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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Manicure of the Moment

Hello there, everyone. :)

Today's nail look is coming to you courtesy of Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Midnight Blue. *sigh* I kinda love, love, love this polish. Deep, cobalt blue jelly that looks just solid blue in indoor light. Take it out in the sun and shimmer me timbers! Two easy coats applied with that lovely, wide brush gave me almost perfectly opaque coverage with a little squishiness at the tips. It applied surprisingly neatly and I had little cleanup. Good thing, since this is very pigmented and will stain.This polish is lovely and shiny and gets even better topped with Seche Vite.



In the shade and in the sun. 

Indoors in natural, diffused light. 

I tried to do another Hallowe'en manicure. I had this crazy idea that I would use China Glaze Orange Shock Neon as a base colour. From previous experience I knew that it is too sheer to ever get opaque on it's own so I started with three coats of Orly Ridge filler base coat. Then I applied three coats fo the orange neon, then a coat of Seche Vite. It wouldn't dry!!! I moved my hands as if they were made of bone chine for hours and hours. It was still sticky and dentable. I finally coated it up wel with lotion to give some slip and jumped in the shower. And came out with two nails all wrinkled up and one nicked all to hell. *sigh*. Then I tried so smooth it with a wet finger and apply my version of nail art. 

Epic fail. 

I got so sick of my nails and trying to do them that I just cleaned off the mess and coated them in base coat and walked away from my mani basket until this afternoon. I hate it when that happens. 

Here is my failed orange. 






I think it looked great. Too bad it just wouldn't dry! 

Okay, this is long enough. lol Thank you for popping in, my dearlings. Have a wonderful evening and may your polish never bubble.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Manicure of the Moment

Hello Ladies.

Today I did a quick, dark manicure with Sinful Colors Rich in Heart. Black jelly packed with dark red shimmer. It looks black-burgundy indoors and bursts out in colour in direct sun. Application was pretty easy. I did two coats and topped it with CGFF. There is a little thinning and shrinkage at my tips... Due more to my application, I think than the polish.



I don't know what is with that goopy-looking bottle. Yuk. Sorry about that. lol

Thanks for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble. :)

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Manicure of the Moment

A good Caturday, ladies. I hope that you are enjoying your weekend. :)

Today I have a polish that has been seen a good bit, on the blogs and is one I have had my eye on for a while. This is Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Steel Grey. In my opinion, it is more a taupe than a true grey. There is a lot of purple in this polish. I don't really care, tho because I really like it. It is neutral, but not boring. It changes in different light, looking more purple or more grey.

This polish went on pretty nicely. I needed three coats to get it fully opaque. Application was easy and, thanks to that oh-so-wide brush, neater than with many other polishes I own. I had relatively little cleanup and no cuticle flooding. The brush made setting my gap easy-peasy. My only gripe is minor; for a creme, this polish is a tad thin. It left small bald spots and settled into my ridges, necessitating three coats. I suppose if you have very smooth nails or apply thicker coats, two might do you. But this is a minor gripe. I don't mind applying three coats for a polish I like. :)

 Taken indoors in natural light through my window. No sunshine pics, today. Not enough sunshine, today.

 I picked this polish up, this morning while I was in Walgreen's. I had to get a couple of scripts filled, so while I was waiting, I decided to hit the polish section. (Of course! :D) They had Rimmel Lasting Finish for BOGO1/2 price, and I had two one dollar off coupons, so I got two bottles for the price of one. I grabbed a Wet and Wild polish I had been kind of lemming and, Walgreen's was closing out their Borghese, it was nearly half price, last chance. I snagged the last bottle of Stellar Notte. I am so jazzed to finally have a full sized bottle of that polish.

Walgreen's also had my favourite Nivea body wash on sale, two for $5.00, and I had a coupon, buy two bottles, get $3.oo off. So, I got two big bottles for a buck a piece. I also saved a dollar on two big bottles of Dial for Men (two for $5.00) for my hubbs and son and got a package of Arrid anti persperant for ninety-nine cents with a Walgreen's coupon from their flyer. After all of my coupons, I walked out of Walgreen's with my scripts (which, with my insurance cost me nothing) four big bottles of body wash, anti persperant and four bottles of polish for twenty dollars and change.

Golly, I love getting a good deal. :D

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a terrific weekend and may your polish never bubble.


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Mr. Fabulous

Greetings my little gumdrops. I don't have a nail look to share, my mani from yesterday is going strong. So, rather than my nails I thought I would, instead share a little bit about and some pictures of my kitteh, Marley.

Marley became a member of our family in the late Fall of November 2006. He was just a scrawny little baby cat, maybe five months old or so living outside our house. He would come up on our deck under the overhang and sleep curled up in a chair, trying to get warm. My husband would go out there early, to take the dog out and the cat would run, but hang out, under the deck, meowing.

Suckers and softies that we are, I decided to try to feed the poor little thing. I figured, if nothing else, good food might help him to fight off the cold and make it through the Winter. I started feeding him, then I decided to go outside and see about making friends. It took time, patience and many, many hours hanging out in the biting cold and frigid wind but slowly My Little Orange Friend and I got to know each other. As we progressed, my husband went and bought him a cat bed to help him stay a little warmer. We bought him food and water dishes and talked about inviting him to become a member of the family.

On December 22 of '06 after several investigative forays just a few feet into my house; peeking a nose, a paw, checking out the area inside right by my back door, Marley came into the house. He ran into my bedroom, went under my bed and that was it. He was in. I called my hubby, had him pick up litter and a litter box and more kitty food and I brought his food and water dishes and his little bed in, as well. Mr. Wild Boy had become a house cat. :D

He howled and yowled a little, but he adjusted to being in very quickly. He litter box trained in about five minutes. All I had to do was see him bouncing his little beak along the tree skirt under my Christmas tree to know that he was looking for a place to go potty. I scooped him up, popped him in his litter box and that was that. All the time I spent outside with him, I not only worked on taming and getting him to trust me, I also taught him manners, never to claw, scratch or bite. To this day, my little man has perfect manners with teeth and claws. :)

It is four years later. Marley is happy, healthy and totally loves us and our dog. The dog tolerates him... She treats him like a bratty little brother. lol Marley still isn't totally domesticated like many cats. He loves us and is well behaved but he is afraid of strangers and will hide when we have company. He used to hide for eight hours. Now, he comes out as soon as they leave. So, he is getting better. lol

Marley sleeps with me, every night. By my feet, or under my covers by my shoulders or curled up on my chest. His warm, purring weight is soothing and can help me fall asleep on a restless night. He loves window sills and watching the neighbours and the kittehs that live in the area. He will sit for hours and watch birds in the trees and bugs parading around and feeling the breeze coming in through the screen. He is funny, spirited, snotty, crazy, weird, and I couldn't imagine this household without him.

 Baby Marley, napping on the sofa in sunshine and shadows.

 What is wrong with this picture? The dog is on the floor and Marley is sleeping right in the middle of her bed.

 "I hear the can opener! She must be opening tuna!" (I was opening green beans, last Thanksgiving. lol)

 "I hear the can opener, again! She has to be opening tuna, this time!" (It was cream of mushroom soup for the green bean casserole. lol)

 "I'm under your covers, hogging your bed and stealing your warm!"

 "How do I grab that water without getting wet?" February 2009, in our current home.

 "My eyes are lasers! Beware!" Hallowe'en 2007.
 "Yes, I am fabulous. Deal with it!" 2008, in the old house in Highland Pines.

Thank you for popping in and reading about my kitteh. Have a lovely day and don't forget to hug your cats. (If they will allow you to... ;)):D

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Manicure of the Moment and a Giveaway Alert!

Hello my little raindrops. How are things for all of you? Well, I hope.

It is a grey, chilly, windy day that may begin spitting rain at me at any moment. I love it! This is my kind of weather. It feels like Fall.

Today's mani is pretty standard fare, from me. I decided to apply three coats of Sinful Colors San Francisco, a pretty, emerald green jelly packed with green shimmer. Over the top I slicked on a coat of Hidden Treasure and topped it all with CGFF (China Glaze Fast Forward).

 Three coats of Sinful Colors San Francisco, with no top coat. Taken indoors in natural light.

With Hidden Treasure and CGFF. Taken indoors with natural light.

I couldn't get any sunshine pictures, since there is no sunshine, today. And I deeply apologise for the blurriness of my photos. My poor little camera is on it's last legs, it seems. It is having difficulty focusing, especially in macro and without flash. It is also shutting it's self off after I shoot a few pictures. *sigh* I am just trying to limp it along until I can buy a new one. I just hope it holds out, for a little while longer. 

Well, the hoped for rain has begun to fall. :D I am enjoying it while it lasts. This storminess is supposed to clear out tomorrow, then it will be unrelenting sunshine for who knows how long, from then on. Imagine sunny and 65 to 70 degrees on Thanksgiving, every year. It is just too frakking depressing to contemplate.
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Get on over there and enter! :D

Thank you so much for popping by. Have a lovely Autumn day and may your polish never bubble.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Manicure of the Moment and A Mascara Review

Hello Ladies. I hope that you are having a lovely weekend.

Mine is quiet but good. Getting a little much needed relaxation. I had a rather busy week and it feels good to just plant my tushie on the sofa and do little of anything. I did get my nails done, of course. :D

I decided to do a Hallowe'en-y manicure. I had picked up an orange polish in Sally's the last time I was there, for just this purpose. Now, I don't do much nail art. And what little I do attempt is very, very, very simple. You see, I don't have an artistic bone in my body. I can't draw. I can't paint. I couldn't draw a recognizable figure of anything to save my life. So, I am not going to be showing beautifully painted nails with vampires, Jack-O-Lanterns, bats, witches, ghosts and candy.

But I think I did at least capture the spirit, using black and orange polish.I painted my nails in Nina Ultra Pro in Orange Sunset and China Glaze Liquid Leather. I did my ring fingers and thumbs in Liquid Leather and the rest in the orange. Then I used a fine brush and did contrasting dots on all of my nails. I topped them with Seche.

Taken indoors in natural light. No sunshine pics, since the sun is currently hiding behind low, grey clouds.

So, there it is, my very simple Hallowe'en designed nails. 

*hangs head*

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I tried a new mascara and thought I would do a review for you. The mascara is Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes mascara. I was originally drawn to the "Ooo! Shiny!" packaging. Yes, I am a crow who is attracted to shiny objects. lol But I was also interested because the commercials promised mad volume without globs and clumps. So, I picked up a tube when I was in my local Walgreen's. I bought black and paid just under eight dollars. I am a little miffed that I had forgotten to bring my coupon organizer with me. I had a one dollar off coupon in there. 

Shiny, shiny tube. *caw!*

When I was ready to use it, I did my usual, primed my lids, applied my shadow, liner and curled my lashes. 

Bare, or as I like to call them: Invisilashes. :P

I opened the tube and pulled out the wand. It popped, softly and I was delighted to see that the inner structure had, indeed cleaned the brush very nicely. The only excess was on the very tip and a quick blot on a tissue made that go away. The brush was something I wasn't expecting. It is fat. I was a little intimidated to try to use it, at first. I felt as if I was about to apply my mascara with a porcupine in a stick. But once I got to it, I quickly adjusted to Big Daddy Brush and it wasn't too bad, at all. I just needed to be careful of applying to my lower lashes. Because the brush is so fat, I did get a little on my skin. It cleaned up okay, tho. Now I know to be careful. I tried to get a shot of the big, fat brush but my camera started acting up really badly and I couldn't get a clear one. I am sorry.

This mascara applied nicely. Smoothly and gave me coverage and nice volume very quickly. I didn't have to work too hard for my payoff. I applied one coat to upper and lower lashes, then a second, barely there coat to my uppers. I meant to take a pic before applying the second coat but I spaced it. I find myself doing that more and more. *sigh* They say the mind is the first thing to go...

I normally comb my lashes in between coats, but I didn't, for this review. I wanted to see if this stuff could live up to it's billing. I had a little clumping, but it wasn't drastic and I think that a good combing would have done the trick. Personally, I have never met a mascara, either drugstore or department store that was totally clump free and didn't need at least a little combing. I think it is just the nature of the beast. No matter the price.

I am pleased with the result. My lashes did look fuller, thicker and a little longer, too. They didn't look like an ad or commercial. They use fake lashes in print and commercial ads, which I think is wrong. But they did look pretty good, if I do say so myself. The oomph was a little more subtle for me, since I tend to use a lighter hand when applying mascara. I think that if you really wanted to pump your lashes up to glamazon, you could easily do so with this stuff. :)



After application. 

One thing that surprised me about this mascara is that it has a fragrance. It is floral, spicy. Reminds me a bit of honeysuckle. I have extremely sensitive eyes and I worried that the scent might irritate or hurt my eyes. I had no problem with it. My eyes were fine. If you don't like fragrance in your cosmetics or are allergic or sensitive to scents, this mascara might not be your cup of tea.

Overall, I like this mascara. It applied nicely, looked good, lasted all day without flaking or smearing and it doesn't irritate my very sensitive eyes. It took a little work to remove. (I don't use waterproof mascara... Ever.) I needed a little extra jojoba oil and a little extra time. But, it did wash away clean, without leaving any nasty under the eyes residue to make me look like a crazed raccoon. I will definitely use the tube and will most likely purchase this product, again. :D

So, yeah. Long post, today. I hope that it was informative and you didn't fall asleep and drop your coffee on your 'puter and short it out or anything. lol Have yourselves a great weekend and may your polish never bubble. And your mascara never clump. ;)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wet and Wild Wild Shine Eggplant Frost

This 'aint your Grammie's frost, gentle readers. This is flashy, shimmery, colour shift-y, delicious duochrome fun in a little bottle "frost". A purple jelly packed with shimmer that flashes and dances and shifts from green to teal to blue to, surprisingly, brilliant slashes of fuchsia. It is really pretty. And difficult as hell to photograph. I did my best. I wanted to shoot a little video but my camera won't focus in on it well enough to show all of the colour play. (I really do need a new camera.) I applied one coat over yesterday's Wet and Wild Blackmail. (See my previous post to see that colour.) And topped it with Seche. For a jelly, this colour really holds it's own and even applied over black, shows as purple in all light.

Okay, here are pictures:





Indoor light, no flash.

 Indoor light, with flash.

 Outdoors in slightly diffused sunlight, no flash. 




Same as above. 

Please do click to enlarge to see more of the shimmery, duochrome-y goodness. If you look for it, you can see the fuchsia. I wish I could have captured the brilliant flashes of that colour. It really is amazing. Sorry about the fingerprints on the bottle... I usually try to avoid them. I thought about re shooting but I don't have enough battery power, right now. 

The formula is nice. Not too thick, not runny. Easy to use. The brush is standard round. I prefer a wide brush but this handled just fine. Dry time is pretty quick, especially with Seche and cleanup is pretty easy. I am kind of interested to see how this looks alone, not layered.

If you are in the mood for a fun, new purple and don't want to pay an arm and a leg, you might want to check this one out.

Thank you for popping in. Have a great evening and may your polish never bubble.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Manicure of the Moment

Hello there, poppets. Bet you're surprised to see me posting new nail looks two days in a row. :D Not something that happens often, around here.

I was out shopping, the other day and picked up a bottle of Wet and Wild in Blackmail. It was lurking in a crowd of random stuff scattered around some Hallowe'en displays at Walgreen's. This particular store... Let me tell you. What a mess. Things aren't neat, in their proper place and new things never seem to show up when they should. Anyhoozle. I happened across this polish and thought it would work for October and Hallowe'en.

Blackmail is a black jelly with fine black, teal blue and orange glitter. The glitter is a bit subtle, it doesn't really even go all that crazy in direct sun. But it is there. I needed three coats for complete opacity. I topped this with a coat of Seche.

The formula was okay. It wanted to get a little gloopy, the more I worked with it. But it wasn't a problem. The brush is wide and curved along the bottom, making it easy for even this extraordinarily sloppy polisher do a surprisingly neat job of application. It practically set it's self on my nail right where it needed to be, made a gap and avoided the skin to the sides very nicely. Cleanup didn't take me long.  I did get a little too enthusiastic on my left index, trying to even up the gap, a little where I had applied a bit unevenly. Dry time is about average, I suppose. Seche makes it mad shiny, something it can't quite achieve on it's own.








video

Pictures are clickable to see the sparkle better.

So, there you have it, my first Hallowe'en-y look for the holiday.

Thank you for popping in. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Manicure of the Moment

Hello ladies.

It is another beautiful Autumn day here in the mountains in Arizona. About 80 degrees, lightly breezy and brilliantly sunny. Pretty much a perfect day and we are expecting another one, tomorrow.

I have a busy day, today but I did find time to do my nails in between everything I am getting done and I even found a little time to start working on a couple of frankens. (More on that, later.)

Today's mani is Finger Paints Hue Left Me a Message? A very pretty, girlie glitter polish. This is a clear, rosy base packed with rose and lighter pink glitter. It applied easily and cleanup wasn't the PITA I feared it would be. This polish dries semi matte and slightly bumpy. It needs a topcoat to show all the shine and sparkle and smooth it out. I applied two coats, did cleanup and smoothed on a coat of China Glaze Fast Forward. Very sparklicious. I have a little VNL, to get perfect coverage, one more coat would have done the trick but I just didn't have the time.





In the shade.




In direct sun.

And a little video to really show the sparkle: 

video


I am working on a couple of franken ideas. I did a first draft mix, just a tiny bit of this, a teensy bit of that, test it out. So far, I am happy with where these are headed. Since this is a little more involved then simply mixing two or three no-brainer compatible polishes, I am taking this slow and carefully. I don't want to make a mistake and have to toss expensive stuff. I also need some more supplies... Clear polish and some ballz, for a couple of things.

Here is a look at the preliminary mixes. They aren't final, yet and bubbly and a but rough, since I just mixed on a surface and picked them up with a brush to swatch. 



Rough drafts, but what do you think, so far? Yes? No? Continue? Or am I all wet? lol

I tried these mixes with additional fine holo glitter that I picked up at Walgreen's and while they came out pretty, they were also very bumpy and gritty. Hmmm... Maybe I can add less additional glitter than in the test run. Get additional sparkle without the bumpy and grit. On the other hand, I kind of like the frankens without the additional glitter. Especially the blue one. *sigh* I don't know... Any input is welcome. :D

Well, That is it, for now. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a lovely evening and may your polish never bubble.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Manicure of the Moment

Hello my little gumdrops. :D How is your weekend going? Having a good Saturday?

Mine is going pretty well. The weather is gorgeous. It is sunny, slightly breezy and 71 degrees. Not too shabby for almost mid October. :D

Today's mani is a stunner of a colour. OPI An Affair in Red Square. This is part of their Russia Collection. And it is one of the first OPI polishes I ever purchased. I was in the Valley, one day with my husband and popped into Ulta on Bell and Grand, shortly after it first opened. It was my first trip to an Ulta (living in the sticks has made me sadly backward and deprived... lol) and while there, I bought a little makeup then saw the OPI display. And was captivated. And a little taken aback at the price. Happily, they were running a buy two, get one free sale, so I picked up Tutti Fruitti Tonga and Princesses Rule! and wasn't sure what the third colour would be when my husband picked up this colour and held it to the light and stared at it as if he had never seen anything like it in his life. Then he suggested I get this one for my third colour. And I am glad that I did.

An Affair in Red Square is a true, medium toned blue red packed with red, magenta and gold microshimmer. There is a metallic, glow-y quality to this polish that is very hard to describe. It looks simple in indoor light, like your run of the mill red. Then you take it out in the sun and whammo! You are hit with it's true depth, shine, shimmer and pure deliciousness.

This colour is a stone bitch to photograph. I shot twenty five stills and two little movies and got five halfway decent stills. The videos didn't show this colour as I had hoped they would so I deleted them. (I know that the fault lies with me and my pathetic little camera...lol) *sigh* One of these days, I am going to get enough extra money together to upgrade to a better camera. I am ready for something with a higher megapixel, and better video capabilities. The camera I have is a decent one and I am grateful to have it. I have learned a lot from using it. But I am itching to move on. :)

Okay, here are the pics, such as they are.






















The top two pictures were taken indoors in natural light, the bottom three out in direct sunlight. Please do click to enlarge.

The formula on this polish is OPI-a-riffic. It tends to be a tad thin and if you have flaws and ridges (hello!) you will probably need three coats, since this stuff really sinks into any uneven spots in the nail surface. I noticed a huge difference between two and three coats. I topped this manicure with Seche.

Cleanup of this stuff is a tad intense. This polish is highly pigmented and will stain a tad. But I found that washing my hands took care of a lot of the slight staining I did get on my cuticles. Maybe one day I will learn how to paint my nails without making a big, sloppy mess of everything. I'm not holding my breath, tho. I don't care how fabulous I happen to look in blue. lol

Do you have this colour? Do you love it?

Thank you so much for taking a little time out of your day to pop in. Have a lovely evening and may your polish never bubble.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Manicure of the Moment

Four days since I last darkened the door of this blog. Been busy. And that base coat mani held up really well. I got my first major chip this morning and finally broke down and changed my polish.

I did a quick paint job with one of my two successful frankens. A burgundy-plum jelly. Two easy-peasy coats. Mad, insanely shiny. Topped with Seche. I have a little staining, this polish is very pigmented and I am a klutz with a polish brush. lol But, now that I have washed my hands a few times, the stains are gone. But I am not taking more pics.

Lazy slag, I am.


It is cooler, lately. Which is nice because it feels more like Fall. Yesterday, we had the worst of a long string of storms and we had tornadoes in Arizona. Four touched down a bit north of us, just south of Flagstaff. A lot of homes were ripped apart and several people were injured. No fatalities, tho. Which was great. Tornadoes can be nasty and they kill a lot of people. We don't get a lot of tornadoes in this state. To get four confirmed full on tornadoes in one day is almost unheard of. What is this... The New Tornado Alley? lol

It is clear and sunny and breezy, today. More like typical weather in this area, this time of the year.

I hope that wherever you are your skies are clear and your breezes gentle. Have a great night and may your polish never bubble. :D

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Manicure of the Moment

Hello all. I hope that you had a terrific weekend and are all fired up for your new week ahead. :D

I am sorry I am not posting here as often as I would like. My nails are still tragically short, (to me) and they are just... boring, really. And since they are so short, polish seems to last a little longer so I am not chancing it as often. Add to that being busy and my little nail blog is feeling kind of lonely, these days.

I hope to change all that, soon. :D

Okay, now to get down to the reason why I am here. To post my latest. When I was getting ready to do my nails, I chose Finger Paints Autumn Blaze. But, by the time I had cleaned off my old polish and had my base coat (China Glaze Strong Adhesion and Seche Clear Base mixed together) I changed my mind. I wasn't really in the mood for a dark colour or red, for that matter. So, I just did three coats of Orly Ridge Filler base coat as my polish. I applied three coats, then topped it with a coat of Seche.

I kind of like it. It is a soft ivory white. Not at all stark or blinding, as some whites can be. It kind of reminds me of Navajo White wall paint, actually. It applied pretty nicely, but I needed all three coats to get it as smooth as it came out. I probably could have used a forth coat but I just didn't have time to do that. So I contented myself with three.



May I just mention, very quickly that I am not happy with this new photo uploader? It is a PITA! It uploaded then lost a pic that I then had to re-upload. Then when I got both shots uploaded, I inserted the first pic and the second was gone from the uploader and I had to go fetch it from my puter again and insert it. Gah!!! Blogger, you are killing me!

The bottom pic sows my Seche in a cleaned out OPI bottle. That beautiful Pro Wide brush is the shit for smoothing Seche onto my nails. Seche really needs to think seriously about changing their brush. Fo shizz.

So, gentle readers. What think you? Is using a base coat as polish a go? No go?

Would you rather be eating tacos?

Mmmm... Tacos...

I seriously can't wait for my nails to grow out and the time I can even them and feel good about wearing all of my colours, again. *sigh* Note to self: Being more careful of your nails would be a really, really good idea.

Okay, I am off to stalk *follow!* my new followers. Welcome! I am going to have to start giving some thought to a 200 follower giveaway, won't I? ^^

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great evening and may your polish (or base coat) never bubble. <3