I took a little time off to review and prepare for some awesome Summer features I’ll be posting soon! Today I figure I’ll go back to my roots and post about nail art. Back in May I wrote about my experience with the Salon Effects by Sally Hansen. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out I’ll provide a link in this post but basically in the grand scheme of things they weren’t my favourite thing. A few months back I decided to purchase some clearance Nicole by OPI Nail Apps. This is the direct competition for Salon Effects by Sally Hansen, so I wanted to see how they compared to each other. All the packaging for these sticker applicators all say how easy they are to apply yourself. I have still to find a product that I can completely apply myself without any assistance. I found this one to be extra tedious since there were instructions to warm the strips before hand. Shaping and cutting the nail strips to fit my nails was a super task to attempt as it left me screaming and cursing at my hands. Each package comes with a 5 step checklist for you to follow to ensure there is success when applying these.
Although, these semi-helpful instructions were provided I still ended up with excess around the edges of my nails, bubbling and creasing. The nail file provided is too abrasive for my liking and left my nails rough along the edges and wasn’t successful in trimming the excess as it should have done. A duo-nail file with a rough and soft side wouldn’ve been preferred for this type of product.
Finally! The finished product! In addition to the strips provided in the packaging I used:
* Soft nail board
* A lovely assistant
* Of course, a Top Coat.
Why a Top Coat? I find that any look liquid or not can always benefit from a Top Coat being applied. When the Top Coat is applied I figure it provides an additional sealant between the nail and strip. Hopefully, it does help in the life span of the strips while being exposed to everyday life.
So now what? Whaddaya think? Well, to be honest.. I only put them on a day and a half ago and already hate them. I don’t hate the design, that’s kinda cool. I know I’m highly intense when using my hands while at work but these just aren’t cutting it. They’ve bubbled, creased and started to lift away at the edges of my nails. The Salon Effects by Sally Hansen did not do that until the 8 or 9 day mark. I’m hoping that maybe the insane heat wave going on in Ontario is the possible perpetrator for this short lived nail design. The only reason why I won’t actually remove them is because it’s too hot for me to paint them with polish right now. I’m glad I didn’t actually pay the intended $14 for these! But rather paid $3. Maybe the markdown in price should’ve cautioned me not to buy them. Whatever the reason may be it will only get a 1/5 on my vote this time around.
Rate for this product: 1/5!
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So, it’s been a little while since I last posted — My apologies! I felt like I didn’t have much to write about since my nails were nubs and I weren’t testing out any new products on them. Fortunately, patience prevailed and my nub nails now have some growth. Recently, I tried out 2 products from my absolute favourite nail polish brand. If you haven’t heard I love Sally Hansen’s nail products. A few days ago, I tried Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear. I got it as a gift at Christmas and hadn’t had a chance to try it out. The colour I used was Green with Envy (product #: 4860-02)
This is right after the fresh 2 coats I applied to my nails. I found it lasted pretty well since I’m out of my usual Top Coat. From the bottle it looked lighter than what it appeared on my nails. I was actually surprised by the rich tone it got after 2 coats. I work with money, so I tend to knock my nails off hard surfaces (cash register, etc). I found it lasted for about 3 or 4 days but I feel like it would’ve lasted longer if I applied a proper Top Coat to them.
Tonight I took off my Green with Envy and applied another polish that was a gift. The polish I applied is another variation from Sally Hansen. Tonight I tried Sally Hansen’s Diamond Strength polish. The colour I applied is called Lavender Marquis (product #: 4032-57). I really like the colour because it has a opally, iridescent tone. I’ve been wanting to try something like this for a while. I haven’t applied a Top Coat yet but I did apply 2 coats of the polish. I did end up taking a photo of it freshly applied. Please be kind! My nails need a manicure.
I have a few friends that enjoy creating their own nail art or at least keeping up with fancy manicures. I figured I hadn’t written a blog about nail art for a while, so here we go!
Are nail strips more effective than actual liquid nail polish?
I tried out Sally Hansen’s Salon Effect nail strips to see if they were actually worth the money. Of course, if you don’t have the time to paint your nails before a big night out on the town these may be a speedy option for you. How did these measure up to liquid polish?
If you don’t have a steady hand or patience to do your own nail art the nail strips offer you many assorted designs. The application process to get them form fitting to your nai is a little bit nerve racking. Inside the box you’ll find a nail file and something that looks like a cuticle stretcher. I found both of these to be unsatifactory for assisting me during the application process. I required help from another person when fitting them to my nails. The directions tells you to use the nail file for shaping but I used scissors to cut the excess strips from my nails. I found the time it took me to apply them would probably take almost the same if I painted my nails. I personally think if you’re looking for a unique look, then these would be a great complementing item.
Is it worth the price?
You can purchase a variety of polishes anywhere from $2.99 and up. If you’re looking for something more intricate and aren’t worried about the one time price of nail strips starting from $8.50, then these will work for you. After applying these be sure to apply a top coat to them.
On my first attempt of using these I didn’t apply a top coat thinking the stamp of approval telling me they would last 7 days was enough. They were good for about 3 days, then they began to chip on the edges. On my second attempt I used my favourite top coat by Rimmel to seal the deal. I found they lasted forever with the top coat applied to them.
Would I purchase these in the future? Final rating:
Like I said in the post, I would purchase these if I wasn’t looking to do nail art myself. I would use these if I wanted to have a special floral or a fishnet print (in photo above). If I was only painting my nails a flat colour I would stick to my nail polishes I have already and save my money.
I tried out my China Glaze – Hunger Games themed nail polish. A few weeks back I purchased the Agro (on the left) and Electrify (on the right). Since I’ve been super stressed out for about 3 months I’ve sadly been biting my nails *ugh – horrible habit*. Anyways, I painted one foot with one colour and one foot with the other colour. In the past, I’ve had some issues with super glittery nail polishes that haven’t had a top coat applied to them. They chip easily because of the rough texture. The army green colour lasted longer without a top coat but in the future I would prefer using a top coat on both colours. Unfortunately, the vibrant gold and red glitter polish doesn’t last long without a top coat. My favourite top coat is Rimmel’s Base Coat Top Coat Pro.
Just keep in mind that when you put glitter nail polish on that it is pretty hard to get off. So, when you put a top coat on in it as well it becomes sort of a mission to get both layers off. Soaking your nails in nail polish remover usually works best. But back to my original point, it is the best to have a great top coat to ensure all your fancy nail designs last longer than 2-4 days.
I previously posted this on my Tumblr account and got a good response, what do you think?
Have you used any OPI products? Do you have a favourite?
I was really looking for an intense sparkly nail polish. For the longest while I was looking for the Teenage Dream nail polish from the Katy Perry OPI Collection. After searching high and low, I gave up on the battle. I decided to settle on the One Less Lonely Glitter from the Justin Bieber OPI Collection. Although, the Teenage Dream has a more pink hue, the purple from the One Less Lonely Glitter is a great shade for any nail polish addict. It’s a fantastic colour and requires 2 coats if you’re looking for the complete sparkle look.
Something to keep in mind with this nail polish is it takes quite the amount of polish remover to get it off. Be prepared for the long nail wear haul with this one.