Sally Hansen Toppers!

I can’t believe I sat on these polishes for so long. They have been sitting in my untrieds for weeks and weeks and I just kept passing them over. That was clearly a huge mistake.

Sally Hansen Flash-ionista on top of a black creme. How goddamn gorgeous is this polish?! I wore it for days. I didn’t want to take it off my nails. In fact, I cried a little inside when I removed it.  Who would have thought that such a mediocre looking polish would be such a stunner??? Diamond in the rough, I tell ya. Diamond in the rough.

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Sally Hansen Let’s Get Digital over a black creme. When this one turned out to be a RED shift I was like WHAT IN THE WHAT? It looks blue in the bottle! I almost didn’t even get this one because I thought it would be too close to Flash-ionista. Oh man. I would have been crying in my  Cheerio’s if I’d passed this one up.sally-hansen-let's-get-digital-swatch sally-hansen-let's-get-digital

These to are MUST HAVE. You can all obsess over indie polish toppers or whatever but we simply can’t ignore the gorgeousness that Sally Hansen has put in front of us with these polishes.

Now go to the store and get your own bottles cuz I ain’t sharin’.

Red and Black Nail Art

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Good morning and happy Friday!! I started this mani with Sally Hansen Red-ience which was sent to me as a press sample. I used Konad Black to stamp this design from It Girl Plate IG116

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In other news…If you’re local to the Seattle-Tacoma area, I’m looking for people to try LipSense for the first time. No pressure, I’m not going to ask you to buy it. I’m just looking for people who are willing to let me film their reactions. I’ll even buy the coffee! Hit me up if you’re interested.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Swatches + Giveaway!

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Sally Hansen sent me four colors to show off to you! BUT they sent me 5 bottles! That means I have a duplicate and ergo, you get a giveaway!!

Sally Hansen Berry Smooth is a creamy, gorgeous pink.

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Sally Hansen Red-y to Glow is a creamy red.

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Sally Hansen Rosy Glow is a beautiful pink with a blue flame shift.

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Sally Hansen Red-iance is an orange-red cream.

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AND….now for the part you’ve all been waiting for…I am giving away a brand-new bottle of Rosy Glow!!!

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Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab Review

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Sally Hansen sent me Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab to review for you! This is an intense serum meant to be worn over night on your nails and cuticles. Proper moisture is critical to nail health – especially if you’re trying to grow them out. (Water does not actually moisturize your nails. I’m talking about nail oil as a moisturizer.)

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What I like about this serum is that it’s thicker than a regular oil. That means it’s not dripping everywhere when I put it on. It stays on the spot in. I can feel it working as it relieves my dry cuticles – especially this time of year when it’s so cold.sally-hansen-moisture-rehab-review

I’ve been keeping the bottle on my nightstand and applying it all over my tips before sleeping. It soaks in quickly so I don’t get oil on my sheets. Hooray!sally-hansen-cuticle-care

I would recommend picking up Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab next time you’re in your drugstore’s polish aisle. It’s very affordable and should be available anywhere Sally Hansen is sold.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Swatches

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Sally Hansen Color Therapy is a new formula of polish recently created by Sally Hansen. I published the press release for it when I got word back in November. You can read the details here. Sally Hansen sent me 6 colors from their new collection as well as the Color Therapy top coat.

Sally Hansen Ja-Cozy is a solid, blue creme.

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Sally Hansen Bamboost is a creamy army green.sally-hansen-bamboost-swatch sally-hansen-bamboost

Sally Hansen Robes and Rose is a shimmery pink and is one of my favorites in the collection. This is totally my color!

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Sally Hansen Mauve Mantra is a light pink with gold iridescent shimmer. This is another one of my favorite colors! sally-hansen-mauve-mantra-swatch sally-hansen-mauve-mantra

Sally Hansen Unwine’d is an oxblood creme.

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Sally Hansen Therapewter is a green-tinted silver metallic polish.sally-hansen-therapewter-swatch sally-hansen-therapewter

The wear time on these is comparable to other Sally Hansen polishes. The top coat took a little longer than my usual to dry, but that is to be expected since my usual is Seche Vite.

You’re supposed to wear these without a basecoat, per the instructions on the back. I couldn’t bring myself to do that with the darker colors. I did go commando with the light colors. I did not notice a difference in wear time with or without topcoat.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy should be available in retail stores nationwide. You can also find it on Amazon, here.

Random Swatches!

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I’ve been compiling a random collection of swatches. None of them really warranted their own full post, but now that I have four, I figured you might like to see them. :)

Butter London Slapper – This is an old photo! Back when I was wearing my midi ring. I stopped wearing it because the center “diamond” fell out. :( :(

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Venique Bursting from the Seams. This one kind of has a satin finish even though I did use topcoat. I like the look!venique-bursting-at-the-seams-swatch

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Sally Hansen Mint Tint. I can’t even remember how long I’ve had this one. I think it’s been sitting in my drawer for at least a year! Oops!

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Picture Polish Douceur. I’ve had this one for years. This is the first time I wore it. I can’t believe I didn’t break out this beauty ages ago! It’s a great nude with some fun purple glitters!!!

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Thanks for stopping by today. I know my postings have been less consistent. Starting my own dog training company is taking up craploads of time. I only paint my nails 5 days a week now! WHAT?! It used to be every day! But I just don’t have that much time any more. (Cue sad violins here)

Seaside Nail Art Ideas

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Good morning!! It’s Friday which means it’s time for another edition of the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts challenge! This week’s prompt is “seaside / holidays / beach” and by “holidays,” we mean vacations. :)
I started my mani with two coats of OPI Alpine Snow. Once dry, I used a makeup sponge to create a gradient with OPI The I’s Have It! Then, I used some water decals made by Pueen to add the anchors and steering wheels. Yes, I know they’re not called steering wheels. I can’t remember what they’re called on ships!!! What are the wheels called?!

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Coral and White Nail Art

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Friday means it’s time for the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts challenge! This week’s challenge is “coral and white” and my assigned nail art technique is “circles.”

I started with Sally Hansen Coral Reef (original formula before they screwed it all up) and waited for it to dry. Then, I found these circle stencils in the bottom of my drawer. It’s been forever since I bought them but they are probably from Polished Vino or Twinkled T. I used Sally Hansen White On for the circles.

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“Summer” Nail Art

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Haaappy Friday! It’s time for another episode of the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts challenge. This week’s prompt is “summer.” You know what? I freaking hate summer. I hate sunshine and long days. I’m not even being sarcastic. I’m a fall and winter girl. Fall is my jam. You know how most people feel like they’re in a better mood when it’s sunny? That’s how I feel when it’s raining. I like to curl up with a blanket, a cup of coffee, and read. Lately, all I’ve been reading is Outlander.

Lucky for me, I live in the Pacific Northwest. That means it rains here quite a bit! It’s even been raining a whole bunch this week. Hooray! Rain! My favorite!!!

Before you start scrolling, I need to give you a warning…. I cut my nails down. :( I terribly regret it. It seemed like a good idea at the time. As soon as I was done, I realized I’d made a horrible mistake. I will be growing them out again!

This “summer” mani starts with two coats of Sally Hansen Grease Lightening. The designs are from Vivid Lacquer plates and the stamping polish is Konad Black

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40 Great Nail Art Ideas…Green Waterfall

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Today’s nail art is for this week’s Crumpet’s Nail Tarts challenge. This week’s prompt is ‘green’ and my assigned nail art style is waterfall. In hindsight, we probably should have scheduled the green prompt for earlier in the month so you could get some St. Patty’s Day inspiration ideas. Oops! Maybe next year!

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To top it off…the prompt is actually “Three shades of Green”. I used four. #cheater

The polishes I used were Dollish Polish Toss My Salad, Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet, Sally Hansen I-rush Luck, and Sally Hansen Seasational.

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I learned quickly that when one uses green colors to make a waterfall mani, it actually looks like a grass mani. ;)

Psssst….Wanna win the entire Cupcake Polish Unicorn collection?? Check this out…Cupcake Collage

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40 Great Nail Art Ideas…Red Watermarble

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Today’s nail art is for the weekly Crumpet’s Nail Tarts challenge. This week’s prompt is red. My assigned method is watermarble. I used the watermarble decals method, which I explain here. I used Sally Hansen Rapid Red and Sally Hansen Fright Night.

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A Polish 4-Way with Mango Bunny Polish Nope Still Winter

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Today I’m going to have a polish 4-way. Get your mind out of the gutter. I obviously mean that I’m going to take one polish and show you four different ways to use it! Today, the chosen polish is Mango Bunny Polish Nope, Still Winter which is from the Limited Edition January 2016 duo. (The other half of the duo is a crelly with the same glitter mix called Spring, Is that You?) Nope, Still Winter was given to me as a press sample from the lovely Ed, co-owner of Mango Bunny Polish.

The first look that popped into my mind when I saw the purple microglitter was that it would look just spiffing over hot pink. I selected Sally Hansen Fuchsia Power which is my go-to hot pink. I’ve used half the bottle already so I think it’s time I got a backup!! This is two coats of Fuchsia Power topped with one coat of Nope, Still Winter.

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At Ed’s suggestion, I’m going to try and do more macros. The only reason I haven’t done them consistently before is because I’m lazy. How’s that for some real talk? LOL.

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The next design that popped into my head was glitter tips. I love glitter tips and they are a perfect step into nail art because they’re super easy to do, but look really fun. I put a blob of Nope, Still Winter on a clean makeup sponge and then dabbed it on the tips. The base polish is Dermelect Lazy Daze (which was originally sent to me as a press sample).

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Woah! Two macros in one post! It’s almost like I tried or something. ;)glitter-tips-macro

The third idea that came to mind was to layer Nope, Still Winter over black. I love putting microglitters on black. Just take a look and you’ll see why. I used Zoya Willa (which was originally sent to me as a press sample). This time, I did two coats of Nope, Still Winter because I really wanted this to be super glittery.

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Ok, so now I kinda see Ed’s point about Macros. I’m super in love with this picture if I don’t say so myself.

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The last design I had to do with this polish was to put some stamping on top of the layering from the previous look. I love layering microglitters on black, but I even more love stamping on top of them!! I used Konad Black, a design from Cici & Sisi Plate 29, and my Born Pretty Store Clear Jelly Stamper to create this final look.

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What did you think of this polish 4-way? Was this a useful post for you? I don’t know if anyone noticed, but I am experimenting with not posting new stuff on the weekends. I’ll still be on social media, there just won’t be a new post on the blog. I hope that by reducing the number of posts I do, I can increase the quality of the posts that get published. Please give me your feedback about what you think of this new strategy and this new post type. You know I always love to hear from you!

40 Great Nail Art Ideas…Film Nail Art

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This week for the Crumpet’s Nail Tarts challenge, the prompt is ‘film’. I love Marilyn Monroe films so I decide do do film nail art in honor of her! I made a stamped decal using my Bliss Kiss Miracle Mat and Born Pretty Store Plate BP-L016.

Polishes used for this were:
Konad Black
Zoya Cala (originally sent to me as a press sample)
Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow (original formula)
OPI Coca-Cola Red
Morgan Taylor All White Now

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I don’t know what it is about Marilyn Monroe that attracts me so much. I’ve read three or four different biographies on her and I’ve seen as many of her movies as I can get my hands on. I even have cd’s with the songs she sang.  There really is a beguiling allure about her. At least for me!

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Brown and Purple Stamping Nail Art

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This nail art starts with two coats of Sally Hansen Spice Age which was originally sent to me as a press sample. Then, I used Mundo de Unas Lilac to stamp a design from Bundle Monster BM-XL206 which is a collaboration plate with Nailstamp4fun.

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Snowflake Nail Art Stamping

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Who’s up for some more wintery nail art? Today I have some snowflake nail art for you! I used last year’s Cici&Sisi holiday plate which appears to no longer be available. However, all their stamping plates are awesome and I get a ton of use out of them. If you haven’t tried them yet, I highly recommend it! I used Sally Hansen Buffalo Nickel as my base color. (This was originally sent to me as a press sample.) My stamping polish was Konad White.

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