Sally Hansen Electric Summer Collection

Today in Kmart, I spotted the new limited edition summer collection from Sally Hansen: Electric Summer.  Apparently, this collection has been around for several weeks, but I somehow have managed not to see it until today.  Anyway, here’s what the display looks like:

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Sorry for the quick, crappy picture.  While I was in Kmart, a massive thunderstorm was moving toward my house and I had wash on the line, so I was sort of hustling to get out of there.

My first thought (besides how wet my clothes on the line were going to get) was that they are very pretty colors, and it’s a nice change from the neon collections that pretty much every other brand puts out in the summer.  My second thought was that some of the colors looked really similar to the colors in the regular Xtreme Wear line.  So, I marched my self over to the regular line of polish and did a little comparison.

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That’s Kelp Yourself from Electric Summer on the left, and Mint Sorbet on the Right.  Mint Sorbet might be a little more yellow, than Kelp Yourself, but I say these are REALLY close.

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That’s Wet Suit from Electric summer on the left and Breezy Blue on the right.  Wet suit is a little bit darker, but again, these are really close.

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That’s Water Orchid from Electric summer on the left and Lacey Lilac on the right.  These two aren’t as close of a match as the other two, but they’re not so different either.   I just notices something:  the Xtream Wear logo is a little different on the Lacey Lilac label than on the other bottles.  Must be an old bottle.

Really, Sally Hansen.  I think you can be a little more creative next time.  If your limited edition collections are going to feature colors that are so similar to colors in your regular line, at least put some shimmer in them, or make them a jelly formula or something.

Ultimately, I didn’t buy any of the Electric summer collection, because I didn’t feel like any of the colors was really new or exciting or unique.  If I would have bought any of them, it would have totally been Floaties, the pretty peach color that is second from the right in the display… But I didn’t buy it, so I guess I didn’t love it that much.

Anyway, what do you think of this collection?  Have you tried any of the colors?

 

Four Days of Wear

I’m getting ready to take my current polish off to do some swatches for you, but I thought I should show you something first. Here are my nails after 4 days of wear, one of which involved 2+ hours of yard work:

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You can see a little bit of nail growth at the cuticle, and the tiniest bit of wear on the tip of my first finger, but that’s it.  (In retrospect, I probably should have taken a picture of my right hand, since that’s my dominant hand, but really, the wear is about the same.)

Anyway, my point is that this is why you should use a base and a top coat.  My polish would chip in a day if I didn’t.  For this particular manicure, I used Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat, 2 coats of NYC In a New York Minute Amazon green, and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.  In the near future, I am planing to put a few base coats and top coats up against each other in an attempt to find out which ones really are the best, but so far I’ve never been disappointed by the Revlon base coat/Seche Vite top coat combination.

I’m off to write a much more substantial post now on how to make your neon polish look as awesome as possible.  Until next time, happy polishing!

 

And So It Begins…

Hi Friends! Welcome to my blog!

I paint my nails a lot.  I’ve always enjoyed nail art and nail polish.  I think I bought my first nail art book when I was in high school.  (Yes, the internet was only a baby back then, so people would by books made out of paper when they wanted to learn stuff.)  I actually used to use pieces of uncooked spaghetti as dotting tools back then.

Since then, I’ve come a long way, and that’s what I hope to share with those of you who are interested!  I’ve had some great opportunities to talk about nails with a lot of you on a one-on-one basis, but I think this will be a much better format to share some of the stuff that I’ve figured out over the years.

I guess it would be sort of a crime to end my first post without at least giving some sort of nail-related tip…  Don’t shake your polish right before you are going to use it.  Roll it around in your hands like they do in the salon.  If you shake it, you’ll make little air bubbles in the polish like this:

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Do you see that?  I was in a hurry last night and I just shook the heck out of that bottle.  I knew it was wrong, but I did it anyway, and now I’m paying for it.

Well, I think that’s about all I’ve got to say for now, but I’ll be back!