DIY: Nail Art Made Easy!

January 29, 2013

Tamagotchi L.i.f.e. is all about keeping up with the latest trends and my favorite new trend is nail art. It’s a simple way to express my style and change it up with very little effort. Plus, it’s a way of making a statement when I want to complement an outfit to finish the look.

So here’s my typical nail routine: 1 base coat, 2 coats (if I’m lucky) of polish, 1 top coat, and wait for my nails to dry. Like the rest of us girls on the move, I’m always so eager to do something that I never fail to smudge my perfect manicure. I always thought how great it would be if there were a nail polish that could not get smudged.

Luckily, there have been tons of nail polish strips, decals, and appliques out there lately. These nail polish strips are easy to use – you just lay the decal on your nail and file away the extra material. The best part is that there’s no wait time for your manicure to dry. Since I tried the nail strips the first time, it’s been pretty tempting to head straight for the strips and abandon my drawer full of nail polishes.

Here’s a look at my top 3 brands for nail strips:

Essie Sleek Stick Stickers
Essie makes nail appliques (meaning they’re not real nail polish and more like stickers) that come in mostly metallic and animal print designs. Each pack comes with 18 strips, a cuticle pusher and a nail filer. Although the designs of the strips are gorgeous and chic, they’re pretty hard to apply and file because they are a little stiff. Also, after wearing the strips for about a day, I had to take off 4 of the strips and replace them.

I haven’t actually seen Incoco sold in stores, but I bought it from a mall stand. The great thing about this brand is that they make tons of solid and glitter strips that are made of real nail polish. Because it’s nail polish, it’s easier to file and fit perfectly on your nail. The only con is that it is sometimes difficult to separate the plastic cover from the nail polish strip.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects
These strips are by far my favorite. Inside each package are two sealed packages of 8 strips, a cuticle pusher, and nail filer. Similar to the Incoco strips, these are real nail polish strips that come in a variety of solids, prints, and metallic. Also, for everyone who’s budget conscious, these strips come in two sealed packages, which means you can turn one package into two manicures with a little craftiness.

These strips are my new addiction – saving me time to get back to my busy schedule. Now, I only have to schedule 10 minutes for a manicure instead of the 30 minutes I used to take. Anyone else know of any other great nail polish strips?

Blog Post By: Tiffany Chan, Southern California

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