MOTD- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in “Blue Me Away!”

Hi all!

Guess what day it is? Guess what day. it. is.? That’s right, it’s hump day! Happy Wednesday everyone! Today was highschool freshmen orientation day! As a senior, I got to show the freshmen around campus and teach them all about our school. It was a fun day, but I’m exhausted! Not too exhausted for a manicure, though.

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Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Blue Me Away! is a classic sky blue. It’s a rich creme polish that leans somewhat neon, but not enough that the formula dries matte. Rather, this polish is extremely shiny when dry. I love this color as a staple in my collection. It’s great on its own (like you see here) but it’s also fantastic for nail art designs. I’ve found that this line of Sally Hansen polishes spreads particularly well in the water for water marbling looks, and this is typically my go-to blue. When I run out of this bottle, I’ll most certainly be repurchasing it! Pictures below are two coats of Blue Me Away! (though you could honestly get away with one if you’re in a hurry; it’s that opaque!) with no topcoat.

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Outdoor light, shade. Sorry for the yellow look on my pointer finger, it's my neon yellow shirt reflecting!

Outdoor light, shade. Sorry for the yellow look on my pointer finger, it’s my neon yellow shirt reflecting!

Sorry for the sloppy cuticles today, guys. Normally I try to clean them up, but today I was in a rush.

As I already said, I love this color. I also love Sally Hansen nail polishes. They’re inexpensive, 3-free, and in my opinion, salon quality. I especially love this line for its affordability, and I have a lot more of these in my stash (I just haven’t posted them yet!). I’ll definitely be buying more from this line in the future, and I highly recommend them.

 

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color usually retails for about $2.50-$3.50, and can be bought at most drugstores (Walgreens, RiteAid, etc.), beauty supply stores (Ulta, Sally’s, etc.) and on the Sally Hansen website, here.

 

~Beth~

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MOTD- Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat (???) in “Sage Smash”

Hi folks!

Hope you’ve all been having a great weekend! I went to a friend’s going away to college party, and the tears were flowing at the end. I’m going to miss all of my amazing friends who are beginning their college journeys in the next few weeks. To anyone out there starting college soon, good luck to you all! And to anyone in my shoes who’s beginning the college application process, good luck, it’s going to be a long road (but hopefully a rewarding one!)

Today I have for you an… interestingly marketed nail polish. It’s in the Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat line, and it’s called Sage Smash. The color is very similar to OPI’s Simply Smash-ingjust a lot more on the bright, spring green side than the OPI’s gold. The microglitters are also not as densely packed in this polish as in the OPI, so the coat is not opaque- it’s more of a glitter topper. And, um, that’s where the problem begins. Here’s the picture of what the polish is supposed to look like once it has shattered:

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But here’s what really happens…

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Maybe it’s just me, but um, the results I got and the results Sally Hansen is advertising are markedly different… While there is still some crackling (most notably on my pinky and pointer finger), it’s really not doing much… The glitter is still very beautiful on its own though, and dries matte (like most crackle polishes) which gives an interesting effect to the nail polish. While the desired effect is kinda a big fat zero in my book (crackles should probably stick to solid colors, and not glitter toppers), the glitter itself is nice on its own, and works well over the base color of pink I have here (and probably would also look good over dark blues, navys, or black). Pictures below are two coats of Sage Smash over Love and Beauty Red, no topcoat.

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Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Overall, I’m disappointed with the fact this polish did not meet my crackling expectations. But the silver lining is I gained a fun, new matte green glitter topper for my collection! Sally Hansen polishes retail at most drugstores (like Walgreens and Riteaid) as well as most beauty stores (like Sally’s and Ulta) as well as on their website, here. Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat polishes generally retail between $5-$7, but I got this one on clearance at Target for $1.87!

So what do you think of this green glitter? And what do you think of my pairing of it with a hot pink base? I think it reminds me of a watermelon, no? Let me know what you think in the comments!

~Beth~

 

MOTD- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear “Mellow Yellow” With Claire’s Precious Metals Glitter!

Hi everyone!

Today I have for you a quick MOTD, featuring one of the new “Precious Metals” glitter topcoats from Claire’s. Unfortunately, none of these polishes have names, so we’ll just call this one “blue/pink”, since those are the colors of the glitters in it!

First, I’ll discuss the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear “Mellow Yellow”. While I love this almost “cheesy” yellow polish’s color, it’s not too fun to apply. I found the formula to be somewhat thick, and while it was fairly self-leveling, I still found there to be bald spots, even after 3 coats (and I gave up at three coats because I was too impatient!) It took FOREVER to dry as well. However, it’s still a decent yellow, so the color alone is what saves it for me.

The Claire’s glitter, on the other hand, was a real winner for me. It didn’t require any “positioning” of the glitter, and was to my liking in two thin coats. It also was SUPER fast drying so I hardly had to wait between layers! I think it looks great over the yellow, the three primary colors work well together. It’s almost a comic book effect, in my opinion. Below are pictures in indoor lighting, with 3 coats of “Mellow Yellow”, two coats of the glitter, and Sally Hansen Diamond Strength polish in “Flawless” for the base and topcoat.

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What do you think? Are you bold enough to try yellow polish? Are you as in love with glitter as I am?

In other, much sadder news, a fellow member of the online beauty community has passed away today. Talia Castellano, age 13, died from her cancer today. Even though cancer took her life in the end, she still won her battle. She inspired so many others, like myself, to “just keep swimming”, no matter how hard things get. And due to her undying commitment to her cause, she’s helped raise awareness to several charities to help bring light to the horrific disease that is childhood cancer. May she rest in peace knowing that she’s touched the world in a beautiful way, and her bright, amazing spirit will never be gone.

~Beth~

Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat in “Tweedy”

So here it is, my first post! Today I have for you a polish from Sally Hansen’s new “Fuzzy Coat” line. It’s basically micro black and white bar glitter in a clear base. In my opinion, it applies quite well. It starts off as a great topper for a brightly based color, and I think it would make an opaque “wooly-looking” polish in 2-3 coats, depending on how thickly you apply it. For the picture below (in indoor lighting), I used one coat of Tweedy over Sinful Colors’ “Dream On”, but I think it would look good over any bright, neon color, especially one with a pink base.Image

What do you think? Have any of you tried the other Fuzzy Coat polishes?

~Beth~