i feel about nail polish, the way i do about most accessories.
an extra bangle here, or a pomegranate pop of colour on your nails is a surefire way to inject some personality into your wardrobe – when your wardrobe tends to just recycle itself from one day to the next. (or maybe that’s just my wardrobe talking.)
however, if you don’t have your afternoons free to lazily wait till your varnish dries at the nearest cheap & cheerful, but you do have some time on your hands to do some quick arts & crafts, there are few options out there that are sure to gloss those digits.
first up, we’ve got sally hansen’s salon effects real nail polish strips. first impression? the name is just ridiculously long. second impression? the designs are pretty neat, if you’re opting for the katy perry look. (which, you know, could be your bag. no judgment.)
i’ve only used one thus far, and that was one of the super glittery options, ‘blue ice’ – and although the application was fairly straightforward (peel, break, apply) – getting the damn things off took an age. glitter varnish usually takes forever, but my thought was that since these were basically stickers, that it wouldn’t be such a pain. i was very wrong. think trying to get out of jail using a shiv. but, the effect was pretty cute and the packaging said it would last up to 10 days – i believe it too, i’m just fickle and didn’t want blue nails for that long.
next up? sephora by OPI chic prints. much like the sally hansen option, these apply very simply. developed by minx nails, these are much more like stickers for your nails; warm them up, apply and off you go, with stars, stripes or cheetah prints tips. these will last you much less time, approximately 2-3 days, and simply peel off when you’re done. my favourite? silver stars on a black base. reminded me of chanel’s s/s 2008 show. sigh. at least a slight approximation could grace my fingertips.
photo courtesy of style.com