Sally Hansen Swatches

Hey fellow nail polish lovers. I’ve just got back from a really awesome afternoon with a bunch of girlfriends, having a fashion swap. I came away with a few good finds, mainly shoes and accessories.  I love accessories. One of the best things about this fashion swap for me, was that I took my polishes along and offered nail art throughout the avo. 

Yesterday I went nail polish shopping… the first since the beginning of December (aside from Dorian Grey). Today I have swatches of two of those polishes, both from Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure range. I’m managed to get these for $6 each.

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This is Without a Stitch. I. Love. It. I’m wearing three thin (THIN!!!) coats and i have full coverage. This polish is so sweet and understated – a soft beige colour that just in one day of wear had so many comments!

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The second colour I have to share with you is Thinking of Blue – oh my freaking nailloving goodness. I can’t get over this colour.

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In the bottle it looks like it might have a slight purplish look to it, but on, it is the nicest petrol blue colour EVAH.  I don’t own any other blue like this, and like Without a Stitch, the formula is perfect. I have on two thin coats, no visible nail line, and if we’re really going to be pedantic about it, one thicker coat would do it.

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Like…. seriously. These polishes couldn’t be more perfect. Besides the colours, which I love, the formulas are brilliant. No base coat or top coat is needed, and they are both a dream to apply.

Seriously…. I might actually start buying full priced Sally Hansen nail polish… I feel myself being converted….

Hubby’s Revelation & Under the Sea Design

Two things …husband decided yesterday that he wanted to have a go at painting my nails. I dutifully took off ny peacock feathers, re-basecoated and got everything out for him. I was going to take photos. I didn’t. Because within five minutes my cuticles were flooded with polish, and he’d given up. He said he finally understands why I can do my nails three or four times in one sitting, and that it’s actually pretty difficult… he has a newfound appreciation for what I do. But oh, his face when he realised he was making a mess was so sad and precious. Love that man!

So I’m super excited. Tomorrow I’m going to Kelly Tarlton’s with the holiday program I work for. I haven’t been to this amazing aquarium since I was really really little… and I can’t wait! In anticipation, I painted an underwater scene on my nails.

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This was loads of fun to do, and I’m really proud of them … however… I woke up this morning with shrinkage and sheet lines 😦
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I’m desperate to keep them in for tomorrow… so guess who’s not doing dishes today!

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I told you I wanted to dress up Dorian! I can’t for the life of me remember where I first saw this design, and I’ve been asking some of the ‘famous’  bloggers I follow (make sure you check out what blogs read… some AMAZING nail artists!!) but I haven’t been able to find where I saw this first.

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Since I was already wearing Dorian Grey (from Sally Hansen) all I did here was take a white polish (Jordana White) to make a diagonal tip. Then on the edge of the white and grey line I put three grey dots – pinkie only got two – and then just a few grey dots on the white side. I repeated with the white, putting the dots so that it makes this little interlocking puzzle look. It was all finished up with one coat of Jordana Quick Dry topcoat (cause I’m impatient) and also a coat of Jordana Quick Shine topcoat. Quick Shine is really thick and sticky, but it creates the nicest, smoothest, hardest feeling finish to the nails.

I REALLY hope these last at least until the weekend… and that I can find out where I got the inspiration from so I can give credit!

EDIT: Thanks Janet for hunting the original post for me … this is where I saw it: http://quinnie-lalaland.blogspot.co.nz/2013/01/january-polish-days-something-new.html?m=1

Dorian Grey

Here’s a little post for you about a polish I found today. I have been looking for a decent grey since I started doing my nails… and sticking to my under $10 budget, I’ve found nothing. Until today.

Ladies… meet Dorian Grey. I am in love.

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This grey has the slightest green/blue tinge to it, and I adore the way it looks on my nails (which are super short after a mishap at new years). It’s a really thin formula, and I’m wearing four coats. It’s super smooth, and so easy to apply. This Sally Hansen polish has the coolest round tip brush that made getting close to the cuticle but not all over it a breeze!

Apparently this polish (from the Complete Salon Manicure range) needs no base or top coat…. so my nails have no underwear on, but I couldn’t resist and put a coat of Jordana Quick Shine Topcoat on.

I might dress this up tomorrow, I’m thinking maybe a polka dot gradient…?