Sally Hansen gradient nail strips...

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This mani is SO old! I found it lurking in my drafts folder and decided it was time for it to see the light!  So these are Sally Hansen Insta Gel strips. If you're not familiar with the InstaGel it's basically a tiny gel system with a very low wattage. So each little kit comes with the strips (or a polish depending on what you buy), a little orange stick and nail file, and a wipe to clean nails. They also come with the InstaGel base and top coat and while it's a tiny little bottle (only .14oz) it's a little ridiculous to put a bottle in EACH pack.  I have about ten years worth of the top/base coat now. Sometime in the future I plan to see how well it works to seal in regular polish but that's a whole other blog!  At any rate you clean nails and it suggests to push your cuticles back with the orange stick and buff with the buffer. I say, give yourself a nice mani and skip the buffing and you'll get better results. Especially since pushing back dry cuticles is bound to cause tears and we all know buffing nails is a no no if you want to keep them healthy. DO use the alcohol swab though. Then you choose the strip which is the right size for your nail (something I almost always have issues with) and stick it down. Then add top coat and cure it under the tiny lamp for 30 seconds. And that's it! They're meant to last two weeks. I have to say I was skeptical but I got these and the lamp (you have to buy it separate) on clearance for dead cheap so I figured why not.  They actually DO last quite a long time, although I'm not sure about two weeks. They're also tricky to get off just like typical gel polish. So overall they're a win from me. I don't do strips normally because I love to do my own art but if you're in a rush and need cute nails these will definitely solve the problem for you! :)

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