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 liked the look of Sally Hansen’s new lady like shades at first glance. Sure, they’re like other polishes I have but that just means I’ll use them!
Soft and creamy is the order of the day…
- Nude Now – A subtle peachy, pink hue.
- Greige Gardens – A grey jelly creme with a purple tint. Love!!!
And now for some swatches (the worst swatches ever! My hands are so dry this time of year)…
I like both but I think the grey is more me. It’s the sort of shade you can apply and wear whatever and go wherever you want without thinking twice until it starts to wear. Speaking of wearing, I find Sally Hansen Salon Manicure polishes last very well. I had the grey shade on for 4-5 days before it showed any signs of wearing. That’s a miracle for me.
For those you unfamiliar with their Complete Salon Manicure range, they’re basically designed to be an entire manicure in one bottle – no need for bases or top coats. That’s a bit of a tall order but they do last well. They also apply like a dream. The brush is tapered and flat – my favourite brush type by far.
They cost €8.95 and are available in pharmacies, department stores and grocery stores.
Love them! Any nail polish recommendations for me?
As promised I’m back with more Christmas gift ideas. These would be perfect for school friends, kriskindle or stocking fillers.
1 Salon Effects Polish Strips
Love these so much! This shade is perfect for Christmas and New Years. They last ages too. I blogged about these recently with a ‘how to apply’ and pictures (Link).
2. Complete Salon Manicure in All Fired Up
This is my favourite Sally Hansen shade (Swatches here). Creamy, easy to apply, dries quickly and lasts well.
3. Airbrush Legs
I don’t think I have met an Irish girl who doens’t have a bottle of this stashed in their press for party emergencies. Instant colour, easy to apply, covers imperfections as well as providing a little tan, doesn’t come off on clothes or in the rain, washes off in the shower. Despite the name, I have actually used this on my arms too. Love!!
4. Lip Inflation
This is an affordable lip boosting gloss. It gives a little tingle and did actually plumped my lips. This shade is a sheer peach, perfect alone of over a lipstick.
That’s it for the stocking fillers today, I’ll be back tomorrow with more!
I decided to give Sally Hansen Polish Strips a go this week. I opted for ‘Misbehaved’.
The box comes with a cuticle stick and mini file/buffer, which is really handy.
The application itself was pretty straightforward – easier than applying ordinary polish for me, since I’m pants at it. All I did was push back my cuticles, peel the strip, stick it on the nail and file the excess off (it comes off very easily).
And the results…
I can’t decide how I feel about patterned nails. I’m still on the fence.
I tried some Rebel Nails strips for toes last week and I have to say that the Sally Hansen version are easier to apply. The tabs mean that the strips don’t get stuck to your finger.
The box states that the strips will last up to 10 days. This may be a little ambitious. Each box costs around €8 so I would hope that they would last. This is day 5 and so far, they’re holding up well. My hands are in water pretty often and I have also been moisturising like a mad woman. So far, no interference. I’ll keep you updated.
All in all, surprising – in a good way.
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.
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?
Despite the fact that the sun was shinning this morning I was drawn to a deeper shade today (sometimes I feel like I’m going to turn pink). I chose Raisin the Bar from Sally Hansen’s collection of Salon Manicure Polishes.
Granted, it’s not the type of shade I usually go for but it looks quite pretty in the bottle.
I’m not usually keen on metallic shades. There are a few exceptions, but I’m not sure if this is one of them. I’m very fickle when it comes to beauty products so I could turn around in a few months time and declare this one of my favourites, you know what I’m like! But for now, I’m just not feeling it.
I have reviewed the quality of the collection already if you want to have a look.
So what do you think?
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.
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
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?
I have been blessed with strong, fast growing nails.The one thing I hate about my hands in my cuticles. I find myself staring at them on occasion, wondering why they need to be in such a state ten days after a manicure.
I hate cuticles.They can make nice nails look scruffy – mine are a holy show at the moment.
I have decided to take matters into my own hands (no pun intended) – since it would cost much more to have a professional take care of them I am committing to regular cuticle care, something I have never done before. I tend to take care of my nails and ignore the rest.
My weapons of choice
Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Cuticle and Nail Oil
Promises instantly healthy looking nails It’s full of vitamins and grape seed oil to moisturise dry cuticles.
Sally Hansen Diamond Cuticle and Nail Créme
This is designed for dry cracked cuticles and provides nourishment and care. I’m in.
The first costs €9.95 and the second €9.55. Keep an eye out for 3 for 2 offers in Boots, that’s generally when I pick up nail care products.
I have also considered buying a cuticle clipper so help me on my mission. I’m sure that there a tonnes of them on sale but I found one by Tweezerman… Amy loves Tweezerman!!
Looks scary. Have you tried one of these contraptions?
Let the grooming begin!
What do you use on your cuticles?