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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Want HOT nails without the mess?

This last year for my birthday one of my best girls gave me an amazing gift!  It's a box of makeup goodies that arrive at the beginning of every season throughout the year in your mail box.  It's from a company called Loose Button and the box of goodies is called "The Luxe Box".  It generally has sample sizes of everything from nail polishes, eye serums to concealers.  When I receive the next one in spring I will do a blog post on what I got and tell you how you can also sign up for it.  Thank you again L!! :)
One of the items in the last Luxe Box was a package of "Essie sleek stick nail appliques".  I'll be honest, at first I was thinking I may never use them but curiosity got the best of me and I tried them out.  And I am so happy I did!  It's super easy, mess free and they look amazing.  Follow along for the "how-to"...
Here is what the package looked like...
This is what all came in the package...the slick nail appliques (18 sizes in total), a nail file, a cuticle pusher & instructions.
1.Start by shaping your nails with the nail file provided. 
2. Clean your nails with a cotton pad & nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol.
3. Select the correct size nail applique for each nail.  As you can see the nail appliques are on a clear sheet.  This way you can put your nail underneath the nail appliques to determine which size is the best for your nail you are about to work on.  (they may not fit exactly on your nail but once you have it on it's not very noticeable if the size is slightly off).
4. Peel the nail applique off the clear sheet and stick it on your natural nail you just sized up and press down firmly for a couple seconds.
5. When one hand has all the appliques on it, use the nail file in downward strokes file off the excess applique.
6. It's that are done! 
Here is the finished result...
 (please note:  I may or may not have put them on upside down, lol.   But even upside down they look nice.)
I had mine on for 5 days at which point I took them off.  They were starting to peel on a few fingers and they were  turning white at the tips.  I didn't take it easy on my nails while I had them on.  I washed dishes and played Lego with my kids but I also did not pick at them.  Some of you are nail is a safe place to admit it. ;)
The next 2 pictures show my nails on day 5 right before I took them off.
To take them off, just pick at a corner and peel them off your nail.  It's quite easy and so mess free. 
I loved having these on and I would recommend them.  I only wish that they could have lasted a bit longer than they did but I think if you want to use them for a special night out they would be perfect, hassle free and best of all, mess free! 
They do sell them at Shoppers Drug Mart and they sell for $13.99 (AB pricing) and there are a few varieties of them.
I do have a set of Jamberry Nails (same concept, different company) that I also received and I will review those one too and let you know what I think compared to these Essie ones. 
I hope this post has been useful to you.  If you liked it please share it with someone you know who might benefit from it.

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