March 24, 2011

salon effects

I've never been big on nail art, but the Sally Hansen Salon Effects ads caught my eye while flipping through magazines. So when I saw the display at Walgreens, I figured I might as well give them a go. $10 is not cheap, considering that's the average price of a manicure, but most of the Salon Effects designs are looks you can't achieve with nail polish (like the super glittery gold I'm excited to wear for a fun party night). I've also heard that it's similar to a Minx manicure, which costs around $40.

Over the weekend I decided to try out the gold and black "Misbehaved" design and I have to say I'm pretty pleased. The set comes with adhesive foils that are easy to apply--just pick the right size for your finger, peel off the back, and use the provided cuticle stick to smooth air bubbles. Finally you file off the excess length and you're good to go. I love that there's no drying time, but you can still take it off with polish remover. I've been wearing mine for six days now with zero chips and countless compliments.

21 comments:

  1. CheetahisthenewblackMarch 24, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    They look awesome! ;)

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  2. They look really great! Did they have a ton of colors and patterns? How long did it take you?

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  3. we can have a nail party and i'll teach you. munch can come too.

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  4. They have about 20 styles and colors. I'd say it took me about an hour, but I was distracted by the TV at times.

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  5. COOL! they look awesome!

    Amber's Notebook

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  6. umm getting these after work and putting them on stat. love!!

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  7. Is it nuts that I wish these came in solid colors? I don't think I have the attitude to pull off the patterned ones (as you, for example, do), but I love the idea of a no-fuss, no-drying-time, no-chips manicure that last weeks

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  8. I love these - your nails looked amazing when I saw them last night. It's unbelievable that it's lasted 6 days. usually my at home manicures last 3 days tops. If this awful rain continues, I'm going to need to get some of these to entertain myself indoors!

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  9. OMG! The fact that you've had them on for 6 days with no chips is a HUGE selling point! They look awesome. I'm getting them!

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  10. Not nuts at all. They DO come in solid colors and the no-drying time is awesome.

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  11. Yessss! Then you should take a pic with your phone and post them to my facebook page :)

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  12. grace - stripes & sequinsMarch 24, 2011 at 7:05 PM

    UM I developed this when I worked for Sally Hansen! Misbehaved is my favorite!!! Yay! Made my day seeing you write about them!

    xox Grace

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  13. grace - stripes & sequinsMarch 24, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    Once you get the hang of it, it wil take you 5 min. No joke.

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  14. So cute! I've been wanting to try these, but my basket was already too full of stuff I didn't really need when I went to Target. I'll be picking some up on my next trip there.

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  15. OOOOhhhh! I love this! I might need to go give them a try. I also am not normally a fan of nail art. But, I've been seeing some things more up my alley lately. This looks great!

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  16. YAY! I love your nails! I've been wondering how this would work...now I want to try it! :)

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  17. Alright, I read this review and was so excited to try these, but...

    uh, sad failure. they didn't stick to my nails.

    Do you have any tips? Anything I might have missed/done wrong?

    (www.asparkleintime.blogspot.com)

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  18. I love it! I need to make myself try it.

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  19. Bummer! I followed the directions to a tee and they lasted me over a week. Did you use polish remover on your nails before applying? You're supposed to make sure there's no oil or lotion on your nails so the remover helps with that. I've also heard you can try warming up the strips in your hands first to help them adhere better.

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