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~

Sunday Funday Nail Art! – “Nautical” Stripes

Hi everyone!

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Today I have for you a fun, bold nail art design that’s easy to create and is sure to garner you a ton of compliments! I wore it out to the mall today, and every cashier I talked to said that they loved it, it felt great!

To create this look, I started with a base coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless”, and then painted on one coat of Sinful Colors “Snow Me White” (reviewed yesterday). I let the white dry COMPLETELY (about 15 minutes) before moving on. I took regular scotch tape pieces long enough to stretch horizontally across my nail, and pressed them into my skin and peeled them off a few times to reduce the stickiness, so that they wouldn’t pull up nail polish. I then used different patterns of the tape to create different sized stripes for each color. The tape ensures that the lines are nice and crisp. As soon as you paint on the next layer of color, peel off the tape. If you let the polish dry first, you won’t get as sharp of a line. If you have little mistakes in the line, just go over it later in the color you want it to be. Repeat until the design matches mine, or until you like it. Feel free to swap out colors! I didn’t have a camera available to me while I was doing the design, so I don’t have pictures of me creating it. However, I highly doubt this will be my last “tape” manicure, so I’ll be sure to show pictures next time!

The colors I used in this design are as follows:

Pink: Love and Beauty in “Red” (what an awful name for a pink, right? But it’s a great polish anyways, thin and easy to apply, and so shiny!)

White: Sinful Colors “Snow Me White”

Yellow: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in “Mellow Yellow”

Navy: Rue Beauté Nail Color in color 043

Below are pictures indoors, artificial lighting, with one topcoat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless” as a top coat.

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So what do you think of this fun, wearable nail art? Simple enough for you, or too loud and crazy? What’s your favorite summer nail look? Keep checking my blog this week, I have lots more nail art and water marble looks to show you, including guest hand models including one of my best friends, Tory, and my Mom!

~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~