True, I could give myself a manicure the old-fashioned way, brushing on a base coat, carefully coating each nail with two (or sometimes three) layers of polish and finishing with a clear top coat to seal the deal, all the while hoping that a stray strand of tabby fur doesn’t fall on my handiwork before it dries, but these are modern times.
The future is now! — and in it, I’m wearing nail polish stickers.
Yup, that’s right. Nail polish stickers, like these Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips. Each $9 (or thereabouts) kit comes with 16 pre-printed strips in various sizes, a cuticle stick and a miniature nail file/buffer — all the fixin’s for a futuristic, laquer-less manicure.
Talk about handy (haha! — sorry, bad pun), and lately, they’ve been saving my butt.
Stylish nails on the go
Before my quick trip down to Southern California last week, I had every intention of painting my nails, but time got away from me, and I had to head to the airport with bare claws.
But I couldn’t bear the thought of interviewing Too Faced Cosmetics Co-Founder and Creative Director Jerrod Blandino with naked nails, so at the last second, right before darting out the door, I dropped a set of Sally’s dark red and black snakeskin nail polish strips (codename: Venom Vixen) into my overnight bag.
It’s one of four snakeskin-inspired sets for fall. There’s also a tan and brown one called Queen Cobra, a black and gray one called Snake Charmer and a green and black one called Hiss-Terical (I love those names!).
Ye olde airport bathroom test
I had some time to spare before my flight and still really, really wanted to paint my nails, but I wasn’t about to attempt that at the airport. I did, however, think I might be able to apply Sally’s nail polish strips.
And I did! Standing at the sink in the ladies’ room!
At one point, a woman using the sink next to me asked, “What are those? They look pretty cool.”
“They’re nail stickers,” I answered. “You stick ‘em on bare nails, and then press them down, and file or just tear off the edge.”
They’re basically like nail polishes in sticker form, and when you’re ready to remove them, you can use regular old nail polish remover.
They took about 10 minutes to apply under less-than-ideal circumstances. Not bad. And the best part? — not having to wait for them to dry.
How’s the wear time?
Hmm… This was my second time wearing Sally’s Salon Effects Strips, and again, they just didn’t last as long as I’d hoped. The box claims you can expect up to 10 days, but I was already noticing chips on the second day! And yes, in both cases, I cleaned my nails thoroughly to remove all the dirt and oil beforehand, and followed the application directions to a “t.”
Gah! I think wear time might be their weak spot.
On the second day, I was even able to slide off the stickers after a warm shower (warm water really does a number on ‘em, loosening the adhesive or something).
I’ve heard that a clear top coat applied every couple days can help. I haven’t tried it yet, but I definitely will. As it stands, these aren’t what I’d call sturdy, but they sure are convenient.
The bottom line
I think they’re great to have on hand in a pinch, when you’re running late for something and don’t have the time for a full manicure, and I think I’ll keep a box at home for that, just in case.
PRICE: Around $9
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Target stores and target.com
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
They call it mellow Monday
I really needed a day like today. Tabs was kind enough not to ride me too hard, and I managed to finish all of the tasks on my to-do list by a decent hour. Not too shabby, tabby. I plan to enjoy it while it lasts.
Tonight for din-din, I’m just making myself some improv pasta with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, dried red peppers and parmesan cheese, which I’m gonna eat while I look for something to watch on Netflix (any recommendations?).
I feel like I’m going through withdrawals from Friday Night Lights, so I’m not quite ready to commit to a new show yet, although I’m very curious about Homeland (the one starring Claire Danes). Tonight, I think a movie sounds better.
How about you? What are you up to over there? Whatever it is, I hope it involves chocolate.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,