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Nails, Not So Polished

Today’s post of Beauty Shop Saturday is all about Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects.
Salon Effects
I’ve heard and seen so much about these little babies that I had to try them.  And the concept is wonderful.  But ladies, let me tell you…
In my every day life, I’m seriously lucky if I have my nails filed, let alone polished.  And if I do have them polished, they’re chipped in about 30 seconds.  (Stay tuned for another review in the near future on OTC gel nail polish.)  So the prospect of having quick nail polish and a fun print on my nails to boot was an exciting one.
Since I am your virtual fashion and beauty Guinea pig, I set out to try them.
After purchasing a really fun denim pattern, I decided I would debut my nails for my kids’ Christmas program.
First, I filed me nails.  This is a serious victory for my nails in my home.  Following the directions, I cleaned my nails with nail polish remover.  The salon effects come in strips that remind me a little of the sticky part of Lee Press On Nails back in 1986.  What you are supposed to do is take the strip, find the right size for your nail (and the right end so it fits in your nail bed) and then peel away the paper backing while stretching the strip just so to get it to adhere perfectly.
This was challenging but I managed to do  it.  Now, the strip is longer than your nail.  And the instructions say to file away the rest of the strip to your nail length, hitting right on the edge of your nail.  Here is where it all went south.
When I filed away, it did not leave a smooth edge.  You know when you tape trim when you are painting a wall in your house and perhaps you’ve gotten the paint on a little too thick in a spot by the tape?  Then when you pull the tape away, you rip off half of the paint along the seam?  Yup.  That’s what this is like.
Not only did I have an official chipped up look on the ends of my nails, but I had no way to fix it.  It wasn’t like I had some leftover polish just laying around to touch up the ends.
Maybe I just don’t have what it takes to apply these suckers.  But straight out of the box, I give them a 1 on a scale of 1-10.
To top it all off, removing them is just about impossible as I discovered over Christmas using a large quantity of a family members nail polish remover.  It would have been easier to just peel them away from where they were chipping than spend an hour trying to get the adhesive off my nails that didn’t want to come off.
So, no more salon effects for me.  Nothing against Sally Hansen, they make amazing products.  This is just not one of them.  I think I’ll wait until a company like Uppercase Living starts doing nail polish.  Peel and stick people.


Nope, not the candy.  I’m talking about a beauty product.  This product has been on the market for years but only until recently has been mass produced by bargain hair salon companies and I’ve been waiting.When I was in high school, college and even in my early twenties, everyone I knew washed their hair every day.  It was considered good hygiene.  And I know from comments made by my fashionable grandmothers that this was stripped all of our hair from its own natural oils and drying it out.  They only washed their hair once a week (in the bathroom sink as I well remember) and sometimes applied mayonnaise for conditioner! 
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But simply washing my hair once a week would never been enough. With my blonde fine hair also comes a nasty little problem, grease.  This isn’t the case for all blondes, but it certainly is common.  So back in the day, I would try to go every other day without washing my hair, but it required hats, strategically placed headbands, sometimes even washing just my bangs to avoid the grease.
Up. Until. Now.
So, for my Beauty Shop Saturday’s can’t live without product, let me introduce to you a little gem called- Dry Shampoo.  My personal favorite comes in an aersol can (bad for the environment, good for my hair) because of its power.  You can spray it directly on the roots, saving your ends from drying out, and it comes out evenly distributed.  It also managed to give my fine limp hair some body.  So even on days when I just need a little lift, it can really add some oomph  The powder version is just as wonderful, but it takes a fine hairbrush and more patience in the morning than I’ve got. 
It has become so popular now that you can find this product at the Dollar General, yes it is truly easy enough to find in small town rural Midwestern towns.  For only a few dollars you can have a day off from shampooing!  My personal favorite is Suave’s Dry Shampoo.
It’s cheap, it’s hard working and it’s accessible everywhere.  (Am I talking about a dry shampoo or Pamela Anderson.) It retails for under $3 at Target.
Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo Spray - 5 oz..Opens in a new window
Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo Spray
A few things to keep in mind:
1) It comes out white, so you folks blessed with beautiful dark tresses may have to either really brush to blend this in or be lucky enough not to need something like this in the first place.
2)  It can really dry out your scalp.  It can make it a little itchy, so beware when wearing black.  You may have a few flakes that can resemble dandruff that are really just the dry shampoo.
3)  You may never be without this product again.
It really is a lifesaver for me.  And it has endless possibilities.  Camping?  Traveling to a third world country?  Pack the dry shampoo.
I promise it won’t disappoint.  Here’s to a few days between washes for you!

Beauty Shop Saturday

I’m not a large beauty blogger.  Occasionally I stumble upon a product that I simply LOVE and think it is worth sharing.  And as most of you are pretty busy on the weekend, I decided I’m going to do a little post each Saturday devoted to a beauty product.
Today’s product is Cover Girl’s new mascara, promoted by Taylor Swift, natural luxe water resistant mouse mascara (on sale at CVS Pharmacy for $8) which comes in very black, black and black/brown.  It is simply wonderful.
CoverGirl Natureluxe Mascara Very Black 520
You can find it almost anywhere that sells Cover Girl products.  What I love about it is the way it feels.  I hate the way your traditional drugstore waterproof mascara feels.  The little black spikes on my eyelashes aren’t very comfy.  And sometimes you just feel better wearing waterproof mascara versus non.  This mascara is soft, and as I wore it to a funeral recently, also water resistant.  Plus, you can find it anywhere and it doesn’t break your bank account. It’s a three pointer! 
I highly recommend this mascara.  It’s just a great every day mascara that doesn’t look invisible and feels comfortable.  Comment and tell me what your favorite mascaras are and why!

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