Mani Monday: Sally Hansen Insta-Gel Strips.

You may have caught a glimpse of my polka dot nails on Instagram or Facebook a few weeks ago. Since a lot of people asked what they were or how I did them, I am back with a post. I could never create such perfect circles on my own (trust me, I’ve tried), so I used the Sally Hansen Salon Insta-Gel Strips in Spot On. And so you don’t make the same mistake as me… I bought a box of the strips but when I went to do my nails, I realized that I also needed the LED lamp. Oops. I was going to buy the lamp online since the one that comes in the Starter Kit is “mini” and only does one nail at a time, but I needed instant gratification, so I ran back out and picked up the kit. And I’m so glad I did because here is the result:

Sally Hansen Salon Insta-Gel Nail Strips in Spot On. #girlyobsessions

I was worried the polka dot design would be a bit too much once it was on every nail, but I actually loved the result. And it was so easy to achieve. The Starter Kit is available in three different colors and costs $29.99. Not a bad price since most LED lamps start at about $40. In addition to the mini LED lamp, the kit also includes 16 gel polish strips, a bottle of gel top coat, 2 nail cleanser pads, a cuticle stick and a nail file/buffer. Not a bad deal. FYI, a box of the gel nail strips includes everything except the lamp and costs $14.99. (Currently offered in 23 fun colors and patterns.)

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Berry your nails: Jamberry nail wraps!

Sara: So I was on Facebook the other day and this pic of crazy cool nails caught my eye. When I clicked on it the girl who posted it mentioned these Jamberry Nails. This was a new brand to me so I did some googling and instantly became obsessed! The brand is set up like an Avon, and there are individual consultants who sell the nail wraps. They come in so many cool patterns, designs and colors…I have about 10 picked out so far!

Jamberry nails nail wraps nail polish nail art

Ashley: I had never heard of Jamberry until you sent me the link…and then I wondered how or why I never heard of them! And then I had the problem of liking EVERY SINGLE DESIGN. Stripes and chevron and houndstooth…how am I supposed to choose? Totally pattern happy right now! You know I’m obsessed with nail art, and I know you are too, but I’ve never actually tried any stick-on nail wraps, have you? Do you think they work?

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Sally Hansen Salon Effects, trendy or tacky?

I have all kinds of issues with my nails. I was a chronic nail biter until about 5 years ago when I got gel nails for my wedding. I kept them for about a year, and that pretty much cured my habit. But I’m tough on my nails and manicures rarely last more than a few days. Or I pick my polish off, and then pick my nails. I guess picking isn’t much better than biting. Either way, the longest I’ll have nails that are all the same length is usually about a week. Sigh. Lately, due to life being hectic and somewhat stressful, I’ve been picking again. And I’ve been meaning to at least put some clear polish on, but its like the very last thing on my to-do list!

Sally Hansen Salon Effects
Anyways…I’ve been wanting to try the Sally Hansen Salon Effects for a while now. They seem like a good idea for a nail biter/picker. They are basically like stickers of nail polish that you apply to your nails. They are supposed to last 10 days, with no dry time, and look like you just stepped out of the salon. I watched this tutorial and they seem pretty easy to apply, and here’s a great tip: if your nails are short, like mine, you can use one strip for two nails!

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Check It Out

So, the catalyst behind my interest in this product is a little blurb I read in my Lucky mag. They featured a houndstooth print from the line. Houndstooth! But I can’t decide if the houndstooth is trendy or tacky? Maybe just on one nail like in the picture? Either way, I’m pretty sure I’ll have to try them.

The Salon Effects come in a variety of solid colors and fun prints. Something for everyone! (I’ll come back with a review after I try them. Or if anyone has tried them, let me know what you thought!)

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