A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words

My nails over the last month and a half…… I promise, I’ll get my words back soon Smile

Sinful Colors – “Beautiful Girl” & “Pull Over”


Some random….really pretty color from the Butterfly’s stashIMG_5472


China Glaze – “Flip Flop Fantasy”


PRADA window display/ LaPalm Gel II – “Extreme French Pink” & “Midnight Black” (no chip polish)




LaPalm Gel II – “By The Bay w/Missoni design


ibd Just Gel – “Whipped Cream”






Sinful Colors – “Innocent” & “Midnight Blue”


Sally Hansen Nail Lacquer Strips –“Love Letter”


Back to nail polish strips. 

Let me just say: I really, truly love Sally Hansen products. 

Now that that is out of the way.  This product was trash.  Hot burning, flaming, smoking trash. 

I wanted so badly to have this argyle pattern on my nails.  But it took FOREVER to apply this particular design.  And maybe it was user error all day.  Perhaps my nails are in the way now that they have grown out and made it more difficult to apply the polish strips. 

But I don’t think so.  The last time I used Sally Hansen strips my nails were even longer.  (Houndstooth design).   The diagonal white line in this design was printed in such a way that the strips kept tearing easily at the point where the line was printed. Sad smile.   ALL BAD!

It took like 40 minutes to apply these suckers.  I COULD HAVE JUST POLISHED A DESIGN BY HAND ON MY NAILS IN THAT AMOUNT OF TIME!  Applying a polish strip is supposed to cut DOWN on manicure time and potential error. 

This application turned out sloppy.  And I was disappointed in the flaws.  But I did still love the design… wore them for three days – flaws and all.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects – “SWEET TART-AN”

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I used them on my toenails too Smile.  That was fun. 

From afar, they still looked great!  And maybe that’s all that really mattered anyway.

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Sally Hansen Salon Effects – “Check it Out”


Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips –  “Check It Out”

Sally Hansen hit a homerun with these.  I love them.

What I love most is that this is actually nail lacquer…. in a little strip.  Which means, it comes off with polish remover.  Without the drying time.  Without the bedsheet imprints, lol. And without soaking off nail tips or layers of gel, or super tacky adhesive. No super expensive heat lamps needed.  No licensed nail technician. Or special training.

Relatively easy to apply.  Best to follow instructions exactly as printed.  Definitely do all other eight fingernails first and do the thumbs LAST!  You’ll feel handicapped otherwise.  Your thumbs become an integral part of the process of removing the backing and top sheet from the tapes to apply them to your nailbeds.

The company touts this product as lasting up to TEN days.

I have heard otherwise…. but my experience:  I believe them.



















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I actually was sick of having the same design on my nails for so long, so I just removed them.  There was nothing wrong with the polish.  I even tried chipping the polish away at my cuticles and everything.  No dice.

I did use Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast drying topcoat a while after applying the strips just because I am accustomed to more than one coat of nail polish on my nails.  It gave it more shine, and maybe it helped extend the wear.  Not really sure.

I do believe that chipping has a better chance of occurring when the tips of the nails are used for daily activities as opposed to the pads of the fingertips.  But that’s really a theory since this polish didn’t chip at all on my nails.

The price.  It was about $10 where I purchased mine.  (CVS).  Not too bad, I suppose.