Tag: Sally Hansen

 
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PEEPS Blue

Blue PEEPS are the best PEEPS…and that’s a hill I’m willing to die on, folks.

There’s just something about that blue crystallized sugar…and it always looks better than it tastes. As much as I love PEEPS, I can never finish a whole package before the last 1 or 2 get hard and crusty…

This is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri x PEEPS in “PEEPS Blue”. I love a bright, blue polish moment and this polish really delivers. This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. This is a very long lasting polish – I know I wore it over a week with minimal edge-wear or chipping…

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PEEPS Polish Haul

$1.50 nail polish…yes…$1.50 PEEPs nail polish…you have my interest AND you have my attention.

Even though it’s well past Easter, I added the entire Sally Hansen Insta-Dri x PEEPS Collection to my cart – “PEEPS Pink”, “PEEPS Yellow”, “PEEPS White”, “PEEPS Blue”, and “PEEPS Fruit Punch.” Is “Fruit Punch” even a color?

I love freebies, so I restocked on my favorite brow pencil – Ulta Ultra Slim Brow Pencil in “Dark Brown” and “Medium Brown” ($10 each). This gave me a free 10 piece gift from Ulta: Eye Shadow Palette (8 shades); Highlighter & Blush Duo; Luxe Lipstick in “Raisin”; Tinted Lip Oil (great for removing long wear lip paint); Clear Brow Gel; Matte Eye Primer in Nude; Mattifying Face Primer; Lash Flash Mascara; and a Makeup Removing Cloth in a faux leather Makeup Bag.

I am a sucked for each new lippie that NYX puts out, so I grabbed a NYX Smooth Whip Blurring Matte Lip Cream in “Velvet Robe” ($8), which granted me a freebie: an NYX Suede Matte Velvet Vegan Lip Liner in “Sandstorm”. Oh, I have this shade of Liquid Suede!

I purchased a Conair True Glow Sonic Facial Brush Replacement Head ($8, down from $10) because…they come with an adapter for the recently out-of-business Clarisonic! I tried it and the little adapter piece that came with it worked like a charm…I am so glad I hadn’t trashed it yet. My daughter is obsessed with Stranger Things, so I got her a half price MAC Lip Glass in “Rockin’ Robin” ($10, down from $20). I also added an INVISIBOBBLE Waver Traceless Hair Clip ($3.50) for funsies.

Not only did I use a $5 off coupon, but I got more freebies – thank you Diamond Day! I got a Platinum & Diamond 4 piece gift that included four Jane Iredale products: POMMISST Hydration Spray, Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain, Beyond Lash Volumizing Mascara, and Smooth Affair Illuminating Glow Face Primer. I also got a Platinum & Diamond Exclusive gift from NEST Fragrances – three votive candles in “Grapefruit” (burning now – smells so good), “Ocean Mist & Sea Salt”, and “Wild Mint & Eucalyptus”.

$313 to Diamond in 2023!

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Influenster Vox Box – Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

It’s been a while since I qualified for an Influenster Vox Box…I’ll admit, I may not have been keeping up with all the surveys, my inbox is a bit of a mess…something like 40k emails in there, 99.99999% of them trying to sell me shit.

In any case, Influenster and Sally Hansen sent me Miracle Gel Nail Polish in “Sugar Fix” – a beautiful periwinkle blue – and Miracle Gel Special Effects Top Coat in “Crystal”. The polishes go for $10.99 each at Ulta, but I received these complimentary from Influenster and Sally Hansen for my honest review.

And I will be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Miracle Gel. I last tried the line shortly after launch in 2014 – I received a set in an Allure Beauty Thrills Box. It was thick and goopy and streaky. I feel like they changed and/or improved the formula though, because “Sugar Fix” was a breeze to work with. There were no streaks and the color was vibrant. I did not use a base coat, but it finished perfectly smooth in two very light coats.

I finished with the Special Effects Top Coat in “Crystal” and I was stunned at the effect. What was once a plain blue polish now has a brilliant pink shimmer – the pictures don’t do it justice. The top coat dried very quickly – almost as quickly as a fast dry top coat.

I’d been ignoring the Miracle Gels whenever I came across them on clearance, but now I may start seeking them out to use with this top coat – I absolutely love it!

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Murmaider!

Remember Metalocalypse? That was a good-ass show…

Sally Hansen “Mermaid’s Tale” is still one of my all time favorite polishes, but I thought of something that could make it even better…Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber!

Boy, was I right. The Glitter Grabber added a depth to the dark glitter, almost as if the glitter was floating in a dark pool…it also kept the edges from lifting. Perfection.

This is two coats of “Mermaid’s Tale” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and topped with a coat of Glitter Grabber and a coat of Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

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St. Patrick’s Day on Bruton Mews

Since my “Pistachio Praline” didn’t last, I got to do another set of green St. Patrick’s Day nails.

I started with two coats of Nails Inc. “Bruton Mews” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. This is the darkest, most luscious dark green polish I’ve ever seen. (It’s been chilling in my “untried basket” since I received it in a BB5 back in 2016.) I wanted a few fancy accent nails, so I used Sally Hansen “Fanta-Sea” on my thumb and ring fingers. I remembered to use Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber this time! I finished off with a thick coat of Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

…and since I am not British, I totally had to Google what a “Mews” is. “Mews” is a fancy name for stables, in case you were wondering.

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French Vanilla Starlight

After less than two days, most of the Dashing Diva Nail strips were lifting up and getting all linty. I just said, “fuck it” and peeled off the offending strips while walking around Kroger. (Don’t worry, I didn’t just drop them – I stuck them on the back of my shopping list.)

The stained glass accent strip on my ring finger was holding up well, so I left it on and built a whole new look around that one nail. After Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat, I did two coats of Sally Hansen x Jelly Belly “French Vanilla” on my thumb, index and middle fingers. “French Vanilla” is an odd polish – I’ve never seen a plain white jelly bean with sparse silver glitter, but whatever. My pinky got two coats of Sinful Colors “Starlight”. I also gave my index finger a light coat of “Starlight” over “French Vanilla”. “Starlight” is from the “Moon Metals” Collections – a sheer gold polish with sparse domed glitters. I finished off with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.

I have not been doing enough visually interesting manicures like this – I need to mix and match more, instead of just sampling single polishes!

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Burnished Bronze

I love a good copper/rose gold polish! Especially when it coordinates with the outside of my house…

This is NOT my first time wearing Sally Hansen Color Therapy with Argan Oil “Burnished Bronze”. I tried it out a few summers ago (2019?) while vacationing across the country. We drove from Texas to New York to Canada, but I never did take a good nail pic. I shoved the bottle back in the cabinet, knowing I’d come back to it.

This is two coats of “Burnished Bronze” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat. This polish was super smooth in application, but I was confused by the bubbles that formed in the top coat. I suspect that it was my fault, since I applied the top coat fairly quickly after the polish – maybe it wasn’t quite dry enough?

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Bubble Gum

Sally Hansen “Jewel Bubble Gum” was an Ulta clearance find from the Jelly Belly x Sally Hansen Collaboration. I don’t know that I’ve ever come across a jelly belly this color, but maybe it was a special limited edition jelly bean?

This is two coats of “Jewel Bubble Gum” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat. As you would expect, the first coat was streaky, but the second coat was smooth and self-levelling. This is a “conservative” nail polish color that doesn’t feel conservative.

More than anything, it reminds me of satin pointe shoes. It made my toes feel much more sophisticated!

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Goodbye 2020!

Although I’m not feeling very festive, my nails sure are…

After Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat, I started with two coats of Color Club “Get Lost”, from this month’s ipsy bag. It was more streaky than I would like, but I made it work.

My friend Brittany inspired me with just a touch of glitter on my nails, no one has time to scrape of individual pieces of glitter with a butter knife…I used a recent Walmart clearance find – Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear “Confetti Craze”. It’s very similar to Sinful Colors “Pride”, so I guess I didn’t need it…but it was only $1.

I did get a proper matte moment with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. I opened a new bottle and it was oh, so nice.

Goodbye 2020, don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya…

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Like a Girl

“Like a Girl” is Lizzo’s best song…fight me.

I’m just assuming that this polish is named for that song – Sally Hansen Mega Strength “Like a Girl”. It’s a FANTASTIC fuchsia crème. I don’t notice any difference between the Mega Strength and Xtreme Wear polishes, other than the bottle shape.

This is two coats of “Like a Girl” over Sally Hansen Double Duty and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. It did wear very well. I only ended up taking it off when I cracked one of my nails trying to peel price tags off of a new set of bowls.