each, and I've tried to order them so similar colors are close together.

    I think Carey is closest to Megan, and that's the "periwinkle gray cream."

    Zoya Carey
    Zoya Carey Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Kristen is the "gull gray cream."

    Zoya Kristen
    Zoya Kristen Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Kendal moves us to the beiges, a "rose quartz beige cream."

    Zoya Kendal
    Zoya Kendal Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Kennedy is the "pale french beige cream."

    Zoya Kennedy
    Zoya Kennedy Nail Polish, Two Coats

    The last is Avery, the "blonde beige cream."

    Zoya Avery
    Zoya Avery Nail Polish, Two Coats

    The review summary is that I found all six to be exceptionally easy to apply and control, even, opaque, and super glossy in two coats, and to have a better than average drying time.  I think making choices from this collection really boils down to which colors seem like they'd work best for you, and even though Avery isn't great with my coloring, I think all six are solid updated versions of good neutral basics.

    Wearing neutral cremes was a good break from glitter, just what I needed!  I'm ready for something more exciting though, and fortunately, I have good things to show you.  Until then, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Zoya Avery

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today brings Zoya Avery from their Feel Collection, the second to last of the collection that I have to show you.  This one's pretty much a Band Aid beige creme, and I think it's my least favorite in terms of color.  However, I think on different colored hands, it would be a good neutral, just not on mine.

    Like the others in this collection, application was very easy and two coats of color gave a very even, opaque, shiny manicure.  Here's Avery under a cloudy sky with base and top coat, about twelve hours after I applied it.

    Zoya Avery
    Zoya Avery Nail Polish, Two Coats

    You can see in the picture that it's really shiny and even, but it's just not the most flattering shade on me.

    That's Zoya Avery and Part Five of our look at Zoya's Feel Collection, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Zoya Kristen

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today brings another installment in the Zoya Feel Collection series with Kristen, the light blue creme in the collection.  Zoya describes Kristen as " gull gray cream," and it's definitely a very grey blue, maybe halfway between grey and blue.  The overall impression I get from it is still blue though, and relative to Carey, the grey I showed you yesterday, it's much more blue.

    Like the others in this collection, Kristen was super easy to apply and control and exceptionally well pigmented without sacrificing shine.  I used two very thin coats of color between base and top coat, and one coat of color was almost sufficient.  I applied it last night and took pictures under a cloudy sky this morning, so the manicure was completely dry for the picture.

    Zoya Kristen
    Zoya Kristen Nail Polish, Two Coats

    You can see the color of Kristen falls into the "kinda grey, kinda blue" category, and also that its shine is really outstanding.  For me, Kristen is far more appealing than a plain grey (even though I'm a big fan of greys) just because the blue in it makes it more interesting to look at.

    That's Zoya Kristen and Part Four of a look at the Zoya Feel Collection.  Until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Zoya Carey from Feel

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    I'm continuing to work my way through the Zoya Feel Collection with Carey.  Zoya describes it as "full coverage, periwinkle gray cream," but I don't really see any periwinkle in it, I think it's just a good grey creme.

    As with the other Zoya Feel shades I've tried, I found Carey to be really easy to apply and control, and two coats over base coat were all I needed for it to be even, opaque, and very glossy.  After topping it off with quick dry top coat, I gave it some time to dry before taking pictures in natural night that's dimmed by some clouds.

    Zoya Carey Nail Polish, Two Coats

    I like a good grey creme, and this is a good one.  I picked grey for today because I got some sad news today - my college minor advisor, one of my all-time favorite professors and women ever, passed away early this morning.  She was just a super cool, quietly brilliant lady, and she had the cutest little Pillsbury Dough Boy laugh you could ever hear.  The world was a better place with her in it.

    That's Zoya Carey, part three of Zoya Feel, and a good shade for a kind of sad day.  Until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Scaley nails

    Hi
    I had an idea to create a fish scale look using hexagon shaped glitter shapes I got from ebay. As it was an experiment I tried it over different colours.




    I got the idea from some of the fashion shows but I can't remember which one to link it! It was a dress with large paliettes irridencent all over. From top to bottom it is Boots 17 Soda Pop with orange glitter shapes, China Glaze Light As Air with clear irridencent glitter shapes, China Glaze Re-Fresh-Mint with blue glitter shapes, OPI Who the Shrek are you? with green glitter shapes and OPI Rumpoles Wiggin with Purple Glitter shapes.
    I didn't wear the multi-coloured manicure it was more of an experiment to see how the different colours worked together.

    I think my favourite is China Glaze Light as Air with the irridencent glitter shapes the best but it would be fun to use the green for a mermaid, orange for a goldfish, blue and purple for other fishes. It was really easy to do I painted my nails added a coat of Gelous from Sallys then put each hexagon one at a time then topped it off with a coat of Seche Vite.
    I have big plans for these glitter shapes with gel polishes when I finish my course.
    Love Stacie xoxox

Zoya Kennedy from Feel

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today brings another polish from the Zoya Feel Collection, Kennedy.  It's described by Zoya as "pale french beige cream," and I'll sign on for pale beige.  It's got a hint of a blush tone to it that keeps it from being all-out Band-Aid beige, but the overall look of Kennedy is pale beige.  Since Feel is all neutrals and I'm showing them to you one at a time, once I've reviewed all six I'll assemble a summary so you can see all six together to help with decision-making.

    For this manicure, I again used base coat, two coats of color, and top coat to dry it.  Like Kendal, Kennedy is well pigmented without sacrificing gloss and easy to apply and control.  Two coats made it opaque and perfectly even and shiny.  Another similarity is the better than average drying time.  After allowing a few minutes for the manicure to completely dry, I took pictures in sunlight.  This manicure got a test of thorough dryness when I went out for pictures - it's cold out so I put on a jacket, and I knocked two nails into each other putting my left hand into the sleeve.  I expected a good dent at the very least, but there wasn't any evidence of the little collision at all.

    Zoya Kennedy
    Zoya Kennedy Nail Polish, Two Coats

    I like it - it's one of the more basic colors in the collection, but it's got that muted element that seems to update the color and it's so shiny that it's a really outstanding rendition of a basic.  The other thing I like about a good beige on long nails is that I associate them with Barbra Streisand, so I can pretend I'm Babs as I go about the rest of my day.  I might even burst into song a few times.

    That's Zoya Kennedy and part two of six as we look at Zoya Feel, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Zoya Kendal from the Feel Collection

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    Zoya sent a sample set of their Feel Collection for review, and today I'm trying out Kendal.  Rather than swatches, actually wearing these to review them seemed like a better choice since I'd be able to tell you about their drying time this way.

    The press info tells me that "FEEL by Zoya Nail Polish delivers six new, highly pigmented, full coverge neutrals." That doesn't sounds anywhere near as cool as it is, to tell you the truth.  All six shades are very modern, pale neutrals, and I waffled on a few to pick out which to try first.  I settled on Kendal, described as "full coverage, rose quartz beige cream," and I can't really think of a more accurate way to describe the color.  It's definitely an opaque version of the color of rose quartz, which is just difficult to describe.  My hat's off to whoever came up with the description Zoya gives!

    For my Kendal manicure, I used base coat, two coats of color, and Tout de Suite to dry it.  I found the color very easy to control and apply, and one thin coat was almost opaque and exceptionally even in general, let alone for a very pale creme.  I added a second coat of color because it added a lot to the gloss of the polish, but I think one moderate coat could easily do the job.  Kendal dried quickly, with each coat being close to dry when I came around for the next, and after giving it a few minutes to finish drying I took pictures in sunlight.

    Zoya Kendal
    Zoya Kendal Nail Polish, Two Coats

    In the picture, you can see that it's very even and very glossy, and also that it's a tough shade to put words to.  I think the timing of this release, which went online at Zoya on November 15th, is perfect.  Although I enjoy all the glitters, duochromes, and dramatic holiday shades that have come out in recent months, some modern seasonally appropriate neutral cremes are a refreshing change of pace.  I have more glitters around to show you, but they feel kind of like I'm eyeing a Snickers after a big bag of Halloween candy - just way too much.  Zoya Feel's shades, however, seem just right.

    I'm quite pleased with Kendal, and looking forward to wearing the remaining five shades this week.  With the very opaque coverage and high shine combined (normally, it seems one of those suffers a lot when the other is great, but not here), there's an elegant simplicity to these shades that I find very appealing.

    That's the update for today and the start of my Zoya Feel series, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Models Own Beetle Juice Aqua Violet

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    Today I have one of the Models Own Beetle Juice nail polishes to show you, Aqua Violet.  I'd say of other duochrome polishes, it most reminds me of Sally Hansen Nail Prisms Turquoise Opal.  Since Aqua Violet is more opaque than Turquoise Opal, I used it alone, but I think next time I'll layer over black to see how it works out that way.

    For this manicure, I used base coat, three coats of Aqua Violet (two coats of color was almost enough, but not quite), and one coat of Tout de Suite to dry it.  I took a bunch of pictures in different natural light to give you a look at it.

    Models Own Beetle Juice Aqua Violet
    Models Own Beetle Juice Aqua Violet Nail Polish, Direct Sunlight

    Models Own Beetle Juice Aqua Violet, Sunlight from Left
    Models Own Beetle Juice Aqua Violet Nail Polish with Sunlight from Left

    Models Own Beetle Juice Aqua Violet Nail Polish in Partial Sunlight
    Models Own Beetle Juice Aqua Violet in Shade
    Models Own Beetle Juice Aqua Violet Nail Polish in the Shade

    It's a good one.  It seems the lower the light, the more duochrome-y it is, which makes it interesting to shift around.

    That's Models Own Aqua Violet and the first of their Beetle Juice polishes I have to show you, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Chick Falcon Pearl

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today I'm trying out a new brand of nail polish, a big three free, vegan-friendly one called Chick Nail Polish (that's a link to the web site).  A few were offered for review, and I'm pleased with how the first one worked out.

    I tried out Falcon Pearl, which is a really nice gunmetal shimmer.  At one coat, it looked thin, but the second gave it good opaque coverage without brushstrokes, which are often a shortcoming of gunmetal greys.  For the manicure I used Illamasqua base coat, two of color, and Tout de Suite to dry it, and I noticed the dry time was quite good before adding top coat (each coat of color was mostly dry by the time I came back around for the next coat).  After it dried, I took pictures in the sun.

    Chick Falcon Pearl
    Chick Nail Polish Falcon Pearl, Two Coats

    I really like it, and I'm always glad for new small brands making good polishes.  The names of them are cool too - they're all chicky-themed, which is fun.

    That's Chick Falcon Pearl the update for today, Dear Reader, so until next time, love and nail polish to you!



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New fancy Samsung galaxy S2

    I got a new phone today. It's lovely, white and really easy to use. Loving that I can use blogger on it even if it takes a while to type.
    Florence is growing so quickly. She his 16 weeks old now and very energetic.
    Last week wss very exciting too I had the first 2days of my ibd gel nail course. I really enjoyed it. We have to do 5 sets of nails so if anyone is in the hatfield area who has natural nails, has no diseased nails, is not pregnant and would be free for a rebalance in 2 weeks drop me a line I would be grateful for the practice. I already have 3 guinea pigs so only need 2 more. The other point i should mention is that they do not soak off so you would have to fade them out if you didn't want to keep having them filled and balanced.

    The nails in the pic are my first set ever i did on myself then i painted as usual. I am very impressed with polish wear on gel nails. No tip wear in 2 days is unheard of for me. Colour is models own champagne base and purple ash blobs and nail art pen.

    Thanks for reading i hope to be blogging more soon but puppy and my course are taking up lots of time at the moment
    Love Stacie xoxox




FingerPaints Sparkle Top Coat over Velvet Bow

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    For today I just added one coat of FingerPaints Sparkle Top Coat to my China Glaze Velvet Bow manicure and finished it off with a coat of Sally Hansen Speed Shine, and I think it turned out well.  The sun is shining, so I was able to get a sunlight picture of it.

    FingerPaints Sparkle Top Coat, One Coat over China Glaze Velvet Bow

    The duochrome of Sparkle Top Coat comes out to play quite nicely in this manicure, and I like it!

    That's about all there is to tell you today, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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China Glaze Velvet Bow

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    After all the glitter I've worn in recent weeks, China Glaze Velvet Bow from their Let It Snow Collection seemed really appealing to me.  That's the burgundy jelly-ish creme, and I'm absolutely smitten with it now that I have it on.

    I used Illamasqua base coat (for no other reason than it was handy), and I tried to do thicker coats to see if I could get Velvet Bow even in two coats.  I almost did, but the fact is that I normally do very thin coats and at this length I'm spreading the polish pretty thin, so I needed three for even coverage.  I think most people could do fine with two.  I finished it off with a coat of SpaRitual Tout de Suite, and after it dried I took pictures in moderate natural light.

    China Glaze Velvet Bow Swatch
    China Glaze Velvet Bow Nail Polish, Three Coats

    I love this as a holiday color, but also as an all-purpose color.  It's along the lines of a Rouge Noir standard vamp, and it's also just the color of a rich burgundy velvet.  It's one of those colors that I associate with childhood Christmases (I had a fabulous burgundy velvet dress that I loved when I was maybe five, and it brings it to mind), and I think the older I get the more holidays are about tradition and family history, so this one fits the bill.

    I'm thinking of adding a coat of FingerPaints Sparkle Top Coat to this one tomorrow just because Velvet Bow seems like it would make a cool base color for it.  We'll see!  Until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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