Friday Faves: Mailagrams Newlywed Holiday Cards

Sending out your first holiday card as married couple is such a fun time.  If you are a newlywed enjoying your first few months of wedded bliss, it’s likely you’re still on a honeymoon high, and definitely on a budget.  Today’s Friday Faves has you covered!  Creating a holiday card shouldn’t be overwhelming, time-consuming, or cost a small fortune.  Especially as a newlywed & especially during the holiday season when there are parties & gift exchanges every time you turn around. It’s a sweet simple gesture that should feel sweet and simple. Right? Enter Mailagrams-the fastest, most affordable way to mail beautiful holiday cards, invitations, & announcements. Mailagrams wants to take the holiday card pressure off you this year. No addressing, licking, or stamping. No trips to the post office required! For a low as $1.49 Mailagrams will print, address, and mail your cards to your friends & family in as little as 24-hours. Mailagrams are designed by talented indie artists and we simply couldn’t wait to show you these adorable Newlywed Holiday Cards! Trust us, Mailagrams will be your new BFF this holiday season, will save you time and money, and your holiday card is certain to make the mantel!

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Product Review: Sally Hansen Gel Manicure Kit and Nail Polish Strips

Who doesn’t love innovative beauty products promising to save you time and money?  This girl certainly does.  Whenever I can save time and money I’m almost always all in. There are so many innovated beauty products on the market right now and are so excited to have many of them on our review list!  Today we wanted to shine a spotlight on nail lacquers, which have upped the ante in a pretty big way. Enter today’s Product Review, Sally Hansen Gel Manicure Starter Kit and Nail Polish Strips.  First, let’s review The Sally Hansen Gel Polish Starter Kit, created by the top nail care brand in its effort to give it’s customers the opportunity to get that sought after salon gel manicure at home.

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If you’re a fan of gel nail polish, then it’s likely you’ve considered investing in an at home gel kit. The at-home gel manicure alternatives are popping up in beauty and drug stores everywhere.  For $70 this starter kit aims to give you a salon gel manicure, complete with LED lights and curing time. A major benefit for me is that it takes about half the time than in the salon!  This kit also comes with everything you need; cuticle stick, file and buffer, the base coat (step one), nail polish color (step two), top coat (step three), an acetone nail polish remover, and 10 nail cleanser pads (last step). The bottles are actually labeled Steps 1, 2, and 3 – and the LED light shuts off when it’s finished so trust me when I say it’s pretty fool proof.  Also a plus, once you bite the bullet and buy one starter kit, then you only have to get the refill polishes and remover as needed.  The colors come in 32 popular shades that offer both sparkle and high-shine and start at just under $10 buckeroos.

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BOTTOM LINE…

Here are the claims:

  1. Up to 10 gel manicures per kit – great value vs. the salon
  2. Up to 2 week wear
  3. No chips
  4. No dry time
  5. Flawless mirror shine

The verdict:

I found these claims 1-5 to be accurate although similar to a salon manicure how well you take care of your nails matters in terms of longevity. The other thing to consider is how good you are with painting your nails. Not having given myself a ton of at home manicures (although now that I have this little baby this just might change) I must admit I’m not very good at it. I’m also not great at clipping my cuticles which makes a pretty big difference in terms of getting that salon gel manicure look at home. Still, I plan on getting more colors and continuing to use this.  I’d definitely recommend Sally Hansen Gel Manicure Kit for anyone wanting a pretty gel manicure, while saving pennies and precious time.  Brides and bridesmaids rejoice!!

Now onto the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips:

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I reviewed Glitz Blitz which pairs nicely with most shades including neutrals like Shell We Dance gel nail polish shown above.  Salon Effects retail from $9.00 to $10.99 and can be easily found at your local beauty supply or drug store.  Now first let me say I am not a nail sticker or glitter nail girl, but I was willing to break the rules for the sake of this review. And now you can call me the rule breaker because I’m certain to do it again!  Glitz Blitz has more of a grown up glitter look, which I would have never known from the box.  Also, these are not stickers. It wears like nail polish because it is nail polish. Oh, and absolutely no drying time, so you’re ready to go in no time flat.

BOTTOM LINE…

Here are the claims:

  • Lasts up to 10 days
  • Removes easily with nail polish remover
  • Fashion-forward styles
  • Each box includes 16 Nail Polish Strips, Cuticle Stick, Mini File & Buffer

All true.  Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips are ideal for this busy blogger on a budget.  And budget aside, most often I don’t have time to spend an hour at the nail salon. Boom! A last minute meeting doesn’t have to mean my nails look a fright…even if my hair does.

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If you have a product you’d like to have considered for review please leave a comment or send an email to info(at)societybride(dot)com!

Photography credit: Robin Yeager | Bridal Clutch: Cahoots Handbags

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