Desperately Seeking Persistent Polish is a series where I wear a nail polish for seven days and take before and after pics to document the condition of my paws over the course of the week!
I recognize that I talk a lot lately about Smith & Cult, but I have reasons! They last, and they’re super saturated, and they also have lots of colors I don’t see anyplace else, like grayish green Bitter Buddhist, an oldie but a goodie that still knocks the cat lady socks off my feet.
Problem is…Smith & Cult is well aware of their fabulousness, and they charge you like they mean it.
$18 a bottle.
But relative to Chanel ($28, wha!?) and Tom Ford ($37, OMG!), that’s a steal…except that it’s not, so what is else is out there?
Here’s something comparable that costs less than half (!) as much: I swear on Jeremy Renner’s makeup brushes that Sally Hansen Color Therapy Nail Polish is just as good as Smith & Cult.
There, I said it.
I’ve been wearing one of their new fall shades — a rich, dark reddish brown with bronze microglitter called Falling Deep.
I’ve been wearing it for the past seven days and, quite frankly, I am shocked by how well it held up. It withstood a family plague of three consecutive colds (first El Hub, then Connor and now me), typing 2,000 words in less than 48 hours, and it made it through a moms group get-together that I went to last night in which I awkwardly pretended to be an event photographer (more on this is a second).
“Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy Nail Polish gives you color that cares while you wear! Intensive nourishment for healthy looking nails and up to 10 days fade-proof, chip-resistant Wear. 9 out of 10 women experienced a noticeable improvement in their natural nails.”
Falling Deep looks like a Smith & Cult or even a Chanel polish, but it’s only $7.99! And right now at Ulta the entire Color Therapy line is marked down to $4.79, which makes them a steal.
I sandwiched two layers of Falling Deep between the same Smith & Cult base coat and top coat I’ve been using throughout the “Desperately Seeking” series, and after seven days it still looks pretty good.
Butyl Acetate, Ethyl Acetate, Nitrocellulose, Acetyl Tributyl Citrate, Tosylamide / Epoxy Resin, Isopropyl Alcohol, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Triphenyl Phosphate, Adipic Acid / Neopentyl Glycol / Trimelliticanhydride Copolymer, Isosorbide Dicaprylate / Caprate, Styrene / Acrylates Copolymer, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seedoil, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Etocrylene, Diacetone Alcohol, Hexanal, Kaolin, Aqua / Water / Eau, Phosphoric Acid, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Euterpe Oleracea Fruitoil, N-Butyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Butyleneglycol, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Tocopherol, Methylparaben, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007), D & C Red No. 6 Barium Lake (CI 15850), Manganeseviolet (CI 77742), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), D & C Red No. 7 Calcium Lake (CI 15850), FD & C Yellow No. 5 Aluminum Lake (CI 19140), D & C Red No. 34 Calcium Lake (CI 15880), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), FD & C Blue No. 1 Aluminum Lake (CI 42090), D & C Violet No. 2 (CI 60725), D & C Black No. 2 (CI 77266), D & C Yellow No. 11 (CI 47000)
There’s only one medium-sized chip at the base of my ring finger, but that’s not bad at all after seven days for me.
*Hooray for Color Therapy!* Can’t wait to do my next mani with another one! 💅
I’m awkward, man…
I think I may have mentioned this before, but I joined a local mothers group this year to find some adults to interact with and give myself something to do out of the house, also with the idea being that I should, in theory, have a little more time for extracurricular activities now that Connor’s in preschool.
I started volunteering in the group, and one of the things I’ve been doing is serving as the unofficial event photographer.
Here’s one of my favorite pieces from an event at a local wine bar…
It’s been a while since I’ve had to be social for an extended time among strangers, and my @ss is awkward as all hell. I mean…small talk is something I used to be comfortable with (I used to say that if you give me five minutes with someone, I’ll get their whole life story), but I have to work at it now. I dunno… It’s not like I’m shy, because I’m not at all. It’s more like I’ve forgotten the cadence of having a decent conversation with a stranger. Like, I say too much or too little at the wrong times? It’s weird…
I’m assuming that everyone goes through something like this at some point? I think? I’m telling myself that even though I feel hella awkward, I just have to keep putting myself out there. It’ll get easier. Right?
*Awkward people FTW!*
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,