Confession: I hate doing my own nails! I am so picky and detail oriented that it takes me forever to do my own nails, and for many years I have gotten weekly or bi-monthly professional mani’s and pedi’s so that I can keep my nails in tiptop shape. Another confession: I prefer male manicurists because they are even more meticulous than me. True story, about ten years ago I had a fab male manicurist who appreciated my attention to nail detail and nicknamed me PG-13, which stood for ‘Picky Girl’-I remember him fondly. . . but I digress, now back to our regularly scheduled blog post.
Being a beauty blogger, I have lots of opportunities and requests to try the latest and greatest polishes and new nail products which is particularly hard because as I mentioned I don’t like doing my own nails. And, recently I have been obsesssed with the unrivaled staying power and mirror shine of CND Shellac which only adds to this challenge. So it took a really unique and special product to get me to do my own nails and thanks to Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips, I am back in the saddle again.I am totally impressed with this unique and statement making nail product, which is a cross between nail polish and wearing fake nails IMO. Salon Effects Polish Strips are adhesive nail shaped strips made out of REAL nail polish that you can easily apply to your own nails in under an hour with no drying time. They come in 24 fashion forward styles, last up to 10 days and easily come off with nail polish remover.
They are so frickin COOL! They really look like a pro did them and little old picky me did them herself (and you can too!) I was truly impressed that I could do something that looked this good! The designs are so fun with choices like metallic leopard (Kitty, Kitty shown on my nails below-LOVE LOVE it!), zebra, lace, flowers, mesh and glitter. They truly have a WOW factor and remind me of the professionally applied Minx for a fraction of the price.
There is definitely a learning curve to getting the technique right. Basically, you find the strip size that best fits your nail, peel the protective coating off the strip, position it just right along the cuticle, press it into place with warm fingers, run the cuticle stick around the edges to make sure it sticks, pull it over the end of the nail and file off the excess~Viola, you have a pretty snazzy looking nail design!
I am totally obsessed with this fun nail product that looks awesome, professional quality and costs under $10. You can buy Kitty, Kitty Salon Effects Polish Strips HERE or you can find it at your local drugstore. Let me know what you think and post pics please!
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