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Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat 

When doing an at-home manicure, it’s so important to use a base coat and a top coat. The base coat will protect your nails from staining if you’re using a dark color, and it will create a nice, smooth canvas for the nail varnish. The top coat will add some shine to the manicure and will extend the life of the manicure by preventing chipping. Recently, I was walking around Walgreens and I found the Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat for only $4, so I thought I’d give it a try.

I loved the concept of this product: why not simplify and have just one bottle that can do both jobs? Unfortunately, this one really fell flat for me.

My biggest complaint about this product is that it takes FOREVER to dry. Every time I used this product, I would try to be as patient as possible and let it dry for over half an hour. However, hours later, I would find strange smudges on the polish. I am not completely certain how this happened, but my theory is that the topcoat re-softens with heat, so you’re susceptible to smudges again after a hot shower or blow drying your hair or doing the dishes.

This has happened to me with other top coats as well, but it doesn’t happen with all of them (The Sally Hansen Insta-Dri top coat and the Seche Vite top coat are two of the best, in case you were wondering).

I was pleased with the level of shine that this top coat offers, but it did not seem to harden the nail or prevent chipping. I frequently still had same-day polish chips, which is just not manageable.

In terms of how this performed as a base coat, it was okay if you applied just a thin layer. It did smooth the nail and, even with very dark polish, there was no staining on the nail bed.

Overall, I was very disappointed with this product, and I won’t be repurchasing. However, I think this might be okay if applied to the nail by itself. After buffing the nail, this would add some shine to enhance a natural nail. It’s also an okay base coat, but I would not recommend this as a top coat over nail polish.

Have you tried this product, or do you have a favorite top coat? Be sure to let me know in the comment section!

Thanks for reading!

-XO Tiffy

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Sinful Colors Lie-lac 

I am already super sick of winter! I don’t know about you, but I loathe snow (especially trying to drive in it), so I’m already looking forward to spring. In preparation, here is the nail polish color I’m most excited for this spring: Sinful Colors in Lie-Lac. This nail polish can be purchased from Target and most drug stores for only $2.

My picture definitely doesn’t do this one justice. It’s such a pretty purple shade, although it does have some grey undertones. I think it’s so pretty but also very professional. It’s a very versatile shade that can be played up or down, and it should work on both fingers and toes.

I love the Sinful Colors brand because they’re so inexpensive that I can never feel guilty for buying more shades. They also tend to dry really quickly, which is something I love. My nail polish chips badly no matter if I spend $1 or $15 so I can’t really say it chips less than other polishes, but it doesn’t seem to chip more either. Overall, I’m always really happy with this brand.

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 4: Mini Mirror and Nail Polish Remover 

It’s day 4 of Blogmas and today’s advent calendar panel had two goodies! Inside, there was a tiny little circular mirror with a fox on the back of it and some Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover Wipes.

The fox mirror is super cute! It’s the perfect little size for tossing in a handbag or makeup bag. The nail polish wipes also work really well. I like the wipe texture, which definitely beats a cotton ball hands down. You can get the full size container that has a pre-moistened foam center from Sephora for $9.50, although I do think that most nail polish removers are created equal and you can probably find something just as nice for half the price at the drugstore. Still, today was definitely a win because the fox mirror is just so cute!

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.


Wet ‘n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel

Gel nail polish is still all the rage, but consumers have made it clear that the vast majority want gel polishes that do not require expensive UV light to set the polish. Many drugstore and prestige brands have responded!

Today, I want to highlight a new product: Wet ‘n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel

1 step wonder gel
Shade: 723A It’s Sher-Bert Day!

These new gel nail polishes do not require a UV light to set the polish. The price is $4.99, which isn’t bad for nail polish, but it is a lot higher than I’m used to paying for a product by Wet ‘n Wild. The allure of gel nail polish is that it is supposed to last much longer than traditional nail polish without chipping. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see much difference between this nail polish and traditional nail polish.

The first manicure I did was just this nail polish with no base coat or top coat. It took two coats of the polish to get the right coverage. It went on a bit streaky, but it dried quickly and looked better once it was dry. With just this gel polish, my nails chipped the next day. I do work in a library, so the atmosphere is dry and I work with my hands a lot, but I was still disappointed.

finished wonder gel
Two coats plus a top coat! 

I used the nail polish again, but this time I included a base coat and a layer of top coat. This manicure lasted about three days before I noticed any chips. That’s better than the first manicure, but it isn’t really any better than using a traditional nail polish with a base coat and top coat.

Is it worth buying? I guess that depends on what you’re looking for. These polishes are inexpensive and there is a fun range of colors. They remove easily with standard nail polish remover. If you aren’t looking for lasting power because you change up your polish multiple times a week, then these are a nice option.