Sally Hansen Color Therapy™ soothes you nails and your senses

Sally Hansen Color Therapy polish

Sally Hansen Color Therapy polish

Sally Hansen nail polish needs no introduction since we already know what a magnificent brand it is. They are the leaders in mass market nail care and a brand that I can always rely on having exceptional color and wear.

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Sally Hansen doesn’t rest on its laurels though since they are always looking for ways to improve their brand. I think they’ve really nailed that with their new Color Therapy™ polishes. These polishes not only look beautiful, wear incredibly well, and are easy to apply but Color Therapy works to nourish your nails.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy™ in Sticks and Stones

Sally Hansen Color Therapy™ in Sticks and Stones

STICKS AND STONES absolutely surprised me. This is the first of the polishes I wore and it blew me away. It’s a dark purple with lovely small flecks of red shimmer in it. If I hadn’t seen the brand I’d have thought it was an indie polish since it’s so unique.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy™ Sticks and Stones

Sally Hansen Color Therapy™ Sticks and Stones

The shimmer likes to hide so you won’t see it all the time but when you do, it will bring a happy smile to your face.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy™ Sticks and Stones

Sally Hansen Color Therapy™ Sticks and Stones

Sally Hansen Color Therapy™ Sticks and Stones

Sally Hansen Color Therapy™ Sticks and Stones

Next surprise for me is THERAPEWTER. This is a metallic polish so it was completely different than Sticks and Stones. It’s a type of pewter (Sally Hansen calls it a deep metallic charcoal) but there’s a lot of green in it so I considered it more of a green than a pewter. Either way to describe it doesn’t take away from the uniqueness of this lovely.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Therapewter

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Therapewter

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Therapewter

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Therapewter

In light that’s not as bright as my nail salon I can see more of the pewter so it’s like getting two colors in one. This wasn’t difficult to remove even though it has this metallic finish and lots of shimmer. It’s not a polish that you can get away with in one coat, two worked perfectly for me.

HAUTE  SPRINGS is my kind of red. I like a bold cool toned red that stands out and lets my nails get noticed.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Haute Springs (sallyhansen.com)

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Haute Springs (sallyhansen.com)

My skin is cool and I have a lot of red in my hands, especially in the winter when I first wore this. This cream polish lasted perfectly for 7 days, no fading and no tip wear.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Haute Springs

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Haute Springs

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Haute Springs

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Haute Springs

Last is RED-IANCE, an warm cherry red. This is the perfect pedicure shade too. You’ll radiate with long lasting color with Red-iance.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Red-iance (sallyhansen.com)

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Red-iance (sallyhansen.com)

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Red-iance, Therapewter, Slicks and Stones, Haute Springs

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Red-iance, Therapewter, Slicks and Stones, Haute Springs

So what makes Sally Hansen Color Therapy™ something so unusual from the rest of the 467,598,022 nail polishes available? They are a long lasting polish that is meant to last for 10 days but they apply and remove like a regular polish. They have a patented formula that “blends a complex of natural argan, acai, and evening primrose oil to condition weak, dry nails. Argan oil contains high levels of unsaturated fatty acids, as well as vitamin E, an antioxidant vital for healthy skin and nails. Acai berry oil is rich in omega-3, 6, and 9 essential fatty acids that are valued for nutrition and conditioning in skin and hair care. Evening primrose oil features essential fatty acids that are known to help reinforce hair strength.” Each bottle cap says Argan Oil Formula so you know what you are getting when you go shopping.

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Red-iance, Therapewter, Slicks and Stones, Haute Springs

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Red-iance, Therapewter, Slicks and Stones, Haute Springs

As a polish junkie who doesn’t ever want to be without gorgeous colors I give Sally Hansen Color Therapy™ an all thumbs up. —  Marcia

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Additional information from Sally Hansen. What’s your choice??

The Nail Polish Colors
From the colorful world of Madeline Poole comes a spectrum of 38 pigment rich shades inspired by luxurious tones.

Rich Tones: Bold deep tones with a brilliant impact

?      Ohm My Magenta Say “namaste” to this magnificent reddish-purple
?      Unwine’d Escape with a beautiful robust bordeaux
?      Slicks And Stones  A lustrous crystalized purple
?      Shea Dream Enrich and nourish in a metallic buttercream hue
?      Red-iance Energize with this cherry red
?      Haute Springs Clear your head with a restorative red
?      Red-y To Glow Harness a zen attitude with a medium cerise tint
?      Exotic Acai Cleanse your color palette with this plum tone
?      Indiglow Shimmer with an electric metallic violet
?      Good As Blue Refresh with this daring navy
?      Soothing Sapphire Reflect and restore in a saturated blue jewel tone
?      Ja-Cozy Melt away in the aquatic tones of cobalt blue
?      Reflection Pool Go with the flow in a metallic aquamarine
?      Teal Good A vibrant cerulean lifts the spirits
?      Cool Cucumber A deep refreshing garden green
?      Bamboost An uplifting yet tranquil muted green

Pinks/Corals: Deep and understated pink tones for the perfect pop of color

  • Pampered in Pink Revitalize with this punchy pink

?      Aura’nt You Relaxed? Invigorate your senses with vibrant coral
?      Soak At Sunset A rose gold tinged with tangerine
?      Rosy Quartz A crystallized classic pale pink
?      Sheer Nirvana A marvelous marshmallow with hint of muted lilac
?      Primrose And Proper A delicate medium pink hue
?      Rosy Glow This beautiful begonia pink replenishes and restores
?      Berry Smooth A bright electric pink berry
?      Mauve Mantra Conjure calm with this carnation tint
?      Robes and Rosé A metallic and bubbly fuchsia
?      Couple’s Massage Unwind with this shimmery pastel peach

Nudes: Elegant and daring neutrals for the perfect polished finish

?      Steely Serene Get centered in a gorgeous greige
?      Powder Room A ladylike pearlescent blushed nude
?      Chai On Life A warm calming taupe
?      Well, Well, Well Keep it clean in this milky hue
?      Make My Clay Submit to serenity in this earthy putty shade
?      Therapewter Meditate in a deep charcoal metallic
?      Haute Stone Relax and revive the senses with this deep clay
?      Mud Mask  Melt away stress with this earthy mocha brown
?      Glow With The Flow A luminous and naturally radiant pale bronze shimmer
?      Blushed Petal Breathe it out in a botanical blush tone
?      Re-Nude Take some me time with this peach-tinged taupe

Five days of sweet and affordable Secret Santa Gifts!

Five Days of Secret Santa Gifts!
Do you have a Secret Santa exchange at your work or with your family? I LOVE them. I love plotting my gifts, tying them all together with a great theme, then putting them in a strategic place for my pal to find. Last year, my pal was the school librarian, so every gift had some sort of deer in it – think reindeer – and had a punny message with ‘deer’ instead of ‘dear’. Because I love beauty products, I also made all the gifts about pampering herself, which was perfect because she spends an incredible amount of time taking care of everyone else. Of course, with five gifting days you want to keep your treats affordable, so here are five ideas for wonderful Secret Santa gifts that won’t break the bank and will definitely thrill your pal.                                                                                                *samplesClean Fragrance OrnamentClean Fragrance Ornament

You can’t go wrong with an ornament, especially one that has beautiful fragrances inside! The Clean Reserve Rollerball Layering Trio ($10 – a $24 value!) is a super cute ornament that has three Clean fragrances that can be worn alone or layered for different unique scents. It includes Reserve Blonde Rose, a subtle and sophisticated floral; Reserve Sueded Oud, a fresh and creamy oud (which is woody musky sceent); and Reserve Warm Cotton, a blend of floral and cotton accords, plush lily, amber, and musk. You can find this at Sephora and CleanReserve.com.

KBShimmer Grin and Gerbera It

KBShimmer Grin and Gerbera It

KBShimmer Grin and Gerbera It
Who doesn’t want to find a beautiful new nail polish inside a pretty gift bag? My Secret Santa pick is KB Shimmer Grin and Gerbera It ($9.25), from their Fall 2016 Collection. This cream nail polish is a deep warm pink with just a hint of red, which makes it a perfect polish gift because it will work in any season. The bit of red makes it different from the standard pink cream, perfect for that beauty loving Secret Santa pal.

Zoella Bath FizzersZoella Bath Fizzers

It doesn’t get any cuter than these adorable limited edition Zoella Gingerbread Bath Fizzers ($12). You may be familiar with the U.K. based vlogger Zoe Sugg. I am obsessed with her YouTube and Instagram, as well as her beautiful website at zoella.co.uk. Zoe launched her own line, ZoellaBeauty, in the U.K. in 2014 and now you can find it at Target in the US!

Trust me, your Secret Santa pal will squeal with delight when she finds these simply darling Gingerbread Man Bath Fizzers. The three little guys are meant to be broken in half, giving her six yummy and spicy warm baths of total ‘me time’. Snap, fizz, and relax….aaaahhhhhh.

Carmex Colloidal Oatmeal LipbalmCarmex Colloidal Oatmeal Lipbalm

Small but mighty, your secret pal with thank you every day she uses her Carmex Comfort Care Lip Balm ($1.59). This is one of my most favorite lip balms, especially during brutal winter months. It hydrates lips without any stickiness. The light flavors include 100% natural blend of colloidal oatmeal and cold pressed cranberry seed oil and comes in Sugar Plum, Mixed Berry and Watermelon Blast flavors.

Nail-Spirations Limited Edition Holiday Collection

Nail-Spirations Limited Edition Holiday Collection

All That Glitters

All That Glitters

Ugly Sweater

Ugly Sweater

Some people like quick and easy nails, others are more artistic and like to make their own designs. These options from KISS Salon Secrets will satisfy the instant gratification junkie as well as the do-it-yourselfer. Check out these delightful Nail-Spirations Limited Edition Holiday Collection imPRESS Manicures by KISS ($5.97 at Walmart). All That Glitters has shimmery light colors along with sparkling accents for a party vibe, and Ugly Sweater has awesome snow scenes, Santa heads, and Santa belts. Instant holiday!

KISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit

KISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit

KISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design KitKISS Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit

For those who love getting creative, you can’t go wrong with the Kiss Salon Secrets Ombre Design Kit ($9.99). This all in one kit comes with a peel-off nailbed protector, fur different polishes, a sponge stamp with refills, and a sticker sheet. The fun is endless with this and KISS makes it easy to create professional quality designs even if you are a total rookie like me. You can find KISS products at Walmart and K Mart.

There you go – five days of Secret Santa gifts that don’t cost an arm and a leg! Have fun gifting your pal with treats that will give her lots of ‘me time’ moments.  – Lisa

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gels you don’t want to miss

Sally Hansen Secret Garden Collection

Sally Hansen Secret Garden Collection

With all the money spent on back-to-school shopping don’t forget about yourself. You too need something for “back to school” even if you aren’t anywhere near a school. It’s too early for winter clothes and I’m not ready to switch into fall either. What I am ready for though is Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polish to embellish my hands.                                        press samples

Sally Hansen Secret Garden polishes in Ba-Bloom and Flower Crown

Sally Hansen Secret Garden polishes in Ba-Bloom and Flower Crown

If you are lucky you can still find the Secret Garden collection of 6 polishes with 3 limited edition shades and 3 permanent:

  1. Freesia Your Mind – Get garden-party gorgeous with a lush, berry pink.( limited edition)
  2. Ba-Bloom– Bring on the bouquet in this shimmer-infused bright coral. (limited edition)
  3. Flower Crown – Everything’s coming up roses inthis pearlescent petal pink (limited edition)
  4. Pink Cadillaquer – Stay vibrant in this poppy pink hue,
  5. Birthday Suit – Celebrate in this neutral, complimentary nude tone
  6. Red Eye – Get ready to bloom with this fresh geranium red.
    Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes and top coat

    Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes and top coat

    Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Flower Crown

    Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Flower Crown

    Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Ba-Bloom

    Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Ba-Bloom

But don’t despair if you can’t find these since Sally Hansen has an incredible collection of polishes like the Royal Splendor polishes:

.      Plush Blush This powder pink features a Hall Of Mirrors-esque iridescence

.      Frill Seeker Stop searching, you’ve arrived at the perfect resplendent, creamy-peach shade

.      Regal Rosé Wine and dine — or let them eat cake — in a sparkling pale peony

.      Mauve-olous Take the throne in this beige-tinged medium-pink tone

.      Off with her Red! Hold court with this vibrant, true red

.      Can’t Beet Royalty Bring it to the boudoir in this rich maroon

.      Prince Char-mint A refreshingly Versailles-worthy pale verdant hue

Sally Hansen Off With Her Read

Sally Hansen Off With Her Red

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Regal Rosé

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Regal Rosé

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Regal Rosé

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Regal Rosé

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Regal Rosé

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Regal Rosé

Or search for the wonderful cobalt blue of Take The Plunge from the Voyager Collection. “Wander the waters of unchartered territory in this deep blue, reminiscent of the Pacific Ocean”

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Take The Plunge

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Take The Plunge

 

Miracle Gel polishes are a zero light gel system that doesn’t have to be soaked off. With some of the Miracle Gels you can buy the colors separately from the Miracle Gel Top Coat. Many of the collections like The Secret Garden collection each come in a duo with the color and Top Coat.

Miracle Gel polishes last so beautifully without fading or losing that magnificent shine. They are a drugstore delight that can easily be found. So when you are picking up those last minute supplies be sure to stop at the Sally Hansen displays to see what you’d love for your own supplies.  —  Marcia

*polishes sent for editorial consideration

 

Visit the Color Me Monthly Vault now while the savings are on

Color Me Monthly Vault shades

Color Me Monthly Vault shades

I’ve often written about Color Me Monthly’s nail polish subscription which I truly enjoy. They’ve sent me several polishes to try out since they began and now it’s time for me to buy a few myself. From now through August 31st they are on sale for 15% off. A subscription is just $7 a month (and includes shipping) and the polishes in the Vault are $9 each. The Vault contains extras of the subscription shades.

Color Me Monthly Orla

Color Me Monthly Orla

One of the shades in the Vault is Órla that I’m wearing right now. It’s a stunning gold shimmer that is fit for a queen. It was the March 2016 shade which was so fitting since it’s reminiscent of a pot of gold at the end of your rainbow nails. These very shiny shade is one you’ll want to wear during the holidays so think ahead and purchase it now for $7.65.                                 sample

Color Me Monthly Orla

Color Me Monthly Orla

Color Me Monthly Orla outside

Color Me Monthly Orla outside

My order contains Revelry, the pinkish red shade that is glossy and shimmery. This was the shade sent to subscribers for June. I can’t wait to wear it.

Color Me Monthly Revelry

Color Me Monthly Revelry

The other shade that I purchased is Sorcerer’s Violet, a periwinkle blue cream. I love wearing blue polish and Color Me Monthly creates outstanding blues.

Color Me Monthly Sorcerers Violet

Color Me Monthly Sorcerers Violet

One shade that I adore and highly recommend is Seven Sisters, I wear this often because it’s a stunning deep blue with shimmer that’s like a starry night.

Seven Sisters, Color Me Monthly

Seven Sisters, Color Me Monthly

Color Me Monthly Seven Sisters

Color Me Monthly Seven Sisters

I can’t forget about the deep satiny red, Just For You, since this is another that has been worn many times.

CMM Just For You

CMM Just For You

You’ve only got a few days left to take advantage of this sale. There won’t be another until Black Friday which will give you time to see what wonderful polishes these are and be able to pick up the ones you missed.  Use the code SCHOOL16 at checkout to get your discount.

Every month the COLOR ME MONTHLY polish comes with a haiku written to match the month’s shade. Since Órla is the one I had forgotten to review until now, here’s the haiku for this stunner:

heavy is the head

that elegantly shackles

the golden princess

Órla

Orla (Color Me Monthly)

Orla (Color Me Monthly)

What are your favorite nail polish shades? I bet Color Me Monthly will have one (or more) perfect for you. —  Marcia

*Orla sent for consideration

Looking for Gold Medal nails? SinfulColors presents Rio Shine

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The Olympics aren’t over although my chances of winning a medal are less than zero but I can still have award winning nails with this new collection from SinfulColors. Actually these polishes are part of a new line from them called SinfulShine. These $2.99 polishes and top coat are a bargain alternative to gel polish. There are two steps only – polish and cover with SinfulShine Top Coat. That’s it. No base coat, no machines to dry your nails, no difficult removal. These remove like any polish I’ve used.

SinfulShine Rio Shine polishes

SinfulShine Rio Shine polishes

I was sent 4 of the SinfulShine polishes from the exciting RIO SHINE collection and the top coat to try and I’m here to tell you that these need to be on your list too. The 6 polishes from Rio Shine are perfect for the city of Rio with its bright celebrations. They are just what you’d imagine the city to look like.

Pink Pintura – limited-edition powerful pink

Rise and Shinier – exotic limited-edition green

Samba-dy to Love – limited-edition deep purple

Bananappeal – tropical yellow

Most Sinful – vibrant blue

Picante – fiery red

SinfulShine Top Coat – over-the-top shine

SinfulShine Rio Shine polishes and top coat

SinfulShine Rio Shine polishes and top coat

SinfulColors created a new Gel Techä Formula so that you can create your own gel polish manicure. The shine you get from these is beautiful and long lasting. It’s hard to believe that you can spend just $2.99 and get this kind of formula when the nail salons charge a premium for doing gel manicures and then you have to pay for removal.

Sinful Shine Samba-Dy To Love and top coat bottles

Sinful Shine Samba-dy To Love and top coat bottles

SinfulShine Samba-dy To Love

SinfulShine Samba-dy To Love

I choice to wear Samba-dy To Love since the deep purple just called to me. These polishes need two coats. Upon applying the first coat of polish I was sure that it would need three coats but the second coat filled it in so perfectly. It has a richness that you wouldn’t expect to see from a drugstore brand, especially a value 2 Step Polish.

SinfulShine Rio Shine polishes

SinfulShine Rio Shine polishes

Since gel nails aren’t going anywhere you need to catch up with the action and Rio Shine is the best place to do it. With 2 limited edition polishes in this collection don’t hesitate. Go USA!!  — Marcia

*sent for review

 

KBShimmer dazzles me with Gull, Get Real

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real

Having a manicure each week is my biggest indulgence. I love the pampering I get for half an hour a week from my nail tech. A half hour that I try not to think about the world around me and just concentrate on my nails. But what I love even more is when I bring in a polish that knocks my socks off, which is exactly what KB Shimmer‘s summer 2016 polish GULL, GET READY did for me. This is the 5th polish from the summer polishes that KBShimmer sent for Lisa and I to test. Having this to wear and stare at for 7 days – what a delight.

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real

I normally ignore polishes with flakes because they can be difficult to remove but I haven’t found that with the two flake polishes I have from KB Shimmer (Gull, Get Real and Garnet from the Birthstone Collection). Yes I’ve had to work harder to remove these but they weren’t impossible at all. With both of them my nail tech gave me some cotton balls and remover knowing I’d need extra time. I was surprised that it only took me a few passes to remove.

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real

But the important thing is the wear and Gull, Get Real wore fabulously for the week. KBShimmer describes this dazzler as a  light, grey toned purple, this lilac like polish sparkles with micro holo and metallic flakes.

This has a medium glitter load with the glitter size going from micro to small. Look at that holo! It’s like bringing fireworks to my nails.

KBShimmer Gull, Get Ready

KBShimmer Gull, Get Ready

KBShimmer Gull, Get Real is everything I love in a polish: metallic, holographic, shiny, and a gorgeous purple. I can’t ask for more for $9.25 except more KBShimmer Polishes!  — Marcia

p.s. Speaking of more KB Shimmer polishes, I just ordered a limited edition one from Color4Nails called Berried in the Sand that I can’t wait to wear and share!

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daniPro – nail polish unlike the others

daniPro nail polish Infused Nail Polish

daniPro nail polish Infused Nail Polish

Are you interested in a polish that is created by a podiatrist? One that is a 5-free formulation? Then welcome to daniPro a unique brand that I was sent and have fallen for. daniPro is the only doctor created toxin free polish available. It’s free from harmful ingredients and works to help you have healthier and stronger nails. At $18 each they are in the mid-range of polish prices but they are a more health conscious product. daniPro has even been recognized by the American Podiatric Medical Association.

daniPro nail polish Infused Nail Polish

daniPro nail polish Infused Nail Polish

The three shades we were sent are My Girl PURE PINK, First Kiss RED, and Forever Girl PERFECT PINK.  Since there are 20 shades plus a Bottom Coat and Clear Top Coat, it’s not going to be hard to find a shade that will make your summer complete.

daniPro lineup

daniPro partial lineup

What makes these unique is that Dr. Gary Evans, the creator, has infused these with Undecylenic Acid to help keep fungus away. Since I currently have a fungus on one toe nail I’m not wearing polish on my tootsies but I can’t wait to get back to them and daniPro is the brand I’ll use.

daniPro First Kiss RED

daniPro First Kiss RED

daniPro First Kiss RED

daniPro First Kiss RED

daniPro First Kiss RED was the first shade I was drawn to and this is what sold me on the brand. I have dozens of red polishes but none that make me feel my nails are stronger than ever. I’m not sure if it’s the nail polish or the amazing CLEAR TOP COVER but the combination made me notice how much more resilient my nails were. This glossy cream red stayed true for 7 full days. By the time I went to have my nails done I could see a tiny bit of tip wear (but only when I focused on that) and no scratches, wear & tear, or fading. This is a First Kiss to remember.

daniPro First Kiss RED after 7 days of wear

daniPro First Kiss RED after 7 days of wear

I am very impressed with Clear Top Cover and plan to use it for future manicures. I can’t pinpoint what makes this different but my nails just looked and felt better.

daniPro Clear Top Cover and First Kiss RED

daniPro Clear Top Cover and First Kiss RED

The two other shades are just as pretty. Like First Kiss Red, My Girl PURE PINK covers easily with two coats. This is described as a bubble gum pink that will make your nails look fun. Forever Girl PERFECT PINK is their newest shade and it’s perfect for any occasion. It starts out sheer so I need three coats to cover my nails. This is a shade I’ve been looking for to make my summer complete.

daniPro Forever Girl PERFECT PINK

daniPro Forever Girl PERFECT PINK

danipro wheel

I know there are loads of brands of nail polish and it can be hard to pick which to buy but daniPro’s unique qualities are perfect for everyone especially those of you who complain about soft nails or polish that doesn’t last on you. These are strengthening polishes that can be your perfect mani or pedi shade. — Marcia

These are available in many podiatrist’s offices but the best place to try is the daniPro website. When you sign up for the daniPro newsletter you’ll get 20% off on your first order.

*sent for editorial purposes