SensatioNail by Nailene Starter Kit

I love having painted nails, but I hate chipped polish.  I work on a computer all day so it’s tough to keep my nails looking good.  I’ve wanted to try gel polish for a while, but I kept putting it off.  Finally, I decided it was time to give it a try.


I invested in the SensatioNail by Nailene Starter Kit after looking at several different brands.  I went with this kit because it includes the UV lamp and everything else necessary to do the manicure.  So far, I am happy with the results.  The color is rich.  The polish has no smell.  The gel hardened and dried as described.

I’ve used the kit 3 times now.  Application has gotten easier each time.  The box indicates that the manicure will last up to 2 weeks.  I’ve found that it lasts 7-10 days without an issue.  The instructions are clear to avoid the getting the polish on your skin and cuticles.  I wasn’t able to avoid that the first two times I used the kit so that may have contributed to the chipping and lifting at the edges of the nails.

Removing the polish is fairly easy.  It takes longer than plain polish.  Instructions are provided with the kit.  Nailene also sells kits to make removal easier.  I haven’t tried the kits yet, but may do so in the future.  All in all, I am very satisfied with the results and the value I get doing this at home rather than at a salon.

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L’Oreal Excellence Hi-Color

I dye my own hair.  I’ve been doing it for years.  The reasons are pretty easy to explain.  I don’t have a lot of time to go the salon and I can’t justify the expense.  If there are two things a mom never has enough of, they’re time and money.  Over the years, I’ve used just about every major brand of hair dye you can buy.  There were colors I liked, but I showed very little brand loyalty.

Two years ago, I started using L’Oreal Excellence Hi-Color and I haven’t used anything else since.  It’s a hair color specifically targeted to people with dark hair.  Last week, I used the color H9 – Red Hot.

This product is a bit different than the kits you get at a department store or supermarket.  It includes the color crème and a red intensifier.  It does not include the developer, applicator, or gloves.  These are all items you can purchase separately.  (As a bonus, reusable applicators and gloves reduce the amount of waste when all is said and done!)  I use the L’Oreal Technique Oreor Crème 30 Volume developer.  It lifts your base color 3 levels while the color is applied, eliminating the need to bleach your hair first to get the color advertised in the display. It’s basically two steps in one.

I love red hair.  Unfortunately, red dye tends to fade faster than any other color.  I usually dye my hair every 8-12 weeks.  Though the color does fade, it lasts longer than other reds I’ve used and hasn’t damaged my hair.  The picture below was taken a week and a half after I dyed my hair.

Me and my new do.

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