I love almost all things girlie. Dresses, ruffles, perfume, makeup, shoes, purses, jewelry, jewelry, jewelry. It’s a good thing I was born a girl, or I might have to have an identity crisis.
I also love nail polish and how nice my nails look right after a manicure. Manicures don’t last very long on me, though. It’s not like I spend my time every day slopping out hog pens on a farm or anything, I just can’t get a regular manicure to last more than a day or two before it starts to chip. I must have slippery, polish-repellant nails or something.
Recently, I got a Shellac manicure that looked good for about two weeks! Shellac is a special kind of nail polish that is cured under a UV light. I absolutely LOVE this stuff. You can read all about it here.
But traditional and shellac manicures require an appointment, a trip to the salon, and a good chunk of change. Plus, I always feel like my nails need to be nearly perfect before going to the salon or the nail techs might secretly make fun of me and my bad cuticles. It’s all a lot of bother and expense.
What’s a girlie girl to do then?
Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips are an interesting alternative to liquid polish. You just peel off a strip that matches the width of your nail, press it on, and voila! Instant manicure.
Surprisingly, it is actually that easy. Plus, the strips can be removed just like regular polish with nail polish remover.
The kit comes with 16 nail polish strips, cuticle stick, mini file, buffer, and directions. The directions have helpful little pictures that pretty much show you exactly what to do.
Unless you have really long nails, each polish strip is much longer than you’ll need. After pressing the strip to your nail, you’re supposed to use the file to sort of “saw” off the rest of the strip and discard the remainder.
That seemed like a waste to me.
Since each end of the strip is rounded, I just turned the strip around and used the rest of it for another nail. This makes the strips go much farther and you can probably get a couple manicures out of the package. If you’re going to do this, though, you need to try to handle the other end as little as possible so you don’t make the adhesive less sticky.
Now here’s the down side.
They cost about $8 per package. Much less than a professional manicure, but more than the average bottle of nail polish when you consider that you can only get one (maybe two) manicures out of it.
Also, the color options are geared to a younger crowd and include animal print, fish net, lace, and camouflage designs, as well as some glittery and fluorescent colors. I bought “Girl Flower” because I was feeling playful.
When the Big Man saw my newly “stripped” fingernails, his first comment was, “Are you writing the blog for 12 year old girls?”
I wore them to a client’s office the next day and, I have to admit, I spent most of the day trying to hide my nails. I felt like there was a spotlight on my nails and a loudspeaker announcing “Look at this silly woman’s ridiculously flowered nails. How can you possibly take her seriously?!”
My flowery manicure lasted one day before I felt compelled to remove it.
But toenails tread where fingernails dare not go.
Anything goes when it comes to the toes.
Chickaliciousness: 3.5 for youthful fun