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Monday, 26 September 2016

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nails


I don't mention nail products very often -not because I don't love them, because having very pretty painted nails makes me feel quite good. But because my nails can be so rubbish at times that I end up just not bothering with them. One of the issues I find with my nails, and why I think I find it hard to grow them is because they are quite thin. So when they're acting up and just not playing ball, I find the best thing I can do is try to protect them with a good coat of polish...leading me nicely to the reason for this post!

The Sally Hansen Gel Polishes are by no means new, but seeing as I wasn't bothering with my nails for such a long time I never got around to trying them. A good few weeks ago now I was in Boots, and I found one of the colours in the sale by the till. It was a pretty lilac shade, perfect for summer so new it wouldn't be a waste. A few days later I tried it on, it went on beautifully in one coat, I didn't add a topcoat, let it dry and that was that. After four or five days I noticed that it had lasted SO much better than other polish would normally on me, it had started to wear at the tips of my nails, but in comparison to other polish -which would have mostly come off, it was doing well. I was intrigued, so wen't back to Boots and picked up the set I have here which included the gel topcoat.


First of all I'd like to say that I have fallen in love with this colour, -it's called birthday suit, and I only bought this one because I didn't like the other options in the sets but it's such a pretty nude/pink shade. I think it would make a lovely wedding day polish.

I've now tried these polishes with and without a base coat (they suggest without), and that first time without the gel top coat. With the gel coat on top, I can go five or six days before I notice any wear on the tips of my nails, and at that point it's minimal. After eight or nine days I start to notice wear around my nail bed and that's when I feel as if I have to redo it, as it's lifting up and really not looking great. They claim to give you up to fourteens days of shine and wear, but for me I haven't managed to go that long. But for someone who can only usually go a day or two without chips, this is a huge improvement!

My only, and main issue with this product is the drying takes forever!! I struggle to let my nails dry properly at the best of times so this is a major pain, and I'd suggest only painting them when you know you don't have to be anywhere soon. Even when they feel dry, and they are dry to touch, you can still smudge them beyond repair and have to repaint.

Even though I don't manage the full fourteen days, and even though they take forever to dry, I do love this product! The gel top coat is thicker than others I've used in the past, and it also dries very hard. It leaves my nails feeling protected and my thin little nails that can sometimes look quite sad, have actually had time to grow and get into a better condition. I know this isn't the intended use for this product, but it's one of the reasons I love it. Also, if you're like me and polish just doesn't last on you -for whatever reason, I'd recommend giving these a try.



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