Monday, 21 January 2013

Confessing My Love

I love Sally Hansen. It's true. I only realised it today, but there's no denying it!
Recently I've been finding a lot of Sally Hansen Complete Manicure polishes in Poundland. Yeah, you read that right. That shop where everything is just £1 - it's the equivalent of a dollar store in the US. Anyways, there are normally only a few good colours on the shelves at any one time so I've picked up one or two at a time and now have a total of six bottles and I think it's my new favourite line of polish.

Today I found two new colours - Fairy Teal, which I first fell in love with years ago when I saw it on a blog that I unfortunately can't remember the name of anymore, and Green Tea which is the perfect mint creme that I've been searching for all these years. Ladies, if you're in the UK, you need to go to Poundland. Now. Like, yesterday!

In order to fully express my love for this brand, however fleeting it may be, today's mani was created with nothing but SH polishes.




I used Sally Hansen's Green Tea and Bamboo Base Coat. Then I applied two coats of Gilded Lily* as my base colour and applied one coat of Insta-Dri*.
Next, one nail at a time, I placed small strips of striping tape where I wanted to keep the golden base coat visible. I did this using some nail art tweezers - it's way too fiddly to do it precisely using just your fingers. I applied Green Tea and Fairy Teal over the striping tape and peeled off the strips while the polish was still wet. Finally, I topped it off with two coats of Insta-Dri, which I would definitely rate highly as a fast drying top coat.



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71 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I've been checking in Poundland but mine doesn't seem to have any :( I'll have to make do with the Revlon Matte Suedes I got there instead!

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous! I lovelovelove the different patterns on each nail, and how neat and even they are. I love the colours too!

    I always used to think Sally Hansen was a bit rubbish/overpriced but I'm definitely going to hunt some down now after seeing this post, and your post a while back with a pale pink/cream kind of colour that was also Sally Hansen!

    Definitely going to the York poundland tomorrow for a hunt x

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  3. The SH Complete Salon Manicure line is my favorite one as well. Our US dollar stores never have anything good...boo. Ive always wanted Green Tea, but could never find it. This is an awesome mani. The Insta-Dri top coat is by far my favorite quick dry...much better in every way than Seche Vite.

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  4. There's another poundshop other than Poundland and I've found some good polishes in there... just can't remember the name! Possibly Everything's a Pound? Lovely polishes :)

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    1. I get a lot of polishes from Poundworld?

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  5. Complete Salon Manicure polishes are fantastic from Sally Hansen, I particularly like their nude colors :)

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  6. This is simply stunning. I've only got one Sally Hansen polish and I love it very much. Shame there is no Poundland anywhere near here :(

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  7. Absolutely fabulous manicure! Wanna come do my nails? Lol. Always loving your work ♥

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  8. Love it! I absolutely LOVE the gold, and I need to learn how to use striping tape as well as you, it constantly pulls when I do it!

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  9. No pound shops in Liverpool ever have SH! Fuming! That gold is fabulous

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  10. Oh my word. My favorite look of yours. ever.

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  11. This is absolutely gorgeous! You always come up with such amazing designs that I yearn to copy.. but I just don't have the talent.

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  12. I need to check me poundlands by me I keep not buying the manicure ones and lookin for the holographic ones so I may need to change :p especially as I live by the distribution centre I'd expect us to get the first pickings so need to looky looky just wish poundworld had the holographic ones in again x

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  13. They changed the formula, so all lot of closeout stores have them.

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  14. Sally Hansen products are really amazing and This manicure is STUNNING! I've never wanted striping tape before seeing this post, but now I really want to give it a shot.

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  15. I love the name 'Poundland'!!! Great finds :)

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  16. your blog is an inspiration for me, I did one of your mani, here's the link, what you think? http://ladyluckbeauty.blogspot.com/2013/01/black-stripes.html

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  17. sammy this is amazing! we would never find those sally hansens for $1 in the US. they are like 8 bucks! anyway, this is awesome!

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    1. My giant eagle (ohio and pa grocery store) had some discounted complete salon manicure ones but all the ones i saw were separated/ separating. Wanted to cry buckets.

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  18. God, you are so talented! How do you do it? Big Sally Hansen fan over here as well. Did you get a chance to try Pacific Blue?

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  19. ONE POUND?! Omg, lucky girls living in Britain! I have to pay around £10 for one bottle where I live :(
    Love the quality, and these colours are TDF! You got me inspired with this :D Gorgeous mani <3

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  20. Sammy, you have the uncanny ability to take what looks like crap to the rest of us, and turn it into gold.

    If SH were smart, she would lure you with lucrative offers to spokesperson their products. Their sales would go through the roof.

    I'm envisioning something along the lines of a multi-year-million contract with a sweet sports car and a small villa in the south of France.

    This is what your nail art does to me. Turns me into a blathering idiot. Gorgeous!

    I still think SH would be wise to offer you the world! :)

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  21. Stunning! You make it sound so simple. Great work.

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  22. Gorgeous! I love how the glitter gold sparkle in the lines. Euhm do you get wat I mean? Well I love it.

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  23. Ohhh soo beautiful! Have you done any tutorial in using striping tape? If not, I would really love a tutorial like that. This is gorgeous!

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  24. Ever since I saw this mani
    http://myawesomebeauty.squarespace.com/home/2012/1/29/summerfresh-nail-design.html
    I've been on the lookout for the perfect gold to use as a base. Gilded Lily looks amazing!!!!

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  25. Great job! I have only a polish of Sally Hansen but stained me nails :S

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  26. how amazing and just so flawless....you are such an inspiration!

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  27. this is gorgeous! i love the colors you used and the patterns on the gold!

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  28. Everything you do is perfect, omg. I love love love this mani! Your thumb and ring finger...so pretty. And I like Sally Hansen too. If you can get your hands on the Xtreme Wear line, you HAVE to try Pacific Blue. It's amazing.

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  29. Love this!! The gold stripes are amaze as always. I usually manage to find discontinued Sally colors at Dollar Tree ($1 store) here in the US. Every time I find one of my fav discontinued color - I literally grab them all off the shelf LOL

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  30. I declare my love to this nail art, WOW! Awesome!

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  31. Seriously, with all the comments above, what can I say?
    I just drool... like, a lot!

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  32. Sally Hansen is my favorite next to Julep!! The polishes are always on sale at my local grocery store!

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  33. This is so beautiful...u r really a master of the art.
    Good job.
    Aditi
    www.sosaree.blogspot.in

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  34. Love that I can get polish in Poundland but hate the fact that it's so hit and miss whether there's anything good. Gorgeous mani!

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  35. Beautiful manicure. I wish I had your talent (and patience...)

    I found a bunch of Sally Hansen CSMs at Dollarama here in Canada. I think on balance they may be one of my favourite formulations.

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  36. Sammy, your crazy awesome striping manicures punch a hole in my little novice heart. I love them.

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  37. I too have discovered the sally hanson in poundland, got a couple of revlon polishes too!

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  38. I use the same base coat and top coat. I love that the top coat is big 3 free!

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  39. i love these! they remind me of the art deco nails i did a few weeks ago! i LOVE the colors you used, i have colors similar to the two greens but i sort of want them anyway now. and i need that gold haha.

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  40. I picked these 2 up as well and I love Fairy Teal, It's my favourite minty colour too : ) Love, love this mani the colours look amazing together : )

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  41. Wow, I love the Art Deco feel of this mani! What great colors, and great bargain buys!

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  42. It looks very very cool (:

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  43. I'm quite new to the nailart world so after I read how you did the stripes I was completely amazed :D it looks soooo goood...I mean..really!!! :) your blog's starting to be my very favourite!

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  44. Totally in love with this look!!!

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  45. I love this look so much! You are absolutely amazing!!! What brand of striping tape do you use, and do you ever leave the tape on?

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  46. I love the design, the gold really helps to make it pop!

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  47. I love this!! I have been searching and purchasing from ebay when you show these gorgeous Sally Hansen polishes!! So pretty!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  48. This is so gorgeous! Love, love, LOVE it!

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  49. Oh that is lovely :) I need to try this with Goldeneye and some minty shades :D x

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  50. I need Gilded Lily. This is so pretty! I love how you get your tape manis to look so great....I can never get my lines totally straight

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  51. I have huge love for SH too - I haven't counted but I could safely say a significant amount of my collection is SH polishes from various lines, Xtreme Wear mostly but also some CSM. I have Fairy Tale and the formula is just gorgeous!

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  52. Omg I am in love with this! You always do such a great job picking colors and coming up with creative and stunning designs.

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  53. This is such an awesome blog with some really unique ideas. Living in good old South Wales myself, howdy!

    Clare

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  54. *faints from the amazingness*

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  55. i loooove this! in the US you can buy sally hansen instadri for only a couple bucks <3

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  56. Oops! Turns out I liked one of your designs so much i doodled it down and then used it. I found your post again later and recognized where I got my idea from!
    http://flightofwhimsy.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/art-deco/

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