sally hansens

Sally Hansen’s Double Duty review

It’s horrible. Sally Hansen’s Double Duty top & base coat is just horrible! Absolutely atrocious.

After picking this up for the first time a couple of days ago, I’ve used it twice. Twice because I had to completely redo my mani after a positively shitty first go ’round with this craptastic top & base coat. It just wasn’t hardening/drying. I did the ice water trick. I did the cooking spray trick. The hair dryer. The waving my hands around in the air like I just don’t care method. But I did care; I cared a lot that this was ruining my new nail color’s maiden voyage. (Essie‘s limited edition neon collection’s Serial Shopper. – I love it.)

I removed it all and started again the next day, yesterday. This time, I used exceptionally thin coats each and every layer. I even waited a substantial amount of time in between each coat. Still, after applying that final layer, the top coat, it wouldn’t dry!!! I ended up applying a coat of acrylic sealer I had laying around from forever ago. It worked and I was able to enjoy celebrating my best friends birthday on the beach all day. No thanks to Sally.

Long story, short: skip this “Double Duty” base & top coat from Sally Hansen’s.

Thanks for reading! Love, GK


Essie’s limited edition Neon Collection 2014

birthday beach bash babes


Purple Nails

Continuing all the fun I’ve been having recently with the “peep-nail” trend, I paired a lilac purple with a dark, metallic purple polish (both by Sally Hansen). I finished off the look with black and silver nail art (a flowy little flower). Here’s how it looks!

Pretty in Pink

Pale Pink is definitely considered a neutral when it comes to nails. I’ve always loved the soft feminist of a woman’s hand when painted with a pretty pink.

Taking a break from the crazy colors and effects that usually don my nails, I decided to use Sally Hansen’s Hard As Nails in “Set in Stone”. First, I used a base by Nicole by O.P.I.

Here’s how it looks:

"Nail It!"

Inspired by Lucky Magazine’s July Issue’s article “Nail It!”, I gave myself a funky mani/pedi today.

This spiraled marble look is what I was originally going for on my hands. However, to really do this you would need specialty brushes.

Soooooo…. I modified the directions a bit. and went with a different color scheme.

First I applied a full coat of my chosen base color. I chose Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear #450 Caribbean Coral. Once dry, I applied blobs of Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear #480 The Real Teal and White in no particular pattern on the nail. Before drying, I used an old bottle of clear coat to blend and swirl the blue and white. I repeated this with each nail. (Hence why I used an old clear coat that was running out instead of a perfectly good bottle.)

Anyway, here’s how it looks:

I’ve also noticed a lot of celebs rocking this look. Also featured in Lucky’s article, I decided to try it out on my toes. In spite of hating my feet and “alien toes” I’ve taken a pic just for you guys… I know, I’m a generous blogger.