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!

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