Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab Strengthener Review

*press sample*

Do you like to walk around Walgreens or CVS just to look at new beauty products? I'm totally guilty of this. In terms of drugstore nail polishes/treatments, Sally Hansen is a huge player. They have multiple treatments for nails and cuticles, but how do you know which one will work best? That's why I find blog reviews so helpful! My nails have been a little fragile lately, with some peeling and hangnails. I blame winter for the hangnails, but my nails tend to be in the peeling state most of the time. Part of it has to do with my job, but the other has to do with all the acetone I put on my nails. When I was asked to review Sally Hansen's new Moisture Rehab Strengthener, I was admittedly dubious. Was this really going to help? 

Let's first talk a little about the ingredients. This is what Sally Hansen has to say about the Moisture Rehab:

This moisturizing treatment work wonders for skin and hair, and now nails and cuticles can benefit from the rejuvenating results. Introducing Sally Hansen Moisture Rehab, our first overnight nail serum that contains moisture and nutrient rich extracts for intense nail and cuticle restoration. This brush-on, luxurious formula, featuring a blend of black orchid, açai and algae actives and humectants, helps hydrate and rejuvenate severely dry or weak nails. The lightweight, serum formula leaves nails ready for rest and repair, so you can awaken to stronger, replenished and healthier-looking nails and cuticles.

As you can see, it's more of a gel consistency than an oil which surprised me. Most cuticle products which claim to moisturize are oils that take forever and a day to sink in. Being a gel, it soaks in quickly and you don't need to massage it in for too long. They recommend using it at night, but you could likely use it at other times during the day because it doesn't make your hands oily. It has a light, nondescript floral fragrance that I like. If you are especially sensitive to fragrance, this may bother you a bit, but I doubt it. But the question of the hour is, does it work? 

It's a resounding yes! Immediately after application, my cuticles were soft and moisturized. I should also mention that they recommend applying this to bare nails, but I never have bare nails. I brushed the product straight on my cuticles, and I could definitely see results. While I liked what it temporarily did for my cuticles, I like what it did for my nails even more. I've used this daily for over a month and my nails have no more peels and are overall much stronger/healthier. I really can't believe how much of a difference this has made for me. I've already decided to buy another bottle so I never run out. This week all Sally Hansen products are buy 1 get 1 50% off at Ulta, so I might stop there this weekend. It retails around $9-$10 depending on where you buy it, so wait for a sale to stock up. 

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

My Indie Shop: Atlanta Recap Part V

Hi guys! Tonight is my last post on the Indie Shop Atlanta (finally). I wasn't able to make it to every table, so you won't be seeing everything from the show, but I did my best in the time allotted. I purchased the Early Admission tickets and was able to get in around 10:00 AM, which gave me ~5 hours for shopping and schmoozing. While that sounds like a lot, it really wasn't. There were lines at most of the tables, and time just flew by. I'm not going to Polish Con in April because I'll be working at a pen show in Atlanta for my job. I really wish I could make it to that one!

Turtle Tootsie Polish

Turtle Tootsie Polishes had a wide variety of products on their table from polishes, bath and body, and treatments. Their was a LE trio for sale and you can see it in the very middle rack above. It's still for sale on their site if you are interested in getting it! They also debuted their Spring Collection called Ice Cream Makes Everything Better which is on the far left rack above. I bought Chocolate Chip Mint because it reminded me of kelp (I promise, it's a compliment).

Ribbits Stickits had a cute frog on their banner, and Turtle Tootsie had a turtle. Cuteness overload! 

These are called Adult Files. Look closely, you'll see why. Haha!

This is the Bracelets Collection which feature holographic microglitters. 

Nail wheel swatches of the Bracelets Collection. So much bling! 

 I am a bath and body product junkie. I've tried lots of sugar scrubs from brands like Moonalisa, Cocoa Pink, and Mad City Sue. I'm always on the lookout for a new scrub so I bought one of these in the scent cherry blossom. This one has a foaming base (which I prefer) with kaolin clay and 2 types of sugar. I can't wait to use it! 

Pens! I love when brands give away pens. 

Chrissy and Kim were so friendly! They are definitely a brand I will be purchasing more from. 

I thought I had pictures of the table from Dainty Digits Polish, but my husband and I were having too much fun talking with Anetress. I had no idea she is a nail tech! I think it's great that she works with both clients and DIYers. They have some stock left from the show and the overstock is on sale on their website so check it out. I bought a ton of polishes before going to their table so I was most interested in their quick-dry topcoat and Glitter Be Gone. I'm always looking for new ways to swatch quickly and I think this will be just the ticket. I'm currently using UNT peel off basecoat and it just take a little too long to dry. Anetress really seemed to listen to her swatchers when formulating this product to dry quickly and not pull any layers away from the nail bed (which leads to nails peeling later on). 

Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to stop by the Chaotic Glitz Polish table (they shared with Dainty Digits Polish). They have a new collection releasing this Saturday, so stop by the site then. 

This was as close as I got to the Pampered Polishes table. I believe I was talking with Miranda from Ever After when my husband took this picture. Timberlin had several show exclusives, but they must have sold out of them because I don't see them on their Etsy site. Has anyone tried them? Any polish recommendations? 

My husband must have been a creeper again taking a picture of the Jior Couture table. This is another brand I've been meaning to try and I hear they do great custom polishes. I should have her do a Nibs & Nails polish! Oh, I can't wait! I'm also taking polish recommendations for Jior Couture. They have their Whimsically Indie Set for sale right now, and if you join their Facebook Fan Group, they have a discount code available. 

And there you have it. I had a great time at the show, and I hope they bring the show back to Atlanta next year. How about I leave you with a picture of my haul?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

My Indie Shop: Atlanta Recap Part IV

Hi guys! I hope you've having a fun weekend, and also had a great St. Patrick's Day. I didn't do anything special (for nails or in life), but I hope you were able to enjoy your day. Tonight I have the fourth installment of my recap. and it will feature Ever After Polish, Envy Lacquer, and Joy Lacquer.

Ever After Polish

I had to do a little waiting before getting to the Ever After table, but I was able to meet this super sweet woman in front of me. I didn't get her name, but if you're reading this, we should chat some more! 

I didn't catch the names of the 2 helpers at the table, but I easily recognized Miranda (on the right) from her posts on the Ever After Facebook Group

There were several special polishes for the event. At the top in the basket we have Dark Forest, Peach Fuzz (the one I bought), and Woodland Nymph (from left to right in the basket). There was also a polish named Rolling with my Gnomies which was named by Miranda (love it) and the dark blue is Enchanted Brook. 

Miranda mostly makes the bath and body products for Ever After, and one of the most popular products would definitely be their cuticle crellies. I've used them off and on for a few years, and knew I had to get at least one of them at the show. The spring scents debuted at the show, and you can get them on their website right now. The scents include Blackberry Magnolia (the one I purchased), Georgia Peach, Twisted Ice Tea, Raspberry Vanilla, and Southern Breezes. I can tell you that Blackberry Magnolia is a really nice mix of fruity and floral. One side never overwhelms the other. In  other words, I love it! 

Tonic Nail Polish and Ever After had a quartet which released several weeks ago and they had them for sale at the show. I should have bought it, but it's just another thing I regret not getting. 

Another closeup of Rolling with my Gnomies.

They had plenty of Magically Delicious for sale at the show. Look at all those flakies! 

Ever After also sells their own topcoat and basecoat which they had for sale. I didn't know they ventured into wax melts, but I can't wait to try them. There aren't a ton of indie nail polish brands making melts besides Heather's Hues, Vapid Lacquer, and Lou It Yourself (that I know of). 

The pink polishes are Popular, and the blue is Unicorn Approved 2. I love the Easter theme here. 

After taking to Miranda for awhile, I found out that she is mixing a few of the polishes now. For example, this beauty came from her and is a Mardi Gras themed color named Leissez Les Bon Temps Rouler (Cajun French for "Let the good times roll" ...Google is my friend). 

Here I am with the beautiful Miranda. I was loving the leggings she was sporting that day. Lularoe was representing that day. 

Mike sneaked in a picture while there was nobody at the Joy Lacquer table. I have no idea how that happened.

Joy Lacquer released the Enchanted Forest Trio shown above for the show. They were about sold out by the time I made it to the table. It seems as though there are still a few available on the Joy Lacquer website, if you are interested. 

Her table had tons of polishes as well as some other nail-related products and treatments. There were glass nail files, balms, whips, and oils. 

The bottom containers had thermal polishes with photos showing the transition which I thought was a great idea. 

She let you thumb through all of her swatcher photos so you could see them in the warm and cold state.

One lonely, random polish. 

My husband and I were enjoying the beach theme. Crabs and starfish oh my! 

The Sugar High Spring Collection debuted at the show and contained 5 polishes and a topper. 

Joy was indeed a joy to talk to! Her daughter, Josie, was there to lend a helping hand as well. I got to the table later in the day, and she was completely over being there. I was a kid once, so I get it. She was super cute though. 

If you look in front of Joy you can see a few large dice. If you spent over a certain amount you could roll  a die to win an item. I ended up winning a glass nail file which I plan on gifting to a friend (she just learned how great glass files are). 

In case you didn't know, Melody is the woman behind Envy Lacquer and was in charge of the show itself. I can imagine it was a lot of work, so congrats to her for making a successful show for all. 

The Envy table was enchanting, indeed. I didn't get the name of the guy behind the table, but he was really nice and enthusiastic.

There was 1 special edition polish which  I didn't get the name of. I'll update this when I get it. It was a nice white color with a scattered holo finish, if my memory is correct. 

The Enchanted Forest Fairies Collection debuted at the show and is available on their site. That pink is really calling my name right now.

They also had the Galaxy Collection for sale. 

This one was really calling my name.

Their handmade soap was so pretty. It looks to be glycerin-based, but I could be wrong. They smelled divine, and had various scents available. I wasn't able to get a picture with Melody, but it's safe to bet that she was insanely busy. 

I believe I'm getting towards the end of my pictures. I still have Dainty Digits and Turtle Tootsie Polishes to show you so please stay tuned for that. There were a few tables I didn't have time to get to, so if I don't show every vendor there, that's why. As always, thanks for reading! 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

My Indie Shop: Atlanta Recap Part III

Hi guys! Welcome back to my review of the Indie Shop: Atlanta. I know it is taking awhile to post everything, but in the end I think it's easier. If I made just one post, it would be huge. This way I have the chance to really talk about my experience at the tables. 

If you know anything about indie nail polish, then you've heard about KBShimmer. They had 2-3 tables of items, when most other brands had one. Everyone was slowly going through the line to get to the polishes, so my husband was able to take a lot of photos of the tables. Christy and her husband were the only people at the table, so they were hustling the whole time. I didn't get a chance to chat with them, but when I asked a couple questions, they were quick to answer me with a friendly face. The table was organized well with the bath & body items on one side and polishes/nail care on the other. 

A quick look at all of the tables. The area closest to us had the bath and body products and the far side had the polishes. Christy seemed to be working on the polish side while her husband did a little of both. 

There was a show special going on where you could get any 6 polishes and the holo bag for $50. My budget didn't let me take advantage of the deal, but I know lots of others did. 

I Never Wood Have Guessed (right) and It's Petrifying (left) were the KBShimmer show exclusives

And she brought some unicorn sugar scrubs

She had tons of cuticle oils, Picture Perfect Matte Cuticle Cream (which I bought 2 of), and body lotion.  

She also brought some rainbow nail tools which look so much cooler than my standard silver ones. 

I showed their first banner in Part I of the recap this was her beautiful second one.

I believe they are getting rid of their water decals (and maybe vinyls?) so they had some mystery bags for only $10. I'm terrible at nail art so I didn't get one. 

The first of several polish racks. She debuted the spring 2017 Natui by Nature Collection at the show as well. 

More polishes. My husband was amused by the polish names (especially I Wet My Plants).

She had nail sticks of all of the polishes which helped you decide (if you didn't already have your phone out to look at blog swatches). 

The Colors by Llarowe table was located in the back corner with 2 tables. Leah Ann had a helper named Anissa who helped me with my polishes. Unfortunately for me (and fortunately for her) her table was slammed with customers (I was never able to get close to 95% of the regular stock). Pretty much all of my pictures are from the end without the crowd.

This was the trio in collaboration with The Jedi Wife. These are for sale on the Colors by Llarowe site right now if you weren't able to attend. 

I didn't get a chance to look at the name of this one, but I'm sure someone will tell me. I'll update this when I find out!

Leah Ann (left) and Anissa (right) were working hard that day

Ribbit Stickits

You guys know I'm terrible at nail art so I didn't spend too much time at the table. Kristy is the owner of the brand and was really nice (and didn't grill me on why I'm so bad at art). She had vinyls, decals, latex barrier, and vinyl stickers.

Cutest logo ever. 

So many decals with a cute presentation. How many times can I use the word cute for their table? Answer: too many

I got one of these for my Helmer. 

If you look at the bottom of the table you can see some vinyl stickers that say The Indie Shop Atlanta 2017. Yup, another sticker for my Helmer. 

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you're enjoying the photos and reviews! I still have a few more tables to show, so stop back soon!