I'm always in awe of ladies with pretty nails. More specifically, those who sport nails with patterns or with little charms/trinkets stuck on them. Though I know that sets like ones in the first picture are sold in many places online, I've never tried them since they're really quite impractical--especially for me since I'm always using my hands. (Sounds dirty, I know.)
I've tried drawing designs on my nails, but my hands are also not steady enough to apply consistent designs on all nails. My left hand ends up looking MUCH better than my right, most times. So, I settled for using bright nail colors or mixing up textures and colors to make my nails more exciting.
When I saw one of my colleagues flowery nails, however, I thought that the gods had finally listened to the pleas of the "handy" ladies of the world who want to have pretty nails! Observe:
If you count, there are only 9 patterned designs. The rest are just plain colors that I can either paint on with polish or top a color with glitter. Apart from these houndstooth ones, I can only see myself wearing the floral pattern and MAYBE the zebra ones. But who knows? the product is fairly new, and SH may very well come out with newer patterns.
After application, I was really worried that the edges would fray and peel. I typed, I washed my hands, I scratched the surface of the nails multiple times. I even washed a sink load of dishes. After all that, 2 out of 10 nail edges started peeling. After fixing, refiling, and re-smoothing the edges, I put a topcoat on those nails. I suspect that more nails will start fraying... I can already see some of them peeling.
*VERDICT* As cute as my nails are now, these polish strips can't stand up to the "harsh" beating up I seem to put my hands under on a daily basis. These would be great for a special occasion or for those who don't do a lot of work with their hands.
Nail addicts, how do you make your nails more interesting?
|perfect houndstooth nails|
|Sally Hansen Nail Effects: $8.50 -$11.00|
Each package comes with 16 nail polish strips of different sizes. For me, since I have shorter nails, each strip covers 2 digits. So really, one package delivers two applications. The package also includes a mini file, a cuticle stick, and instructions on how to prepare and apply the strips on your nails. I did all ten of my fingers in under 15 minutes, while watching Tangled. And no top coat was needed to seal the strip or give it sheen.
One of my complaints is that there aren't a whole lot of patterns to choose from.