Now you don’t have to go to the salon!

This post was requested by one of the readers. Today I will be reviewing the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips. I bought these at the local drug store that has tons of different patterns.  The one I chose was #350: Misbehaved.

SH Salon Effects: Misbehaved

At first I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but when I opened the box I was excited because it comes with all the tools you’ll need for application.

SH Salon Effects contents

The box is complete with two packages of nail strips (16 total strips), a cuticle stick, and a nail file/buffer, which I thought was very generous of Ms. Hansen.

So the instructions say to prep your nails first with a quick manicure. Push back your cuticles, shape your nails, and remove any access dirt/ oil with nail polish remover. This last prep step is important because it helps with the adhesion of the strips to your nails. I actually used ChipSkip instead.After your nails are ready you then have to pick the right size strip for your nail. Once you have picked the right size then it’s just like putting a sticker on. Peel that plastic cover off and peel the paper backing off and apply.Easy enough right? The next step isn’t much harder. Fold the excess strip over the tip of your nail and add a little pressure when doing so to make a nice crease.After you have a nice crease along the edge of your nail, use the provided nail file on the light pink side to cut off the excess.File from one side of your nail to the other and it should cut through the strip fairly easily.Cut, peel, and you’re done. Super easy. I completed one hand in 10mins or less. 

A couple of suggestions:

1. If the strips are too wide, not a problem it’s just like getting nail polish on your fingers. These strips come off easily with nail polish remover, but that isn’t even necessary. The thumb strips were a little wide for my fingers so the strip was hanging over both sides of my nails.I cut the excess off first and to remedy the excess on the sides, I ran my nail along the sides to create a nice crease along the strip and I scraped it away. Easy as that. No stress, no worries.

2. If you have shorter nails like mine, I would suggest being a little more “resourceful.” Before you start applying the strips see if half is enough. I found that while cutting off the excess strip I was wasting more than half of it! So if you can cut the strips in half and use them for your other hand.

3. The top felt a little tacky and the instructions don’t say anything about a top coat, but I added a top coat anyways to ensure a long lasting manicure

There are tons of other prints so be sure to check them out here.

Hope this is what you were looking for reader!

Happy polishing.

Skip the Chip…

Ok I’m so happy about this that it couldn’t wait until the weekend. I literally just got home from work and took pictures of my nails. If you’ve been reading my posts you know that I picked up OPI ChipSkip. ChipSkip primes your nails to allow the nail lacquer to adhere to your nails better to prevent chipping. I thought that I could put it through a pretty intense test at work because I’m always using my hands. It’s been two days and they haven’t chipped yet. I know you’re thinking your nail polish should last you longer than two days without chipping, but like I said, I use my hands a lot at work and sometimes my nail polish doesn’t even last a day.  Here is a picture of my results.

Sorry for the dry cuticles, I tried to alleviate it with a little bit of lotion, but I couldn’t. Like I said, just got off of work. But the only thing wrong is on my middle finger. The nail polish is wearing away because I was picking at a lot of stickers today, but still no chip.

That’s my exciting news for today. If you don’t have some of this stuff and your nails are always chipping, I would recommend this. But always remember to paint the edge of your nails too with lacquer and top coat.

*Peace Sign*

Happy polishing.