Friday, May 4, 2018

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri and Miracle Gel Top Coat Review


Hi, friends! Long time, no write! In case you are not aware, I've been spending a TON of time on my PerseveringStar YouTube channel (would love it if you'd check it out) and, clearly, not as much here on the blog. However, I received some awesome Sally Hansen polishes to review for you and I decided since it had been a while (and I do still want to keep PerseveringStar "the blog" in fine operating order), I decided to do so here. First, as always, the pics!
Here are the products featured in this post. From left to right: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Silver Stallion and Petal to the Metal and Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Color Filters Top Coat in Strobe.

On all but ring finger, two coats of PttM. On ring finger, two coats of SS.

Same as above with the addition of one coat of Strobe.

I have never made a secret of the fact that I LOVE Sally Hansen's signature wide brushes. They make application a breeze and definitely shorten the process. I found both of the Insta-Dri polishes not only fast drying but also very smooth and fairly opaque in two coats. I'm also VERY fond of Strobe. It is just one of a new series of "Color Filters" top coats that each offer a special effect to your nails. In this case, it is a metallic pink-y shimmer, and I LOVE it! I suspect the effect will be far more visible over cream polishes than they were over these already metallic/chrome-y shades and I will definitely share pics once I try it over such a shade. But even though the effect was subtle over these two particular shades, I got many compliments on this mani and even after a week, I have only minimal tip wear and chipping. I would highly recommend all three of these polishes. 

Check out Sally Hansen's website for store locators, pricing and any additional info you might need.

*The polishes reviewed in this post were provided for my honest review and consideration. As always, all opinions expressed are completely my own. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

What Makes Me Smile?

Rainbows and a bright blue sky.
No longer wanting to die
or feeling the need to cry.
Being a butterfly
with wings spread, ready to fly.
Not needing any particular reason why.
Going the extra mile.
Feeling all is right with the world for a little while.
Rocking mismatched clothes without any style.
Not feeling my mouth fill with bile.
Knowing that there is one man I enchant and beguile.

All this and more, my reasons to smile.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Press Release - Sally Hansen Big Polish Guards Cuticle Protectors


Polish slip-ups can happen but not with the Sally Hansen Big Polish Guards Cuticle Protectors. They’re the newest innovation in at-home manicures. Just wrap your cuticles, paint on color and then peel away any mishaps. This means each hand (yes, both) will get the same, flawless results. It’s really that simple. Big Polish Guards Cuticle Protectors give you the freedom to paint your nails at home, mess-free.

Sally Hansen Big Polish Guards Cuticle Protectors slip on so you can paint your nails then peel away any mistakes. Find the super-flex guard that fits your nails to create a barrier and ensure a flawless polish line, every time.
Formula & Benefits: Provides a perfect manicure for both hands, Salon precision at home, Super-flex guards that fit all nail shapes, No mess, no fuss, no polish clean up. 

What do you guys think about this idea? Personally, I think it is BRILLIANT and I hope to get my hands on some to review very soon! 

Happy New Year, friends!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

I Am Nowhere Near My Last Bloom

For my writing group (which meets tomorrow night), it was my job to come up with the prompts for this week. I can't lie, they were not conjured from my imagination (as they usually are) but, rather, chosen after I googled "writing prompts". One of them was to choose the final line of a previous piece of writing or journal entry and to use that as the opening of the new piece. Suffice it to say, that's the prompt I chose. I ended a poem with the title of this one some time in 2014 and the line grabbed me now, as it did then. If you're curious, read on. If you enjoy what you read, I'd love it if you'd follow this blog (and join the HUGE group of roughly thirty like-minded folks who already have). If not, that's cool, too. 

I am nowhere near
my last bloom.
Fuck sorrow and fear.
There is no room for them
in my life anymore.
Of course
I am real.
I feel the pair. 
In my humble opinion
more than my fair share.
I cannot help but care
even about those
who do not deserve
my mind
my heart
my time.
I am not blind.
I recognize
when I am told lies
although sometimes
they take me by surprise.
I tend to trust
far too often
and for far too long
but damn it
this is not my swan song.
In spite of my open heart
and easily mislead mind
I find a way to get along.
Thank you
to those who love me
and thank you 
to those who lie.
Thank you
to those who support me
and thank you
to those who make me cry.
It is because of you
that I am strong
and know right from wrong.
This is not my swan song.
I am nowhere near
my last bloom
not when there is still 
so much room
to grow
and thrive
and be alive.

Monday, September 4, 2017

I Wrote a Thing

Taunting me
like a ghost
haunting me.
of years gone by
making me want to cry.
Fuck you
but also thank you
for pointing out
what is true.
The more bridges I burn
the more I learn
and my world once rocked
continues to turn.
I cannot forget
but I choose
not to regret
for I am stronger now.
My life is not over yet.
Trust misplaced
cannot be erased
but the knowledge gained
must be embraced.
Life is beauty and pain
loss and gain
sometimes a shit show
and sometimes exceedingly plain.
To those who have hurt me
you number many
but hatred for you?
I do not harbor any.
Catch and release
I unburden my heart
so the pain will cease.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Open Book

Wrote this piece for tonight's writing group. Took me about a minute. Still not sure if that's good or bad. The prompt I chose was "Open Book".

For so long
I lived in silence
afraid of how
my words and ideas
might be perceived.
I dwelled
in a shell
a hell
of my own making
just aching
to be believed.
But now
all that has changed
my philosophy
is rearranged.
But now you see
I am free.
My life
my soul
an open book
if only
you take the time
to look.

Saturday, June 17, 2017


I just did something big, today. HUGE, in fact. I deleted my beauty blog. Not my first blog POST, mind you, the entire thing, the big kahuna.

On March 30, 2011, I launched my beauty blog, then called "Got Polish?", with the following post:

Hello, dear readers. Welcome to my new blog! Some of you may know, I write a blog entitled "Kari On" in which I discuss all of the day to day chaos, turmoil, drama and occasional beauty in my life. However, I've been posting polish pics and, in essence, polish blogging on my Facebook page for several months now and I thought that perhaps it was time for a blog devoted strictly to polish (thanks to my friend, Michelle, for the suggestion). I've loved polish since I was a little girl. However, my spark of interest was rekindled earlier this year (thanks to my friend, Destany, for pointing me in the direction of Zoya nail polish). I'm looking forward to relieving some of my near-constant stress and hopefully providing a little bit of information and fun to all who choose to read and/or follow this blog. Without further ado...

Presenting...Tallulah (forgive me, Tori Spelling, for bogarting the name of your children's book. I do *heart* me some Tori Spelling.)

Tallulah was my very first Zoya polish. If you know me at all, you know how much I adore all things blue. I chose Tallulah as one of my three free colors during Zoya's first Facebook promotion, in which you could choose three free colors and only pay $6.95 shipping. SUCH a great deal. Application was a DREAM and this is only ONE coat *gasp*. A Zoya love affair was born.

To those of you expecting "woe is me, Kari", trust me, she's not going anywhere, despite my best attempts to ditch her. However, she will be joined by "polish Kari" who is generally a hell of a lot more fun. Enjoy, won't you?

*Update 3-21-15
As I look back at this, my very first post, just NINE days before the four year anniversary of this blog, I have to add a very important codicil.  I now DESPISE Tori Spelling.  Like, with a fiery passion.

Okay, as you were.

As many (okay, some) of you may know, I stopped writing on that blog months ago, deciding instead to combine all of my loves into THIS very blog you're reading (I hope) right now, "PerseveringStar" (aka "the artist formerly known as 'Kari On'"). I've got to tell you, that blog gave me a lot of joy, a lot of free swag to review and a great deal of satisfaction, for a time. But that time, my friends, has passed. Like life, blogs evolve and sometimes become obsolete. That time has come for "Got Polish?" aka "Butterfly's Landing". Now is the time for "PerseveringStar", here on Blogger, on YouTube, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, you get the drift. So I hope that eventually, some of the people who subbed to that blog (in all honesty, many did so years ago as a sort of "sub for sub" exchange when I was active in a nail polish-based Facebook group) might find their ways here. If not, I certainly hope that others will. You, my friends, the few, the cherished, who have already subscribed, mean the WORLD to me. Your support, friendship and encouragement are a large part of the reason I even continue with these cray cray (as the kids would say) endeavors o' mine. I love you. You matter, truly.

That being said, it's "see ya later" (I prefer not to use that more permanent "goodb.." word, ever) to my "beauty blog" and time to respark my love of (for? fuck if I've ever been good at grammar) "PerseveringStar", the blog. (I feel like I'm in Spaceballs, the movie. Hope at least a few of you get that reference.) So, please stay with me if you're already here, encourage like-minded friends with exceptional taste to join us and hang on to your asses. It's going to be one hell of a condensed yet simplified ride.

Much love,