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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?


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.