Sally Hansen Love

Do you want a range of colours that are pretty chip-resistant which come at drugstore prices? I thought you might.

Let me introduce you to the world of Sally Hansen. I’m sure lots of you are already familiar, but I’ve only welcomed these top-notch polishes into my vanity cabinet about six months ago.

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From the very first application, I instantly fell in love. I have never found another nail polish which glides on so easily. Gone are the days of peeling off dried polish from my cuticles. One stroke of these leaves a highly-pigmented, stay-all-day colour.

My favourite range from the brand is their “Complete Salon Manicure” which comes as a very reasonable £6.99. It boasts seven benefits in a bottle, including growth treatment and a gel shine finish. I rock the shade “All Fired Up” which is a gorgeous, orangey-red. I have been asked at work whether they are professional and shellac – so that’s all the endorsement needed!

I also use the nail strengthener and fast drying topcoat but, in all honesty, you could easily go without these.

What are your favourite nail polish brands?

laura

 

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Blogmas Day 4: My festive nails (office friendly!)

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Today is only going to be a quick post (apologies – working full time and blogging doesn’t always go hand in (manicured) hand!)

Last night I fancied a splash of colour on my nails and so grabbed my Riding Hood polish from Tanya Burr. I applied this in two coats and then went for the H&M Time to Shine (not currently in stock online)This is a glittery shade which looked silver from the packet but actually appears more golden when applied. Still, very festive.

And to finally top things off and protect my new sparkling nails I applied a single coat of the Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat.

Just watch what you touch as this combination takes a while to dry. But it is so worth it!

Send me your festive nails!

(20 sleeps to go)

xoxoxo

Product Review: Bourjois 1 Seconde Nail Polish (#34)

I’ve heard so much about this nail varnish that when I saw this shimmery red/purple shade in the drugstore I just had to try it out!

This polish from Bourjois is purportedly chip resistant and quick drying. Let’s see if it can live up to those claims.

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Application: I started off with a single, clear bottom coat to protect my nails before applying the product. I found the fan effect brush to really ease the application process and I ended up with a neat, highly pigmented coat.

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First impressions/colour: I expected the colour to be more red but found it more purple/brown but still pleasant. The slight shimmer is subtle but adds a nice party-ready finish, which is perfect for the festive season.

Usually I apply at least two thin coats of polish to get full colour coverage, however found this was perfect at only one!

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Drying time: It did live up to its claims of being quick drying, however it was significantly longer than one second and I think that is to be taken with a pinch of salt! However after about a minute from application I felt safe enough to use my hands again, which is quite something!

Longevity: I usually apply a clear topcoat but I felt safe enough to skip that this time. After a day there is only one very minor chip at the tip of my right index finger. Impressive.

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Rating: 4/5

It loses points for the actual colour when applied being slightly different to the packaging but the ease of application and drying time more than makes up for that. Plus it seems pretty chip-resistant!

The Bourjois 1 Seconde enamel is available at all good drugstores and costs about £6. Bargain.