Beauty Bargain! And a competition!

It would be one of the greatest understatements of our time to say I like having my nails painted.  I own [undisclosed number] of nail polishes.  I coordinate my outfits with my nail polish. It”s intense.

However, even with the magic of fast-drying top coat it can be a time-consuming task and gals, I got stuff to get done.  So you can imagine my excitement when I learnt of the existence of nail polish that comes as a sticker – that is, already dry.

The first one I tried was from Sally Hansen (the Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips), and I really liked it a lot.  The strips were easy to apply and looked neat.  It”s particularly cool to be able to try patterns on your nails that wouldn”t otherwise be within the grasp of your/my nail art skills. However, the price was way too high – on par with the price of a bottle of polish but for a single application.

I also tried Butter London”s take on this product and it was terrible.

I had resigned myself to only using nail polish strips for special occasions and when I felt particularly richy-rich.  But then…Japan City came through for me again.


This version cost me $3.99.  But would it be on par with the much more expensive Sally Hansen experience?

I really didn”t expect much, so I only bought one.  Mistake. These were really good – easy to apply, they stand up well to wear, and of course far less time-consuming than real nail polish.

You just stick them onto your nail like a sticker, then fold them gently over the nail tip and then file off the excess.  EASY.

Here”s what I achieved (on both hands) in less than 10 minutes:


Not perfect, but pretty amazing for $3.99 and ten minutes.  Unfortunately, the colour/pattern range was somewhat limited, but there”s definitely enough scope for some fun patterns to slap onto your nails on a Saturday morning for some weekend fun.

I”m heading back to pick up a few packets for a GIVEAWAY.  In order to be in the running for three different patterns of mysterious Japanese nail strips, leave a comment below with your best ever beauty bargain.  Each bargain constitutes one entry; winner will be selected at random; winner will be drawn on Friday 8 March 2013; and the competition is open internationally.

5 Comments  to  Beauty Bargain! And a competition!

  1. Amanda says:

    I picked up brand new glow-in-the-dark OPI nail polish from TradeMe for $10. Certainly livens up night-time shadow puppet shows

  2. Theresa says:

    Best-ever bargain? The time I won $120 worth of hair products! A straightener, argan oil, hair ‘refresher’, shampoo/conditioner, and a brush. It was last year, and I’m still using the products!

  3. Ama says:

    Recently bought the new Liquid Sand OPI collection – $24 for 4 minis! :) pretty good deal. Actually I bought my silver/gold OPI shatter for $5 each too

  4. Hannah says:

    Why do you have a link to ‘buy cialis’ in the middle of your blog post? It shows up plain as day on Google Reader.

  5. megan says:

    Hi Hannah – I’m afraid I don’t know as my knowledge of the site’s workings are limited to posts, but I will alert Jo and see if she knows! IT doesn’t appear on the site when you access it direct (at least not on my computer) so it might be a Reader-related scenario? Cheers!

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