Start November off with some affordable fun: Sally Hansen, Jesse’s Girl, and Good Earth Beauty

affordable buys: Sally Hansen, Good Earth Beauty, Jesse’s Girl

With the holidays bearing down on us we want to save money for gifts but sometimes we need a treat ourselves. Or at least I do. I have 3 brands to suggest as ways to affordably get something for yourself or as future stocking stuffers.

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Sally Hansen is a nail brand that we can all get behind. They have many formulas but my two favorites are Complete and Miracle Gel. Both of these have the most marvelous brush that is so easy to use that even a novice can get great coverage. For fall they’ve come out with some new beauties and I have two to show you.

Sally Hansen World Wide Red and Society Ruler

One of the newest Complete Salon Manicures polishes is Society Ruler. This deep burgundy is so perfect for November that you will want to scoop it up instantly. Complete Salon is an all in one formula that contains keratin. In one handy bottle you’ll have the base coat, strengthening treatment, salon color, the top coat and a chip resistant gel shine finish.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Society Ruler

Sally Hansen World Wide Red and Society Ruler

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is a two step polish that lasts and lasts. Step 1 is the awesome shade that you choose and Step 2 is the gel top coat that seals in the color making it shiny and lasting at least a week to two. A new shade for fall is World Wide Red which isn’t exactly red to me. It’s a bright orange with a red undertone.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in World Wide Red

World Wide Red and Salon Ruler

There are hundreds of shades so the hard part will be picking out how you want to shine, the easy part is a long lasting, easy to apply manicure from Sally Hansen.

JESSE’S GIRL provides us with some excellent affordable products. Two new ones are their Dial-A-Mascara and the latex free blending sponge.

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge

I don’t know about you but I am addicted to blending sponges. I used to use them until they fell apart but I’ve since learned that they can harbor bacteria so why not have a few on hand that you won’t feel guilty tossing in a few months. Consider it like you would mascara – 3 months of use and then on to the next!

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge is extremely affordable at $3.99 and available at Rite Aid stores as well as online. This pretty turquoise sponge is very soft and works well with foundation. But I’ve used it for other things too. I like to blend my blush after applying and this sponge does that dry or wet. Or use the end for your concealer. The word is “bounce” and that’s what you should be doing with a blending sponge. And why not have a bright shade to enhance your vanity area.

Jesse’s Girl Latex Free Blending Sponge

While we’re talking about 3 months let’s talk about the new Jesse’s Girl Dial-a-Lash mascara. This has 4 adjustable control. Leave it on #1 for a natural look that is a subtle way of separating your lashes. Enhance is #2 which amplifies the fullness and increases curl. Step up to #3 for Boost to add volume to your lashes. And, if you dare, take it to #4 for Max Volume which maximizes lash length, thickness, and curl.

Jesse’s Girl DialALash Adjustable Control Mascara (#2)

I found with this mascara that I needed it to age. I opened it and the formula was too wet so I closed it for a week and tried again. Nope too wet. Onto to the next week and it was getting better but it really took a month for it to be dry enough for my particular taste. Don’t give up though even if it takes a month for it to age. It’s just like wine that needs to breath before use. For $7.99 it’s like getting 4 mascaras depending on your mood/needs.

Jesse’s Girl DialALash Adjustable Control Mascara #1

Jesse’s Girl DialALash Adjustable Control Mascara #4

Would it be fall without the smell of pumpkin and/or pumpkin spice? No of course not and Good Earth Beauty All Natural Pumpkin Soap is here to add just a gentle smell to your cleansing needs. I’ve written about other Good Earth Beauty soaps before so you know they are favorites. I like them in my powder room for hand washing but it’s safe for face and body too.

Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Soap

Ingredients are saponified oils of olive, coconut, palm shea butter and pumpkin seed, pumpkin puree, natural pumpkin fragrance oil. The fragrance is subdued so it doesn’t knock you out and even non-pumpkin lovers will enjoy it. (vegan, organic, cruelty-free)

Good Earth Beauty Pumpkin Soap

Does anything call your name or budget?  –  Marcia

Sally Hansen has you set for September and beyond with Miracle Gel

Sally Hansen Adventure Land Collection, Miracle Gel

September is here and that means we are starting to feel fall is just around the corner. Today we’re at the corner of Sally Hansen Miracle Gel and Adventure Land where 7 new treasures await us to make fall a prettier place to hang out.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel was the first polish that combined the wonderful aspects of gel nail polish with a top coat that doesn’t need a light curing session. Because of that the polishes can be removed with regular polish remover. No soaking, no foil wrapped around our tips sinking the remover into our skin. Just remove as usual.

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

I have two of the Adventure Land polishes to share with you today. In total there are seven shown in my collage from left to right: Swim Upstream, Beet, Red-y Set Run, Leaf Me Be, Sheer Happiness, Wild About Violet, and Adrenaline Crush (large one).

I am so impressed with Adrenaline Run and Red-y Set Run that I can’t believe it. I wear a polish for at least 7 days but with Adrenaline Crush I wore it for 14 days yet you’d never had known it from the wear. Other than growth and the tips of my nails wearing away they looked perfect.

Sally Hansen Adrenaline Crush with Miracle Gel 2x Volume top coat

Adrenaline Crush is one of those polishes that is hard to describe. Every light brings out a new aspect of it. Some lights make it look very golden, some make it look bronzish, you can see a purple undertone in it some of the time. It’s a veritable adventure all by itself.

Sally Hansen Adrenaline Crush

Sally Hansen Adrenaline Crush

Sally Hansen Adrenaline Crush

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Sally Hansen Adrenaline Crush

There’s a metallic finish to it that makes it more enticing. With Sally Hansen Miracle Gel you don’t apply a base coat so that saves time. Just use the Miracle Gel Top Coat. It dries a little quicker that way but the two I used weren’t thin polishes so they didn’t dry instantly.

Sally Hansen Red-y, Set, Run

I got my nails done after just one week of wearing Red-y, Set, Run but I could have lasted another week without a problem. It looked as shiny as could be and the color was true throughout the entire time.

Sally Hansen Red-y, Set, Run

Sally Hansen Red-y, Set, Run (day one)

Sally Hansen Red-y, Set, Run after 7 days

This is a shade of red I never get tired of. It’s a true red with hidden shimmer that makes it glisten and glow. It’s ready for an adventure or for sitting around a bonfire.

I’m in the process of deciding what polish to wear on a 3 week trip and Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is leading the race. If it can last 2 weeks as perfectly as it did with Adrenaline Crush then I think it can make it the almost 4 weeks between manicures. What do you think? Would you be able to wear one of these for that long?  —  Marcia

Love gel polish but not the lamp? Try Bio Seaweed Gel Solarcure polish

If you are an aficionado of gel nails then I’ve got a simply stunning brand for you to try – Bio Seaweed Gel.

Bio Seaweed Gel Polish and Top Coat

Bio Seaweed Gel Polish and Top Coat

I was sent a polish from Bio Seaweed Gel and it’s absolutely beautiful. This line has two different types of polish both for lovers of Gel Polishes. BSG 3Step Colour Gel Polish requires the use of a UV/LED lamp. But BSG has a bigger line for those of you who either do your nails at home or just don’t want the use of a lamp. UNITY All-In-One Colour Gel Polish is the very big line of polishes that are solar cured.

Bio Seaweed Gel

Bio Seaweed Gel

With these SOLARCURE polishes you’ll still get high shine nails lasting up to two weeks but you just need sun to activate it. There’s an optional No-Wipe Top Gel Polish if you want even more shine and durability, it’s not required but it is suggested.

Bio Seaweed Gel UNITY Solarcure Polish, No-Wipe Top Gel Polish and tools

Bio Seaweed Gel UNITY Solarcure Polish, No-Wipe Top Gel Polish and tools

Here are the steps:

1) File and shape then buff your nails lightly. This creates a smooth surface as well as cleans up your cuticles.

2) Clean your nails with alcohol to remove all dust and oils.

3) Staying in the shade (indoors or out) paint your first coat very thinly. It’s suggested that you paint it on so that it’s almost translucent.

4) Now it’s sun time. Cure your nails in the sun for 30 seconds to two minutes. How long you cure it for depends on the strength of the sun. I think it helps to cure it longer rather than shorter. You’ll know it’s done when you touch your nail and it feels dry and solid.

5) Going back to the shade, paint a second coat of BSG Unity Gel Polish. It’s recommended to use a thin coat for this step.

6) Back to the sunlight! Cure it again and you are done!

If you choose to use No-Wipe Top Gel Polish on top just repeat with one coat and curing for two minutes.

Bio Seaweed Gel Candy Land Unity Polish

Bio Seaweed Gel Candy Land Unity Polish

BSG UNITY All-in-One Colour Gel Polish has everything built into the bottle – base, color, top coat and strengtheners. The brand is big-5 free with no formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, BHA or solvents. It helps to promote your natural nail strength.

To remove you’ll need Acetone remover. One way to do it is to wet a cotton ball with the remover, wrap that tightly with foil, let it soak for 3-5 minutes. That softens the gel so that you can push it off with an orange-wood stick. You might need to resoak and repeat, especially if you use a darker shade.

Candy Land is currently on sale for $13 (originally $18). This blurple color is one I enjoy all year long. But if you aren’t a blue person there are 114 shades of UNITY to choose from in Solid, Sparkle, Shimmer and Sheer shades. Something for everyone! Have you worn gel polish before? — Marcia

BSG Unity Color Wheel

BSG Unity Color Wheel

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