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Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream 

Recently, I’ve been trying to take better care of my hands, especially the nail bed region. My cuticles get so dry and tear easily, so I wanted to try a product just for them. I ended up selecting the Sally Hansen Cuticle Massage Cream. This product is available at most drugstores and online for just $5.

First off, this product smells amazing. It’s fruity with top notes of apricot. That was definitely my favorite thing about the product. Other than that, I was a little disappointed. The formula felt so stiff, which surprised me. I was definitely expecting something creamier. As it was, it was a bit hard to use since you kind of have to dig in to get the product out. I suppose it wouldn’t be as difficult if you just wanted to rub your fingertip over it and use the light residue. That would definitely make the product last longer, but you also wouldn’t get as much moisturization power that way.

The product just didn’t moisturize as much as I had hoped. I’ve used cuticle oils in the past that worked much better, so maybe I should go back to that instead of using a cream like this one.

What do you use for your cuticles? I’d love to know! Feel free to tell me in the comment section.

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-On Manicure 

Fake nails have come a long way since I was in junior high. When I started a new school in 8th grade, I wanted to stand out more than anything in the world (which was difficult with the rigid uniform). I decided to wear acrylic nails for about six months. I changed them every week and struggled with the messy glue and the constant frustration of nails falling off at the worst possible times. It was absolutely ridiculous, and it did a lot of damage to my nails, but I’m also still proud of younger me for holding on to my individuality. The other day, I was shopping and saw these Broadway Nails imPRESS one-step gel fake nails. They were on sale and I felt filled with nostalgia, so I decided to give them a chance. These retail at most drugstore and grocery stores for between $5-8 depending on the kit.

I was actually very impressed (no pun intended) with these nails! The application was super easy. You just have to remove your existing nail polish if you’re wearing some, wipe your nails with the included alcohol swab, peel off the tab on the back on the gel nail, apply it over your real nail, and press down thoroughly (making sure to also press on the sides). Since there’s no dry time, this actually was faster than a traditional manicure, and the best part was that there was zero mess! Since the adhesive is pre-applied, you don’t have to struggle with tiny tubes of sticky glue that goes everywhere.

In terms of size, there was a great variety. Each kit includes 30 nails, so it’s very likely you’ll find nails that align almost perfectly with your cuticles. It took a while for me to get used to the look (it has been 13 years since I was 13 and last wore fake nails) but they kind of grew on me from an aesthetic perspective.

These nails lasted 5 whole days before one fell off, which I thought was great since I worked with my hands every day, did a lot of typing, washed dishes several times, unpeeled many tangerines, and more throughout the work week. I’m right-handed and it was really only the nails on the right hand that were loose at day 5. Had I been gentler, they probably would have lasted even longer. I was impressed by these, although it was honestly a relief when I was able to remove them. They were long enough to get in the way and slow down my typing which I did not enjoy. Also, rolling coins at work was super frustrating when I was in charge of banking.

Overall, I could definitely see me use these for special occasions. I can apply them quickly and be certain that they will last through big events. For the price, these are such a great deal, and they come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. I’m really glad I gave these a try!

Have you tried these one-step gel nails? What did you think? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Blogmas Day 21: Instant Nail Polish Remover Wipes 

It’s blogmas Day 21 and this day’s advent calendar panel revealed something I already received from an earlier day: the Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover Wipes. These can be purchased in a box of 10 wipes for $5 which is not cost effective for nail polish remover.

I do like the texture of these wipes, but it just doesn’t justify the cost. I do find it interesting that they have white peach extract though. While it definitely smells like normal nail polish remover, there is still a hint of peach too  which is kind of fun.

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Blogmas Day 17: Sephora Nail Polish 

Welcome to Blogmas Day 17! Today’s little goodie is pretty cute: a tiny bottle of nail polish. I love this wine shade, but unfortunately it isn’t on their website.

The nail polish is really nice. It’s very opaque and one coat goes a long way. It also dried pretty quickly which is always a plus. Overall, I like the nail polish and I bet I can get at least 3 or 4 pedicures out of the bottle even though it’s small.

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Blogmas Day 8: Bamboo Manicure Sticks 

Its’ Day 8 of Blogmas! Today’s goodie from my Sephora advent calendar was this collection of bamboo manicure sticks. Now, I couldn’t actually find these on the Sephora website, but these are something that you can get at pretty much any drugstore anyway.

Bamboo manicure sticks are super helpful if you do your own manicures. The tips are shaped perfectly for removing excess polish from your cuticles and from around the tip or under  your fingernail. These are really the easiest way to make your manicure look perfect. I know it is tempting to use one of your other nails to scrape off wet nail polish that gets on your cuticle, but more often than not you’ll just end up hurting the polish on that nail too and then you have two messed up nails instead of one. These bamboo sticks are super precise and let you clean up a messy manicure without using the nails themselves.

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Essie Nail Polish 

The other day, I was in Walgreens, and I noticed that they had a few essie nail polish colors on clearance, so I bought two of them! I went for a dark pink and a bright red because these are shades that I use all the time.

Essie nail polish will typically set you back $8.50 per bottle, which isn’t terribly expensive, but it’s still way more expensive than my favorite brand Sinful Colors (which you can get for $2). I remembered trying this brand several years ago, but I couldn’t remember how I felt about it. I wanted to give it another try because this is such a popular brand.

Unfortunately, I really hated the formulation of these nail polishes. First, I found the brush to be way too narrow for my liking. I much prefer a broad brush, but you might like this product if you prefer something very narrow. I also disliked the texture of the formula – it was almost too sticky and it was very difficult to apply. Now, to be fair, I did get two clearance bottles, so maybe they were so old that the formula was starting to go bad? In any case, they ended up looking kind of gloopy and they took forever to dry.

I think I’ll be sticking to Sally Hansen (they have broad brushes) or Sinful Colors (they have a very smooth formula that is easy to apply and dries quickly).

Have you used this product? What did you think? What are your favorite nail color brands?

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Be a Little Sinful 

I tend to go in phases when it comes to nail polish. I’ll spend weeks with very neutral polishes and then I’ll just need a burst of color. I’ve also found that it’s just not worth it for me to pay a lot for nail color. I work in a library where I’m constantly touching things, so my polish chips pretty easily. I also have very soft, brittle nails naturally, so that doesn’t help at all. While I love brands like China Glaze, OPI, and Essie, they just don’t last any longer for me than drugstore brands (even when paired with a base coat and top coat). Because of that my very favorite nail polish brand is Sinful Colors, which can be purchased at nearly any drugstore or grocery store.

I love the amazing variety of colors in this collection. You can literally find anything you’re looking for – and most of the bottles are only $2. That’s a price that just can’t be beat. There are a variety of finishes from ultra sparkly to very matte, and it’s incredible how quickly they dry. Multiple times a year, they’ll run special promotions where they debut new themed shades (similar to the promotions that OPI runs), and right now they are collaborating with vlogger Kandee Johnson on a special collection that I love because it contains a whole lot of sparkle!

Now, if you have fabulous, strong nails that hold color well and you find that more expensive brands genuinely last longer for you, then I completely understand if this won’t be your new go-to brand. But this is still a great brand if you just want to try out a new or trendy color. For instance, I found a teal recently that I just wasn’t sure if I could rock, but I figured that $2 wasn’t too risky, and it has ended up being my favorite spring pedicure look so far this season! So, next time you’re in Kroger or Walgreens, just check them out and see if any of the shades stand out to you.

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Sephora Spring Sale!

Hi there, fellow beauty junkies! Guess what? Sephora‘s semi-annual sale is almost here!!!!!

If you are a VIB or VIB Rouge, you should be receiving 15% off! The sale begins for VIB Rouge members on Thursday April 7th and for VIB Members on Friday April 8th. The sale will continue through Wednesday the 13th.

So, what should we buy?

I am feeling pretty well-stocked on the makeup front. However, I would like to take this opportunity to stock up on some skincare products – specifically, I want to try some Peter Thomas Roth and Dr. Jart+ products! I think my bestie has also convinced me to try the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray.

Many beauty bloggers have been talking up the extremely expensive brand Sunday Riley, so this may be your perfect opportunity to score some for a discount!

Let me know in the comment section what you plan on picking up during the sale!

And, dear readers, please help me with something after this sale. I feel like I have so many new products and product samples that I really need to work though before I buy anything else. So, after participating in this sale, I plan on going on a spending sabbatical until I feel like I’ve worked through and reviewed most of my current collection. So, if I casually mention buying a beauty/skincare product after April 7th, please shame me a little either here or on twitter. I need to be held accountable.

(P.S. – I just would like to publicly admit that every time I end a blog post, I sincerely want to end it with: “XOXO – Gossip Girl.” I really miss that show.)

 

 

 

 

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Pink Gel Coat – Perfect Formula

I have been on what seems like an eternal quest for the perfect sheer pink nail color. I wanted something that was just a wash of a pink tint. I did not want something light but pastel or anything remotely opaque. So, the other day, I was at my local Sephora (yes, they do know me by name at this point) and I saw that they had an intriguing product available for 100 beauty insider points. For those who don’t know, beauty insider points are like Sephora’s reward system. So, I decided to cash in some of my points for a bottle of Perfect Formula’s Pink Gel Coat.

I put two coats on my nails, and I got exactly what I wanted: a sheer, natural look with a subtle pink tint. It’s looks so shiny, and my nails felt instantly harder and stronger. I tend to go in phases where I want lots of bold colors and then I get tired of the maintenance and want something that’s pretty but easy.

So, should you buy it?

Pros: It has a great natural tint, and it really does make the nails harder. You could even use this as a base coat if you’d rather get the hardening benefits with a bolder color.

Cons: The price! After trying this product, I was so excited that I immediately wanted to buy a full-sized bottle. So, I looked it up on the Sephora mobile app, and this is $30 a bottle! I love luxury products, and I spend way too much on products (hello, VIB Rouge!) but even I cannot justify that price for a sheer nail treatment.

A few days after picking up this sample, I did stop by Sephora again (yes, I know I have a problem) and I redeemed more points to get another sample bottle because I really do love this look, but I won’t be purchasing this item. It’s a great product, but I’d rather spend $30 on something else – like lipstick or foundation. It’s just a lot of money to spend on a nail product that’s nearly invisible. Still, if you are intrigued by this product, there is a dupe that you can try – Sally Hansen’s Nail Treatment Natural Tint is only about $2.50 and it also gives a sheer wash of pink tint. I don’t think the tint is as noticeable/pretty, and I don’t think it makes my nails feel as hard, but you can buy TWELVE bottles for the price of ONE bottle of the Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat.