Sea and Be Seen with Sally Hansen nail polish

by Bionic Beauty on 28.Aug.2010 · 9 comments

Upon my normal digging through the clearance beauty bin at Walgreens (usually it’s located on the back end-cap of the beauty aisle, but varies depending on store layout), I found a few bottles of this Sally Hansen Complete Salon nail polish in “Sea and Be Seen” for only $2.99!

Bionic Beauty blog - Review and swatch of Sally Hansen Complete Salon nail polish in Sea and Be Seen

Sea and Be Seen nail polish scored on clearance!

Sea and Be Seen is a translucent powder blue loaded with very fine glitter. It took me 3 coats to get even application and to achieve bottle color – which makes it the least pigmented of all the Complete Salon enamels (my collection also includes Black Platinum, Gray by Gray, and Commander in Chic) I have tried.

However it’s still absolutely gorgeous when you step into bright light… This polish becomes almost a duo-chrome with silver, blue, teal, and purple shimmer. Sea and Be Seen worked perfectly for me with my slightly faded jeans!

Be sure to dig through those beauty clearance bins, Bionic Beauties! You never know what you’ll find.


1 Maria August 28, 2010 at 8:35 am

Nice. Wish they had green.

2 Bionic Beauty August 30, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Hi Maria,
There are some really nice greens in the Complete Salon collection actually! I think they are mostly creams though. I’ll be sure to take some pictures next time I visit the store display so you all can see the color range. 🙂

3 Jessica August 28, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I love this one!! good find!!

4 Bionic Beauty August 30, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Thanks Jessica! It would look great with your skin tone. I wasn’t too sure about how I’d like it at first since it was so light; but it really grew on me!

I actually just realized that it’s kinda close to the blue accents and hyperlink colors here on Bionic Beauty. So I guess Sea and Be Seen’s hex code would be #237fa1 but with a dose of shimmer added. Ha ha!!
Happy Monday, by the way!

5 Tashi August 29, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Clearance rocks!! Makes it easier to indulge in another color, or to try something new. Pretty color. Did you also use base and top coats? I’m guessing yes, since I recall you mentioning them every now and then.

6 Bionic Beauty August 30, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Hey Tashi, Yes… the clearance bins are my favorite stop in most any store. 😀
I did use a base and top coat. I pretty much always do since my nails are very flexible and tend to tear and break – hence nail polish without a base and top coat just doesn’t last for me.

For this manicure, I used a mixed base coat. I had a bit of Seche clear base coat and a bit of INM’s Out the Door base coat. Both are available at Sally’s and usually at Target stores. However, DO NOT mix them. I’ve tried this combo a few times now (I just wanted to use the last bits up), and it just makes an awful base coat when combined.

Since I’m traveling right now, I don’t have all my fave polish varieties with me…
My must-have base coat is either CND’s Stickey or Dermelect’s Launchpad base coat (it made my Best of Beauty 2009 list). Dermelect’s base coat is a bit pricey, but holy crow is it worth every penny!!!

For top coats, I use Seche Vite over polishes that are clumpy or have chunky glitter. It’s a thick formula that smooths everything out. Plus it dries quick. For regular polish (cremes, frosts, shimmers) I use my el-cheapo “Super Dry” quick dry top coat.

Or one of my many matte top coats (love, love, love!)- Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Matte, essie’s Matte About You, or Orly’s Nails for Males (my review and swatches; and my matte nail tips and tricks).

I hope this helps! And this reminds me… I need to go put another clear coat on my nails since they are getting a little weak.
Hope you had a good Monday, chica! 🙂

7 Tashi August 31, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Thanks, Jami, for the info, comments, and reminders on the polish/base and top coats topic. Mucho appreciated-o. 🙂 Yes, it all does help me. Right now, my nails are bare, mostly because I need to grow them out a wee bit more, to feel more confident about polishing them. I know you’ve talked about polishing short nails, which is cool. I just need to grow mine out a bit, and keep up better on manicuring them. Because I tend to fidget sometimes, work on computers often, and just deal with life in general, my nails take a beating. I’m proud to say, though, that I don’t *bite* my nails.

Thanks! I had a nice Monday. Hope you and all of the other BB-ers did as well. 😀

8 Bionic Beauty August 31, 2010 at 4:01 pm

I’ve been working on growing mine out as well. But my nail beds are short so no matter what I do, my nails would never be super long. I do think keeping a clear coat on them, like I have been doing lately, keeps them stronger and they’ve certainly grown much longer!

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