Archive for the ‘Sally Hansen’ Category

Sally Hansen Blue Me Away!

October 5, 2011

This is part of the Xtreme Wear line, and yes, the exclamation point is on the label. I really like this as a bright medium blue, and it applies decently. I had some trouble with bubbling but I think I left the fan on, woops!


artificial light


Two coats, and at least a day’s wear. I found a staple remover in my desk, though, so the nails should improve soon. Shuffling paper can be hard on the nails too.  ;)




I can’t resist throwing a coat of Confetti Dreamdate over everything, but I liked this combo enough to wear it for a while. Dreamdate is such a great layering glitter. One coat (shown) lets the base color peek through, dries fast and smooth without topcoat, and is still multi-colored fabulous!

I tried to capture the colors with a macro shot:


too dark, eh?


I’m pretty pleased with this manicure, but now that it’s raining I think it’s time for something a little more subdued.

Do you ever do your nails only to wake up in the mood for something different entirely?


Sally Hansen Pixel Pretty

September 12, 2011

I picked this one up a really long time ago, but I’ve been seeing the HD polishes in CVS’ clearance bin for 75% off. Here’s Pixel Pretty, swatched over an opaque creme, three coats:


It’s a little brush-strokey, very sheer, and to be honest? A little disappointing. I don’t know what I expected – probably the insane chrome look that the Sally Hansen display showed. But I like to put one coat of some Insta-Dri on my toes and throw this one on top for some shimmer. Brush strokes don’t bother me as much when they’re far away, you know?

Mannequin toes?

September 2, 2011

Mannequin-hands: a term born of the popularity of taupes and other brown shades for makeup and nails. I admit it’s a pretty fun challenge to find the shade that makes you look like this:

pale plasticky hand of a mannequin

whoa, cuticles!

But I think I prefer more color for my hands.

Essie Sand Tropez is pretty close to my MH shade, so one of my favorite pedicures is Sand Tropez + shimmer. No, I’m not going to take a picture of my foot. My sister has an irrational foot hatred. Start here:

shade, 3 coats

Then add something sparkly. Here’s Confetti Dreamdate on my seldom-seen, much maligned, sad and square thumb:


Have you picked up any Confetti polishes yet? They are $1.99 (most of the time) and all of the ones I’ve tried so far have been awesome. I pop one layer of Dreamdate over everything if I’m feeling glittery.

And results:

full sun

The Goldspun Opal is a Sally Hansen Fire Opal “Nail Glaze” that I bought on a whim a million years ago.

bottle pic

Yes, I was a silly youth and bought this streaky duochrome in its opaque bottle. Okay, it’s streaky but I love it. It’s always flashing green and it really warms up the sand color. But about opaque bottles – they are misleading, see Milani Rad Purple for example. The Goldspun Opal isn’t really pink at all, it’s gold and green.

But I digress, try this neutral with depth for a summer pedi that goes with everything but doesn’t bore you from 5 feet (or more) away!

Chop chop! and Sally Hansen Wet Cement

August 31, 2011

My nails were peeling like mad at the tips, so it was time to trim. I don’t know whether to blame acetone or the hauling boxes I’ve been doing lately. I constantly forget how much I like having nubbins, though. Kinda like I forget that I love creme polish. I guess it feel less inspiring in the bottle than a glittery-shimmery-multi-chromey lovely, but on the nails?

full sun

Chic. Cremes feel chic. For the record, this was Sally Hansen in Wet Cement, three coats, performed in the dark. I was catching up on Breaking Bad, what can I say? Application was easy-peasy (which is the case for 2 out of the 3 Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes I own.)


I can’t say that I think the wear on these is XTREME or even extreme… they last an average (for me) 2-3 days before chipping. That’s with topcoat, mind.

And who wants to see my stubby fingers? No one? OKAY!

stubbulons in the shade

Not that I recommend polishing in the dark, but Breaking Bad is madness.

Essie Turquoise & Caicos

August 23, 2011

Can you tell I like Essie? It’s the little bottles. They’re so cute! I am a huge sucker for packaging.

Three coats of Turquoise & Caicos, I promise to get better at photos:

light turquoise nail polish

late afternoon sun

I spent a few weeks drooling over pictures of people wearing this one before tracking it down in the store. When I found it, I kind of hated it in the bottle.  Surprise!  It dries darker.  I even freaked out a little on the first coat because it looked really yellow-green.  Three coats (I still had VNL at two coats) and I’m in love.  <3 <3 <3

a light turquoise (green-blue) creme polish


Here it is compared to Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Sea Breeze:

While this one still falls into my turquoise category, it’s much darker. This Insta-Dri is thick – opaque in one coat showing brush texture – but the brush is kind of awesome. Wide and beveled. I feel like it’s quick to chip, though. Even with top and base coat, huge chunks of it come off after a day. Another thing? This color will stain, beware!

Is anyone a fan of Insta-Dri?