It’s a magnificent day in polish land with lots and lots of really great Sally Hansen nail stuff to show you. Let’s not waste any time – I’m gonna chuck you right in there starting with the Sally Hansen Wonderlust Holiday Collection. After that, we'll admire new polish strips, gel glitters and new gel polish shades. And I'll show you another of my secret weapons.
sally hansen wonderlust holiday collection
What are we looking at here? Launching this month, it’s four shades of limited-edition sequin overcoats, aka the Sally Hansen Wonderlust holiday 2013 collection ($8.95 per shade, drugstores and mass retailers). I’ve shown them to you over bare nails so you can get an idea of how they’ll look over anything you choose. And really, you could choose anything for your base coat. The sparkly beauty of these shades is they don’t require additional top coat. Yay, Wonderlust!
sally hansen salon effects real nail polish strips new empress collection
This cute sampling from the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips New Empress collection ($9.95 each, drugstores and mass retailers) has a touch of Asian flavour. These are Salon Effects Nail Strips in 06 Empress-Ive and 03 Fl-Roar-Al. From florals to silk-like fabrics, these easy-to-use polish strips are a snap to apply and a snap to remove. All you need it this one of these little boxes and all your fingers. You don’t even need a steady hand. And to take it off, just grab your trusty bottle of nail polish remover. It’s so easy it’s frightening.
sally hansen gel polish glitter*
Just released, these new shades of Sally Hansen Gel Polish Glitter ($14.95 each, drugstores and mass retailers) promise up to two weeks of wear and mirror shine. And I tell you what, they’re shiny. Wicked shiny. Let's get into all the details.
sally hansen gel polish
Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polishes are gel/polish hybrids and should only be used with your trusty Sally Hansen Gel Polish lamp. The process takes me a solid hour to go from prepped bare nails to finished but for up to two weeks of wear, these results are totally worth it.
sally hansen glisten up gel polish glitter
Lookit that shine! Lookit that glitter! Lookit that glitter shine! That’s two coats of Sally Hansen Glisten Up Gel Polish and a solid hour of work for a two week payoff. Worth it? You betcha!
sally hansen glitter chatter gel polish glitter
Not as opaque as it shows on the box, what you see there is three coats of pretty sparkly pink. Had I known this Sally Hansen Glitter Chatter Gel Polish was so sheer, I might have thought about putting a solid pink or white gel polish base such as Sally Hansen White Away Gel Polish ($13.99, well.ca) under it (that's sorta like my secret weapon here). Either way, still pretty though, right?
sally hansen red haute gel polish glitter
Oh jelly red with subtle glitter bits, I love you. It takes three coats of Sally Hansen Salon Red Haute Gel Polish to get to that level of jelly finish and the time is well spent. It’s shiny, it’s durable, and I think it’s gorgeous.
and my secret weapon
It’s Sally Hansen Nail Nutrition Cuticle Oil ($7.99, well.ca) and I adore this stuff. I have three wands of it on the go at all times. There’s one right here on my desk, there’s one in the bathroom for application after I wash my hands or before I go to bed, and there’s one under the coffee table in front of the TV. I probably use this stuff three or four times a day and as you can see, it does great things for my cuticles.
*thoughts on any UV-cured at-home DIY soak-off gel polish system
Gel polish is not for everyone. All DIY UV-cured nail products require a steady hand and a thorough reading and following of instruction so as not to damage your nails, cuticles, or surrounding skin. I do not recommend this product for children as it is time consuming and steps need to be followed precisely. Each manicure shown consists of prep time, base coat, colour coats, top coat and curing time. If it takes you less than an hour for a complete at-home gel manicure, you’re doing it wrong.