Why do you need a Life Proof Nail Polish? Share and win with Sally Hansen

Oh the woes of the home manicure.

First there’s the meticulous planning to find half an hour (if I’m lucky) where I won’t need to dress, go to the loo, eat, sleep, scratch an itch or leave the house.

The impossible has happened – it’s a Sunday and everyone is still asleep. Okay, here we go.

All the tools are prepped and ready – damn, where are my clippers? WHERE? Oh here.

Okay okay, cuticles first. Stab stab stab. Ouch! Never mind, that’s far enough. Now for the length. Clip clip – is that short enough? Little more? Clip clip. Too short? That’s okay, I’ll fix it with the file. Back forth back forth back forth – OUCH! Too far!

Phew! They look neat enough.

Now comes the part we all dread. The paint. Dip, blob. Ugh! Swipe swipe swipe. Nail polish runs into the freshly pressed cuticles like a river of fire. Blow blow blow! Scrape away the excess.

Review. Good, the left hand done. Now for the right.

Give the polish bottle a fresh shake, knock my hand against the table. Ring finger is destroyed! It’s the cursed nail! Dab dab dab at my nail with my finger trying to smooth it over. Sigh, I’ll come back for you later.

Now for the right hand. Dip, blob. Ugh! Okay, swipe swipe swipe. It looks a bit like a Picasso artwork, without any of the art. Never mind, the second coat will hide it. I think.

Review. Yeah, pretty good job.

Oh no! Now I need to wee! And I’m wearing jeans!

You know what’s the worst though? If, after all this, your manicure chips after just two days. And I mean, let’s be honest, you don’t want to go around caring more about perfect nails than about life! No, if you’ve finally mastered the at-home manicure, you want it to work as hard as you do.

So hands up, who wants some #LifeProofPolish?

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel suits life right from the start. It has been designed for idiot-proof painting, with a flat, broad, slightly curved brush that easily spreads out the polish and covers your nail in practically one stroke. Two coats gives you a nice, solid shade, and the gel-look top coat adds that super shiny finish. Oh, and did I mention the price (R130) is very nice too?

But what’s the real draw here? It’s pretty hard-core. I’ve worn it through our move from Cape Town to Stellenbosch, packing and stacking and cleaning and unloading and rearranging, and it didn’t chip at all. The most I saw was slight wear-down at the front and slight cracks that could easily be fixed with a fresh top coat.

So this home-manicure gives long-wear and the resilience of gel nails without the need to cure, or soak off – something I find suuuuper tedious.

On a daily basis I’m cooking, washing, tearing open product boxes, styling, gardening, fixing things around the home, putting makeup on, taking makeup off and rummaging around my bag looking for house keys. I need a manicure that can keep up.

What about you?

Tell me why you need #LifeProofPolish and Win with Sally Hansen

One 9Lives reader will win a Sally Hansen hamper worth R1000! To enter, tell me why you need #LifeProofPolish. Share your entries in the comments below, enter on social media or send a mail to sayhello@9lives.co.za. One entry per person, per platform, and entries close 27 February 2018.

Main pic: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in 184 Frill Seaker

This post has been sponsored by Sally Hansen


  1. Stephanie anie February 21, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    I am a nail polish addict, and what better way to get your nails looking pretty than this Gel!!! Would love to wi this prize!!!

  2. Losh Don Kisten February 21, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    In between home, house work, typing a milllion emails, doing reports, capturing info, sometimes chewing my nails in frusteration …I SO need #LifeProofPolish – would be totally amamzing to win this

  3. Losh Don Kisten February 21, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    In between home, house work, typing a milllion emails, doing reports, capturing info, sometimes chewing my nails in frusteration …I SO need #LifeProofPolish – would be totally amazing to win this

  4. Anusha Naidoo February 21, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    A absolutely wonderful interesting and enlightening review thank you.
    It will be a absolute delight and pleasure to win this as a busy mommy with career, household duties, mommy duties I desperately need this product its perfect for me it is quick and easy to apply, long wearing and I never to stress or be conscious of chipped nail polish ….uuuugh its not a great sight lol. I can feel confident with great looking nails , no more busy mommy looking nails but with this amazing product I can have beautiful nails every day.

  5. Lynn Botha February 21, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    I was a nail biter right up until I hit my early twenties. Did well, had a bad relapse in my 30’s and now I’m early 40’s and I’m.doing great. Problem is my nails are pretty soft and thin, also I have to remind myself to be more delicate with my hands. I would love to win.. It’s time for me to show off my nails.. and with 2 young kiddies, I break them way too often Thank you #LifeProofPolish

  6. shaheeda loofer February 21, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Think of the possibilities. .It will save me so much time as it’s hard wearing. As a high school teacher whose always marking ..I would so appreciate a nail polish that can keep up with my pressures at work..

  7. Depashni Marie February 22, 2018 at 9:44 am

    I am a huge nail polish addict. I can’t seem to stop buying new colours and trying our all the latest nail trends. I would love to win this amazing hamper. Who wouldn’t love long lasting manicures especially when I’m a very hands on person from washing dishes to working with my hands at work.

  8. Thandie Phakati February 22, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    To be honest I need it because juggling motherhood and work actually doesn’t give me time to give myself a manicure frequently. I need that girlfriend type of nail polish that will stick with you till the end ?

  9. Janel Sunderlall February 22, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    I am a stay at home mum with no time to go get my nails done, between schol drops, cleaning and cooking i need nail polish thats quick and fail proof. I would really love to try these beauties?

  10. Dianne Steele February 22, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    I started using sally”s in 2005 in Canada.still loves the product. Only uses SH. Would love to win. Thank you for a great product.:)

  11. Thea lennox February 23, 2018 at 3:58 am

    With me being busy on a computer and washing dishes i need some strong nail polish.

  12. Tania Brewis February 23, 2018 at 8:29 am

    I’m always washing dishes, bathing the kids, so my nailpolish never last on my nails. I need this so my nails won’t chip or lose their shine. #LifeProofPolish

  13. Nicolette Nunes February 23, 2018 at 9:26 am

    I am a mom of a toddler and have very little time to do my nails, so I need something that is going to last when I am going to do it. #LifeProofPolish

  14. Abigaile February 23, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    I absolutely love doing my own nails I find it quote therapeutic. I would love to try nails polish that will withstand everyday pressure I put on my nail polish.#Lifeproofpolish

  15. Anna C Rennie February 23, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    With the duties of daily life, I only use Sally Hansen products. From cuticle remover to nail polish. With us just moving into a new house and to scrub and clean for 3 weeks to get this house clean, my hands are in need of some serious TLC. I would love to win so that I can get my hands beautiful again.

  16. Pravina Walabh February 24, 2018 at 5:53 am

    I need #LifeProofPolish because when I’m not cooking up a storm in the kitchen I’m slaving away on DIY projects for interior deco.

    My DIY manicures are embarrassing to say the least and don’t withstand my tasks, so I am in desperate need of “idiot-proof-painting” by Sally Hansen.

  17. Thembeni Ndaba February 24, 2018 at 10:56 am

    1. I don’t really have time to go to a Salon.
    2. I naturally have strong beautiful nails, already use Sally Hansen to keep them looking great and the colors Oh My God ?❤. Even this moment they are painted with a Sally Hansen nail polish. I love Gel it lasts longer and more perfects my nails ? but overall Sally Hansen for me has never dissapointed ?

  18. Beverley February 24, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    I love nail but it does not seem to love me. I can never get them to stay for more than a day. I always have nails that are smudged or cracked nail polish. This would be perfect for me. I would love to try this out sounds so amazing. Here’s to me having pretty nails

  19. Thubelihle Shabalala February 26, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    It makes life a lot easier it gets to dry real Quicker and be able to continue with your task without worrying about polish being ruined and your nails looking ridiculous

  20. Henriette February 26, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    I definitely need some idiot proof and #lifeproofpolish in my life! Life with a toddler boy means very little time for nail care and a lot of not-so-gentle on the nails dirty play outside 😉

  21. Lauren H February 26, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    I work all day, helping people who have been injured at work, get back to doing their work! (: often this means that from demonstrating lifting objects and pushing and pulling things leaves my latest polish ruined after a few days!! I would love this voucher (it’s also my best guilty pleasure)

  22. Nikita Fredericks February 27, 2018 at 11:07 am

    I desperately need #LifeProofPolish because I teach high-school kids. Allll the marking leaves very little time to myself, but I also want to show my learners that you can express yourself in different ways. My nails are a way I choose to express myself, and the only artistic outlet I have. Please, please pick me.

  23. Deborah Naidoo February 27, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    I’m a civil engineer who loves my long painted nails. With the hustle and bustle of the office aswell as construct sites, my nail polish was always flaking and chipping. Other brands of nail polish do nothing to protect my nails and my nails are always breaking. Silly Hansen nail polish has changed the game for me, the polish stays on for WEEKS and my nails are long and stronger than ever! Sally Hansen is provides the best #LifeProofPolish for women on the go!

  24. Candice February 27, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    I honestly have never had my nails done before. It always makes me so jealous when I see other women with these beautiful nails. I would be so greatful to win this prize as my poor fingers look like niknak fingers according to my mother… It would really upgrade the look of my fingers and take the focus off my eczema scarring.. #LifeProofPolish

  25. Bhavana Singh February 27, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    I really need this Amazing #LifeProofPolish as my life is so hectic and I hardly find the time to take care of my nails also with constantly being busy with my hands like washing dishes and bathing the little kids my nails are brittle, chipped, weak and ugly so please pick me and rescue my damaged nails.

  26. Phophi Ramavhoya February 27, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    I really need #LifeProofPolish because I have these long beautiful nails that always chip and break due to having to remove nailpolish twice a week because it chips. So this would honestly be incredibly amazing.

  27. Daniela Cardoso February 27, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Great review, would love to try it. I really need to take better care of my nails….I am always at the beach swimming or surfing and the saltwater really is not kind to my nails at all. #LifeProofPolish would really be a blessing and make my nails look superb

  28. Cathy Badenhorst February 28, 2018 at 12:59 am

    #LifeProofPolish such a great brand and quality product which I could really use to pamper my nails which I do tend to neglect especially as I garden a lot and they look awful at the moment

  29. Charmaine Balraj February 28, 2018 at 4:06 am

    Mom of 3 boys yeah life is very hectic.always washing dishes handwashing. This is really cool.

  30. Marcelle Holmes February 28, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    I#lifeproofpolish would assist me in giving back to the ladies in my community ranging from grandma to unemployed mom in my wellness class that cant afford to be pampered because life’s just too tough out there.#SallyHansen is a great product to be associated to


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