Wednesday 22 January 2014

Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Blue My Mind

Today I have Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish in Blue My Mind to share with you all. Normally gel polishes are not incorporated into my manicure routine because I change polishes so often and the gel application and removal processes take longer than with regular polish. Although, I do think gel polishes work really well for individuals who (are not crazy addicts like me that change their polishes 3-4 times a week) like to keep one colour on their nails for a long period of time without having the polish chip.

Onto the polish...the package contains one 7ml bottle of polish and an instruction sheet. The package boasts salon quality, up to 2 weeks wear time with no chips and a mirror shine. It also indicates that a LED lamp must be used with the gel polish. I only own a UV lamp and I didn't want to go out of my way purchase a LED lamp just to try this polish so I tried the UV lamp and ended up successfully curing the polish but instead of the 30sec it recommends for a LED lamp I had to cure it under the UV light for 2 minutes.

I followed the instruction sheet paying extra attention to buffing and cleaning the surfaces of my nails before I started the polish application. The most important aspect that helps create a successful gel manicure is working with a clean base and making sure none of the polish touches your skin or cuticles and to cap the free edge, otherwise over time the polish will start to lift. I forgot to do that with my right thumb and the polish peeled on the third day. Here is what the manicure first looked like when I was done:

Check out how long this mani lasted!

Monday 20 January 2014

Sally Hansen - Jazzy Jade & Sea-ing Stars

Hey ! Has everyone entered our Sally Hansen giveaway yet? If not enter by clicking HERE !! :D Good luck ..

Today's post is about 2 Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Jazzy Jade & Sea-ing Stars.

I love love the colours.

So despite my ragged cuticles (with work I don't know when I can repair them!) there's a ton of pictures below!!

Prepare yourself after the jump!

Friday 10 January 2014

Sally Hansen Spring 2014 Giveaway

Hello dear readers! Hurray we've made it to Friday! What better way to sweeten the weekend than with a giveaway. Over the past week or so I've reviewed quite a few new Sally Hansen polishes that have recently been released or will be released in the spring time. How would you like the chance to win some of these new releases?

Up for grabs is $90 worth of Sally Hansen nail products.

The Prize Includes:

  • 10 Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Colour Polishes
  • 2 Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Stripes Reverse French

This giveaway is kindly sponsored by Sally Hansen (through Veritas Inc.), the shades and patterns selected will be at random by them. Below I've included the colours and patterns they will be choosing from! This giveaway is open to Canadian residents only.

Photo Credit: Sally Hansen

Photo Credit: Sally Hansen

Interested? All you need to do is enter the Rafflecopter...

But before you enter, here are the rules:
Giveaway runs from 1/10/14 - 2/15/14 at 12:00 AM EST Giveaway is open to Canadian participants only over the age of 18 (or with parental permission). Winner will be contacted within 24 hours and must reply with mailing address within 48 hours after initial email is sent. This prize was sponsored by Sally Hansen Canada (through Veritas Inc.) and will be sent out to the winner by them. AM Polishes is not responsible for any lost, damaged or confiscated packages. Prize will be sent using the most economical option with Canada Post.

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Good luck!

Wednesday 8 January 2014

Sally Hansen Complete Manicure Open Mica Night and Glare Necessities

Happy hump day dear friends! Hope you're all looking forward to Friday as much as I am. Is it just me or does it feel like this week has been dragging on forever. So what better way to spruce up a Wednesday than a little bit of glitter!

In continuation of my Sally Hansen spring release press samples I have today, Sally Hansen Complete Manicure in Open Mica Night and Glare Necessities. I paired both glitters over the Insta-Dri polishes reviewed yesterday.

Open Mica Night
Open Mica Night is a holographic square glitter in a clear base. I used two layers over Sally Hansen Insta Dri Chartreuse Chase in my swatches below. I had to work a little bit and pat the polish to distribute the glitter evenly over my nails.

Glare Necessities
Glare Necessities is a blue and silver glitter in small and large sized hex glitter. In some lighting the blue glitter appears much darker, almost black. I layered two layers over Sally Hansen Insta Dri In Prompt Blue. I really liked the glitter payout of the polish, I didn't get bald spots and didn't have to pat the glitter into place.

Additional Info:
Each polish is 0.5 fl oz / 14.7 ml in size and priced around $7.95 MSRP and will be available in most drugs stores across Canada.
For more information, visit Sally Hansen here. Check out their Facebook here.

Two more days until the weekend, woohoo!
Until next time,

***Products were sent for review in exchange for our honest opinions***

Tuesday 7 January 2014

Sally Hansen Insta Dri Chartreuse Chase and In Prompt Blue Dupe For Essie Butler Please

Hello! I hope everyone is having a great Tuesday. The weather here is freezing and super windy again, our power went out again last night and I was really worried it was going to be repeat of a couple weeks ago but thankfully it came back on after 5 minutes.

Today I have 2 new shades from the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri collection coming out next month. I own a couple insta-dri polishes in my collection and I'm a big fan. I like that it provides opacity in one coat (most of the time), dries very quickly and stamps fairly well. I'm indifferent about the wide brush though, personally I'd prefer a smaller brush and go back and apply carefully with a few more strokes rather than try and apply colour to the entire nail with one stroke. The only other real issue I've had with the Insta-Dri polishes were that they became goop quicker compared to other polishes. I think this is due to it's thicker consistency.

Click to see swatches of Chartreuse Chase and In Prompt Blue in comparison to Essie Butler Please.