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Born Pretty Store Destiny Fairy & mermaid nail art

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Ages ago (July!) I did a big Born Pretty Store purchase and picked up one of the duochrome flakie polishes I’d been seeing everywhere. I really like the effect of this polish, but I didn’t pick up its partner (called Eternal Life) as that was just a straight up duochrome and I have A LOT of those.

Born Pretty Store Destiny Fairy swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store Destiny Fairy swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The polish I bought is called Destiny Fairy and it’s a stunner. It’s a clear base with purple-to-green shifting glitter, so delicate that they’re pretty much flakies. I decided to pop mine over white undies (I forgot the polish! I wore this yonks ago!) so you can see some of the individual bits. I really like this look, but you could get full opacity with this polish in about two or three coats. What you see here is two coats; the second coat I carefully chose where to dab the polish. Then I gave it a top coat of Seche Vite. It didn’t eat the top coat.

Born Pretty Store Destiny Fairy swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Now, this is my attempt at some mermaid-inspired nail art. I wore it a while ago but I remember really liking it when I did. I used a wavy line image and stamped that onto my nails and then applied rhinestones to my middle finger and index finger. I thought it looked somewhat fishy with the base of Destiny Fairy but didn’t want to call it fish fingers so mermaid nail art it is.

Born Pretty Store Destiny Fairy mermaid nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Born Pretty Store Destiny Fairy mermaid nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Born Pretty Store
  • Cost: US$3.69
  • Volume: 9ml
  • Coats to opacity: See description above

What are your thoughts on Destiny Fairy? Do you like seeing the white undies or do you prefer full coverage? Looking at the full coverage pics on the Born Pretty listing, I do prefer how I’ve done it, if I do say so myself. Thanks for reading!

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KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails

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I’ve never tried false nails before, so when I was approached by Key Sun to try out some of its KISS brand false nails, I was excited to try them. I guess I’d always thought they’d just be a nightmare to apply and uncomfortable to wear. I’m not sure where I got that idea from – most likely my own self-talk – but I decided I’d keep an open mind. Read on for my experience with KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails.

KISS Salon Acrylic kit in French by Dry, Dammit!

What you get in the pack is comprehensive, in fact, you don’t need to use any other tools if you don’t really want to (the ony exception is acetone to wipe oils off your nails before adding the glue and also to remove the nails BUT I reckon if you didn’t do the former it wouldn’t be a big deal). Included in the pack of KISS Salon Acrylic French were 28 nails in 14 sizes, nail glue, a nail file, a cuticle pusher and an instruction pamphlet. The nails I received were in medium length and oval shaped. Looking at the other KISS products, you can get shorter nails and ones in different shapes, like square. I probably would’ve prefered the square nails on me (as oval nails are so far from what I’m used to and it seemed like that made it more obvious they were fake) but I’m glad I tried something out of my comfort zone nonetheless.

KISS Salon Acrylic in French day 1 swatched by Dry, Dammit!Just after applying KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails.

Applying the nails was incredibly easy, but I was incredibly slow. This doesn’t help when applying false nails – so remember that! Speed is the key but the only way to get faster is to practice and the only way to practice is to apply the nails, so it’s a vicious circle. I managed to get all on with only my middle finger looking obviously wonky, but it wasn’t too noticeable. The instructions are easy to understand and the longest part of the process was choosing which nails best suited my fingers. I decided to choose the nails beforehand instead of per each finger; I just thought it would be easier that way. The instructions said you could use the nail file to trim the false nails to the right size if need be, but I didn’t do this. Once my nails were chosen, it was pretty much add glue to the false nail, add glue to my real nail and press the false nail onto my real nail starting from the cuticle. I held it for a few seconds but the glue was so quick drying that I’m sure it didn’t need it. I did manage to get glue all over my fingers a couple of times though (I had to get my hubby to apply acetone to dissolve it), hence why speed and precision is your friend. Once the nails were on, I filed the tips to remove the stub I believe the nails were attached to during their making. The acrylic was easy to file and you didn’t need to press hard or be overly vigorous to remove the unwanted bits.

KISS Salon Acrylic in French day 1 swatched by Dry, Dammit!Just after applying KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails.

KISS Salon Acrylic in French day 1 swatched by Dry, Dammit!Just after applying KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails.

I did notice on some of the nails I had a little bubbling – the pack claims the nails are “no bubbles” – so either that’s false or it was user error. Probably me, given I had a hard time with that super quick drying glue! All in all, once the nails were on I was pretty happy with how they looked. They were sleek and bright. Not bright as in being close to neon, but bright in that the white tip was so white. When I do French nails I’ll usually add a sheer nude over the tip so the tip isn’t so obviously white, so it was weird to have these stark white tips looking at me whenever I looked at my hands. But that’s just my personal preference. Also, the instructions said to apply a top coat of polish to the nails once they were on, which I did (I used Seche Vite), but I’m not sure why this is recommended. By the end of the first full day of wear the top coat was peeling from the nails. I did add more top coat, but by the second full day when more started peeling (I can’t help it! I’m a picker!) I just wiped acetone over all the false nails and went sans top coat. To me it looked much better. In my 10 days of wear, the false nails didn’t seem to get scuffed/scratched/ruined at all because of a lack of top coat.

One odd thing I noticed one my first full day of wearing the false nails is that my nails hurt. Not all, maybe two or three on each hand, but for a few hours there was some slight pain that I’m not sure how describe. Obviously it wasn’t that bad that I felt like I needed to remove the false nails, but it was uncomfortable. And as suddenly as it came it just stopped, so I’m still not 100% sure if it was only a coincidence that I was wearing the nails or if the nails were causing it. One thing I thought is that maybe the false nails were “stretching” (for lack of better word) the skin around the false nail because the nails were very slightly wider than my nail bed… but I really have no idea. Also, the instructions advise to not wear beyond 10 days but it doesn’t say why. I wore the nails for 10 days with no problems and so felt sad that I’d have to remove them as I thought if you were on holidays or something they might be a good way to have your nails done without any maintenance, but 10 days isn’t even a fortnight! Still, I figured it better to be safe than sorry so removed them on the tenth day of wear.

KISS Salon Acrylic in French day 10 swatched by Dry, Dammit!Day 10 of wearing KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails.

Now, removal. I found it really difficult. Even though the instructions say “do not force or pull nails off” I found I had to do a bit of that because they just wouldn’t budge otherwise! And this was even after trimming and filing the surface to get through the top of the false nails. Perhaps I just didn’t wait long enough when soaking in acetone though. But the wait time for their removal seemed to take ages, even longer than when removing glitter polish. When I did manage to finally get the nails off, my real nails were slightly damaged. The top layers of some nails had peeled off with the false nails, leaving noticeable indentations that needed to be filed. It wasn’t a massacre, but it wasn’t pretty either so I’ll use a ridge-filling base coat for a little while. I think the takeaway message here is to soak, soak, soak your nails for as long as possible and then remove. And if you were hoping to keep some false nails to reuse later, well, acetone takes care of that for you. Pretty much the nails shrivel up and they are definitely not reusable.

KISS Salon Acrylic in French day 10 swatched by Dry, Dammit!My natural nails after removal. You can see a bit of damage close to the tips of my nails.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Key Sun, Big W or Priceline
  • Cost: AU$15.99
  • What you get: 28 nails in 14 sizes, nail glue, a nail file, a cuticle pusher and an instruction pamphlet

I quite enjoyed wearing the KISS Salon Acrylic French false nails. During my 10 days of wear I had no problems, it was really the application and removal that caught me up, but I reckon now I know what I’m doing it’ll be much easier next time. I’d like to find out why it’s not recommended to wear the nails beyond 10 days; actually, I’ll email Key Sun to ask and then add the reply to this post. Because the real downside to these nails are the limited wear time. EDIT: I received a reply from Key Sun and was told the 10-day wear time is a “precaution as the chemicals from the glue can make some people’s nails weaker the longer they have been exposed to them – others can endure for longer periods. It really depends on your nail health and strength”. So it sounds like you can wear the nails longer; you just need to take into account the health of your nails. The wearing of the nails is really enjoyable and because there’s so many nails, you can at least get two wears out of each pack (maybe some filing needed on the second go). What do you think? Have you tried false nails before? If you have any questions or want to know anything else about wearing them, feel free to ask below. Thanks for reading!

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BYS Holographic nail polishes | Potion, Transcend, Unicorn Magic & Whimsical

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It’s been a while since I’ve bought some mainstream polishes, so when I first saw these polishes from BYS I was excited. Mainstream, affordable holos! But sadly no, while these are labelled holographic, they aren’t. However, four of the seven do have my favourite finish (foil) and were even duochromes, so I figured why not pick them up and see what they’re like? As you’ll find out, I’m really glad I purchased these beauties. Let’s take a look!

POTION

BYS Potion swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Potion swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Potion is a deep purple-green duochrome with green flecks. It’s a very moody polish. When I first looked at it I thought maybe I wouldn’t get this one, as it looked a bit brown to me, but on the nail it definitely looks better than in the bottle. Application was easy peasy – what you see here is just two coats without top coat. So as you can see, the formula builds up well, even though it was a bit watery and sheer when applying the first coat (the same applies for the other polishes, too). The second coat makes all the difference. In fact, because the formula is thin, even if you did do a third coat I don’t think it would be too much of a biggie as it’s not like it would be too heavy on the nail. You’re going to get sick of me saying it, but the brushes on these polishes are AMAZING. I’m very happy with the brushes – just a good, solid size that I think will work well with any nail shape.

BYS Potion swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Potion swatched by Dry, Dammit!TRANSCEND

BYS Transcend swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Transcend swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Transcend is lovely neutral polish I think many will enjoy. It’s a soft pink-silver duochrome with pink flecks. It’s not my favourite from the bunch, but I think it’s a close second. Again, the formula was a bit sheer but it’s buildable. Especially with that freaking awesome brush! This is two coats with no top coat – I think some people might have to do a third coat because even though my nails are very short at the moment, I could still see the tiniest of VNL.

BYS Transcend swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Transcend swatched by Dry, Dammit!UNICORN MAGIC

BYS Unicorn Magic swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Unicorn Magic swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Unicorn Magic is my favourite; I’m a sucker for purple and with that foil finish, how could I resist? Unicorn Magic is a purple-blue duochrome with blue flecks. Like the others, this builds up really easily (dat BRUSH!) but I think it’s like Transcend in that it may need three coats on some people. What you see on me is two coats without top coat.

BYS Unicorn Magic swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Unicorn Magic swatched by Dry, Dammit!WHIMSICAL

BYS Whimsical swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Whimsical swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Whimsical probably has the most subtle duochrome effect, but it’s there. It’s a bright pink-blue duochrome with pink and blue flecks. Like Potion, Whimsical builds up well and I don’t think you’d need any more than two coats, which is what I’ve shown here (with no top coat). This one I think is especially lovely up close and thanks to its awesome brush, there are no visible brush marks, even given the foil finish. Mind you, the other three polishes also didn’t show brush marks either, so it’s a pretty consistent formula.

BYS Whimsical swatched by Dry, Dammit!

BYS Whimsical swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: BYS
  • Cost: AU$4.95
  • Volume: 14ml
  • Coats to opacity: See polish descriptions above

Just looking at the pics again now – please forgive the random flecks on my skin. That’s one peeve of mine about the foil finish. It seems to always leave behind flecks when I clean up, which usually wear off within a day, but when swatching, I just couldn’t get them all to budge! Also, in case you were wondering, the other three polishes in the collection are more of straight-up shimmers. Maybe a bit duochrome-y; I can’t remember. I haven’t yet decided if I’ll but them, but I might just to have the complete collection. Thanks for reading!

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piCture pOlish Alive water decal nail art

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It’s been a while since I wore some nail art, so I recently decided to do something simple using piCture pOlish Alive and some water decals I had. I bought Alive along with a swag of other piCture pOlish polishes in its recent stocktake sale (see my haul pic on IG) and thought Alive might go nicely with the decals I chose. Let’s take a look!

piCture pOlish Alive water decal nail art by Dry, Dammit!

piCture pOlish Alive water decal nail art by Dry, Dammit!

Alive is a deep fuchsia scattered holo with magenta hexes. It’s a simple polish, which I like, so I thought it would go well with some jazzing up, hence the gold studs. Can’t have too much bling! 😀 With the water decals, I didn’t realise until I cut it out ready for my ring finger that it was going to be mostly green thanks to the leaf – obviously I think it would have been better as pink/orange you see in the decal on my middle finger.

With Alive, I found the polish to be very smooth and easy to apply. What you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite to all fingers, including on top of the studs. I find it easier to seal studs in with a good top coat than use nail glue (aside the fact that I don’t actually own nail glue!) and I’ve never had a problem with any falling off prematurely.

piCture pOlish Alive water decal nail art by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: piCture pOlish
  • Cost: AU$11 (retiring shade)
  • Volume: 11ml
  • Coats to opacity: Two

I think I bought the water decals from Born Pretty Store and the studs were part of an essence trend collection, but I forget which one. Thanks for reading!

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Pretty Serious Cosmetics Wish You Were Beer

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Hello there! Today I bring you Pretty Serious Cosmetics’ Wish You Were Beer. Since wearing this polish I just can’t get Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here out of my head! I believe this polish is limited edition and originally sold at the polish conventions Pretty Serious Cosmetics attended over the past year, including Aussie Indie Con, which I was devastated I couldn’t attend (damn baby!). But Wish You Were Beer is now up on Pretty Serious Cosmetics’ website so even if you didn’t attend the cons, you can still get your hands on it, which is what I did. 🙂

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Wish You Were Beer swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Wish You Were Beer swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Wish You Were Beer is a gold glitter base with holo glitter. The holo is really divine and just transforms this polish into something else. I’m love wearing it; usually I’m not the biggest gold fan, but this is such an intricate polish. It looks pretty stunning as soon as any source of light hits it. I reckon even if you’re not a gold lover (like me) you could come to love this polish. What you see is just two coats, but I found with the second coat the polish got a bit gluggy, so you do need to be patient and apply it quickly. Otherwise, put the lid back on, shake it and wait until it’s runny again. I’ve topped it with a coat of Seche Vite.

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Wish You Were Beer swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Wish You Were Beer swatched by Dry, Dammit!

DETAILS

What do you think of Wish You Were Beer? Let me know below. In the meantime, I’d recommend you at least look at Pretty Serious Cosmetics’ site as all its polishes are currently reduced to clear as it’s rebranding its polish bottles and other collateral. Thanks for reading!Save

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Bettie Pain Polish Crystal and Gemstone Collection

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I love it when a collection is released and I can’t help but love every polish in it. This is the way I feel about Bettie Pain Polish’s latest collection called the Crystal and Gemstone Collection. I have all six polishes for you and I hope you’ll be as mesmerised by them as I am. I just can’t seem to get over how subtle yet vibrant the colours are! If you can’t guess, the collection is inspired by crystals and gemstones (you can see the inspo pics at Bettie Pain Polish’s IG) and includes thermals, shimmers and holo glitters – pretty much something for everyone to enjoy.

Bettie Pain Polish Crystal and Gemstone Collection swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Padparadscha swatched by Dry, Dammit!PADPARADSCHA

Bettie Pain Polish Padparadscha swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Padparadscha swatched by Dry, Dammit!

I’ll start with my favourite, Padparadscha, which is inspired by the sapphire of the same name. It’s a sheer bright pink with a strong golden shimmer. This is such a delicate but strangely powerful polish and I’ve worn it a few times now. If you don’t mind a bit of VNL, you’ll really like this one. It’s great when you want something simply but a bit spesh at the same time. The formula was wonderful to work with, not overly streaky with the fine shimmer, but I would recommend making sure you apply it in thin coats. What you see here is three coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Bettie Pain Polish Moonstone swatched by Dry, Dammit!MOONSTONE

Bettie Pain Polish Moonstone swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Moonstone swatched by Dry, Dammit!

This beauty is Moonstone (named after the stone of the same name). It’s a pale grey with a strong blue shimmer, a sprinkling of holo flakies and a subtle scattered holo finish. It’s a very eerie polish, very aptly named, and I just can’t get enough of those holo flakies. Again, I had a bit of VNL but that’s because I used really thin coats – three all up (with a top coat of Seche). You could get away with doing thicker coats and I reckon you wouldn’t have the VNL. I didn’t really notice it when I was wearing it.

Bettie Pain Polish Ghost swatched by Dry, Dammit!GHOST

Bettie Pain Polish Ghost swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Ghost swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Next up is Ghost, which is inspired by green phantom quartz. It’s the first thermal of the collection, and shifts from sage green (warm) to mint (cold). It also has gold flakies and gold microglitter. It’s a bit sheer, but I managed to get it opaque in three thin coats, with a top coat of Seche. It was really easy to work with and on me the thermal shift happens so fast that it was hard to accurately take a pic mid-action, so these pics aren’t really doing the polish much justice I’m afraid! Much more delicate and pretty in real life.

Bettie Pain Polish Amethyst swatched by Dry, Dammit!AMETHYST

Bettie Pain Polish Amethyst swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Amethyst swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Amethyst is a purple crelly, filled with holo glitter, purple translucent glitter and a gold overlay. It’s a very pretty polish and the purple colour is really flattering for everyone. What you see is three thin coats with a top coat of Seche. I had absolutely no problems with the formula on this one – it was just divine to work with!

Bettie Pain Polish Quartz swatched by Dry, Dammit!QUARTZ

Bettie Pain Polish Quartz swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Quartz swatched by Dry, Dammit!

The second thermal of the collection, Quartz is inspired by the pink shades of rose quartz. It shifts from a pale baby pink (warm) to a bright pink (cold) and has green translucent flakies and a subtle holo shimmer. This is a close second favourite of mine from the collection – I just can’t help but love that bright pink! What you see here is three thin coats with a top coat of Seche. Again, VNL is present on me but I didn’t mind at all, but if you do, you could try thicker coats.

Bettie Pain Polish Peacock swatched by Dry, Dammit!PEACOCK

Bettie Pain Polish Peacock swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Bettie Pain Polish Peacock swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Last up is Peacock, named after peacock ore (bornite). It’s a blurple crelly with a strong blue shimmer and tiny silver flakies throughout. It’s a really fun colour to wear and I used three thin coats to achieve what you see here, along with a top coat of Seche. I can’t help but really love the macro of this polish; I just love that blue shimmer!

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Bettie Pain Polish
  • Cost: AU$9.75-AU$11
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See polish descriptions above

What do you think of Bettie Pain Polish’s Crystal and Gemstone Collection? Are there any here you’d like to try? The standout for me is definitely Padparadscha, followed closely by Quartz. Thanks for reading!Save

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Glittering Elements birthday releases

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I love birthdays and what better way to celebrate four years of Glittering Elements than with swatches of a handful of its wonderful polishes released especially for the milestone? Casey, the owner and creator at Glittering Elements, has released 10 new colours, two birthday exclusives and a one-off release called Dragonborn to celebrate the occasion. Phew! I also think it’s Casey’s birthday in there somewhere along the way, so happy birthday Casey!

Anywho, I have five of the new colours to show you so let’s jump in!

Glittering Elements Jawbreaker swatched by Dry, Dammit!JAWBREAKER

Glittering Elements Jawbreaker swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Jawbreaker is a bright pink scattered holo with purple sparks. If you’re thinking the name sounds familiar, it’s because it’s inspired by the film Mean Girls. This polish is really fun to wear and my favourite from the five I’m showing you. You just can’t go wrong with a scattered holo. Formula-wise, this was a dream to apply and just glided on. I’m wearing two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Glittering Elements Darkside swatched by Dry, Dammit!DARKSIDE

Glittering Elements Darkside swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Darkside is another scattered holo stunner, this time a charcoal/purple base with a blue shift and purple sparks. It’s mesmerising; that’s really the only way I can accurately describe the colour, especially in that macro. Like Jawbreaker, Darkside applied like a dream. I’m wearing two coats plus a top coat of Seche Vite.

Glittering Elements Fantasy Island swatched by Dry, Dammit!FANTASY ISLAND

Glittering Elements Fantasy Island swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Fantasy Island is a turquoise scattered holo. So pretty! It also has the same great formula as the others, so what you see here is two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Glittering Elements Rainbow Craters swatched by Dry, Dammit!RAINBOW CRATERS

Glittering Elements Rainbow Craters swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Glittering Elements Rainbow Craters swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Ah, Rainbow Craters. It’s a grey scattered holo with holo glitter. It’s listed as an “oops” because the rainbow from the holo doesn’t translate on the nail as much as it does in the bottle. I tried a million combinations of polish/top coats and even took pics of it without top coat – for some reason that holo just wouldn’t play! I even had harsh sun and flash on it, but nope! In terms of its formula though it’s lovely (just like the others) and what you see in my pics is two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Glittering Elements Blue Blood swatched by Dry, Dammit!BLUE BLOOD

Glittering Elements Blue Blood swatched by Dry, Dammit!

Blue Blood is a blue scattered holo with pink glass flecks. I love the macro of this so much. It’s my second favourite polish from the five I’m showing you. And just one last time – yes, the formula of this was easy as well, with what you see here being two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

DETAILS

  • Where to buy: Glittering Elements
  • Cost: Older stock starts at AU$5 and goes through to newer stock at AU$12.50
  • Volume: 12ml
  • Coats to opacity: See descriptions above

These polishes (and the others I’ve mentioned) are available until 6pm AEST on Sunday, June 4. Plus, you can get 21% off your order total with the code FOREVER21 (no minimum spend required! :D). If you’re keen to see what else Casey gets up to, why not join the Glittering Elements Nail Lacquer Facebook group? There’s lots of fun and competitions currently going on to celebrate Glittering Elements’ fourth birthday. Thanks for reading!Save

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