Punk rock: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pastel Punk collection

I love it when I get new nail polish collections.

Although I certainly do not need any more polishes, it’s still super exciting when new collections come out since I love seeing each brand’s take on the new season.

For spring, Sally Hansen has released a collection exclusive to Canada that pays homage to the ’80s.  The Pastel Punk collection, which arrived in stores this month, is a fun collection that is inspired by the bright colours of the 1980s. This collection is in their Miracle Gel formula, which is a two-step at-home gel system with no light needed. Step 1, the colour, includes a base coat and then you grab Step 2, the topcoat to seal it all in. The topcoat provides a gel finish with shine that lasts longer than your typical polish.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pastel Punk Canadian exclusive collection

The colours in this collection are very summery as they lean more towards pastels (hence the name, duh). Here’s the thing though, all the polish names have nothing to do with punk or the ’80s. In fact, it kinda seems like Sally Hansen just took a different, marriage or Hawaiian-themed collection and then just changed it and said it’s exclusive to Canada. Upon doing further research into each particular polish, it looks like this collection is a mish-mash of polishes from different recent collections, all of which were.. you guessed it.. beach themed.

Anyways, if you are looking for some fun lighter colours this season, this collection has you covered. There are cremes and shimmers in this collection, and for the most part, I only had to use two coats for the majority of the colours (I used three for After Alter and I Lava You).  Since the colours are so light, it really is a collection suitable for every skin tone.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pastel Punk collection, Shell-beration swatch Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pastel Punk collection, Ocean Daze swatched Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pastel Punk collection, Just Maui'd swatched Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pastel Punk collection, I Lava You swatched Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pastel Punk collection, After Alter swatched Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Pastel Punk collection, Golden Glow swatched

Overall, I think this is a really fun collection, and there are a few colours in here that I think would be staples in anyone’s nail collection. Namely, After Alter, Ocean Daze, and Just Maui’d. I love bright pastels for spring, and this collection just hits it on the head with them.

On another completely unrelated note, since I have you here already I wanted to chat about a colourful show I recently watched here in Winnipeg this past weekend.  Cavalia Odysseo is in town once again under the big white tent at the corner of Sterling Lyon Parkway and Kenaston Blvd.  I did see the show last time it was in town and loved it so much that I just had to see it again.

In case you aren’t familiar with the touring production, Cavalia Odysseo is a blend of equestrian and performing arts, complete with awe-inspiring special effects. There are 50 riders, acrobats, aerialists, musicians, and horses that put on an incredible two-hour show. Think Cirque du Soleil, but with horses.

Like I said, I had previously seen the show when it was in town two years ago, and when I heard it was coming back, I just had to see it again. Cavalia was super kind and hooked me up with the Rendezvous Gold VIP passes, which included fourth-row seats, a full meal buffet before the show in the VIP tent with patio; dessert served during intermission; drink tickets, unlimited coffee, tea, water, and soft drinks, a Odysseo souvenir program, and a stable visit after the show.

Cavalia Odysseo in Winnipeg 2018 Stable tour at Cavalia Odysseo in Winnipeg, 2018

Having seen the show with both a regular ticket and the VIP ticket, honestly, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. The VIP treatment was very special, and if you can afford it, I would definitely recommend you splurge as you certainly do get a lot of perks for the extra cost (the seats themselves were amazing!).

So how did the actual show compare to the first time I saw it. Truth be told, I’m not sure if they changed anything.  There were some parts that I remembered from the first time around, but honestly, it is such an incredible production that if you have the opportunity to see it again, I definitely would. The special effects, and not to mention the acrobatics with the horses, is incredible and it’s definitely a treat. If you didn’t see the show the first time around, I highly recommend checking it out this time around as it’s an incredible spectacle.  If you haven’t picked up tickets yet, they actually extended the show until June 17 (Father’s Day), so there’s still plenty of time to find seats.

Do you plan on picking up any colours from the Sally Hansen Pastel Punk collection?

Please note, polishes provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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