4 things that can instantly ruin your mani

4 things that can instantly ruin your mani

If you’re the kind of girl who loves painting her own nails, it’s so frustrating when that perfect glossy manicure gets ruined in what seems like a matter of seconds.

So, for the sake of your sanity (and the longevity of your flawless manicure, of course), we’ve decided to give you an easy-as-pieSally Hansensolution for the most common manicure-ruining culprits. It is, after all, Australia’s #1 nail treatment brand*.


No matter how stellar a job you’ve done with your nail polish, if your cuticles are cracked and peeling, your manicure is going to look anything but immaculate. Plus, let’s not gloss (pun totally intended) over the fact that dry, peeling cuticles can be painful – especially when a ragged one gets caught on your jumper. Or when you’re just casually trying to squeeze a lemon. Ouch!

The fix: Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab™

The hydrating (and delightfully scented) formula contains jasmine and rose extracts to soften and smooth cuticles, as well as emollient oils, which go a long way in sorting out those and rough and ragged edges. The added bonus? Nutrients in the formula also work to improve nail growth and prevent breakages.


A manicure is only as strong as the nails underneath it, and if your nails are prone to splitting, breaking, and tearing, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Also, how irritating is it when your nails are all different lengths?!

The fix: Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Instant Nail Hardener

Sadly, there’s no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to improving the strength and resilience of your nails, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an effective solution. And you don’t even need to take a break from painting your nails. Used as a base coat or on its own, Diamond Strength’s micro-diamond crystal formula adheres to nails, and essentially creates a protective layer that helps to strengthen nails in five to seven days.  


Chipping polish is annoying enough, but then throw in a finish that loses its gloss after a few hours and you’ve got yourself a manicure you’re not exactly proud of. So how do you keep that finish looking luxe when your nail polish is still wet? And how do you make sure that glossiness sticks around?

The fix: Sally Hansen 3D Gel Shine Top Coat

Unlike your typical top coat that prevents chipping, this one is thicker and, thanks to some fancy vinyl and gel technology in the formula, gives your nails a multidimensional shine – all while protecting your nails from chips, scratches, and scrapes, naturally.


Ah, the bane of every woman’s existence. Sometimes it seems that no matter how long you wait and how often you gently blow your freshly-painted nails, a smudge is right around the corner. That means you need to repaint or compromise on how good your mani looks. No, thanks!

The fix: Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Dry & Go Drops

We’re sure there’s some complicated science behind how this works, but here’s all you need to know: a few drops of this stuff, and your nails are dry to the touch in a minute, and completely dry in less than two. Nice knowing you, stupid smudges.

Used individually to target your specific issues, or used together for an overall  professional looking mani, you’ll find that these Sally Hansen products will work incredibly hard to not only treat any problems, but also prevent them from reoccurring. Basically, you’ll be able to achieve that gorgeous salon-quality finish for every manicure, which is pretty damn good.

Want to incorporate these manicure-fixers into your kit? Fabulous! Because we’ve got 5 Sally Hansen manicure packs, which contain all of the products mentioned, to give away. Simply fill in the form below and tell us about your nail concerns to go in the draw to win. Competition closes AEST 11:59 p.m. May 25.Can’t see the form? Click here.

* Based on Aztec scan data – Grocery & Pharmacy combined, $ value sales, MAT 1/1/15

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