Archive for May, 2011

I am hanging my head in shame at the fact that I have not posted in almost two months. Where does the time go? Oh, I remember. It goes to elementary All-County rehearsals, and one high school for the pit of South Pacific, then another high school for the pit of Beauty and the Beast. Then some more time goes to a third, lengthier pit experience playing a community theater production of My Fair Lady. Oh, and let’s not leave out the extra after school practices for NYSSMA majors and the fact that I agreed to be in a show which goes up the last two weeks of school and requires me to tap dance. TAP DANCE. Not to mention it’s the beginning of wedding season and I’m playing more than my fair share of the Pachelbel Canon lately.

So, what does one do when there is no time to breathe, let alone get a pedicure? Allow me to tell you. One turns to Sally Hansen Salon Effects, the best new freaking product ever. I should admit that I first saw these on the fingernails of a fifth grader. I was immediately intrigued. For those of you not down with the new fifth grade trends, Salon Effects are little nail polish strips- a nail polish sticker, if you will- which you peel off the backing, stick on your nail and file. They go on dry, so there’s no chance of smudging it once you put it on and it lasts for days. I tried it first on my fingernails in one of the more conservative solid colors, and I was really pleased with the results. I won’t say that it lasted any longer than a regular manicure, but it was certainly a lot quicker. At 9.99 they are a little pricey, but I got mine at Ulta when I had a coupon and they were on sale for buy 2, get 1 free.

After I had tried them on my fingers, I then saw another student (this one was a fourth grader!) with leopard print Salon Effects on her toes. So cute! I decided to be bold and try a print. This was the result:

Please ignore my ragged cuticles and beat-up toes which have been stuffed into tap shoes a lot lately.

I was so pleased- to me it looked like those plastic shrink wrap Easter egg sleeves… in a good way. By the way, this photo was taken almost 3 weeks after I initially put them on my toes- not bad in my opinion! Today I decided to try a printed style on my fingernails, but I thought it might be a little bit much to do it on every nail. Instead I just painted all but my ring fingers and then did the strips on those. Also super cute!

You can't really get the whole effect without seeing all of my fingers, but whatever.

In the picture you can see where I had to cut and paste a little extra piece because I used a strip that was a little bit too small, but the beauty of the patterned ones is that you can’t even notice something like that unless you’re staring at it through a macro lens. Also, since I am-ahem- frugal, I stick down the strip, cut the remainder of it off and use the rest of the strip on another nail. Of course, Sally Hansen wants you to use one strip per nail, thereby spending more money on the product, but where’s the fun in that? They come off with nail polish remover, just like regular nail polish.

Ah, it felt good to write that. Hopefully I will be back with some more regularity. I actually have some very funny stories to share- it’s just a matter of when I have time to share them! Summer vacation is a mere month away…


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