You will not believe my surprise and amazement when I was doing my regular browse in TK Maxx for bargain polishes!!
Sally Hansen polishes have made it to the motherland!! As you may or not not know, my gel polish journey started with the Sally Hansen gel polish starter kit [check out one of my earlier post!] I have not looked back since!!
Not only that, but it was ridiculously cheap! cheaper than normal polishes! It was 2.99 pounds, reduced down from RRP of 11.99 pounds!! say whaaaaaaaaaaaat (in Leonard from Big Bang theory’s voice
If any if you other gel nail fanatics are reading this pool down to your local TK Maxx for a browse!
I ended up with good as blue, just peachy!, green streak and laven-darling. I was actually going to just buy two and leave out the blue and purple as I already have so many hues of blue and purple. But it was almost rude to leave them behind…
This mani was inspired by trendy polish on Instagram. When I first saw it, I knew I had to recreate it!
To recreate this look I used a red gel polish as my base.
You will need:
White and black nail art pen
1. Start with a red gel polish base. For my accent finger I used a glittery red gel polish (this is the finger being shown)
2. Use the while nail art pen and draw two lines down either side of the middle then fill it in. Alternatively, if you don’t own a white nailart pen, you could use striping tape for more precision and use a white polish.
3. Draw on a black line over the white borders after waiting for the polish to dry
4. Start by drawing zigzags
5. Then fill in these zigzags with small black triangles
6. Wait for the black polish to dry then stick on the studs either with a topcoat or nail glue. I prefer nail glue incase the topcoat smudges the nailart
Models own has been continuously teasing me with their immense sale a few weeks ago on Instagram. At a grand total of 50% off it was very difficult to resist. I had seen so much great stuff models own offered in boots but I could never really afford to fork out on them. Now that it was 50% off, it was a whole different ball game. As I was expecting a visit from the uk, I knew I could order it and be reunited with it very quickly.
And alas, it has arrived!
I felt like everything from start to finish was so beautifully done. I was particularly impressed with the packaging and felt like so much time and effort was made into my order. Especially as it was a sale item, I expected to just show up in a box wrapped with bubble wrap. This exceeded my expectations by miles. And it wasnt just the box. Once I opened it, everything I ordered was neatly packaged
Once the packaging was removed this is what I got. I bought four nail art pens which in my opinion are the most basic and essential colours. I already have black and white from Primark but they are so gloopy and bad to use that I felt no choice but to invest in better ones, I haven’t used these yet but I will get round to get. I also got a erase pen that I was very intrigued with. Thus far I’ve used cotton buds and they’ve worked okay but I’m hoping the erase pen will simplify the process. Next is a matte top coat. I already own one from rimmel London before they killed the line. However, this one was such a bargain I simply couldn’t resist. Matte top coats are so expensive in the uk yet so cheap in the us where lower quality brands also make them as suppose to just essie in uk. I bought three polishes to try out its different ranges as I actually never owned models own polishes before. You will have to come back and see how I got on with them but here is a swatch for its latest gel polish range in green
I adore this colour. In fact I adore all the gel range colours but I wanted to test how they were like before I invested in the whole range. Frankly I don’t think my natural nails are up for the challenge of normal polishes yet. Since I’ve been using gel, I just can’t seem to get or appreciate any polish that doesn’t have that smooth sheen to it like gel. I loved the colour but I think I will be needing to wear it with a gel topcoat. It is like gel in a way but does not finish like the gel polishes I’ve been using.
I’ve been using gel polish now for about three months since I moved to America and I absolutely love it! It’s going to be a very sad day for me when the time comes to return back to uk and the very small unoriginal gel polish out there. I’ve been lucky enough to take advantage of the much cheaper sensationail polishes out here and have acquired myself quite the collection! [insert proud face here]
Today I’d like to share/document how I remove them. I looked at many removal blogs and processes before I came up with my easy and relatively cheap method. I began by using the removal solution that came with my sally hansen starter kit but that ran out really, really quickly. I didn’t want to have to pay lots of money for what to me looked just like acetone that’s been packaged by gel polish companies to look like something different so I just purchased good old acetone from Sally.
These are my essentials when removing polish. I never begin without having something good to watch on my iPad as it takes a good while to remove gel polishes. The only downside but definitely worth it. I normally like watching cooking shows on you tube hah. I also use some good old fashion cotton balls from walmart as they are super absorbent. I use the cuticle sticks that normally come packaged with my sensationail gel polishes to scrap the polish off once they start peeling. Lastly, I use cheap aluminium foil to wrap the acetone soaked cotton balls around my fingers.
I rip the aluminium foil roughly into 2cm by 5cm pieces..basically just pieces big enough to wrap around my finger. I’m not that precise and I’ve never struggled
I never use a whole cotton ball on a finger. I find that really unnecessary. I normally split one cotton ball in three for my normal fingers and into half for my thumbs. I put the split pieces on top of the acetone bottle and just lightly shake it so that acetone is on the cotton ball. I then place it over my finger, wrap the aluminium foil around it so txt holds into lace and settle in for ten minutes watching telly.
After ten minutes when you remove the foil it should look like this:
If it doesn’t look like this then you either need to add some more acetone and wait some time longer or just make sure the foil is wrapped round your finger tightly. It’s happened to me a few times and those two are the usual causes. Once it looks like the above it’s easy. Just take a cuticle stick and scrape it with the slanted side.
and wah la it’s done! Can’t say the conditions of my nail is the finest I’ve seen them since I started using gel polish but it certainly kept me from biting my nails. I’m now more often filing down my nails cos they’re too long than praying for them to grow!
Hope this helps anyone out there that struggles with removing gel polish or doesn’t want to pay a fortune to do things normal drug stores sell 🙂
I promised I will go back to the amazing Asian nail man and I did! I was looking for some colours to lift my festive spirit over christmas as spending time in the Arizonian heat hardly screams winter wonderland. And he didn’t disappoint in the slightest. I was there for a good hour picking out reds blues greens and glitters and walked away with three king size polishes for less than half of how much they cost in shops! IBD was a brand I never heard of but everyone in the shop was buying it and at 10 dollars for gel polish, it was hard to resist. I settled for a red and a glitter. The red is called cosmic red and the glitter was called all that glitters. I was only looking for a glittery red when I stumbled upon the glitter gel polish and I instantly fell in love with it. Ibd applies really well and tho some people might criticise it for being quite thin and runny, I actually really liked the fact it was thin. The glitter took about three coats to achieve the level of opaque-ness I wanted it but other than that, I would def be looking into getting more gel polish from them!
I also couldn’t resist and bought an OPI gel polish. Having used tonns of normal OPI polished, I knew I wouldn’t disappoint and happily walked away with OY – another polish joke. It is a stunning sand gold glitter. It was 15 dollars so quite a bit more than Ibd but it just the exact colour I had in mind for my Christmas nails. I only applied two coats and it was gorgeous
I recently filed my nails into oval shapes for the first time. I didn’t really like it after two weeks so it’s now back to squares but now looking back at this photo….it makes my hand look so much longer and more elegant!
Now having got lovely Christmas nails, I was ready full steam ahead into the festivities! On Christmas Day I opened my pressies and received lots more gel polishes and nail stamps! My first bundle monster set! I promptly used it on my Christmas nails to add a little bit more ommph to it before having Christmas dinner. TADA