Soap & Glory Hand Food

You may or may not have noticed the lack of Manicure Monday posts recently and there’s a reason for that. My hands are a mess! My cuticles are dry, my knuckles are cracked, my nails brittle and broken…they look awful.

So when I saw this gift set at Marshalls this weekend, I had to buy it.

My hands are in bad shape, so I purchased Soap & Glory Hand Food from Marshalls to battle dry, cracked hands and brittle nails.

I first tried Soap & Glory Hand Food as a gift from Sarah at Life in a Breakdown, and I really liked it. And I needed its intense repairing moisture for my hands. It was pretty much an emergency!

My hands are in bad shape, so I purchased Soap & Glory Hand Food from Marshalls to battle dry, cracked hands and brittle nails.

So much of an emergency, in fact, that I couldn’t even wait until I got home to use the lotion – I used it immediately!

My hands are in bad shape, so I purchased Soap & Glory Hand Food from Marshalls to battle dry, cracked hands and brittle nails.

I haven’t tried the soap yet, but the hand lotion has been going on several times a day. I think it’s working! And if I see another one of these sets at Marshalls again…you’d better believe I’m buying it. I’d forgot how much I liked it and how effective it was. I might seek out more Soap & Glory products too. Now that I’m getting back into running, my tootsies sure could use a nice cream too!

What do you use when your hands are dry?


Wendy

Trust Fund Beauty nail polish

For today’s Manicure Monday, I used Elegantly Wasted from Trust Fund Beauty. This was passed on to me from a friend who received it in a subscription box. I’d never heard of this brand before, but I’m not going to turn down anything in the purple family.
Elegantly Wasted nail polish from Trust Fund Beauty for today's Manicure Monday

My friend Michele from All the Lipstick described it as a grey-toned purple. I’ve never heard of that term before, grey-toned, but that description is spot-on.

Elegantly Wasted nail polish from Trust Fund Beauty for today's Manicure Monday

I don’t know how I feel about this nail polish. It looks quite a bit like Lavender Luxe from Avon which I reviewed here, and I thought the application was kind of uneven. Maybe it’s me; I’m still working on my mani skillz and glitters/shimmers/duochromes are a lot more forgiving than creme formulas.

What’s on your nails today?


Wendy

What had happened was

Remember last week’s post in which I wrote about Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat (again)? I wrote that while the top coat might dry quickly, the layers underneath don’t…

Of course I failed to heed my own advice and look what happened.


This is three coats of Zoya Evangeline. I painted my nails, waited for the top coat to dry, and then got ready for bed.

I have an extensive bedtime routine which involves double-cleansing, toning, brushing and flossing, rinsing with mouthwash, and two types of moisturizers…the manicure was no match for all of that! We’re looking at 5 layers of nail polish – the base coat, three coats of color, and a top coat…of course it wasn’t yet dry.

I thought it was interesting that color kind of peeled away from the top of my nails, like it was pushed down, instead of chipping away. It hasn’t peeled or chipped away anymore than is in this photo. I was kind of lazy to fix it or redo the manicure, and I honestly don’t think I needed to because it didn’t look horrible. And believe me, no one is more critical of me than me.

My conviction remains firm-this top coat is amazing.


Wendy

Still raving about Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat 

Last week I blogged about Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat and how I was chip-free for an entire week.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat, Zoya Fawne

I feel like quite the lady these days, with nicely-painted nails and a fresh-looking manicure.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat, Zoya Fawne

Here are some things I’ve learned since using this product:

  • The top coat dries very quickly, but the layers underneath don’t, so I still have to be careful lest I dent the polish.
  • I’m still using Orly Bonder as a base coat.
  • This top coat makes my nails thick. They almost look like acrylics when I look down on the tips. My nails seem…sturdy.
  • The top coat is also very shiny. It doesn’t dull after a few days.
  • Some brands of polish and top coat don’t work very well together, but I’ve used this with Avon and Zoya and so far so good.
  • I use regular acetone nail polish remover to take this off, but it does take some elbow grease.

Okay, enough raving about this top coat, but I’m so so happy with it, I just had to blog about it.

Any products you’re loving right now?

 


Wendy

The most miraculous top coat I’ve ever used

Happy Monday!

I haven’t done a Manicure Monday in ages because I don’t paint my nails all that often. I can get maybe a day out of a mani before it chips, no matter if I do it in a salon or on my own. As I blogged about before, I did get a good 2-3 days off a mani by using Orly Bonder between each coat of polish, but that’s still only 3 days.

So when I was last at home in the US and at Target, I bought the aptly-named Sally Hanson Miracle Gel Top Coat. I didn’t really expect it to work out too well, but this stuff is…a miracle!

Sunday, before clean-up (Clean-up for me is a shower; I haven’t got mani skillz like that)sally hansen miracle gel top coat, orly bonder, avon nail polish cosmic eclipse, chip-free manicure, manicure monday, nice nails

Monday, after “clean-up”. There’s a little bit of wear around the cuticles, probably because I was a bit aggressive in the shower trying to get the nail polish off my skin.
sally hansen miracle gel top coat, orly bonder, avon nail polish cosmic eclipse, chip-free manicure, manicure monday, nice nails

Tuesday, in the sun so you can see the sparkles in this polish. It’s Eclipse from the Avon Cosmic line of nail polishes.
sally hansen miracle gel top coat, orly bonder, avon nail polish cosmic eclipse, chip-free manicure, manicure monday, nice nails

Wednesday, starting to see a bit of tip wear. Totally user error since I didn’t wrap my tips.
sally hansen miracle gel top coat, orly bonder, avon nail polish cosmic eclipse, chip-free manicure, manicure monday, nice nails

Thursday and nary a chip to be found.
sally hansen miracle gel top coat, orly bonder, avon nail polish cosmic eclipse, chip-free manicure, manicure monday, nice nails

Friday. Yes, camera phone photos aren’t terribly clear, but believe me when I tell you that this mani is still very shiny. Very, very shiny.
sally hansen miracle gel top coat, orly bonder, avon nail polish cosmic eclipse, chip-free manicure, manicure monday, nice nails

Saturday and I don’t mind being #basic…but still no chips! Just tip wear. sally hansen miracle gel top coat, orly bonder, avon nail polish cosmic eclipse, chip-free manicure, manicure monday, nice nails

Sunday, a full week after application. and I finally see a chip. This is usually what my nails look like after a day or two without using the SH Miracle Gel top coat. This stuff is incredible!
sally hansen miracle gel top coat, orly bonder, avon nail polish cosmic eclipse, chip-free manicure, manicure monday, nice nails

This has never happened to me before – a manicure that lasts an entire week. An entire week! I’m removing my nail polish today because I’m sick of it, not because it looks unkempt. I feel like I’ve stumbled across something life-changing. Yes, I’m overly dramatic but dayum! A week-long manicure!

How do you keep your nails looking nice?


Wendy