Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

Up for review today is the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel. I was sent a couple of colours and the top coat to try out and review.

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The colours I was sent were ‘120 Bare to Dare’ a gorgeous cream nude and ‘400 Smartease’ a girly pink. To be honest the pink isn’t really my sort of colour but I loved the cream nude. I applied 2 coats of the pink and 3 of the cream for full coverage, the first coat was streaky but do persist, as you can see it resulted in a Gel “look” manicure.

Sally Hansen 2 colours

I applied it thinking it would dry pretty fast as I had seen reviews on Amazon saying so, however my experience wasn’t like that at all – I spent around 15 mins waiting for it to dry after applying the topcoat but it was still tacky, I then had to drive somewhere, I got into the car and put on my seatbelt really carefully and drove for a further 15 mins in bright sunlight and it was a warm day so presumed it would dry in that time but it was still pliable, I then had to pick up my son and unfortunately it still wasn’t dry enough and it got dented so I had to start again later. I found that in the end I was too busy to sit around waiting for it to dry completely so I used my Seche Vite fast drying top coat over the top which helped to speed up the drying time a little, however it was still not rock hard but pliable for a while, but it helped. This is the official reasoning behind this technology direct from Sally Hansen:

“The advanced Color Coat and Top Coat formulas contain an oligomer, and the Top Coat also contains a photoinitiator. The photoinitiator in the Top Coat formula reticulates with the oligomer contained in the Color Coat, thus curing the formula without the need of an LED/UV light. As the manicure cures over time, it becomes more durable due to the increased hardness of the film. So LED/UV lamp curing is not necessary, only natural light.”

S.H. Bare Dare

I’m not that keen on the colours which the first photo shows, this is a more accurate image of ‘120 Bare to Dare’

As for claim that this product lasts longer than the average polish, I tend to agree. I personally had the 120 on for seven days (before I had to take it off because I was going into hospital) and a friend who works in catering also tested it out for me, polish only usually lasts one to two days on her but she got five out of this. I am pretty sure that you could get more time out of it if you were gentle on your nails and don’t have a lifestyle which puts your nails under a lot of strain all of the time. So overall in conclusion, I’d say, if you have time to let the product dry properly e.g. while you are watching a film or something then it is definitely worth buying, also using a fast dry top coat over it seemed to help so that is worth keeping in mind and looking after your nails as best as possible goes without saying.

I’d love to hear from anyone who has tried it – how many days did you get?

*Kindly note that the seller has provided me with a free sample of this product in exchange for an unbiased review

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Introducing the new Zoya UltraBrites Collection

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Introducing ULTRABRITES* by ZOYA!

Say goodbye to annoying, hard-to-apply, streaky neons. In keeping with their brand philosophy to be The HEALTHY NEW COLOR of FASHION, Zoya’s revolutionary new ULTRABRITES formula delivers the brightest neons using the latest environmentally and cosmetically approved pigments in a highly stable formula.

That’s right! All of the BRIGHT with none of the industrial yuck and commonly associated with colors of this kind (and banned worldwide).

ZOYA ULTRABRITES can be worn alone in their natural satin finish or topped with ZOYA ARMOR topcoat or Zoya Naked ManicureTM Glossy Seal for a high shine finish. Apply over white nail polish (Zoya Purity) to add extra pop to your color!

  • Cana – ZP865: Zoya Cana is a bright neon fuchsia cream.
  • Bisca – ZP866: Zoya Bisca is a hot pink neon cream.
  • Erza – ZP867: Zoya Erza is a sunny red neon cream
  • Evergreen – ZP868: Zoya Evergreen is an electric green neon cream.
  • Juvia – ZP869: Zoya Juvia is a summery teal neon cream.
  • Mirajane – ZP870: Zoya Mirajane is a classic navy neon cream.

*Formulated without formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, dibutyl phthalate, camphor, THTP, parabens, xylene, ethyl tosylamide and lead.

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Femme Fatale Euna

The ever changing weather in the U.K. lately has influenced what I have on my nails at the moment. It is thermal – Femme Fatale ‘Euna’ from the Enchanted Fables collection. I originally ordered ‘Eliza’ but unfortunately due to a problem with the pigment Sophie had to contact a number of customers to offer this new shade, as she could no longer get hold of the original colour.

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‘Eliza’ was more of a raspberry pink to rich chocolate brown (see above) which I was so excited to get my hands on, but hey ho, it wasn’t to be.

I was sent ‘Euna’ as a replacement (I must add that I had received an email explaining the problem and had the option to get a refund or the new shade, I chose to have the new shade sent to me). ‘Euna’ is a soft petal pink with a copper glow that transitions into an olive green. As you see from the photo below, it can be absolutely gorgeous on a hot day, but I must admit I was a little disappointed with it when the tips were very cold as it made my nails look like they were dirty, I’m afraid, as much as I love  Femme Fatale, this won’t be one of my go to polishes.

Have you tried it? What are your thoughts?

Femme Fatale Euna

Pink & Grey Nails

Dark pink – Nails Inc. ‘Bridle Lane’,
Grey – Leighton Denny ‘Zero gravity’
Pale Pink – Nails Inc. ‘Hamilton Mews’
& Glitter Topper – Nails Inc. ‘William IV Street’
Pearl & Crystal – Came free with Swarovski Crystal Pixie ‘Cute Mood’ embellishments
To create this look I applied two coats of all of the above polishes, added the glitter topper by dabbing the glitter on, then added a layer of Seche Vite Dry Fast Topcoat and set the crystal & pearl into it.

 

Pink & Grey

Dark Pink Nails

Hello! I hope that you are all fine & dandy and enjoying the bank holiday?
My nail art today is a sheer white/pale pink base from Essie which I really can’t say enough good things about, I use it so often – ‘Ballet Slippers’. This is topped with ILNP ‘My Private Rainbow’, which is so subtle it takes a number of coats to actually show up and even then you can only see the holo in bright light and sunshine, but when you do see it it is stunning. The Dark pink I’ve used is MoYou ‘Sweet Lips’ and the Holo pink is Bear Pawlish ‘Like a Virgin’ which is rich in holographic particles and a great colour. I added the dots with a dotting tool and set the tiny pearls into Seche Vite ‘Dry Fast top coat’ and the nail stamping was applied using ‘Apipila Superplaca A’

If you are U.K. based you can get ILNP & Bear Pawlish from Rainbow Connection and Boots & Superdrug sell Essie. The stamping plate is available from here.

 

Dark pink nail art

Grace from piCture pOlish with MoYou White Knight & UberChic stamping

Howdee! Today I have a mani using one of my favourite colours ‘Grace‘ from piCture pOlish. What a beautiful beautiful colour it is, I just love the dusky pink colour which much like the previous post ‘Cosmos’ has a scatter holo that dries smooth on the nail and is enhanced by a generous application of top coat. It is described on the official website as “Inspired by a beautiful princess” which I can totally relate to, I can be a bit girly given the chance and pink and sparkly is me to a tee. 
 
Here I have stamped on my ring finger with MoYou ‘White Knight‘ using one of my lovely UberChic plates and added crystals on the other fingers. Looking back I wish I had applied another coat over the white stamp to mute it down a little but I still love it just as it is.