Sally Hansen No More Stains Spray-On Base Coat and Hard As Nails Vitamin Strength Serum review

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Sally Hansen No More Stains Spray-On Base Coat, .375 fl oz
Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Vitamin Strength Serum, .45 fl oz

Long time coming with this review, but I do like, especially with base coats, top coats, and any nail treatments, to do a thorough review.

This is a spray-on base coat (as evidenced by the name). I do like the convenience of this, you could basically do this in your car or anywhere that you wouldn’t normally put on base coat. It has less smell than regular base coat polish, but there is a faint rubbing alcohol smell. It does dry fairly quickly and with a bit of stickiness (which I don’t mind normally). With my body chemistry, it did work well as a base coat. The only draw back I see is that it is fairly small, and priced about $9 (without tax). If I were going on a trip, I would pack this for sure.

This is an interesting nail treatment. I already have and use Hard As Nails Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil (.45 fl oz), which I like and use often. The pump on this seems to be a little strange, you have to press hard to get serum out but then too much comes out. I hope I just got a defective pump. The product itself comes out like hand sanitizer and rubs in quite similarly. It soaks in fairly well, and doesn’t dry too sticky. Again, I think the small size is better suited for trips or in the car or in a purse or bag. It’s priced anywhere from $5-6.

I have used both of these products since receiving them, and I like them both. I am unsure that at $9, I would repurchase the spray on base coat though.

Guest Post From BeautyJudy: Tony Moly Magic Food Banana Hand Milk Review

Tony Moly banana hand milk

Hello, everyone, if we haven’t met, I’m Judy, from BeautyJudy! I’m thrilled to guest post here on Be Happy And Buy Polish today – Jessica has an awesome space on these inter webs to celebrate beauty and I drool over her nail swatches on the regular. Thank you for letting me crash the party, Jessica!

I thought it’d be fitting to drop in with a quick review of a hand cream, since it’s winter. I don’t know about you, but I love keeping my hands moisturized so that when I wear all my pretty polish and nail art, my dry and cracked hands aren’t a distraction!

While browsing the aisles at Ulta, I found a section of Tony Moly products, all made with banana. I picked up a couple, including today’s product, Magic Food Banana Hand Milk. Its key ingredients include banana extract and milk protein. Continue reading

Quick Dry Top Coat Showdown: Dreamland Lacquer, KBShimmer, Paint Box Polish, Top Shelf Lacquer

Purchased by Me buttonHi everyone! I’ve been having troubles lately with quick dry top coats just not working out – Digital Nails Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That was my main squeeze, which stopped working; then Darling Diva Polish PETC became my love and it stopped working for me. I thought I’d do a little QDTC challenge between 4 brands: Dreamland Lacquer, KBShimmer, Paint Box Polish, and Top Shelf Lacquer. I’ll show you the results after 5 days of wear in just a moment but let’s talk about ship times, then application, then wear time.

Keep in mind that every person’s body chemistry is different, and your mileage may vary – this is only a reporting of how these top coats worked with me.

Ship Times
Dreamland: Ordered on a Saturday, received the following Saturday
KBShimmer: Ordered on a Sunday, received on Thursday
Paint Box Polish: Ordered on a Saturday, received on Thursday; my order also included a mani bomb, which was a nice touch
Top Shelf Lacquer: (Older order but I’m sure I received my order within 3 days of purchase.)

I used each top coat over a layered manicure: 2 coats of China Glaze Midtown Magic, 1 layer of Baroness X Opulent Oddity, 1 layer of Baroness X Dulcinea.

Baroness X Dulcinea, Baroness X Opulent Oddity, China Glaze Midtown Magic | Be Happy And Buy Polish

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Nail Butter First Look and Review

Press Sample buttonGood afternoon everyone! I hope you are having a great day so far. Thankfully my corner of Montana is warming up and we’ve even had sunshine for three days in a row! (Will wonders never cease.) This winter is really taking its toll on my nails, eponychium, and hands; which is why I was so excited to be able to review Nail Butter!

nail butter bottle shot | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Nail Butter is a nail treatment created to soften and fortifying skin and nails; it can be used basically anywhere you have rough spots: heels, hands, feet, nails, elbows, etc! It retails for $24.

nail butter ingredients | Be Happy And Buy Polish

“Nail Butter is used to strengthen and rejuvenate nails by enhancing growth and maintaining optimal moisture levels for your nails and skin.”

nail butter inside shot | Be Happy And Buy Polish

Let’s take a look at the inside of nail butter. This is the only thing that bothers me about it – it’s a pot with no applicator. Especially if my nails are long, I hate sticking my fingers into a pot of something and getting it under my nails. (Lip balms, cream eyeshadows, peanut butter……what?) Of course, I’m down to nubs right now because the Montana winter is killing my nails, but the principle still applies. 😛

nail butter size comparison | Be Happy and Buy Polish

This fits comfortably in the palm of my hand.

nail butter size comparison | Be Happy and Buy Polish

It’s almost a half a finger high. Though I’m not sure I would put it in my purse – it is heavy because it’s made of glass.

Let’s talk about the scent for just a second. I do smell lanolin (I guess after using lanolin while breastfeeding two children kind of makes it stick out to you) but the smell that lingers is the gardenia smell. It isn’t offensive, and it isn’t strong, but if you stick your fingers next to your nose, you will get a whiff of it.

nail butter consistency | Be Happy and Buy Polish

The consistency is a bit thick; the only thing I have to compare it to is Barielle Nail Strengthener, but nail butter doesn’t seem as thick as that.

nail butter on nail | Be Happy And Buy Polish

It does go on the nail nicely, and starts to “melt” almost right away on the nail. I don’t need very much to do my fingernails and my toenails (yup, winter has been really rough on them too!), which I think makes the cost a little more palatable.

I think this starts to soak in much faster than Barielle’s Nail Strengthener cream – Barielle’s seems to sit more on top of the nail area and nail butter seems to really be more like how actual butter would melt on your skin (please, tell me that you’ve gotten butter on yourself before and know what I’m talking about!).

I also find that nail butter really has some staying power (besides the scent). My nails and eponychium feel much softer throughout the day and don’t seem to get as dried out as fast as usual. Although I’ve been using this only about a week (twice a day), I’ve already noticed a different in how healthy the skin around my nails looks and feels.

As I said, I am also using this around my toenails and can’t wait to also see improvement there.

So far, I really like this product. You can purchase nail butter here, and if you’re having a tough winter as we are in Montana, I really do recommend picking some up! What do you think about nail butter? Have you ever tried it out?


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Perlier Shea Butter White Lily Hand Cream review

press sampleGood morning lovelies! It’s Saturday, and thank goodness for another day! Do you have any plans for this weekend?

Today I’m excited to share with you my review of Perlier’s Shea Butter White Lily Hand Cream. I had seen this on another blog, and I was unsure that I would like it – my nose is pretty sensitive to smells, unfortunately. Like – walk down the laundry soap aisle at the grocery store and get a freakin’ migraine – sensitive. Keep reading to see what I thought!
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