Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle

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I have tried three or four different Sally Hansen nail treatments over the last few years. I get through a lot of it because I am very bad at taking good care of my nails. My last bottle went thick and gloopy so I found myself in the nail aisle of Boots.

I never know how to decide which one to buy. They all sound different but the same as well, if that makes sense. I picked this one partly because it promised length and partly because it had a pretty gold bottle!

The Nailgrowth Miracle is for soft, thin, bitten or damaged nails. You apply a coat to thin dry nails every other day. You can also use it as a base coat under coloured polish. It dries super quickly, which is great.

You should see an improvement in the strength and hardness of your nails. The polish also promises up to 30% longer nails in 5 days.

I’m not sure that I saw that length in 5 days, but after a week there was a definitive improvement. After 2 weeks my nails are much longer and I am having to file them down. They also feel a little stronger, although still weak around the edges. They are prone to snapping and I suspect only magic would cure that.

NOTD #5 Triangular Ombre

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SAM_1127I asked my boyfriend what I should do with my nails for this post and he voted for a triangle ombre look so that is the subject of today’s post!

I started with a Sally Hansen base coat and then applied 2 coats of white polish to my nails (Sally Hansen Hard as Nails French White Tip polish in Natural White). I then took strips of Sellotape and placed them on my nails in a triangle shape.

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I took a damp cosmetic sponge coated in 3 different polishes to create a red-orange ombre. The polishes I chose were Jessica Nail Polish in No. 386 Dynamic, No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in No. 220 Tangy and Barry M Nail Paint in No. 318 Peach Melba. I finished with a Sally Hansen top coat.

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Pampering Evening

Now the weather has cooled off a little in the UK, I decided to treat myself to a pampering evening. Here’s my idea of heaven!

I started by removing all of my make up with my La Roche-Posay Physiological Cleansing Gel and Garnier Fresh Essentials Toner so that my face felt fresh and clean.

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I then ran a luxurious bubble bath. Today I used the Lush Comforter bubble bar. I just crumbled a quarter of the bubble bar under running water.

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I of course made sure I had a candle burning! I used the a Glade candle in the Orange and Spice scent.

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After I finished my bath I used my Sanctuary body scrub with some exfoliating gloves to exfoliate my skin.

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I also used the Soap and Glory No Clogs Allowed Deep Pore Detox Mask.

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I then moisturised my skin with my Body Shop Cocoa Body Butter.

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I also applied my Garnier Day Cream to areas of dry skin on my face. I know it’s technically a day cream, but as I haven’t found a night cream I love yet I use it sparingly in the evening too sometimes.

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Finally I polished my nails with Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Advanced Strengthener and used some Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector Cream.

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The 4 Elements: Air

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I am so excited about this post. I have collaborated with three amazing beauty bloggers Sam from Little Beauty Buddha, Daisy from Cava with Daisy and Kate from Lead with the Hips to bring you four different posts inspired by the elements.  When the girls have uploaded their posts I will be sure to edit this post to link them all so you can read them too, but for now I suggest you check out their blogs, they all post really fantastic product reviews and beauty looks.

I was allocated air and I immediately wanted to do a nail look.

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After a base coat, I used two coats of Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Blueberry.

Once that was dry, I trimmed a cosmetic sponge so that it was a small, manageable size. I soaked the sponge in water and then squeezed off any excess. This helps prevent the sponge absorbing too much nail polish.

I then painted a small amount of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails French White Tip polish in Natural White onto the sponge. I dabbed at random spots on my nails to create a cloud effect. I let this dry and went over some of the spots so that some ‘clouds’ look denser than others. I think this looks more natural.

I then finished with a clear top coat.

Let me know what you think!

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NOTD #2

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I absolutely love the ombre nail trend at the moment – I think it looks effortlessly glam – so I decided it was about time I gave it a try.

I decided that a yellow and orange look would be perfect for summer. The polishes I chose were Miss Sporty Clubbing Colours Nail Polish in Popcorn (yellow) and No 7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in 220 Tangy (orange).

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I firstly used Sally Hansen Advanced Strengthener as a base coat to strengthen my nails. Next I applied a fully coat of the yellow polish and allowed it to try fully. I then used the sponging method to apply two coats of the yellow and orange colours in an ombre effect. I finished with two coats of the Sally Hansen polish to give my nails a shiner finish.

Let me know if you like this look and if you’d like to see a proper tutorial!

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How To: Remove Glitter Nail Polish

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Anyone who has ever tried to remove glittery nail polish will know what a nightmare it can be. I thought I would show you a couple of methods I use to take it off which make it a little easier.

You will need:

Nail polish remover

Cotton pads or cotton wool

Sticky tape or aluminium foil

Some nail tools

Some nail strengthening polish

 

 

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Step 1: Soak the cotton pads in nail polish remover. I am using a remover by Sally Hansen which is supposed to be good for weak nails.

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Step 2: Place the soaked cotton pad on your nail and secure with sticky tape or wrap aluminium foil over it to make sure it stays in place.

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Step 3: Repeat for all of your nails and leave for a few minutes.

 

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Step 4: Twist and pull the secured cotton pad off your nail. This should remove all basic glitter, but if your polish includes some larger sequins, they may be left behind.

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Step 5: These should have been loosened by the remover, so you can then remove them easily with a nail tool such as a cuticle pusher.

Step 6: Wash your hands thoroughly to remove any excess cotton wool or nail polish remover. This can be quite harsh on your nails so I would recommend finishing off with a nail strengthening polish. I am currently using Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Advanced Strengthener which is excellent.

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NOTD #1

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I decided to do something a little fancier with my nails today and I thought you might all like to see it.

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I had to file my nails first as they had got quite long!

To create this look, I started with a coat of my Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Advanced Strengthener. I really love this product – I have seen a clear improvement in the strength of my nails over the last couple of weeks.

Next I applied two coats of Nails Inc. Elizabeth Street which is a gorgeous pale pink colour. If you’ve read my nail polish collection post, you’ll know I’m not a massive fan of the formula of this polish, however I do love the colour.

I then used two coats of this gorgeous purple polish which is full of tiny sequins and glitter. This polish is Kleancolor Nail Lacquer in No. 192 Born to the Purple. I usually apply the Kleancolor polish over black polish, but I fancied a change today and I thought the pale pink Nails Inc. polish would really bring out the purple colour and make it a little more summery.

Finally, I applied another coat of the Advanced Strengthener to act as a top coat as I don’t currently have a good top coat.

Let me know what you think!

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