Tag: Sally Hansen
Forget for a moment that “Very Cherry” Jelly Bellies are plain old red jelly beans. Jelly Belly x Sally Hansen Insta Dri “Jewel Very Cherry” is an iridescent magenta dream. The base does lean red, but this is definitely a pink polish. I forgive you, Sally, for trying to make me believe this beautiful polish is a cherry jelly bean.
I started with Sally Hansen Double Duty – will I ever finish this damn bottle? This is two coats of “Jewel Very Cherry”, topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat.
This polish looked very familiar to me, once it was on my nails. It might be a dupe of one of my OLDEST polishes – Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear “Hot Magenta”. They are not an exact match – but they are pretty darn close.
While taking my daughter to Ulta for a back-to-school haircut, I had a moment to go shopping for myself…
Urban Decay Cosmetics just launched the “Stoned Vibes” Eyeshadow Palette ($54) and I had been on the fence about it, but seeing it in person lured me in…well, that AND a $10 off a $40 purchase coupon. I’ve had a chance to sample several of the “stoned” shades and they are very different than what you’d expect. They’re very sheer, but buildable. Be warned, they leave a lot of fallout all over your face. The colors are a nice range of colors, too. I’ve seen a few negative reviews, but it’s kind of nice to see Urban Decay branching out and releasing something different than another Naked palette.
I also scooped up some clearance goodies: a few 75% off Frida Kahlo x Ulta Beauty items – a back-up Blurring Primer and the Beso de Amor Cheek & Bronzer Duo. There were also a bunch of Jelly Belly x Sally Hansen polishes at 50% off – “French Vanilla”, “Jewel Very Cherry”, and the “Hop Into Spring” Duo with “Birthday Cake” and “Jewel Bubble Gum”.
I also bought 3 tiny Conair Quick Smooth Hair Brushes, because they have velcro in them to make your hair smooth. I couldn’t tell a difference, honestly. And, they were $6…and I expected them to be $3 because they were so tiny.
The cashier let me break my purchase into two transactions, so I could use the $10 off coupon on the eyeshadow and another $3.50 off coupon on everything else. Just $299 to Diamond status in 2021.
The Always Extra Mermaid Parade
What’s better than a $1.50 nail polish? TWO $1.50 nail polishes.
I picked up THE GLITTER – Sally Hansen Mega Strength “Mermaid Parade” – in my last Ulta order. I ventured out to Ulta this past Sunday for a haircut – I’m pretty sure I haven’t gotten it cut since some time in 2019 – and found Sally Hansen Mega Strength “Always Extra”, a nude sheer with a pink shimmer. These two are meant to be together – they have adjoining bottle numbers! “Always Extra” is 016 and “Mermaid Parade” is 017.
I used Sally Hansen Double Duty for the base coat. It’s not the best, but I’m trying to use up the bottle. All of my nails got two coats of “Always Extra”, except for the pinky, which got two coats of “Mermaid Parade”. I did a full coat of “Mermaid Parade” on top of “Always Extra” on my ring finger, and just did the tip of my middle finger. I finished with Glisten & Glow Top Coat.
I am in LOVE with “Mermaid Parade” – I am going to use it alone soon.
When I got my last Ulta order, I thought my daughter was going to have a seizure from how excited she was about my Gryffindor palette, so as soon as the Hufflepuff version was back in stock, I had to get it for her.
So yes, I ordered her the Harry Potter x Ulta Beauty Hufflepuff Eye Shadow Palette ($16). A few more products dropped, so I also got her a Hufflepuff Cosmetic Bag ($16) and the House Pride Hair Accessory Set ($18)…I admit, I stole the Gryffindor scrunchie and my son stole the Slytherin one.
I came across a new product that I found intriguing – The Sign Tribe Remove and Chill Reusable Nail Polish Remover Pads ($16). I spend a small fortune on cotton rounds, so I was curious if I could save some money using these pads. I’ve used them a few times and they seem to work just fine with regular polish remover. I still need to try them with Remove and Chill Nail Enamel Remover. Each pad is supposed to be able to be used 25 times, whereas I use between 2-6 cotton rounds each time. So…this pack should replace roughly 300 cotton pads, or 3 packs ($3 each or so). If I get 50 uses out of each pad, it might be worth it?
I have a hard time saying “no” to clearance nail polish. It’s rare to see Orly on sale, especially for a price as low as $2.38. I picked up 3 different shades – an iridescent pink pearl called “Beautifully Bizarre” (somehow I added 2 to my cart, so someone will get gifted); a rose gold shimmer called “Lucid Dream”, and a hot pink called “Top Down”. I also got a few cheap Sally Hansen Mega Strength polishes – a pinky gold glitter called “Mermaid Parade” for $2.68 and a matte fuchsia called “Like a Girl” for $1.50.
Oooooh! I qualified for a free pink tote with my $75 purchase. I do not know what I am going to tote with it, but I’ll think of something. I also used a $3.50 off $15 coupon – stacking deals.
$608 to Diamond – almost exactly halfway there!
I buy so much cheap nail polish, that sometimes I forgot what all I’ve got!
I reached WAY back in the TV cabinet and found Sally Hansen Insta Dri x Jelly Belly “Berry Blue”. I cannot believe I let this beauty sit for nearly a year without trying it! It’s a beautiful opaque blue, smooth and self leveling.
This is two coats of “Berry Blue” over Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat. I tried it glossy, using Glisten & Glow Top Coat on my first three fingers and matte, with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on my last two fingers. Hands down, I prefer the matte look – it’s that much more sophisticated…well, as sophisticated as blue nail polish can be.
Heart of Sass
I love me some flakies!
Sally Hansen “Heart of Sass” was an impulse clearance purchase on an Ulta order around last Thanksgiving. I wanted something different, so I dug into my pile of untried polish…
This is two coats of “Heart of Sass” over Sally Hansen Double Duty. The first three fingers are glossy, topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat. My ring finger and pinky were matte, with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.
I absolutely prefer the matte look – it reminds me of a Pink Grapefruit gummy bear – my favorite flavor.
Joe Exotic Nails
You know I’ve been chomping at the bit to do Joe Exotic Nails – and I finally figured out a way to make it work!
I do NOT have faith in my freehand painting skills anymore, so I’d been hesitant to try painting tiger stripes on my nails. There’s just no way it wouldn’t look shit. But then I remembered the shit ton of Jamberry Nail Wraps that I got years and years ago. I hunted through the piles and found a single White Tiger Strip in a pack of samples that Kimberley had sent me – score!
Once I added the Jamberry to my ring finger, I had to duplicate Joe Exotic’s glitz and glamour. I decided to go with his ICONIC teal lewk, as opposed to his hot pink wedding lewk. I started with Sally Hansen Double Duty for the base coat, and then two coats of Sally Hansen Color Therapy “Reflecting Pool”. I topped with my favorite turquoise and copper glitter, Nicole by OPI “Pick of the Glitter”. I finished with Glisten & Glow Top Coat. It turned out AMAZING!
I had forgotten how annoying Jamberry Wraps can be if you don’t cut them exactly perfect. I kept getting the edge stuck in my fucking hair. As badass as my nails looked – I could only stand to wear this look for two days.
Now I wish I had another set of White Tiger Wraps, so I could do Roy Horn Nails…
There’s something magical about metallic nail polish – it’s my favorite.
This is Sally Hansen Color Therapy “Therapewter”. The bottle says “Argan Oil Formula”, which is even MORE magical…because argan nuts travel through a goat’s digestive tract before being expressed into argan oil!
I got beautiful coverage in just two coats. This is two coats over Sally Hansen Double Duty and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. It lasted a looong time without chips – honestly, I was impressed.
Pewter is an underrated finish. I used to have this pair of Naturalizer shoes in pewter that I wore literally until the soles wore through. I also appreciate pewter jewelry, but it’s rare these days. Bring back pewter!
This is a PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT!
While you’re searching the aisles of Walmart for toilet paper and hand sanitizer, please be advised that a SERIOUS nail polish clearance is going on. I found these in the Clearance aisle by the garden section (I was loitering there, while my husband was looking for something in the the garden section), but they might also be on the endcaps in the Beauty aisles. In addition to Sally Hansen, I saw some essie and L.A. Colors.
I paid $1.50 for Sally Hansen Color Therapy “Therapewter” and $1 each for Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear “Fantaseas” and “Confetti Craze”.
You may now return to your regularly scheduled quarantine activities.
I really don’t get into celebrating Valentine’s Day. I just don’t see the point…of any of it. I remember getting all bent out of shape at my college boyfriend for giving me a tiny Grocery Store cake one Valentine’s Day. It wasn’t a money thing – it was a lazy thing – he obviously put zero thought into it. I was right to be mad, because he put zero effort into our relationship the rest of the time, too. To this day, I stand by my anger, because it’s really about how your partner treats you every day. My anger was a culmination of YEARS of disappointment. Strangely enough, my husband and I usually don’t even bother to celebrate Valentine’s Day (except when we do), at least not with flowers or candy…wink, wink.
I will, however, do my nails for Valentine’s Day. I decided on Jelly Belly x Sally Hansen Insta Dri in “Strawberry Cheesecake”. It’s different sizes of hot pink metallic glitter in a milky light pink base. It’s very similar to “Buttered Popcorn”.
I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. I got fairly full coverage with two coats, but you can definitely still see my nail line. I decided to go all matte with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat – my nails looked like Jawbreakers.
I wonder if I can figure out the base shade from Sally Hansen that these glitters were in – it’s almost exactly my skin tone.