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Nailing it with Nailtini and Sally Hansen

Friday, November 21, 2014 HALFSTACK MAGAZINE

Nail polish, nail art and nail wraps have really been seeing their glory days the last couple of years. I remember my days of going to the salon to get my nails "did" when I was a young lady living on my own before kids and relationships entered the picture. When all I had to worry about was me. Now, I'm lucky if I can get 10 minutes alone in the bathroom to paint my nails. Never in a million years would I have guessed how nails would be taking the spotlight in the beauty industry like they are today.

It's always interesting to see what the trends are when it comes to DIY beauty. As people have less to spend, but still want to look and feel good, they are choosing to take the salon home and complete manis on their own. Brands like Nailtini and Sally Hansen are doing a great job of giving people affordable options in fashion forward colors and providing them with edgy and trend forward techniques.

Nailtini is taking DIY to a whole 'nother level with their "cocktail" mixing kits and their latest "Laquer Cabinet" program. This is a subscription based program that stocks monthly limited-edition lacquer collections curated by top nail and beauty experts, plus two empty mini bottles for you to try your own hand at lacquer mixology. What an ingenious idea to add to the cult of DIY beauty. It's fresh and fun and perfect for the cosmo city-girl on the go who doesn't always have time to stop at the drug store to pick up the latest on trend colors. Yet, it is still creative enough to allow you to experiment on your own. Nailtini is the only line of nail lacquer developed to maximize the creativity of the user by "cocktailing" different shades. I gave the set a try and it's a definite must try. The polishes coat beautifully and the colors are vibrant. These shades are inherently thick and opaque. You can check out Nailtini HERE.

Now, Sally Hansen is a tried and true nail polish brand. Yet, I am loving their recent push to highlight trend styles and colors in their product lines. The matte/shiny nail combo was a huge trend on the runways for this year. A fresh take on the traditional French manicure, created by layering a slightly darker matte pink shade on top of a glossy one. Subtle and classy. Sally Hansen has a great new clear coat that dries matte to create a velvety finish. Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat with Complete Salon Manicure in Almost Almond, creates a flattering nude matte shade which is right in line with the trends seen on the runway. The color coats well after just two coats and the matte finish is definitely a badass take on the classy mani.

Sally Hansen’s award-winning Complete Salon Manicure collection infuses trend-setting shades with an expert quality formula to deliver salon-caliber results. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure delivers seven salon manicure steps in one bottle. Chip resistant strength joins gel-quality shine. Must-have color meets nourishing benefits. Plus, a built-in base and top coat, it’s everything you need to achieve a professional manicure at home. What more could you ask for?

Both these brands are definitely nailing it in the beauty department! Check them out and sidestep that salon price tag for an attainable do it yourself option!
Jen - Editor in chief

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