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

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

Nail polish greats of 2016

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It’s very difficult for me to narrow down my favorite polishes of the year but since I adore polish and want to be an accomplished nail painter at some time in my life I decided to share half a dozen of my favorites. Leaving something out doesn’t mean I love it any less, just that I didn’t have room for it!

SPARITUAL GOLD in RISING SPIRIT – The bottle belies the beauty within. A subtle but stunning gold that wears magnificently and even repels smudges!

Sparitual Gold in Rising Spirit

Sparitual Gold in Rising Spirit

KBSHIMMER FALL 2016 POLISHES make it impossible to choose just one. I love every single one of these. KBShimmer is an astonishing nail company and a brand you shouldn’t miss. I’m sharing The Best Mum Ever as my choice but it was hard to pick. If Oh My Ganache had photographed better that’s what I’d have shown you.

KBShimmer The Best Mum Ever

KBShimmer The Best Mum Ever

KBShimmer The Best Mum Ever

KBShimmer The Best Mum Ever

LAUREN B ROSE BOWL stole my heart with its metallic red. I love all the Lauren B polishes I’ve tried but this takes me back to my all time favorite: cool toned red!

Lauren B Rose Bowl

Lauren B Rose Bowl

Lauren B Rose Bowl

Lauren B Rose Bowl

Speaking of how much I love red I’ve chosen Dr.’S REMEDY REVIVE RUBY RED. This shimmer infused crimson polish is made by a podiatrist: “Dr.’s Remedy is the first nail polish that received approval from the American Podiatric Medical Association. It doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients likeFormaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, Phthalates, Parabens, or camphor. It’s even recommended as a post treatment follow-up to nail fungus and ingrown nails. To top it off it comes in 30 beautiful shades.”

Dr.'s Remedy REVIVE Ruby Red

Dr.’s Remedy REVIVE Ruby Red

Dr.'s Remedy REVIVE Ruby Red

Dr.’s Remedy REVIVE Ruby Red

I’ll cheat and throw in another Dr.S Remedy polish that is so spring perfect that it makes me long for the sun: BOUNTIFUL BLUE.

Dr.'s Remedy Bountiful Blue

Dr.’s Remedy Bountiful Blue

I needed to add a pink because I’m a pink girl at heart. Unfortunately one of my favorite pink shades was Limited Edition but you never know if it’s still available. SALLY HANSEN MIRACLE GEL FLOWER CROWN is one of the best I wore this year. It’s described as a pearlescent petal pink which is a perfect description.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Flower Crown

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Flower Crown

Since I prefer a polish that is holographic it’s easy to understand why KBShimmer makes another appearance on this list. This time it’s ALONG FOR THE TIDE from Summer 2016. I see shifts from pink to violet and from blue to purple.

KBShimmer Along for the Tide

KBShimmer Along for the Tide

KBShimmer Along for the Tide (direct light)

KBShimmer Along for the Tide (direct light)

Last is from Trust Fund Beauty, another brand that I’ve loved the polishes from. The one that stands out most to me is DIRTY THOUGHTS (although the pink Do U Know Who My Father Is could be the perfect cream color).

Trust Fund Beauty Dirty Thoughts

Trust Fund Beauty Dirty Thoughts

Trust Fund Beauty Dirty Thoughts

Trust Fund Beauty Dirty Thoughts

Do you have favorite polishes from 2016? Do you have one you see here that you’d love to own? —  Marcia

*most are PR samples

 

You can’t go wrong with these drugstore classics: Carmex, Sally Hansen, and Jergens

overwhelmedWalking into the drugstore these days can be overwhelming…the sheer volume of choices is enough to make you want to back out the door and put shopping for beauty products on your list for another day. For those times when you are in doubt, here are three classic drugstore lines with my favorite products that always perform.       samples3 Classic Drug Store Brands

1.  Sally Hansen Nail Polish:  this is such a great line for nail polish, especially for my addiction to nude-ish colors. The polish goes on so easily with the flat, wide brush – in fact, I do believe Sally Hansen polishes have my favorite applicator brush of all time. There is a huge selection of shades available.

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #161 Shell We Dance

Sally Hansen #161 Shell We Dance

Some of my favorite nude-ish shades include #325 Au Nature-al ($7.99), a classy perfect nude, and #161 Shell We Dance, a pretty light pink.

Carmex Classic Lip Balm Carmex Classic Lip Balm

Carmex Classic Lip Balm

Carmex Classic Lip Balm

2.  I love the Carmex® Classic Lip Balm Jar ($1.59) for preventing dry and flaky lips. The classic version comes in the familiar yellow jar and it has that scent that takes me way back every time I open it. Lip skin doesn’t have any sebaceous glands, which is why they need continual moisturizing. My only problem with my Carmex® Classic Lip Balm Jar is that my husband keeps stealing it, so now I always get two just in case. Carmex® Lip Balm can be found at retailers nationwide. For more information, please visit: www.mycarmex.com.Jergens Oil-Infused MoisturizerJergens Oil-Infused Moisturizer

3.  Looking for an awesome body moisturizer?  You can’t go wrong with Jergens. Right now they have out their Oil-Infused Monoi and Coconut Moisturizers ($4.99 each) which have the classic Jergens® body lotion infused with luxe, skin-softening oils. They are lightweight but give heavy-duty hydration to skin, while also making it soft and luminous. And the scents are so pretty!Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizer

• Jergens® Oil-Infused Moisturizer With Nourishing Monoi: Harvested from the Tahitian Garden Flower and known for its intoxicating floral scent, Monoi Oil is a potent skin soother that’s been used by women for centuries. Combined with Jergens® deeply conditioning, protein-packed formula, it locks in moisture, smooths texture and tone, and leaves skin visibly radiant and softly scented.Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizer

• Jergens® Oil-Infused Moisturizer With Refreshing Coconut Oil: Fortified with the deeply penetrative, hydrating properties of premium Coconut Oil— along with its invigorating, tropical scent—this enriching body lotion gives your skin instant luminosity, a superbly soft texture, and long-lasting moisture for a gorgeous, all-day glow.

Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizer

Jergens Oil-Infused Moisturizer

You can find these new Jergens® Oil-Infused Moisturizers exclusively at Target stores nationwide.

Don’t let the huge variety of beauty products at the drugstore overwhelm you…stick with the basics and remember these classics.  – Lisa

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Improve your manicure with Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat and/or Big Shiny Top Coat

I’m manicure obsessed but I’m also manicure deficient. I can’t do my own nails for love or money. But I can change them during the week with these two products from Sally Hansen: Big Matte Top Coat and Big Shiny Top Coat. When these were sent to me to try I couldn’t wait to start having some fun. Even a leftie can put on a top coat without getting color all over their cuticles.

Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat and Big Matte Top Coat

Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat and Big Matte Top Coat

And fun I’m having. Often at the end of the week I’ll get a little bored with my manicure. 7 days is sometimes too much for some colors. But topping the color off with one of these babies gives new life to my mani.

Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat

Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat

A week of matte nails doesn’t appeal to me and to be honest my husband doesn’t like the look at all. But 2 days of it is a nice change of pace. Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat transforms my mani by giving it a totally new finish. It’s called a velvety matte. Sally Hansen’s wide brush makes it apply in such a short time.

Big Matte Top Coat contains a mattifying Silica agent that gives it the special look. At first you’ll think you made a mistake because it applies glossy but it quickly dries down to a matte and doesn’t smudge what’s already on your nails. It’s perfect for those of you (notice I didn’t say “me”) who do nail art to really give it an edge.

metallic red polish before Sally Hansen

metallic red polish before Sally Hansen

shiny metallic red WITH Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat

shiny metallic red WITH Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat

I totally loved this look. I couldn’t stop staring at it. Unfortunately it did scratch so 1.5 days was enough for me. But what a great way to change my manicure at the end of its week.

Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat

Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat

Now for opposite time. Big Shiny Top Coat is perfect any time during my week of color. It emphasizes the shine and makes my manicures look new again. This contains an Acrylic Polymer Complex and double UV filters so it’s everything you want to keep your manicure or pedicure looking fresh. It amazes me how smoothly this applies without any streaking. This too is great for nail art. Even better it will look good on bare nails to make them look manicured if you don’t want or don’t have time for color. This dries extremely fast so I’m not stuck waiting to be able to type again.

Best of all is the price. These are only $5.99 and will last you for months of manicures. Big Shiny Top Coat has replaced all my other top coats since I love how much longer my nails last and the Big Matte Top Coat is riding its coat tails to let me have some end of the week fun.

What do you use for a top coat? And when will you switch to Sally Hansen?  —  Marcia

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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

 

Drugstore winners: three workhorse products from Sally Hansen

Drugstore winners from Sally HansenThe cosmetics and body products that adorn my cluttered shelves fall into one of two categories: special but somewhat impractical items that I love and workhorse items that I always have on hand. The drugstore line Sally Hansen has some terrific workhorse items and there are three that I am especially fond of.                                                                                       samples, affiliate links

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Beige Glow

Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Beige Glow

Airbrush Legs is a product that is always on my shelf. I am not a big fan of pantyhose, but I’m also not a big fan of pasty white legs. This takes care of that problem in just seconds, covering up any veins and imperfections and making legs look thinner all at the same time. Check out my leg – this is about 2 weeks after a spray tan, so it’s flaking off and I have uneven patches…yuck.

Before Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs
Here is the same leg literally seconds later after applying Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Beige Glow.

After Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs in Beige GlowThis spray on leg makeup makes natural legs look wonderful. Just shake the bottle and spray – I stand in the shower so that any side spray is easily washed away. Don’t spray too close to your legs or you’ll lose the airbrush effect – if that happens, I blend it out with a makeup sponge. The finish has a bit of a gleam that really looks pretty. I find that the spray lasts all day without wearing off and is water-resistant, although it’s not perfect on extremely hot and sweaty days. It washes off easily with soap and water and is just so comfortable for those days when I can’t even stand the thought of putting on pantyhose. It’s especially awesome for correcting self tanner ‘oops’.

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen #325 Au Nature-al

Sally Hansen has tons of nail polish options in shades that range from special occasion to workhorse perfect. I am a big fan of the nail polish because the applicator brush is fantastic – it’s flat and wide, so I can cover an entire nail in just two strokes. My workhorse shade is #325 Au Nature-al ($7.99), a perfect nude. It’s classy and goes with absolutely everything. I also love the Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment ($12.99).This clear polish contains avocado oil, sea salt, pomegranate extract and calcium.Talk about a multi-tasker – it works as a base coat, top coat, ridge-filler, brightener, and nail moisturizer. It also makes nails stronger and promotes growth.  Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment

For excellent basics that you will reach for day after day, Sally Hansen is a reliable and practical choice. Be sure to check out the Airbrush Legs and the nail polishes for workhorse items that won’t let you down.  – Lisa
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