Friday, May 25, 2012

Sally Hansen Salon Effects

Today I applied these Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips in the Wild Child pattern.
I received these from Influenster to try out and review.

I've tried other nail polish strips before and had a great experience with them, but this is my 
first time using the Sally Hansen ones.

Each set comes with 16 nail strips divided into two packets, 
one set for each hand, an orange wood stick and a nail file.  These retail for around $9.99 and can be found at drugstores or Target and Walmart.

Each strip actually has two ends that are slightly different to help you find
the size and shape that best fits your nails.

Start with clean bare nails, then choose the size that best fits the nail you are working with.
They recommend saving your thumbs for last, which I will agree with because
I used my thumbs to help shape and remove the excess portion of the strip.

Next, peel off the clear protective plastic from on top of the strip.
I find that these work best when warm, so before I peel off the plastic i like to hold the strip
between my palms to warm them up.

Then, peel off the actual nail polish strip.  Try not to over touch the stick side of the strip.

Line up the end of the strip to your cuticle and smooth the strip onto your nail.  
The strips can be gently stretched and repositioned if necessary.
When you are happy with the way the strip is on your nail you can then
take a nail file and file off the excess. I however, prefer to just use the my thumb to tug on the 
excess and use the nail of my thumb along the edge to remove the rest of the nail polish strip.

I find that the excess comes off very easily.  Just make sure to hold down the very edge 
of your nail to make sure the strip covers it completely and doesn't
 tear off as you remove the excess.

And that's it!

Because I cut my nails really short, i was able to use excess, the other side of the same strip, to do another nail! That means twice as many manicures!

If you don't like the look of a complete nail covered in a loud pattern, you can cut up the strips into shapes and apply them to your nail the same way.

I decided to paint my nails a solid color first.

I think these are so much fun!  You can do your whole hand in the design or use it as an accent nail!

They are really easy to apply and there is no dry time!  I'll update the post with how long these wear, but so far I am very pleased.  These are great because you don't have to be a professional to
have awesome designs on your nails.  Because there is no dry time, you can do your nails anywhere, in a moving car or on an airplane, you don't have to worry about spilling polish!