The Lazy Girl’s Manicure

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

Now I won’t bore you again with the details of my now well-documented beauty laziness yet again, but trust me when I say, if there is one thing that has my waving my finger manically in the air and proclaiming “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”, it’s painting my nails. Now don’t get me wrong, I adore the look of polished, sleek, manicured nails. I had gel nails for eons, but the combination of the ongoing cost and boredom of sitting in a salon for an hour breathing in nail dust every four weeks eventually got old. But as regular polish tends to chip on me sometimes within MINUTES of applying a fresh coat (okay, maybe not minutes, but within a day), I haven’t seen the point of doing them at all, and as a result, my nails have been doing a lot of prancing around in their birthday suit. So when Sally Hansen waved around promises of a “miracle” polish which lasts a whopping 14 days, I have to admit there was some scoffing in my household. But then curiosity got the better of me…

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Colour Nail Polish*
Look, I’ll be upfront with you right now. 14 day wear (on me) is a bit of a stretch. I can’t get these polishes to stay on my nails past the 7-ish day mark before the polish starts to lift. But – 7 days! That to me is like a Christmas miracle come early. I can handle 7 days. I’m sure I can find it within myself to polish my nails once a week. I’m not so SURE of it.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel

I’m a big fan of the shade range. I rocked Street Flair on Instagram last week in honour of the warm spring weather, and this week it’s all about the cheery raspberry shade Pink Tank. I find the brush is easy to wield – even with my left hand onto my right hand nails. NB. my left hand is about as uncoordinated as a right-handed person’s left hand can possibly be. After you’ve applied your two coats of colour and a once-over with the top coat, the finished look is shiny and opaque – or what I like to call, ‘Smartie Nails’. It’s nice to be reminded of chocolate when I look at my hands.

The verdict? I’ll definitely keep using these for the foreseeable future. It’s nice to have colour on my tips again after a long hiatus – even better when the colour is not immediately horrendously chipped or lifted off.

The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel range is available at Priceline for $16.95 ea.

Have you tried the Miracle Gel range? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!


  • Tasha

    The shade range is really beautiful – love that pink! The wear time sounds great but tbh I change my polish more often anyway haha! I do want to give the at-home-gel-no-light thing a go though :P

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • Angie

      Hehe yep I’d say for those who like to change up their colours every couple of days, these wouldn’t appeal as much, but for me who is about as lazy with nails as it gets, they’re amazing :) I do love the gel look though, so shiny and pretty!

  • Mandy Webb

    The shades are just gorgeous! I’m not the most conscientious nail person but every once in a while, I come across a product that just makes me want to try it. 7 days is pretty awesome!

    • Angie

      I’m really loving the shades, I’m finding they are perfect for spring :) I really find painting my nails to be tedious, but I think that was a lot to do with the fact that it would take me so long to get the polish on and looking nice, only for it to be chipped straight away, so I’m loving that I can pop these polishes on and know I’ll get at least 5 solid days of wear x

  • t w o p l i c a t e s

    The shades look so pretty! I am on the hunt for a nail polish thats a little more long wearing but I have also heard some really mixed reviews on this range, some people said this actually peeled off really quickly …
    Never actually tried the legit gel experience so curiosity might get the better of me in an upcoming sale :P

    t w o p l i c a t e s

    • Angie

      Ah I think they are definitely worth trying, I’ve been seeing those reviews as well but I really don’t get any peeling until the 7 day mark which I LOVE. The only negative I’ve experience so far is that they do stain my nails, but after a couple of days they go back to normal, but it hasn’t bothered me too much – I’ve just been painting over with another colour hehe :)

  • Jasmine Huston

    I’m so in love with these! All the shades are amazing! xx

    • Angie

      They’re so great aren’t they! I’m officially addicted now, can’t believe I would ever get to the stage of looking forward to painting my nails! I think it’s because I know they won’t chip straight away, which is a nice feeling :)

  • Velveteen Rabbit

    OH my god they look so good (the formula)! I’ll have to check these out for sure…I’m a total sucker for a nice pastel purple.

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  • Alexandra – Glam O’Clock

    They don’t have them yet at my local Sephora but I hope they stock on them soon! I love the idea of long-lasting gel like mani. I am particularly interested in the top coat!

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