On a recent stress-relieving outing to Shoppers Drug Mart I stumbled across a beautiful fully-stocked display of some Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail strips... on sale! They were $7 and you got some bonus points for buying two so naturally I grabbed a couple of boxes and the rest is history. I settled on a pretty and soft shimmery champagne polish strip with a black baroque-ish design.
Nail art has grown immensely in popularity over the past year. While I am not the most adventurous when it comes to nail colour/texture, these nail strip types of things have always caught my attention. I just always avoided trying it out because I thought it would be too difficult (hey - I can barely paint my own nails, I am easily intimidated!)
Long story short, I was up for an adventure last week so I picked up one of my boxes of nail strips and went to town:
- you get more than just 10 of these adhesive strips (you get 8 options per hand) in order to accommodate most finger shapes
- I don't know the exact science behind these things, but they smell like nail polish... so I am pretty sure they're made of nail polish.
- you just peel them off their backing, like a sticker, and stick them on your nail making sure that you selected the correct shape for the particular finger you are "painting".
- The instructions suggest you buff the surface of your nails first to get more grip for the adhesive polish strip but I didn't do that and still got good results. As long as you don't have any moisture/oily residue or debris on the surface of your nails, the adhesive strips should stick without a problem.
- that's IT! I stuck the babies on like stickers, pressing tightly and making sure that the strip covered my entire nail. I then folded the strip over the edge of my nail and filed off the excess part of the strip... voila:
I was so surprised at how
this whole thing was. In less than 10 minutes I did one entire hand. They lasted a whole week without peeling off. They claim to last up to 10 days but I removed them after a week just because I got sick of the design - I think that the particular design of it would look better just on an accent nail rather than on all my fingers.
*Note: I removed them with nail polish remover just like any ol' nail polish and it worked like a charm.
Anyways, this was a success! If you were wary of giving these things a try in the past because you're nail art challenged like I am, I promise you that you can handle these :)
I think they're such a cute way to jazz up a manicure especially for a holiday party of sorts. I have since picked up a sparkly gold one that I can't wait to try out. I also have some extra strips from the kit I used in this blog post that I plan on using as accent nails on a manicure with Chanel Vertigo nail polish.
Consider my nails officially JAZZED.
How do you feel about nail art? Have you tried these things?? I know I'm a bit late to the party...