Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Easy-Peasy Mani-Pedi

Have you ever used Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips? I could have sworn that Sally Hansen came out with these nail strips years ago, but it's possible I used a different brand back then. Minx, perhaps? Incoco maybe? Regardless, when I first discovered nail strips, I was stoked. Nail polish that I didn't have to brush on and wait an eternity to dry completely. I got them in a pinkish color and thought they were great because I wasn't going smudge them minutes after I thought they were dry. I was also able to apply them in the car which was awesome...no mess! Since then I've periodically used Salon Effects, Chic Prints for Nails Sephora by O.P.I., and Minx in a variety of shades and patterns.

They are a little on the pricey side, but it is certainly cheaper than going to the nail salon because I swear these last me longer than a regular manicure. The solid colors are nice, however, they don't last long as I'm rough on my manis and they tend to wear away faster. The patterns seem to keep a little longer for me since they have more going on and it's harder to see the wear, especially with the glitters. This past weekend I opted to go glitzy and use the fun Frock Star glitter strips again that Amanda over at A to B used a while back.

I'm practically a pro at these so it doesn't take too long for me to apply them, but I highly suggest following the directions for prepping your nails. If I'm lucky, I can complete a full mani-pedi with the strips like I did this time. I used the excess part of the strips and the extra ones in the package for my toes and the glitters are totally forgiving, so it wasn't difficult to make it work...you have to work quickly though! This mani-pedi is already several days old and it still looks pretty good! They are starting to wear a bit at the tips, but like I said, that's typical for me. I'm definitely not the girl who is getting the 10 days of wear out of these.

Here is the completed look...

I like to glam it up from time to time and I certainly did! In a few days I will be switching it up and using the more neutral, yet glittery, Glitz Blitz. Fun! Fun! Fun!


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