Category Archives: Nail Paint

Sally Hansen Diamond Shine

I was looking for a drug store top coat, which would delay the eventual nail chipping and helped it dry real fast. I was fed up with smudged nail paint.

This is when I turned to twitter and just like on all previous occasions( pram, vacuum cleaner) the suggestion from my twitter friends didn’t fail me.
Val was the first to recommend Sally Hansen Diamond Shine and it was soon seconded my many others. And, they were spot on about it. This is a drug store gem.

ansen Diamon Shine

I wore this first on Savvy Orange Envy, a nail paint which doesn’t claim anything about ‘no nail chipping’ or how long the manicure last. Do you want to see how Sally Hansen performed??

Day 1:

ansen Diamon Shine Day 1

Day 5:

Sally Hansen Diamon Shine Day 5

Even after 5 days, there is tiny wear on nail tip with slight chipping. This itself was enough to convince me about Sally Hansen Diamond Shine claims, you know proof lies in the pudding.

The shine which this imparts to any nail polish is exquisite. Every single time I have used it, it looks like I had a professional manicure done. And if this wasn’t enough, this gem from Sally Hansen helps my nail paint dry really fast.

My only gripe is the packaging. With black bodied bottle, I just don’t know when I need to get a new one.
But, all aside, I love this beauty. I am already on my 3rd bottle and will definitely be stocking on more.

Do you girls have a go-to top coat?


Savvy Orange Envy

One of the many reasons that I have countless nail paints is that if I see someone wearing a color, I try my best to get its closest match. So, I wasn’t surprised when I saw someone wearing a bright neon orange nail paint and the little voice in my head said “pretty !! you don’t have this color. Your mission is to find it’s match, should you accept”

My first stop was Priceline and I wasn’t disappointed in my search. There in the bargain bin was the color I was looking for, Savvy Orange Envy. Its a bright neon orange color without any shimmer. A perfect spring/summer color. Consistency wise its runny but doesn’t streak and needs only 2 coats to achieve opacity.

Savvy Neon Orange

Savvy Neon Orange Swatch

I would say for $3 its a great find. Have you tried any of the Savvy nail paints ? Do you also buy nail paints when you see some one wearing it ??

No Nail Paint Experience

Few weeks ago at spur of a moment, looking at my unkept hand I decided to not paint my nails for 21 days continuously.
I have painted my nails for as long as can I remember so for me not to paint my nails for over 21 days required alot of restrain.

My love for nail paints started out of necessity to stop me from nail biting. I was a serious nail biter. The only thing to stop me doing it was to make my nails so pretty that I don’t try to chew them off. And it worked.

But off late I noticed that my cuticles, skin around it and nail in general wasn’t in it’s best condition. It was dry, peeling and basically a very unsightly look. This is when I decided to try the whole ‘No nail paint’ thing. And in this process I learnt few things

  • Its very hard to stop doing something you have done for a very long time. It involves serious withdrawals
  • And only when you stop do you realise what almost daily change of nail paint was doing to your hand
  • I would neglect taking care of my cutilcles since painted nails made my hand look pretty
  • The look of stained nail is not so good.
  • Nothing, absolutely nothing beats taking regular care of your hand. A well treated hand look just as polished as a well manicured one.
  • Its a good idea to give my nails a break from all the painting once in a while

Since the decision to embark on this was done in a spur of the moment, I couldn’t take the before pictures, but I definitely have the after ones.



While I was treating my nails to a break, I used following

Essie Apricot Cuticle Oil

Burt Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

  • For cuticles I alternated between Essie Apricot Cuticle oil and Burt Bees Lemon Cuticle Creme.

A generous amount of either massaged into the cuticle while pushing away the extra skin.
I preferred to use oil at home since couldn’t risk it spilling in my handbag

The handcreams on rotation were Sally Hansen Nails & Cuticle Handcream and Swisse Hand cream

Sally Hansen Nails & Cuticle Hand Creme

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Swisse Hand Cream

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Of the two I preferred Sally Hansen for their citrusy fresh smell and for being so moisturising without being greasy.

The Swisse is good as a handcream but I don’t think I will be going for repurchase.

Have you ever done anything similar? As for me, I quite liked the result and plan to do this once in a while.

On My Nails : Revlon Raven Red

This post is part of Swatch A Day series.

My love and collection for Revlon nail paint can be summarised in my husband’s statement “With these many Revlon nailpaints, you can have your own display stand”. Yes, its true 🙂

The collection is so vast that at times, I forget what I already have and then double up while buying.

Revlon Raven Red

Revlon Raven Red Name

This is a classic shade which applies smoothly and has a cream finish. Its a beautiful dark maroon color without being too vampy.

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Pastel Polka Dots

What do you do when you can’t decide which nail paint to apply and the child is sleeping ?? Of course, you dive right into doing nail art(folding laundry can always wait ;-)).

The other day Melbourne was scorching hot and I wanted to wear cool pastel colors but couldn’t decide on the color. So, what happened next was a simple polka dot nail art.
All I have used is selection of pastel colors, hairpin and reeds( from an old room diffuser).

Pastel Nail Colors

Pastel Polka Dots

Which pattern do you like most ? My personal favourite is the little pinky one..

Easy Peasy Nail Art

I rarely have time and patience to do nail art, so this nail art was completely unplanned.

New Year Tape Manicure

I had bought Revlon Metallic nail paint and as expected had them on my nails straight away. Since I had some time, I thought to try tape manicure using Ulta Black Satin, which was hidden in coffee table from my little one. Yes, I am lazy, I just use whats within radius of my arms.

Ulta3 Black Satin Revlon Metallic

The manicure itself is dead easy, all you need is masking tape and patience to wait for base color to dry. I personally find masking tape works better than sticky tape.

Silver Black Manicure

I was quite pleased with the results and can’t wait to try more colour combinations. Do you plan to do anything special for your nails this NYE ?

Christmas On My Nails

Yesterday I picked up few Sinful nail paints from their brand new stand in Target. Its refreshing to see that more brands are now coming to Australia. At $4.95 a bottle, its quite reasonable and the quality is also very good. They are not extremely thin or gloopy and dry fairly quickly. I know I will definitely be going back for more.

Last night, I brought Christmas to my nails and its extremely easy

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Products Used:

Christmas On Nails Colours

Left to Right

  • Sinful All About You
  • Sinful Sugar Sugar
  • Revlon Jaded Night
  • Sinful Vacation time

Did you try anything special for Christmas ??

On My Nails : Revlon Bubble

The second post in Swatch-a-day series. Its Revlon Bubble from their Top Speed range. True to its name, its a bright bubblegum pink

On My Nails : Face Of Australia

This is first post in new series – Swatch – A – Day. It’s an attempt to list the makeup I have and also help someone out there looking for a swatch.

Face of Australia features as the first nail paint. Its ‘Have Your Cupcake and Eat it too’ from the Pretty Pastels collection. A perfect shade for summer.

Orly : Steel Your Heart

This Autumn Orly is coming out with Cool Romance Collection. It comprises of 6 lacquers

I got a chance to try Steel Your Heart, a charcoal shimmer.

The formula is streak free and its opaque in 2 coats. Although the color itself isn’t unique but if you don’t have similar color, I think its worth picking up .

The collection will be on shelf from Apri1 2012 and retailing for $18.95 each
Next of my desire list is You’re Blushing.

Disclaimer: Product provided by PR for consideration, but it has no bearing on my views.