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October 9th, 2011
Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail polish strips are so adorable and high tech, I just had to try them. (And by “them” I mean I picked up a few designs, including the whole Halloween collection! Yay!)
I chose Skinny Jeans, a dark blue pattern that resembles the texture of denim. The nice thing about these is that they look solid from a distance and match any outfit, but have enough texture to keep them looking interesting and not like regular nail polish. Application was a cinch – I’d say it probably took me 40 minutes to do both hands. That might sound like a long time, but keep in mind that you avoid messy cuticle cleanup, the stench of nail polish fumes, dry time, and the risk of doing a messy job.
This is how my hands looked after 5 days. They don’t look bad at all except for that major chip around the pointer cuticle of my left hand (it got snagged when I was shampooing my hair). I could have worn these longer, but I’m really finicky about chipped nails. The package promises wear of “up to 10 days” so I was satisfied with 5. I think after 10 days I would get sick of them; I have nail polish ADD!
Sally Hansen real nail polish strips, I found, are a major pain to remove. I had to scrub at each nail with my acetone remover for about 5 minutes each! True, that speaks to the sturdiness of the product, but it also dissuades me a little from using them again. But I’m sure I will, because, again – cute AND high tech! I got lots of compliments when I was wearing these, even from men who don’t usually have nail polish on their radar.
Have you used Sally Hansen’s nail polish strips? What do you think about them?
~ Allison ~
October 8th, 2011
It’s been a long while since I’ve done a tutorial so I figured I’d carpe diem. I’m using a Maybelline eyeshadow palette called Forest Fury. There are very mixed reviews about this palette out there but what can I say, I’m on a palette kick and I’m a sucker for greens!
Today we’ll be creating this look. Click through to read more!
October 8th, 2011
I snagged these polishes at my local Walgreen’s for about $5 a bottle. They are from the Insta-Dri Fall 2011 collection. Normally I don’t bother with this line because the colors don’t call my name, but these I had to get.
Teal-y Fast (groan, that name) is a richly pigmented teal foil. This applied like buttah in two coats. The photo below is in indirect sunlight. Although there’s a hint of a purple duochrome effect in the bottle, it doesn’t translate to the nail. I don’t mind though because this color is so scrumptious.
And bright, direct sunlight:
Bronze Ablaze also applied wonderfully with no muss. It’s a rich metallic bronze, really the quintessential fall shade. The wrinkling you see on my ring finger is not from Bronze Ablaze, but from my Seche Vite which I slopped on too thickly methinks.
True to their names, these dried in a flash and would be perfect for a quickie manicure when time is short.
~ Allison ~
September 28th, 2011
Here are the latest OPI DS polishes for Fall 2011, two glitters in red (Bold) and purple (Temptation).
Bold is a pale silvery pink glitter in a red base. The base is darkly tinted so it builds up nicely on its own. While this polish is OK, I’m not really thrilled about it.
Temptation is a deep purple glitter with specks of blue and silver in a blue base. I found this to be the more appealing of the two since I’m a sucker for purples.
Apologies for the non-existent cleanup – that glitter did not want to budge from my skin. That was a turnoff. Maybe I was just having a bad polish day, but I couldn’t for the life of me get a clean gap. Although these colors are OK, I don’t have too much to say about them. The glitter was very gritty and needs about 2+ layers of topcoat to even out.
I purchased these up from Ricky’s (an NYC beauty retailer) for $9.99 a bottle. What are your impressions of this new DS series – will you skip them or scoop them up?
~ Allison ~
September 11th, 2011
Here is a comparison of two greens by Sinful Colors. I got these at my neighborhood Rite Aid for about $1.99 a bottle.
Show Me the Way
What a stunning color! Sinful Colors Show Me the Way is a golden green with a glass fleck finish. It is so alive and glowy! I used 3 coats here. Although the nail line is pretty visible in these photos, it wasn’t in real life.
HD Nails is a cooler-toned green pearl. Application was buttery smooth. This is three coats.
This one really comes alive in bright sunlight. I added black tips, too, with Wet N Wild Creme Black.