Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sally Hasen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips: Stud-io Time

Dear Reader,

 I recently picked up a brand new box of Sally Hasen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in the pattern Stud-io Time. I'd seen them in stores and figured A: they'd be a bit*h to apply and B: way, WAY too expensive.

When I found them for $2 dollars (yes you read that right ladies and gentleman!) brand new, I was utterly prepared to do back-flips in the store in excitement over getting to try them for less. What can I say? I'm a cheapskate.

The following is an account of my experience with them ;)

They were a breeze to put on. I thought it would be so difficult and frustrating. It wasn't at all! It took me maybe fifteen minutes. 

My tips & tricks:

  • I have small hands & when they're not grown out (as seen here) child sized finger nails, even grown out quite long though, I was able to use one strip on two finger nails. These suckers are pricy! I'm making them last as long as possible.
  • When you don't have enough strips left for a full manicure: accent nail!
  • I used both a base & a top coat which worked really well. My manicure lasted almost a full week with zero chips and when it did chip I could have patched it. Quite frankly these things can last longer than my interest in one nail color for a period of time. I think with pampering/repair I could have made these last a week and a half to two weeks.
  • Take your time! I was a little hasty on one or two nails & actually pulled part of the strip off my nail.
  • After you apply the strip, buff it flush with your nail like crazy and run either the orange stick or your own finger nail around the edge of your nail bed to make a super neat edge. 
This is all about the details/level of attention your willing to put it. If you enjoy doing your own nails (like me) & paying attention to details (like me) you'll enjoy this. If not, I'd probably recommend spending your money elsewhere. It's a great look though! I actually bought another pair to wear for my birthday - sugared pink glitter with black skulls!

What are your thoughts? Too expensive? Fun look? Would you wear them??

If you have any questions about this product, please feel free to ask me and I'll do my best to walk you through it!

Have a great day!! 


September 2012 Favorites

Dear Reader,

 September's been & gone & I'm fairly certain I must have slept through it. Okay that's wishful thinking, I worked through it and it's disappeared like the last doughnut. Secretively & without explanation.

I have had a good month though for the most part, and I hope you have too! 

Let me know in the comments what your favorite things are and if you're looking forward to Autumn/Winter like I am!

My favorite things for September:

  1.  Lippie: Revlon Lip Butter in Creme Brulee
  2. Eyes: Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Shadow in Barely Beige 

  3. Face: Boots Expert Sensitive Light Moisturizing Lotion
  4. Hair: Bed Head Dumb Blonde Conditioner/Tresemme Heat Tamer Spray
  5. Top: James Perse Button Down (Yes it's wrinkled. I'm always wrinkled. My buttons are usually buttoned incorrectly too!)   
  6. J. Brand Jeans from Goodwill for $4
  7. Sunglasses: London Fog 's Ray-Ban Aviator Look-A-Like ($3 at T.J. Maxx!)
  8. Drink: Lemon Zinger Tea with Sliced Lemons/Water
  9. My Disney Princess Mug. Not because I'm a "Princess" but it has Belle on it & she's still my fav : )
  10. Food: Chicken Enchiladas/Chili
  11. Song: Lean Like A Cholo by Down AKA Kilo (I love dancing to this) Aye Chico by Pitbull &...hmmm Dancing with Myself by Billy Idol & a bunch of songs by Joan Jett. 
  12. Movie: I'm on a total Johnny Depp (Goal #33 see all Johnny Depp's films) and Tim Burton kick (Goal #37 see all Tim Burton's films) so I've taken out a ton from my library
  13. Bag: My new Hunter bag. My very first high-end bag I've actually purchased new and just for me, so very excited!! :) 
  14. Shoe: Vintage Cole-Haan Riding Boots
  15. Book: The Calliope Reaper-Jones Series by Amber Benson. It's a fun little series that appeals to both my Stephen King loving, fantasy fan, darker side and Neiman Marcus, Sephora addicted girly side all in one! 
  16.  Nails: Base: Sally Hansen Nail Hard As Nails Nail Hardener, Color: Butter London Yummy Mummy, Glitter: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in Strobe Light, Topcoat: Sally Hansen Advanced Hard as Nails Strengthening Topcoat.