Something I am proud of is that I am actually very good at painting my own nails. Years ago, I worked for Sally Hansen doing marketing, and back then my fingers would (literally) be painted all different colors as we were always testing, testing, testing. That said, I still typically go to the salon as I love a good gel manicure. I’m rough on my hands (crafts, typing, cleaning, rummaging through my bag!) and so even when I do a great job with my nails, I still manage to wreck them within a few days.
When Sally Hansen invited me to try out their Miracle Gel polishes, I happily took them up on the offer. The Miracle Gel polishes promise to give you the wear (and shine) of a gel polish, without the UV lamp (or difficult removal process – I hate soaking my fingers in acetone – it just can’t be good for them.) It’s the only two step gel manicure that doesn’t require a light, and the formula gives you up to 14 days of color and shine. Sounds pretty good, right?
I took testing the products seriously. I applied two coats of Rhapsody Red to my toes, and three coats* of Cream of the Crop to my fingers… followed by one coat of their special gel top coat. (The top coat is a very important step as it seals in the manicure, giving it that gel-like finish.) And overall, I was really happy with the results… I’ll let the photos below do the talking!
*Note that the brand actually only recommends two coats of polish – any more than that could cause chipping; but I went with three anyway and had no issues!
These are my nails 5 days later!
And these are my nails 8 days later!
Post created in partnership with Sally Hansen.
Top and Bottom photos by Lydia Hudgens.