Friday, February 11, 2011

Sally Hansen Salon Effects

I'm sure most of you have heard about the Sally Hansen Salon Effects polish strips by now. I decided to do a review/tutorial for you. This is my second time using them and it turned out alright. My friend Heather bought a box in the "Laced Up" design. She works at a hair salon so she has her hands in water a lot and is sort of rough on her nails. I recommended these to her because they claim to last up to 10 days. Last time I checked with her she had surpassed the 10 day mark. They were slightly chipping at the tips though and the strips were moving away from her cuticles. The first time I wore these they only lasted about 6 days for me. I didn't do a top coat though and I think that could be a difference maker. This time around I used my Nail Tek top coat and I plan on applying it every other day. The Sally Hansen Salon Effects includes 16 nail polish strips, a cuticle stick, and a mini file/buffer. All of the strips are in various sizes so you should have no problem finding the right size strip for each of your nails. The downside to this product that will probably prevent me from buying it in the future is definitely the price. At Walgreens we are selling them for $9.99. I think that it's an awesome product for special occasions. In fact, the reason I applied these is because my birthday is on Saturday. Yay! Also, I came across a coupon at for $2 off Sally Hansen Salon Effects.
Now I want to share with you some of the different designs you can purchase:
I also thought I would take you through the process of applying these polish strips. My polish strips are in the design "Kitty, Kitty." I'm also dying to try "Girl Flower."
On to the tutorial:
Each box comes with 16 strips, a cuticle stick, and a file/buffer
Step 1: Start with clean, dry nails.
Step 2: Push back cuticles
Step 3: Shape your nails with pink side of file and use other side of file to buff the surface of the nails
Step 4: Give nails one last swipe with polish remover
Step 5: Select best-fitting strip for each nail
Step 6: Peel away the backing and apply to nail. Make sure it is centered and do not stretch it too much. Use flat side of cuticle stick to press the edges down
Step 7: Smooth the excess over the edge of the nail using the light pink side of the file
Now repeat steps 5 through 7 for the rest of your nails. It's pretty easy and quick to do. Here's some pics of the finished product:
Sally Hansen Salon Effects in "Kitty, Kitty"


  1. dang, i have been REALLY wanting to try these out. gonna go in search of them this wkend. looks so fun!

  2. You definitely should!! There are some really cute designs