Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Nailed It

A good manicure makes me feel so put together, but my wallet and frugal soul forbid my presence at the nail salon with few exceptions. Fortunately, I have a steady hand and can do a pretty decent polish job at home. I've tried so many nail polish brands and types but am loyal to my go-to bottles. Most of those bottles are Sally Hansen, specifically the Insta-Dri polishes.

When I got Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure polish, I was a little skeptical. It promises a lot of things! Speedy application, streak-free, and even color coverage. And by "complete," Sally means that this one bottle functions as a base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, color, top coat, chip resistant layer, and gel shine finish. Well, I put Miss Hansen to the test. Last week was an important one at work, and I had weekend plans in Nashville, so a nice mani sounded like a good idea.

Here are my thoughts:

+ Sally continues her winning streak. I love this stuff. It doesn't live up to all its promises, but it's pretty darn good!
+ The brush is perfectly shaped and makes it really easy to get a nice line along the cuticle. This brush gives the product bonus points.
+ I love the color "Pat on the Black." It's a deep color that doesn't look flat on my skin (like black does). I can't wait to try the others.
+ I can't say after ten days whether or not it truly possesses the strengthening and growth powers as advertised. Only time will tell.
+ Two coats did the trick, but I had to apply a slightly thicker (for lack of a better word) second coat in order to get the color perfectly even.
+ It didn't give a gel shine finish, but here's my biggest tip for painting your own nails: Always, always, always apply a clear top coat and then reapply it five days later to keep the mani looking fresh. (I always use Sally Hansen's Diamond Strength.) (The photo of my nails above is Day 7 of that manicure!)

A few more favorite bottles for my arsenal! And my nails looked nice when for my weekend trip and when I accepted my new job at work! (More on that soon!)

* I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.


Marie @ Life is a Highway said...

I don't paint my nails often, but when I do, I feel put-together, too! I love deep colors. Gotta try that "Pat on the Black". Your nails look smashing, by the way!

Marie @ Life is a Highway said...

Oh, and a huge congrats on your new position at work!

Nilda said...

I ADORE Pat on the Black. I've worn it non stop this fall and winter. Complete Salon Manicure has definitely become one of my favorites to use!

Whitney H said...

I love these colors! I usually have to keep my nails painted so that I won't bite them. You have such pretty fingers!

The Pink Growl said...

so awesome! Love that color too!

Anonymous said...

I love the mint green color that's pictured. OPI is usually my go-to for nail polish colors, but I may pick up a bottle of this. I could definitely use a nail polish that helps strengthen my nails (as mine aren't very strong at all). Did you reapply the color coat as well, or does it not chip to badly?