Category Archives: Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen Lustre Chromes; Lava and Scarab

Things ended up taking a little longer then expected AND I’m easily distracted lately. So since the time of me saying I had Sally Hansens new Lustre Chrome “Lava”, I had been drooling over pictures of “Scarab” and went to Walmart (since it was a whole $1 cheaper then Walgreens) and bought it. Since I did that I might as well show them both on the same post. With out further ado…….

Sally Hansen Lustre Chrome; Lava

Sally Hanse Lustre Chrome; Lava

Sally Hanse Lustre Chrome; Lava

Sally Hanse Lustre Chrome; Lava

Sally Hanse Lustre Chrome; Lava

Sally Hanse Lustre Chrome; Lava

Sally Hansen Lustre Chrome Lava, is named perfectly, I do believe! This orange-pink duo-chrome is such a beautiful glowy polish with an awesome shift! Seems very micro flecked and really benefits from a top coat. I used Sally Hansen Insta Dri. SH recommends using one of their own as a top coat- but in my opinion any should work. **Just as a note, it isn’t very dull- top coat just makes it feel and look a bit more glassy.**  Application- cake, a little sheer but build-able. Dry time- decent. From index to pinkie (L-R) are 3 coats. 3 coats, 2-3 over black, 2-3 over black. Sorry I can’t remember if it’s 2 or 3, I meant to write it down.  I really do love this and have gotten compliments on it- which is pretty rare for me. Haha.

Sally Hanse Lustre Chrome; Scarab

Sally Hanse Lustre Chrome; Scarab

Sally Hansen Lustre Chrome Scarab, is a pretty blue green duo-chrome polish.  This isn’t as big of a shift as Lava was but it’s still quite beautiful. Another difference between these two is that Scarab is much more pigmented then Lava. Also I feel that Scarab was more of a true chrome since you can make out my outline (mainly the camera) in some of these pictures. Application- cake. Dry time- excellent. Also could use top coat to gloss it up. From index to pinkie (L-R) 2 coats, 2 coats, 1 over black, 1 over black.

So in summary, I love these! Thay’re non-problematic and could use a top coat to make them look and feel glassy, but still looks absolutely stellar without it.

I’m sooo glad duo-chromes are trending right now because even though this isn’t a completely new concept, I like that it’s becoming more readily available to the masses. Unlike crackles and magnetic’s I think that this will be popular for a long time, since it pretty much already has been very popular among nail polish junkies for years. I only have a few other duo chromes but I’m hoping to expand this part of my collection as more of the big brand companies decide to make entire duo-chrome collections.

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Sally Hansen Magnetic; Polar Purple

Hey! When I first saw these polishes I didn’t want to get any. The colors didn’t really stand out in a way that made me want them.  I did eventually cave because there was a $1 off coupon on it! XD They sure know how to make a sucker out of me.

Sally Hansen Magnetic Polar Purple

Polar Purple is of course one thin coat dried then followed by 1 thicker coat. No top coat for this pic. I find that you can’t take the directions too literally if you do a THICK coat the magnet will pull the polish up! I THINK that also have curved nails beds like mine might be a factor in that,  seeing as the magnets are flat and not curved. My index finger is the one that pulled and that’s my most curved nail.  I think these turned out really good and can’t wait to try my other magnets out with this one and also will feature a neat trick I learned from another nail blogger later.

The following picture is with top coat, which cause some of the lighter lines to streak downward. I didn’t wait 10 min. as some have recommended.

Sally Hansen Magnetic Polar Purple

Pop-Tart Nail Art Tutorial ♥

Love pop tarts? Love nail polish? Then this is perfect for you!

Honestly I like how pop tarts look but I don’t eat that kind of stuff. I’ve been wanting to do this on nails for a long time now and figured why not just do a short easy tutorial? So here it is. List of things used are below the video!

Pop-Tart Nails

What I Used:

  • Base color: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure “Without A Stitch”
  • White, yellow, green, pink, orange, blue Acrylic paint!!!

The colors I used, except for the white, are  actually from a teeny tiny art set my hubby picked up for our daughter for $2 that came with little clay masks to paint and 5 little paint pots. So yea if this video had sound, at some point you’d hear her ask…”why are you using my paints?

But my overall point is that any acrylic paint works. You don’t have to buy “special stuff.”

3 Sally Hansen Polishes in 1 Mani! Golden-I, Rockstar Pink & Multi-Faceted, Oh My!

So lately I’ve been trying to “fill in the gaps” in my collection. I was surprised to find that I didn’t have a regular gold polish. Glitters yes, but nothing that made my nails look gold plated. This is the closest thing I could find to what I was looking for. I wanted something more yellow toned such as 24k gold. This color is more pale such as 10k. I’m still happy with it, especially since finding a gold polish was hard enough.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear: Golden- I w/ Rockstar Pink on ring finger & Jewel Overcoat: Multi-Faceted on thumb.

The base color is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Golden-I in 2 coats very good formula. The polish is kind of a foil but it isn’t streaky at all and a bit sheer but built up very good. Pretty reflective I think! On the inside of my middle finger you can see a tiny pink reflection.

Rockstar Pink is from the SH Xtreme Wear line also. It has small fuchsia, red and blue glitter and a very fine gold glitter. I can’t remember but it’s most likely 3 coats on the ring finger and just a little bit thinly put on the end of the thumb nail. I was surprised at how well it built up for being a finer glitter. It’s no Milani One Coat Glitter (I’ll be showing that very soon!) but very exceptional!

Sally Hansen Golden-I w/ SH Jewel Overcoat: Multi-Faceted on accent fingers.

SH Jewel Overcoat in Multi-Faceted in 2 gloppy coats. I say gloppy because the formula on this does not want to give up those glitters! So beside the obvious black and silver hexagon glitters, there are some beautiful iridescent hexagon glitters in there. You can see a few a bit better on the outside edge of my thumb in this picture. When I first saw this in the store I thought it was silver, black, blue, yellow glitters.  Apparently there is more then one type of iridescent glitter. From what I looked at in my bottle there are indigo, orange-green & turquoise-green. Some flash a yellow in the right light but I think that might just be the orange green ones. As for the indigo I twirled that bottle around and around and it seems like it is not as iridescent as the others unless you consider it as clear-indigo.  Here is a pretty good picture of the bottle with all it’s goodies.

Sally Hansen Jewel Overcoat: Multi-Faceted

I’m so glad I found this at Walgreen’s for 2 reasons. First being I’ve been wanting a black glitter.  Second being….it’s limited edition!I hadn’t been there in awhile to find out that they had a new display, so I almost missed it.  There was a bunch more (so I’m told) but the one I got was the very last and there was only a few other colors left. Actually the only other Jewel OC left was Ring-a-Ding. Here’s a photo from Steph’s Closet of the display. *click link for better view*

I think Let’s dance would have been my second pick. It seems like Sally Hansen’s Diamond Strength line is very wedding themed, which you can see from this limited edition display and also in their new core line up. Save The Date is from their core line. I love the colors though, cheesy names and all!

So this is probably the most I’ve typed and put into one post so far, not sure if anyone really reads it but either way I hope you liked them. Snatch up a limited edition while you can! I’m sure their all gone considering where I live we’re the last to see these kinds of things.

Have any thought about all this? I’d love to know!

Rainbow Manicure ♥

Hello! Are you ready for this?! Compared to my last post which made me want to scream with horror, this one makes me want to squeal with delight. I don’t want to type anything else until you see this! FYI I can’t stand the word pastel so I have omitted it from this post with my own “proper” term.

Baby Rainbow

Baby Rainbow

Glittery Baby Rainbow

Glittery Baby Rainbow

Glittery Baby Rainbow

Glittery Baby Rainbow *shade*

WEEEEEE!!!!!!! I love it! Doesn’t it make you want to hug a unicorn? I think this is something that would be either spring or baby shower appropriate. Now for the technique we’re going to go to one of my most FAVORITE youtuber’s Colette! She was inspired by another person on YT and I was likewise inspired by Colette but for something a little different and softer. I also wanted to show that this is doable on shorter nails.  Anyways she has a wonderful tutorial on how to do this rainbow manicure in neon’s and leopard print. It’s only 3 colors, 4 when you count your base coat. So real quick here’s what I used!

What I used:

  • Base color- OPI Alpine Snow (white)
  • Pink- Sally Hansen “Bubblegum Pink”
  • Yellow- Sinful Colors “Unicorn”
  • Blue- Sinful Colors “Cinderella”
  • Glitter on ring finger- Salley Hansen “Hallucinate”
  • Glitter on other fingers- China Glaze “Snow Globe”

So what do you think are you in love as much as I am? 😉

Jelly Sandwich…gone wrong

For all you that thought this was about a real jelly sandwich- sorry I tricked you. 😀 This is about what is called a “candy manicure” aka jelly sandwich. This consists of a base color, a glitter polish, followed by a “jelly” polish. Jelly obviously meaning a clearish colored polish….like jelly. There is no right or wrong way to this. Some people do a creamy jelly finish(as I did) as their over glitter layer. Some people do another glitter layer! Sometimes people skip the base color. So to me it’s all about just having fun and experimenting. I think that’s sort of how some of these girls on etsy get their idea’s for their handmade/indie polishes that just look so freaking awesome and unique!

So this is my first jelly sandwich, I think it’s hideous… 😛

Sally Hansen- Save the Date *Flash*

Sally Hansen- Save the Date *shade*

Sally Hansen- Save the Date, China Glaze- Snow Globe

This is were I should have stopped and gave up on the whole jelly sandwich idea.

Sally Hansen- Save The Date. China Glaze- Snow Globe, OPI- It's a Girl

Also didn’t realize there was a HUGE drag on my middle finger. Uck…I hate this! In my head it seemed like a good idea. Next time I will look good and hard for a non creamy jelly finish. So hopefully there will not  be a disappointing post on the next. I take back what I said in the beginning- apparently there IS a wrong way.

Batik Inspired

For those who like to quilt or sew or may recognize the term batik. For those who don’t- it’s a type of dyed fabric. To be more accurate, its a type of dying technique. Not that it’s important to the tutorial you can learn more here.  Anyways, getting back on track now. I was admiring a scrap piece of batik fabric laying around my children’s great grandma’s sewing room and thought it would make a fun nail art design.  The awesome thing I think about batiks is that not one single square inch is exactly the same as any other.  Some places may be shaded a like but not as if it was patterned. (BEHIND the pattern! You know what I mean :P) I had a lot of fun making this video! I hope you enjoy!

What I Used:

  • “Medium” Puple: Sinful Colors “Verbena”
  • Magenta: Essie “Big Spender”
  • Dark Purple: Pure Ice “No Means No”
  • Shimmery Purple: Sally Hansen X-treme Wear “Virtual Violet”
  • Pinky Purple: Sinful Colors “Let Me Go”
  • Light Pink for DOTS:  Nicole by OPI “Kim-pletely In Love”

Tools:

  • A porous sponge ( You can use a regular cosmetic sponge but I like the other better)
  • Tweezers, for the sponge.
  • Dotting tools ( Or hair pins, sewng pins, toothpicks…you get the idea)

So for those of you paying attention- look up EpicMealTime on youtube!  Take a wild guess at what the next design I’m working on next. 😀

Jeepers Creepers!

In the spirit of Halloween and everything spooky and fun, I came up with this eye popping design. XD Apparently I like puns.

♫♪ Jeepers creepers! Where’d you get those peepers? Jeepers creepers where’d you get those eyes?♪♫ Maybe I’m just old, but does anyone else remember that song? I heard it in an old black and white cartoon. And I don’t think it was Casper either…. Or was it?

Also if anyone is wondering about the cookie- it’s my famous “Less Chocolate Chips, Chocolate Chip Cookies”. I make them this way because as much as I like chocolate chip cookies- I really don’t like to bite into my cookie and see a center filled with chocolate. I’m weird, I know.

So anyways onto instructions for this design. Which happens to be my first video tutorial!!!!!! XD

Just to add into the video a little bit- for the pupil you could make a slit pupil like a cat or snake! 😀

List of Items Used:

  • White Nail Polish: OPI “Alpine Snow”
  • Wet n’ Wild Fantasy Makers Glow-in-the-dark polish
  • Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat
  • Acrylic Paints:
    • Black: Folk Art “Pure Black”
    • Navy: Folk Art “Navy”
    • Light Blue: Jo Ann’s Craft Essentials “Baby Blue”

Sorry I didn’t get a better picture of the brushes. They’re nothing special, just cheap brushes I got from Jo Ann’s. You can use whatever sizes you feel comfortable with.