Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Jazzy Nails For Lazy People - Sally Hansen Nail Effects

On a recent stress-relieving outing to Shoppers Drug Mart I stumbled across a beautiful fully-stocked display of some Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail strips... on sale! They were $7 and you got some bonus points for buying two so naturally I grabbed a couple of boxes and the rest is history. I settled on a pretty and soft shimmery champagne polish strip with a black baroque-ish design.

Nail art has grown immensely in popularity over the past year. While I am not the most adventurous when it comes to nail colour/texture, these nail strip types of things have always caught my attention. I just always avoided trying it out because I thought it would be too difficult (hey - I can barely paint my own nails, I am easily intimidated!)

Long story short, I was up for an adventure last week so I picked up one of my boxes of nail strips and went to town:
  • you get more than just 10 of these adhesive strips (you get 8 options per hand) in order to accommodate most finger shapes
  • I don't know the exact science behind these things, but they smell like nail polish... so I am pretty sure they're made of nail polish. 
  • you just peel them off their backing, like a sticker, and stick them on your nail making sure that you selected the correct shape for the particular finger you are "painting". 
  • The instructions suggest you buff the surface of your nails first to get more grip for the adhesive polish strip but I didn't do that and still got good results. As long as you don't have any moisture/oily residue or debris on the surface of your nails, the adhesive strips should stick without a problem.
  • that's IT! I stuck the babies on like stickers, pressing tightly and making sure that the strip covered my entire nail. I then folded the strip over the edge of my nail and filed off the excess part of the strip... voila:

I was so surprised at how easy this whole thing was. In less than 10 minutes I did one entire hand. They lasted a whole week without peeling off. They claim to last up to 10 days but I removed them after a week just because I got sick of the design - I think that the particular design of it would look better just on an accent nail rather than on all my fingers.

*Note: I removed them with nail polish remover just like any ol' nail polish and it worked like a charm.

Anyways, this was a success! If you were wary of giving these things a try in the past because you're nail art challenged like I am, I promise you that you can handle these :)

I think they're such a cute way to jazz up a manicure especially for a holiday party of sorts. I have since picked up a sparkly gold one that I can't wait to try out. I also have some extra strips from the kit I used in this blog post that I plan on using as accent nails on a manicure with Chanel Vertigo nail polish.

Consider my nails officially JAZZED.

How do you feel about nail art? Have you tried these things?? I know I'm a bit late to the party...




  1. :O gorgeous! x


  2. I bought a set and loved it! My only suggestion would be to use the extra accent nail strips very quickly. I waited and stored them for a couple of weeks and they dried out becoming unusable.


  3. I STILL have my nail stickers from minx x sephora.... the design trips me up everytime I try to wear them.

  4. I tried these for Halloween and was really pleased. They lasted at least a week but I took forever to get mine on. It was tricky getting the strip right at the base and stretching it on so it covered the sides of nail but it all worked out in the end. That design is so pretty!

  5. I've always walked past these without a second glance in the drugstores, but I'm definitely intrigued now, especially because I can get quite lazy with painting my own nails lol.

    Unrelated to nails, can you please do an updated compilation of your favorite eyeshadows? :)

  6. great results)unfortunately these stripes were nor a success with me(

  7. I love the sally hansen nail effects! My favourite is the one that looks like honeycombs/scales. It's called misbehaved, I got so many compliments when I wore it:)

  8. I'm so happy you had good results! When I tried them, they took me FOREVER to apply and then they started chipping a few days later! I followed the directions so I have no clue what went wrong. I saved the leftovers for "accent nails" but when I tried to reuse them a few weeks later, they wouldn't stick to my nail.
    Oh well!

  9. These look really pretty! I had the skull ones and really liked them. I want to get the lace ones next :D

  10. For some reason I had a hard time putting these on my nails. Some of them worked well and some didn't. I'm going to try to find YouTube videos to help me. I have the I Love You ones and I've been dying to wear them!

  11. Maybe I'm just really uncoordinated but I had such a hard time with these they do last longer on the nails and look amazing though. these are such nice design maybe I should try again. xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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  13. I usually don't like having patterns on my nails like the nail strips offer, but this actually looks really classy and pretty to me!

    Lynette @ lynette marie

  14. soo pretty!

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  15. these look so elegant, really nice :)

  16. That pattern looks beautiful! I have tried the lace ones before.


  17. They're gorgeous! Which nail sticker are they?



  18. They look amazing! I love jazzy nails at christmas time :D

  19. These are so pretty! I have had horrific results everytime I've used nail wraps but these look beautiful :)




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