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Friday, February 15, 2013

#letsnailitsaturday

I was at Landmark shopping for unnecessary beauty stuff with one of my closest friends Carla a few days ago. And as we were about to pay, she asked me about nail foils/nail stickers that you frequently see in department stores and polish brands. I told her that a couple of months ago, I bought myself a box of Sally Hansen's Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips to try but didn't like it since I didn't do it right (coz it came out all wrinkly). She did however, still bought some (another brand) for herself to try since they were cheap anyway.

I regretted not buying some for myself as soon as I got home because I couldn't stop thinking about them. So, after my meeting in Greenbelt 5 yesterday with a client, I popped by Landmark to buy several designs from several different brands so I can give them another try. And I am so glad I did! (Carla, this is for you! ♥)

(Crediting FashionOxygen for the photo style. They did a B&W version of this, loved it, so I pegged it!♥ -this photo of me was taken by my hubby.)
There are a lot of high-end brands that have them like China Glaze (PhP 499.00+/-), OPI Nail Apps (PhP 800.00+/-), etc. But there are also cheap ones that work just as well, besides, they are basically just stickers so you don't have to worry about mercury being in the cheaper nail polishes. The only difference is, the more expensive ones have better designs and a wider range to choose from.

So I got from 5 different brands. They had more designs but these are the ones I found mostly... original? Unique? Whatever. I loved the colors and they were very affordable too!

LOVE and BEAUTY Perfect Manicure Nail Stickers (PhP 105.00). Yes it's a little more expensive than the local brands, but this one has little embellishments on them if you want a little bit more bling.

CALA Bling Nail Strips (199.50). This one has tiny embossed stars that are nice and shiny, sort of like glow in the dark but not really. Comes with 20 strips! You can always use the extra ones and mix 'em up with other designs.

XandD Nail Foils Professional Care (PhP 29.75). I love that these are very cheap and they have a nice glossy/pearlized finished to them. Their designs are also not that bad! Very chic!

BOBBIE Stick-on Nail Polish (PhP 84.75). Compared to XandD, this has 16 nail strips instead of 12, so you have more room for mistakes with this one.

SALLY HANSEN Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips (PhP 500.00). This little box comes with a nail stick and a nail file. This brand also has 16 strips.

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HOW TO:
Now let me tell you how to put them on.

I chose this beautiful pink and black design. It's so girly, I love it! So anyway, after you've chosen your design, take it out of the packaging.

You can opt to follow the instructions at the back of the packaging but I did it my own way that worked well for me. After I've cleaned my nails and removed any traces of oil on my nails (use an alcohol soaked cotton pad), I removed the thin plastic film.

The strips will naturally be bigger than your nails so measure them at the sides and cut any extras. The curved part goes on the edge of your cuticles, and the straight edge goes to the tip of your nail. Do not cut the length, concentrate on the width (we'll be cutting the length after you have stuck them on your nails).
Remove the thin sticker polish from the cardboard by gently peeling it off holding it at the straighter edge. Apply gently and evenly on your nail and smooth out any wrinkles and bubbles. Then cut the edge with a pair of small, sharp scissors. Don't worry about the edges being perfect. We will fix that later. Now repeat these steps until you have applied on all of your nails.
File the edges downward so that the excess foil will be filed off and the edges smoothed out.

DONE! No waiting, no drying time! I love them!


By the way, DON'T make the mistake of applying clear nail polish on top of the foils. They will wrinkle up and shrink. I experimented on one of the nails and it bubbled up and wrinkled. I had to wait for it to dry so I can re-smoothen it again.

My verdict? A MUST TRY!


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54 comments

  1. oh these nail wraps are just so gorgeous..they are super easy and handy to use..seal them with a top coat and they will last longer :)

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    1. Thanks for the tip! Although I did try putting on a top coat but they shriveled at the edges :( What would you recommend that I do? :) Thanks for the tip! ♥

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  2. oooh really nice and easy!


    XOXO
    Arianna

    http://aryannastyle.blogspot.it/

    https://www.facebook.com/AryannaStyle

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  3. Ooh nice! Must drop by @ Landmark next week!! :D

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    1. Yay! GO! I will go back soon and get more designs ♥ they're really so easy!

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  4. woah! parang interesting sya. ang hirap kaya maghintay para matuyo.

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    1. Exactly! This one you just trim, apply and GO kung GO! Hahaha! ♥

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  5. These look really nice and also easy to apply, I love the design you have on!

    Sita xx
    http://buttonsapart.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I love 'em too! I think they're the prettiest among the bunch, they're like lace! Thanks for the comment! ♥

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  6. I love these nails! I've put on top coat and never had a problem! Maybe it depends on the brand of top coat or nail strips.

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    1. Hmm... What top coat did you use? I should get one that you're using! :) Or maybe it's because I have the cheap strips on? :) I put on the more expensive ones they probably won't shrivel or wrinkle :) Thanks so much for the tip! ♥ HUGS!

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  7. Beautiful blog! I'm following!
    Replied saw your comment?!
    Thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping by! Glad you could visit ♥ XOXO

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  8. What a great post! I've been wondering about these. Thank you for your kind comment. Yes! I would love to follow you. Now following on both GFC and bloglovin. In fact, I've shown lots of love (likes) on your wonderful bloglovin posts.

    Erin

    thefashionfairyblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww... Thank you so much that's so sweet! You just made my day!

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  9. oh gosh.. i really need to try this. I'm starting to get into nail stuff and this is one thing i haven't tried yet.. look so great.. especially when it comes to convenience and designs! :D

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    1. I know right? :) I mean, I think these are the greatest invention for all womankind! LOL ♥

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  10. Sa Landmark lang ba ito meron? How about Watsons? Maganda yung lace design tulad sayo.

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    1. Well, I was in SM Makati kanina and I checked to make sure... They had some in L'Oreal (PhP 300.00+/-), or Tony Moly (PhP 600.00+/-) :) They have more designs and brands in Landmark Makati ♥

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  11. So stunning!

    Why don't we follow each other? :)

    XOXO,
    Monika

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    1. Absolutely! I am following you now on GFC and liked your FB Page! ♥ Hugs!

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  12. The first ones I've tried were the same ones you got from Bobbie. Mine came out all wrinkly too so I applied glitter polish over it to make the creases less obvious. Hihi. Thanks for this post! I didn't know there were P30 nail foils :D

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    1. That happened to me too with the Sally Hansen that's why I told my friend I didn't like 'em! But I decided to give them another try and I'm glad I did :) Thanks for reading sweetie!

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  13. Thanx for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog. I like your blog also very much, because your are posting a lot of interesting thing. And I love make-up also, so I follow you now back :D

    Keep in touch!

    xx

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so happy you were able to drop by :) Hope to see you here again soon! Kisses :)

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  14. Thank you for visiting my blog :) Hope you could visit again soon :)

    Loving your blog too <3

    Bianca
    www.biancasing.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Luv! I'm so happy you came by! ♥

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  15. what a nice post! i wish making up my nails soon :D

    thanks for visiting my blog, hope you may visit it again :)

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    1. Most definitely! Thank you for the visit! XOXO

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  16. amazing Ideas .

    N@NY
    http://nanybuz91.blogspot.com/

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  17. nice i love it !
    maybe we follow each other?

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    1. Of course! I'm following you back now :) Thank you for dropping by!

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  18. woo beautiful!! i like the butterfly one but.. leopard print is cute too.. they all are cute xD

    visit my blog ^^
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    1. Thank you for dropping by and leaving that sweet comment :) Hope to see you here again! HUGS!

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  19. Nice blog!!Now Iunderstand why you love nail polish photos!!! :)

    Thank you for your comment and for follow us!!

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    1. So happy to see you here! Yes, nail polish is just L♥VE! Thank you!

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  20. Thanks for sharing! I've been meaning to try some of these for a while now but forgot. I'm going to buy some tomorrow.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. You should! And be sure to blog about it so I can see what design you chose! Thanks for dropping by! HUGS!

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  21. Hi I love your blog your posts are amazing !!! go check and subscribe

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    kisses WTF! STREET STYLE !!!

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    1. Thank you for your comment and for dropping by! :) I am already a follower of your beautiful blog ♥ Thanks for the follow!

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  22. I really like that black and pink design, very girly like you said.


    How about following each other? Let me know on my blog!

    / Avy
    http://MyMotherFuckedMickJagger.blogspot.com



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    1. Of course! Following you back now :) Thank you for dropping by!

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  23. they are great I bought gel stickers for naila and paper in silver color :)

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    1. Ooooh! I've been looking for silver ones but their very hair to come by here! :) NICE! Thank you for visiting ♥

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  24. Cute blog hun! great post

    would you like to follow each other on gfc? xo

    catherinebelle.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you! And of course! I would love to follow each other! HUGS!

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  25. I do looveee this nail art! :D
    Mind to follow each other? Let me know.

    http://tasiawijayanti.blogspot.com/

    xx

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    1. Absolutely! It would be an honor :) Thank you for dropping by and for the follow ♥

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  26. hi honey <3 your blog is amazing super cute <3 love it! what do you think of following on gfc and bloglovin'? please check out my blog and let me know.

    much love,
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