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.
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.
Welcome to the 13th day of Blogmas! We are more than halfway through Blogmas now and Christmas feels just around the corner. Today’s advent calendar goodie is a tiny nail file.
I actually really liked this nail file. It’s a little larger than my thumb and will fit easily in any purse. I think that nail files are really helpful to have on the go because you never know when you’re going to break a nail. I hate when my nail tears and it leaves a weird jagged edge that keeps snagging on everything for the rest of the day. It’s much easier to have a small nail file with you to take care of the problem right away.
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.
Are you looking for a nail look with zero dry time? You might be interested in Jamberry nail wraps. About a year and a half ago, a friend invited me to a Jamberry party. I was intrigued, and I ended up buying several sheets of this product. Essentially Jamberry nail wraps are stickers that you can heat with a blow dryer and then stick on to your nails. They are supposed to last for up to two weeks before chipping.
There are literally hundreds of colors and patterns. The selection is really great. The wraps are usually $15, although some of the limited-edition ones may be more expensive. This price gets you two sets of stickers in one package. This equals either one manicure and one pedicure or two manicures or two pedicures.
So, should you buy it?
Pros: These stickers do last quite a while. I can go two (or sometimes three) weeks before changing my pedicure. Also, the various patterns that are available are just awesome. I know that inevitably someone will notice an admire these! Also, since you get two sets per package, it’s only about $7.50 for a pedicure that can last me nearly three weeks. I don’t think this is too bad for the price, although I don’t think it would be worth the expense to do this all the time.
Cons: While this product does have many sizes per sheet, these just do not work for my fingernails. My fingernails are too small, so I have only been able to use these for my toe nails. Also, while these don’t have any dry time because they’re stickers, these are still not a quick fix because it takes time to apply them correctly. You have to trim the stickers, heat and smooth them several times, and then file them down to the perfect length. I honestly think that painting my nails with a quick-drying polish would be faster, although it may not last for as many weeks as these do in the end.
Overall, I think this is a fun product. However, if you are someone who likes to change up your look weekly or more often, this product is probably not a cost-effective choice for you.
Well, that concludes this post. Tonight, I’m going to my local Sephora because I subscribe to their Play! Beauty Box and they are having a “Play! Date” event for their subscribers. I’m really curious about what will happen, so stay tuned for an update later this week about that event!