**The product featured in this post was provided for an honest review**
Today I have a super fun animal print mani to show you. For those of you who are mildly nail art challenged, the easiest way to get the fun look you want is to try using some nail strips. My favorite strips, by far, are Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips. They are strips that are made of real nail polish (so they are a one-time use deal, no saving leftovers for later) and they have no dry time at all. Give yourself some time to apply them properly though. You definitely need to be careful. But when applied properly, they can last up to 10 days!
Salon Effects come in a little box with 16 nail polish strips, a cuticle stick, a min file &buffer and instructions.
As you can see, the strips come in ALL sizes. Find the strips that best match the width of your nails. A little too wide is better than a little too thin.
|Look at that stained thumbnail!!|
The strips have two protective covers on them. Remove the top clear cover first. Then hold the tab and remove the nail polish strip from the back cover. The underside is kind of sticky. If you accidentally touch the sticky side of the strip, it won't stick. Hold onto the tab and line the end of the nail polish strip up with your cuticle line.
First, use your free hand to press the strip down to the shape of your nail. If your strip is a little too wide, use the wooden cuticle stick to "cut" off the extra along the sides. Be careful so you are sure to keep a smooth edge.
These strips are LONG. I had a lot of excess strip and I had to be careful with removing the ends. If you pull it, it will stretch and mess up the design. The easiest way is to carefully wrap the free edge of your nail with the strip on all sides. Use the pads of your fingers to press it into place or the wooden cuticle stick that came with the kit. Then just use the orange side of the included file to buff away the extra.
While it's not necessary at all, I like to top my mani off with a coat of topcoat to make it extra shiny. It seals it in and helps with wear and tear.
Luckily, these strips are available at nearly every grocery store and drug store. They are priced at around $9 a pop but sometimes you can catch them on sale or with coupons. Check out the full line of products at the Sally Hansen website and like the on Facebook!
I kept this mani on for four whole days without any sign of wear. Just remove it with regular polish remover and move on to your next mani!
Compared to the other brands of polish strips I've tried, Sally Hansen Salon Effects are hands down the best. They are thinner and more pliable than other brands. This allows the strips to fit any nail shape and curve you might have. Love them! Have you tried polish strips before??