Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Valentine's Day Manicure, Nail-Strip Style

 I have been wanting to try Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Polish Nail Strips for a long time.  In fact, I have had one sitting in my nail cabinet for awhile, but I just never got around to trying it.  Well, a few weeks ago in Ulta, they had a display of special Valentine's strips, and I decided it was a perfect time to try them out!

Outdoors, snowy and overcast day (but SNOWY!!)
  I am fairly sure this print has a name - I think Are You Single? but I am not positive on that one.  At any rate, it is a super-cute design in pink and burgundy and red, with swirls and hearts and it was just perfect for Valentine's Day!  I found that it was pretty easy to find strips that fit my nails almost perfectly (I only had to do a tiny bit of trimming along the sides), but if you have very large or small nails this could pose a problem for you.  Application was difficult at first because I was learning the best way to put them on, but by the time I got to my right hand I knew what I was doing better, what with the folding over the strip and then filing off the excess and all.

Indoors, artificial light
  I added a coat of Seche Vite on top of these just to maximize wear (since i want to wear them for several days).  I really love how it turned out... honestly though, I am not sure it was any easier than just Konading away with multiple designs, haha.  I suppose that is just because I have gotten fairly good at Konad and am new to this.  The price tag or $9.99 makes these a bit much for an every day kind of thing, but I would definitely use them again for special occasions.  I have had them on two days now and they SEEM to be holding up really well.  I will let you all know how they do after a few more days - next time I wear these nail strips, I will do a full review including pictures of various days and try to keep them on for up to 10 days, if I can manage to not go crazy about having the same thing on that long.  :)

  Hope you all had a great day yesterday!


  1. Cuuuuute. Happy Valentine's Day!

  2. lovely!!! i've only tried incoco ones so far... will try these sometime!