I have gone on and on about my trials and tribulations with nail polish. I just can’t keep polish on my pointers. I’ve Minx’ed, Axxium’ed, and Shellac’ed. I considered pushing hard to bring chipped nails into style (wasn’t happening). I’ve even spent time with my nails- gasp– naked! Well, here I am again to chat about my latest endeavor into Lacquerville: population, 1.
While in the drugstore the other day picking up the essentials: TP, Aquaphor, Elle… I stumbled upon Sally Hansen Salon Effects. I was initially just checking out the cute little nail art pens then nearly lost my shit when I saw these. Just like Minx, Salon Effects are self adhesive strips of nail color that allow for zero drying time. They are made from actual nail polish (how that works… don’t ask me) and come in bright solids, colorful glitter, and a variety of patterns. I thought I was on top of my game finding these, but apparently, the word is out, cause my selection was very limited. So, I settled on a black and white floral pattern. Ten dollars for sixteen strips might sound steep, but not if it actually lasts ten days! Not to mention, Minx manicures can run you $50-65 a pop!
I’m not gonna lie, I may have been drinking wine when I attempted to apply these… I also should have probably had my glasses on . Despite my haphazard attempt at application, these babies still came out pretty great and I received compliments on them all weekend. I read some other reviews, and I gotta say, these ladies must be real experts applying polish cause their manicures lasted much longer than mine. I would say mine stayed sexy for a solid four days, but I would definitely try them again (perhaps sans cocktails) and would certainly recommend them to someone looking to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to their usual manicure.
*(Editor’s Note 3/8/11: I tried these again without prosecco and with my glasses and was delighted with the results. They stayed on well over the 10 day time period with minimal chipping and maximum compliments!)
Just to let you know, I am on my 2nd “gel manicure” and they really last… I want to say its called Axxium (I could be off though, but it’s made by OPI) it goes on a naked nail and lasts for 2 WHOLE weeks… no lie. I have 2 kids (that right there is enough to chip polish off) and have my hands in water constantly, so I get MAYBE 2-3 days tops out of a reg mani… this really works… No, I dont work for them, and no, I dont own a nail salon… just passing it on!
Thanks, Maria!! If they can hold up to being a busy mom (the toughest job of all) then I definitely need to give them another try. Did you have any issues with your nails getting weaker or peeling? That seemed to be a common complaint I heard. xx