Showing posts with label Sally Hansen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sally Hansen. Show all posts

July 28, 2015

Sally Hansen Quick Brick

Sally Hansen Quick Brick is part of a limited edition set of Sally Hansen's Insta Dri polish line. Quick Brick applied like a dream and is shown here at two coats but I probably could have gotten by with just one. I absolutely love the Insta Dri brushes because they are wide and curved and just so easy to use. Great classic red cremes aren't hard to find but if you don't already have a few in your stash go pick this one up at your local drugstore!
 

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April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Sally Hansen! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

July 24, 2015

Layering With Sally Hansen

I picked up Sally Hansen Sea-ing Stars on a whim and tried it out right before an event. It ended up being way too sheer to wear alone so I saved the day by topping it with my beloved Sally Hansen Distressed Denim Crackle polish. I'll always love crackles!
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April

July 17, 2015

Layering With Sally Hansen Pearl Crush Polishes

Sally Hansen's new Pearl Crush polishes are very interesting but a little tough to figure out so I've got lots to say about them! Here we have Sally Hansen Mer-Mint and Shell And Tell layered over Sally Hansen Slick Black. The three Pearl Crush polishes I've tried are too sheer to be worn alone and are meant to be layered but I had a hard time figuring out what colors to choose for a base coat for these two; black seemed like a good default choice.

Both Pearl Crush polishes have fairly large hexagon mylar glitters that constantly shift colors, really gorgeous glitters! Mer-Mint also has a duochrome shimmer that shifts between turquoise and pink and Shell And Tell has a pink shimmer. The polishes apply nicely and I didn't need to do any fishing for the large glitter. The glitters did occasionally stick to each other though creating very small stacks of 2-4 glitters. It was very easy to spot and fix with the brush (I just touched them again and then placed the glitter where I wanted it) and some people might not have noticed. I applied 2 coats of each mostly to make sure the shimmer didn't have any brushstrokes.
 

Overall the effect was quite remarkable. I decided the glitter looked like droplets of water that were constantly catching the light. I think I could have picked a better base color for both polishes though. These aren't for everyone but if you love unique polishes give them a try! I have one more Pearl Crush to show you soon and it is by far my favorite of the three I tried.

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April

This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Sally Hansen! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

July 11, 2015

Sally Hansen Slick Black

Sally Hansen Slick Black is from their Triple Shine collection. It's shown here at 3 coats since it was still quite streaky at 2 which I don't expect from darker shimmer polishes. Slick Black ends up looking like the darkest midnight blue in the nail with flashes of silver, very pretty!


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April

June 27, 2015

June 14, 2015

Sally Hansen Insta Ombre Scarlet Spark

Sally Hansen Insta Ombre Scarlet Spark is from a new summer 2015 collection full of fine glitters in clear polishes meant to be used for glitter gradients. With all of the crazy glitters on the market this collection is a nice change of pace and perfectly suited for it's intended use.
Scarlet Spark is a mix of very fine red and silver glitters that I used here for a glitter gradient over one coat of Sally Hansen Polar Bare. Great formula and very pretty.
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This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Sally Hansen! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

May 29, 2015

Sally Hansen Red Carpet

Sally Hansen Red Carpet is part of the Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear collection. Red Carpet is great rich red jelly filled with red shimmer. Fantastic polish with a wide brush that barely needs a second coat!
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April

April 3, 2015

Sally Hansen Distressed Denim Crackle

I will always love a good crackle polish; they can hide so many problematic manicures in a flash. This time I used Sally Hansen Distressed Denim to tone down a neon polish (China Glaze Sun Of A Peach) that was also bubbly and streaky. Much better!
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April

February 28, 2015

Sally Hansen Plum's The Word

Sally Hansen Plum's The Word is part of their Complete Salon Manicure line. This line has fantastic wide brushes that I adore and lots of great colors.Plum's the Word barely needed a second coat and will be very flattering on a wide range of skin tones. Fabulous polish!
 I love this beer label! A collaboration between Jester King and Prairie Artisan Ales!

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April

December 3, 2014

Textured Checkerboard With Sally Hansen

I've always wanted to try out some checkerboard nail art and I decided to finally give it a try with Sally Hansen Work Of Tart for the base color. I love my Sally Hansen nail art pens and knew I could draw the checkerboard easily using the black one. I wasn't sure if the nail art pen would last without a topcoat though. Usually they need a topcoat or you can just wipe them off (great for starting over with your nail art if you mess up!) but I had tried that over a textured polish before and the results were a lumpy mess. I had a feeling that the texture would grab onto the nail art pen and keep it in place without a topcoat though and it turns out I was right. Fun experiment that turned out pretty great!
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November 21, 2014

Sally Hansen Work Of Tart

Sally Hansen Work of Tart is from their Sugar Shimmer collection. I love textured polishes and this one looks so gorgeous in the bottle. Unfortunately the formula is pretty terrible. Shown here at 3 coats, it was very streaky at two and still not quite even after the third coat. I could live with that but it also took over two and a half hours to dry! The color and finish are drop dead gorgeous though, dusty faded blue raspberry with tons of gold micro shimmer. Work of Tart has a contemptible formula but is just too pretty and unique to pass along. Maybe I can layer one coat of it over a similar base color next time.
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April

September 19, 2014

Nail Art Fail!

Sometimes nail art just doesn't work out. I love my Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens and decided to try some stripes on top of a textured polish, the gorgeous Sally Hansen Cinny Sweet. I grabbed the Blue nail art pen and went to work. I loved the color combo and the folksy imperfect lines but I thought I needed to add a topcoat since one of the great things about the nail art pens is the fact that you can wipe off any mistakes and start over.
Amazingly, I've never put a topcoat on a polish labeled as a texture but I gave it shot anyway. One coat of my usual topcoat and everything looked great! I left the house shortly after adding the topcoat and by the time I arrived at my destination my nails were not looking so good anymore. The topcoat had soaked in and left my nails looking lumpy and pretty gross!
It seems obvious to me now that I needed to add more than one coat of topcoat to smooth out the texture but I spent a whole night in public walking around with this icky mess. Lesson learned and thought it still might be amusing to some of you! What's your biggest nail art fail? Did you have to wear it in public?

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April

September 9, 2014

Simple Nail Art With Sally Hansen

I like using textured polishes for nail art. Here we have Sally Hansen Berried Under with some very basic nail art in Sally Hansen Cinny Sweet. Simple but I like it quite a bit.
 
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April

Sally Hansen Mint Tint

Sally Hansen Mint Tint is from their Sugar Shimmer collection. I really liked Cinny Sweet & Berried Under from the same set & I had high hopes for this one based on the polish in the bottle. Sadly Mint Tint is pretty disappointing. The polish is a very well balanced and lovely shade of mint green and applies easily in 2 coats but the gorgeous golden micro shimmer so evident in the bottle completely disappears on the nail. Mint Tint would have a been a truly spectacular polish if that golden sparkle had worked out! Instead it just looks quite strange, not like the shimmery loveliness of the Zoya Pixie Dusts, but just kind of lumpy. I think I'm still going to keep it though & give it a try on my toes.
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April

August 22, 2014

Sally Hansen Carnival - Second Try

I love the color combination of the glitter in Sally Hansen Carnival so much that I decided to try it again even though my first attempt was quite horrible. I added a bit of thinner and used one thin coat over Sally Hansen Cafe Au Lait. Still so many bubbles!
Next I added even more thinner and tried again on my right hand. Lots less bubbles but not enough glitter. Phooey!
It still looks amazing from a distance and many of my lovely readers have suggested that I try sponging it on next time. I'll give it a try and let you know how it goes someday! What are your favorite matte glitters that don't bubble?!?
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April

August 11, 2014

Sally Hansen Cinny Sweet

Sally Hansen Cinny Sweet is from their Sugar Shimmer collection. The formula is excellent, shown here at 2 easily applied coats that dry quickly. Cinny Sweet isn't quite as gorgeous as my beloved Zoya Pixie Dusts (no one does micro-shimmer like Zoya!) but it's still very beautiful & unique. Really gorgeous deep berry color that I think will be flattering on most everyone. I'll be trying out Mint Tint from the same collection later tonight!
 
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April