Monday, 28 October 2013

Mani Monday♥ Blue Hues

Hey musers,

Today's Mani Monday is a seasonal blue look; a reflection of the gorgeous Sydney blue skies and Spring ocean waters!

I decided to go with these two blue manicure picks:
- Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure in #360 Barracuda
- One of my OPI Collection faves Liquid Sand in Get Your Number (which I previously reviewed in-depth on my former website/blog).

My nails with Sally Hansen's Complete Care 4-in-1 Nail Treatment as a base and top coat, Sally Hansen's Barracuda and OPI's Get Your Number on my point nail.

Do you guys likey? :)
I've been receiving a lot of comments/compliments on my nails
since colouring them this way.

Product Reviews

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in #360 Barracuda

Opacity: 3/5 - Required 3 good coats to reach full opacity.
Application: 4/5 - The brush is big and rounded, making it easy to cover entire nail and create nice edges. Can be a little streaky, but handle is thick which helps maintain good control of application.
Dry Time: 4/5 - Dries relatively quickly without a fast-dry top coat. Time between coats can be minimal due to this, making it a less fussy product to work with.
Packaging: 4/5 - The thick glass bottle can be a little chunky and heavy. I really like the elastic wrap around the tip of the handle, which provides extra grip and ease of use. The square base can mean it won't fit in a lot of standard nail polish storage grids.
Value for Money: 5/5 - A product worth investing in if you fancy the colour. You get lots of product for a reasonable price. 

OPI Liquid Sand in Get Your Number

Opacity: 4/5 - Requires 2 good coats to reach full opacity and texture.
Application: 4/5 - As with all OPIs, the brush is thin and long, making it a bit fiddly to apply. The square-cut tip also makes the perfection of the edge a little more difficult. However, the formula is easy to work with and is fuss-free. It is rich with the 'liquid sand' texture and mini glitters, so no need to purposefully spread out the particles, as you would typically with glittery nail polishes.
Dry Time: 4/5 - Dries very quickly without a fast-dry top coat. Little time needed between coats.
Packaging: 4/5 - Typical OPI packaging. Brush could be improved, but bottle is sleek and easy to store.
Value for Money: 5/5 - A gorgeous manicure shade that is a must-have for all blue-nail lovers!

Sally Hansen Complete Care 4-in-1 Treatment

You may or may not remember me talking about this product in my recent Collective Haul video. Here's what it claims to do:

Improve the future of your nails! Advanced technology and high-performance ingredients are combined to deliver the benefits of four nail treatments in one revolutionary formula! 1) Smoothing Base Coat: Ridges and imperfections are instantly smoothed. Patented Okoume extract makes nails grow smoother, less ridged. 2) Bio-Strengthener: Sea Minerals, Plant Extracts & Vitamins restore strength. Weak, fragile nails are protected and reinforced to resist breaks, splits, chips and cracks. 3) Growth Treatment:Triple Protein Complex and Active Botanicals nourish and revitalize nails -Short, problem nails grow longer and stronger. 4) Mega Gloss Top Coat: State-of-the-art micro-technology creates an incredibly durable, scratch-resistant shield of chip-proof protection with breathtaking, high-gloss shine! 
Proven Results: 
-Dramatically stronger, healthy nails in 3 days 
-Visibly longer, smoother nails 
- 30% longer nails in 5 days*
-Incredibly shiny, protected manicure 
- 100% pure shine for up to 10 days
*Nail tip measurement.

(Qutoe from the Sally Hansen website)

So far I am very impressed with this product. It has kept my nails looking picture perfect (as in the photos above) without a single chip or mark for 5 days so far. My nails do look and feel more healthier after using this, as compared to not using a base coat at all with a manicure. I'd definitely recommend this product to anyone looking for a new nail-treating multi-tasker!

Formula: 5/5 - Low viscosity, making it very easy to work with. Only one coat is enough to leave colour manicures perfectly coated and shiny. I haven't experienced any melting or shrinkage as of yet.
Dry Time: 4/5 - Dries very quickly.
Packaging: 4/5 - Surprisingly sleek square-shaped bottle. The lightweight bottle is a gorgeous aqua colour.
Value for Money: 4/5 - The price is a little steep (AUD$30), but if you purchase it online you can get some really good deals! Here's an eBay store I found that sells it for AU$6.26! At that price I would definitely purchase again.

Hope you are all having a wonderful start to the week! 

Love Jen xo

What nail polish have YOU got on your nails right now? Post it in the comments below!