I am not a nail girl.
If beauty bloggers are judged on being well rounded in all departments of all things beautiful, I guess I’d be shown the door in an instant and roundly trounced for daring to call myself one. This is because nail polish to me is like milk to a lactose intolerant person. We can deal with it if we have to but we’d suffer for it so we’re better off living without it.
So, the fact that I can sport nail art like THIS is beyond belief!
Leopard print on my nails! Doesn’t it look absolutely fascinating? Never being into nail art or nail polish, it amazed me to see my nails looking like this.
And after I tweeted it (twice, because I was so excited), I promised everyone I’d show you how I did it, because this is, I promise, the easiest thing ever! I promise!
First, you have to get yourself a box of Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips 😛
Erm… I don’t think I ever said that I did this all by myself! 😛 I had a little bit of help from Ms. Sally Hansen and the Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in 320 Kitty Kitty. Ok ok I had a LOT of help from Ms. Hansen 😛
The Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips is a kit of nail polish strips, a cuticle stick and a mini file and buffer. It also comes with very clear instructions which you will be advised to read if it is your first time.
There are 16 nail polish strips of varying sizes in 2 foil sealed packs. I believe they offer 16 because there are different sizes and they allow for mistakes in case you are over eager or clumsy. However, even this dodo only used 10 for all 10 fingers, and you’re advised to toss any unused strips in an open pack, so I felt there was a little bit of wastage there. I think it would be nice if there were 20 strips so we can use it twice. As it is, I don’t know what I’d do with the extra 6 strips.
The first step is to make sure your nails are clean and oil free. No creams or oils or water so wash your hands and dry them properly before starting. Using the dark pink side of the nail file, file your nail to your desired shape. Then, use the white side and buff it to smoothen.
They advise that you wipe some nail polish remover over your nail to ensure it is truly grease free, but I did not. Then, open up a pack of nail polish strips and pick one that fits your nail size.
I was quite gratified to find that in the main, the sizes were decent enough to fit my nails, which aren’t very wide or large. Once you identify the strip you intend to use, peel off the thick plastic cover. Then, peel off the silver strip which will come off together with the paper thin strip of nail polish.
This strip is very very thin and is liable to getting torn and stretched very easily so make sure you handle with care. Place it on your nail and smoothen it in place. What about the excess, you ask?
Fold it over your nail (having slightly longer nails when using this is probably more advisable) then use the light pink side of the nail file to gently file away the excess. If you are rough, you will pull the strip and it will look unsightly. So, be gentle. Then use the cuticle stick to gentle push the strip in place around the edges and you’re done!
Repeat for remaining 9 nails. I found it easier to start with the little finger and work my way up to my thumbs. The first one took a little while but after that, it was just a few seconds for each nail and I was done with this in about 20 minutes. You know the best thing about this? There’s no waiting time for it to dry! 😀
That’s what bugs me the most about applying nail polish. I’d apply a decent coat, and then botch it up because I’m impatient and can’t want for it to dry. Or, I can paint my left hand but not my right properly. With these nail strips, it takes all the hard work away from painting your nails, with no down times and you get perfect looking nails every single time.
Convenience comes at a price of course. In this case, each kit costs RM45.90. OUCH!! 😯
In a nutshell
Convenient nail polish strips that are easy to use and give an instantly impressive result. Once applied, they adhere well to the nail. There is a faint nail polish smell which adds to the illusion of having applied proper polish, but this is quicker without any drying time. It is however very pricey to use often.
Pros: Adheres well to the nail, Convenient, Easy to use
On the pack, it says that these nail strips will last 10 days. I’ve had this on for a few days now, and will wear it for 10 days and let you know what I think of this claim. However, Sally Hansen recommends that you prolong the wear of these nail strips by applying their base coat and to apply a top coat over this. Having neither, I did neither so my application is as true to the instructions in the pack, as possible.
At those prohibitive prices, I cannot see myself using this very often. However, they would be fun for jazzing up an outfit, or for an instant manicure when the need arises. At least this way, I don’t have to risk a nail infection at a salon manicure (which is the reason I stopped going) and its cheaper too 🙂
Have you tried this product or anything like it? I don’t usually do nail product reviews, but this was sent to me by the people at TongueinChic.com and I just had to give it a go because it was so unique! 🙂 If you’d prefer something more DIY take a look at nail art maestro Xin’s Tiger Stripe Tigger nails.
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips retails at RM45.90 per kit and is available at Guardian, Parkson, Sasa and Caring Pharmacy outlets.