Miraculous Indeed

  
Hey, Kristin here! I know I’ve blogged about Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish before (spoiler alert: it’s the shit) but I’m super impressed by my current manicure Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish in “Combustealble” (which is an awkward and stupid color name). My nails are completely wrecked because I had acrylics removed, but you’d never know it!

The whole “system” is a color coat and a clear coat which basically cure like a faux gel mani, but I like to hit it with Seche Vite on top of the clear coat. It makes it shinier and dries it fast so that my clumsy ass doesn’t ruin a perfectly good manicure.

So basically posting about this same product and color again because I’m stoked about my nails. 💅✨💖

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Zoya 4YOU PROMOTION – 4 Free Bottles of Polish for $15 Shipping

I have done Zoya’s “free” nail polish with promotional shipping fee for the last 3 years.  Those years had 3 bottles for $12 shipping, which was a great deal; however, the shipping always took sooooooooo long!  This year, Zoya upped the ante with 4 free bottles of nail polish for $15 shipping, which brings your total to $3.75 a bottle.  That’s really great for a 5-free nail polish!

Imagine my surprise when my order arrived before the promo even ended?! 

 
ZOMG.  *tears open*

  *happy tears*  Oh my STARS, it’s a thing of beauty!  Colors are Sansa (hello, Game of Thrones fans!), Giada, Janel, and Willa.

So, then I was tipped off by a friend that this code works multiple times and ordered 4 more shades…meep!!!

This promo ends tomorrow, so if you want in on it, get cracking!

http://www.zoya.com  

Manicure of the Week

I got some really cool nail polish in this month’s Ipsy bag – Essie’s “Fashion Playground”. It is a neutral toned sea green (or as I like to call this particular color, Art Deco Green) with a subtle shimmer. It goes on a bit streaky, so I needed three coats – but ended up with beautiful coverage. And after a top coat of Seche Vite it is positively glassy and beautiful.

  
A while back I picked up some interesting looking nail decals from Sinful Colors – a mehendi inspired design with intricate swirly paisley designs in a shimmery bronze. For $2.99 why not? I’ve been looking for a color to put them over and decided this would be great.

   
 
Now it really looks Art Deco, which isn’t what I was expecting from a Far East pattern. Love it. I wonder if they’re limited edition (gut instinct says yes).
They go on really easily and stay put, especially if you put a top coat over the top. They are clear and cover the whole nail, they’re not cut-out decals.

These pics were taken after an 8 hour shift at work — stayed perfect and put up to the abuse?! Two! Barista approved.

These are probably a limited edition but I’ll definitely try other Sinful decals after these turned out so nice!

Seche Restore nail polish thinner – I love you!

Ok, so see this bottle of Milani glitter nail polish?  It’s dead.  Well…maybe it’s just pinin’ for the fjords.

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No, this bottle of nail polish is not just merely dead, it has ceased to be.

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It has gone to meet its maker!  Bereft of life, it rests in peace!  Its glittery processes are now history!  It has kicked the bucket, shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain, and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!  THIS IS AN EX NAIL POLISH.  But wait, what’s this…

Enter, stage left:

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Seche Restore is a nail polish thinner that’s made especially to work with the quick dry top coat, Seche Vite.  The awesome thing about this stuff, however, is that it works brilliantly to thin out regular nail polishes that are past their prime.  Seche Restore comes with a glass pipette that is separate from the bottle, since the cap needs to stay extra tight so the chemicals don’t evaporate.  That’s the only slightly odd thing about this product for me, but I don’t mind it, because:

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*choir of angels sings*  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Just add a few drops, or a dropper, or however much your bottle needs to get to the consistency it needs to be to apply nicely again.  Close it up tight and roll the bottle between your hands and then check the consistency until you get it just right.  Voila!  Amazing!

Just a note…Seche Restore does contain tolulene, so if remaining 3-free or 4-free or 5-free with your nail products is a big deal to you, then you’ll want to steer clear of this polish thinner.  Then again, Seche Vite does contain tolulene also.  I had tried to go all 3-free until I realized my nails do just terribly without my Nailtiques strengthener, so I am back off that train until I find a replacement (Citra did not work for me, so I’m open to suggestions).

I did this mani with this glitter polish, though I took it off a day later.  I didn’t do the neatest job, but see that cup of coffee there?  I think I’d had about 4 of them.  😉

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Product Review: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish

  
 

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in “Combustealble” with Top Coat

Being a barista is very hard on one’s hands. You’re constantly getting your hands wet, prying things open, exposing them to heat, getting them covered in coffee, and generally putting them through lot of wear and tear. For that reason, I constantly am in search of nail polish that can take the abuse – I love having them polished but even if I’m careful, my manicures rarely last more than a day without becoming unwearable.

A while back, however, my bestie down under Dina’s mother Niki posted to FaceBook that she’d tried a product I’ve been skeptical about: Sally Hansen’s “Miracle Gel” line. She says:

  

I didn’t expect that my 50s would include keeping my nasty nails covered. So that’s why I am uncharacteristically calling out the best new product that I learned about in a magazine. (I can’t remember which one, but HEY! That’s another thing about my 50s.) The new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel (2 steps, no special lights) is the best thing I have ever put on my nails. Those who know me well know that this is proven by the fact that my nails look this good after five days (including a bike ride to Ojai, time on the beach and a major pepper roasting/peeling session). This stuff is better than salon gel or shellac, IMHO, especially since it comes off easy-peasy with my nontoxic Zoya remover.

“Well hot damn,” I thought, “If this stuff can stand up to the beach and peeling roasted peppers, It might work for me!”

When I stopped in at my local drugstore I gravitated towards my favorite nail polish color — shimmery teal — and decided to give it a go. To wear it, you put on a couple coats of the color itself, let it dry, and then use the top coat to “activate” it. The idea here is that instead of curing the polish with a UV light like you do at the salon, it finishes like a regular nail polish and is further “cured” by natural light.

  
Coffee grounds not included – add your own to get this look

I used three coats rather than the suggested two, because this shimmery shade goes on a little bit streaky. The color itself already gets s A+ in my book! It also dries fast so there’s less of a chance to smudge or chip it. The top coat applies like any old regular top coat. It’s not quite as glossy and “hard” as my standard Seche Vite.

  
Don’t judge my cuticles, I just told you what I do to my hands!

This is after working two full shifts. As you can see there is minor edge wear on my pinky finger, but I’d have been floored if not – I got it stuck in a metal grate while cleaning an espresso machine. My regular manicure is usually ruined by now and in need of redoing.

I think in the future I may try putting a top coat like Seche Vite over it once everything has dried and had a chance to “cure,” but for two days in this is pretty good! It advertises up to 14 days, but with my job that’s likely impossible.

I’ll check back in in a few days with an update, but given that by now my nails are usually wrecked, I think it’s fair to say that this may indeed live up to being called “Miracle Gel”. If it can take a few days on the hands of a professional barista, it’s got a lot going for it.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish can be found at most drug stores for between $7.99 and $9.99 per bottle, but I have seen it as a “starter kit” of one polish and the topcoat for $12.99-$14.99.

Thanks for the tip, Niki! 😊💅

What’s on your nails? Zoya Midori

Oh my GAWD, I love this color, you guys.  It’s an apple green with yellow tones and lots of gold shimmer.  It’s perfect for this late spring/early summer weather we’re having.  I’ve got it on my toes and I’m going to rock my birthday sandals with it this week, too!

Zoya Professional Lacquer in Midori

What’s on your tips and toes?  Do you go and get yours done or do you do your own?