Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pardon My Garden, swatch

Sally Hansen — Pardon My Garden (Complete Salon Manicure) Swatch & Review

Brand: Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure line is a funny one for me. I often find myself attracted to the well-executed, trendy colors, but there are many things about the formula and packaging that I dislike. Add to that the unreasonably high price—comparable to superior drugstore options in Essie and L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile—and I’m rarely keen to purchase from this line.

Despite my misgivings, I did recently pick up a few more of these, so today’s polish is Pardon My Garden (530), a pale mint green cream with a hint of blue.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pardon My Garden
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pardon My Garden

I freely admit that I mostly bought this one for the name! It’s cute, isn’t it? Plus, pale greens are nice and spring-y, aren’t they?

Sadly, a clever name and an Easter theme aren’t enough to save this polish from a scathing review.

I hate the Complete Salon Manicure brush, firstly. It’s too big, too thick, too unevenly cut (seriously? priced like Essie and you can’t provide a good brush?!), and the brush stem is very wide so it collects way too much polish. I’m constantly having to wipe down the stem on the inner bottle neck, but because the stem is flat and wide, it’s not possible to wipe a lot of the polish off on the small, round neck. So when I’m applying, there’s a constant stream of unwanted polish flowing down onto the brush.

Next, the formula is a bit too goopy. I know it’s a very whitened pastel, which normally is a pain to apply, so I am a bit more understanding here. But the brush is just so bad that it makes this polish that much harder to apply when the formula is not nice and smooth.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pardon My Garden, swatch
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pardon My Garden, swatch

On the positive side, the pigmentation and coverage are good. Two coats are needed, mostly to try to smooth out the polish. As you can see in my swatches, the polish still does look a little lumpy and uneven.

With a good brush, I think this polish would have performed at least 50% better, but as it is, I really am not a fan.

Unless you really have your heart set on the color, give this one a miss.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pardon My Garden, label
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Pardon My Garden, label


Sally Hansen Color Therapy contains 0.5 US fl oz / 14.7 mL and retails for around US$7.99 / CA$9.95. The formula is free from toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

Sally Hansen’s website states that Sally Hansen and her husband developed a Hard as Nails nail treatment in the late 1950s. (This begs to differ! How odd.) Sally Hansen, the company, was purchased by Coty Inc. in 1997 when the cosmetics giant acquired Del Laboratories, which owned brands like Sally Hansen, La Cross, and NYC (New York Color). Coty itself was founded in Paris, France in 1904; today it is headquartered in New York, NY, USA. Coty is the world’s third largest cosmetics company, with brands like OPI, Rimmel, and leading fragrances (including Calvin Klein, Chloé, and Marc Jacobs) in its portfolio.

🇺🇸Made in USA
🇺🇸Company based in USA
Bourjois So Laque Glossy Nail Enamel in Amande défilé, swatch

Bourjois — Amande défilé (So Laque Glossy Nail Enamel) Swatch & Review

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ☘️

Here’s the trailer to my new favorite Irish movie, Sing Street, which I mini-reviewed last month:

Brand: Bourjois

I tried Bourjois’ So Laque Nail Enamel many years ago, having picked one up on a trip to England. They’ve changed the product name slightly, but it’s still under the “So Laque” line and comes in the same bottle. Finally, last year, I got a new So Laque from Shoppers Drug Mart.

Amande défilé (04)—which translates to the lovely idea of an “almond parade”, and not anything to do with defiling!—is a beautiful pistachio green cream, very soft and the perfect kind of pastel to me—that is, with a base that isn’t too chalky white.

Bourjois So Laque Glossy Nail Enamel in Amande défilé
Bourjois So Laque Glossy Nail Enamel in Amande défilé

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Crawford Street — Grapefruit Mint Salt Scrub Review

I came across Toronto-based natural bath & body brand Crawford Street while browsing the sales at (referral link) a couple of weeks ago, and since I was on the market for a new body scrub, and I’m a sucker for most anything citrus-scented/flavored, I bought the Grapefruit Mint Salt Scrub.

The instructions for the salt scrub are as follows (from Crawford Street):

We found the best way to use this scrub is to draw a bath. Hop in and wet your body. Stand up in the bath and use your salt scrub. Start at the feet and work up to get a stimulating circulation and lymphatic treatment. Avoid face, neck and chest. Let the scrub fall into the bath. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Essie Nail Polish in Passport to Happiness, swatch

Essie — Passport to Happiness (Nail Polish) Swatch & Review

Collection: Essie 2016 Spring, Bridal

I hit up my favorite local beauty supply for an Essie haul, but for whatever reason I only picked up a single polish! I really wanted Taj-Ma-Haul from the 2016 Resort collection, but as luck would have it, that was literally the only shade missing from their Resort display! There were loads of the other three colors, of course, but none of them spoke to me, so all I got was one color from Essie’s 2016 Bridal collection. Not being a huge soft neutrals kind of person, I usually don’t find the bridal shades too appealing. This one is a huge exception!

Passport to Happiness (980—Essie are getting remarkably close to a 4-digit product code!) and the other bridal colors aren’t yet up on Essie’s website, so I don’t have their official shade description. I call it a pale mint pastel packed with fine, pearly shimmer that gives it the finish of a satin ribbon.

Charlotte Olympia satin court shoes, pumps, mint green
Charlotte Olympia Satin Court Pumps in mint green. Image:

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Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer in La Petite Mint-Sieur, swatch

Color Club — La Petite Mint-Sieur (Professional Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: Color Club 2014 Spring, Paris in Love

I scored a pack of six Color Club polishes, plus a clear top coat, marked down to CA$5 at Winners.

Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer, Paris in Love collection

The Color Club packs sold at Winners are typically unlabeled, but the colors all looked like the ones in Color Club’s Spring 2014 Paris in Love collection. I’ll have to label the bottles myself.

La Petite Mint-Sieur (1038) is a pastel, leafy green cream. Very pretty, like mint ice cream!

My French is no good, so the only meaning I can imagine for the shade’s name is that it’s an awkward play on the word monsieur…but, surely the name should be Le Petit Mint-Sieur (masculine for The Little Gentleman)? I’m not getting something, or else I’m overthinking the name of a mint green nail color!

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Barry M Nail Paint in Mint Green, swatch

Throwback Tuesday! Barry M — Mint Green (Nail Paint) Swatch & Review

Brand: Barry M

Barry M is one of those fun drugstore brands that I’ve been fortunate enough to try, just so I can bemoan the fact that they’re not available in North America, where I live.

The range of colors is fun, the price is tough to beat, and I’m always a bit envious when I see British beauty bloggers showing off their Barry Ms!

I only have two Barry M Nail Paints: one from my first trip to England and another from a swap with a (if I recall correctly) Scottish MUAer.

fivezero in London, England at Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, 2007
We visited the beautiful Kew Gardens on my first trip to London in 2007.
We lucked out with a nice, sunny day! I still need to watch
David Attenborough’s Kingdom of Plants, which was shot there.

Today’s swatch is Mint Green (304), which I picked up at a Boots pharmacy along with a Bourjois nail polish (this was before Bourjois became available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada). Mint Green is as you’d imagine: a fresh, minty green cream that just veers into pastel territory.

This polish also counts as a Throwback Thursday, since it’s from at least 2007. It’s also no longer available on the official site, so I assume it’s discontinued. Guess I should have saved it for this Thursday. Oops! Well, Tuesday starts with a T, too.

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Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer in Mint Chocolate Chip, swatch

Morgan Taylor — Mint Chocolate Chip (Professional Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Brand: Morgan Taylor

Continuing with brands of polish that are new to me, here’s one from
Morgan Taylor

Mint Chocolate Chip is a spring-y, pastel mint green cream that leans to the blue side. I do kind of wish they’d added some chocolate brown confetti sprinkles, or just not included “Chocolate Chip” in the shade name. That’s just misleading!

Morgan Taylor Professional Nail Lacquer in Mint Chocolate Chip

Mint chocolate chip ice cream
Mint chocolate chip ice cream. Image:

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