Feliz Dia de Humpo!
Ok - enough bad spanglish...how about we get into some fun nail wraps?
I was recently contacted by OMG Nail Strips to do a review, and their strips were TOOOO CUTE to pass up.
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There is an app in the works, created by Melanie of Nailbed Dreams, a great nail blogger, called StashDrive.
Who better than a polish aficionado to create a cosmetics app from our point of view!?
Well she is working on the app and needs some funding - I implore you to check out the video on my sidebar called StashDrive (you'll find it under the follow me links) - and if you think it's something you would use - feel free to donate to her cause. You can also read the Kickstarter funding page and full info HERE as well as on their Facebook Page.
Now back to the show...
These are the two packages of strips I requested - an abstract peacock design and a fun equally abstract newspaper style design.
For the newsprint design, which are called Love Nail Polish Strips, I used the full design on 3 nails and as an accent I did a 50/50 mani with white and grey and ran hot pink studs down the center.
The strips were identical in application to the recent strips I used by Incoco.
I absolutey ADORED these strips. They are just the cutest thing ever and I have not one complaint about em...$6.89 for a pack of 14 sizes.
Next up are the Peacock Nail Strips. These sort of look like that sugar string design a lot of people like do and that I can't do to save my life. They have bright neon and application was a piece of cakepie.
If I have any complaints on THIS design, its that the eye of the peacock feather on most of these tabs are high up and therefore, if you have short nails like me, it will most like get filed off. But as you can see on my middle finger, it's not like that for all of the nails.
I did add that neon green stud on the middle nail to give it a bit of extra oomph!
Now here are the instructions taken from their website:
- Soak your hands in warm water for 5 minutes. Dry hands, then gently push back cuticles. Carefully remove any excess skin around the nail bed.
- Moisturize your hands with lotion, and wait 1 minute.
- Using a Q-tip, remove any leftover lotion from the nail bed, paying special attention to the sidewalls, cuticle area and tip of the fingernail.
- Select the appropriate sized nail strip for each nail to ensure the nail will be covered from sidewall to sidewall. Using a nail strip that is too large for a particular nail is not recommended; rather, trim the strip twith scissors to the appropriate width.
- Peel off the clear coating, and then carefully remove the nail polish strip from the sticker backing,
- Start by placing whichever end on the nail strip that works better for your nails at the cuticle and apply it by smoothing the strip towards the tip and your nail, smoothing out any bumps and ensuring the strip is tucked neatly into the sidewalls.
- File away any excess nail strip by holding your nail file parallel to the surface you are working on, as filing the nail perpendicularly will cause tearing along the tip.
- After you have applied all ten polish strips, take a cotton ball that has been dipped in polish remover with the excess remover wrung out, and swipe each nail 1-3 times, paying special attention to the sidewalls, tips and cuticle area. This step is especially important, as it melts the strip to your nails, allowing for longer lasting wear.
- Apply a finishing topcoat, and wait 5 minutes for it to dry completely.
As for MY application method, I have a few notes. Firstly, I didn't really think to flip the strip around (especially for the Peacock design) to use a different section. The tab is on the opposite side and truth be told, I'm usually too lazy to trim these types of things so I just use the good end I don't have to mess with.
Also - I did not use the polish remover method to "melt them to my nail" after application.
These are made from nail polish and when I use acetone around the edges to remove any overlap, it melts like polish so I definitely would not want to swipe remover across the strip for fear of the design melting off. But without this method, the strips still stick to my nail really well..trust me, I tried to peel it off about an hour later and it wouldn't budge.
Also I will add a little extra tidbit - try to place the strip in the right place the first time. I noticed that even though it pulls off easily to re-apply, when you pull it off it kind of distorts the wrap a little and makes creases that are difficult to get out once you re-place it on your nail.
The OMG Nail Strips retail for $6.89 a set and they have some REALLY cute ones!
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Gnarly Gnails was established in January 2012 with the intent to combine the latest in polish trends, colors, and styles along with cutting edge nail art designs.