Sally Hansen Salon Effects Polish Strips Review

Hello readers! Today I’m reviewing something a bit different than the products I normally gravitate towards.  Sally Hansen Polish Strips aren’t something new as they’ve been on the market for awhile now, but I’m just now trying them out.  I want to start getting into nail art, but I’m not really good at stuff like that.  I figured that these strips would be an easy and fun way to add a little flair to my manicures.  When i saw them on sale at Walgreen’s for 2 for $12, I snatched them up.

First up is a pretty pink zebra print called Animal Instinct.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects in "Animal Instinct" and OPI Black Onyx

Sally Hansen Salon Effects in “Animal Instinct” and OPI Black Onyx

I used the polish strip as an accent nail and painted the rest of nails with OPI Black Onyx.

To apply the polish strip, you first push your cuticle back and shape and buff your nail.  A nail file/buffer and orange stick are included in the package.  You then select the right size strip for the nail you’re applying it to, then match up the end that best fits your cuticle.  Then you stick the strip to your nail, smooth it out with the orange stick and you’re done.  It’s a very quick process, but can get a little messy.  When you break the strip from the backing, it can tear so you need to be careful.  Also, when I was stretching the strip to fit my nail, it broke so once it was applied it looked like I already had a little tip wear.  Other than that, the strip was fairly easy to apply and looked great.

I’m not very pleased with this manicure since I did it in a hurry before work yesterday.  Aside from the messy application, I think the colors look pretty good together.  Next time I do this I’m probably going to use pink because the black is a little dark for spring time.

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Close up of the strip

Close up of the strip

You can see a little bit of tip wear from the breakage

You can see a little bit of tip wear from the breakage

100_0130The box says the strips are supposed to last for up to 10 days.  I can’t say how long they last because I took this manicure off today.  I did have to top coat one of the strips because it had a little tear, but that fixed it right up.

Today, I did a manicure with the other set of strips I got.  These are a super cute skull and heart print called Heart Breaker.  I used the strip as an accent nail and painted the rest of my nails with Essie Marshmallow.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects in "Heart Breaker" and Essie Marshmallow

Sally Hansen Salon Effects in “Heart Breaker” and Essie Marshmallow

I had the same difficulty with stretching the strips this time and it didn’t quite cover all of my nail.  This strip didn’t tear though, so the tips look much better.  Overall, I think this combination makes for a much cuter manicure.  I also added Seche Vite to both of these strips to make them shinier.

Close up of the strip

Close up of the strip

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The Salon Effects Strips are a neat idea, but they’re a little difficult to work with.  I think once I get the hang of applying them, I’ll be more pleased.  I do like how they come in a variety of cute designs and are pretty easy to remove.  Have you tried the Sally Hansen Polish Strips? What do you think? I’d love to know, so make sure you tell me in the comments!

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Zoya Pixie Dust Review

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all had a nice Easter.  I worked all Easter weekend and am very happy to have today off.

Today I’m reviewing a polish from the Zoya Pixie Dust collection.  This product is similar to OPI Liquid Sand (which you can read about here).  I was really excited to try this product after seeing it on other nail polish blogs, so when I spotted Chyna at Ulta a couple of weeks ago I snatched it up!

Zoya Pixie Dust polish in Chyna

Zoya Pixie Dust polish in Chyna

Chyna is such a beautiful deep red color and as you can see from the picture it’s packed with glitter and sparkle.  The picture was taken with flash so the actual color is a little darker than what’s shown.

The Pixie Dust polish applies like a normal polish and dries to a textured matte finish.  I loved the way this polish applied.  The formula is smooth and I didn’t have any streaking to cover with a second coat.

After the first coat

After the first coat

One coat.  You can already see the texture!

One coat. You can already see the texture!

The second coat of polish was also really easy to apply.  With OPI Liquid Sand, the texture made it a little difficult to apply the second coat.  I felt like my brush was dragging on the nail and not spreading the polish evenly.  I didn’t have this problem with the Pixie Dust.

I waited five minutes between the first and second coat.  Once the second coat was on, I was taken away! This polish is absolutely gorgeous.  Although it’s a matte finish, the glitter gives it a beautiful, sparkly shine.  I also really like the texture.  It’s similar to Liquid Sand, but a little less like sandpaper.

After the second coat

After the second coat

Texture close-up

Texture close-up

Beautiful texture and sparkle

Beautiful texture and sparkle

With Zoya bottle

With Zoya bottle

An even better bottle shot

An even better bottle shot

I absolutely love the Zoya Pixie Dust polish! I can’t say enough about the gorgeous color and sparkle and how easy it was to apply.  Although it is similar to OPI Liquid Sand, the Zoya formula is a little better to work with in my opinion.

Like Liquid Sand, more Pixie Dust colors will be available in future collections.  You can get Pixie Dust on Zoya’s website or in Ulta stores for $9.00 each.