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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel – Voyager Collection

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Apologies for my absence girls but I’m back in action finally! And I felt a little products rant was well over-due. I am happy to report that I’ve spent the past 4 weeks wearing nothing but Sally Hansen Miracle Gel. I am in love with the polishes I have from the Voyager Collection. I have had quite a few people ask where I had my gel manicure done so I’m hoping this means that it looks well. Everyone seems surprised that it was shop bought.

I won’t beat around the bush. This stuff is great. Far better than the basic Sally Hansen polishes. They last so much longer.

Sally Hansen Voyager Collection Miracle Gel Swatches

Application

Of the three I have tried they were a dream to apply. You need two coats, which dry evenly in good time, followed by two coats of the volume gel, which need a bit of time to set. The first time I applied I didn’t wait long enough for the volume coat to cure and dinted one! Raging. Since that day I only apply when I have time to kill, generally when I’m catching up on Netflix.

The magic is in the gel top coat. I’ve tried a few gel coats from different brands, this is my favourite so far. It’s the thickest and most salon-gel-polish-like. It’s also quite tricky to catch the high gloss on camera.

carry on blue Sally Hansen Voyager Collection Miracle Gel Swatches Carry on Blue

Longevity

Ok so 14 days might be a stretch, especially if you have have your hands in water and oils a lot like I do. The ordinary Sally H polishes don’t stand a chance against oil by the way. This stuff withstands a lot! I can apply it and know it will stay put for a decent amount of time. And in fairness my nails are prone to peeling so when I lost polish at the tips it tended to be down to that. I really didn’t find much chipping.

Removal

Because this is hardy stuff it does take a bit more time to remove with my usual remover pads, the ones sold in a tub.  I found normal polish remover from a bottle far better. I soaked a pad and held it on the nail for a couple of seconds before wiping it away.

In my suitcase Sally Hansen Voyager Collection Miracle Gel SwatchesIn My Suitcase

New Shades

  • Headed Nude – Neutral, exactly what it says on the tin
  • Flushed Wanderer – Muted blush tone
  • Tawny Travels –  Burnished brick red. Muted. Different. Gorgeous!
  • In My Suitcase – Greyed-off beige. Contemporary. Grey to me, not beige. Great on Irish skin.
  • Carry on Blue – Aqua. Not turquoise. More blue aqua. Surprisingly I love it.

Thoughts

In case I haven’t made it clear enough – I love these! I like the look of gel polish but I don’t like the salon removal, or the cost, so this suits me much better. Another advantage is that you’re nails aren’t being damaged. I really like the three shades I have tried and I’m keen to add more to my collection. They come in at €14.99 for each duo box. It’s well worth it in my opinion. I have often spent a tenner on a polish that lasted no more than a day.

I did wonder about the duo packs, like how many gel coats does one girl need. A lot as it turns out, when you’re me :D I use copious amounts of it on top of every polish.

When products arrive I usually try them and share with my friends and family, these fellas are staying in my own collection. Besides my Essie Mademoiselle no other polishes have been getting a look in!

Love!

Amy x0

 

 

 

 

 

Nail Polish/Care, NYC

NYC Nail Polish Favourites

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I love NYC nail polish. It’s cheap, it’s easy too apply, it dries in no time and lasts as well as the rest. I’ve yet to come across a dudd in their polish collection. Here are a few of my current favourites – not seasonal in the traditional sense but I love them none the less. I don’t always fancy a cheery polish, sometimes I like elegance or a bit of grunge for night time. Continue Reading

Nail Polish/Care

Issues with Blue Nails!

I once hated blue nail polish with a passion. Blue is one of my favourite colours and yet I couldn’t bring myself to wear it on my nails. For some reason it felt unnatural, like a blue Smartie! It also reminded me of being fourteen and those memories really don’t need to be conjured – Think mini disco’s wearing a skin tight dress inspired by Posh spice – only to realise many years on that I looked rather skankish rather than classy. Let’s not even think about the fake tan!).

I’ve had a change of heart and now can’t get enough. I picked this Collection 2000 one for €3.50 in Boots. It’s in the shade Blue Hawaii. I thought it looked a little garish to be honest but was attracted to its brightness. After application I decided I quite like it.

(Ignore the state of my cuticles! Manicure desperately needed this evening)…

 

I like Collection 2000 polishes in general. They’re cheap, come in a great shade range and add new shades regularly. That being said, I find the finish a little hit and miss. It depends on the shade but most of the polishes I have bought are well loved (on my third bottle of Button Moon). They’re quite easy to apply although I would prefer if the brush was tappered or a little smaller. Lasting power on this shade was ok, nothing to write home about though. It started to wear after 3 days on my nails and chipped on the fourth. I should point out however that I was lazy and skipped the top coat.

Anyone else like blue nails at the moment? Any recommendations?

Nail Polish/Care

Polish Strips – Sally Hansen Salon Effects Range

I got my hands on some of Sally Hansen’s new Salon Effects Range. Rather than nail polish these are polish strips…

Left to right: Girl Flower, Wild Child, Kitty Kitty, Misbehaved

 

 

Wild Child, Kitty Kitty

 

Girl Flower, Misbehaved

What I really like about these is that you get everything you need in the box. I recently bought some Rebel Nails strips. Mid application I had to run around the house looking for a nail file and orange stick. They also come with instructions – believe me, I needed them the first time.

I have yet to try them but the strips are designed to last up to 10 days and are apparently easy to apply. We’ll see. I like the idea that there is no need for base coats, top coats and nail painting – basically everything I associate with a traditional polish application. The pack provides a variety of sizes to suit all nail widths but only enough for one full application. At €8 this seemed steep to me. Then again, I would pay a manicurist to do this and it would cost at least double. It will be handy around party season to have a week where my nails are done.

I’m looking forward to trying these out. I’d love to know what your thoughts are on nail strips versus nail polish.

Nail Polish/Care

New Sally Hansen Favourites…

I have some new favourites from Sally Hansen. These two products have made it into my manicure bag.

1. Cuticle Gel Remover

I had never actually used a cuticle gel that actually did anything other than moisturise before. This smells lovely, worked fast and loosed my cuticle. It has a built-in pusher tip for easing back cuticles. It’s nice to find a cuticle product that actually works.

2. Insta-brite Nail Whitener

This seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it kind of product. Personally, I love it. There are very mixed reviews on Makeup Alley with some saying it did nothing for their yellow nails and others claiming it worked wonders. I was a little hesitant to try it. I don’t have very yellow nails, rather a little hint of discolouration following weeks of skipping a nail polish base (not recommended). Two coats of this made my nails look bright and healthy. Loves it!

Have you any nail care favourites?

 

Nail Polish/Care

Nails of the Day – Sally Hansen Pink Slip

Today I opted for Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in Pink Slip (170). It’s chill-out sort of Saturday (filled with an afternoon of Come Dine With Me) so I decided a laid back polish was in order. If I head out later it will still work.

I would describe it as delicate and pretty. It reminds me of a Rimmel Nail Polish I repurchased a million times as a teenager, but better. It’s creamy but sheer in consistency. There’s no shimmer or glitter

I applied three sheer coats for this swatch.

taken indoors, no flash

 

taken outside

The finish was a little streaky, my own fault. In future I would stop at two coats – it looked more sheer but the finish was smoother and more professional. Paired with white on the tips of the nails this is perfect for a gorgeous French Polish.

What do you think? What are you wearing on your nails today?

14.7ml / 0.5 fl oz – €8.95

Nail Polish/Care, Previews/Launches

Sally Hansen New Complete Salon Manicure Polishes

Sally Hansen nail polishes landed on my desk last week. I have spent the last 8 days thoroughly enjoying them :)

The polishes are from Sally Hansen’s new range, Complete Salon Manicure. They are designed to be an all-in-one product combining a base, a top coat, strengthening and growth treatment and nail colour in one. Essentially they are supposed to give a salon manicure result from one bottle.

 

Left to Right:

Pat on the Black 660
All Fired Up 550
Gray by Gray 350
Raisin the bar 320
Shrimply Divine 520
Pink Slip 170

I can’t decide which one I like the most. When I first saw them I was immediately drawn to Gray by Gray (shocker). But I’m now in love with Shrimply Divine and Raisin the Bar. There are 36 shades in the range.

They’re easy to apply and dry quite quickly. The finish is smooth and shiny. Coverage wise – two coats is plenty, one coat was too sheer, three coats wouldn’t be necessary.

I love the packaging. The rubber bung around the lid actually adds to the look of the bottle. They cost €8.95 a bottle which is significantly less than OPI in Ireland and they’re just as good. I also love the names of the shades.

They claim to last 10 days on the nails but I experienced some wear and tear on the fourth day. No chipping or peeling, just some gentle wear signs. I should point out that my hands are frequently in water and I never wear rubber gloved whilst cleaning (tut tut) so this may have affected its longevity.

Swatches to follow over the next few days.

What shade appeals to you most?

Nail Polish/Care

Estée Lauder Mega Fuchsia – Review & Swatches

I have been meaning to review Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Polish in Mega Fuchsia for a few weeks now. The shade always draws my attention when I’m deciding on what colour to choose from my collection.

And a swatch…

Let me start by saying that I love the packaging. The cube shape makes a nice change. It is quite heavy though so it’s not one you would pop in your bag for touch ups.

Colour wise it’s well, fuchsia. It’s quite bright and cheery so I find I get quite a few comments on it when I wear it.

I’m on the fence about the finish. It dries with a satin shine rather than high shine so I would definitely apply a top coat to this one but that’s down to personal preference really.

The first coat goes on quite sheer and a little streaky but that is quickly remedied by the second and third coat. Three coats are necessary for full coverage.

Mega Fuchsia dries a little soft. It’s far from the diamond finish I have been attracted to lately. It also takes a little while to dry. I sat with my hands on my lap for about 20  minutes to make sure that final coat was fully dry. From previous experience if I moved around before this time I would smudge or dint the polish.

My mum has a serious addiction to fuchsia nail polish. She will love this one – although she did mention that she now has 7 bottles of similar nail polish all from different brands. I can’t make fun of her since I’m always drawn to taupe shades, regardless of the fact that there are quite a few of them in my press.

The bottom line on this one is that I love the colour but that I’m not mad about the finish and application. However, I am quite willing to overlook these issues for the cheeriness of the shade.

Have you tried Estée Lauder nail polishes?

 

Nail Polish/Care, Swatches

My favourite Pink Nail Polish – Rimmel Portobello Pink

I have completely fallen for Rimmel Portobello Pink (230). It’s their 60 Seconds formulation, which I love. Here are some swatches.

 

What I think:

  • Easy to apply
  • I’m a fan of Rimmel polishes creamy consistency. The coverage is excellent.
  • The thick brush makes the application quicker
  • Dry very quickly
  • Lasts a few days before it chips
  • They’re affordable and worth every penny
  • The shade of pink is very wearable – it’s not pastel, has no shimmer or iridescence to it and is blue toned which is very flattering on my hands.

What is your favourite pink polish?