Monthly Archives: July 2014

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips Review

I am sure these have been reviewed a billion times, but here it is, review a billion and one from a new Mom.

For three years I had gel nails. I would go every three weeks and get them done; I loved them. I always feel put together with my nails done (even if I don’t have make up on). When I found out I was pregnant I knew I was going to have to stop getting my nails done, and I did, around the 6 month mark. It was a sad day, but I knew I just wouldn’t be able to step away for a few hours to get them done – also, the cost.

I missed my nails so I tried painting them. I tried multiple times. I waited between coats, I used a base coat and a top coat and nothing I did looked good enough. The polish would bubble or smudge (never have that problem with my toes!) – finally I gave up. No one has time for that and I knew once the baby came I definitely wouldn’t have time to paint my nails anyway. I am now used to seeing my finger nails bare but I still miss having them done. Site note, I guess you really shouldn’t be painting your nails too much anyway while you are pregnant… oops!

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips
Enter Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips.

A few weeks ago I was at the dollar store and saw them for $2.50. My sister uses them and loves them so I thought I would give them a try. Can you really go wrong for $2.50? The patterns are not my favourite but $2.50.

The application process was pretty simple. I was able to still text and do things while putting them on. No worry about smudges or waiting for them to dry. I did wait for baby to go to bed before putting them on but it was nice to know that if he did wake up I wouldn’t have to cover him (and everything else) in nail polish.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips

I got lots of compliments on them. It was probably because of the wild print, but again, $2.50. They did start chipping within a couple days but not too bad. I left them on for about 2 and a half weeks, for picky people it was probably about half a week too long. One was chipping pretty bad but otherwise the only real issue was growth. I probably would have left them even longer but I am thinking about putting on a fresh set because we are going to a wedding.

Removal was pretty easy, I soaked bits of cotton ball in nail polish remover and let them sit on my nails for a couple minutes before wiping them off. I did have to spend a few minutes removing little flakes of left over nail strips that seemed to get everywhere, but overall they didn’t take too long to get off.

Would I spend $10 (regular price) for these? Not sure. I probably would if I wasn’t currently on a budget. But for $2.50 I will buy them again, if I can find them. I also found Essie and OPI strips. Reviews for those will come when I get a chance to try them.

Disclosure: I purchased the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips myself and I was not compensated in any way for this review. All opinions are my own.

Huggies Rewards vs Pampers Rewards

Huggies and Pampers both offer a rewards system for buying their diapers and wipes.

Both have plenty of rewards to choose, Huggies seems to have more. However, it seems to be easier to earn Pampers points. The diapers seem to be worth more and they often give out free points online.

A HUGE advantage of Pampers rewards over Huggies rewards is that Pampers has an app for entering codes. That is all it does, you can’t browse rewards or anything, it just makes it super easy to add codes. It would be cool if you could just take a picture of your code to make adding them even easier; maybe in the future.

Every time I want to add Huggies points I have to go to the website and log in – annoying when you are in a hurry! (You just have to tap to open the Pampers app – no logging in required!) I often find the Huggies website very slow and hard to use on a mobile device, even though the website is mobile friendly.

Collecting Huggies points seems to be a lot more work. After using both systems for a similar amount of time and buying a similar amount of diapers I have over 700 Pampers points and under 200 Huggies points.

With my Huggies rewards I can get a $15 Starbucks Gift Card for 750 points.
With my Pampers rewards I can get a $10 Gift Card for 840 points.

Comparing just those two items the Huggies rewards seem to be worth more then the pampers rewards, as they should be though for how much harder they are to earn.

Huggies does have some ‘Play to Win’ items, you can use your points to play and instantly win. I tried twice to win a $10 Starbucks Gift Card (didn’t win), it cost me 1 point for each try. Pampers gives you gifts if you enter a product code every month, you get gifts at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months.

I have not redeemed any points from either company yet to see how that process works.

Mom Tip #2: Breastfeeding Makes you Thirsty

Very thirsty.

I feel like I read this before the baby was born, probably in one of those apps or in a baby book or something but nothing really prepared me for how thirsty I would be. All. The. Time. I mean wake up in the middle of the night and drink a bottle of water thirsty. I can’t leave the house without a bottle of water or six.

My tip for you, buy a nice water bottle (if you don’t have one already) and be prepared to take it with you everywhere you go. Heck, buy yourself two water bottles. Maybe even three. I bought three.

I bought myself a three pack of Contigo bottles from Costco. They are really nice water bottles, I love them. I love them so much I have thought about buying another pack but what would I do with six water bottles. They are $20 for the pack of three.
contigo water bottles

One of the bottles is actually my husbands but I use the other two. That way one is in the fridge getting cold while I am drinking the other, assuming I actually drink one slow enough to let the other one get cold.