I’m in sticker shock. I’ve never gotten more compliments on my hands than when I dress them in the hottest nail trend — nail stickers. From boutique brands like Inque to major players including Sally Hansen and OPI, nail companies are launching wraps that you simply stick on nails. As I’ve displayed in previous posts, they come in all kinds of fun patterns and colors that could take hours to create with a regular lacquer. The latest ones I applied (shown right) are the new celebrity-inspired leopard print designs from Broadway Nails.
Pros: Like most on the market, the Broadway Nail set comes with nail strips in a variety of sizes as well as a double-edged file that has a soft end to help the wraps adhere wrinkle-free and a rough end to file away excess material. They were easy to apply and even easier to remove. Just peel them off! If you’re wondering, they didn’t damage my nails.
Cons: Here’s my beef. The material of these stickers is a bit flimsier than other brands I’ve tried so it was trickier to get them on my nail completely crinkle-free. I also noticed that they started to look worn just after a couple of days.
Overall report: I’d wear them again. They’re chic, convenient and a magnet for compliments.
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Once you get past this closeup shot of my baby bump and press play, you’ll find a list below of the products I featured. Happy Spring! Bright Eyes: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils. These look amazing as eyeliners. $4.50, Ulta or www.nyxcosmetics.com Fresh Skin: If you need more help than a tinted moisturizer can offer, Bobbi Brown’s new Extra Repair Foundation SPF 25 offers medium to full coverage. $55, www.bobbibrown.com Note: To give your skin a dewy finish, mix your foundation with a touch of Make Up For Ever Uplight or apply it alone to your cheekbones as a highlighter. $29, Sephora.com Textured Hair: Spritzing your mane with Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray is like hitting it with an ocean mist. $5.99, Walmart. Vibrant Lips: Hot pink and coral are this season’s “it” colors. I wore NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Addis Ababa ($6) during the segment. Others to try: Wet n Wild Glassy Gloss Lip Gel in Glass-t Off! CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm SPF 15 in coral Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstain in bitten berry NYC Liquid Lipshine in fashion ave fuchsia Easter Egg Polish Colors on Nails: I wore the shade Blue Hydrangea in Nubar’s Spring Garden Collection. www.bynubar.com The other nail colors featured: Perfect Formula Nail Color in sunrise Essie nail polish in borrowed and blue and french affair elf nail polish in mint cream OPI nail lacquer in planks a lot Note: I also included a sneak peek of some of the OPI Shatters such as Silver Shatter and Turquoise Shatter launching May 1st.
The nail design trend continues, and my favorite new manicure comes courtesy of the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nails Polish Strips I’m wearing in this picture. Time didn’t allow for a mani, so I decided to give these new sparkly strips in Blue Ice a go. In a nutshell, they’re stickers for your nails. They come in a slew of eye-catching colors and designs (I’m going to try the lace motif pictured below far left next!). The box contains short, easy-to-follow directions and tools including a nail file and cuticle stick, which were handy for prepping my nails and applying the stickers. The whole process took about 25 minutes. The stickers come in a variety of sizes and must be put on clean nails. You just peel off the sticker and carefully apply it to each nail, using the flat end of the cuticle stick to seal down the edges. The strips do have some stretch in them, and I could easily tear away the extra material I didn’t need. So far, I’m loving the finished result. Their glittery effect far exceeds any laquer. The box says the manicure will last up to 10 days. I’ll admit, I wasn’t obsessive when applying these strips and didn’t exactly cover the excess strip over the edges of each nail as suggested. Whether or not that matters, parts of the stickers did flake off just a couple of days in (note: the strips come off with nail polish remover). Regardless, I am into the finished look of the mani and think these are definitely worth a try.