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Sally Hansen Color Therapy 

My manicure preferences change a lot. Sometimes, I want really bold pops of color. Other times, I just want a sweet, feminine neutral that won’t show chips so easily. It’s hard to find a natural-looking pink shade that is kind of sheer instead of opaque. I feel like I’ve searched everywhere, and finally I’ve found one that’s nearly perfect: Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Rosy Quartz. This product can be purchased at Target and similar retailers for about $6.

I’ve been so pleased by how feminine and sheer this pink shade is. It makes my nails look natural but polished and professional. I like that I just need one or two coats to get my desired look. It’s also shiny enough that I don’t always feel I need a top coat. Overall, I’m very pleased by the aesthetic of this product.

That being said, I don’t love how long this one takes to dry. This product contains argan oil to nourish the nails and fix existing nail damage. I think that’s great, but it also seems to take well over an hour for this one to dry completely (and I suspect this oil is to blame). If I don’t allow it to dry for at least this long, I know I’m still at risk for smudges and gouges to the polish. Sometimes, I’ll use a quick-dry top coat to speed things along. That seems to help significantly.

Have you tried this polish? Did you like the sheer quality or were you disappointed that it wasn’t more opaque? Be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat 

When doing an at-home manicure, it’s so important to use a base coat and a top coat. The base coat will protect your nails from staining if you’re using a dark color, and it will create a nice, smooth canvas for the nail varnish. The top coat will add some shine to the manicure and will extend the life of the manicure by preventing chipping. Recently, I was walking around Walgreens and I found the Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat for only $4, so I thought I’d give it a try.

I loved the concept of this product: why not simplify and have just one bottle that can do both jobs? Unfortunately, this one really fell flat for me.

My biggest complaint about this product is that it takes FOREVER to dry. Every time I used this product, I would try to be as patient as possible and let it dry for over half an hour. However, hours later, I would find strange smudges on the polish. I am not completely certain how this happened, but my theory is that the topcoat re-softens with heat, so you’re susceptible to smudges again after a hot shower or blow drying your hair or doing the dishes.

This has happened to me with other top coats as well, but it doesn’t happen with all of them (The Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat and the Seche Vite top coat are two of the best, in case you were wondering).

I was pleased with the level of shine that this top coat offers, but it did not seem to harden the nail or prevent chipping. I frequently still had same-day polish chips, which is just not manageable.

In terms of how this performed as a base coat, it was okay if you applied just a thin layer. It did smooth the nail and, even with very dark polish, there was no staining on the nail bed.

Overall, I was very disappointed with this product, and I won’t be repurchasing. However, I think this might be okay if applied to the nail by itself. After buffing the nail, this would add some shine to enhance a natural nail. It’s also an okay base coat, but I would not recommend this as a top coat over nail polish.

Have you tried this product, or do you have a favorite top coat? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure 

Fake nails have come a long way since I was in junior high. When I started a new school in 8th grade, I wanted to stand out more than anything in the world (which was difficult with the rigid uniform). I decided to wear acrylic nails for about six months. I changed them every week and struggled with the messy glue and the constant frustration of nails falling off at the worst possible times. It was absolutely ridiculous, and it did a lot of damage to my nails, but I’m also still proud of younger me for holding on to my individuality. The other day, I was shopping and saw these Broadway Nails imPRESS one-step gel fake nails. They were on sale and I felt filled with nostalgia, so I decided to give them a chance. These retail at most drugstore and grocery stores for between $5-8 depending on the kit.

I was actually very impressed (no pun intended) with these nails! The application was super easy. You just have to remove your existing nail polish if you’re wearing some, wipe your nails with the included alcohol swab, peel off the tab on the back on the gel nail, apply it over your real nail, and press down thoroughly (making sure to also press on the sides). Since there’s no dry time, this actually was faster than a traditional manicure, and the best part was that there was zero mess! Since the adhesive is pre-applied, you don’t have to struggle with tiny tubes of sticky glue that goes everywhere.

In terms of size, there was a great variety. Each kit includes 30 nails, so it’s very likely you’ll find nails that align almost perfectly with your cuticles. It took a while for me to get used to the look (it has been 13 years since I was 13 and last wore fake nails) but they kind of grew on me from an aesthetic perspective.

These nails lasted 5 whole days before one fell off, which I thought was great since I worked with my hands every day, did a lot of typing, washed dishes several times, unpeeled many tangerines, and more throughout the work week. I’m right-handed and it was really only the nails on the right hand that were loose at day 5. Had I been gentler, they probably would have lasted even longer. I was impressed by these, although it was honestly a relief when I was able to remove them. They were long enough to get in the way and slow down my typing which I did not enjoy. Also, rolling coins at work was super frustrating when I was in charge of banking.

Overall, I could definitely see me use these for special occasions. I can apply them quickly and be certain that they will last through big events. For the price, these are such a great deal, and they come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. I’m really glad I gave these a try!

Have you tried these one-step gel nails? What did you think? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

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-XO Tiffy

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Blogmas Day 21: Instant Nail Polish Remover Wipes 

It’s blogmas Day 21 and this day’s advent calendar panel revealed something I already received from an earlier day: the Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover Wipes. These can be purchased in a box of 10 wipes for $5 which is not cost effective for nail polish remover.

I do like the texture of these wipes, but it just doesn’t justify the cost. I do find it interesting that they have white peach extract though. While it definitely smells like normal nail polish remover, there is still a hint of peach too  which is kind of fun.

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-XO Tiffy

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Blogmas Day 17: Sephora Nail Polish 

Welcome to Blogmas Day 17! Today’s little goodie is pretty cute: a tiny bottle of nail polish. I love this wine shade, but unfortunately it isn’t on their website.

The nail polish is really nice. It’s very opaque and one coat goes a long way. It also dried pretty quickly which is always a plus. Overall, I like the nail polish and I bet I can get at least 3 or 4 pedicures out of the bottle even though it’s small.

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-XO Tiffy

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Blogmas Day 13: Nail File 

Welcome to the 13th day of Blogmas! We are more than halfway through Blogmas now and Christmas feels just around the corner. Today’s advent calendar goodie is a tiny nail file.

I actually really liked this nail file. It’s a little larger than my thumb and will fit easily in any purse. I think that nail files are really helpful to have on the go because you never know when you’re going to break a nail. I hate when my nail tears and it leaves a weird jagged edge that keeps snagging on everything for the rest of the day. It’s much easier to have a small nail file with you to take care of the problem right away.

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-XO Tiffy

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Pink Gel Coat – Perfect Formula

I have been on what seems like an eternal quest for the perfect sheer pink nail color. I wanted something that was just a wash of a pink tint. I did not want something light but pastel or anything remotely opaque. So, the other day, I was at my local Sephora (yes, they do know me by name at this point) and I saw that they had an intriguing product available for 100 beauty insider points. For those who don’t know, beauty insider points are like Sephora’s reward system. So, I decided to cash in some of my points for a bottle of Perfect Formula’s Pink Gel Coat.

I put two coats on my nails, and I got exactly what I wanted: a sheer, natural look with a subtle pink tint. It’s looks so shiny, and my nails felt instantly harder and stronger. I tend to go in phases where I want lots of bold colors and then I get tired of the maintenance and want something that’s pretty but easy.

So, should you buy it?

Pros: It has a great natural tint, and it really does make the nails harder. You could even use this as a base coat if you’d rather get the hardening benefits with a bolder color.

Cons: The price! After trying this product, I was so excited that I immediately wanted to buy a full-sized bottle. So, I looked it up on the Sephora mobile app, and this is $30 a bottle! I love luxury products, and I spend way too much on products (hello, VIB Rouge!) but even I cannot justify that price for a sheer nail treatment.

A few days after picking up this sample, I did stop by Sephora again (yes, I know I have a problem) and I redeemed more points to get another sample bottle because I really do love this look, but I won’t be purchasing this item. It’s a great product, but I’d rather spend $30 on something else – like lipstick or foundation. It’s just a lot of money to spend on a nail product that’s nearly invisible. Still, if you are intrigued by this product, there is a dupe that you can try – Sally Hansen’s Nail Treatment Natural Tint is only about $2.50 and it also gives a sheer wash of pink tint. I don’t think the tint is as noticeable/pretty, and I don’t think it makes my nails feel as hard, but you can buy TWELVE bottles for the price of ONE bottle of the Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat.

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Jamberry Nail Wraps

Are you looking for a nail look with zero dry time? You might be interested in Jamberry nail wraps. About a year and a half ago, a friend invited me to a Jamberry party. I was intrigued, and I ended up buying several sheets of this product. Essentially Jamberry nail wraps are stickers that you can heat with a blow dryer and then stick on to your nails. They are supposed to last for up to two weeks before chipping.

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Please, focus on the cute nails and not my chubby toes!

There are literally hundreds of colors and patterns. The selection is really great. The wraps are usually $15, although some of the limited-edition ones may be more expensive. This price gets you two sets of stickers in one package. This equals either one manicure and one pedicure or two manicures or two pedicures.

So, should you buy it? 

Pros: These stickers do last quite a while. I can go two (or sometimes three) weeks before changing my pedicure. Also, the various patterns that are available are just awesome. I know that inevitably someone will notice an admire these! Also, since you get two sets per package, it’s only about $7.50 for a pedicure that can last me nearly three weeks. I don’t think this is too bad for the price, although I don’t think it would be worth the expense to do this all the time.

Cons: While this product does have many sizes per sheet, these just do not work for my fingernails. My fingernails are too small, so I have only been able to use these for my toe nails. Also, while these don’t have any dry time because they’re stickers, these are still not a quick fix because it takes time to apply them correctly. You have to trim the stickers, heat and smooth them several times, and then file them down to the perfect length. I honestly think that painting my nails with a quick-drying polish would be faster, although it may not last for as many weeks as these do in the end.

Overall, I think this is a fun product. However, if you are someone who likes to change up your look weekly or more often, this product is probably not a cost-effective choice for you.

Well, that concludes this post. Tonight, I’m going to my local Sephora because I subscribe to their Play! Beauty Box and they are having a “Play! Date” event for their subscribers. I’m really curious about what will happen, so stay tuned for an update later this week about that event!