As seen in the blog title, I did my nails using the NCLA Self-Adhesive Designer Nail Wraps.
I am horrid at painting my nails, so there is no chance of me being able to do nail art myself. Luckily, there are products like the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips that I reviewed here and this NCLA Self Adhesive Designer Nail Wraps that have done all the hard work for me.
This product comes with 2 sheets with 22 nail wraps on each of them, as well as a NCLA emery board/nail file.
The instructions and information on the back of the packaging.
First step: I cleaned my nails using some Cutex Quick and Gentle nail polish remover, then I applied one coat of OPI natural nail base coat (applying a base coat is a must!!)
Step 2,3 and 4: Select a nail wrap that matches your nail size, stick it on and try to flatten it.
Lastly, buff off the edge with an emery board/nail file. Repeat on all nails and apply base coat.
I am not very good at selecting the right size for my nails, since many ended up being too small. It's not very obvious once applied though. This nail wrap can be stretched a little so I managed to flatten out some of the bumps near the edges that you can clearly see in the previous photo.
This nail wrap is SO EASY to remove. All you need to do is peel it off!!
The reason you must apply a base coat is due to the fact the nail wrap is removed via peeling, so you don't want the nail wrap to stick directly on your nails because if you peel it then, it will be quite damaging.
My thoughts and comparison with the Sally Hansen Real Nail Polish Strips:
I have always liked the idea of nail wraps and polish strips, mainly due to the fact that these products do not require much dry time unlike regular polishes (I absolutely hate waiting for polishes to dry). The application of this product is very easy, even much easier than the Sally Hansen Polish Strips. This one is not as flimsy as the Sally Hansen polish strips and if you are not happy with it the first time you stick it on, you can peel it off and readjust the position without ruining the nail wrap. In addition, the NCLA nail wraps come in so many cool designs!! I had a very hard time choosing which one I wanted. On top of that, this product is in a similar price point to the Sally Hansen polish strips (or a few dollars more), but it comes with 44 nail wraps whereas the Sally Hansen one only has 16 strips. Nail wraps also do not stain your nails, so no more icky yellow nails when you remove your polish!
One thing I don't like about this product is that it is not particularly long wearing. Tip wear begins to show on the 3rd day and most of my nails have chipped by day 6.
I am going to bombard you with more selfca photos than usual since I had quite a nice selfca day and I ended up having so many photos that I really like.
If you are interested in purchasing this product, you can find it on NCLA's official website where all designs are listed for $16. However, I bought mine from karmaloop.com and the price for NCLA nail wraps there ranges from $10-16. I am not advertising or endorsing NCLA or karmaloop.com in any way, I am just sharing this information just in case some of you might want to know where to get them.
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