Nails of the Day: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear and Complete Salon Manicure

Thursday, June 26, 2014

[Please Note:  This was originally posted on my other blog Spake With Twang.  I have since started to move all my nail and beauty posts over to this blog.  That is why the watermark is Spake With Twang and not Sweet Tea and Pretty Polishes.] 

So, I thought Nails of the Day would be a fun addition to this ol' blog.  I don't know how often I will post these, because my nails don't always turn out the best.

(But they are finally growing!  Can I call myself a reformed nail biter yet?)

When they do turn out well, though, I grab my archaic camera.  (And run around to everyone in eyesight going, 'Look!' Whether they like it or not... )

I'm still very much a newbie who is bumbling her way through while trying to learn.  So, please be kind.  :)

I started getting into all things nail polish related when I started couponing and bargain hunting again after I moved.

You can get nail polish for super cheap or even free very frequently if you do the right match ups and have a bit of luck on your side.

It's really something you can do on any size budget.  There are amazing polishes at all price ranges.  (Wet n Wild Mega Last, anyone?) That is seriously my favorite thing about it.

And...anything that allows people to express creativity and has shiny, glittery things is also the best.

The polishes that I used, from left to right, are:
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Violet Voltage 445
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Hi Lo Silver 150
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Supernova 235

Violet Voltage is a true one-coater and just amazing.(*1*)  

Hi Lo Silver is two thin coats to reach opacity and one of my favorite polishes ever.  It looks like liquid metal on your hands.  Yes!

I'm not too impressed with Supernova.  In my picture, it is 3 coats over a base of the Violet Voltage.'s an okay topper if you don't mind fishing.  There are much better glitters out there though.

As for the design:
  • Thumb:  Solid Hi Lo Silver
  • Pointer:  Solid Violet Voltage
  • Middle: Violet Voltage as a base; dot design (large dot with surrounding "rays" of smaller dots) with Hi Lo Silver (*2*)
  • RingViolet Voltage as a base with Supernova as a topper
  • Pinkie: Solid Hi Lo Silver
And, though you probably already know, always use a base coat and top coat to protect your nails and your manicure.

I really liked how this came out.  I think I may try it with a dark teal next.  Oh, or green and gold.  Or raspberry pink and bronze when autumn rolls around. Oh or... [removes self from keyboard]


(*1*) I heard that Sally Hansen is changing the formula of the Xtreme Wear to a super crappy one.  I scored this one in the original formula at Big Lots for a buck.  So, be on the lookout at your local Big Lots if you love this formula as much as I do.

(*2*)  I put a couple of drops of polish onto a clean yogurt cup lid (use whatever you have, paper plate, whatever) to start with so I could have some to dip into to make the dots.  I did this with a dotting tool, but it isn't necessary.

A toothpick also works great.  You can use the pointy part for the smaller dots.  You can cut the tip off, making it flat, to make big dots.  (Just don't have any splinters.  Sand it a bit with your emory board and wash all the dust off if you have to.)

You can also use a straightened out bobby pin for larger dots.  They work great as well.

Be creative, and have fun!

Bargain Trip: Dollar Tree Haul

Sunday, June 15, 2014

I don't think I have ever left Dollar Tree without buying something.  Is that even possible?

After the great grocery stuff I found on my last trip, I headed straight there to check it out.  I found some more great stuff.

Benzel's Pretzels Rods (8oz)

Durable Parchment Paper 25 sq ft

Honey Bunches of Oats Granola Cinnamon (11oz)

I was so excited to find these!  I love granola, but it is usually just too expensive.  They also had Raspberry flavor.

Forrelli Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa (7oz)

I just had to grab one of these to try as soon as I saw it.  I love Nutella, but this is much cheaper.

So, I tried it by itself and with the pretzel rods.  It is so good!  It tastes more like the Hershey's nut spread than Nutella.  (Meaning that is a bit sweeter and heavier on the chocolate than Nutella)  It didn't last long in this house.  I wish I would have bought 2 or 3.  Poo.

Daddy Ray's Strawberry Bars (10oz)

Fig Newtons just way cheaper and just as good

L'oreal Everstrong Overnight Hair Repair Treatment (3.4oz)

I finally found one of these at my Dollar Tree after seeing other people posting about them for weeks.  Whoohoo!  I can't wait to try it on my ends.

Sassy+Chic 7-Way Nail Buffer

I had the Trim brand 7-way buffer already at my house.  So I compared this one to it, and the grits are pretty much the same.  This one is actually a couple inches longer.  So, you get more surface area.

The Trim one goes for $4-5 bucks at CVS.  This one is a buck.  I know which one I'll be buying from now on.

LA's Totally Awesome Cleaner Concentrate Refill

Best stain remover and degreaser that I've ever used.  'Nuff said.

LA's Totally Awesome Mop & Shine

This was the first time I had seen this at my store.  My dad's church uses the $5 Mop N Glo stuff for their floors.  So, I figured I would pick this up for him to take over there to try.  I have yet to find a bad product in the LA's Totally Awesome line.  So, I have high hopes for this one.

Bargain Trip: Dollar Tree Haul

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

I went into dollar tree, because my friend told me that they had a lot of nail art pens the other day.  Somehow I walked out with no nail art pens and lots of snacks, food, tea, and other stuff.

Never know what you are going to go home with after going to Dollar Tree:

I have to start paying more attention to the food section from now on:

True Lemon  100% Natural Crystallized Lemon (12 pkts)
I have been checking out other people's dollar tree hauls lately, and everyone has been saying how good this stuff is.  So, I'm excited to try it out.

TEA All Natural Peppermint Tea (30 bags)
I go through tea (bagged and loose leaf) like crazy, especially hot herbal and green teas.  I have already gone through a different box of dollar tree peppermint tea, and it was good.  So, hopefully this one will be too.

The Queen's Choice Tea Strawberry & Raspberry Fruit Tea (12 pyramid bags)
The Queen's Choice Tea Blueberry Green Tea (12 pyramid bags)
Again, I go through tea like crazy.  I thought these looked so nice and fancy.  And...they are pyramid bags!  Yes!  I hope this stuff tastes as good as it looks.

LuvYu Light Soy Sauce with Less Sodium (10oz)
I was so excited to find a low sodium soy sauce for only a $1.  Great deal in my mind!

Casa Mia 100% Grated Parmesan Topping (8oz)
These were flying off the shelves!  I'm so glad I was able to get one.

GreenBrier Farms Salted Dry Roasted Peanuts (7.5oz)
Wow, what a deal on peanuts!  The only thing that would have made these even better is if they had some unsalted.  These were also going fast like I literally picked up a couple, went a few aisles over, came back to get more, and they were gone.

Rice Cracker Snack Mix (6oz)
I love this type of stuff.  When I was studying overseas, I ate this type of stuff all day long.  It's a pretty decently sized bag from which you could get several snackings.

Lance Salted Peanuts .8oz bags (5pk)

Lance Captain's Wafers Cream Cheese & Chives 4 cracker packs (6pk)
Lance Nip Chee Cheedar Cheese 4 cracker packs (6pk)
They also had the dessert cookie flavored ones and peanut butter on cheese crackers (those didn't make it home in one piece, oops).

Fiesta Foods Spinach & Artichoke Dip Mix (2 pkts, each pkts makes 2 cups)
I had some plain greek yogurt at the house that needed using.  So, I figured that this was cheaper than buying the Knorr veggie mix.  What I am really impressed with is the ingredients.  It's all natural!  No weird chemicals is always a plus in my book.

The box calls for sour cream, but I used plain greek yogurt and let it set it in the fridge over night. was pretty good.  I was surprised!  Though, I will say that I did add more seasoning than it called for, but I like really flavorful dishes.  Overall, it was very worth a dollar.

I also picked up a few non-food items:

Enregin Cuticle Oil
This is another one of those products that I see people praise all the time.  I already use a cuticle oil in my nail care routine daily, but it costs quite a bit more than a buck.  So, I'm really hoping that this lives up to the hype.  Now, if I can only find the eye cream from this brand that everyone has been recommending as well.

Natural White Sensitive Whitening Toothpaste
I bought this the last time I went to dollar tree, but I gave away the other one to someone who really wanted to try it.  So, I was happy that they still had some.

LA's Totally Awesome Power Oxygen Based Cleaner (16oz)
We needed some Oxy Clean, but there just weren't any sales or coupons decent enough to bring  the price down to an acceptable level for me.  So, for a dollar, I thought I'd give this stuff a shot.  I had never seen it in my dollar tree before.

LA's Totally Awesome All Purpose Concentrated Cleaner, Degreaser, and Spot Remover (20oz)
This stuff sells out so fast at all my local Dollar Trees.  I was so happy to score one.  When I used to work for a house cleaning service, a million-and-a-half years ago, this was one of the cleaners our particular team used.  It's amazing, or totally awesome rather, for a ton of different messes and stains.  It is concentrated, though.  So, I need to find another spray bottle to split between this one.

LA's Totally Awesome Daily Shower Cleaner (32 fl oz)
I had never seen this at my dollar tree before.  I hope it works, because a buck for this stuff is awesome sauce.

Foam Boards (not pictured)
I just thought I would mention this even thought I forgot to take a picture before I sliced into the sheets.  (I made some nail polish racks, yay!)  If you do any DIYs that require foam board, my dollar tree had both white and black sheets.  They were 3/16" thick which is the same thickness as the elmer's ones at Walmart.  The Elmer's ones at Walmart are $1.77 (for the white) and $2.98 (for the colored ones).  So, this is a much better deal.

The foam boards at my dollar tree did seem to have varying thicknesses.  I picked the thicker ones and then matched them up with an Elmer's one I had when I got home. 
CopyRight © Jenn SWT | Theme Designed By Hello Manhattan