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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.
In this case, is gold.
My boyfriend would tell you I’m a magpie, and certainly I enjoy a bit of glitter in my life. For a long time though I was averse to gold and strongly in favour of silver (or even copper). Well, the tide has
turned and left a new glitter in its wake.
It happened while I was I wasn’t paying attention, and now gold is everywhere I look. Is it a trend? I don’t know, but I do know that gold is beautiful both in the carefree bright days of summer and paired back against a more luxe winter look. If you’re hankering for the Midas touch, you could try:
A drop of gold on your shirtfront
Much better than the usual cheap plastic buttons, the gold buttons are what make this inexpensive shirt a bit of a stand out. As a current take on a classic style it’s perfect with a pair of skinny pants for work or messily tucked into denim shorts or a maxi-skirt on the weekend. This precious was $34.99 from JayJays.
The current trend for chains in jewellery is a favourite of mine and you don’t have to spend a lot to get a hit. I recently found this reversible chain necklace at Equip for around $10. The soft peach is on trend but the gold takes more panache to pull off.
The gold-rimmed sunglasses scream of hot days at the beach somewhere in Europe, so I wear them advisedly. They’re a great bit of fun though, and secretly I enjoy the sense of being a bit “Liz Hurley” when I throw on a white tshirt and some jeans, and cover my sleepy eyes with these Glassons beauties.
Starlight on your fingertips
Stars are, of course, white. But imagine if they were gold. We’d spend our lives staring at the night sky and I bet the United States would be able to find a bit more money for that space programme they’re so keen to diminish. While my true desire is the Zoya 14K polish, which looks like flakes of real gold because it is flakes of real gold, this chunky gold glitter from Chi Chi fits the bill for a pretty small $17. Super over navy blue or a deep maroon.
Warpaint for a princess
The Maybelline colour tattoos are seriously good and seriously cheap, and after some initial resistance went ahead and grabbed Bold Gold. Bold is about right, but a quick slick of this on the eyelids creates a bit of subtle drama. You could amp it up for a nighttime look too, especially since this stuff does not budge.
I’m a nail polish obsessive. I may have mentioned that already. My collection numbers in the hundreds, and I change my polish every day. So I’ve gotten pretty good at this nail painting business, even if I do say so myself.
I thought I’d share with you my nail polish application tips, because it’s not
so long ago – pre obsession days – that when I applied my polish it ended up all over my cuticles. And my fingers. And the couch. And the cat.
First of all, you want to find the position that works for you. Do you find it easier to sit at a table? On the couch? Cross-legged on the floor? Experiment with different positions (fnaarrr *snigger*) until you find the position that suits you – you’ll probably find you’re steadier with your application if you can have your elbows supported in some way.
Next, like a good painter, you want to prepare your canvas. By which I mean nails. So, make sure your cuticles are neat and pushed back – you’ll have more nail area to paint by doing this and you’ll be able to get a neater edge on your polish without messy cuticles getting in the way. Clean the surface of the nail – generally whatever nail polish remover you use will suffice for this but beware of moisturising nail polish removers as they may leave an oily residue which will prevent your polish from adhering. Make sure your nails and cuticles are dry.
It goes without saying that a good base coat and top coat are essential – my favourites are CND Stickey/Orly Bonder base coats and Seche Vite / INM Out the Door top coats. Base and top coats are a whole post in themselves, suffice it to say that the application method is the same for base coat, polish and top coat.
So, you’re sitting comfortably and your nails are clean and tidy, you’re ready to start with the exciting bit. But before you open that bottle of polish don’t, whatever you do, shake the bottle. If the polish looks like it needs mixing then roll the bottle between your hands. Shaking it will produce tiny air bubbles which will show up on your nails and we don’t want that. If your polish has separated and has to be shaken then allow it to sit for a while before using so all the air bubbles can rise to the top.
Paint the nails of your dominant hand first, for instance I’m left-handed so I paint my left hand first. There’s less chance of cacking-up your already painted nails when you go on to the other hand this way.
When you take the brush from the bottle wipe any excess polish on the inside of the bottle neck as you pull it out. I can’t tell you how much you need on your brush, this really is trial and error and you’ll figure it out pretty quickly. Although just to be annoying it will differ from polish to polish depending on their consistency. It’s really a figure-it-out-as-you-go-along kind of thing. I find I get best results from only wiping off one side of the brush, then the side of the brush with polish is the side that I use for application.
Now you want to hold the polish brush almost parallel to the nail and centred
and place it gently onto the nail so that the tip of the brush is about 1mm away from your cuticle:
Allow the brush bristles to fan out (maintaining the 1mm gap so that there’s no messy cuticles to clean up), and then paint your first stripe down the centre of the nail. Keep your brush parallel to the nail, it should ‘float’ on top of the polish so that the polish is guiding the brush, rather than the other way around:
Return your brush to the base of the nail and use the same technique to paint one side and then the other, guiding the brush so the edge of the bristles follows the curve of your nail:
Three brush strokes should be all you need to cover the entire nail, and the less brush strokes you use the less chance of your polish becoming tacky and streaky. Slowly and steadily is the key here. Obviously not so slowly that your polish starts to become tacky, but don’t rush.
And voila, one nicely painted nail. Now just nine more to do.
The polish in the pictures is O.P.I. Louvre Me, Louvre Me Not; a stunning dark fuschia with just a hint of shimmer. One of my very favourite colours. And thanks must go out to my very patient ex-husband for taking the pictures!
I’m trying not to spend any
money at the moment. With renovations on our house due to start in a couple of months we’re trying to reduce our (over)-spending . So quite frankly it’s extremely unfair of Kit to release these stunning glitter pol
ishes. Don’t they know???
Glitter! So. Much. Glitter. Look at Floral Fantasies, isn’t it gorgeous?
I have quite a few Kit polishes in my collection – some that I bought when I visited Australia and some that I’ve bought from them online. Which brings me to my next point – somebody needs to be stocking Kit Cosmetics in New Zealand, I love their polishes. Until then you can order these polishes from Kit for AU$15.95 each. Don’t wait too long though, they’re limited edition. Which
just makes me want them even more!
Health problems have prevented me from blogging for a while, which means the press release for Color Club’s previous New Zealand release has sat in my inbox waiting to be blogged. Foiled hit the shelves back in February,
so you may have already se
en these in store.
Foiled is described as a collection of “six luxurious liquid shades with a chrome-like shine and the look of molten metal”. Now I’m not a huge fan of foil polishes myself but I’m thinking I
might have to pick up Cold Metal, and I’m also quite liking the look of Foil Me Once. What about you?
Magnetic nail polish is the latest trend to hit the nail polish world – and a pretty awesome trend it is too. If you haven’t seen it yet then watch out for Color Club’s Magnetic Force collection which hits New Zealand shelves mid-April.
The polishes come with a magnetic cap which, when held close to the nail while the polish is still wet, creates the
design. I have a couple of magnetic nail polishes in my collection (which I had to order from Asia a couple of years ago before the trend took off) and I can testify that once you’ve got the hang of them they’re lots of fun and not at all fiddly.
Color Club polishes are available from selected pharmacies and fashion stores New Zealand-wide. I’ll definitely be picking a couple of these up (in fact let’s face it I’ll probably end up buying the whole collection) – what about you?
Think Geek is one of those sites I can spend hours browsing, and my wishlist is already long. So they had to go and add nail polish to their stock, didn’t they? Because they weren’t already awesome enough, apparently.
Here’s what they say: of the merchants at ThinkGeek went in together to convince the Powers That Be that we needed to stock nail polish for our customers. And it worked, because here you are.
of the merchants at ThinkGeek went in together to convince the Powers That Be that we needed to stock nail polish for our customers. And it worked, because here you are.
“To bring these to you, we worked with Amanda from NerdLacquer, who blends custom polish colors which have a geeky theme. We picked our four favorites to stock at our monkey warehouse.”
That’s all lovely, but the proof of the polish is in the sparkle. At least in this case. And
sparkle they do:
I think the word I’m looking for is I’LLHAVEALLOFTHEMPLEASE!
Here’s some more photographic evidence in case you weren’t already salivating enough:
So I think it’s a given that I’m going to be buying a set. What about you – are any of these colours calling to you? The Think Geek nail polishes are US$9.99 each from Think Geek.
USA Nails Online, the online stockist of Color Club in New Zealand, are running a special on all Color Club
7 packs in the run-up to Christmas. Prices for the 7 packs now range from $24.50 to $38.50 but you’d best be quick as some of the packs are already out of stock. Check them out here.
I’ve got my eye on the Back to Boho Shimmers 7 pack ($34.50):
and the Back Stage Pass 7 Pack ($38.50) – also known as
Specials only available in New Zealand.
I absolutely love holographic nail polishes, and some of the very best holos (in my opinion) come from Australian company Glitter Gal. I’ve previously reviewed a few of their polishes over on my blog Pretty Clever, but for those of you new to Glitter Gal here are some pictures from my reviews:
Glitter Gal Dark Purple and Glitter Gal Blue:
Glitter Gal Deep Green (quite possibly my favourite holo polish ever):
Glitter Gal have just announced their latest shade ’10 to Midnight’, described as a “gun metal grey with high holographic presence”. Grey? Holo? Swoon! Seriously, somebody should buy this for me for Christmas!
Here’s a picture from the Glitter Gal blog:
Yep. I need that polish in my life!
Glitter Gal polishes can be
ordered from their website and they are currently running a special – order three or more Glitter Gal polishes and receive either a free lip gloss or body glitter from their Kissing Booth Lip gloss range. A list of other stockists internationally can be found here.
I confess I hate the name of this polish, because I immediately start singing the Prince song of the same
name. I hate that song. With a fiery passion that burns brighter than the sun. Or something. Ok maybe not that much, but I don’t like the song, alright?
Lucky for this polish its awesomeness more than makes up for the earworm.
Stunning – a gorgeous dark purple creme. In
low light it looks almost navy, in sunlight it leans less blue than the photos show. Application was fabulous, two coats to opaque and it went on like a dream.
Models Own nail polishes are available from the Models Own website for £5.00 each.