Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Review

I was at Target and lo and behold, somehow Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish ended up in my basked. It was the weirdest thing! I was innocently looking around and BAM. There there were….. I bought the two-pack that comes with a color and a top coat for $14.99 in additional to an individual color for $7.99. The pack came with Sally Hansen Dig Fig which is what I swatched for this review. I picked Dig Fig because it was the darker of the two colors and I thought any chips would show up better.

The application was great – exactly what I’ve come to expect from the brand. I love the brush that comes in the Complete Salon Manicure line and this is the same brush. Hooray! The polish applied like any other polish. Then, I applied the special top coat. The Dig Fig color did stain the brush a little, but as long as it doesn’t affect top coating different polishes, I really don’t care. The polish dried very fast. I didn’t time it, but I was quickly trying to do my nails before we went out to dinner and I literally only had 20 minutes from start to finish. I was able to apply, cleanup, and dry in that time and didn’t smudge anything. Oh! And take pictures! I took pictures in that time too. :)

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Superheroes Nail Art!

I’m in a group called Challenge Your Nail Art. Today’s prompt is superheroes! I have done a couple superhero inspired manis before. You can see them here and here. I decided for this one to take an artsy look to it and use Vivid Lacquer Plate VL011. (In case you haven’t noticed yet, I’m a huge VL fan.) I started with two coats of Marbles for Polish Emily. Then, I used Sally Hansen Color Foils Liquid Gold to stamp the comic words on. Then, I used striping tape and Enchanted Polish August 2013 to create the blue contrast. I picked these colors because the vast majority of superheros where red and/or blue. So I thought the color scheme was fitting. I wish I was good at freehand because then I would have drawn you Superman or something. But alas, you’ll have to settle for my artsy take on the whole thing. :P


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Super Mario Bros. Nail Art

This mani is for the Challenge Your Nail Art challenge! Today’s prompt is video games! As someone who was born in the early 80’s, the first thing that comes to mind is Super Mario Bros, of course! Luckily for me, MoYou’s Rebel Collection Plate 02 has a Mario on it. That means I can bring you some Super Mario Bros. Nail Art! I started with two coats of Zoya Yummy which is my go-to sky blue. Then, I used Konad special red to stamp Mario on. I used Sally Hansen White On to paint the clouds. Zoya Tilda was used for the pipe. Finally, I used my Nailtini stencils as decals for the gold boxes.


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Doctor Who Nail Art

I’m taking part in this month’s Challenge Your Nail Art challenge and today’s prompt is fandom!! I’m wildly obsessed with Doctor Who so of course I had to order a special stamping plate to do nail art! I got a plate from My Online Shop on Etsy. This plate was a little more difficult to work with. I don’t know what it is about it, but I had a hard time scraping the excess polish off without ruinion the polish in the design. I don’t know what causes that, but I wanted to point it out.


I started with one coat of Sally Hansen Pacific Blue (the new formula! Not to be confused with the old formula!) and then one coat of Revlon Celestial FX. Once dry, I used Konad Special White to stamp the Doctor Who designs on top. I hope you like it, even if it’s a little crooked! But I was distracted by watching the tv show that inspired this mani. LOL. Let’s just say it’s wibbly wobbly on purpose. ;)


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Sally Hansen Matte Polish

I was at the drugstore, picked a card out for a friend and I ‘accidentally’ dropped a Sally Hansen Matte Polish in my cart. Oopsies! ;) ;) The new Sally Hansen Beach Mattitude collection is amazing and I love it. You can see three other colors I swatched here. I can also report that they stamp well! The one that ‘accidentally’ fell in my cart is Sally Hansen High ‘n Dry which is a blue/teal color.



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Lacquer Legion – On Holiday

This month’s Lacquer Legion theme is On Holiday. For me, the best holidays are ones I get to spend with my husband. He travel a lot (a lot. a lot.) and he doesn’t get a lot of days off. One day he DOES get off is the 4th of July. I did a very obvious 4th of July mani here so I wanted to set aside the red, white, and blue and see what else I could come up with. As I was flipping through my stamping plates, Vivid Lacquer VL015 caught my attention. It has gorgeous fireworks on it! And I’ve never even used them! Egads! So of course that’s what I knew I had to do! Fourth of July fireworks which are perfect because I also see fireworks when I’m with my husband (insert “aawww” sounds here).


I started with two coats of the wonderful and amazing Sally Hansen Black Out. I love Sally Hansen Black Out because it is easy to find, affordable, and reliable! I really can’t say enough good things about Sally Hansen. Because I’m a SH loyalist I also grabbed…you guessed it! My Color Foils! LOL! I am going to use these up if I’m not careful!!! Which would be the worst thing ever because they’re limited edition!!!! I used my Sally Hansen Pink Platinum and Sally Hansen Cobalt Chrome.




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#HePicksMyPolish June – Autobot and Decepticons!

Welcome to the June edition of #HePicksMyPolish! As a reminder, this is the challenge where a male in your life (it can be any male) picks 2-3 polishes and you have to use them in a mani! This month, my husband picked Formula X for Sephora and NYC Jacaranda Flower…

“Just the two?”
“Yep! Do you want to know why I picked them?”
“Are you allowed to know?”
LOL. “Yes, I can know.”
“They are the Decepticon and Autobot colors.”


So after I learned why my husband picked these two colors, I decided that I should attempt to do the Decepticon and Autobot logos on my nails. Freehand is hardly my strength, but I gave it the old college try anyway. In case you don’t have them memorized, here’s what those logos look like:






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Tri-Polish Tuesday – A Day at the Beach

Hooray! I finally made a tri-polish Tuesday mani that I really like. This month’s colors have been super hard for me. They are nude, coral, and turquoise. Today, my brain finally realized that combination could create a cool ocean mani. For my nude, I picked China Glaze Don’t Honk Your Thorn, for coral I picked Sally Hansen Peachy Breeze, and for the turquoise I picked essence The Incredible from the awesome superheroes collection.


I started with two coats of essence The Incredible. After it was dry, I used Sally Hansen Peachy Breeze and MoYou FairyTale Collection Plate 06 to stamp ocean creatures on my nails. Then, I dabbed China Glaze Don’t Honk Your Thorn on the tips to simulate the ocean floor. I like how it turned out!



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Sally Hansen Color Foils B &W Nail Art

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Sally Hansen Color Foils!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE. Gush.Gush.Gush. Ok, enough of that! Let’s look at some nail art! I started with two coats of Formula X For Sephora White Matter, then used Konad Special Black and Pueen Plate 73 to stamp a design on top. After a healthy dose of Seche Vite and some time, I used scotch tape to tape off an angle and painted Sally Hansen Titanium Flush to paint a triangle of color foil amazingness. After that, I thought it could use a little something else, so I used silver striping tape to finish the look. Hope you like it!


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Galaxy Nail Art

I have been crazy for the Sally Hansen Big Smoky Top Coat which I first swatched here. Ever since that post, I couldn’t stop thinking about what Smoky would look like over blue. I also imagined that it would be a great base for a galaxy mani, so I decided to give it a shot. I like how this turned out and I think I was totally right about Smoky looking awesome over blue.

Polishes used:

Orly Royal Navy

Sally Hansen Big Smoky Top Coat

China Glaze When Stars Collide

China Glaze Cosmic Dust

China Glaze Winter Holly

Mentality Anne

China Glaze Fairy Dust**

Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in White

First, let’s take a look at what Orly Royal Navy Looks like on its own. Then, we’ll view the magic of Sally Hansen Big Smoky Top Coat.


And here’s Royal Navy with  Smoky on top. I think it adds a gorgeous amount of dimension to the polish without even hiding the natural green shimmers in Royal Navy. And, I think it’s a great base for a galaxy mani!



And here are all the shots of my galaxy mani. I used a sponge to dab on the different colors. I used the same spot on the sponge each time to try and blend the colors together. I like how this turned out, but it’s not quite as great as some of the other galaxy manis I’ve seen online.


















**If you haven’t seen it already, the Mercurial Magpie wrote a HILARIOUS post about China Glaze Fairy Dust. It cracks me up and you should go read it. You can find it HERE.


4th of July Nail Art!

It’s not quite time for the 4th of July…but I wanted to give you plenty of time to plan your patriotic manis! I received the Salon Perfect Paint the Town Red, White, and Blue collection. You can see swatches of what I got here. This collection is perfect for the 4th of July. It’s packed with very cool glitter toppers. My favorite is Salon Perfect Star Spangled so of course I wanted to do some nail art featuring this beauty. To do this mani, start with two coats of a white polish. I picked Sally Hansen White On. I then topped it with Seche Vite. After it was dry, I used scotch tape to create a square where I then used Salon Perfect Wild Blue Yonder to paint blue. Another coat of SV. Then, I used my Bundle Monster Plate BM14 to stamp a couple stars on the blue. Finally, I used striping tape (Salon Perfect has some in this new line!) to create the red and white stripes. I used the gorgeous Salon Perfect Paint the Town Red polish for this part. Then, on the remaining three nails, I used Salon Perfect Star Spangled – two coats. I did a little fishing for the stars so I could have at least one of each color on each nail. I hope you like it! :) {The Salon Perfect polishes used in this mani were a press sample}


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Butterfly Pond Mani

I keep seeing these “pond mani” posts everywhere and I love them! What is a pond mani? It’s where you use jelly polish, then stamp, then jelly again, then stamp, then jelly….until you like what you see! :P This takes a long time because you have to wait for it to completely dry in between stamps. Thank goodness for my trusty HK Girl top coat! I don’t know what I would do without this miracle bottle! Haha! I don’t have very many jelly polishes so I grabbed Sally Hansen Grape Jelly. This one is much more sheer than most jelly polishes. I used Vivid Lacquer Plate VL 024 for the butterflies.






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Sally Hansen Pink Boa and Bundle Monster Stamping Polish

As you know, I take part in many nail art challenge groups. They help me reach outside of my comfort zone. I’ve created some of my favorite nail art during these challenges – and some of my least favorite. ;) Two have converged on the same day!! Today, I have Crumpet’s Nail Tarts Golden Oldies Thursday and Challenge Your Nail Art. So I decided to extra challenge myself and try to make a mani that applies to both! Luckily for me, this week’s GOT challenge is ‘free choice’. So that just means whatever I do for the other one, needs to use polish I haven’t used in over a year. The prompt for Challenge Your Nail Art is “bright colors”. I grabbed Sally Hansen Pink Boa. This is one of the first polishes I ever owned. I believe I bought it in late 2011. Then, I decided to use my new Bundle Monster Stamping Polish #17 which is a nice silver color. I stamped with MoYou Artist Collection Plate 08.

First, we need to appreciate Sally Hansen Pink Boa all in its pink glory.


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Sally Hansen Color Foils – The Final Two!

I finally found (at Walgreen’s) the final two Sally Hansen Color Foils that I was missing from my collection! My collection is now complete! What a relief! You can see swatches of my first eight in the collection here. I picked up Sally Hansen Pink Platinum and Sally Hansen Yellow Gold. Let’s take a look…


This is two coats of Sally Hansen Yellow Gold.




And this is two coats of Sally Hansen Pink Platinum.






Aaaaahhhhhhhhhhh. See why I’m obsessed? These babies are crazy gorgeous. Quite possibly my favorite polishes of all time.

Tri-Polish Tuesday Week 3 – Gradient and Stamping

Tri-Polish Tuesday, as hosted by Crumpet’s Nail Tarts is one f my favorite challenges, even though this color theme has been extra hard for me! :P June’s theme is turquoise, nude, and coral. This week, I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Mauve It as my nude. Then, I used Sally Hansen Peachy Breeze to create a gradient with Mauve It. Finally, I used Vivid Lacquer Plate Plate 008 along with Sally Hansen Mint Spring to stamp flowers on top.

Here’s what the gradient looked like before the stamping. I actually really like how it turned out. I think the colors blend well together.




And here’s the mani with the stamping on top. I was worried that it would hide the gradient too much, but it didn’t. I think it’s probably the best mani I’ve done with this color combo this month.




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Top Coat Showdown – Dry Time

I’m a member of a few different Facebook groups for polish lovers. Frequently, people will ask what the favorite top coats are. There are a few names that always come up: Seche Vite, Out the Door, and HK Girl. Each of these top coats has a cult following. I used to use Seche Vite (pronounced “Sesh Veet”) and switched to HK Girl. I have never tried Out the Door. While I was shopping at Costco this morning, I realized I had never seen a side-by-side comparison of these top coats. I’m sure it exists lots of places, but I decided that readers of Betty’s Beauty Bombs should have this comparison right at their fingertips. So, after Costco, I hurried over to Sally Beauty Supply to get Seche Vite and Out the Door. I already have many, many bottles of HK Girl. I added into the showdown Sally Hansen’s Big Shiny Top Coat because I already owned it and who knows…maybe it’ll beat out the others! :)

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Sally Hansen Color Foils Stamping

When I first tried stamping with the Sally Hansen Color Foils, I couldn’t get it to work. Then another blogger (I can’t remember who right now! If you tell me, I’ll update this to credit her) let me know that she used a hard Konad stamper and she was able to stamp with them. I really wanted it to work, so I decided to give it another try…and lo and behold, it worked!!! Hooray! These are gorgeous polishes to stamp with!!!

I started with two coats of Julep Cleopatra and did not top coat it. Luckily, it dries super fast on its own.




I grabbed my MoYou Artist Collection Plate 08. This is the first time I’ve used it because I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. :P But I saw the floral pattern in the bottom right and thought it would be perfect for this design.


I stamped with Sally Hansen Cobalt Chrome and I really like how it turned out.



Then, I wanted a little extra pizazz so I took my dotting tool and dotted Sally Hansen Rose Copper on as an accent.


Father’s Day Mani – Inspired By His Art

My father is a very important person in my life. He is an incredibly hard worker and instilled in me a work ethic that I never would have summoned up on my own. For his living, he makes beautiful, usable ceramic pottery. The wonderful thing about his pottery is it’s all functional. In fact, my entire dish set was made with his two hands. In honor of Father’s Day, I have attempted to re-create his signature look on my nails.

Here is what his pottery looks like.



Here is the mani I did to recreate the look of the plate:



To recreate the look of the plate, I started with two coats of Julep Anne and let it dry.


Then, I sponged on Nailtini Admiral Perry. I waited until Anne was dry because I wanted a harsher line than you would usually see in a polish gradient.



Then, I used a nail art striping brush to sweep on the squiggly lines in three different colors: Julep Kate (white), Nailtini Bordeaux (wine), and Sally Hansen Jade Jump (green).







I did do one last sweep of Anne and I think I should have skipped that step. Oh well!


Don’t forget to call your dad today! I’m off to call mine. :P

GOT: Red – Sally Hansen Heart to Heart

This week’s Golden Oldies Thursday prompt is “Red”. My oldest red also happens to be my favorite. I love the color and it’s also sentimental. It’s Sally Hansen Heart to Heart from the diamond strength line. This polish is sentimental because it was given to me by a wonderful friend when I had surgery in March 2012. I had an ovarian cyst the size of a football (yep. football) that had to be removed surgically (duh). I had just started my polish obsession – I was in it about 6 months at that point. My friend gave me five polishes to keep me busy during my 6 week surgery recovery. This wonderful red was one of them. I have now totally recovered from that surgery, although I do have a scar from my belly button to my hoo-ha!! :P Just a fun reminder of the least fun part of my life.

I decided to pair this lovely red with my newest polish! This one was picked out by my husband! It wasn’t his first choice. At first, he grabbed Sally Hansen Kelp Out. That’s when I burst out laughing. He said, “What?”  I said….”Babe! You picked Kelp Out for me two weeks ago!” LOL! At least he’s consistent! So today I have Sally Hansen Hypnautical which is a gorgeous glitter topper.


Here’s Heart to Heart on its own:


And now topped with Hypnautical





Check out some of these other red mani’s below!

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Stamping with Sally Hansen Matte Polish

I kept asking myself, “Would Sally Hansen Matte Polish stamp well?” So of course I gave it a try! You can see plain swatches of these polishes here. I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Mauve Matter which will be released next month in their new Beach Mattitude collection. It dried super fast without a top coat. I was a little worried I might smudge it if I didn’t use my trusty HK Girl Top Coat, but it dried quickly and was good to go! Then, I used Pueen Plate 59 to stamp using Sally Hansen In a Haze which is also going to be in the Beach Mattitude collection. I like how this turned out! I did have to work quickly as the matte polish dries very fast on the stamper. I used a stiff stamper (this Konad one to be exact) At first, I tried using my squishy Wistonia stamper, but that did not pick up the polish out of the plate. It’s very interesting how some polishes prefer sticky vs. hard stampers.

I’m still in the process of giving away an Enchanted Polish. You can enter that giveaway by clicking here!





Superhero Mani!

Why is it that all superhero costumes are red and/or blue? Well…most I guess. There’s a lot that don’t use that combo! But most do! So when I saw my two Fingerpaint polishes side by side, it reminded me of a super hero costume. Therefore, I of course had to do a mani with them! I started with Sally Hansen Golden-I and then used a lighting bolt decal to tape it off. I painted Finger Paints Surf’s Up on the top half and Finger Paints Be My Baby on the bottom half. Hope you like it!







Sally Hansen Palm Beach Jellies Stained Glass

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I was sent three polishes from the Sally Hansen Palm Beach Jellies Collection which I combined with the other two I already owned to create this stained glass effect. I was sent Ice Tint, Vitamin D-Light, and Jell-ous? I already owned Grape Jelly and Sea Through. You can see another lead light nail art mani  I did with the two jellies I already had by clicking here.

For this mani, I started with two coats of Sally Hansen White On which is my go-to white polish. It applies smoothly and doesn’t streak. It’s very reliable. Let’s take a moment to appreciate the beauty of a clean, white mani.



After admiring my white mani, I used Konad Special Black and Vivid Lacquer Plate VL031 to stamp the outline of the stained glass. I did top coat after this so that the jellies wouldn’t smear the black. After it was mostly dry, I started coloring in the different boxes with the different jelly colors.


Sally Hansen Vitamin D-Light is the orange jelly.


Sally Hansen Sea Through is the green in the collection and was one of the two I already owned.



Sally Hansen Jell-Ous? Is the red in the collection.



Sally Hansen Ice Tint is the blue in the collection.



Sally Hansen Grape Jelly is the purple and the other one that I already owned.


I love the concept of using jelly polish to shade in stamping for nail art. It’s quick and easy and very forgiving if you make a mistake!

Sally Hansen Tahiti Sunset Collection

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I was lucky enough to get three polishes from the Sally Hansen Tahiti Sunset Collection. There are six polishes in this collection. You can see pics of all the bottles here. I am really happy with the colors I got. I actually wouldn’t have picked these out  for myself. I literally would have picked the other three. BUT – I am so impressed with these and I love the colors. If I see the other three in the stores, though, I will buy them! LOL!!

First up is Sally Hansen Seasational. And let me tell you – this polish truly is sensational. The color is very, very rich and the application was a dream. I love Sally Hansen polishes in general because of the way their brushes are shaped. They are square with a little taper. It makes it so easy to get clean lines at the cuticles.



Sally Hansen Taheati is a bright, bright orange. I have very little orange in my collection because it’s not one of my favorite colors. However, I actually love this on! Just like Seasational, it’s very rich in pigment. I think both of these might stamp well so testing that out is on my to-do list.



Sally Hansen Sparktacular is a whopping full coverage glitter. With a few coats, you could actually get the whole nail done in one huge glitter bomb. It’s suspended in an orange jelly base and has orange, gold, and green microglitters. It truly is stunning. I didn’t want a glitter bomb because I have to go to work with this mani on, so I did a glitter gradient. I love the way Sparktacular looks over Taheati. They are a great pair.


Which polishes from the Tahiti Sunset collection will you be picking up?

Sally Hansen Specialty Top Coats

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In case you haven’t already heard, Sally Hansen has some new specialty topcoats! Every time I go to the store, I’ve been eyeing these, so I was very lucky when Sally Hansen sent them to me! I got three from their collection: Sally Hansen Big Glitter Top Coat, Sally Hansen Big Smoky Top Coat, and Sally Hansen Big Shimmer Top Coat. I swatched these over three different colors for you so you can see how they each look over a variety of colors.

Sally Hansen Big Glitter Top Coat, called MeteorLight is on my pinkie.  It has big silver, black, green, and blue glitters. It’s gorgeous!
Sally Hansen Big Shimmer Top Coat, called Twinkle Snows, is on my pointer finger.
Sally Hansen Big Smokey Top Coat, called Smoky is on my ring finger.
Nothing is over the polish on my middle finger so you can see what the polish looks like in its natural form.


Here are the top coats swatched over Sally Hansen Mauve Matter, a nude color from the upcoming matte collection.







Here are all three top coats swatched over In a Haze which is from the upcoming matte collection.







Finally, here are the topcoats over Seasational which is from the Tahiti Sunset collection.






I was surprised to realize that the Smoky top coat was my favorite! Many people online were saying that all it does is make the polish black. I don’t think that’s true at all! If you look at my ring finger in each of the swatches, the Smoky topcoat really takes on the undertones of each of the different colors. I love it! I especially love it over the purple!! It adds so much depth! I can see using this topper for a ton of nail art.

I like Twinkle Snows because it adds a lovely shimmer to each polish you lay it on. It has hints of green and I think it has a lot of uses.

The Meteorlight one is my least favorite. I did have to fish a little to get the glitters out. But, I think it adds nice pizzaz to the different colors. I like it over the nude color the most.

Nails Magazine 31 Day Challenge: Ice Cream Nails

I have recently discovered the Nails Magazine 31 Day Challenge. Obviously, I can’t do all the days this month because I didn’t find out about it until now! But I’m certainly going to do all that I can!  Here’s the schedule for the month:


{Shhhh…I’m giving away an Enchanted Polish. Check it out here.}

Today, we have Ice Cream nails! This is my first time doing anything like this so I wasn’t sure exactly how to do it. :P I started with two coats of Sally Hansen White Beaches. Then, I taped off triangles and used Pistol Polish True Grit, I’ve Got It as the cone. Then, I used a dotting tool with Sally Hansen Fuchsia Flare to create strawberry ice cream! I sprinkled a little glitter on to look like sprinkles. Hope you like it!