September 2, 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Update!

 Hey folks! I hope you had a wonderful long holiday weekend. We had a great time with the kids and certainly kept busy. Today is also my older son's first day of his second year of preschool, so a whole new routine begins today!

So I wanted to give a little update on last week's post about Sally Hansen's new Miracle Gel Nail Polish. If you didn't read my original post, this new polish is a gel polish that doesn't need a UV light, claims to last up to 14 days with high shine and no chipping. So, what are my thoughts? Let's check the photos first! Just as a reminder, I did NOT use the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish, I only used the Top Coat.  I used a regular Essie polish under the Gel. 

Here is a photo of Day1:

Day 3: No major chips, but I should have made sure the topcoat went all the way around the edges of the polish, you know like the way they do at nail salons? I think this would have protected the edges a bit better. 

Day 4: One serious chip on my middle finger. Some minor chipping along top ridges. 

 Day 6: This is my limit and I am ready to take it off. Not horrible, but after almost a week of playing with my kids, cooking, cleaning dishes, swimming and general wear, the tops are chipping now all over.

So, did it last 14 days with no chipping? Obviously not. But 6 days is not too bad in my book and much better than a typical manicure. I was pleased enough to purchase a Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish to use under my topcoat. I grabbed a soft pink shade called Creme de la Creme. I'll be back later in the week to give you another update!

So far I love the color and it is much shinier using the Gel Polish and Topcoat together! Let's keep our fingers crossed!

August 29, 2014

Fall/Winter Fashion Wish List

It's still in the 90's here in Charlotte, but back to school has me dreaming of Fall weather and of course, new fashions. Here are a few items I rounded up that are on my wish list!

First up, I never got my hands on Zara's infamous Blanket Scarf, but Ali Express has come out with an identical version that I picked up for around $15. I cannot wait to wear it, but I know I have a lot of "studying" to do learning how to wear it! I heard it is massive and one needs an instruction manual to learn how to put it on properly. I am up for the challenge!

I've seen a lot of great leather pieces out for Fall. I love love love leather shorts, but truthfully, I just know I won't get the chance to wear them. I have a pair of leather leggings that will get great use, but I am loving the idea of a cute leather skirt. Here is a really affordable one from H and M.  Please note I would NOT wear said skirt like the chick below :) I am thinking a cute blouse and heels or a cozy sweater.

I loved wearing hats this summer and this Fall flopping wool hats are everywhere! I am loving this one.

I have not bought a wool coat since I lived in New York City and got a beautiful red coat at a sample sale. And that my friends was back in 2001! So, I am really overdue for a nice winter coat. This Vince one below is out of this world!

Something else hard to believe is that I do not have a proper black handbag! A sin I know! I have tan and pink and every pattern in between, but black I do not. This Chloe bag is a major wish list item, but unless someone has $2,000 to lend me, this will remain on my wish list and I'll find another more affordable version! A girl can dream....

Finally, I did pick up these cute Steve Madden leopard flats. I have a very well loved and used Tory Burch Reva pair in leopard, but I love the pointy toes and shape of these. I can't wait to wear these with plaid tops, leather leggings and stripes of course!

Of course I had a pair of black destroyed denim on my list too, but since I made this pair, I am all set! So what's on your wish list? I'd love to hear!

August 28, 2014

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish

Since having children, especially two, I haven't taken care of my nails in any shape or form. Most of the time I see manicures, at home or a salon, as wasteful because it will only be a matter of days before I chip them! Between doing projects around here, washing dishes, playing with the kids and general wear and tear, my manicures just never last. Gel manicures sounded like a good idea, but I didn't like the idea of being committed to going to a salon every two weeks to keep up with the maintenance. 

So, when I saw some people talking about Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel Polish, my ears perked up. Best of all it's a gel polish that needs NO UV light! I never wanted to buy the other gel products on the market because I was skeptical about buying one of those little UV lights they sold, for a lot of money, in those kits. It claims to give you up to 14 days of color and shine and easy removal. Even if I got one week of no chipping I'd be psyched! 

So, I decided to grab at least the top coat of Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel Polish to try over my other nail polishes I had at home. They also sell the polish in a bunch of colors that you can use with the top coat. I thought since I already have tons of polish at home, I'd give the top coat a try and if I like it I could go back and try one of the Gel colors underneath. 

This stuff is clearly popular as our Target was sold out of everything except one duo kit that had a color and the top coat in it. It was selling for $14.99, but the color was not my style. So reluctantly I went to CVS and lo and behold found a display of the line up front with all the new products. I grabbed a top coat and ran home! 

So, during naptime I gave myself a little manicure.

I started by using my CND Solar Oil on my cuticles and simply pushed them back with a stick. I don't cut my cuticles, so this keeps them in check.

Then using one of my all time favorite shades, Essie's Geranium, I painted two coats.

Then, I used the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Topcoat. They say you just need one coat, so that's what I did!

It gave a nice shiny finish and dried really fast! One day later it is still looking good (!) and although not as shiny as when I first applied it, my nails feel extremely strong.

So, what do you thing? Worth a try? If it hold up how it claims it will, I am all in and can't wait to try more colors. I will definitely report back on how it holds up!