22.2.14

COMPETITION: Barry M Aquarium Collection Presents 'Mermaid Nails'

When I was little I wanted to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid. I yearned to be friends with a crab while singing about gadgets and gizmos a-plenty (whozits and whatzits galore.) There's something a little bit magical about mermaids, the texture of their tails and the shimmering nature of their scales. This springtime Barry M are bringing a little bit of Ariel to all of us with their Aquarium inspired collection of nail varnishes and effects. I'm not normally one to rave about Barry's nail varnish, but with this collection of six polishes they've really got me hooked. (Sorry.)


Available in two mini collections (with red or green undertones,) the Aquarium sextet includes two strong shades of polish and two more delicate interpretations, as well as a complementary textured topcoat. All six varnishes include hint of two shades and a touch of gold, which catch the light to create a 'petrol' type effect. The colours are really quite strong and provide a true-to-bottle effect in two coats, as well as helping to smooth the nail and disguise any imperfections or ridges.

Not normally one for sparkles or topcoats, I really fell in love with these two topcoats as soon as I saw them. Unusually featuring chunks of foil an irregular shapes, they remind me of seaweed and create a striking look on the nail. They almost look like nail foils and can be arranged delicately on the nail to create the look you want; brushing the topcoat on doesn't work particularly well, so you do have to take a more artist approach to dabbing and blotting!

Because this collection is just so damn awesome, I'm giving the whole lot away to one lucky reader. That's SIX Barry M nail polishes (the entire Acquarium collection) worth £3.99 each, available to you before they launch next month. Want to win? Just enter via the widget below. Good luck!


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  1. They are not really my cup of chamomile but they look nice :)!

    Berrie-Blogs| Beauty Blog

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  2. Anonymous22.2.14

    Ariel: [referring to Eric] You don't even know him! King Triton: Know him? I don't have to know him! They're all the same: spineless, savage, harpooning fish-eaters

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  3. "who says my dreams have to stay just my dreams?" this collection looks gorgeous!

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  4. love the colours!
    the little mermaid was one of my fav films as a child too, loved disney.

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  5. Amazing shades, love them!

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  6. "Somebody's got to nail that girl's fins to the floor!" Sebastian

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  7. You got your own style, now let it come through. And remember no matter what, you got to be you. -Sebastian

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  8. I love the metallic shine on the whole set. Love love them all and would really use them a lot!! :))

    Lu,
    www.balgarka.co.uk

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  9. Have you lost your senses completely? He's a human, you're a mermaid! -King Triton

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  10. Ariel: [after Rescuing the Prince] Is he dead?
    Scuttle: It's hard to say.
    [Place's his ear to Eric's foot]
    Scuttle: Oh I can't make out a heartbeat.
    Ariel: No look, he's breathing. He's so beautiful.

    Love the shades, Barry M are my favourite brand by far! x

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  11. "children have to be free to live their own dreams"

    Sharlotte | UK Beauty Blog

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  12. Oh wow, wouldn't be able to choose a favourite I think they are all gorgeous xx

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  13. Who says that my dreams have to stay just my dreams? –Ariel. I would like to live by this one.

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  14. These are very nice and would love to try!

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  15. Linda Toth22.2.14

    My new love is Barry M, because it is very innovative. I can find new products on the Barry M aisle all the time.

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  16. Absolutely love the colours in this set!
    Emily xx
    bellemibeauty.blogspot.com

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  17. my fave film ever. the bit at the end when ariel say i love you to her dad always makes me cry

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  18. those poor unfortunate souls! it's sad! but true! this one long to be thinner and this one wants to get the girl,and do i help them ! yes i do. with beautiful nails i might just do just that lol

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  19. Do I need MORE nail varnish? Um yes!!

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  20. Aqua shades are magnetic where I'm concerned!

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  21. They are gorgeous. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  22. "You're not getting cold fins now, are you?"

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  23. Who says that my dreams have to stay just my dreams?

    Ashleigh

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  24. I have never seen the Little Mermaid :o(

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  25. "The seaweed is always greener in somebody else's lake." Ain't that always the way in life?

    Love these, even the details on the lid are great. x x

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  26. wow, amazing colours :))

    http://prettypurple92.weebly.com/

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  27. Oh my gosh, these far too many great lines to pick out one! An adorable film.
    Thanks for hosting this gorgeous giveaway, I'd be so very delighted to win. I'm a huge nail Polish addict x

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  28. Somebody's got to nail that girl's fins to the floor (Sebastion is my fave) x

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  29. Just look at the world around you, right here on the ocean floor, such wonderful things around you what more are you looking for

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  30. i love the blue's they are fantastic

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  31. Kerry Manners22.2.14

    The seaweed is always greener is somebody else's lake - Sebastian

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  32. My favourite ever Disney movie!!!

    "Jeez, man, I'm surrounded by amateurs. You want something done, you've got to do it yourself. "

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  33. Anonymous22.2.14

    'This one longing to be thinner, that one wants to get the girl and do I help them? Yes indeed.' I love the Little Mermaid, wish I was a mermaid :( Thanks for the giveaway!

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  34. My favourite line is...'What makes someone special? I suppose it all depends. It's what's unique in each of us' - Ariel

    Love those colours, they look great on too x

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  35. We Got A Hot Crustacean Band!

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  36. WHO SAYS MY DREAMS HAVE TO STAY MY DREAMS.

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  37. Scuttle the seagull: "I haven't seen this in years it's a banded bulbous snafblatt"
    In fact I love all his lines particularly when he makes up names for things.

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  38. I've never actually seen the little mermaid before!

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  39. "Listen to me. The human world is a mess."!

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  40. who says my dreams have to stay just my dreams

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  41. 'Hm. Teenagers. They think they know everything. You give them an inch, they swim all over you.'
    True :P

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  42. Scuttle: [Looking throught the wrong end of a telescope, shouting as if Ariel was far away] Whoa! Mermaid off the port bow! Ariel! How you doin', kid?

    [Ariel pulls down the telescope]

    Scuttle: Whoa, what a swim.

    Scuttle is awesome, would believe The Little Mermaid came out 1989? I was 7! I feel old

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  43. Anonymous23.2.14

    "You gotta-bat your eyes--like dis. You gotta pucker up your lips--like dis."

    Thanks for running the competition. Jacqui S

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  44. "He seems kind of hairy and slobbery to me!"

    Claire x

    www.desperateblogwife.com

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  45. Anonymous23.2.14

    This mermaid needs ocean beautiful nails!

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  46. Love Barry M polishes, these look georgous! & The Little Mermaid is my favourite Disney film!!

    "The seaweed is always greener in somebody else's lake." ...according to Sebastian the crab! :) xx

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  47. "Flounder, don't be such a guppy."

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  48. These polishes are AMAZING! I remember loving these types of polishes when I was younger.
    Roshni’s Journey

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  49. those poor unfortunate souls! it's sad! but true! this one long to be thinner and this one wants to get the girl,and do i help them ! yes i do.

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  50. "What makes someone special? I suppose it all depends. It's what's unique in each of us"- Ariel :)

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  51. These nail polishes are so stunning! My favourite line from The Little Mermaid is "Who says a dream has to stay in a dream?" love that line!
    I'm also having a giveaway and would love for you to enter! :) - MAC GIVEAWAY
    Daniela xo

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  52. Ursula: Come in. Come in, my child. We mustn't lurk in doorways. It's rude. One might question your upbringing.

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  54. Really like this collection! The green is probably my least favourite, but I love all the others!

    Tara xox
    www.headlinebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  55. Oh, no, no, no, no, no. I can't stand it! It's too easy! The child is in love with a human. And not just any human. A prince!

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  56. I can't wait for these to be in store

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  57. It's a dinglehopper!!

    The Little Mermaid is literally my favourite film ever haha :) Love the iridescent shades in this collection :)

    www.ceejayell.blogspot.co.uk

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  58. "Sebastian: Down here all the fish is happy / As off to the waves they roll / The fish on the land ain't happy / They sad 'cause they in the bowl / But fish in the bowl is lucky / They in for a worser fate / One day when the boss get hungry.
    Fish: Guess who gonna be on the plate?"

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  59. Danielle Stevenson24.2.14

    Never underestimate the power of body language :) Urusla is the best in that film!
    Danielle
    @mrspogs

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  60. who says my dreams have to stay just my dreams

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  61. Who says that my dreams have to stay just my dreams

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  62. She don't got a lot to say but there's something about her.

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  63. I used to love the Little Mermaid when I was younger, but I haven't watched it for years and I've got a bad memory so I can't remember any of the lines :( I loved Under the sea though 'darling it's better down where it's wetter take it from me'

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  64. Teresa Lee26.2.14

    Down here all the fish is happy
    As off through the waves they roll
    The fish on the land ain't happy
    They sad 'cause they in their bowl

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  65. Scuttle: I haven't seen this in years, this is wonderful!
    Ariel: What is it?
    Scuttle: A banded, bulbous snarfblatt.
    Ariel, Flounder: Oh

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  66. I just don't see how a world that makes such wonderful things could be bad - Ariel.

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  67. Scuttle: It's a dinglehopper. Humans use these little babies to straighten their hair out. See? Just a little twirl here and a yank there and voila. You've got an aesthetically pleasing configuration of hair that humans go nuts over.

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  68. Anonymous27.2.14

    These are beautiful, need to get me some mermaid nails

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  69. Oh Flounder you're such a guppy!

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  70. Have you lost your senses completely - He's a human, you're a mermaid! ~ King Triton

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  71. "Who says that my dreams have to stay just my dreams?" ~ Ariel
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  72. Barry M have got to be my No 1 all time favourite nail polishes, I'm a little sad to say I have every nail paint and every effects polish that has come out by the company. But I would give a kidney to try this collection too. Thank you for an amazing giveaway. x

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  73. Anonymous27.2.14

    Sebastian Hm. Teenagers. They think they know everything. You give them an inch, they swim all over you.

    Hazel Rea - @beachrambler

    I almost knew this DVD off by heart when my daughter was small - we loved it!

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  74. (Scuttle) Have I ever been wrong? I mean when it's important!

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  75. Great question! I love that film but think its -
    Who says that my dreams have to stay just my dreams?

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  76. Rebecca Gransden28.2.14

    "Somebody's got to nail that girl's fins to the floor!"

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  77. I don't think I've ever seen The Little Mermaid, but I do love the look of these nail polishes!! :)

    Jess xo

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  78. I just don't see how a world that makes such wonderful things could be bad

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  79. Suzanne Jackson28.2.14

    Darling, it's better down where it's wetter, take it from me... lol

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  80. You can get it if you really want. But you must try, try and try. You'll succeed at last.
    Quoted from the lovely Sebastian :)

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  81. You pucker your lips like this, you flutter your eyes like this! - sebastian.
    My favorite disney movie! xx

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  82. Hmm I dont know.. he kinds of hairy and slobbery to me .. :) loved the little mermaid.. and fab polishes !

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  83. "Somebody's got to nail that girl's fins to the floor!"

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  84. Jo Mckissick1.3.14

    UNDA DA SEA!!

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  85. favourite quote from my favourite film!
    'the Seaweed is always greener, in somebody else's lake!'

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  86. love all the colours

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  87. It's a dinglehopper. Humans use these little babies to straighten their hair out. See? Just a little twirl here and a yank there and voila. You've got an aesthetically pleasing configuration of hair that humans go nuts over.

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  88. Who says my dreams have got to stay my dreams? ......this really sums up how I want my daughter to grow up

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  89. Who says that my dreams have to stay just my dreams? soooo true!

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  90. Sebastian: The human world is a mess. Sad but true...

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  91. love em all its too hard to choose just 1.

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  92. The seaweed is always greener in somebody else's lake

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  93. Somebody's got to nail that girl's fins to the floor. Sebastian :)

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  94. children have to be free to live their own dreams x

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  95. What makes someone special? I suppose it all depends. It's what's unique in each of us

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  96. Ooh, am I the only person who hasn't seen it? I've seen Splash though!

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  97. HE'S A HUMAN,YOU'RE A MERMAID

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  98. Solange1.3.14

    "Somebody's got to nail that girl's fins to the floor!"

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  99. Jane Middleton1.3.14

    Never seen it

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  100. "who says my dreams have to stay just my dreams?" Love the colours in the collection

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  101. Sebastian: "The human world.....it's a mess"

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  102. seaweed for mrs if win !!

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  103. love it great for some amazing nail art!

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  104. You gotta kiss the girl <3

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  105. I just don't see how a world that makes such wonderful things could be bad :)

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  106. Ariel, listen to me: the human world is a mess. Life under the sea is better than anything they've got up there! -Sebastian Very true! These shades are gorgeous

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  107. The whole of 'Part of Your World'!
    Possibly the best Disney song going :D

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  108. Ooh, these colours look beautiful.

    I think my favourite quote would be the whole of Under The Sea, I think I played that on repeat for about a year when the film first came out!

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  109. I watched The Little Mermaid religiously when I was little, my mum even made me and my friend mermaid costumes!

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  110. Sam P Toms2.3.14

    "If only I could make him understand. I just don't see things the way he does. I just don't see how a world that makes such wonderful things could be bad" Fingers crossed for these shades X

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  111. "Who says that my dreams have to stay just my dreams?" - Ariel

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  112. Ariel: 'Who says that my dreams have to stay just my dreams?'
    Lovely thought :-)

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  113. laura jayne bates2.3.14

    i love the song kiss the girl

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  114. "Somebody's got to nail that girl's fins to the floor!"

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  115. Anonymous2.3.14

    Who says that my dreams have to stay just my dreams :)

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  116. These polishes are amazing love love love!

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  117. Somebody's got to nail that girl's fins to the floor! from Sebastian :-)

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  118. Who says that my dreams have to stay just my dreams?

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  119. When they sing Kiss the Girl :)
    Instagram - natalielara1989 Pinterest - missnatalielara Bloglovin - Natalie Crossan :D xx

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  120. Sebastian: Hm. Teenagers. They think they know everything. You give them an inch, they swim all over you.

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