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Are you dizzy with excitement about nail polish?

 This is Pahlish Bixby Canyon Bridge.
 I used just two coats here (followed by Gelous and two top coats).
 Oh!  And I didn't do any actual clean up.  I didn't feel the need to.  Hooray for that!
 I knew I would love this polish, but not as much as I actually do now that I've worn it!  <3  The public seems to approve, as well, as I received tons of compliments.
I don't even mind that I didn't get big pieces onto my nails, despite having stored the bottle upside down.  It's so pretty I couldn't care!  Well done, Shannon!  Pahlish can be found here.

 This is two coats of Nails Inc. Belgrave Place.  I topped it with a coat of OPI Designer Series top coat and then Seche Vite (which so far, is proving to be quite a winning combination for me!).
 You know how I'm always trying to find a magical top coat or combination that gives me long wear with little to no bubbles or streaks as well as a decently quick dry time.  I'm not holding my breath or anything, but this might be the best so far!  I'm on day five with only some tip wear on the right hand.  I'm sure it helps, too, that my nails are pretty short right now.
Belgrave Place is awesome, as I knew it would be.  It did dry darker than it looks in the bottle, and also I find it to be more blue/navy than I expected.  In real life, it appears slightly more purple in the bottle than what you see in my pictures.  It looks almost black on the nails, but you can still tell it's blue, which I love.  And it definitely has that pinch of purple, which makes it much more special than ordinary navy.  This color rocks!

 This is three coats of Essie Chinchilly.  I would first off like to say that I would love to own a Chinchilla someday!  Second, I've had this polish as an untried for a long time.  Third, I really really love it!
I don't know why my fingers look so red here.  The polish dries darker on the nail than it appears in the bottle.  Also, my pictures refused to capture it, but to my eye, it looked slightly purple toned.  I'm really loving the gray-ish and dusty tones lately!


 This is two coats of a-england Order of the Garter.
 I say two coats, but think of it as one sort of thin coat and one rather thick coat!  It probably would've been better to try and do three thin coats.
 What you can't see here is the really pretty pinky purple shimmer that peeks out every now and then in person.  It's a beautiful sea of shimmery blue goodness!
 The application was easy, as always.  After a day or so, I decided to bring on the bling.
 I added a coat of Tokidoki Latte along with the cute decals that came attached to the bottle.
 In the pictures here I've only used one additional coat of top coat, but I decided to go with another one after I snapped the photos as the glitter was too bumpy still.  Below you see my right thumb, left thumb, and right ring finger.



 It was fun and cute!  I really love Tokidoki and the characters.  I used to love buying the Le Sportsac purses back about seven years ago (I only have two but I love them dearly).  Bastardino is my favorite of the stickers here.

 This is two coats of $OPI Cartwheels on the Catwalk from the Bestey Johnson collection.  No scent.  Just beautiful dusty blue green.
Is it blue?  Is it green?  It is.  :)  I find it looks a little more blue than it does green, in most lighting.  I love this color!  It makes me think of the ocean.

 For this glittery goodness, I started with a coat of Nails Inc. Black Taxi.  It was thick for my liking.  I shall have to thin it before using it again.
 Next, I carefully added a coat of $OPI Sparkling Personality (from the Betsey Johnson collection).  No, it is not scented.  :)  It's got lots of tiny silver glitter and then also pink and blue, it seems.
 I didn't imagine it would be so opaque!  I also added a coat of my $OPI It's Real 18K Gold top coat, just for kicks.
 The overall effect reminds me just a little of Chanel Graphite.  I wasn't sure I liked my combination the first night I had it on, but it quite grew on me and I like it a lot!
I used the $OPI quick dry top coat again, here, and while I love how it gives me longer wear time, I struggle with bubbles and streaks.  Fortunately for this mani, I can actually tolerate the bubbles pretty well (since you can barely ever see or notice them).

 Here I've used two coats of $OPI I'm with Brad and a coat of $OPI It's Real 18K Gold top coat.
 I'm with Brad is absolutely gorgeous and glowy.  It was almost opaque in one coat and I really enjoyed using the old style $OPI brush, which is very long and skinny.  I get so much better precision and control in application with that one!
 The newer $OPI brushes are more like the pro-wide.  I haven't compared them side by side, but I would not be surprised if they are in fact exactly the same now.
 The sun really brings out the beautiful red shimmer in I'm with Brad.  In low lighting it looks much darker and deeper - almost black.
Here you can see how dark it is without the direct sunlight.

 I got a new nail kit from Sephora that has the bottle you see above and also contains a larger bottle of oil.  I think it's called the Perfect Formula Strong Nail system (not positive).  I used the bottle you see above as a base, then followed with my regular base of Palladio Fuse.
 Next, I used one coat of Illamasqua Muse.  ONE coat!!  I was so happy for that.  I wish the sun had come out to make the gold look more shiny and pretty.
Then I added a coat of the $OPI It's Real 18K Gold top coat, followed by the $OPI quick dry top coat. Yeah, I'm into the gold flakes.  I love it!  And please pardon my poor dry skin in these photos - obviously I was not using my new oil before I took these.  The oil is nice, though!  It seems to absorb in easily without leaving my skin greasy.

Anyway, I retract my previous statement that you'd need to use two coats of the 18K Gold top coat.  It looks nice with just one.  :)

 Can I just say that this is my fifth - FIFTH - day wearing this mani?!  Woah.  A moment of silence for such unheard of awesomeness.  I'm hoping it's the Sephora by OPI quick dry top coat that I'm using for the first time.
 Two nights ago I added $OPI It's Real 18K Gold top coat to my Guerlain Riviera mani.  I used two coats of the 18K Gold and followed with another of $OPI quick dry top coat.
 If you are wondering how similar it is to the Rococo Gold Leaf lacquer - Rococo's has much larger pieces of the leaf.  Based on what I've seen so far, I'd recommend using  $OPI's over dark colors, and you'll probably want two coats as well, followed with clear top coat.  It's a little bumpy on it's own.
At $30 a bottle, it had better be real gold!!  Will you be splurging for this nail jewelry?

P.S.  I think everyone here knows, but when I write "$OPI," it's just a shorthand for "Sephora by OPI," that I learned on MUA.  :)

 Recognize this beauty?  It's Guerlain's Terracotta 02 Riviera, again.
 I wanted to actually wear it, so I gave it another go.  This is two coats followed by a coat of Sephora by OPI's new quick dry top coat.
 It's much more blurple in real life, and the duochrome between blue and purple is very apparent in real life, as well.  It's quite stunning, I have to say!  There's even a hint of pink as it flashes between blue and purple.
 I love the bottle with the wooden cap.  The formula was a little tricky and I had to apply it very conscientiously to avoid brush strokes and bubbles.
I'm really enjoying wearing it, though, and am well into my third day now!  The $OPI top coat may be partly to thank for that.  It did not dry as quick as I would have preferred it to, but was dry to the touch in maybe 3-5 minutes.  I suppose I could learn to tolerate slower dry times if it means longer wear time. :)

 This is NerdLacquer's Entirely Unlike Tea.
 I cannot for the life of me remember this name when I try to think of it - I always think it's called "Certainly Unlike Tea."  I don't know what my problem is.  Mental block!
 Anyway, this is three coats of Entirely Unlike Tea followed with only one coat of Seche Vite.
 Glittery, shimmery, iridescent mega fun polish that's smooth with one coat of top coat?!  Heck, yes!
Sorry these pictures are lackluster.  It was another dreary rainy day.  The base color here does for sure remind me of tea, and I love the silvery and pinky flashes from the shimmer.  It's a really neutral yet very interesting polish.  I'm not normally a fan of beige.

 I have a lot to say about this mani!  I used two coats of Zoya Lotus as well as Lynnderella Forget You Not for the accent (index finger on my other hand).
 I'm always looking for the best top coat to use with my Zoyas.  They give me trouble.  This time around I used Out the Door (and a coat of Gelous over the glitter before OtD).
 Out the Door is nice and thin.  I don't love the brush, but it does okay.  It didn't dry super fast for me - in fact, while it did dry to the touch pretty quickly, it took many hours to completely dry.
 Also, it's not a thick top coat - and not the shiniest, in my opinion (though shiny enough).  However, I had zero shrinking or inkling of shrinking and I got REALLY good wear (for me).  Three days, if I recall.  That is quite unusual for me!  There were many times I banged my fingers into things or bent them in ways that I cringed knowing that for sure I would have had a huge chip but no.  Only some tip wear.  It was kind of crazy cool!  And I have to say that I was really hard on my nails in those three days.
All that to say that I'm going to be experimenting more with Out the Door in the near future and will definitely be using it with Zoyas from now on (as long as I have enough time to let it dry well).

Forget You Not is gorgeous and instantly reminds me of one of my most beloved flowers, hydrangeas. It's quite thickly laden with glitter, so all you need is one careful coat.  What a stunner!  Sorry for the dreary pictures - it was raining when I took them.

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