Sally Hansen does care products pretty darn well (polite way of saying they own the market) but one thing I have always loved is that their colours are always on trend, nailing – can we take a moment for that pun please and thank you? – what’s popular on the catwalks and current beauty trends. Their Complete Salon Manicure with keratin colour products are something that I got to experiment and play around with a lot and let me just tell you, I literally haven’t used any other brand/range since. The product itself contains a whopping 7 benefits in one bottle; base coat, strengthener, keratin, colour, top coat, gel shine finish etc. all of which helps to give you up to 10 days of chip resistant wear. The latest absolutely stunning range consists of mostly nudes with the most perfect black, red and metallic pink thrown in for good measure. I genuinely would – and will – wear every single colour in the range because they really are that perfect. The shade in the shots above? That would be the gorgeous Naked Ambition, otherwise known as the shimmery peach nude that dreams were made of.
Anyone that knows me will know that I am the least decisive person to have ever walked the planet which is why I just had to show you both of my favourite Top coats because I couldn’t settle on one (I see you eye-rolling, being more decisive is a new year’s resolution OK?) Now I’m sure you’ve no doubt heard of them both because they are absolute classics and most people’s go-to top coats but in case
you’ve been under a rock for 10 years you haven’t, the first is the Sally Hansen Double Duty which is an incredible base coat and top coat that keeps your colour looking perfect for days. It’s also super glossy and shiny and I always get asked if I had a professional mani when I’ve used this.
And then we have Sally Hansen Insta-dri which has made all of my impatient dreams come true. It dries any nail colour in 30 seconds (I know, I know!) and gives gorgeous shine and glossiness. Whilst both top coats are incredible and dry quickly, I just love the convenience of how quick this is. It makes mani’s simple and takes away the inconvenience of not being able to do anything for an hour after.
Plus, shiny, glossy, gleaming, sparkly nails will make you feel beyond sassy and that’s what life is about, right?
So, let’s just quickly establish the fact that I am pretty shoddy with nail art. Can I do a neat mani with the help of my SH (that’s Sally Hansen but I feel like we’re friends at this point so SH will do) beauty’s? Yep. But can I do art? Lol, I think the photos above answer this. But when the range of colours is so gorgeous I just couldn’t help using as many as I could to give this a go. My first attempt at nail art was a simple Love heart tip using the Society Ruler colour (another of my all time faves) and I think with a little more precision this would turn out beautifully (especially with Valentine’s day looming).
Then I was going for polka dots but my total lack of precision kinda turned this into a, ahem, more rustic leopard print kinda vibe. Either way, I actually really liked it, and I adore Hooked on Onyx which is the stunning sheeny black shade I used to create the terribly messy dots 😉
So that brings my How to achieve the perfect Manicure post to an end. I honestly just think that having groomed nails, whilst seemingly such a small thing, can make the biggest difference to your mindset so I really hope you enjoyed the tips and product recommendations (… and my laughable attempt at “art”)