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Gelish Gel Polish Swatch in Sugar Daddy.

Gelish Nail Polish Swatch in Sugar Daddy

Gelish Nail Polish In Sugar Daddy

Today is a simple post. I have swatches of Gelish Sugar Daddy. This is part of the Nail Harmony Gelish line at Sally Beauty Supply. This polish requires the gelish system and UV light which can be purchased at the same store. I love these at home gel manicures and I get a full two weeks of wear (without chipping!) from them! This color in particular is limited edition and part of the Candyland collection. Read on for more pictures….

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Gel Manicure at Home with Gelish! Featuring the color Night Reflection.

Gelish Nail Polish In Night Relection, Swatch

Gelish Nail Polish Swatch in Night Reflection

Gel nails. They are huge right now. Among the claims sported by gel manicure companies are such statements as: no chipping, no peeling, 3 weeks wear, no fading. This is everyone’s dream right? Up until recently, you had to get yourself to a salon to get one of these manicures as well as pay around 25-35 a pop. Being one of those who doesn’t go to the salon, ever, I bought the Gelish kit when it was released at Sally Beauty Supply. I’d been sitting on the kit until today as I thought the manicure would take forever. However, I discovered that this manicure isn’t as complicated as I once thought. Read on for more!

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My Favorite Nail Tool: ELF Nourishing Cuticle Pen

ELF Nourishing Cuticle Pen

ELF Nourishing Cuticle Pen Packaging

This is going to be a short and sweet review, not a lot of pictures or swatches here but I want to rave about a product I’ve fallen in love with! I manicure may nails quite often since I never get them done in a salon. I paint them a few times a week and I like my cuticles to be both conditioned and pushed back. Previous to finding this little nifty pen here, I was using a cuticle remover and pusher. This worked well but it took two minutes to let the cuticle remover work and then I had to clean up the cuticles and wash my hands. This little baby took care of all that for me. I keep this on my nightstand and just pick it up before I start painting. I push my cuticles back with it and it works for that purpose as well as nourishes my cuticles so they don’t look scragly.

I love this so much for a few reasons. 1. It’s super cheap at 1 dollar from my target. 2. It’s handy and the packaging is great – tight fitting cap on a small, easy to hold pen. 3. It gets the job done quickly and well.

I think that’s just about all I can say about it – it works, I love it, and would reccomend it to anyone who does their nails DIY style like me.

ELF Cuticle Pen tip

Tip of the pen for pushing cuticles.

China Glaze Ruby Pumps Swatch + Sally Hansen Midnight in NY Swatch

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Another Nail Polish Swatch. This is China Glaze’s ‘Ruby Pumps’ and Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in ‘Midnight in NY’. Ruby pumps is the red, glittery color; the color is non-so-subtley named after Dorothy’s shoes in The Wizard of Oz. I love this color! I love glitter and this color is packed with it!

I put ‘Midnight in NY’ on my index finger only just to change things up; so, that’s why you only see ‘Midnight’ on one finger only. I of course love China Glaze and will say that the formula, brush, whole kit-n-kaboodle is awesome. I didn’t expect that much from Sally Hansen, in all honesty, because as good of a drugstore brand as it is, I didn’t really expect it to live up to the higher end polishes. I was pleasently suprised. The Sally Hansen Complete Salon formula is VERY good. It kept up with the China Glaze as far as wear. I would also reccomend this formula for those of you who want to use a good drugstore formula.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Raisin the Bar

Another Nail Polish Swatch! I went to rite aid recently and they had a great sale on Sally Hansen. I do like sally hansen a lot but I’m picky about which polishes in the line I purchase. I am picky about buying only colors that are unique and also am picky about the formula. I need something that won’t chip or else I’ll end up doing my nails every day as I always have polish on. The slideshow below show’s my manicure with Sally Hansen’s complete salon manicure formula in ‘raisin the bar’. It’s a pretty dusty rose. If you’re wondering what’s on my index finger, it’s Sally Hansen’s Crackle polish in ‘distressed denim’. This isn’t a review of the crackle, but I will say that I’m impressed with the sally hansen crackle line. It’s especially good if you’re looking for a budget friendly crackle polish.

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So, for the formula…. Sally hansen claims that the complete salon manicure is an all in one – base coat, top coat, color, strengthener, etc…. I wouldn’t advise using it without at top coat, but I will say that all this combined makes it a good drugstore formula. I would compare this formula to that of OPI as far as the way it feels. The brush included is very flat and wide, so though some may find that awkward, I like it. I feel it makes it easier to apply the polish in very few strokes. The dry time isn’t ‘insta-dri’ fast but it doesn’t take forever like OPI can. I would say that I really am impressed with the formula and have repurchased them since my first experience with them. Also, the color selection is very good; there are many trendy colors and they often release a line of limited edition colors every so often (this color is permanent). Overall, I would definately reccomend it.