With the New Year in full swing and the weekend approaching, I thought this was a perfect time for a fresh mani. I was short on time so I wanted to go with something simple but with a kick! I decided on a nude/gold mix.

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Main Polish: Sephora By O.P.I in Leopard Optional

Top Coat Polish: Sephora By O.P.I in Only Gold For Me

I always start and end my manicure’s the same way – 1 layer of a base coat and 1 layer of a quick dry top coat.

I applied 2 coats of Leopard Optional and then followed up with 2 coats of Only Gold For Me.

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For my CHRISTMAS manicure, I decided to go with a bold red and include a fun accent color on the ring finger.

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Main Polish: Sephora by O.P.I in And A Cherry On Top

Accent Polish: Nailtini in Millionaire

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 I love the Sephora by O.P.I brand – all the colors are so beautiful and the polish does not chip easily, which is always a plus! Nailtini is a brand I was not familiar with until I received this full size bottle in my November Ipsy Bag. The texture is a little on the rough side because of the confetti in the bottle but I actually love it. The color is so nice and again, this polish is not moving!

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As obsessed with nail polish as I am, I refuse to spend a lot of money for one bottle. What is a lot? Well, it depends on the brand, the store I’m purchasing it from and the mood I’m in that particular day. I have become so accustom to Sinful Colors being $1.99 that when I see a $5+ bottle of nail polish I like – I cringe. Pretty ironic since I have no problem paying up to $7 for a bottle of either of my 2 favorite top coats. I ended up a local Pharmacy store yesterday and was told by one of the employees  that they had the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure colors for $1.89. You can imagine how shocked I was because these bottles usually are $8 at this particular store. There was no sale sign so I’m not sure if this was a computer error or if it was newly on sale. Either way – I was super excited and picked up two colors I liked.

This was my first time trying this line from Sally Hansen. Basically all you have to do is brush two coats on your nails and you’re done, no base or top coat required. Apparently this particular line has 5 Steps in 1 Bottle: Base Coat, Strengthener, Growth Treatment, Color and Top Coat and is made with Vita-Care Technology for advanced wear, more shine and nourishing care. I actually decided to still use my base and top coat out of routine but when I have extra time  I plan to test the polish out again sans base/top coat.Sally Hansen

Base Coat: Salon Hansen Advanced Hard as Nails

Main Polish: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Back to the Fuchsia

Accent Polish: Wet n Wild Fergie in Hollywood Walk of Fame

Top Coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

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(the photo above shows the true color of the polish)

Wow! That was my initial response after I did the 2 coats on my nails. I always avoided a wider nail polish brush but this one makes painting my nails easier and it covered the full nail with just a little polish. I find that with some other brands I have to re dip multiple times. I am officially in LOVE with this line from Sally Hansen. I could tell it was different from other polishes right away. I definitely did not need a top coat and I am so excited to pick up some more colors. After the second coat, my nails looked like they do when I leave a salon (don’t mind my cuticles) and were so shiny! As for the Fergie Line of Wet n Wild – ehhh, I guess I won’t bash it until I give it a few more chances and try out her solid polishes. The bottle caught my eye but the results are very minimal. When I swiped the brush across my nail all I got was clear polish which led me to attempt to strategically place the stars on my ring finger.