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.”
— ulta.com

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.

Day 1

Ingredients

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,

Karen