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Happy Nail Polish Day! - June 1

Who knew this day existed?!?!  I sure didn't and apparently this is the first year.  Essie started it, doesn't matter, I am happy to celebrate with them.

I love nail polish.  I love the variety of colors and the way it completes an outfit.  I love the confidence it gives me of a polished, put together look. I never used to wear it as much as I do now. What changed was an amazing product that my Mom found as well as a cool new trick I discovered.    Now I do my nails in my sleep.  Literally!

It's not rocket science but if you stop and think about it, it's actually a genius idea.  My nails dry in my sleep.  I get ready for bed, grab my magazine or book and the polish and top coat I want to use.  I read a while ago you only need about 10 minutes between coats. It is actually true.  Years ago I always thought it was longer so doing my nails literally took over an hour if not more.  Who has that amount of time?  Not me!  Now I do a coat, read my magazine for 10-15 minutes, do the second coat, read then put my top coat on.  If I have time to do 2 layers of top coat then that is wonderful.  The trick is that after I apply the last layer of top coat, I turn out the lights and go to sleep.  I sleep on my side so my hands just flop off over the bed.  I am sleeping soon after and by the time I move in bed or go to roll over, they are dry.  Genius!  When I do my toes I do the 2 coats of color while I am reading.  Then the next morning after I get out of the shower I put my top coat on and it drys while I do my hair and make up.

My new favorite nail polish is Sally Hansen Miracle Gel.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish ~ Can't Beet Royalty (474) 0.5 oz
Sally Hansen (affiliate) (This is a link to it from Amazon but the grocery store or Walmart have it cheapest and you can use coupons.)

If I am going to spend the time to paint them I don't want them chipping after only 2 days.  That was always very discouraging.  This product last over a week.  They claim 10 days and I have definitely had it on for 10 days looking wonderful, but I would say a week to be safe.  I hate chipping on my nails, or anyone's nails for that matter.  I try and take if off immediately when it starts to chip.  I have had this nail polish on while gardening without gloves and scrubbing the showers without gloves and it hasn't chipped.  This is a product I can stand behind.  I have also used the top coat on other brands and it definitely extends the life.  If you get nothing out of this article, go buy the Sally Hansen Top Coat.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish, Top Coat, 0.5 Ounce

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat

I will pay more for product that works and lasts.  Thank you Sally Hansen!

Nail Inc Gel Effect gets rave reviews from a friend of mine.  This is the color she recommends too.  I haven't tried it yet...As much as my statement above says I don't mind paying more for somethign that works.. I can't find this cheaper than $15 and I am not ready to jump on that train.  But I keep checking for it to decrease.  I'll let you know if I do.

Nails Inc London Gel Effect Polish in Mayfair Lane .27 oz

Nails Inc Gel Effect

Hop on over to Good Housekeeping's website to read 16 Things You Didn't Know About Nail Polish. Interesting read.

Enjoy your day!


  1. For the sally hansen gel polish you don't need the UV machine??!! Because you made it sound amazing

    1. No light needed. I love it and comes off with regular nail polish. It's the best top coat you will own.

  2. No wonder my polish smudges the way it does after I paint my nails - I didn't know you were supposed to wait 10 mins before putting on another coat!


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