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!

*sent for consideration

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

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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

Get beautiful polishes that are 8 free from Chrome Girl

Chrome Girl Nail Lacquer

Chrome Girl Nail Lacquer

The first time I wore CHROME GIRL was in 2013 when the company was brand new and only had created 18 shades of nail lacquer. They’ve now been in business for 3 full years and their inventory has grown and grown. You have your choice of over 46 polishes.

CHROME GIRL sent Lisa and I several polishes and treatments and I’ve had the pleasure of wearing two of the three polishes that I received. I wear polishes for a full week so I really get the opportunity to see more than just their beauty – I test wear time. I won’t keep you in suspense since the two I’ve worn have lasted the week. The worst I’ve seen is a little tip wear on a few nails towards the very end of the time. Otherwise they win the gold medal.

Chrome Girl nail lacquer in Love Note

Chrome Girl nail lacquer in Love Note

Love Note is a beautiful true red cream. There’s no orange or blue to it. Just a beautiful red that flatters my skintone.

Chrome Girl Lacquer in Love Note

Chrome Girl Lacquer in Love Note

I couldn’t have asked for a better shade for the month of February or any month actually.

The second one I wore had me panting with excitement. MERCURY IN RETROGRADE is the one I grabbed out of Lisa’s hands when we deciding who would review each one!

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde

Look at this beautiful shade. It’s like being on an island at sunset and being mesmerized by the water. It appeared more blue on my nails than in the bottle but that didn’t take away from the shimmer and shine.

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde

You can see the depth of the shimmer within yet this is not a polish that will give you trouble removing it. It removes just like a cream polish, nothing makes it adhere with flakes.

I have one more polish yet to wear but I just couldn’t wait to share these two.

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde, Barely Legal, and Love Note

Chrome Girl Mercury in Retrograde, Barely Legal, and Love Note

Barely Legal is a wonderful sky blue cream that I know will wear just as well as its pals. It fits in very well with the Pantone Color of the Year for 2016, Serenity Blue. I’ll be sharing this with you in April when the skies turn blue again.

I’ve saved the best for last. This is the only 8-free nail care product in the market. That means it is produced without: Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate, Camphor, Xylene, Acetone, Silicone. Chrome Girl is a cruelty-free company that is made in the US and has polishes that are safe for every age.

Take some time to peruse their website to see what shades draw you in. I have my eye on at least half a dozen. — Marcia

*sent for editorial consideration

 

The answer to easy glitter polish/gel nail removal at home: NAILMates

NailMates Finger Mates

NailMates Finger Mates

I love love love glitter nail polish, but I hate hate hate trying to remove it. You aren’t going to believe this awesome system that works for fingernails, toes, glitter polish, and even removing gel nails:  NailMates Finger Mates ($14).

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I actually avoid some really gorgeous nail polishes because they are so hard to take off I just don’t want the hassle. And when I am at the salon, I am astounded at what you ladies go through for gel nails. I was happy when I learned about the whole aluminum foil/acetone soaked cotton system, but to be honest, I don’t want to have to spend the time it takes. The NailMates Finger Mates system makes removal so easy, I can see professionals as well as us regular joes wanting a set.
Nailmates
 NailMates has been featured in Nail It, Day Spa, US Weekly, and Scratch UK, and they have a tough time keeping it in stock at Sally Beauty because it’s selling like hotcakes. If you have a Sally Beauty near you, get there pronto…you won’t be sorry.  (You can also buy the caps and foam pads ($14) and extra foam pads at nailmates.net).
NailMates Finger Mates

NailMates Finger Mates

NailMates remover pad

NailMates remover pad

NailMates Finger Mates

NailMates Finger Mates

NailMates Finger Mates are reusable finger caps that hold removal pads. Soak the pads with acetone then slip them on – they work on both fingers and toes (there are larger toe size sets available). The cap keeps the pads in place, and the pressure from the cap eliminates the need to sit still since there is direct contact. The caps also keep in body heat, which speeds up the process.  Some other benefits:
  • The re-usable one size fits all NailMate caps are QUICK and EASY to apply.
  • NailMate caps completely cover the removal pads. This protect the acetone from exposure to air which can result in pre-mature acetone evaporation.
  • Contrary to cotton products, NailMate pads are extremely absorbent and provide consistent and even distribution of the acetone across the entire nail.
  • NailMate removal pads, used with the caps, are so efficient that there is virtually little (light if at all) to no scrapping of residual polish from nails.
  • NailMate removal pads do not drip acetone.
  • Pads are oversized and match the NailMate caps. This insures the pad completely covers the nail top to bottom and from side to side. The caps hold the pads in place as fingers slide under the pad and into cap.
  • Removal pads are a proprietary formula. Removal pads can be rinsed and reused if sterilization is not required. Terrific value!

I am really impressed…this removal system just doubled my nail polish options! If you do your own gel nails or just want a better way to remove glitter polish – or any nail polish, for that matter – be sure to check to check out NailMates Finger Mates at Sally Beauty or online at www.nailmates.net.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration