April 15, 2012

It's my 2 year blogging birthday!

Hey guys! 2 years ago today The PolishAholic was born, it's crazy how time has flown by. If you asked me then if I would still be blogging I probably would have said no. I've never really been one to stick with things for long. I think what's kept me going in this crazy nail blogging world is the amazing people I have met along the way. When I started blogging I didn't realize what a great community of ladies (and gents!) were out there who loved nail polish as much as I do.

The PolishAholic has become my little safe haven, when I'm having a bad day I'm cheered up by friends I've made along the way or by the comments and emails I get from those of you that read my blog. I feel like I don't say it enough but I really appreciate every single one of you that takes time out of your day to read my blog or look at the pictures. Those of you who comment on my posts, or talk to me on Twitter or Facebook...you all make this so rewarding!

To celebrate a big blogging milestone, one that I never thought I'd reach, I have a fun layering manicure to show you and an awesome giveaway! 

This manicure is the one that was on my non-fish egg nails on Fish Egg Friday! It spawned from boredom, when I get bored I like to go through my nail polish and layer things. Usually the result isn't so great but I really liked it this time. There were SO many colors going on here! I started with a base of Sally Hansen Extreme Wear in Black Out then layered 2 coats of Nails Inc The Old Vic followed by CND Crimson Sparkle, CND Jade Sparke and CND Sapphire Sparkle. Pictures don't really do it justice, especially since I couldn't manage to get any clear ones :( 



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To enter my 2 year blogging anniversary giveaway click the Read More button below!


To celebrate 2 years of blogging I am giving away a $100 gift card to a wonderful etailer called Harlow & Co! Harlow & Co sell a ton of awesome brands including Ozotic, Glitter Gal, Nubar, Models Own, Barry M, Picture Polish, Layla and Nerd Lacquer!

I was going back and forth for ages trying to figure out what to do for this giveaway, I didn't want to have to exclude those of you who don't live in the US so I decided this was the best option! Rules & how to enter are below the picture


This giveaway is open internationally to where ever Harlow & Co ships to.

Giveaway closes at 12:01 am on April 23rd 2012

Entries are only accepted via the Rafflecopter widget below, entries left in the comments will not be counted.

1 entry per person, please!

Winner has 48 hours to respond to my email notifying them of winning, if no response is received a new winner will be chosen.

There are 2 mandatory questions to answer in the widget:
1. How do you follow The PolishAholic? There are a ton of ways...Google Friend Connect, FacebookTwitter,  RSSBloglovinHellocotton, Email. I'm sure there are some I'm forgetting, it seems like there are a bazillion and 1 ways to follow haha! I just need to know 1 of the ways!

2. Tell me what the number 1 polish is on your wish list. I'm nosy and I love hearing what everyone is always on the hunt for. My number 1 is Urban Decay Toxin, I'll probably never get it so I just stare at pretty pictures of it online haha!

Good luck everyone!




a Rafflecopter giveaway

151 comments:

  1. number one polish is ANYthing by Nubar Glitter Gal or Ozotic ... I don't have NEARLY enough of them (only one of each!)

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  2. Helena Lacky CornerApril 15, 2012 at 7:18 AM

    I think it might be Glitter Gals Dark Purple 3d holo

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  3. I'm really lusting after Butter London Trout Pout.

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  4. My #1 wishlist polish is China Glaze Wicked Stepsisters!
    (i couldn't put it in the widget so i posted here)

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  5. Stacy Plowman-PennockApril 15, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    Aww man, it wouldn't let me put my answer in the Rafflecopter for the second question so please ignore that entry!  :(
    Anywho, my answer would have been pretty much any of the original OPI DS holos, I'm a holo whore!  LOL!
    p.s.  YAY on 2 years, yours was one of the first blogs I started following!!

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  6. Happy blogging bday!! I think I messed up on the NP lemming part :( didnt mean to not fill it out LOL, it's O.P.I Glow Ink in the Dark!

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  7. My #1 is OPI DS Original.

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  8. :/ there wasn't a text field box to the top lemming polish question.. so here goes: mine is opi ds glamour! i know it's kinda irrational, considering how many other navy blue holos there are.. i guess it has a special cult status? :S

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  9. Ok, maybe I'm stupid, but there was no field for the comment for my number 1 polish.Is it just me, or has anyone else the same problem?

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  10. I love all the layering it's really beautiful :)
    Sorry, I had a little trouble and it looks like I entered twice.  It wouldn't let me list my lemming it's Essie Starry, Starry Night.

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  11. I really want Orly Fowl Play, but they don't carry it anywhere where I live! :(

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  12. for some reason it didn't let me answer the second question not sure what to do but ULTRA cool and sweet of you to do this giveaway- hope the technical issue doesn't prevent me from being officially entered- LOVE ur blog and Congrats on the 2 years!! Keep up the great work:)

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  13. Happy Blogoversary Jenn! This is an awesome manicure! I love those days when layering works out in your favour! Anyways, I wanted to say that I am so happy and thankful you are blogging and that I can consider you one of my blogging friends. Without you or Kirsten I think I would probably have stopped blogging a long time ago, but the two of you have made it so fun! I love reading your blog every day/all the hilarious twitter situations that happen. <3 can't wait til your 3rd blogoversary! :)

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  14. wow where did the time go? I guess gazing at your wonderful pics, and reading the blog makes the time fly by. Happy anniversary and keep up the great work!

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  15. Happy 2-Year-Blog-Birthday! Love the layering! So glad you continued to blog, this is my daily vice! Must have my PolishAholic!

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  16. DS Glamourrrrr *drooling just thinking about it* lol!
    Happy blogging birthday!! Thank you for this awesome giveaway <33!

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  17. I tried to type something into the 2nd question, but failed. I accidentally clicked Enter without giving an answer, so my answer is Butter London Black Knight :) I hope you can add this answer in somehow! <3

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  18. For now OPI i don't give a Rotterdam, beacause OPI is very expensive and difficult to find were i live!

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  19. Happy blog birthday Jen! I love seeing your nails and all the great combos you come up with!

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  20. Congratulations for 2 years of an amazing blog! Thanks for the huge giveaway (and thank you for only having 2 entries per person instead of like 15 craziness. ;) )

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  21. thanks for doing the giveaway <3 love the layers of colors!!!

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  22. I accidentally hit enter for the second question as well before entering my answer.  My #1 is OPI DS Sapphire.  Congrats on 2 years of blogging!

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  23. Constanze SchmittApril 15, 2012 at 8:05 AM

    Congratulations! :)
    The manicure looks beautiful.

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  24. Happy 2nd Blog Birthday! I love reading your posts and I've developed many a lemming from you. =D Thanks for an awesome blog!

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  25. Happy Birthday!! :)

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  26. This manicure is so so pretty! LOVE the polishes all together <3. Also, congrats on the second birthday, really hope there will be more to come since I adore your blog!

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  27. Congrats on 2 years! I hope to get there some day. I've loved reading your blog, and this is an awesome giveaway

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  28. Andddd I totally misread that question haha... that's my number 1 polish in my stash, not on the wishlist! The wishlist one is OPI La Boheme!

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  29. I love the combo! I bet it would look awesome mattified too!

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  30. Happy Birthday!!! :)

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  31. Happy 2nd Blog Birthday!!! Thanks for all your inspiration!!

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  32. Congratulations!!!  Awesome mixture of colors on this manicure!

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  33. Thank you!! the widget was having problems, it's all fixed now! I'll count your comment as that entry no worries about being DQed!

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  34. Thank you Liz, you ladies keep me sane. I don't know what I'd do you without you and Kirsten sometimes!

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  35. It wasn't just you! I fixed it so now the box should be there!

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  36. Congratulations - and well done, when I started your swatches made it easy for me to decide whether to buy or not to buy!

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  37. DS Glamour is amazing, it was one of my biggest lemmings also before I finally got it!

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  38. no worries, the widget was broken!

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  39. I'll count your comment as that entry, the widget was broken! :)

    Thank you for your support!

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  40. I don't think I've ever seen that China Glaze *goes to google it*

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  41. thanks! ur sweet:) Happy Birthday

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  42. What a great idea for a giveaway :) Happy blog birthday!
    xoxo

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  43. Happy anniversary! I love reading your blog, keep up the good work and thank you for including us international girls in this amazing giveaway!

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  44. Happy blog Birthday! And thanks for giving a chance for us international polishers, too!!! I'll post you up to my sidebar's giveaways-section - not for entries but in the hope that more people find your awesome blog!

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  45. Congrats and i like the giveaway :D

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  46. Samantha McCauleyApril 15, 2012 at 8:54 AM

    Happy Blog Birthday! Love how different the mani is! Awesome giveway too!

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  47. Happy blogiversary! I bet this is crazy sparkly in person. I love all the different color glitter packed into one Mani. And over black is awesome  :)

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  48. Congratulations on your blogoversary! I really enjoy following along and seeing all of the gorgeous swatches and nail art you create. It is so inspiring to me. Thanks for all you do! :)

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  49. Congrats on your blog birthday and thanks for the giveaway! Love your layering too!  

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  50. Happy blog anniversary! :) And thanks for the awesome giveaway.  Love the mani, reminds me of space.

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  51. Congratulations on your 2 years! I love your blog and it's always my "go to" for swatches! Thanks and keep up the amazing work!

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  52. Thanks a lot for this giveaway and for giving a chance for us international polishers, too!!! Congratulatios! Your amazing swatches help me a lot, made it easy for me to decide whether to buy or not to buy!

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  53. Congrats for the 2 years, wish you (and us ^^) many others more! I follow you since almost 1 year and you've made me discover so many things. So thank you very much for creating this wonderful blog <3

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  54. WTG on 2 years! I discovered your blog late last year and thought for sure it had been around much longer. Your inventory is so huge and honestly, I use it as a reference if I'm out or happen upon an unfamiliar brand.

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  55. ♫ Happy Anniversary baby....♫ (Little Riverband song...lol). Wishing you years of success & blogging. :)

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  56. Elizabeth AllbrightApril 15, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Congratulations on going from this little blog I followed to become a force to be reckoned with! Your swatches are always perfection. Definitely in my top 5 go to blogs when I want to see a swatch. :D  You rock Jen, keep doing what you do!

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  57. Love the mani, so gorgeous! & Thanks for the giveaway :]

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  58.  Love your blog!!  And love this mani.  I would never have the patience to layer this many polishes (especially glitters) LOL.  But from what I can tell in the pictures it looks amazing and is well worth it.  I can only imagine how gorgeous it is in person and in sunlight.  Thank you for all your blog entries and information and ideas.  Yours is always one of the first blogs I read when I log in to my blogger dashboard and have new posts from all the blogs I follow :) ox's

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  59. Congratulation on your hard work, passion and dedication in creating and up keeping of this blog:)

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  60. Congrats on your 2 year anniversary, Jen! I love your blog... you do such an amazing job! You're an inspiration!

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  61. Congrats... you blog is one of the first I discovered & I enjoy it so much! Please keep it coming!

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  62. Happy blogaversary! I love this manicure!!!

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  63. I first started reading nail blogs about 6 months ago. Yours was the first one! I love your blog, and it inspired me to start my own.  I'm not used to updating yet, so its a little sporadic, but you and all the other polish-bloggers are so inspiring!  My stash has increased ten fold since I started reading and I am having so much fun, thank you!

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  64. congrats to your blog's birthday! :) Keep the great work up!

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  65. Congratulations!! I love your blog so much! You have gorgeous pictures but also you show some different brands, like indies from Etsy. Sometimes I just get tired to see the exact same collections in every blog!! 
    Reader complaint: what about your wednesday's food trucks? LOL I love to read what you got hahaha

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  66. Hey Jen, Congratulations!!!!

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  67. Thank you for being one of my favorite nail polish bloggers!  :D  Congrats on the anniversary and milestones!  

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  68. Claudia Taconelli SaitoApril 15, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    I loooved this combo :) Congrats for your blog !!
    Nails&Pets

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  69. Congrats - what a great milestone! Can't wait to see what you'll share with us next :)

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  70. Congrats on 2 yrs of this! That's a ton of work/time spend devoted to the blogisphere. Especially when you have done a difficult polish job or the blog tools were giving you fits and you only get a couple comments. But you never know how many folks have looked and read via email only and just did not take the time to write a comment. Thanks for the give-a -way contest! I am so glad you did not make it dependent on having to have a blog. I know the object of that end is to get your blog linked on the web. But so many followers don't have blogs. It really skews the results and seems like it's all between the bloggers only. I would love to have a blog, but don't have the time. I have run a not for profit self help support group for a rare bone disease with over 1500 members now and that takes all my 'volunteer time.' Also, I don't think I ever have a camera that works - I keep having bad luck no matter what price point I buy in at. Best one I had was an old 1.3 MP that no slot loaders take the cards it too anymore - let alone find that old style card to buy. Maybe someday - as I would love it I know, and I NEED to run ongoing blog sales for all the extra bottles and ones I won't ever used again. Gotta get this 1500+++ bottle stash cleaned out. I have long ago ran out of storage room.

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  71. Congratulations!  You tend to be the first blogger I turn to for swatches of a polish I'm considering, and you've inspired me to start my own (brand new and humble) for fun.  I really love the warmth of the nail polish community. ♥

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  72. I've been following your blog for the last year and a half!  I love your enthusiasm and your beautiful swatches.  Thanks for two years of gorgeous polish!  Happy Anniversary!

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  73. Congratulations on 2 years and I hope you have like a million more!
    And time really does fly.I remember reading your blog when it was small, and now it's all giant LOL. 

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  74. Congratulations! And how very generous of you!!

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  75. Kirsten Glitta GlovesApril 15, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Happy blogiversary to my favourite! <3 I'm so happy to have "met" you and I'm so glad we're friends and every time you reach a new milestone I'm just so proud of you. I love being friends with people I fangirl like a tool over hehe ;) LOVE YOU

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  76. Congrats! Your blog truly is one of the best nail blogs on the web!

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  77. Congrats on the milestone, Jen! You were one of the first bloggers I started following, and made me want to start my own blog. I love your "unique" polish choices and it's been fun tweeting!

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  78. Congratulations!!! Your blog is one of my favorites! :D

    That layering looks awesome!

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  79. Congrats on 2 years!

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  80. Wow 2 years of showing us pretty polish! Congrats to you! Thanks for keeping us informed of all the lovely colors that are out their for us! Your swatches have helped many times of when I was iffy on a color:) 

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  81. Congrats on the 2nd blogiversary! You are a true inspiration to the other bloggers out there.  Keep it up!

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  82. Congratulations, your blog is one of my absolute favorites!!

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  83. Congrats and from a fairly new reader I love your blog! I've found so many great polishes because of you.

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  84. Congrats on your 2 years! I love your blog! And what a great giveaway!!!

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  85. Congratulations! Wonderful mani to celebrate this milestone, woah! Love it!

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  86. Congratulations Jen! I'm glad you 're sticking with your blog, and I'm not the only one to say: you're one of my favorite blogs to read, and to follow on twitter. You're fun! So as a loyal reader only thing left to say is: thank you! For sharing your love with us fellow polishaholics! Keep it up!

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  87. I can't believe it's already been two years!  Congratulations and I look forward to many more years of reviews, polish pics, and original layered looks.

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  88. I can't believe it's already been two years!  Congratulations and I look forward to many more years of reviews, polish pics, and original layered looks.

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  89. Thank you for this game, hope I will be lucky!!

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  90. Congratulations on your 2 year anni! :)

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  91. Congratulations!! Love your blog! And this is one awesome giveaway!!

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  92. Excellent!! Good for you Jen! You have done very well, and you remain in my top 5 favourite blogs. My wallet however, is not as enthusiastic about the quality of your blog. LOL

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  93. Congratulations! I hope to enjoy your posts and your accurate swatches for many years to come :)

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  94. Congrats and happy anniversary! 

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  95. Congratuations!!!

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  96. Oops, the number 1 color on my wishlist is: Chanel Peridot.  I mistakenly listed my 1 color that I'm using right now.

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  97. Second question was so hard. There are tons of polishes vying for the #1 most wanted spot on my wish list, haha. Congrats on your 2 year blogversary! I just started following about a week ago and I'm really enjoying your posts. Thanks for setting up the giveaway!

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  98. eee! happy blog birthday!!

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  99. Happy Blogaversary :) I've been following for really really long time and am always happy to see your nails in my blogger reading list!

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  100. Happy Blogiversary!

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  101. Congrats on your Blog-versary!  I love your blog- it is one of my go-to nail sites.  Keep up the fantastic work!

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  102. Congratulations from Holland! I'm following your site for a few weeks now and i'm LOVING it!!!! I wish you all the best so you can continue making this very addictive website. 
    It's too bad that some type of polishes aren't  sold here in Holland. I really love the Layla polishes, so answering the 2nd question wasn't that hard :-). 

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  103. Congratulations from Holland! I wish you all the best so you can continue making this very very addictive website ;-). Since a few weeks i'm following this blog and i'm LOVING it!!! Especially the swatches with Layla Hologram polishes. Answering the 2nd question wasn't that hard for me, because in Holland i can't buy this beautiful polishes :-( ... 

    Greetz,
    Frensis

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  104. Congrats, I think it was around this time last year that I found your blog and have followed ever since!

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  105. Congratulations! I clicked the link through fb so I don't know if I already entered via my google reader. I swear I don't mean to be a dirty cheater. Bob Smith is my fb name. I am Bubblewrapper everywhere else.

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  106. whoo hoo!!congrats....I've never tried Zoya, as I can't find it here, but I really want to try the Malia grapish color!! Keep on blogging!

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  107. Happy blogaversary! And thanks for not letting the raffle sway in favor of other bloggers that can get so many extra points for blogging about the giveaway! :)

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  108. Congratulations on 2 yrs! You are definitely an inspiration for me and my blog and I always love reading your blog!

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  109. Happy blogoversary!  How exciting.  I love your blog.  This is a great giveaway too, I am drooling over some of the polishes on the Harlow & Co site... Layla Holographics are such a huge lemming for me!

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  110. congratulations!! my favorite polish is jade is the new black by OPI. i think its just marvelous!

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  111. Happy 2 Year Blogiversary!!. My #1 wishlist polish at the moment is Debroha Lippmann Candy Shop. Cant buy this brand in Australia and Ive only seen it once one ebay and that was for $27

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  112. Congrats!  Love your Blog!!

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  113. So I finally got my act together and made an RSS feed  of all of my favorite polish blogs, and your giveaway was the catalyst :) I've been following you pretty religiously for the past few months, pretty much ever since I got into polish!

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  114. Congratulations on your milestone!!

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  115. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  116. Congratulations on your blog anniversary, we love it!  This layering manicure is stunning!

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  117. Congrats and happy blogversary! Thanks for the gorgeous work you're doing here, so useful for me to choose wether to buy or not!! Thanks for what you will keep on doing here, and thanks for the giveaway!

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  118. Happy Blog Birthday!

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  119. I follow you by RSS. And my dream polish that I can't seem to get is Chanel Palpitant... sold out since forever. Any advice on a dupe?

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  120. I dream of finding Chanel Palpitant (and follow you by RSS). Any advice on a palpitant dupe?

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  121. Congratulations! I love you're blog. Happy Blog Birthday! :)

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  122. Unfortunately I don't know of a dupe for that polish, I've actually never heard about it until your comment!

    Sorry :(

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  123. What one do we put when we follow on that little thing at the top of the blog that says follow..? please reply asap, as I am dying to enter this contest!x

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  124. That is google friend connect (gfc)

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  125. thanks, sorry for the dumb question..

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  126. no problem, that's not a dumb question!

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  127. http://www.aotpics.com/nails/Collages/Chanel%20Palpitant.jpg It just looks so lovely and autumn.

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  129. congrats!!!!! this is my favorite blog!

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  130. Happy blogoversary!!

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  131. Congrats! I'm a fairly new follower but I can't wait to see what you post!

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  132.  Awesome giveaway! I love when it's open to international readers too.

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  133. happy 2 year anniversary!! i honestly am so grateful to have found your blog, it's amazing the quality of your pictures and the details you go into discussing how the formula is. i definitely appreciate it!! :) and thanks for the chance at this giveaway!

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  134. Congratulations!!!! :D 

    Thank you so much for holding this amazing giveaway!

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  135. Thank you for the giveaway

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  136. Thank you so much for this giveaway!

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  137. Congratulations!!

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  138. Congrats on 2 years!

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  139. Happy 2
    years anniversary!!!
    You have a marvelous blog and really great taste in nail polish, I hope you'll keep your passion for them as long as... forever :D
    Sorry for my form being so long, I tend to get a little bit too chatty :P

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  140. Congrats on 2 years!! Thank you for this great giveaway!

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  141. Congrats on 2 Years! I've just come to my first blogiversary so i hope i will make it to 2 years like you! =)

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  142. congratulations!!

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  143. Congrats on your anniversary!!

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  144. Happy Anniversary! And thank you for the giveaway, so exciting!! :)

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  145. Congrats on your 2 year anniversary! I just discovered your blog today and I am already LOVING it. Definitely one I'm going to share with friends

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  146. Congratulations for 2 years of an amazing blog! Thanks for the huge giveaway (and thank you for only having 2 entries per person instead of like 15 craziness. ;) )

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