Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Review! Sally Hansen Salon Effects

I've been gone for too long!

I want to do something I've never done on this blog before. Post a nail review! :) My close friends know I am very particular about my nails. To the point I am often dissatisfied with getting mani's b/c they just "never do them right". Yes, I am OCD. I love doing my own nails and recently experimented with Sally Hansen's Salon Effects nail appliques! I purchased them from CVS for about $10. Check it out:

Tons of designs. I tried the leopard print ones. What can I say, I am drawn to animal prints :)
Here is a pic of my nails right after I applied them this past Friday:
Super-easy (I feel they were) to apply. Today is Day 4 and they're holding up well:
My nails grow fast as you can see at my cuticle. But the tips are not chipping and I don't have any cracks/chips in the polish. I did apply a clear coat on Day 2. The product instructions don't require this but I did this just off my gut. Lol

Here are the basic application tips -

Application tips:
  • Warm the strips with your hands to make them more pliable.
  • Bend the strip over your free edge and use the file to remove the excess rather than tearing it off.  Tearing can result in an uneven edge.
  • Between sizes?  Size up and use the enclosed cuticle stick to remove the excess off your skin.
  • Don’t submerge in water right after applying. I'd say wait about 1-2 hours or you risk the edges lifting a little.
Let me know if you try and what your experience was. I plan to get some more of the other designs.

**Updated March 4, 2011:
It's Day 7 of having these applique's on and they are holding up very well. I'm sorry but regular nail polish would have chipped by now. If you're used to get manicures weekly for about $10, the price of this kit is no biggie. I may do this every other week - Just until I get tired of the designs. :-o Take a look at the pic for Day 7 -


♥ cherelle said...

I bought the exact same thing. It chipped pretty soon for me but maybe that's because I didn't use a top coat. For everyday use I think its a bit much. For special occasions, I think we have a winner!


GlamSwagger said...

They didn't work well for me ;( I got that exact same design. I have really skinny fingers and I guess the shape of my nail bed is odd. They didn't fit right so it was a fail for me. However I still wore them since they were $10 lol and they lasted a week.

KeetaRay said...

@GlamSwagger I feel u girl - I would have done the same! Lol

Monique said...

I bought this as well. I got the lace design because i'm all about lace right now. I haven't tried it yet but I will keep in mind that adding a top coat may help.

Mom2KurlyT said...

Cute nails! Since you're into DIY manicures, have you ever tried the Konad Stamping system? I just ordered mine the other day. I'm super excited! Look at some youtube videos about it, I'm sure this will be something you'll like.

KeetaRay said...

@Mom2Kurly I just looked this up and I'm intrigued!! What a cool idea. Thanks for telling me about it, I'm going to look into getting it.